Ron Yavnieli

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Ron Yavnieli – Creator of “Gorillaville” currently airing on DreamworksTV.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a professional Horse’s Ass – Once as teenagers, my brother and I were hired to be part of a 2 man “Horse” costume at a birthday party. Y’know, where one guy is the front legs and head, and the other guy is the hind legs and back. Since I’m the younger brother, I had to be the ass.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Well I’m most proud of my current project – Gorillaville.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I grew up in Miami Fl. My first real job in animation was in 1997 at a Miami studio called Continue reading




Netflix, DHX Media, LEGO and Cartoon Network

all secure number-one spots

Toronto, October 28, 2015: Kidscreen is thrilled to announce the results of its Hot50 ranking of 2015’s leading companies in broadcasting, production, distribution, licensing and digital media.

These rankings were determined by vote, with all of Kidscreen’s 15,000+ magazine and newsletter subscribers invited to participate over a three-week period earlier this month. Here are the final results by category:


  1.  Netflix
  2. Cartoon Network US
  3. CBeebies
  5. Disney Channel
  6. DHX Media
  7. Sprout
  8. KiKa
  9. Super RTL
  10. YTV



  1. Cartoon Network Studios
  2. 9 Story Media Group
  3. DreamWorks Animation Television
  4. DHX Media
  5. Sinking Ship Entertainment
  6. Animaccord Animation Studio
  7. Amazon Studios
  8. Breakthrough Entertainment
  9. Brown Bag Films
  10. Spin Master Entertainment



  1. DHX Media
  2. CAKE
  3. 9 Story Media Group
  4. Entertainment One (eOne)
  5. Sesame Workshop
  6. Nelvana Enterprises
  7. The Jim Henson Company
  8. PGS Entertainment
  9. Breakthrough Entertainment
  10. Saban Brands



  1. The LEGO Group
  2. Entertainment One Family (eOne Family)
  3. DHX Brands
  4. Nelvana Enterprises
  5. Sesame Workshop
  6. Saban Brands
  7. Wicked Cool Toys
  8. Zodiak Kids
  9. Budge Studios
  10. ITV Studios Global Entertainment



  1. Cartoon Network Digital
  2. Toca Boca
  3. DHX Media
  4. Sesame Workshop
  5. Hopster
  6. Rovio Entertainment
  7. DreamWorksTV
  8. Maker Studios
  9. Nelvana Digital
  10. National Geographic Kids


The top-ranked companies in each category will be formally inducted into the Kidscreen Hot50 Hall of Fame in a celebration to be held during Kidscreen Summit 2016 (February 8-11 • Miami, Florida).

And all of the Hot50 companies will be profiled in a special print issue due out on December 10 that will be mailed to Kidscreen’s full circulation list, plus distributed at NATPE and Kidscreen Summit in the new year.

Kidscreen will also showcase the Hot50 companies on a dedicated microsite for a full year, and then archive this content so it’s still searchable and accessible online.

For further details, please contact:

Janet Balmforth at DDA Blueprint PR

Tel: +44 (0) 208 868 0511 Email:

News: Dreamworks TV goes live!


Big news in animation today as DreamWorks TV has just launched it’s channel on Youtube. I see this as a big thing for a number of reasons. One, in that studios are beginning to bypass networks with their fickle preferences and long development schedules, and two they’re now developing their own programing which translates to more work for animators and artists in our business simply because some one has to MAKE that content. There are a number of animated pieces up there now including four new animated short series.

Jimmy Blue Shorts; created by Zachary Aufdemberg.

Talking Gorillas; about a trio of gorillas that wreak havoc on their wildlife preserve

Incidentally we interviewed the creator Ron Yavnielli recently here on Animation Insider.

The Report Card; News for Kids created by Jimbo Mattinson.

The Public Pool; created by David Fremont.

We also interviewed David Fremont back in 2011.

Finally there are a large number of clips from How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Puss In Boots and many other DreamWorks IP’s and I imaigne there will be more from their newer films as time goes on.

All in all, I think this will be a spot for the animation community to watch. Check it out!