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World Animation & VFX Summit Announces Master Classes

Master class presenters include ‘The Fairly OddParents’ creator Butch Hartman, Ilion Studios’ Jose F. San Román, and Emmy-winning animation producer Sander Schwartz.

LOS ANGELES – The fifth edition of the World Animation and VFX Summit will be October 31 - November 2 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California. A stellar lineup of master classes is planned to complement the event’s two-day course of panels and networking opportunities. Master class sessions at previous summits have earned rave reviews from attendees for providing in-depth discussions full of insights direct from the masters of the creative and commercial sides of the animation and VFX industry.

Master Class Series 1 - Butch Hartman -- “The Secrets of Butch Hartman's Success: How to Pitch, Develop, Produce and Distribute Animated Hits that Resonate with Audiences Around the World”

The award-winning creator of Nickelodeon's popular series The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F Puppy will share useful secrets of his craft, and his unique approach to animation and storytelling in this one-of-a-kind master class. With an eye on the future, Butch will discuss the many possibilities of app development and new ways of creating entertainment for YouTube, Vine, Vimeo and other nonlinear outlets. He will also address finding new ways to pitch ideas, exploring successful storytelling methods and using innovative and less expensive animation tools to produce your projects. In addition, he will offer a production case study of his new Flash-animated series Bunsen Is a Beast, which will debut on Nickelodeon in 2017.

Master Class Series 2 - Jose F San Román - “Discovering a New Asset Class to the Financial Community”

Román offers in-depth review of the financial performance of animated features over the past few years, with particular attention paid to animated tent-pole features and how they are grabbing more attention than many big live-action films. An experienced investment banker, Román also will explore the implications for the animation industry of the box-office success of animated features worldwide. Román joined Spain-based Ilion Studios in 2011 with the goal of establishing the company was one of the world's top independent animated studios. Ilion produced the 20154 film Mortadella y filemón and has a deal to produce tent-pole animated features in partnership with Paramount Pictures.

Master Class Series 3 - Sander Schwartz - “Survival of the Fittest: Creating Innovative Animation Content for the Global Market”

This course will provide a deep dive into the current landscape of animation buyers in key territories around the world and how to collaborate with them in the development and production of new shows. The structure of co-productions with networks and other buyers of animated content provides the main focus of the course, although other means of getting shows green-lit and financed will also be considered to a lesser extent. Of particular interest to many creators and producers is the growth of opportunities in the China market, as that country has in recent years become more open to co-productions and cooperation with IP owners around the world. Looking at recent developments impacting the business of animation in China and analyzing how to best enter it from an IP owner's perspective will be discussed, as will strategies for finding partners for projects that may find audiences both in China and the West as well.

The World Animation & VFX Summit's goal is promoting international co-productions and global ventures and to offer networking and educational opportunities in the intimate setting of the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Source: The World Animation & VFX Summit