WIA President Marge Dean Appointed Head Of Skybound Entertainment’s Animation Studio

WIA President Marge Dean Appointed Head Of Skybound Entertainment's Animation Studio

We’re thrilled to share WIA president Marge Dean has been appointed as Head of Skybound Entertainment’s Animation Studio.

“I’ve always admired Skybound’s creator-driven spirit, and it’s a company rich with content. I’m excited to join the company during this phase of growth and evolution, and look forward to working closely with Skybound leadership and creative teams on these amazing properties.” — Marge Dean, WIA President

Marge is an Emmy-winning animation industry veteran who is known for building studios and animation pipelines. She has been responsible for the design or re-design of several studios large and small, including Columbia-TriStar TV, Warner Bros. Animation, Mattel’s Playground Production, Omation (Steve Oedekerk), Technicolor Animation and Wildbrain Entertainment.

She will be overseeing production on all of Skybound’s original animated content which includes the company’s partnership with Amazon Studios on production of the second and third seasons of its hit animated series Invincible, which she will exec produce alongside Skybound founders Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, Catherine Winder and Simon Racioppa.

Read more about this great news here.

‘Knowhere, USA’ Chosen As Sony Talent League Top Three

'Knowhere, USA' Chosen As Sony Talent League Top Three

A huge congratulations is in order for WIA mentee Elizabeth Dix and Gracie Dix’s project, “Knowhere, USA,” as their short was selected as Top Three in the World at Sony Talent League by THU!

Elizabeth took to Instagram  (@elizabethdix) to share the news last week with an added message for all their supporters:

“Knowhere is IN!!!! We are so beyond excited (and nervous) and grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to get started!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the votes, shares, and sweet messages you guys sent our way🥰 We are truly shocked.”

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Gracie! Well deserved!

Take a look at “Knowhere, USA” here.

Why Are There So Few Women Working In Visual Effects?

Our very own WIA Vice President, Jinko Gotoh, was interviewed for this great package from The LAist and KPCC about the lack of women and gender diversity within the VFX industry and about our recent report conducted with USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Invisible in Visual Effects: Understanding the Prevalence and Experiences of Women in the Field.

The report found that of the 400 top-grossing films from 2016-19, there was virtually no change of women receiving VFX credits. That number was an abysmal 20.8 percent in 2016 and just 22.6 percent in 2019.

Read the entire LAist article here

Listen to the KPCC interview here

Highlighting these disparities is the first step in changing them. To read the entire Annenberg Inclusion Initiative/WIA report, click here.

Animation Industry Mourns The Loss Of Vera Pacheco

We at Women In Animation were saddened to hear of the passing of talented clean-up artist Vera Pacheco.

Vera was a well-respected hand-drawn artist whose animation career spanned more than five decades, with most of those years at The Walt Disney Studios. Pacheco’s earliest credit was as an inbetween artist on Pete’s Dragon, and she rose to the rank of cleanup supervisor on a number of films, including The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh.

Her span of work included time with Don Bluth’s studio, and also a stint in character finaling at Walt Disney Feature Animation on Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons. Short in stature but tall in talent and leadership, Pacheco’s style and supervisory guidance influenced hundreds of artists over the course of her illustrious career.

While her work lives on through her many animated films, her presence will be missed by friends and family.