Animation Insider’s goal is to focus on the blue collared worker of animation; the back bone of the industry. We want to focus on the people in the trenches who make the award winning stuff we love.  Basically if your job is or ever was associated in some way with animated movement, we want to interview you! Even if you’re a big famous hotshot you weren’t always and I’m sure you’ve got great stories to tell! We think everybody has stories to tell from the trenches of animation!

If you’ve ever been in the Animation, Feature film or video game industry, please feel free to send us an email and we will send you the questionnaire!

Boris Zhitomirsky

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
My name is Boris Zhitomirsky and until recently my occupation was Interactive Designer in advertisement company. Now I am looking for another occupation to occupy.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
At some point I was working in a Drama Theater as a stage designer and pretty soon started to spit out the pieces of my lungs after using all these high pressure sprays. No, no, no. It wasn’t the illegal graffiti at all. The only problem is that it was making me a little sick. Now I see it wasn’t actually the crazy job. That was a cool job.  The crazy job was to work in a hospital. I am not sure why but at some point I was accepted to the Med School and after spending a few years between reading the tons of books and cleaning after the sick people I got a license to treat them. And I did for a while. As a young Doctor I was working in Labour and Delivery unit, you see, and my personal record was 7 C-Sections in one night. That was crazy. I decided that after reaching this height in the Medical Field there is nothing else for me to do and promptly I took off. And live happily ever after!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
Some people might find it not worthy, but I am kinda proud of being part of the team working on “The Adventures Of Chico and Guapo” ( for MTV2). Not sure why but we did only one season. Still, it was fun to work with many talented people.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I was born in USSR. That was a country before it became Russia. Now it is becoming USSR again. You might have heard of that country once or twice. So, when I was a little boy we had a black and white TV sets and only 2 channels. During the Summer time at 7:00 pm they were showing “Tom and Jerry”. I have no idea how the government of the USSR gave an approval to show the American Cartoons to the gentle Socialist kids. But we were internally great full for this opportunity to watch “the cat and mouse” and later on a playground to reenact it as well. I was 4 or 5 years old. And then I saw  “The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad”“ by Ray Harryhausen…I guess that’s when I realized that no matter what Siberian prison I might end up, but I want to be an animator.




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Showcasing 24 animated projects from Korea, Malaysia, Thailand,
Australia and beyond that have never been to market before

Toronto, July 30, 2014: Kidscreen is thrilled to announce thatthe third-annual Asian Animation Summit will take place this year in Hanoi, Vietnam from December 3 to 5. The event’s venue is the Sofitel Plaza, a five-star hotel located just a few minutes away from the inspiring capital city’s Old Quarter.

An initiative of KOCCA (Korea), MDeC (Malaysia), SIPA and DITP (Thailand), AAS 2015 is owned and produced by Kidscreen, and supported by Screen Australia. Its organizers are anticipating that 250 to 300 attendees will take part this year. The event is designed to attract producers of animation who are interested in co-producing projects with Asian partners, as well as Asian broadcasters, distributors and investors from Asia and beyond.

Over the course of the three-day event, 24 projects from Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and elsewhere in Asia that are brand-new to the market and looking for financing and partners will be presented. Each day will begin with a highly informative panel discussion or presentation that explores new market trends, business models or creative techniques that are most relevant to Asian producers.

More information about the 2014 Asian Animation Summit can be found online at www.asiananimationsummit.com.

For further details, please contact:

Aimee Norman at DDA Blueprint PR

Tel: +44 (0) 208 985 4708 Email: aimee@ddablueprint.com


Monique Levine at DDA Blueprint PR

Tel: +44 (0) 207 932 9825 Email: Monique@ddablueprint.com




Former Director of Talent Development

Spearheads Company’s Recruitment Efforts at SIGGRAPH

Vancouver, BC (July 30, 2014) Rainmaker Entertainment, the multifaceted Vancouver-based animation studio, has promoted its Director of Talent Development, Tara Kemes, to the newly created position of Vice President Culture and Talent.  Kemes, who first joined Rainmaker in 2009, will spearhead the company’s recruiting efforts while also continuing to develop the unique culture that distinguishes Rainmaker from other animation production studios as it continues to expand its creative and technical teams. Kemes reports to Rainmaker Entertainment SVP, Production and Operations, Kim Dent Wilder, who announced Kemes’ promotion today.