Panel #2 – Saturday, Oct 6, 1:30pm - 3:00pm:
Breaking through the Boys’ Club: Effective Strategies for Positive Change in the Industry
With recent developments related to the #MeToo movement, this panel explores past and current sexual harassment taking place in the animation industry. Representing the television and feature film animation industry, panelists explore how to navigate the traditionally male environment and ideas on transforming the animation industry.
Moderator: Ashley Long, Supervising Director on Paradise P.D., Netflix; Animation Guild Executive Board member and Anti-Harassment committee Co-chair
Ashley J. Long is currently the Supervising Director on Netflix's original adult animation series Paradise P.D., and is one of very few women to have held that title in adult comedy content. She also serves as a member of the Animation Guild's Executive Board and is co-chair of the Anti-Harassment committee. Ashley has spent most of her 13-year career in prime time style comedy, including shows like King of the Hill, American Dad, The Awesomes, and Brickleberry. She's a strong advocate for womens' safety both in and outside of the office, a veteran mentor in the WIA mentorship program, and mama to a whole bunch of cats and reptiles.
Sidney Clifton – Producer, Casting Director, Voice Director, and Development Executive in animated and live-action content. Currently Creative Recruiter at Riot Games.
Emmy-nominated producer Sidney Clifton has over twenty years of experience as an executive producer, producer, casting director, voice director, and development executive in animated and live-action content across multiple platforms.
In her career to date, Ms. Clifton has worked with artists and creators including comic book legend Stan Lee, Dr. Maya Angelou, Ringo Starr, BB King, comedian Jeff Dunham, Tyler Perry, Leann Rimes, Naomi Judd, and Harry Connick, Jr. Her credits include Celebration Table with Maya Angelou, Tripping the Rift, Stan Lee's The Condor, Hellboy: Sword Of Storms, Rob Zombie's The Haunted Movie Of El Superbeasto, Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love; Me, Eloise, and BET's animated series, Marvel's Black Panther.
She currently serves as a creative recruiter at Riot Games, and has been a featured speaker at colleges and universities across North America, including California Institute of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Maryland Institute of Arts, NYU-Tisch, Sheridan College, Savannah College Art and Design, George Mason University, and Ringling College of Art & Design.
Her experience and passions uniquely position her to identify and mentor talented emerging artists across genres, ages, and cultures. In 2015, she became the first African-American female animation producer to tour potential animation studio locations in Havana, Cuba at the invitation of Casa Productura and CubaVision.
Ms. Clifton is passionate about discovering and supporting artists, storytellers and creators worldwide.
Megan Dong, Storyboard Artist and Director
Megan Nicole Dong is a marine biology enthusiast, comic artist, and animation professional based in Southern California. Best known for her Sketchshark comics, Megan has also worked as a storyboard artist and director for DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon. She was named one of Variety magazine’s Ten Animators to Watch in 2017.
Jane Hartwell, Producer of upcoming animated feature UglyDolls, STX Entertainment
Jane Hartwell is producing UglyDolls, an animated film from STX Entertainment based on the popular plush doll franchise and set to release May 10, 2019. Before UglyDolls, she was a Producer at DreamWorks Animation for nine years, most notably for The Croods, which grossed $587 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Prior to producing, Hartwell served as Head of Global Production and Strategy, where she oversaw the production aspects and needs of all of the animated projects in progress at DreamWorks Animation. She initially joined the studio in 1996 as a Production Manager on DreamWorks' first computer-animated feature film, Antz. During this time, she was instrumental in transitioning PDI from a commercial production house to a feature film studio. She then served as the Associate Producer on the Academy Award-winning blockbuster Shrek. Ms. Hartwell is a graduate of Columbia University.
Louise Nemschoff, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Attorney, Nemschoff Law Offices
Louise Nemschoff’s entertainment and intellectual property law practice encompasses domestic and international transactions in film, television, digital media (including video games, internet and mobile), transmedia, animation, comic books, and other publishing. With 35 years experience in all facets of the entertainment business, Louise brings an unique insight to each client's individual situation, providing client-centered customized solutions. In addition to representing clients, Louise sits as an arbitrator and mediates entertainment industry and intellectual property disputes. (ss)
Amy Winfrey, Director, Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and Tuca and Bertie, creator of web cartoon Hooray for Hell, and UCLA Animation Workshop Lecturer
Amy Winfrey is the creator of the animated television series Making Fiends, and of the web cartoons Muffin Films and Big Bunny. Her animation has been featured in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Seoul International Animation Festival and The World Animation Celebration. She graduated from UCLA with an MFA in animation, and got her start in the animation industry working on the first season of Comedy Central’s South Park. Amy is currently directing on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and Tuca and Bertie, working on her new web cartoon Hooray for Hell, and teaching at UCLA.