CTN Animation Expo Comes to Burbank
TP: The Creative Talent Network has been hosting smaller events for the past five years. They have grown in size to such a degree that I felt the talent deserved a better venue and decided to put it all under one roof.
RD: What do you hope to accomplish with the event?
TP: CTN is putting a wide range of "talent" center stage. We all know that this industry is completely talent driven and by putting them center stage, together under one roof, something is bound to happen.
RD: Will CTN-X become an annual event?
TP: Yes. The city of Burbank in honor of The Creative Talent Network and CTN-X is declaring "animation week" just for us. “We are proud to host the first-ever Animation Expo,” says Burbank’s Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes. “Our City is known around the world for its state-of-the-art studios and production facilities. This will be such a tremendous occasion for the most talented animators in the country and we look forward to their arrival in November.”
RD: What's your overall impression of the animation industry at the moment? Is it strong? On a decline? On a rebound?
TP: I feel we are in the midst of a huge transition not just within our industry, but nationally and internationally. I think the future will be driven by how the next generation of up and coming Walt Disneys decide to define themselves as artists. That combined with their passion and curiosity will drive the next phase of this business forward. Are they work for hire, are they freelance virtual workers or are they the independent entrepreneurs of tomorrow? All we can do is tell them what we went through, inspire them and then hang on. Personally I think this is one of the most exciting times to be in this business. Thanks for asking that!
CTN-X takes place at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center with ample discounted parking, conveniently located near the Burbank Airport and Amtrak Station. Prices start at $25 for exhibit floor only. For more information and to register, please visit: www.ctnanimationexpo.com or call, (800) 604-2238.
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was recently named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.