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DEVELOPMENT   DIRECTOR   PRODUCER/DIRECTOR   EXECUTIVE CREATIVE CONSULTANT   INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Results oriented achiever with excellent track record for identifying/troubleshooting problems, moving obstacles and making things happen.  Knowledge of animation including development, character design, storyboard, voice direction and post-production.  Successfully able to achieve and deliver quality animated productions from script to screen.

 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

·         Performance-driven professional with 16+ years of continuous advancement.

·         Skilled specialist qualified by an excellent and varied background in the animation industry.

·         Experience spans creative duties of developing, directing/producing shorts and long form 2D traditional and (CG) computer-animated projects, including conducting story conferences and the editing of screenplays.

·         Dedicated achiever of demanding company goals, excellent record of managerial/employee relations and strong communication skills.

·         Background spans administrative duties of organizing, planning and budgeting.

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

·         Ability to supervise large numbers of people.

·         Effective communicator and multi-tasker.

·         Strong skills in the area of time management and efficiency.

·         Ability to facilitate discussions with senior executives, writers, producers, directors and artists to develop and define the early vision of development projects.

·         Ability to hire, lead and manage a creative development team on a daily basis.

·         Strong leader with motivational management style and reputation for building and retaining highly motivated teams.

·         Ability to effectively communicate, interact with senior executives, networks, syndicators and creative talent.

·         Ability to lead the creative development of a team and support writers and directors in fostering and finalizing their story concepts including ability to outline and give script notes on stories, plot points and structure.

·         Ability to shape concepts and storylines, thereby reducing costs on productions.

·         Experience giving constructive written criticism and verbal feedback

 

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE AS A DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

·         Supervised development on animation projects and participated in story/brainstorming conferences with senior executives and/or writers and helped to deliver full development packages.

·         Written for pilots and edited long-form screenplays to help writers and artists with the style and tone of the stories.

·         Worked with story editors and writers to help develop or embellish premises, plots and stories for various television series. 

 

SELECTED DEVELOPMENT/CO-DEVELOPMENT

Creator, Writer, Screenplay Editor, Producer and/or Director and/or Art Director

·         The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (NBC Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal City, CA) Director of 2D long form direct-to-video including animatic.  Co-developed visual design. Supervised art for promotional and marketing purposes.

·         Nite Nite (SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA) Director of animated pilot including animatic (musical sequences).

·         The Lone Ranger (Warner Bros. Animation Sherman Oaks, CA) Developed animatic pilot.

·         Casper’s Haunted Christmas:  CGI direct-to-video (Mainframe Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA / Vancouver, Canada) Co-developed/Co-edited screenplay

·         Johnny Bravo (Cartoon Network, Los Angeles, CA) Co-developed/ produced television series with creator.  Worked with story editor in providing editorial guidance to writers.

·         Blotto (Oh Yeah series Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc./Nickelodeon/North Hollywood, CA) Created/wrote/produced/directed pilot including animatic.  Also supervised art for promotional and marketing purposes.

·         La–D-Da (Nick Jr., Universal City, CA) Created/wrote/produced/directed pre-school pilot including animatic. (musical sequences)

·         The World of Dr. Seuss (MGM Animation, Santa Monica, CA) Co-developed/storyboarded pilot.  Supervised animatic and animation.

·         The Pink Panther (Updated Series) (MGM Animation, Santa Monica, CA) Co-developed television series and supervised animatics.

 

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE AS A PRODUCER AND/OR DIRECTOR AND EXECUTIVE CREATIVE CONSULTANT

·         Worked on staff at over ten studios.

·         Worked effectively with writers, senior and network executives and syndicators.

·         Organized and supervised complete productions.

·         Oversaw five television series (over 190 2D and CGI episodes), three long form features (including a CGI feature-length direct-to-video) and several pilots.

·         Supervised large numbers of people and currently have access to many very talented artists and production people with vast experience that can make a production run smoothly and cost efficient.

  • Worked effectively with actors and famous personalities in voice recording sessions over the years such as  William Macy, Jonathan Winters, Betty White, Nick Cannon, Persia White, Wayne Brady, D.L. Hughley, Wanda Sykes, Dawn Lewis, Danny Glover, Adam West, Frank Gorshin, Charles Nelson Reilly, Michael Jackson, Peri Gilpin and many others.

