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World Animation & VFX Summit Announces 2015 Panelists

World Animation & VFX Summit Announces first round of industry panelists for November 2015 Event

LOS ANGELES -- Animation Magazine's The World Animation and VFX Summit has unveiled the initial list of industry panelists and guests for this year's event. The World Animation & VFX Summit takes place Nov. 2-4 at the California Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, Calif.

This event will feature a Gala Awards Ceremony honoring top animation and VFX professionals, two days of industry panels, master classes for the masters, networking breakfasts, lunches and cocktail parties. Attendees will be treated to engaging discussions and showcases, which focus on new industry standards, global co-productions and the role of groundbreaking technologies in the rapidly changing world of animation and visual effects.

Animation feature projects set to be highlighted with filmmaker appearances include​:​ Blue Sky Studio's The Peanuts Movie and the key players f​rom​ The Prophet.

Some of this year's distinguished panelists include:

  • Greg Agostinelli
    VP and Managing Director, Epica USA
  • Roger Allers
    Director, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
  • Ricardo Arnaiz
    Writer, Producer, Director, Animex
  • Delna Bhesania
    CEO and Co-founder, Bardel
  • Michael Carrington
    CEO, Zodiak Studios
  • Sarita Christensen
    Owner and CEO, Copenhagen Bombay Productions
  • Frederick Faubert
    Founder, President and CEO, Hibernum
  • Peter Gal
    Head of TV Development, DreamWorks Animation
  • Eric Homan
    VP of Development, Frederator
  • Joel Kuwahara
    Co-founder and Principal, Bento Box
  • Wang Lei
    SVP of Uyoung Media Group and CEO of Mr. Cartoon
  • A.K. Madhavan
    Founder and CEO, Assemblage Entertainment
  • Ale McHaddo
    Founder and partner, 44 Toons
  • Chuck Peil
    VP of Business Development, Reel FX
  • Jose San Román
    CEO of Ilion Animation Studios
  • Pierre Sissmann
    CEO, Cyber Group
  • David Tenzer
    Partner, Law Office of David Tenzer
  • Chuck Williams
    Director of Creative Development and President of Marza USA
  • Mike Young
    Co-CEO at Splash Entertainment

Companies set to participate as sponsors include: Atomic Cartoons, CelAction, DreamWorks Animation Television, Blue Sky Studios, Ilion Animation Studios, Oasis Animation, Wizart Animation,​The Gotham Group, Shark 3D, California Offset Printers and Natural Talent

The first night of the Summit will feature a gala event that will honor the achievements of the best and brightest innovators in animation and visual effects. This year's award recipients and honorees, additional keynote speakers and panelists will be announced soon.

The third day of the Summit will feature master classes.  Jose San Román of Ilion Animation Studios in Spain is the first class to be announced. Román's class 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.

The class will benefit from Román's experience speaking to the global financial community and turning Ilion into a successful worldwide animation studio that produced the 2009 feature Planet 51. 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 opportunities in the intimate setting of the California Yacht Club.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

Source: Animation Magazine 

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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.