Animation Magazine is happy to announce that Disney and Warner Bros. feature animation veteran Max Howard, founder of Melwood Pictures, has joined the distinguished panel of judges for our 4th Annual Pitch Party. Howard will join other noteworthy talents and industry executives in reviewing pitch submissions and selecting one talented winner for a private pitch session.
Max Howard is a veteran executive and producer in the animation film industry. He spent 12 at the Walt Disney Co. as one of the highest level architects of that company’s animation renaissance. He was involved at a senior level in the making of a number of Disney’s animation successes, including The Little Mermaid, The Prince and the Pauper, Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin,The Lion King, Pocahontas and Fantasia 2000. In the mid-’90s he became President of Feature Animation at Warner Bros., overseeing the award-winning animated feature The Iron Giant and the international hit Space Jam. Recently he was a producer at DreamWorks, until he left to set up Melwood Pictures. He is currently exec producing several animated features with Exodus Film Group, including Igor, The Hero of Color City and Amarillo Armadillo. Howard is also producing the CG-animated/live action feature, Pavlov’s Dog, a co-production between Howard’s Melwood Pictures and Exodus.
Other Pitch Party Judges onboard this year include Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends creator Craig McCracken, Nelvana VP of development Irene Weibel, PBS senior director of children’s programming Linda Simensky, BBC director of children’s unit Helen McAleer and Scholastic senior VP of programming and distribution Linda Kahn.
Deadline for Pitch Party submissions is Friday, June 17. For more information, go to http://www.animationmagazine.net/pitch_party_05.html.