·         Mainframe Entertainment, Vancouver, Canada.  Worked on (2) two CGI projects:  Executive Creative Consultant on Weird-Ohs (a Fox Family series) and as a Producer on Casper’s Haunted Christmas (a direct-to-video feature).  Produced both shows from the United States through my own company, frequently flying back and forth to oversee the quality of those productions.

 

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE AS AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Created, wrote, designed bibles to pitch to various studios which led to the production/direction of two animated comedy pilots:

·         Nick Jr.:  Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc. was contracted by Nick Jr. to produce an animated pre-school pilot, La D Da, a broadcast quality pilot.  The production office was located on a floor at Universal Studios.  The pilot was received well by focus groups and the head of Nick Jr. loved it.

·         Fred Seibert:  Oh Yeah series:  Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc. contracted to produce a musical short Blotto for Nickelodeon.  Personal responsibility:  created the idea, characters, script and hired/supervised the crew through all pre-production and postproduction. 

 

1994-Present

Founder/President / Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc., Sherman Oaks, CA

An animation studio/animation contractor service with an emphasis on development.  Clients include:  Nickelodeon, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, Walt Disney TV Animation.

2013
Consultant/Development Artist / Untitled, Delanor Baychester Productions, Los Angeles, CAContracted to consult, budget and develop color/ B&W rough designs for proposed music video.

2013
Creative Director / Byron Vaughns’ Cartoon GoGo Animation Summer Camp Workshop/Private Classes, Los Angeles, CA
Conducted art and animation courses.

2013
Artist / Untitled, 2 Friends Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
Development:  Color and B&W designs.

2012
Artist / City of Thousand Oaks Environmental Program, Thousand Oaks, CA
Three (3) Character Designs:  Skeleton, Tiger, Bottle

2012
Creative Director / Cartoon Network Studios Fantasy Camp, Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Byron Vaughns Cartoon GoGo Animation Workshop Summer Camp

2012
Artist / Untitled, SD Entertainment, Woodland Hills, CA
E-books

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2009
Artist / Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, DC Comics, New York, NY
Completed issues 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

2006-2008
Co-Director/Storyboard Artist/Model Designer/ Rob Zombie’s Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Starz Media, Burbank, CA
Oversaw creative duties of theatrical feature including layout/workbook revisions, character/prop model design and general troubleshooting of various sequences.

2006
Director of Development / Big Mama’s Bible Stories and Jay Jay’s Race Around the World, Porchlight Entertainment, Inc. Santa Monica, CA

 

2005

Animation Director (X-Sheets) / Curious George, Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal City, CA

 

2004-2005

Director / The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, NBC Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal City, CA

In charge of directing a 2D long form direct-to-video from script to screen including the supervision of models, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, exposure sheets, animatics, pencil tests and color keys. Offered ideas in rehearsal, recording and music spotting sessions. Administered animation retakes for overseas production studio.  Oversaw animatic of film, picture editing, ADR pickup lines and sound effects previews. Checked sound/music editing, sound mixes/foley, telecine and on-line editing.

 

2003

Animation Director (X-Sheets) Van Helsing, Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal City, CA

 

2002

Director / The Lone Ranger, Warner Bros. Animation, Sherman Oaks, CA

Animatic pilot. Supervision of models, storyboards, backgrounds, slugging and digital ink and paint.

 

Storyboard Supervisor / Ozzie & Drix, Warner Bros. Animation, Sherman Oaks, CA

 

2001

Animation Director (X-Sheets) Gadget & The Gadgetinis, Saban Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

 

Producer-Director / Make Way for Noddy, SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

Creative supervisor of CGI animated series (100 episodes) from script to screen, including the supervision of casting and/or voice over sessions, storyboards, animatics, line tests, CGI animation, music, sound effects/foley, ADR sessions, AVID editing, mixing and retakes, editing, and sound mixes.

 

Independent Director/Flash/ Timmy the Toon Movie Watch Promo, Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc./Triage Entertainment, Inc., Sherman Oaks, CA

Supervised flash cartoon for promo.

