David L. Simon, former head of DreamWorks Television Animation Studios, has been named to the board of directors of Noodlesoup Prods. Inc., a privately held, full-service animation studio based in New York City. Simon is president of Simon Bros. Media & Entertainment Inc., a company he formed in 2000 to identify and develop properties for film and television. His 30 plus years in the industry includes stints at Disney and Fox Television.
As a board member, Simon joins Noodlesoup Prods. chairman John Fitzgibbons, managing directors Jeffrey Nodelman, Nathan Graf, and David Lipson, as well as director Gerard De Geer, who is chairman and co-founder of Brunswick Group.
In 1988, Simon was recruited by The Walt Disney Company to create and manage Disney’s first international television production company, Buena Vista Prods. International. He then joined Fox Television Stations in 1986 as VP of programming and production, where he was responsible for transforming the former Metromedia independent television stations into an owned and operated station group for the new Fox Network. In 1997, he was hired by DreamWorks to oversee the development and production of network and animated series, as well as direct-to-video animated features.
Simon is on the executive committee of the production executive peer group at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) and is also a former president of NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives). In addition, he served on the board of directors of Montreal-based entertainment and education company CINAR Corp. (now know as The Cookie Jar) from 2002-2004.