The Pitches are
Hit or miss? You
be the judge!
Animation Magazine's Fourth
Annual Pitch Party has now begun! The pitches are in and our industry
pro judges are now making their selections. You can get in on the
fun as well by choosing your favorite cartoon ideas! Your input
may even help one of these would-be cartoon moguls get his or her
project greenlit and on the air. Participate in our reader poll
today! Last day to vote is Monday, July 11.
HERE TO VOTE!
A PITCH PARTY?
the fourth year in a row we're opening up an entire section of our
publication (read by more animation decision-makers than any other)
to 1/6th page advertisements that pitch new ideas. For
less than the cost of a workshop on "breaking into the biz" you
can get your great idea in front of our major readers. [NOTE: This
opportunity is only available once a year. AND to help you out,
we're offering these ads at a heavily discounted price!]
We've enlisted a panel of ten powerful development execs, producers
and agents to judge your entries. The Pitch Party winner will receive
a chance to pitch the judge of his or her choice. AND the winner
will receive FREE Pitch Party Participation.
WHO'S JUDGING THIS THING?
The call is just out and, already, we've got some of the most powerful
people in Hollywoodmake that "the world"ready to judge
the work of our Pitch Party Participants. Check back here everyday
for the next two weeks to see what doors you could open just by
entering our Pitch Party!!!
THE JUDGES ARE IN:
The Pitch Party Judges
Magazines Fourth Annual Pitch Party is underway and we
would like to introduce you to some of the distinguished animation
industry professionals we have lined up to judge this years
competition. Well have more exciting announcements regarding
additional judges in the next few weeks. To have your cartoon ideas
seen by the following toon luminaries, submit your pitches today.
Director, Animation Development, Nickelodeon
Peter Gal is Director of Animation Development for Nickelodeon.
In his current role, Peter develops new animated series for Nickelodeon
and oversees the Nickelodeon Cartoon Inkubator shorts program. He
joined Nickelodeon in late 2003 after serving as a development executive
at Walt Disney Television Animation and at Disney Channel. Prior
to entering the entertainment industry, Peter was a corporate attorney
with the firm of Dewey Ballantine, a Los Angeles County Deputy District
Attorney and Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender. Born in
New York City, Peter graduated from Tufts University with a B.A.
degree in Anthropology. He received his J.D. degree from the University
of CaliforniaHastings College of Law in San Francisco. Peter also
studied anthropology and literature at Oxford University. He resides
in Los Angeles.
Founder, Melwood Pictures
Executive Producer, Exodus Film Group
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 companys animation renaissance.
He was involved at a senior level in the making of a number of Disneys
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,
Pavlovs Dog, a co-production between Howards
Melwood Pictures and Exodus.
Manager of Program Development for [adult swim], Cartoon Network
Formerly a magazine editor, Weidenfeld was offered the [adult
swim] gig by the infamous Mike Lazzo while interviewing Lazzo for
Esquire Magazine. Currently, Nick's wading through pitches
and helping diversify the successful late-night block, developing
shows outside of Williams St. Prods. This fall, you'll taste just
some of the fruits of his labor, most notably the much anticipated
Boondocks from comic satirist Aaron McGruder, Moral Orel
(described as Davey and Goliath meets South Park)
and Minoriteam, a show about a group of ethnically diverse
superheroes who use their racial stereotypes to destroy racial stereotypes.
Founder/CEO, The Gotham Group
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein founded The Gotham Group in 1994 and quickly
grew it into the largest representation firm in the world focusing
on creative talent in the animation and family entertainment business.
Recognized as the powerhouse management firm in the animation industry,
The Gotham Group boasts a roster of over 250 top directors, writers,
producers, illustrators, artists and content creators, providing
a full range of services in both live action and animated feature
film and television including packaging, corporate consulting, strategic
career planning, childrenšs programming, prime time television series,
and animated and family entertainment content for emerging new media.
past year saw Goldsmith-Vein dramatically ramp up The Gotham Groupšs
production arm in both features and television. The company has
recently closed a deal with Taiwanese studio Digimax to produce
$50-125 million dollar animated motion pictures, underlining the
importance of this rapidly expanding niche throughout the entertainment
business. Currently Gotham is producing a feature film based on
client Doug TenNapelšs graphic novel Creature Tech at New
Regency with Forrest Gump producer Wendy Finerman; The
Spiderwick Chronicles, set up at Paramount with Nickelodeon
Movies, based on the recently published best-selling series of fantasy
books written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi; and Redwall,
based on the acclaimed book series by Brian Jaques, in development
with writer Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, Hollow Man, Catwoman).
On the television side, Gotham is producing A Pretty Good Life,
a collaboration with Grammy Award winner Macy Gray currently in
development as an animated series with Warner Bros Animation; and
three series in development with Nickelodeon: Gear, also
based on a graphic novel by Doug TenNapel; Charlie & Chunk,
created by famed stop-motion animator and creator of Celebrity
Death Match, Eric Fogel; and Stormriders, created by
renowned animation director Steve Lyons.
