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Pitch Your Project And Yourself!

If you want to work in animation development–either as an executive or as someone bringing a project to executives–you’ll need to master the art of the pitch. And you’ll need to be able to successfully pitch both your project, and yourself. This circle will help you do that.

We’ll cover:

  • How to organize your creative pitch so that it has the biggest impact
  • Why you have created what you created
  • Character
  • World
  • Story
  • The realities of the TV development process
  • How to pitch in your own organization
  • And More…

Mentee Criteria

Criteria / Experience Level:

Entry Level (1-2 yrs of experience)

Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice

Day:  Fridays

Meeting Times:  4pm to 5pm PST

Circle Leader

Michele Hennessy

Michele Hennessy (aka Michele Jabloner aka Michele Jabloner-Weiss), is currently a Senior Creative Executive for Apple TV+ in the preschool division. She is working on current series as well as development that will make an impact to the youngest audience. She has a love to kids media and has built her 25 year career developing and producing kids’ content. Previously at Amazon Kids + she helped develop and produce “Hello Kitty: Super Style” and a premium “Blippi’s Treehouse” show. Previously Michele worked for Prime Video on “Pete the Cat”, “The Stinky and Dirty show”, “Give A Mouse a Cookie”, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Do, Re & Mi” show. Hennessy spent ten years at Disney Jr. as Executive Director, Original Programming. In this role, she supervised development and creative production on multiple Disney Junior series and over fifty shorts. Shows included, “Doc McStuffins”, “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West”, “Puppy Dog Pals” and “Special Agent Oso” and short series. She was also executive producer for Warner Brothers Animation developing, producing and writing series based on their IP. She produced and worked as story editor on “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz”. Michele began her career in animation working on the classic 90’s cartoons – “Doug”, “Ren & Stimpy”,”Rugrats”, “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Hey Arnold.” She has been a writer, producer, and executive of kids’ media but her finest role is Mom to Abigail and two pugs!

Title/Expertise:  Senior Creative Executive

Company:  Apple TV+

Location:  Los Angeles