Producer’s Guild Gets Animated Again

Who hires the animation producer? What are the responsibilities of the animation producer? How do you prepare and pitch an animated property? How does the digital animation production pipeline work? How do budgets and schedules vary on different digital animation projects? How has increased use of digital animation reshaped the industry? How does one become an animation producer? All these questions and more will be answered on Thursday, Nov. 6 when the PGA New Media Council again focuses specifically on the realm of animation. DreamWorks in Burbank will host the pannel discussion featuring the animation producers, execs and technical wizards behind such noteworthy productions as Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, DreamWorks’ Shrek, Disney’s upcoming Chicken Little, Universal’s Van Helsing–Animated and Fox Television’s King of the Hill.

Obie Scott Wade, president of ObieCo. Ent., will lead the discussion on digital animation production. In addition to developing Howdy from Texas at Warner Animation and creating Julius & Friends with Paul Frank, Obie Scott Wade was a writer on Baby Looney Tunes and is currently writing and directing Al Roach: Private Insectigator, a digital film noir pilot for the Turner Classic Movie Channel. The panel will address such topics as the state of the business, producer credit issues and the production process for digital animation from pitching to distribution.

Filling out the panel are Shrek producer Aron Warner, Dreamworks Animation head of creative production Bill Damaschke, Finding Nemo producer Graham Walters, Walt Disney Feature Animation VP of production Carolyn Soper, King of the Hill producer for DPS/Film Roman Inc. Loren Smith, TOKYOPOP head of development Steve Galloway, Van Helsing art/technical director Eric Mahady and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius producer Ramsey Naito.

Networking/cocktail hour begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for active PGA members. Non-members should bring a $40 check payable to Producers Guild of America. Parking at DreamWorks is free. RSVP by Nov. 4 to: [email protected]

This event is presented by the New Media Council of the Producers Guild of America and produced by NMC board members Iyan Bruce, James Fino & Jay Malla.