 

2000

Independent Producer/Flash, Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc./Sticky Flicks, Hollywood, CA

Supervised flash animation for website.

 

Producer / Casper’s Haunted Christmas, Mainframe Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA/Vancouver, Canada

In charge of producing CGI direct-to-video feature: early development of model/background design, co-editing of script, selection of creative team and cast, supervision of storyboards, animatics, recordings, music, sound effects/foley, ADR sessions, AVID editing, sound mix and retakes.  Positive liaison with client.

 

1999

Executive Creative Consultant / Weird-Ohs, Mainframe Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA / Vancouver, Canada

In charge of producing groundbreaking CGI series from script to screen for Fox Family. Contributed story ideas and gave script notes. Creative supervisor CGI series including the supervision of casting and/or voice over sessions, of models, storyboards, backgrounds, animatics, CGI animation, music, sound effects and sound mixes.

 

1998

Producer-Director / Lionhearts, MGM Animation, Santa Monica, CA

In charge of producing animated series from development, script to screen.  Supervision/revision of models, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, slugging and exposure sheets.  Oversaw post-production duties including retakes, sound effects/foley, ADR sessions and AVID editing.  Successfully achieved a quality animated production and consistently met the syndicator’s airdate schedule.

 

1997

Independent Producer/Pilot /Blotto, Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc./Nickelodeon/North Hollywood, CA

Created/wrote/produced/directed pilot for Oh Yeah series.  Also supervised art for promotional and marketing purposes.

 

1995-1996

Producer  / Dumb & Dumber, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc., Hollywood, CA

In charge of organization and leadership of 15-person in-house unit to produce animated series within severe time/budget constraints. Supervision of entire production and post-production. Conducted story conferences and made creative decisions. Accountable for models, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, exposure sheets, animatics, pencil tests and color keys. Supervised casting and/or voice over sessions.  Offered creative ideas in rehearsal, recording and music spotting sessions. Administered animation retakes for overseas production studio. Oversaw sessions involving film/Avid picture editing, ADR pickup lines and sound effects previews/foley. Checked sound/music editing, sound mixes, telecine and on-line editing.

        Hired to troubleshoot problems associated with previous regime, such as the loss of several key months of vital development/production time.

          Demonstrated excellent managerial employee skills by restaffing, motivating and retraining unit.

                Successfully achieved a quality-animated production and consistently met the network’s airdate schedule. Positive liaison with

          ABC network.

 

1994-1995

Independent Producer/Pilot, Byron Vaughns Productions, Inc./Nickelodeon/Universal City, CA

La-D-Da Pre-school pilot:  Responsible as Founder/President of animation corporation to lead and administrate the organizing,

planning, budgeting and selling of innovative development/pilot for children’s network.  Accountable for complete production and

post-production including digital color ink and paint.

        Created, co-wrote, storyboard (including musical sequences) produced and directed animation in the Los Angeles area including the supervision of casting and/or voice sessions.

        Delivered full development package and pilot on time and on budget.

        Animated pilot succeeded with positive result in focus group tests.

 

1992-1994

Producer / The Pink Panther (Updated Series), MGM Animation, Santa Monica, CA

Participated in the establishment of new animation division at major entertainment company.  Supervised/revised storyboards, layouts,

backgrounds, slugging  and exposure sheets. Oversaw post-production duties including retakes, sound effects/foley, ADR sessions,

AVID editing, mixing and retakes.  Co-developed, produced and delivered quality series to syndicator for two seasons.

 

1990-1992

Director / Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, Warner Bros. TV Animation, Sherman Oaks, CA

Directed on the first major original direct-to-video animated movie entitled How I Spent My Vacation. In charge of organization and

leadership of 20-person in-house unit to produce and deliver Steven Spielberg’s series for Fox network including the

supervision/revision of models, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, slugging and exposure sheets.  Worked with large staff of

checkers throughout the production.

        Experienced increased responsibility and variety in job assignments.

        Trained employees to improve skills to work as a productive team.

