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Mark Simon, Producer/Director/Story Artist

Mark Simon counts more than 25 years of experience working in the entertainment industry as a producer and director for live action and animation, writing and lecturing, and amassing over 4,000 production credits.

Mark was part of the Toon Boom animation team which won the 2012 Prime Time Engineering Emmy for the Storyboard Pro software. He was also inducted into the DAVE SCHOOL (Digital Animation & Visual Effects School) Hall of Fame in 2012.

Mark also recently produced the animation for Fox’s film Tooth Fairy 2, starring Larry the Cable Guy and is the animation producer on Universal’s current release of the Little Rascals movie. Timmy’s Lessons In Nature, the animated shorts which Mark Simon developed, directed and produced, won Grand Prize in Nickelodeon’s first-ever Nicktoons Film Festival. He is currently head of story on WB’s Hong Kong Phooey feature starring Eddie Murphy

Mark has pitched and sold more than 35 production and distribution deals for his original concepts, and worked with Disney, Nickelodeon, The Golf Channel, HSN and other networks pitching in-house productions.

Sell Your TV Concept Now, Inc. is one of three companies Simon owns and successfully runs out of Orlando, Florida. It was inspired by countless requests over the years from both industry insiders and interested outsiders wanting to tap into Mark’s pitching techniques and success record.

His Animatics & Storyboard, Inc. company, the largest supplier in the Southern U.S., provides storyboards, illustrations, cartoons and storyboard comic book illustration to the entertainment and publishing industries, including clients such as Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony, HBO, Nickelodeon, FOX, Steven Spielberg, USA Networks, ABC Television and many others.

A&S Animation, Inc., Mark’s animation consultation, development and production house, has produced animated shorts for iconic Disney characters and won more than 100 international awards.

Mark is also the author of ten popular entertainment industry texts such as Producing Independent 2D Character Animation and Storyboards: Motion In Art, and has written articles for AWN.com (Animation World Network), Animation Magazine and others.

Check out Mark’s long-running video blog, The Making of a Dream. This blog chronicles the making of the animated show, Dream Factory, from concept through production and into distribution. Go to http://www.awn.com/blog/making-dream-episode-1-what-blog-about

He lectures around the world at major conferences, conventions, entertainment trade schools and universities, and is a second degree black belt and two-time national champion in Tae Kwon Do.

 

“All of my entertainment industry careers have revolved around strong story and character. Between cartooning, design, storyboard, directing and producing, it’s all about telling a good story. A great pitch is a story, too. Working with clients on their concepts allows me to explore even more potential great stories.”


Live Speaking Engagements

  • ComicCon, San Diego
  • Host – Hit Makers Summit
  • NATPE PitchCon
  • NATPE Marketplace
  • NAB
  • Banff World Media Festival
  • Ecreate Barbados Symposium
  • KingsTOON in Jamaica
  • Screenwriting Expo
  • www.PitchTvLikeaPro.com teleseminars
  • www.HitMakerSeminars.com webinars
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • TAC – Television Animation Conference
  • National Publicity Summit
  • Success In The World of Comics
  • Caricature Network Convention
  • National Cartoonists Society (NCS)
  • Success In The World of Comics
  • MegaCon, Orlando
  • Animex, Teeside, England
  • Animation event, Bogota, Colombia
  • 2nd International Forum on China Culture Industry, Taijuan, China
  • Batallon 52, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Mexcaltitan, Puerto Viarta, Mexico
  • DragonCon, Atlanta
  • Animation Guild, Local 839
  • DAVE (Digital Animation & Visual Effects) School at Universal Studios
  • Red Stick Int. Festival of Animation
  • SIGGRAPH
  • 3D Conference & Expo
  • Showbiz West
  • Women In Film
  • Disney
  • Kidflix Film Festival
  • DV Expo
  • Art Institute
  • FMPTA (Florida Motion Picture & Television Association)
  • Orange County Library System
  • University of Central Florida
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
  • Full Sail University
  • IUPUI – Indianapolis
  • Orlando Small Business Chamber
  • Valencia Community College
  • University of Hawaii
  • Freaks & Geeks
  • Barnes & Noble (multiple signings)
  • Misc. colleges and high schools

Author:

  • Sell Your TV Concept Now Program Training Materials
  • Your Resume Sucks
  • Producing Independent 2D Character Animation
  • Storyboards: Motion In Art
  • Facial Expressions
  • Facial Expressions: Babies to Teens
  • Mind Your Creative Business
  • The Art Direction Workbook
  • BizJournals – 3 weekly resume articles
  • Animation Magazine – Monthly articles
  • AWN, Animation World Network – Monthly articles – Click HERE to read
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Cinefex
  • Create Magazine
  • Filmmaker Magazine
  • Student Filmmaker Magazine
  • Me Magazine

Audio/Video Products

  • Thriving Artist, 3 CD audio set (www.ThrivingArtistOnline.com)
  • Power Pitches, 3 CD audio set
  • TV Experts on CD, 12 CD audio set (www.TV-Experts.com)
  • Sell Your TV Concept Now, 21 training CDs (www.SellYourTvConceptNow.com)
  • The Storyboard Pitch, DVD (www.SellYourTvconceptNow.com)
  • TV Pitch School, 15 CD training set (www.TvPitchSchool.com)