A PITCH PARTY?
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!]
PLUS! 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 will receive
FREE Pitch Party Participation.
WHO'S JUDGING THIS THING?
Director, Original Content, TELETOON Canada Inc.
Alan Gregg is Director, Original Content for TELETOON Canada inc.
Gregg joined TELETOON Canada inc. in April 2010 and oversees original
content development and production for TELETOON’s English
and French networks and their respective multiplatform services.
He also leads TELETOON’s Original Production team in Toronto
and Montreal and works closely with TELETOON’s production
partners across Canada.
Gregg has 17 years of experience in the film and television industry.
Prior to joining TELETOON, he story edited a new preschool series
for Guru Studio. He also recently opened an office in Toronto
for the Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films, where he oversaw
the studio’s project and business development as Vice President,
International Production. Additionally, Gregg spent several years
in various senior roles at Alliance Atlantis’ Children’s
Television division, last serving as Vice President, Production
& Distribution. During this time, Gregg was responsible for
the creative development of a number of properties, both animated
and live action, including Henry’s World, Ace
Lightning, Dragon Booster and Lunar Jim.
In addition to numerous other production credits that include
Degrassi: Next Generation (Creative Executive) and Instant
Star (Creative Executive), Gregg’s work has been recognized
with a Gemini award for Dragon Booster (Best Animated
Program) in 2005 and the 2003 Alliance for Children & Television
award for Henry’s World (Best Preschool Animation).
Head of Programming and Acquisitions, Children's TV, ABC, Australia
Barbara is an internationally respected children's broadcaster
with experience in both Germany and Australia. As a key player
in the establishment of award-winning German public children's
channel KI.KA, she first took on the role of Commissioning Editor
of Acquisitions and Co-Production before becoming its Deputy Head
in 2000. Well known in the international production community,
Barbara has also worked for Germany’s ARD affiliate Sender
Freies Berlin in the Family TV Department where she produced programs
for children, teenagers and family audiences. In 2005, Barbara
became head of Family, Education & Nature TV Programs for
ARD's affiliate, Hessischer Rundfunk. Currently, she holds the
position of Head of Programming and Acquisitions, Children's TV,
at the ABC, Australia's public broadcaster.
VP, Development, Disney Television Animation
Kevin Gamble is a top creative executive in CG animation and new
media who joined Disney with 12 years experience, most recently
as VP, Production & Creative for Classic Media.
Gamble is responsible for the development and production of new
animation shorts and series geared toward kids, tweens and families
on Disney Channel, Disney XD and multi-platforms reaching hundreds
of millions around the world. He also oversees the recruitment
of new artists, directors and writers, and will collaborate with
the Talent and Music departments.
Gamble has been working in animation since 1997. He spent six
years at Canada's Mainframe Entertainment, working on such groundbreaking
projects as Reboot, television's first CG animated series.
He was also producer of Mattel's CG series Max Steel.
From 2005-06, he was Director of Development for the Canadian
animation company Nerd Corps, where he developed the CG animated
series Storm Hawks. He also produced the latest version
of George of the Jungle, a modern re-invention of the
classic J. Ward series. As VP of Production & Creative for
Classic Media, Gamble oversaw its TV and DVD projects. While there,
he was Producer of the upcoming Flash DTV movie Kung Fu Magoo,
as well as several upcoming CG series based on Classic Media properties.
Co-creator of Tiki Bar TV, one of the web's first video podcasts,
Gamble has appeared on leading webcasts including This Week
in Tech and Diggnation. He won his first film festival
at 13 with the short film Math Time.
Director of Programming and Acquisitions for Adult Swim
Kim joined Cartoon Network in 2002, soon after Adult Swim launched.
She heads up the programming department in addition to scheduling
stunts, premieres, specials and creating the lineup for adult
swim. She helped develop Robot Chicken, The Venture
Brothers, The Drinky Crow Show and Tom Goes
to the Mayor.
Manning acquires shows for Adult Swim - anime (Bleach,
Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note) and more recently
British Comedy (Mighty Boosh, Look Around You,
Director and Founder, Mishmash Media
Xeth Feinberg is an independent animator, cartoonist and chief
honcho of his very own micro-animation studio, Mishmash Media,
Inc., currently located in a small riverfront farmhouse within
striking distance of New York City.
