John Cary joins Toonz India as director (European marketing)
12 August 2003
Cary brings with him 30 years of media experience, of which he has been actively engaged producing animation for 15. He began his career as an editor on the Hanna Barbera series, The Addams Family, in 1973. Later he moved to the Richard Williams Studio where he worked on The Return of the Pink Panther and then to BBC and commercials.
He has a detailed and comprehensive working knowledge of filmmaking from script to screen. During the eighties he edited The Snowman for TVC/Recorded. He made three short cinema films for Rank before teaming up with Jerry Hibbert and Graham Ralph in 1988. In 1994 he founded the British Animation Training Scheme, joined the National and Television School as head of animation, sat on the Guild of British Animation, and the PACT animation committee.
He has provided training all over Europe for the Media Programme in production, budgeting, scheduling and marketing, and sat on the European Training Network Committee. He undertook a major training exercise for the British Overseas Development Agency in central Russia. He has been a production consultant for S 4C Television for their series Shakespeare, The Animated Tales, The Bible in Animation, The Canterbury Tales and their feature film The Miracle Maker.
He has a wide experience of working with overseas studios in Eastern Europe, Spain and India. He produced Spider! for BBC with Graham Ralph in 1992, followed by Rhinegold for S4C and Williams Wish Wellingtons for the BBC. In 1998 he brought to the screen 52 new episodes of The Adventures of Captain Pugwash for Gullane Entertainment/ITV, followed by Flash Boyfriend a short teenage series for Trouble TV, titles for Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the Really Useful Group, and Katya and the Nutcracker, a Christmas special for ITV.
He originated a new way of budgeting, scheduling and cost-tracking while making the Captain Pugwash series, which led to each episode being brought in under budget, ahead of time and to maximum quality winning an Indy Award for Best Animation in 1998.
Commenting on the appointment, Dennis characterised Cary as a leader in the European animation community. "I''m very pleased that John will be joining us. He''s both an accomplished creative talent and top animation producer. In his new assignment, John will spearhead Toonz''s marketing activities in Europe, exploring opportunities in production, co-production, distribution and financing. Though he''ll be based in London, John will be travelling frequently to our studios in India and we''re all anxious to work with him again''.