Animation Historian // Cartoon Research
Writer, producer, distributor, blogger, educator
Jerry Beck is an animation historian and cartoon producer. His twelve books on the subject include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The 50 Greatest Cartoons. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney, and is currently a consulting producer to Warner Bros., Universal and Disney for their classic animation dvd compilations. Beck has programmed retrospectives for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has taught animation history at NYU, SVA, the AFI and UCLA - and is currently on the faculty at CalArts in Valencia and at Woodbury University in Burbank. Beck is the host/producer of the annual “Worst Cartoons Ever” screening at the Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Beck started his career in film distribution, working at MGM/UA, Orion Classics, Cannon Films and Expanded Entertainment (Tournee of Animation), before starting his own company, Streamline Pictures in 1989, the first U.S. distributor to import anime features such as Otomo’s Akira and Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle In The Sky. Beck was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Beck was also the West Coast Bureau Chief forKidscreen magazine in 2000. He is currently editing two blogs, Cartoon Research and Animation Scoop.
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