Last week, Animation hosted the 2023 edition of the World Animation Summit at The Garland hotel in N. Hollywood (Nov. 1-3). We posted some of the
first-day photos from the event last week. Now that we have the complete three-day collection, we decided to share some of the fun snaps from the wonderful keynotes, panels and parties. Once again, thanks to all our generous supporters and all the talented folks who participated in our event this year. If you missed it, we hope you’ll join us again for this annual celebration next November. [ Photos courtesy of Will Thoren, Tanita Ross-Cady and Dana Fineman]
Keynotes delivered by, from left, Peter Sohn (“Elemental”), DreamWorks TV CCO Peter Gal, “Hazbin Hotel” creator Vivenne Medrano and “Once Upon a Studio” director Dan Abraham kicked off the Summit on Thursday and Friday.
From left, Rachel Larsen (“The Tiny Chef Show”), journalist Karen Idelson, Olubunmi Mia Olufemi (“Alma’s Way”), Stephanie Simpson (“Mighty Monster Wheelies”), Tom Warburton (“Muppet Babies”) and Guy Toubes (“CoComelon Lane”) discussed some of the latest trends and challenges of producing animated series for preschoolers
Our very topical adult animation panel featured journalist Jennifer Wolfe, Jane Wu (“Blue Eye Samurai”), Mike Cusack and Zach Hadel (“SMILING FRIENDS”), Sean Buckelew (“Scavengers Reign” and Steve Levy (“Krapopolis,” “Strange Planet”).
A jam-packed Apple TV+ toon showcase featured standing top left, Rob Hoegee (“Frog and Toad”), Mac Barnett (“Shape Island”), Raymond Persi (“Snoopy Presents One-of-a-Kind Marcie”), Kelli Bixler (“Shape Island”), J.J. Johnson (“Jane”), Jon Klassen (“Shape Island”) and Drew Hodges (“Shape Island”), moderated by Animation Magazine’s Ramin Zahed (seated left).
An inspiring panel focusing on future possibilities for animation producers and content creators featured producer John Derevlany (Pudgy Penguins), David Levy (Pinkfong USA), Daisy Wall (WildBrain), Walid Omar (Lil Critter Workshop).
From left, Eric Day (Seatd), Evan Bailey (“Sonic Boom”), Dirk Hampel (B Water Studios), Carl Reed (Composition Media) and Gordon Midwood (Anything World) brought us up to date with the latest in AI and the future of animation.
Julian Malagon (Sony Pictures TV), Emmy-winning veteran producer Sander Schwartz, Stacy Kim (Warner Bros. Animation), Dave Jargowsky (FOX Ent.) and Kari Kim (Nickelodeon) dispensed helpful advice on how to present your animated projects to development execs and what types of shows were in demand in 2023-24.
Our Award Seaons Shorts Panel featured from left, Dan Abraham (“Once Upon a Studio”), Ethan Barrett (“Rosemary A.D.”), Flóra Anna Buda (“27”), Andreas Deja (“Mushka”) and John Musker (“I’m Hip”).
Janice Nadeau (“Harvey”), Animayo director Damián Perea, Andrew Ruhemann (“The Day I Became a Bird”) and Mitra Shahidi (“Starling”) were also part of our Award Season Shorts Contenders panel.
Animation veterans Josh Fisher, Adrianna Cohen, Camille Eden, Frank Falcone, Ben Jones and Fred Seibert offered valuable advice on how to survive in the animation business during these challenging times.
And some fun illustrations from talented animation director and artist Iain Gardner (
Wotjek the Bear) instagram.com/anim8iain/
Illustration by Iain Gardner
Illustration by Iain Gardner
See you in 2024!
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