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Free Post New York Alliance Webinar on August 27

‘The Business of Animation: Past, Present and Future’ panel with Cartuna’s James Belfer, STUDIO NYC’s Mary Nittolo and PNYA chair Yana Collins Lehman will discuss how companies can survive and thrive in the shadow of the pandemic.

NEW YORK CITY -- The heads of two of New York’s leading animation studios will discuss prospects for their industry in the next edition of Post Break, the weekly webinar series from Post New York Alliance (PNYA). James Belfer of Brooklyn’s Cartuna and Mary Nittolo of the STUDIO NYC will reveal how their companies are surviving the pandemic and how they plan to thrive in the future. The free event is slated for Thursday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Like many companies in the entertainment and advertising industries, animation studios have had to rethink their business models in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this 1-hour session, Belfer and Nittolo will review animation’s evolving landscape and discuss whether New York state tax credits help or hurt animation producers. They will look at where future opportunities lie and what positions animation studios are looking to fill.

Young animation professionals, seasoned veterans and anyone that cares about the industry’s future, will not want to miss this insightful session. PNYA chair, Yana Collins Lehman will moderate. Following the webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to join small, virtual breakout groups for discussion and networking.


  • James Belfer, founder, Cartuna, (Magical Girl Friendship Squad, Museum of Human History, Liverspots and Astronots).
  • Mary Nittolo, founder/creative director of the STUDIO NYC (Scarlett, A Girl Named C, The Players, Geico).


  • Yana Collins Lehman, president/COO, Trevanna Post; Chair, Post New York Alliance (PNYA)

When:  Thursday, August 27, 4:00 p.m.

Title:  The Business of Animation: Past, Present and Future

Registration is available here.  

Sound recordings of past Post Break sessions are available here.

Past Post Break sessions in video blog format are available here.

Source: Post New York Alliance