Andrew Ruheman CEO of Passion Pictures
Andrew Ruhemann is the founder and CEO of Passion Pictures, the double Academy Award winning independent production company he established in 1987.
The company is a world leader in character animation and is known for its many award winning commercial campaigns, including Compare the Market and the acclaimed Gorillaz music videos.
Passion Pictures also has a film and television department specializing in documentary features, which Andrew started in 1997 with business partner John Battsek. Their first film One Day In September (dir: Kevin McDonald 2000) was the winner of an Academy Award in 2000 and since then they have produced more than 20 award winning films.
More recently, Passion has opened offices in Paris and New York and expanded its commercials department by launching a live action division, Passion Raw. Andrew has also launched Passion Planet which creates programs about the environment and wildlife. Across these varied activities Andrew has teamed with the most talented directors, designers and producers who are able to create engaging characters, tell compelling stories, and produce work of quality. He continues to oversee the running of the company and searches for talent and new markets for its work.
In 2010 Andrew made his directorial debut with an animated short entitled The Lost Thing which he co-directed with Shaun Tan, the Australian author of the book from which the film was adapted. The Lost Thing was produced in association with Screen Australia. The film won an Academy Award for Best Short Animation in 2011, in addition to many other awards at film festivals worldwide.