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Challenge of the Looney Tunes

Title: What’s Up Doc? Challenge of the Looney Tunes
Presented by Warner Bros
Length (45 min)

Moderator: JAY BASTIAN (Vice President, Series Warner Bros. Animation) was named Vice President, Series, at Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), in September 2009, reporting to Sam Register, WBA’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs.

In this position, Bastian oversees the development of animated comedy television programming for Kids aged 6–11. He also manages day-to-day production activities for WBA’s various animated television series, which include current shows “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” and “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated,” as well as the upcoming “Young Justice,” “The Looney Tunes Show,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” and “ThunderCats” for Cartoon Network.

Bastian joined WBA after 11 years in the Original Series department at Cartoon Network. During his tenure, he was the Executive in Charge of Production of 10 original animated shows, supervising the initial development and day-to-day production of such long-running series as “Ed, Edd n Eddy,” “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” “Justice League,” “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy” and “Chowder.” He was also the Executive in Charge of Production of such Cartoon Network original longform programs as “Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show,” “Underfist: Halloween Bash,” “Billy and Mandy’s Big Boogie Adventure” and “Wrath of the Spider Queen.”

Before Cartoon Network, Bastian was the Manager of Development and Acquisitions at Lightyear Entertainment in New York City. While in New York, he also performed color rendering for six years on the independent animated films of Faith Hubley at The Hubley Studio, and Emily Hubley at Hubbub, Inc.

A graduate of Hofstra University, Bastian holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication, specializing in film.

Panelist: HUGH DAVIDSON (Head Writer/Story Editor) is the head writer and story editor on the new Warner Bros. Animation series The Looney Tunes Show.

Davidson began his career performing in the Main Company of the famed Los Angeles Groundlings Theater. He has appeared on such television shows as Reno 911, Arrested Development and Will & Grace, as well as in the feature film Bewitched. Davidson has also written and starred in two series for Adult Swim, Saul of the Mole Men and Young Person’s Guide to History, as well as doing numerous voices for shows such shows as Titan Maximum, Robot Chicken and Mad.

As a writer, Davidson has earned both an Annie and an Emmy® Award for his work on Robot Chicken.

Panelist: JEFF BERGMAN The Looney Tunes Show (Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck) began his career as the on-air announcer and voiceover artist for Lorne Michaels’ The New Show. He then began building his advertising resume by providing the voices of Charlie the Tuna for Star-kist Tuna, Punchie for Hawaiian Punch and Barney Rubble for Fruity Pebbles cereal. In 1989, Bergman joined the vocal ensemble of Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Tunes providing voices for some of the most classic Looney Tunes characters — including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tweety and others.

In 1991, Bergman was asked to narrate and perform the voices of the classic story of Peter in the Wolf for the renowned Boston Pops. In 1997, Disney’s Brand Spanking New! Doug cast Bergman in the role of the lovable loudmouth music teacher, Bob Forte. That same year, he made his on-camera debut in the role of radio station intern Gus Kahana in AMC’s television series Remember WENN.

Bergman has voiced numerous roles for Family Guy, including that of Fred Flintstone, Victor and the Griffin’s accountant. Bergman has voiced numerous celebrity voices for Family Guy and starred in the first episode of The Cleveland Show. He was also recently cast in the roles of Droopy Dog and Butch for an upcoming film featuring Tom and Jerry.

In addition to his voiceover work, in 2000, Bergman began studying both classical music and jazz guitar to fuel his interest in music scoring for film and television.

Panelist: SPIKE BRANDT (Supervising Producer) AND TONY CERVONE (Supervising Producer) Native Midwesterners, supervising producers on The Looney Tunes Show Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone began their animation careers in Chicago where they worked as animators and directors on Tiny Toon Adventures, Tazmania and Animaniacs, all for Warner Bros. Animation.

In 1994, the duo continued with Warner Bros. by moving to Los Angeles to work on the Looney Tunes theatrical short Carrotblanca. Over the years, their prolific output can be seen in numerous award-winning commercials, special projects, shorts, the feature film Space Jam and the television series Duck Dodgers.
In addition to their work on The Looney Tunes Show, Brandt and Cervone — who like to be busy — are currently producing new Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, the animated series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, also for Warner Bros. Animation, and DVD films featuring Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.
They like to be busy.

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