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Animation Development from Pitch to Production @ MoCCA

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Start Time: 07:00PM    End Time: 10:00PM

There are many misconceptions, myths, and madness clouding up the
what it really takes to develop, pitch, and sell an animated project.
Utilizing his own ten year experience in the pitching world, along
with candid advice from successful creators and leading development
executives alike, author and animation director David B. Levy has put
together a useful book on the subject: Animation Development: From
Pitch to Production (Allworth Press). Join us for an intimate industry
panel on the ins-and-outs of pitching today and be sure to bring your
questions too. Followed immediately by a book signing event.

David B. Levy is the creator of Fiona Finds Out, a preschool series
optioned for development by the Disney Channel. He is currently under
contract with Classic Media and Garan, Inc. to write and develop
animated properties. Levy is the author of Your Career in Animation:
How To Survive and Thrive (Allworth Press, 2006). Levy's second book
Animation Development: From Pitch to Production, was published in
September 2009. Levy has directed Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, the
Noggin Channel's PIinky Dinky Doo, and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim
series, Assy McGee. Levy has lectured and taught at Parsons School of
Design, School of Visual Arts, NYU and Pratt, and is president of the
New York chapter of Association International du Film d'Animation

Brown Johnson is President of Animation at Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids
and Family Group. Ms. Johnson spearheads development and production
for all animated programming across Nickelodeon, the largest provider
of television animation in the US, while continuing to oversee
development and production for all preschool programming. In addition
to supervising the creative direction of contemporary classics such as
SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Odd Parents and Nick’s latest hits
The Penguins of Madagascar in partnership with DreamWorks Animation
SKG, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Back At The Barnyard and The Mighty B!
starring Amy Poehler, Ms. Johnson is also the driving force in
shepherding upcoming Nickelodeon series including Kung Fu Panda. She
supervises creative executive teams on both the East and West Coasts,
managing the creative direction and coordination efforts between
series production, on-air promotions, marketing and consumer products.
Additionally, Johnson oversees global animation development for
Nickelodeon Networks.

Fran Krause is the co-creator and co-director of two original pilots
for Cartoon Network, Utica Cartoon, and Upstate Four. He was born in
Utica, New York. At fifteen he enrolled in night classes at the Munson
Williams-Proctor Institute, where he was allowed to hang out with
college kids and draw naked ladies. At eighteen he shipped off to
Providence, Rhode Island, to attend the Rhode Island School of Design.
After graduation he moved to New York City. Then he moved back to
Providence. Then he moved back to New York. He currently teaches
animation at Mercy College and works as a commercial and freelance

MoCCA Thursdays are supported, in part, by public funds from the New
York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City


Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

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