Dominating the animation and family entertainment fields and rapidly
expanding their reach into all aspects of the entertainment industry,
The Gotham Group is uniquely positioned to create career opportunities
for its diverse range of A-list clientele.
Ms. Goldsmith-Vein serves on the Board of the What to Expect Foundation
and is a member of the Blue Ribbon of the Los Angeles Music Center.
She serves on the Entertainment, Media & Technology Advisory Committee
of the Starbright Foundation and is a member of the American Film
Institutešs 3rd Decade Council, ASIFA Hollywood, Women in Film,
the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences, and the
Hollywood Radio & Television Society. Goldsmith-Vein also served
as a member of the Alumnae Board of Hollins College, is a past Board
member of Free Arts for Abused Children, and has served as a fellow
on the Steering Committee of the Museum of Television & Radio.
Senior VP/General Manager, Kids' WB!
McGowen was promoted to her current position after an illustrious
tenure at the helm of Kids WB! Marketing, which resulted
in 34 PROMAX Awards for on-air branding, image and show promotion,
and two Prism Awards for anti-smoking campaigns. McGowen now oversees
Kids WB!, including current programming, development
and scheduling, as well as marketing areas including brand, image,
show promotion and broadcast formatting.
has been a key member of the Kids WB! team, which has
won 15 consecutive Saturday morning sweeps and has been the No.1
broadcast network since Fall 2000. She works closely with The WBs
research department to find out what kids want, and also collaborates
with other divisions within Time Warner (Features, Consumer Products,
Publishing, New Media, Warner Home Video, Warner Animation, etc.)
in order to create synergistic programming that can succeed on multiple
to joining The WB, McGowen was a freelance writer/producer/editor,
working primarily for Fox, The Disney Channel and syndicated talk
shows. She was also on staff as a writer/producer for Fox Kids
arts and theater major at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania,
McGowen now lives in Los Angeles. She is a volunteer at the St.
Roberts Center Weekend Food Pantry for the Homeless in Venice,
Calif., and is also on the Board of Directors of the San Damiano
Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that produces films for
charitable organizations to use as promotional tools.
Creator, Exec Producer and Director Fosters Home for Imaginary
McCracken is the talented toon master behind Cartoon Networks
critically acclaimed series, Fosters Home for Imaginary
Friends. The charming Flash-animated series is McCrackens
follow-up to The Powerpuff Girls, Cartoon Networks
Emmy-winning series about three super-powered little girls. The
show remains one of Cartoon Networks most popular animated
series in the U.S., and is seen in more than 145 countries around
the world. McCracken also served as director of The Powerpuff
Girls Movie, released in July 2002 by Cartoon Network and Warner
Bros. Pictures. The movie, created at Cartoon Network Studios in
Burbank, Calif., marked the first feature film based on a Cartoon
Network original series.
McCrackens inspiration for The Powerpuff Girls came
directly from The Whoopass Girls, a student film he created
in his second year studying character animation Cal Arts. While
at Cal Arts, McCracken wrote, directed and produced eight student
films, five of them featuring a character named No Neck Joe. McCracken
also worked as the art director for the four-time Emmy-nominated
series Dexters Laboratory and served as art director
on the first season of 2 Stupid Dogs. McCracken was named
to Entertainment Weeklys "It List," citing
the most creative people in entertainment in 1999.
of Educational Development, Nelvana
of the Rings fans will be interested to know that Nelvana VP
of development Irene Weibel is one of the key executives responsible
for greenlighting the upcoming Nelvana/WETA Digital co-production,
Jane and the Dragon. In her VP role at Nelvana, Weibel manages
the overall development of all preschool and 6-11 properties that
focus on educational goals, working with such notable authors such
as Bill Joyce, Dan Yaccarino and Eric Rohmann. Weibel also oversees
the brand management of Nelvana's PBS portfolio of shows, and manages
the work of Nelvana's educational content advisors. Other shows
she's developing include Gaspergoo, Grossology and
Future is Wild. Before joining the company in 1999, Weibel
spent more than 17 years in public television with stints at KCET,
Los Angeles; WGBY, Springfield; and WGBH, Boston.
Director of Children's Programming, PBS
manages the award-winning PBS KIDS programming block, working with
producers, co-production partners and distributors throughout development,
production, post-production and broadcast. She began her career
with a nine-year tenure at Nickelodeon, where she helped build their
animation department and launch such popular series as Rugrats,
Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show. Most recently,
she was senior VP of original animation for Cartoon Network, where
she oversaw the development and series production of The Powerpuff
Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage
the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other major
is a past-president of ASIFA-East, and the founder of New York chapter
of Women in Animation. She has lectured at numerous colleges and
animation festivals, and has taught courses in animation at the
School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written for numerous
animation publications and books, and a recent essay of hers appears
in the book, Nickelodeon.
