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'Bob's Burgers' Producer Jameel Saleem's Success Wasn't Overnight — 'I Spent Four Years Sleeping On People's Couches'

Jameel Saleem has made his mark in entertainment as an animation writer and executive producer. He boasts work from shows that include “Bob’s Burgers” and “South Park,” among others.

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 30, 2023

Director Frank Abney Debuts First Animated Film on Netflix Two Years After Teaser Goes Viral

Former Pixar animator and director Frank E. Abney III made history last month after debuting his very first short animated film, “Canvas,” on Netflix’s global streaming platform. With #Canvas , I wanted to take something we all experience (loss) and create something hopeful. We’re constantly dragged down- we KNOW that feeling all too well. But hopefully after watching the short film, you leave with a full heart 😊. Check it out, on @netflix @NetflixFilm — Frank Abney (@iFrankAbney) December 18, 2020 The film — which features carefully animated Black characters — tells a story of how a family is able to overcome grief, drawing inspiration from people Abney surrounds himself with. Abney first pitched the film to a studio he was working with back in 2014 but had to wait to get back the rights for the film after he parted ways with the company. His film idea immediately went viral two years ago after teasing a trailer of the animation on social media and has...

Njera Perkins

Dec 23, 2020

How Social Media Helped Land "Hair Love" Creator Matthew Cherry His First Oscar

In 2012, when former pro football player turned filmmaker  Matthew A. Cherry tweeted “I’m gonna be nominated for an Oscar one day. Already claiming it,” who knew that in just a few years, his message would become a reality? Cherry had an amazing idea for an animated short film that he felt was “Oscar-worthy” and on May 10, 2016, he took to Twitter to find a 3D animator that could bring his vision to life. That film would later become Hair Love , a heartfelt animated short about an African American father’s struggle to do his daughter Zuri’s hair for the first time. The film, which was picked up by Sony Pictures Animation in March 2019, would go on to screen before The Angry Birds 2 throughout the year before being released on YouTube for all to see. Hair Love was met with rave reviews and on Sunday, February 9, 2020, it rightfully took home the Academy Award for...

Stephanie Ogbogu

Feb 10, 2020