Former Film Roman president and CEO David Pritchard as been named president of Los Angeles-based animation and vfx house GigaPix Studio. The five-time Emmy Award-winning exec producer of such animated TV favorites as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy and Dr. Katz’Professional Therapist will apply his experience and industry ties to helping GigaPix realize a number of upcoming animated projects.
“David is a rare executive who combines creative instincts and industry relationships with strong financial acumen, as well as Wall Street relationships,’ says GigaPix founder and CEO Chris Blauvelt. ‘This combination is exactly what GigaPix needs to launch our first slate of projects into production and distribution.”
“The studio has the infrastructure and the creative talent to deliver top quality animation at the right cost,’ Pritchard says of GigaPix. “It’s a great opportunity for me to bring in all the projects I have been developing on my own and leverage these ideas and my financial, distribution and creative relationships under the GigaPix banner.”
At Film Roman, Pritchard also worked on the WB primetime series Mission Hill and The Oblongs, Fox Family and Fox Kids’ Garfield, Bobby’s World, Felix the Cat, Mr. Potato Head and C-Bear and Jamal, and the Disney Channel films Johnny Tsunami and MotoCross. In addition, he exec produced the CG short Tripping the Rift, which is now a series in its second season on Sci Fi Channel. During his tenure with the studio, he launched a feature film division and is credited with dramatically increasing the company’s revenue and greatly improving operating income.
Pritchard recently partnered with King Abdullah of Jordan and several other prominent Arab and U.S. investors to begin production on Ben & Izzy, a CG series he created and helped finance. The show is being produced in Amman, Jordan and Manila.