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Creative Talent Network to hold first-ever Animation Expo this November

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Hey all you “Little Mermaid” fans out there. Be sure and keep Thursday, May 21st open.

Why For? Because ASIFA-Hollywood will be staging a “Little Mermaid” 20th reunion event at Woodbury University that evening. And among the animation luminaries who are expected to be on hand that evening will be Ruben Aquino, Andreas Deja, Mark Henn, Gary Trousdale and Tina Price.

What’s that you say? “Who’s Tina Price?” You’re kidding, right?

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I mean, how can you not know Tina Price? She’s that 30-year vet of the animation industry who actually began her career out in Don Bluth’s garage, inbetweening and painting cels for “Banjo the Woodpile Cat.” Tina’s also one of the co-founders of the computer animation department of Disney Feature Animation. And did I mention that Ms. Price did visual development on every Disney animated feature from “Hercules” to “Treasure Planet” ?

But all of that pales in comparison to what Tina did after she left the Mouse House back in 2006. This was back when Disney had decided to get out of the hand-drawn animation business. Ms. Price -– through her sharp business acumen and drive -- created, designed and launched the Creative Talent Network. Which is the online community for experienced animators, illustrators, designers, production artists and other creatives to "stay connected" and market their talents.

Starting with just 4 members, CTN has quickly grown over the past 4 years to the point that it is now home to over 330 artists and animators. Each of which now has an online portfolio and storefront that possible clients and fans can review. More importantly, these animation professionals now have an online resource that allows them to stay connected.

1986 Computer Graphics workshop for WDFA employees
(First row, l to r) Steve Gordon, Doug Krohn, Reuben Aquino, Barry Cook, Tony DeRosa
and (second row, l to r) Dan Hansen, Jay Jackson, Mark Henn, Tina Price and
Phil Nibblelink at a 1986 computer graphics workshop
for WDFA employees

Mind you, not everyone can join the Creative Talent Network. Truth be told, CTN is an exclusive network of top animation industry talent. To meet its admission criteria, you must first have three feature film credits OR your work published 3 times in book form OR be a full-time teacher in the animation or art related field and it is an honor to be accepted.

But – that said – Tina is also determined to be inclusive. To make industry outreach a crucial part of Creative Talent Network’s mission. Which is why CTN will be staging its first-ever CTN Animation Expo (CTN-X) November 20th – 22nd.

This 3 day-long event – which will be held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center – during which Burbank will declare to be officially "animation week," CTN-X will be something that both animation students & professionals just can not miss out on. A weekend of inspiration and opportunities with round table discussions, business symposiums, guest speakers as well as major studios right on site recruiting talent for upcoming projects. Not to mention hundreds of networking opportunities with some of the best talent in the business.

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Trust me, folks. Tina’s a legend in this industry. She’s got some great stories to tell (which is one of the main reasons that you should definitely attend next month’s “Little Mermaid” reunion events at Woodbury College). More to the point, Ms. Price is the powerhouse behind CTN. An organization that’s really made a difference in a lot of artists’ lives over the past five years.

So if you’re an industry vet or someone who’s just getting started in animation, you’re really going to want to be in Burbank this coming November. When top professionals from both the traditional and digital animation world will come together for the first-ever CTN Animation Expo.

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