A pioneer of web animation, Xeth is the designer and director
of some of the first online cartoons anybody ever liked (including
Bulbo and Hard Drinkin' Lincoln) many examples of which can still
be seen floating around the web and at XETH.com.
As "just a guy who likes to make stuff" he has used
his story-telling and drawing skills to create his own projects
and also bring the ideas of award-winning writers and a wide range
of clients to fruition.
In 2006, Xeth designed and directed Paramount's flash-animated
feature film Queer Duck: The Movie from a room in his
Lower East Side apartment. His eclectic career includes stints
as a story artist on Blue Sky's Ice Age and Robots, children's
book illustrator, on and off-line political cartoonist and a very
Working outside The System, Xeth continues to prove that it's
possible... and that The System doesn't really care one way or
Vice President, Original Programming & Development
Scott Landsman is vice president, original programming & development,
for COMEDY CENTRAL. He is responsible for the development of scripted
and unscripted projects on the west coast. Landsman was one of
the executives in charge of production on the hit series Drawn
Together as well as numerous animated pilots.
Landsman joined COMEDY CENTRAL in 2004 as director, current programming,
was named director, original programming & development in
2006 and was promoted to vice president, original programming
& development in 2007. He holds a BA in Journalism from the
University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Executive VP, Original Series and Animation, Spike TV
Sharon Levy is executive vice president, original series and animation
for Spike TV. Based in Spike’s Los Angeles offices, Levy
oversees production and development for all of Spike’s expanding
portfolio of original series and the network's slate of original
Since Levy joined the network in 2005, she has played an integral
role in Spike TV's growth and expansion into the original programming
world. Her brand-defining original programs include the highly
successful series including Deadliest Warrior, Pros
vs. Joes, 1000 Ways to Die, MANswers, 4th
and Long, DEA, MXC and the highly successful
weekend afternoon auto-related shows, The Power Block.
Prior to joining Spike TV, Levy worked at Stone & Company
Entertainment (formally known as Stone Stanley Entertainment)
from 2000-05 as Vice President of Development. She was responsible
for creating, developing and/or served as executive consultant
for a number of broadcast and cable series, including ABC's reality
series Mole, WB's Popstars, and Spike TV's hit
faux-reality series, The Joe Schmo Show. Levy also produced
programs for Fox, WB, Comedy Central and MTV.
From 2000-2001, Ms. Levy served as director of public relations
at Comedy Central in Los Angeles where she launched publicity
campaigns for the hit series, The Man Show and South
Park. Previously, she was senior publicist at Sci-Fi Channel
from 1999-2000, where she worked on Mystery Science Theater
3000. Levy was also a publicist at Comedy Central, based
in New York, from 1994-1999.
Levy graduated from SUNY Albany with a B.A. degree in European
Founder/Chief Executive Officer, 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, children’s programming, prime
time television series, and animated and family entertainment
content for emerging new media.
This past year saw Goldsmith-Vein dramatically ramp up Gotham
Group’s production arm in both features and television.
Currently Gotham is producing a feature film based on client Doug
TenNapel’s graphic novel Creature Tech at New Regency
with Forrest Gump producer Wendy Finerman; The Devil
You Know with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment at
Fox; The Spiderwick Chronicles, for Paramount to be released
in February 2008 and based on the recently published best-selling
series of fantasy books written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi.
On the television side, Gotham is executive producing Creature
Comforts with Aardman Animations and Academy Award winner
Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit)
which airs on CBS in June 2007.
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. Among these clients
are such major talents as John Williams, producer of Shrek;
vanguard writers/directors Tim McCanlies (Secondhand Lions)
and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George
Washington); writer John O’Brien (Cradle 2 The
Grave, Starsky & Hutch); breakthrough CGI director
Ralph Zondag (Dinosaur); stop-motion innovator Henry
Selick (James and the Giant Peach, Tim Burton’s
Nightmare Before Christmas); and widely celebrated writers
Billy Frolick (Madagascar), Chris Cleveland and Bettina
Gilois (Glory Road, The Hurricane), Joel Cohen
and Alec Sokolow (Evan Almighty, Toy Story,
Cheaper By The Dozen), Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb
(Snow Day, Tale of Despereaux, Measle and
Manager, Action Adventure Series, Cartoon Network
Brian E. S. Jones is manager, action adventure series for Cartoon
Network. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing such
hit series as Generator Rex, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien,
Transformers: Animated, Ben 10: Alien Force,
and The Secret Saturdays. He also takes pitches and develops
animated properties on behalf of the network for greenlight consideration.
