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Podcast EP72: Dev Exec Dave Padbury Shares How Pitches Become New Shows

Listen to the latest installment of the Animation Industry Podcast, Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, who share their stories, insights, and career advice.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 72 in-depth interviews he’s done with a very cool selection of artists from animation and related industries. With a new podcast every week, Ibele is dedicated to sharing the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way.  Episodes cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more. Guests have included the notorious JJ Villard, 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.

His most recent interview is Episode 72: Development Exec Dave Padbury Shares How Pitches Are Turned Into New Shows

This episode features Development Executive Dave Padbury who shares a behind-the-scenes look at what happens to your pitch after you leave the room. Padbury has six years of experience developing new shows including the Disney Junior series Pikwik Pack and CBC’s Big Blue among others out of Guru Studio in Toronto, Canada.

Check out Ibele and Padbury to learn:

  • The #1 thing studios look for new creators to bring to the table
  • The do’s and don’ts of pitching to executives
  • How to build an enticing story engineHazouri’s

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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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.