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CMA & WIA Present: Pitch Tips!

February 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

CMA & WIA Present: Pitch Tips!

CMA has partnered with Women in Animation to put together a panel of executives from our favorite networks including: Sprout, Frederator and WNET, to discuss the pitch process for Preschool-Elementary Shows and Gaming! Our lineup of speakers include Kristofer Updike (Sprout), Fred Seibert (Frederator), Jill Peters (WNET) and former CMA President Jordan Geary (Sesame Workshop). Join us for an evening where these seasoned professionals share with us their pitch tips!

Women in Animation (WIA) – Lisa Goldman will be Moderating


Date and Time: Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: WNET, Worldwide Plaza, Kellen Boardroom – 825 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, between 8th and 9th Ave.


More about our speakers:  

Fred Seibert is the founder and CEO of Frederator Networks, Chief Creative Officer of WOW! Unlimited Media (Frederator’s parent company), and a serial media entrepreneur.

He was the first creative director of MTV, the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and the founder of Next New Networks (acquired by YouTube). Fred’s on the board of directors of Sawhorse Media, and was the first investor in Tumblr.

Frederator Networks is Channel Frederator, the world’s largest animation network, Frederator Studios, the most successful independent cartoon production company of the past 20 years, with hits on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon (Adventure Time and The Fairly OddParents), Cartoon Hangover, the home of original programming like Bravest Warriors, Bee & PuppyCat (history’s most backed animation Kickstarter), and 107 Facts. And, the Átomo Network, the world’s first Hispanic animation network, a joint venture with Ánima Estudios in Mexico City.

WOW! Unlimited is a new media company that is a merger of Frederator Networks, Rainmaker Entertainment, and Ezrin Hirsh, with offices in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and Burbank.

Kristofer Updike is the Director of Original Programming and Development for Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network. In this role, Updike leads the creation of all original long-form programs and develops live action and animated properties. He has produced and developed over 200 hours of television for Sprout, including the original series “Terrific Trucks” which follows the adventures of five real, live action trucks; the interplanetary comedic series “Astroblast!”; and the Parents’ Choice award-winning show “The Chica Show.”

Updike has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, working exclusively in television and film. Previously, he was Vice President of Production at the stop-motion animation studio, Bix Pix Entertainment. In this capacity he wrote, produced, pitched and directed programming for clients, including the Emmy- and Annie-nominated show “The Roadents.”

Updike graduated with a B.A. degree in Theatre, Film and Art from Albright College, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He resides in New York City.

Jill Peters: As the director of creative development and an executive producer for THIRTEEN/WNET’s Children’s and Educational Media department, Jill Peters has overseen writing, development, and production of many award-winning educational projects. Oh Noah! introduces Spanish through games and the animated misadventures of a boy staying with his grandmother in a community where few speak English. Mission US is a series of online games through which players take on the roles of young people in different eras of American history. Get the Math uses a mixture of video and interactive challenges to helps student develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems. She also has written and produced live-action and animated shorts for Cyberchase, Franny’s Feet, and Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, for which she was an executive producer. Other credits include Freedom: A History of US and the What’s Up? series focusing on careers.

Jill received a BA in English from Princeton University and an MS in broadcasting and film from Boston University.

Former CMA President Jordan Geary: An Emmy-award nominated animation producer, director, show creator, writer, and on-air personality, Jordan Geary works at Sesame Workshop as their Director of Creative Development. Jordan uses his extensive background in animation, live-action, post-production, motion graphics, and development in Sesame’s work on new longform series and shorts. More than anything though, Jordan loves to entertain people and tell stories.

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February 27, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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