Animation Scoop Editor Jerry Beck is an animation historian and cartoon producer. His twelve books on the subject include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The 50 Greatest Cartoons. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, and is an animation consultant to Warner Home Video and Shout Factory. Beck has programmed animation retrospectives for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has taughtanimation history at NYU, SVA, the AFI and at UCLA. He is the host/producer of the annual Worst Cartoons Ever screening at the San Diego Comic Con.
Beck started his career in film distribution, working at MGM/UA, Orion Classics, Cannon Films and Expanded Entertainment (Tournee ofAnimation), before starting his own company, Streamline Pictures in 1989, the first U.S. company to import anime features such as Otomo’s Akira and Miyazaki’s Castle In The Sky. Beck was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, has written for Kidscreen, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, and was co-founder of the website Cartoon Brew. He has also created, written and produced animated films for various studios. He teaches Animation History at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA and is currently writing a coffee table book on the art of Spongebob Squarepants for Nickelodeon.
Animation Scoop Contributing Editor Bill Desowitz is owner of Immersed in Movies and a regular contributor to Indiewire's Thompson on Hollywood. He's also a book reviewer for USA Today, and the author of James Bond Unmasked exploring the 50-year evolution of 007 and featuring interviews with all six actors.He's the former editor of AWN/VFXWorld and Animation Magazine, and has contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Wired, and CineMontage, among other sites and publications.
Charles Solomon (anime, Manga and film criticism) is an internationaly known animation historian and critic, has written for magazine and newspapers worldwide, from The New York Times to Rolling Stone. He is author of several books including The Art of Toy Story 3 and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation. His most recent book is The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials.
Floyd Bishop will be reporting on video games and CG in general. He's a Senior Animator at Sony Online Entertainment where he's worked on several titles, most recently Free Realms. Floyd was a character animator on the first Ice Age; did hair and fur simulation on Barnyard the Movie, and ran his own animation studio where he animated on a bunch of direct-to-video films, television pilots, commercials, web shows, and more. Floyd also has a YouTube channel with over 11.2 million views.
Greg Ehrbar (DVD reviews, etc.) is a two-time Grammy nominated and Addy-winning writer, producer and historian. Greg works in print, radio, online, recordings and in network TV. He's the co-author of Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records, co-editor of the forthcoming Inside the Whimsy-Works: My Life with Walt Disney Productions and a contributor toThe Cartoon Music Book. Greg also appears on TV Confidential and at MouseTracksOnline.com.
Charles Kenny writes prolifically on his own blog, The Animation Anomaly and maintains a keen interest in all things animation-related, always with an eye to the future. Born and raised in Ireland, he is a member of the Society for Animation Studies and is currently completing an MBA in International Business.
Martin Goodman (book reviews, etc.) has written numerous articles and reviews for Animation World Network and contributed to several books of animation history as a research assistant.