Panel #5 – Sunday, Oct. 7, 11:30am - 12:30pm:
Women in Animation (WIA) presents NextGen World View
Hear the views of several NextGen filmmakers on inclusion, intersectionality and the near future when 75% of the workforce will be NextGen. The panel will dive deep into how the newest generation of animation leaders see identity and creative work and how that conversation is shaping content and changing the industry landscape. The discussion will explore what each panelist is doing to influence that conversation, ultimately answering the question: Where does the next generation feel we need to head and what does that look like?
Moderator: Emily Nordwind, Vice President of Production, Paramount Animation
Emily Nordwind was recently appointed Vice President of Production and Development at Paramount Animation, focusing on the front end of production and finding new comedic material. She joined the women at Paramount Animation led by Mireille Soria, and is part of the team building a new slate of titles. Prior to her post at Paramount, Emily worked at DreamWorks Animation on CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, HOME, MADAGASCAR 3, and TBS’ adult animated series “Neighbors from Hell.”
Emily Limyun Dean, Writer/Director, Grade 8 Productions
Emily Limyun Dean is an Asian-Australian-American Writer and Director based in Los Angeles. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) in History from the University of Sydney, and studied Animation at California Institute of the Arts.
Emily began making short films at age 12 and storyboarding professionally in the advertising industry at age 15. In 2012 her animated short film FORGET ME NOT was nominated for an Australian Academy Award (AACTA) for Animated Short.
Emily trained in the Story Department at Pixar Animation Studios, and has since worked in the Story Department at Warner Bros on THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017) THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART (2019) and SCOOBY-DOO (2020). In 2017 Emily was a Visual Consultant on the live action sci fi thriller HOTEL ARTEMIS Directed by Writer/Director Drew Pearce (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION) starring Jodie Foster. In 2017 Emily also wrote and directed her live action debut, the sci-fi drama short ANDROMEDA, currently on the festival circuit.
Emily currently develops material through her production company Grade 8 Productions. Emily is represented by Bryan Besser and Chris Noriega at Verve and managed by Brad Petrigala at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Tiffany Ford, Story Artist/Director/Illustrator
Tiffany Ford is a Los Angeles-based artist, currently working at Cartoon Network as a storyboard artist and writer on Craig of the Creek. Previously, she was a director on Disney TVA's Big City Greens.
Tiffany has also co-illustrated the NYT Best-Selling children's book, The Answer (Steven Universe), and has had editorial illustrations featured in the New York Times.
Lindsey Olivares, Production Designer, “The Mitchells vs. The Machines”, Sony Pictures Animation
Lindsey Olivares currently serves as production designer and lead character designer on Sony Pictures Animation's original animated comedy The Mitchells Vs. The Machines, slated for theatrical release in January 2020.
Before joining Sony Pictures Animation in Culver City, Lindsey was living in a small town on the Sacramento River with her grandmother and chickens. Lindsey self-published a book about her chickens titled Pasión del Gallo Indomable. Lindsey worked as a freelance visual development artist and illustrator with a focus on character design and caricature. Her freelance clients have included Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Locksmith Animation, Nickelodeon, Google, Furry Puppet Studio, Titmouse, Hornet Inc, Psyop, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Facebook. Lindsey also served as a character art director within Social VR at Facebook.
Lindsey has a passion for caricature illustration. She is an award-winning caricature artist, recently awarded the "Silver Nosey" at the 2017 International Society of Caricature Artist competition. Lindsey has also worked as an artist at PDI DreamWorks Animation on films such as Trolls, Penguins of Madagascar, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
Lindsey studied computer animation at Ringling College of Art and Design. As a student, her thesis film received awards including "Best of Show" at Siggraph Asia. As a student, she interned at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a character design and visual development intern.
Janet Wu, Manager, Family Features, Netflix
Janet Wu is Manager of Family Features at Netflix, focusing on feature animation content for the Kids & Family division. Previously she was a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she worked with WDAS directors, writers, and artists to craft their feature film projects. She previously worked in development and production at Mirada, a studio co-founded by Guillermo del Toro, and at Scott Free Productions, the production company of Ridley Scott. Janet is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in English, Environmental Science and Policy, and Film/Video/Digital Studies. She currently lives in Los Angeles.