Comedy@SCA #Festival

Comedy@SCA and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite you and a guest to attend a special panel discussion Homer, Shrek and Cleveland Walk Into a Bar: Animated Comedy

Since cinema’s earliest days, animators have taken audiences to funny places beyond the reach of live action. James L. Brooks and an all-star panel of writers, animators and directors discuss the liberating effect of animation on their comedy. Moderated by SCA Animation Professor Tom Sito (Ghostbusters the Animated Series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe).

The panel discussion will include:

  • JAMES L. BROOKS (Co-Creator of The Simpsons)
  • DAVID SILVERMAN (Director: The Simpsons Movie, Co-Director: Monsters, Inc.)
  • RICHARD APPEL (Executive Producer: The Clevland Show, American Dad!)
  • VICKY JENSON (Director: Shrek, Shark Tale)
  • MATT O’CALLAGHAN (Writer: The Great Mouse Detective, Director: Curious George)
11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 9th

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Presented during a two-day Visions & Voices event:
Comedy@SCA Festival, Volume 2
Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 2013

About the Panelists

JAMES L. BROOKS (Co-Creator of The Simpsons)
James L. Brooks is a three-time Academy Award-winner and twenty-time Emmy Award-winner.  He began his television career as a writer who then later produced television hits such as “Taxi,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda,” “Lou Grant,” “Room 222,” “The Tracy Ullman Show,” and “The Simpsons.” Brooks began working in film in 1979 when he wrote the screenplay for Starting Over which he co-produced with Alan J. Pakula. In 1983, Brooks wrote, produced and directed Terms of Endearment for which he earned three Academy Awards. In 1987, he wrote, produced and directed Broadcast News which won the New York Dramas Critics Award for best picture and best screenplay.  Through Gracie Films, Brooks executive produced the feature film Say Anything, produced War of the Roses and co-produced with Robert Greenhut Big.

In 1996, Brooks executive produced the film Bottle Rocket, directed by Wes Anderson, for Columbia Pictures and produced Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renee Zellweger for Tri Star pictures. In 1997, Brooks co-wrote, produced, and directed As Good As It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear. The film was nominated for 7 Academy awards including Best Picture and both Nicholson and Hunt won Oscars for their performances.

Most recently Brooks, wrote and directed How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.

DAVID SILVERMAN (Director: The Simpsons Movie, Co-Director: Monsters, Inc.)
David Silverman is an American animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie. Silverman was involved with the series from the very beginning, where he animated all of the original short Simpsons cartoons that aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and went on to serve as director of animation for several years.

RICHARD APPEL (Executive Producer: The Cleveland Show, American Dad!)
Richard James “Rich” Appel is an American writer, producer and former attorney. Growing up in Wilmette, Illinois, Appel developed a love of comedy and dreamt of a career as a comedy writer; he attended Harvard University and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. Following in his mother’s footsteps Appel instead became a lawyer. After attending law school he started out as a law clerk for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. before becoming a federal attorney, serving as assistant U.S. attorney for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for three years. In 1994, he moved into comedy writing when he was hired for The Simpsons, writing seven episodes of the show including “Mother Simpson”. He moved on to become showrunner and executive producer of King of the Hill before creating the sitcom A.U.S.A.. He then worked on The Bernie Mac Show, Family Guy and American Dad! before co-creating The Cleveland Show.

VICKY JENSON (Director: Shrek, Shark Tale)
Vicky Jenson’s career spans more than two decades in animation and live action. Early on, while storyboarding for directors like John Hughes and Wayne Wang, she developed visual styles for Ralph Bakshi and the groundbreaking animated series, Ren and Stimpy. She served as production designer on animated features including Ferngully: The Last Rainforest and Road to El Dorado, and as a director of Shrek andShark Tale.

Jenson’s work has earned countless awards, including an Academy Award, recognition from the Annies, BAFTA, The Broadcast Critics Association, Cannes, the People’s Choice Awards and The Golden Globes.

MATT O’CALLAGHAN (Writer: The Great Mouse Detective, Director: Curious George)
A native of Chicago, Illinois, O’Callaghan attended the Character Animation Program at Cal Arts. He began his career as an animator at Disney where he worked on such films as The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid and Who Framed Roger Rabbitt.

O’Callaghan was offered his first directorial job; the theatrical animated short, The Itsy Bitsy Spider starring Jim Carrey which he later developed into a TV series for Paramount. Comedian Louie Anderson sought him out and together they created the award winning series Life With Louie for Fox.

O’Callaghan also directed Disney’s Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, Sony’s Open Season 2 and Universal’s Curious George. O’Callaghan also recently worked with Warner Bros. and directed a series of new theatrical 3D Looney Tunes shorts.

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