 

SELECTED STORYBOARDS

Theatrical Feature, DVD Feature, DVD CGI Feature, Television Series, Shorts, Flash, CGI

 

2012

Mr. Dragon’s Park (CG) Foxfield Entertainment, Inc. CA

2011
Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood, Warner Bros. Animation, Burbank, CA (DVD feature)

2010
Tom & Jerry Meet the Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. Animation, Burbank, CA (DVD feature)
Hop: (CG/Live Action), Illumination/Universal Pictures, Hollywood, CA (Theatrical Feature)
Leap Frog:  Meet the Alphabets, D’ Angelo Productions, Glendale, CA

2009
Kamlu, (CG), Velo Digital, LLC, Burbank, CA (Direct-to-video feature)
Angelina Ballerina (CG), SD Entertainment, Woodland Hills, CA 

 

2008

Marvel Superhero Squad (2D/CGI), Starz Media, Burbank, CA

Care Bears (CGI), SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

My Little Pony SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

Rob Zombie’s Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Starz Media, Burbank, CA (Theatrical Feature) (Also Co-Director)

Play Mobil (CGI), Extra Large Technology, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Twisted Whiskers (CGI), Mike Young Productions, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA

2007

Geo Trax, (CGI), (DQ) Data Quest Entertainment, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, AP India

3-2-1 Penguins (CGI), Big Idea, Franklin, TN

Zula Patrol (CGI), Zeeter Productions, Inc., Burbank, CA

Danger Rangers, Educational Adventures, South Pasadena, CA

Leap Frog:  A Tad of Christmas Cheer, Outdoors Productions, Burbank, CA

Curious George, Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal City, CA

2006

Bratz, Mike Young Productions, Woodland Hills, CA

Danger Rangers, Animotion Works, Burbank, CA

My Little Pony, SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

Smokey Bear, Advertising Marketing Group, Inc. Frankfort, IL

 

2005

Smokey Bear, Advertising Marketing Group, Inc. Frankfort, IL

Bratz Babyz, SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

Danger Rangers, Animotion Works, Burbank, CA

Land Before Time, Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal City, CA (Theatrical short (gags)

Say It With Noddy, SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

2004-2005

The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, NBC Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal City, CA (Direct-to-Video Feature) (Also Director)

Leap Frog:  Learn To Read At The Storybook Factory, Outdoors Productions, Burbank, CA

Dragon Tales, Sony Television Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

2003

Noddy’s Christmas Special (CGI), SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

Xiaolin Showdown, Warner Bros. Television Animation, Burbank, CA

Looney Toons Online (Flash), MTT Enterprises, Glendale, CA

Chalk Zone, Nickelodeon, Burbank, CA

Leap Frog, The Talking Words Factory, Outdoors Productions, Burbank, CA

Leap Frog, The Letter Factory, Outdoors Productions, Burbank, CA

Clifford’s Puppy Days, Mike Young Productions, Woodland Hills, CA

Lil Pimp, Revolution Studios, Santa Monica                                  ((Direct-to-Video Feature)

Ozzie & Drix, Warner Bros. Television Animation, Sherman Oaks, CA

Noddy (CGI), SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA

2002

The Proud Family, Hyperion, Glendale, CA

Ozzie & Drix, Warner Bros. Animation, Sherman Oaks, CA (Also Storyboard Supervisor)

The Night B4 Christmas (Flash), Sunwoo, Burbank, CA

Leap Frog (Video), Outdoors Productions, Burbank, CA

Baldo, Tom T Animation, North Hollywood, CA

2001

Clifford, Mike Young Productions, Woodland Hills, CA

Make Way for Noddy (CGI), SD Entertainment, Canoga Park, CA (Also Producer/Director)

 

1997

101 Dalmatians:  The Series, Disney, Burbank, CA

 

 

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS

·         Lecture:      Mainframe Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA / Vancouver, Canada)

·         Lecture:      Masons (Westlake Village, CA)

·         Workshops:      Animation Creations (Sherman Oaks, CA):  Executive Director of innovative instructional program designed to introduce animation workshops to children and teenagers.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree     University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

 

RELATED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2001 Award Recipient       Casper’s Haunted Christmas, Vancouver Effects & Animation Festival

2001 Award Recipient       Casper’s Haunted Christmas, Santa Clarita International Film Festival

1993 Award Recipient       Emmy® award, Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences