Nickelodeon: New Animated Comedies – Bringing You Buds, Baps & Bad Seeds!
See an exclusive peek at Nickelodeon's new LOL-inducing animated comedies! You'll also get an insider's look at the creative processes behind these funny, warped, endearing, and booty-shaking shows. The panel features Breadwinners creators Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele, Pig Goat Banana Cricket co-creator J. Ryan, and Chowder creator C. H. Greenblatt will be showing off his brand new Nickelodeon series. Moderated by Rich Magallanes (SVP, Nickelodeon Animation).
Saturday, Nov. 22nd - 3:30pm
Steve Borst (Creator and Executive Producer, Breadwinners)
Steve Borst is a two-time Emmy-nominated writer and a creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated original series Breadwinners.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Borst has written for various animated television series including Cartoon Network's Teen Titans Go! and sketch comedy series MAD, both produced by Warner Bros. Animation. In 2012, he served as head writer of the independently produced series Cartoon Lagoon, an official selection of the 2012 New York Television Festival.
Previously, Borst lived in New York City, where he joined the Nickelodeon family as a writer in 2003 and later as head writer for Nick Creative Advertising. He was responsible for writing on-air promos, commercials, public service announcements, print advertisements, promotional materials, online content, network branding, corporate presentations, and live events.
Over the past decade, Borst has earned numerous awards including multiple Promax/BDA Awards as well as an Emmy nomination for his work as a writer on MAD. Additionally, Borst worked on Nickelodeon’s 2004 Emmy-nominated PSA, "How to Be Well."
Borst graduated from Cornell University in 2000 with a degree in English.
Gary “Doodles” Di Raffaele (Creator and Executive Producer, Breadwinners)
Gary “Doodles” Di Raffaele is a director, animator, and designer with nearly a decade of experience in the industry. He is a creator and executive producer on Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated original series Breadwinners.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, he has worked as an animator on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse and as an animatic and storyboard director on the first three seasons of the Warner Bros. Animation-produced sketch comedy series MAD.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Di Raffaele worked in New York City where he directed an ESL pilot program for Sesame Workshop that launched the development of smart-board technology in thousands of classrooms overseas.
Later, Di Raffaele partnered with Mondo Media to produce his own critically acclaimed web series. Over the years, he has worked across a variety of mediums including various interactive web series, flash games, and television shows. By starting his career in smaller animation shops, he gained valuable experience in many different roles in the production process, which has served as a strong foundation when creating and developing his own original content.
Di Raffaele graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.
J. Ryan (Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer, Pig Goat Banana Cricket)
J. Ryan is the co-creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s forthcoming animated series, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, which features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain).
Born in Boston and bred in Plymouth, MA, Ryan has made a lifelong pursuit out of ridiculously funny cartooning. As a writer and artist, he started out self-publishing, eventually going on to publish dozens of books with indie powerhouse Fantagraphics. His work has since been translated for Spanish, Portugese, and Italian audiences.
In addition to creating his own work, Ryan has freelanced for a wide variety of clients. His gag cartoons appeared in nearly every issue of the late, great Nickelodeon magazine, where he also collaborated with artist Dave Cooper on a series of strips under the name "Hector Mumbly.” He has also created content for the print and the animated TV show, MAD Magazine, DC Comics, Rhino Records and Comedy Central's Workaholics.
Ryan lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
C. H. Greenblatt (Creator and Executive Producer)
C.H. Greenblatt is the creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series set to debut in 2015. This original cartoon follows Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, and Fee and Foo, the wildest kids in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures.
Greenblatt began his career in television as an advertising art director for TV commercials. Previously he created and executive produced Chowder at Cartoon Network. He has worked as a storyboard artist and writer on Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and on Cartoon Network's The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. He also directed his own version of the character Deadman for DC Nation shorts.
Born in Plano, Texas, Greenblatt’s passion for animation started as a kid when he made a comic strip called “Zibbler” in sixth grade. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied advertising and continued to create comics such as “Durbingle the Goat Boy.”
Greenblatt currently resides in Los Angeles.