Director/producer Mark Simon has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years as a director, producer, storyboard artist, animator and designer. He’s been a professional artist for over 35 years, having also been a cartoonist, publisher and author.
Mr. Simon currently owns three companies located in Orlando, Florida. Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., www.Storyboards-East.com provides storyboards, illustrations, cartoons and comic book illustration to the entertainment and print industries. They are the largest storyboard supplier in the Southern United States having provided support on over 4,000 productions ranging from feature films to television series, live action, animation, commercials, industrials, books, magazines, newspapers and more. Their clients include Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony, HBO, Nickelodeon, Steven Speilberg, Fox, USA Networks, ABC, Rainmaker, AT&T, Yamaha, NASA, The American Cancer Society and many, many others.
His other company is A&S Animation, Inc., an animation consultation, development and production house. They have produced animated shorts which have won over 100 international awards. They also animated Disney’s iconic character, Tinker Bell, for the hugely successful Disney Cruise Line, designed and animated the new Little Rascals for Universal and animated everyone's favorite redneck Larry the Cable Guy for Tooth Fairy 2.
In addition, Mark is co-founder of www.SellYourTvConceptNow.com, a company which helps people to sell their TV show ideas with training, samples, templates, contacts and mentoring.
Mr. Simon is also the author of 10 industry books including Mind Your Creative Business, Your Resume Sucks!, Producing Independent 2D Character Animation, Storyboards: Motion In Art (3rd edition), the best selling Facial Expressions series and the Art Direction Workbook. His articles may also be found in Animation Magazine and on Animation World Network. AWN runs his humorous and popular Mind Your Business series of articles. He has also written for Bizjournals – America’s largest business papers, MovieMaker Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, Cinefex, Digital Content Creator and others.
Prior to producing animation, Mr. Simon was an art director in live-action film and TV in Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL. While in Los Angeles, He designed many feature films, music videos and commercials. He worked with such legends as Roger Corman, the king of B-budget movies, and screen icons Lynn Redgrave and Tony Curtis. He then became one of the original art directors at the new Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, FL in 1989. He has also done Second Unit directing for Nickelodeon and on Steven Speilberg’s seaQuest DSV as well as working as a Special Effects Supervisor for NBC and Fox networks. Mr. Simon lectures around the world at major conferences (NAB, NATPE), conventions (ComicCon) and schools.