I’ve been working in the animation industry for longer than I care to mention, originally swept up in the crazy, tsunami wave of 90’s TV animation as a storyboard artist on The Simpsons when it was at its original studio, Klasky-Csupo. Once ensconced, I experienced the rude awakening that I was a barely competent artist way in over my head. Nevertheless, failure was not an option. Should I have gone to art school instead of film school? Too late; opportunity was never going to knock like this again. So, I buckled down to learn on the job and earned the calloused drawing hand I have to this day. The studio's owner, Gabor Csupo must have noticed, because--without my asking--he promoted me to be a director on the chaotic and wildly profane cluster-quack that was Duckman.
I’ve never looked back.
Since then, I’ve directed on both adult prime-time and kids' animated shows ranging from Futurama to Rugrats; episodics, specials, long-form TV and features. I’ve toiled in the vaunted halls of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney, Comedy Central, MTV, Paramount, Jim Henson, Illuminated Entertainment and 20th Century-Fox as well as remaining a perennial favorite of creators such as Matt Groening, Craig Bartlett and Everett Peck.
Recently, I’ve expanded upon my experience, serving as supervising producer on Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie for Nickelodeon Movies and co-wrote and co-executive produced a pilot for Lionsgate, Circus Gomez, a primetime adult series.
I now continue in supervising roles, endeavoring to capstone my career by sharing my acquired experience and hard-earned curmudgeonliness to our industry's next generation of animation artists.
They’ll never know what hit them.