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Butch Hartman, Sander Schwartz & Jose San Román to Lead Master Classes at 2016 World Animation & VFX Summit

‘Fairly OddParents’ creator joins founder of Spain’s Ilion Animation Studios and president of Grom Social to lead industry-related master classes on November 3rd at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, CA.

LOS ANGELES -- The World Animation & VFX Summit, the annual industry event presented by Animation Magazine, has announced three innovative Master Classes which take place on Wednesday, November 2, at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, CA.

Multiple Emmy- and Annie-winning creator of Nickelodeon’s long-running series Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy and animation industry innovator Butch Hartman will share the secrets of his amazing career, offer helpful tips on how to develop, pitch, produce and promote your animated content, and discuss the myriad opportunities that new streaming services and online content venues have provided for first-time toon creators.

“Technology has allowed content creators to blaze their own path these days,” says Hartman. “I believe that strong characters and strong stories will always win the day. In this master class, we will look at how you can prepare your ideas for a pitch. They we examine ways you can pitch your ideas effectively to a studio. We’ll also look at the best ways to stay creative and open to new ideas.”

The second Master Class will be led by widely respected TV and digital animation veteran Sander Schwartz. Schwartz, who is the president of Grom Social, an online and mobile social network for children with over 3.7 million members worldwide, will paint a clear picture of the future of the opportunities and challenges of the new digital age. He will also offer a rare look at the creative process behind The Batman, Tom and Jerry Tales, Xiaolin Showdown, Teen Titans, Justice League Unlimited, and many of the other iconic shows he worked on during his tenure as president of Warner Bros. Animation, and at Sony Pictures Family Entertainment and Fremantle Media.

The third master class, taught by Jose San Román of Spain’s innovative Ilion Animation Studios, will have a more international focus. San Román will examine animation as a new asset class in the financial community and focus on issues that most investors and studio executives are unaware of. Currently partnered with Paramount, Ilion has evolved into a multi-production studio, aiming to produce various feature films concurrently to meet the growing global demand for top-quality digital content.

The World Animation and VFX Summit’s goal is to promote international co-productions and global ventures and offer networking and educational opportunities in the intimate setting of the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. These special Master Classes are designed to give animation and visual effects professionals and newcomers a realistic snapshot of the current state of the business and arm them with insiders’ perspective on what it takes to successfully create and distribute original content and grab the attention of investors and decision makers in the changing marketplace of 2016 and beyond.

Tickets for the World Animation & VFX Summit and the Master Classes are available for purchase online at

Source: World Animation and VFX Summit

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.