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mitú Partners with Sony to Accelerate Next Gen of Latino Animators

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mitú Partners with Sony to Accelerate Next Gen of Latino Animators

mitú, a leader in creating media and entertainment with a Latino POV, has partnered with Sony Pictures Animation to conduct a joint edition of mitú’s ACCELERATOR mentorship and fellowship program for digital content creators, filmmakers, writers and animators. SPA is the latest partner to back the initiative, and will work with mitú to develop a pipeline of highly skilled, diverse storytellers in the animation industry. Previous partners include the Annenberg Foundation and LA’s Bixel Exchange.

The 8-week intensive ACCELERATOR Animation program will give promising Latino animators the opportunity to learn directly from Sony Pictures Animation’s experts, mitú’s development team, and newly appointed mitú CEO Herb Scannell, whose tenure as President of Nickelodeon was marked by iconic animation franchises that broke cultural and creative barriers including Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Rugrats.

“mitú’s mission is to champion Latino talent in all that we do,” said Scannell. “We’re disproportionately underrepresented in all areas of entertainment both in creative roles and as business leaders. I’m thrilled that we’re partnering with Sony Pictures Animation to develop the next generation of Latino animators through our ACCELERATOR program. Animation is close to my heart given my time at Nickelodeon, and I’m proud that we are mentoring young Latino talent to bring their creativity and characters to life.”

ACCELERATOR Animation will be hosted at both mitú and Sony Pictures Animation’s studios from January 8 to March 2, 2018. At the culmination of the program, participants will present their animated shorts to SPA and mitú executives, and three select creators will get to see their projects premiere on mitú’s platforms, which reach 120 million people daily.

The program is now accepting LA-based applicants or those who will reside in the area during the 8-week period. The application period closes November 10, 2017. Click here for more information, eligibility requirements and to apply.

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