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Podcast EP 204: How Margherita Premuroso Became a Creative Director for Title Sequences

The Italian animator, whose work includes title sequences for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Amend,’ and ‘The Last of Us,’ shares her journey from freelance animator in Italy to creative director at Elastic in the U.S.

Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are and what they learned along the way. Now home to 204 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design. Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

Episode 204: How Italian Margherita Premuroso Became A Creative Director For Title Sequences

This episode features Italian-born creative director, and animator, Margherita Premuroso, who has worked in nearly every animation medium, including CG, stop-motion, 2D, rotoscope, and hand-drawn. Her work includes title sequences for Game of Thrones, Amend, The Last of Us, and several short films, including Ecce and Four.

In this chat, Premuroso shares how she started her own animation studio in Italy before becoming a creative director for Elastic in the United States. She discusses what it takes to be a freelance animator in Italy while working for companies in the United States and at the same time producing work of her own.

Tune in to Ibele and Premuroso to hear:

  • How Premuroso entered the US industry without knowing a word of English
  • What the animation industry in Italy is like
  • How Premuroso has created so many animated personal projects

Ibele has begun to publish the interviews as videos as well – you can find previous interviews here!

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Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design, and animation.

In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.