The CTN animation eXpo
Nov 17-19, 2017
Burbank Convention Center
The only event of its kind presents a unique opportunity that brings together the top professionals from both the traditional and digital worlds of animation. Hosted by The Creative Talent Network® , this now eight year event has captured both the industry and local community's attention as a resource for education, employment, inspiration, business opportunities and most of all FUN!
Since its inception in 2006 The Creative Talent Network® stands as the seminal community for the worlds leading top creators of both traditional and digital animated films. The CTN animation eXpo with the simple motto: “Putting The Talent Center Stage” gives attendees a privileged peak at the inspiring knowledge base and passion that looms large behind the creation of memorable characters, award winning stories and magnificent worlds all shared through the form of presentations, live demonstrations and practical workshops. With the accumulation of literally hundreds of world class creators crossing over studio and international boundaries who come together under one roof for 3-days presents an awe inspiring picture of what it not only takes to create these films but what it takes to be a successful creator in this ever evolving medium we call animation!
This grass roots event is the central element for “Animation Week” and held in the animation capital of the world, Burbank CA. We are very proud to report that our launch in 2009 opened to over 2,800 attendees and is now 6,000+ including professional animators, art students, animation studio executives and recruiters from France, Italy, Germany, London, Ireland, Canada and many US cities. Our highly focused exhibition hall includes over 300 artist and industry exhibitors including technology suppliers, educational institutions, and production studios like Sony Pictures Animation. Sponsorships have included BlueSky Animation Studios, Animation Magazine, DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Wacom to name a few along with US exclusive sneak peek screenings that have included “The Illusionist”, “The Secret of the Kells” and “Tangled”.
In 2009 CTN was honored that Ronald Searle, although unable to attend due to his age, endorsed CTNX and was the “Guest of Honor” followed by the US exclusive appearance of Jean Giraud “Moebius” in 2010 followed by Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, Mike Mignola, Regis Loisel, Dice Tsutsumi, Lou Romano, Tadehiro Uesugi, Rob Minkoff, John Musker, Ron Clements, Peter de Seve, Carter Goodrich, Sergio Pablos, Evgeni Tomov, Andy Gaskill, Kent Melton, Andreas Deja, Paul Felix, Eric Goldberg, Don Bluth, Brenda Chapman, Bill Plympton, Greg Couch, Oscar Grillo, Syd Mead, Glen Keane, and many more each and every year.
Each year we have over 40 presenters who are contributors from some of the highest grossing films or games in the history of animation including those artists who have inspired them. From Newcomer, to Professional to Legend, attendees come from Egypt, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Europe and more with over 50% coming from outside the Burbank / Glendale area to connect with this community once a year. Presenters are hand picked and is considered an honor to participate.
While the Expo has a very broad appeal, it is focused specifically on "THE TALENT" from the animation and surrounding communities. In an intimate setting at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center thousands of attendees meet the faces behind the fantasy from yesterday, today and tomorrow over the course of 3 days. The event presenters include contributors from some of the highest grossing animated films of all time and are targeted to empower professionals, educate students and entertain the general public.
Of particular interest to attendees are the Live Demonstrations, Networking Receptions, Master Workshops, Panel Discussions, Business Symposiums, Recruiting and the Professional Exhibits offered throughout the Expo as well as the signature One-On-One Personal Consultations with creative professionals from top studios and educational institutions both local and international all happening during the first citywide proclamation of "Animation Week" just for this event.
With a demographic that includes both students and professionals it is our pleasure to work closely with each of our sponsors to ensure that every agreement is tailored to address your specific marketing objectives. Together we can make this event a memorable and successful one that will bring the community together as well as raise awareness for the animation medium each and every year.
"...AMAZING ... ONE OF A KIND ... BETTER THAN EVER ... SO NEEDED IN OUR INDUSTRY..."
"The CTN animation eXpo for the ninth year in a row is a smash success and with your continued dedication to "the talent" we are clearly here to stay! I am proud to report that we had a lot of new people join us this year from Egypt, Brazil, France, Japan, Spain, Germany and I say thank you to "everyone" for crossing over so many time zones and studio boundaries to participate in a show produced by artists and for artists that remains true to our simple motto of putting "the talent center stage"." ~Founder and Producer Tina Price
About the Founder
began her career as a professional ballet dancer with New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Chicago Lyric Opera. She transitioned to an animation career at the age of 26 by training with Don Bluth on his independent film “Banjo The Woodpile Cat”. Following that Tina worked as a Key Clean Up Artist with Filmmation Studios from 1979 - 1983. In 1983 she entered Walt Disney Feature Animation as a Clean Up inbetweener working with Andreas Deja on “The Black Cauldron”. After her work on “The Great Mouse Detective” she entered the computer animation department in 1985 pioneering the first digital animation department at Walt Disney Feature Animation contributing digital animation to traditionally animated films and including the award winning short film shown at SIGGRAPH “Oilspot and Lipstick”.
Promoted to head of the computer animation department at Disney she contributed digital animation to “Oliver and Company”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Aladdin” and “Rescuers Down Under”. Still growing she entered Visual Development and designed Characters for “Hercules”, “Tarzan”, Fantasia/2000 and Dinosaur after which she was promoted to Artistic Coordinator on “Treasure Planet”.
Leaving Walt Disney in 2006 Tina went on to become Line Producer working for JibJab Studios. Today Tina is most know for being the found of The Creative Talent Network and producer of the CTN animation eXpo.
“Tina maintains a well publicized organization that keeps professionals in the limelight, and introduces talent to people that otherwise might have possibly missed them. Exposure is aggressive without being obnoxious. Tina is sharp and very pleasant to work with.” ~Daniel Cooper Art Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios