Session details


Saturday May 06
Recruiting Event
Dan Sarto/Animation World Network Inc., Sven Liebich/Phenomic Game Development GmbH , Timm Osterhold/FIFTYEIGHT 3D, Shelley Page/DreamWorks Feature Animation, Dawn Rivera-Ernster/Disney Animation, Pamela Thompson/

Dan Sarto will be hosting a panel with recruiters from the industry. They will share their insights, tips and tricks with everybody interested in improving his self-marketing skills.

Dan Sarto is co-founder and publisher of Animation World Network,, the largest, most comprehensive and respected source for animation news and information resources on the Internet. Key publications include Animation World Magazine, the Animation Pitch Guide, the Animation School Directory, the Animation Industry Database (, the Animation Flash and VFXNewswire newsletters and the leading visual effects portal VFXWorld ( Each month, AWN’s portals are visited by over 200,000 unique readers from more than 100 countries.
Dan and his business partner Ron Diamond founded AWN in 1995. They officially launched the online monthly Animation World Magazine and accompanying animation portal website on April 1, 1996 with a vision to bridge the physical boundaries that separated the world’s animation community with a wide-ranging array of interesting and entertaining animation related information.

Dan Sarto
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Publisher
Animation World Network Inc.

Phenomic Game Development based in Ingelheim upon Rhine is one of the leading European developers for entertainment software, specialised in the realisation of international top games.

Sven Liebich
Art Director
Phenomic Game Development GmbH

FIFTYEIGHT was founded in 1998 by Timm Osterhold, Max Zimmermann, and Marc Eckart. In 1999 Siham Faddoul was hired as project manager and she was appointed fourth CEO in 2001. FIFTYEIGHT specialises in 3D animation, special effects and development of original content. Character development and 3D character animation are of special interest. In the work of FIFTYEIGHT, talent and technical capability are combined with the skill to bring extraordinary ideas into animations and films and provide them with an elaborate unique look, no matter whether an idea is to be developed and produced or an existing story board is to be brought to life by the team of 58. Among the many award-winning works which were realised by FIFTYEIGHT since its founding are various projects and a list of well-known clients. FIFTYEIGHT's archive boasts of projects from character modelling and animation of various brand characters (Mr. Proper, Pépito) to commercials for Nike and Renault, to image trailers for Olympus and Toyota, installations at IAA and EXPO and numerous music videos.

(This company is also present at a Recruiting Desk)

Timm Osterhold
Managing Director

DreamWorks Animation developes and produces high quality computer generated (CG) animated films. In 1994 Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen founded DreamWorks SKG, a diversified entertainment company. Under the leadership of Mr. Katzenberg, the animation division has developed into a CG animation studio with multiple production locations including DreamWorks’ Northern California campus, PDI/DreamWorks and its Southern California campus in Glendale, California. In 2005 DreamWorks had another smash hit with "Madagascar" and summer 2006 will see the release of our current feature animation "Over the Hedge".

Shelley Page
European Representative
DreamWorks Feature Animation

Disney Animation combines the very best in artistry and storytelling with cutting-edge technology to bring wonderful new characters to the big screen for audiences around the world. Constantly challenged to create innovative new technologies for animated features, theme park productions and special projects for the Walt Disney Studios, Disney Animation is home to some of the most talented artists working in the film industry today.

Dawn Rivera-Ernster
Director, Animation Resources
Disney Animation

Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is a recruiter/hiring strategist for clients such as Blue Sky, Toybox, Framestore, Digital Domain and Walt Disney Feature Animation. She is a career coach and consults with colleges and universities to design animation training programs. Her animation production background includes features such as Bebe's Kids, the Fox television series The Simpsons and the original Amazing Stories episode of Family Dog. She writes a monthly column on Animation World Network ( called The Career Coach.

Pamela Thompson
Recruiter/Hiring Strategist/Career Coach

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