Global Conference 2011

Global Conference 2011

Animation: Where Technology Meets Imagination

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 / 9:30 am - 10:45 am

For decades, Disney ruled the magic kingdom of animated films unchallenged. Now it's got company. Not only is Pixar on a roll, but it seems that every major Hollywood studio is in the game, along with some big players in Asia and Europe. And not all of these films are aimed solely at children (causing parents everywhere to breathe a sigh of relief). European animators are exploring adult and art house genres, while U.S. blockbusters like "Tangled," "Toy Story 3," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Despicable Me" counted plenty of grownups among audiences. What makes animated films such big business? Why do American films still dominate, and will this trend continue? Foreign animators are producing high-quality films with modest budgets as low as $3 million with an eye toward wider distribution. Is this a threat to the U.S. franchise? What opportunities exist for producers to create international financing, animation and distribution deals?


Kevin Klowden

Managing Economist and Director, California Center, Milken Institute


John Batter

President of Production for Feature Animation, DreamWorks Animation SKG

Glen Keane

Directing Animator, Walt Disney Productions

Chris Meledandri

Founder and CEO, Illumination Entertainment

Chris Sanders

Director, "How to Train Your Dragon"

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