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World Animation & VFX Summit Adds Three Master Classes

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World Animation & VFX Summit Adds Three Master Classes

Animation Magazine’s World Animation and VFX Summit has announced three Master Classes for the Masters to take place on the last day of the event, Nov. 4, at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif.

Michael Hirsh, a sought-after industry executive who is now chairman of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group (TEAM) and vice chairman of DHX Media, will share his insights in a class titled World Domination Through Animation.

“It’s very important to participate in knowledge sharing opportunities like the World Animation and VFX Summit,” says Hirsh. “The speed of change is capturing the animation industry with new business models causing more disruption and buoyancy in business development. I look forward to sharing my business models and many years of practical experiences with you.”

Hirsh will share his thoughts and insights on the animation industry’s trajectory from a business point of view and touch on brand curation and all the dominant layers within the animation business. He will answer questions related to building a great animation business and also highlight and breakdown all facets of the current period of disintermediation and disruption in the industry.

The second Master Class feature Jose San Román of Ilion Animation Studios in Spain. San Román will examine animation as a new asset class in the financial community and focus on issues that most investors and studio executives are unaware of. Currently partnered with Paramount, Ilion has evolved into a multi-production studio, aiming to produce various feature films concurrently to meet the growing global demand for top-quality digital content.

The third Master Class is from Chuck Williams, president of Marza Animation Planet USA and a Disney feature animation veteran of 20 plus years, and is titled The Storytelling Process On A Shoe-String Budget. He will cover specifics of the creative process — from concept to script to cut story reels, the advantages of animation over live action storytelling, and strategies for budgeting, scheduling and managing this process.

The World Animation and VFX Summit’s goal is to promote international co-productions and global ventures and offer networking and educational opportunities in the intimate setting of the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. These are Master Classes that you will not want to miss. Tickets for the World Animation and VFX Summit and the Master Classes are available for purchase online at

For more information on the summit visit or contact co-director Kim Derevlany:

To become a sponsor contact co-director Nancy Bates:

World Animation & VFX Summit Adds Three Master Classes

World Animation & VFX Summit Adds Three Master Classes


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