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Art of Tech: Sander Schwartz (Warner Bros Animation, former President)
February 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
SANDER SCHWARTZ Bio
As an independent producer, Sander develops live-action and animated content for domestic and international exhibitors and distribution platforms. In addition, he currently provides advisory services to TV and film companies in the U.S., Europe, China, Russia and Australia respecting all aspects of media and entertainment. With a unique expertise in children’s content, Sander has in recent years developed and produced the “Skylanders Academy”series for Activision Film & Television Group, which is available on Netflix worldwide, and “Subway Surfers”, based upon the iconic (and most downloaded in history) mobile app game.
Sander has received multiple Daytime Emmy Award nominations from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was awarded an Emmy for his role in producing “The Batman” series for Kids WB. He has also received numerous other awards for kids programming, including the Humanitas, Peabody Award, KidScreen and the Prism Awards.
From 2009 through 2013, Sander was President, Kids and Family Entertainment for FremantleMedia Enterprises (“FME”), a division he founded within the world’s leading independent television production, distribution and brand management company. Within four years of its inception, the division had produced 13 series for top-tier networks and become the most prolific independent producer of children’s programming in the world
Before joining FME, Sander was President of Warner Bros. Animation and responsible for the production of theatrical, television and made-for-video animated programming. Sander also worked with Warner Bros. Pictures to develop animated feature films based on all-new characters, as well as the Studio’s classic Looney Tunes, DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera properties. During his tenure at Warner Bros., its slate of TV series grew from two to eleven series in the span of just three years. Warner Bros Animation’s TV projects overseen by Schwartz include the multiple Emmy Award winner “What’s New Scooby Doo”, the Emmy-nominated “Xiaolin Showdown”, “Teen Titans”, “Justice League Unlimited”, “Johnny Test”, and “Krypto the Superdog”.
Sander joined Warner Bros. from Sony Pictures Family Entertainment, where he served as the division’s first President, responsible for creating family-orientated entertainment and animation across all media, including “Jackie Chan Adventures”, “Max Steel”, Dragon Tales” and “Men in Black: The Series”. While at Sony Pictures, Sander also established Columbia TriStar Television Children’s Programming. Under his leadership, over a dozen new television series were developed, produced and distributed in syndication and network television.
Prior to joining Columbia TriStar Television, he was Executive Vice President of TMS Entertainment, a subsidiary of the iconic Japanese animation production company, Tokyo Movie Shinsha.
Lecture: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Q&A: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.