Miami, Feb. 6, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) presents Warner Brothers Animation former President Sander Schwartz as part of its Art of Tech Lecture Series at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. This event is sponsored by the Aspen Institute.
Schwartz currently works as an independent producer, developing live-action and animated content for domestic and international exhibitors and distribution platforms. He also provides advisory services to TV and film companies in the U.S., Europe, China, Russia and Australia on all aspects of media and entertainment. With a unique expertise in children’s content, Schwartz has recently developed and produced the “Skylanders Academy” series for Activision Film & Television Group, which is available on Netflix worldwide, and “Subway Surfers,” based on the iconic, and most downloaded in history, mobile app game.
He 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, Schwartz 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 became the most prolific independent producer of children’s programming in the world.
Before joining FME, Schwartz was President of Warner Bros. Animation and responsible for the production of theatrical, television and made-for-video animated programming. Schwartz 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 11 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.” Schwartz 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, Schwartz 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.
MDC MAGIC’s Art of Tech Series empowers, elevates and inspires innovation within the growing digital technologies industry. The speaker series brings together a wide spectrum of executive level professionals in the areas of Computer Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, Virtual and Augmented Reality.
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