IDT Ent. Taps DreamWorks’ Gladstone as VP

IDT Ent. has snatched up DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros. Animation and Disney veteran Frank Gladstone to fill the role of VP of artistic development. Gladstone will be responsible for all artistic training and recruitment issues, as well as community outreach and education. In addition, the 30-year industry vet will have creative input on story development and assist with the acquisition of outside projects.

At IDT, Gladstone reunites with former DreamWorks colleague Janet Healy, now president of Animation at IDT Ent. "Frank has an unparalleled, encyclopedic understanding of animation and a huge appreciation of, and eye for, artistic talent, "Healy comments. "His sophisticated, whimsical story sensibility further enhances our company’s vision."

I think we have the energy and means to develop a wonderful slate of projects and an exciting approach to producing feature animation," says Gladstone of his new team. "We are building something that I think is unique and innovative, creatively relying on the artistic vision and talent of our staff to craft the heart, charm and comedy that all of us who love animation want to see."

As head of artistic recruitment and development at DreamWorks, Gladstone was involved with such productions as The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sinbad: Legend of the Sven Seas and Shark Tale. He also helped to shepherd the U.S. releases of such anime titles as Millennium Actress, Ghost in the Shell II and the upcoming Casshern, all distributed under DreamWorks’ Go Fish banner.

Before joining DreamWorks, Gladstone served as a producer at Warner Bros. Feature Animation from 1995 to 1997. He then moved to Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was manager of training from 1990 to 1995, working on such films as Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Pocahontas.

Gladstone has lectured on the animation industry at schools and institutions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He has also taught various animation, cinematography and motion picture courses and workshops at such prestigious schools as Stanford University, UCLA, American Film Institute, University of Miami, Vancouver Film School, Loyola Marymount University and San Jose State. Currently, he teaches at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design.