Managing Director of Children's Unit, BBC
is responsibile for acquisition of intellectual property, marketing,
creative direction and licensing activities, as well as managing
relationships with third party rights owners in the UK and internationally.
Formerly Director of Global Licensing at BBC Worldwide, McAleer
is now responsible for the brand development and global marketing
of a portfolio of leading childrens properties including Teletubbies,
Tweenies, Fimbles, Balamory, Big Cook Little
Cook, Charlie and Lola and The Secret Show. She
oversees the distribution and licensing for all of these properties,
working closely with the international division at BBC Worldwide,
CBBC, international broadcasting partners, publishers and independent
Senior VP of Programming and Distribution, Scholastic Ent.
is responsible for developing and directing all sales and strategic
international opportunities in TV, video, interactive, character
licensing and promotions for Scholastic Entertainment. Her responsibilities
encompass SE's international sales program and video sales, as well
as managing international licensing and promotional activities.
Kahn directs Scholastic Entertainment's international consumer products
and promotional activities including those for Clifford The Big
Red Dog, I SPY, Horrible Histories, Stellaluna,
The Magic School Bus, Animorphs and Goosebumps.
She also spearheaded the branding and distribution of the Scholastic
Video Collection. Prior to joining SE in 1995, she spent 12 years
in senior exec positions at Nickelodeon and MTV Networks. Previously,
as VP of acquisitions for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, Kahn was
responsible for all program acquisitions for Nickelodeon in its
early years and instrumental in the launch of Nick at Nite. Kahn
is currently the president of New York Women in Film & Television
and a board member of the International Academy of Television Arts
AND WHAT DO I WIN?
one thing, a whole of print and online coverage! Not only do you
get a 1/6th page ad in our print edition, if you're a
winner, you'll get additional editorial coverage, a chance to pitch
your idea to the judge of your choice and the cost of your entry
WAIT! There's more
(here's a big list of everything you could
get just by entering).
page in the August edition of Animation Magazine, distributed
to readers in 78 countries with bonus distribution at the San
high-powered panel of development execs and producers will personally
evaluate your pitch.
you win, you get to pitch your idea to the Judge of your choice.
Plus! You'll get editorial coverage in our August edition.
you win, you get FREE Pitch Party Participation.
you come in second or third, you'll get editorial coverage in
our August edition.
also run a STAFF PICKS contest. So if our staff picks you, they'll
write about why you won in our August edition.
we run an ONLINE READERS' POLL using your 1/6th page
ad. So for one week your ad will be online and oggled by more
than 100,000 unique visitors. AND! You guessed it! We also
write about the winners of the online poll in our August edition.
(Don't worry, we monitor our ONLINE READERS' POLL carefully. No
reader can vote more than one time!) The Online Readers' Poll
begins on or about June 7.
HOW DO I ENTER?
Call 818-991-2884 or e-mail [email protected]
to reserve your entry space. One of our great sales execs will contact
you immediately. Entry Deadline is June 6, 2005.
What you'll need to provide via e-mail: a JPEG or TIFF image from
your pitch, a 30-word description of your pitch and your contact
The entry fee is $375.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I Protect My Idea? Well, the easiest answer is "by entering
the Pitch Party." If you're pitching your idea in our magazine then
your idea has appeared in print with your name attached; your idea
is no longer floating around out in the ether for anyone to pick
up. To further protect yourself though, we suggest registering your
idea with the Writers Guild. Go to www.wga.org
for more info.
KIND OF STUFF CAN I ENTER? Anything! As long as your idea has
the potential to be animated, you can enter a television series,
movie, game, whatever! Be forewarned, however, our judges are strictly
from the movie and TV arena.
DO YOU ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS? As soon as our August issue hits
the newsstands, around July 1. We will also be hyping our winners
online during the week of the San Diego Comic-Con, July 14 - 18
SHOULD I ENTER? Basically an idea that's different; something
our judges haven't seen before. Most development folks want a show
that is "character-driven" or "kid-relate-able." In artist-speak
that just means they're looking for a show that has a strong character
at the center of the action and, if it's a TV show, a character
that kids can latch onto. Remember to pick a really strong image
for your entry, one that describes your show or its main character
in a striking visual manner. Concerning your 30-word description,
all we can say is re-write, re-write, re-write. Don't just give
us the first thing that trips off your fingertips onto the keyboard
and into Microsoft word. Work it! Then read it to your friends.
They'll tell you if they get it or not. (And, we know this sounds
dumb, but run a spell check.)
Magazine is not responsible or liable for ensuring the images
used in Pitch Party Participant advertisements are the property
of the advertisers/participants.