This Month's Contributors

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Marie Beardmore is a London-based freelance journalist who specializes in writing about the international animation industry. She is also developing her own animation projects which include a children's series for 4-9 year-olds and an animated sitcom.

Brad Bird
started his first animated film at age 11, finishing it at age 13. The film brought him to the attention of Walt Disney Studios, where, at age 14, Brad was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men. In addition to working as an animator at Disney and other studios, Bird has written screenplays for both live-action (*batteries not included) and animation. He has since served as executive consultant on The Simpsons and King of the Hill and was the writer, director and co-producer of the original Family Dog for Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. Currently, Bird is the director and co-writer of The Iron Giant, an animated feature being produced by Warner Bros.

Mark Christiansen works for a major entertainment company in Marin County, California, where he creates 3D and 2D graphics and animation.

Zahra Dowlatabadi is currently co-writing a book with Catherine Winder entitled How To Produce Animation. Zahra's most recent credit is that of associate producer on Warner Bros. Feature Animation Quest for Camelot.

Deborah Fallows is the director of recruiting for Nelvana Limited, based in Toronto.

Jean Hamel has been director of communications for the Cinémathèque Québécoise for the last eight years. He has been working in the field of cinema since 1978.

Wendy Jackson is associate editor of Animation World Magazine.

J.B. Kaufman is an independent film historian who has written extensively on early Disney animation. He is co-author, with Russell Merritt, of Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney, and the two are completing a second book on the Silly Symphonies.

Heather Kenyon is editor-in-chief of Animation World Magazine.

Jennifer Kotler is a doctoral student in Child Development at the University of Texas at Austin. She has spent the past four years as a research assistant at the Center For Research on the Influences of Television on Children (CRITC). Her current research focuses on parental regulation of children's television use.

Loris Kramer is vice president of creative services at Sony Wonder.

Mike Lyons is a Long Island-based freelance writer, who has written over 100 articles on film and animation. His work has appeared in Cinefantastique, Animato! and The Disney Magazine.

Chiara Magri has worked in animation since 1984. She was responsible for the programming of the International Festival of Animated Film of Treviso. Since 1993 she has been teaching a course in animated film history at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin. Since 1989 she has edited and published the monthly ASIFA newsletter, the only specialized publication on animation in Italy. She is secretary general of ASIFA Italy. In 1997 she carried out an in-depth survey on the production sector of animation in Italy for RAI, the Italian national broadcaster.

Buzz Potamkin is an award-winning independent producer, best known for The Berenstain Bears and Dr. Seuss. Before he escaped L.A. for New York, he had been president of Southern Star Prods. and then executive vice president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.

Barry Purves is a Manchester-based filmmaker. Through his production company, Bare Boards Productions, he has directed several stop-motion animated films and commercials, including Next, Screen Play, Rigoletto and Achilles.

Jacques-Rémy Girerd is the director of this year's Cartoon d'Or winning film, L'Enfant au Grelot/Charlie's Christmas.

Tom Sito is a 20-year animation veteran and teacher who's credits include He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Prince of Egypt and Paulie. He was elected president of the animator's union M.P.S.C. 839 in 1992 and has served in that capacity ever since.

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