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Dinner With... Pros

Dinner With A Pro is a series of dinner events where a small group of Creators Society members will have the opportunity to dine with an animation professional.

Here is how it works: Members will receive an email with a link to submit an application to be a part of a small dinner with an animation professional.  On the online application form members can choose which pros they’d like to have dinner with by indicating their top 5 choices.

We will then look over the applications, and match 6-7 members with each of the Pros. We will do our best to accommodate everyone with one of their top choices, but it will depend on how many members participate and what pro/s each member selects.  For the members who are matched with a Pro we will send out an event invite to them to RSVP to lock in their seat at the dinner table.

Beth Cannon

Vice President, Development
DreamWorks Animation Television

Beth Cannon is Vice President of Development for DreamWorks Animation Television. She oversees all aspects of creative direction from inception, through development, and into current series production for a rapidly growing slate of original television projects. She reports to Chief Creative Officer of TV development, Peter Gal, and is part of the creative team tasked with developing original animated programming inspired by characters from DreamWorks Animation’s iconic franchises and upcoming feature films, Universal Pictures, in addition to projects based on original and acquired IP. Among the animated television series Cannon has developed at DWA TV are the reimagined popular 80’s series, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Spirit Riding Free, Harvey Street Kids, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation Television, Cannon served in a development and current series role at Cartoon Network in addition to a variety of positions in development, script analysis, production and casting. She holds a BA from Regis College in Communications and Religious Studies and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University School of the Arts.

Hosted by The Creators Society Development Branch

David Hartman


A 20-year veteran of television animation, the multi-talented Hartman has worked as an Emmy Award-nominated director, producer, illustrator and character designer throughout his career. Hartman's directorial credits include the live-action horror film PHANTASM 5: RAVAGER and animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, Astro Boy, Jackie Chan Adventures, Godzilla:The Series, and many more. Additionally, Hartman directed two animated music videos for rock musician Rob Zombie. Hartman's other credits include visual effects supervisor for the cult film Bubba Ho-Tep, animator and vfx artist for John Dies at the End and production consultant for Showtime's Masters of Horror series. In addition to his television animation work, Hartman is an award winning illustrator whose artwork graces numerous comic books, magazines and music albums covers.

Hosted by: The Creators Society Production Branch

Craig Miller

Publicist, producer, author, Star Wars Memories

Craig Miller’s career has been all over the pop culture map, working on publicity, licensing, and as a special projects producer for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal, The Last Starfighter, Muppets Take Manhattan, Return to Oz, The Thing, and more. He’s written and produced animation ranging from The Smurfs and Curious George to The Real Ghostbusters to G.I. Joe and Beast Wars and live-action shows such as Showtime’s The Hunger. He’s created and written shows for China, Latin America, Italy, France, Dubai, and Israel. His book about his years at Lucasfilm, Star Wars Memories, will be coming out later this year.

Hosted by: The Creators Society Development Branch

Grant Moran

Founder, KEPYR

2015 Emmy winner for "Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program" for his work as Head Writer on PBS Kids' "WORDGIRL" series, Grant's been a writer, story editor, producer and executive in children’s and family entertainment for 25 years.

He started out as a director and dramaturge in professional theater, developing new works at the Sundance Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the New York Theatre Workshop.

Segueing into television, he first worked at Warner Bros. Animation as a staff writer-producer, contributing to the development and production of such modern classics as “ANIMANIACS,” “TINY TOON ADVENTURES,” and “BATMAN". At Nickelodeon, he worked both sides of the desk, first overseeing production on "RUGRATS" and "THE WILD THORNBERRYS" as Executive Director of Current Series and then serving as Head Writer/Co-Producer on JIMMY NEUTRON, BOY GENIUS.

After overseeing production on Cartoon Network's "PINK PANTHER & PALS" for RGH Entertainment, Grant was Head Writer on PBS Kids' "WORDGIRL" series. Recently, he's worked on Marvel Animation's "GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY", and "MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN" and "BOB THE BUILDER", "LITTLE PEOPLE", and "WELLIE WISHERS" for Mattel. Last year he developed "BARBIE DREAMHOUSE ADVENTURES" for Mattel Creations and was Head Writer for the series.

He's currently developing the "NUT JOBS" animated series, based on the hit "NUT JOB" feature franchise, for Toonbox Entertainment/Pipeline Studios.

Grant works regularly as a creative consultant, helping companies all over the world develop and produce fun, smart, quality entertainment for kids and families.