Jones is based in Burbank, CA, and reports to Tramm Wigzell, vice
president, action adventure for Cartoon Network.
Jones started as a programming assistant for Cartoon Network in
2004. In 2006, he was promoted to coordinator, alternative platforms
where he helped launch CN Video and Toonami Jetstream sites by
selecting programming for those sites as well as CN Mobile, CN
Video-On-Demand and Boomerang Video-On-Demand. Jones joined the
current series department as an assistant manager in 2006 and
was promoted to manager, action–adventure series in 2009.
Jones also oversees Sym-Bionic Titan, a new animated
series from Genndy Tartakovsky which is slated to premiere in
Jones graduated from the University of Georgia in 2002 with a
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (ABJ) and Telecommunication Arts
Head of Boys Animation, Hasbro Studios
Michael J. Vogel is the head of boys animation programming at
Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based production division of Hasbro,
Inc. (NYSE:HAS). Seasoned in the animation realm, Vogel has worked
on numerous award-winning and Emmy nominated series.
At Hasbro Studios, Vogel is bringing some of Hasbro’s most
action-packed brands, including Transformers and G.I. Joe, to
life on the small screen with G.I. Joe Renegades and
Transformers: Prime. Both will air on the new television
network The Hub, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery
Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK).
Vogel works closely with Hasbro Studios producers, writers and
artists, as well as independent entities, to re-imagine, reinvent
and reignite these beloved brands. Additionally, Vogel spearheads
the expansion of the toy company’s newest brands, providing
an entertainment component to each.
Prior to his current post, Vogel served as director of animated
programming at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he oversaw development
and current programming for television animation. There, he worked
on numerous animated programs, including the Emmy nominated Jackie
Chan Adventures, Stan Lee’s The Spectacular Spiderman
for Kids WB, as well as the Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks
and Sit Down Shut Up.
Vogel received a Bachelor of Arts in both Theater and Art at Florida
State University. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
AND WHAT DO I WIN?
For one thing, a whole lot 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 reimbursed. BUT, WAIT! There's more
(here's a big list
of everything you could get just by entering).
- 1/6th page in
the August edition of Animation Magazine, distributed to
readers in over 100 countries with bonus distribution at the San
- A high-powered panel of
development execs and producers will personally evaluate your pitch.
- If you win, you get to pitch
your idea to the Judge of your choice. Plus! You'll get editorial
coverage in our August edition.
- If you win, you get FREE
Pitch Party Participation.
- If you come in second or
third, you'll get editorial coverage in our August edition.
- We 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 Reader's Poll begins on or about June 10.
- Top winners* get a copy
of Storyboard Pro: The power of digital storyboarding (a value of
$899.99) and a copy of From Word to Image: Storyboarding and
the Filmmaking Process by Marcie Begleiter (Supplied by Marcie
and Michael Wiese Productions)
* Only one copy per winner will be awarded
HOW DO I ENTER?
1) Contact us to reserve our entry space! Email:
or call: 818-991-2884 ext. 104
2) Send us the elements of the ad: the image(s), the contact information
as you want it to appear in the ad, and your pitch (also to appear on
the ad – 30 word max), and we can create the ad for you, or you
can create the ad according to the following specs:
2.25" x 4.875"
Adobe Photoshop Files - Images should be in Mac format as TIFF,
EPS or Photoshop file (if EPS or Photoshop file include Fonts).
Images should be either Bitmap, Grayscale or CMYK. NO RGB or Indexed
Color. Resolution should be 300dpi.
• InDesign Files - Include all used images, printer and
screen fonts. Include a PDFx-1a including bleed and cropmarks
with your submission.
• Adobe Illustrator Files - Convert all fonts to outlines
and save as EPS. Do not leave fonts embedded. If this can’t
be done, send printer and screen fonts with your file. Fonts need
to be stuffed.
3) The entry fee is $375. Ask about our special student discounts.
4) Materials and payment are due by June 7.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How 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.
WHAT 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!
WHEN 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 22-25 (www.comic-con.org).
WHAT 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".
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 people 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.)
is not responsible or liable for ensuring the images used in Pitch Party
Participant advertisements are the property of the advertisers/participants.