World Animation & VFX Summit Reveals 2016 Hall of Fame Awardees

Animation Magazine has announced its list of 2016 Animation Hall of Fame inductees, who will be celebrated with an Awards Gala held Tuesday, November 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the beachside Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California as part of the World Animation & VFX Summit.

This year’s Hall of Fame awardees are: Betty Cohen, Butch Hartman, Michael Hirsh, Travis Knight, Ellen Poon, and Pierre Sissmann.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Awards Gala are available now.

Betty Cohen: Renowned TV network and digital media executive, and founding President of Cartoon Network/Adult Swim/Boomerang.

Butch Hartman: Multiple Emmy- and Annie-nominated and BATFA-winning creator of the long-running Nickelodeon series The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy.

Michael Hirsh: Highly accomplished entrepreneur and executive and founder of Nelvana and TeleTOON Canada.

Travis Knight: President & CEO of renowned animation studio LAIKA and the director/producer of Kubo and the Two Strings, producer and lead animator on The Boxtrolls and ParaNorman; and lead animator Coraline.

Ellen Poon: Acclaimed VFX supervisor and producer whose many credits include Disney’ Frozen, Zootopia, and this year’s much-anticipated feature Moana.

Pierre Sissmann: Chairman, CEO and Founder of leading French animation company, Cyber Group Studios.

The 5th Annual World Animation & VFX Summit takes place on Monday, October 31, and Tuesday, November 1, at the California Yacht Club, in Marina del Rey, CA. This high-profile event will feature panels, discussion and networking with a global array of high-level animation and visual effects professionals, who are changing the animation, VFX, distribution and financing landscape all over the world.

“It’s been a watershed year for animation and visual effects, and we are delighted to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our World Animation and VFX Summit with such a supremely talented group of visionaries and artists,” says Jean Thoren, Animation Magazine‘s publisher and founder of the event. “Our six distinguished Hall of Fame Honorees this year — Betty Cohen, Butch Hartman, Michael Hirsh, Travis Knight, Ellen Poon and Pierre Sissmann — have brought so much artistry and creative vision to our world. These superb six have worked hard and led teams of gifted artists in their quest to share unique and inspiring stories. We are thrilled to acknowledge their achievements at the Summit this year and thank them for all the joy they have given us with their movies and TV projects.”

This year’s distinguished keynote speakers, presenters and panelists include:

George Antzoulides, Lead Supervisor, Proof, Inc.

Raquel Benitez, CEO, Comet Entertainment

Camille Cellucci, VFX Producer Titanic, Elysium

Vanessa Chapman, Head, VJC Media

Joyce Cox, VFX Producer, The Jungle Book, Avatar

Larry Cutler, CTO, Baobab Studios

Valeria Dobrolyubov, Head of Sales, Mirsand, Ltd.

Malik Ducard, Global Head of Kids and Learning, YouTube

Holly Edwards, Producer, Trolls

Michael Eisner, Founder, The Tornante Co.; former Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

Josh Fisher, VP of Creative Affairs, DHX Studio

Sean Gorman, President, American Greetings Entertainment

Laura Gross, Founder, L.E.G. Productions

Sherry Gunther-Shugerman, Founder/CEO, POPmedia Brands, Beatrix Girls

Mary Harrington, Head, Harringtoons Productions

Dylan Highsmith, VFX Editor, Star Trek Beyond, Furious 7

Gale Anne Hurd, Producer, The Walking Dead, Terminator

David Kleeman, Senior VP of Global Trends, Dubit

Stephen Hodge, Founder, Toon Goggles

Christopher Keenan, SVP Content Development & Production, Mattel Creations

Heather Kenyon, SVP Development & Production, Citizen Skull Productions

Travis Knight, President and CEO, LAIKA, director (Kubo and the Two Strings)

Konnie Kwak, President, Toonzone Studio

Babar Lakhani, CEO Ice Animations, & Principal, Lakson Group

Ed Lantz, Founder, Vortex Immersion Media

Rick Leary, VFX Supervisor, Double Negative

David Lodge, Actor, Goldie and Bear, Care Bears and Cousins

Marco Marenghi, Animation Supervisor, Framestore

Christy Hui, Founder, Actionfliks

Peter McHugh, Manager, The Gotham Group

Tom McLean, Editor, Animation Magazine

Michael Mennies, Producer, Story Editor, Voice Director, Actor

Candi Milo, Actress, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Breadwinners

Rick Mischel, Producer, Sony Pictures Animation

Kyle Odermatt, VFX Supervisor, Big Hero 6, Moana

Jayakumar Prabhakaran Nair, CEO, Toonz Media Group

Mark Osborne, Director, The Little Prince, Kung Fu Panda

Anna Pokorskaya, Intl. Sales & Licensing Manager, Wizart Animation

Birk Rawlings, Head of DreamWorksTV at AwesomenessTV

Wendy Rogers, VFX Supervisor, Puss in Boots, Shrek

Eric Rollman, President & CEO, Rollman Entertainment

Theresa Ellis Rygiel, VFX Supervisor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange

Jyotirmoy Saha, Founder & CEO, August Media

Elliot Sakharov, Tech Strategist for Media & Entertainment, Microsoft

Bill Schultz, CEO and Exec Producer, Home Plate Entertainment

Sander Schwartz, President, Grom Social

Fred Seibert, Founder, Frederator Networks

Matt Silverman, Head of Integrated Productions, Ignition Creative

Vadim Sotskov, President & CEO, Kinoatis

Rita Street, Executive Producer, Radar Cartoons

Lynne Southerland, Animation Director & Producer

Marjolaine Tremblay, VFX Supervisor, RodeoFX

Tatiana Tsyvareva, CEO, Carousel

Annette van Duren, President, Annette van Duren Agency

Alexander Vegh, Previs Supervisor, Star Trek Beyond

Rene Veilleux, CEO and Founder, Verité Entertainment

Joan Vogelsang, President & CEO, JV Consulting

Giancarlo Volpe, Director, Producer, Writer

Marlon West, Head of Effects, Moana

Diana Yurinova, VP Intl. Development & Distribution, Riki Group

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