In 2016 Grant founded Kids Entertainment Professionals for Young Refugees (KEPYR) which rallies the international children's entertainment community in support of UNICEF's work with child refugees everywhere. More info at www.kepyr.org

Hosted by: The Creators Society Development Branch

Peter Ramsey

Sony Pictures Animation

Peter Ramsey began his career as a storyboard artist on a notable number of live action feature films such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Boyz n the Hood, Minority Report, Being John Malkovich, and Fight Club, among many others. He served as Second Unit Director on live action feature films including Tank Girl and Godzilla.

Making a transition to the world of feature animation, Peter joined Dreamworks Animation as a Story Artist on Shrek 3, and Head of Story on Monsters vs. Aliens. He went on to direct the Monsters vs. Aliens TV special Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space! after which he directed the 2012 feature film Rise of the Guardians, starring Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law and Hugh Jackman.

He was most recently one of the directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, released in December of 2018 by Sony Pictures Animation, which was awarded the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Peter is a member of AMPAS, the DGA and the Art Directors’ and Animation Guilds.

Hosted by: The Creators Society Production Branch

Sean Reed

Animation Producer
Bento Box Entertainment

While attending school for architecture at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Sean narrowed his path and set his sights on Hollywood. As someone who wrote a high-school paper on the career of Walter Elias Disney, you might imagine how overwhelmed Sean was to learn his first industry opportunity would be with The Walt Disney Company – in the copy room! Throughout 13 years of invaluable production experience with Disney, he had the privilege of enjoying daily contributions in story and development meetings, artist production workflow, actor recording sessions, and even the occasional ping-pong game. Some of those productions include Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Kim Possible, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.

After a thirteen year animation education from The Walt Disney Company, Sean went on to hone his production and producing skills on such shows as, Rick and Morty, Jeff Dunham’s Achmed Saves America, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love, HBO’s Animals., Legends of Chamberlin Heights, and Alien News Desk.

Today, Sean has found a home at Bento Box Entertainment, where he’s been for over 6 years. He is currently the animation producer on the Netflix series, Paradise PD – Season 2.

Hosted by: The Creators Society Production Branch

Anthony Tyler

Digital Supervisor
DreamWorks Animation

Anthony Tyler, a true Texan born and raised, is currently a Digital Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation, where he oversees a team of Technical Directors and Pipeline Engineers developing next-generation production technology for feature animation. In this studio role, Tony is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for cutting-edge workflows while aligning efforts across multiple technology teams, including R&D and platform services. Prior to his current role, Tony proved himself a veteran of animation production, serving as a Supervising Technical Director on The Boss Baby, a Lead Technical Director on Rise of the Guardians, and a specialist in character effects workflows on various films, including Monsters vs. Aliens and Puss in Boots. Tony began his career as a Rendering Technical Director on The Ant Bully at DNA Productions.

In addition to his technology leadership efforts, Tony has served as an instructor and researcher in the field of computer graphics and engineering, all while managing to make time for a plethora of hobbies including gaming, crafting, and barbecuing.

Hosted by: The Creators Society Technology Branch

Valeria Zunzun

Multilingual and multicultural voice and casting director, voice talent

After a Master’s degree in art and literature, Valeria studied stage and artistic direction and began directing children theater in Cuba.

Then, for almost two years, she produced and directed her own radio show in France, while beginning her voice over career.

Valeria moved to Miami in 2005, where she randomly but gladly fell into dubbing -as a voice talent. She then began assisting directors, to quickly become one of the main dubbing directors in town, in French and Spanish (and even –in one occasion- in Haitian Creole, for Sesame Workshop).

She directed and dubbed many projects (in French and Spanish): telenovelas, TV series, films, animation, VO… (Telemundo, TV Azteca, France O, Sesame Workshop, V-me, Disney, Gaiam…) She also translated and adapted many scripts for dubbing.

In 2011, Valeria moved to Los Angeles. California quickly felt like home, and she began directing for LA studios and dubbing companies, in French, Spanish and English.

She is now one of the dubbing directors regularly directing projects for Netflix and other studios (Jim Henson's, Hulu, Amazon...), in English, French and Spanish. She recently directed the English dubbing of Netflix original series "The Break" and the French version of Jim Henson's animated series "Splash and Bubbles".

Her attention to details and her passion for every single project she directs always leave clients and productions satisfied.

Valeria has also opened her own voices and dubbing services company, Zunzun Entertainment, offering voices for animation, dubbing and VO in 9 languages. She also has a professional recording studio.

Hosted by: The Creators Society Voice Actors Branch

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