Producers’ Guild Flashes to the Future

The PGA New Media Council invites industry professionals and toon fans to meet the producers and execs behind such animation productions as Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Kid Notorious, Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends, The Buzz On Maggie, D.I.R.T. Squirrel, Mr. Wong and Queer Duck. The honored guests will be part of a special animation panel discussion titled Flash to the Future, taking place Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Warner Bros. Animation. The event is presented by the New Media Council of the Producers Guild of America and is produced by NMC Events Committee chairs James Fino and Duncan Wain.

The discussion will focus on the dynamic evolution of Flash as a valuable animation production tool and its economic and artistic impact on current and future cross-platform properties. The panel will be moderated by producer/animator Evan Spiridellis, who co-founded JibJab Media with his brother, Gregg Spiridellis, in 1999. He has produced short films for clients including Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, FOX, the History Channel, Sony, Kraft and Revlon. In 2004, the brothers’ short film, Ahnuld For Governor, appeared in the Sundance Film Festival and may way for their 2004 Internet sensation, This Land.

Spiridellis will introduce panelists Aaron Simpson, producer for Warner Bros. Animation; Marge Dean, producer for Warner Bros. Animation; Ashley Postlewaite, executive producer for Renegade Animation; Alx Meza, Flash animator for Renegade Animation; Dave Wasson, director/exec producer for Disney TV Animation; Brendan Burch, president of Six Point Harness; and Tal O. Vigderson, managing director for Icebox.

The event will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the first floor of Warner Bros. Animation, located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. Unit E, Sherman Oaks, Calif. There is no charge for Active PGA Members. Guests accompanied by Active PGA members can get in for $15. Others will be charged $25 (bring a $25 check payable to "Producers Guild of America"). Parking is available in the parking structure on Camarillo (signs state "Sherman Oaks Galleria" visitor parking). Seating is limited. Call (310) 358-9020 x101 for availability.