Margaret Dean and Kristy Scanlan have been elected co-presidents of Women In Animation.
The organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 and it includes women from all aspects of the animation industry imagining an industry where "women share fully in the creation, production and rewards of animation, resulting in richer and more diverse entertainment and media that move our culture
Dean is the director of production for Mattel's Playground Productions. She's looking forward to the opportunity to work with Scanlan to fight for women within the animation industry.
Women have always played a vitally important role in animation in spite of history's having overlooked or underplayed many of their contributions. I'm looking forward to collaborating with Kristy and WIA to organise and represent the collective interests of women engaged in all aspects of animation, whether as independent filmmakers, studio artists or business executives, and believe that by working together we can create greater opportunities for us all.
Scanlan, Technicolor's Vice President of Business Development, Animation and Games, is also excited to work with Dean and to represent the women of their industry.
There's power in numbers, especially when we speak with a strong, unified voice. As co-presidents of WIA, Marge and I are proud to represent such an accomplished group of women who, regardless of the specific roles they have in animation, share our concerns and interests in improving the quality of work, influencing other aspects of the entertainment industry and inspiring creative minds to join our ranks.
The pair will be in charge of leading the WIA into the future. The organization just restructured their organization and has formed a new executive committee, board of directors and advisory committee. Former co- presidents, Rita Street and Jan Nagel, will be part of the advisory committee.