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Animex Talk! 2003

Terry Thoren CEO/President
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Terry Thoren, recognized by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most important figures in the marketing and promotion of independent animated films in the United States", has served as CEO/President of Klasky Csupo since 1994.

Terry Thoren

During his tenure, the company has grown from 75 to 350 employees and diversified into a full service entertainment and media entity. Klasky Csupo, Inc. was the first to produce the TV series "The Simpsons," "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" and "Duckman," and are cultivating the skyrocketing success of their "Rugrats" characters, which enjoy success in all media and are huge hits in movies and television. The Klasky Csupo Televison division is currently in production on episodes of a slate of top-rated series for Nickelodeon including "The Wild Thornberys", the Emmy nominated "As Told By Ginger", "Rocket Power" and two Rugrats spinoffs entitled "The Rugrats All Grow'd Up" and "Pre School Daze".

As Chief Executive Officer of Klasky Csupo, Thoren has overseen the growth of the movie division responsible for the development and production of two blockbuster-animated features; "The Rugrats Movie" and "The Rugrats in Paris." "The Rugrats Movie" marked the first time a non-Disney animated feature grossed over $100 million. The movie team is currently in the process of completing the upcoming feature "The Wild Thornberrys Movie", premiering December 2002 and is in production on Klasky Csupo's fourth movie, "The Rugrats Meet the Wild Thornberrys" featuring all of the popular characters from the television series'.

Simultaneously, he is overseeing the extraordinary growth of Klasky Csupo's two global commercials divisions and the successful new broadcast design division responsible for producing the title sequences for ten new TV series including "The Osbournes', "The Anna Nicole Smith Show' and "The Wayne Brady Show".

He has also provided vision, direction and financial oversight for Klasky Csupo's two specialized record labels (Tone Casualties and Casual Tonalities), guided the creation of an art-oriented publishing division and skillfully exploited the many merchandising opportunities that present themselves to the makers of America's most beloved children's programming.

As he directs Klasky Csupo's move into live-action feature production and presides over the consolidation of all Klasky Csupo operations into one state-of-the-art facility in the center of Hollywood, Thoren balances his leadership role within the animation industry against the day to day demands of challenging and developing Klasky Csupo's crack team of creative professionals.

An entertainment industry veteran with 25 years experience in the exhibition, distribution and marketing of theatrical feature films and television programming, Thoren began his film studies career at the University of Colorado. Upon graduation he created the Visions Film Program and later became the Director of the Western States Film Institute.

Managing Denver's Flick Theatre while an undergraduate, he served as an original staff member of the Telluride Film Festival in 1976 and then in 1978 co-founded the Denver International Film Festival. In 1979 he was recruited by Americas' largest art theatre chain Landmark Theaters and moved to Hollywood and learned the business of distribution and marketing by working as a film buyer and a marketing Vice President.

In 1984, he founded Expanded Entertainment, a production and distribution company specializing in compilations of animated shorts. Seeking to open new markets for the promotion and exhibition of Expanded's product line, he acquired the rights to the then little-known International Tournee of Animation. He soon transformed that sleepy specialized feature film into a North American success story with each year's release appearing on the top-ten list of highest grossing foreign and specialty releases.

Leaving no avenue of promotion unexplored, Thoren next launched Animation Magazine as a way to publicize Expanded's offerings. Thoren remains the owner and publisher of what has become the animation industry's leading trade publication.

An ambassador of animation, Thoren produced six editions of the International Tournee of Animation, four editions of Animation Celebration, The National Film Board of Canada's Animation Festival and The British Animation Invasion. He also inaugurated the Los Angeles International Animation Celebration (recently named the World Animation Celebration), a biennial affair that has hosted thousands of filmmakers, studio heads, dignitaries and industry creatives from around the globe since 1985.

A savvy, multi-media entrepreneur who, in the words of the Wall Street Journal, turned "a once-obscure event for aficionados into a moneymaking product palatable to mainstream movie-goers," Thoren is uniquely situated to understand and navigate the much-heralded convergence of traditional entertainment with new media.

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