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Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson was floored by the power animation has as a medium. He took a leap of faith when he studied to become an animator before the industry was sustainable enough. He rounded off his skills set by working in other industries. His experience with workflow implementation in software design and manufacture and event production gave him insight into what a sustainable animation industry requires.

Wilson launched his animation studio My Child TV where he cultivates IP development through animation. His project My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians debuted at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival and broadcast on Comedy Central Africa in late 2015. His studio later executive produced the 4 animated shorts for Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios campaign- their first foray into 100% African animation production. My Child TV also developed anD ex-produced the short film for Trevor Noah’s SA tour of There’s a Gupta on my Stoep.  Furthemore, Nick Wilson co-wrote (with his business partner and top African comedian, Trevor Gumbi) 50 jokes and voice directed the African adaptation of Cartoon Network’s Mike & Rob interstitials.

As the Chair of the Export Committee of Animation South Africa (ASA), from 2015 to 2017, he sent 69 individuals representing more than 36 projects in development to Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA and KidScreen whilst also representing his IP and ASA respectively at the Global Exhibition on Services in New Delhi, India (2015) and the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hangzhou, China (2016).

Wilson’s early years as a creative in South Africa taught him the importance of sustainability and guided him when he founded the African Animation Network (AAN) as a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise. AAN, provides open network platforms for African animation professionals, from its 10 partner associations and comic conventions to market themselves to the greater broadcast and media industry in Africa and internationally.  AAN’s membership spans the African continent and includes; Nigeria, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Cameroon and Egypt.  Furthermore, AAN has partnered with 11 industry partners, including; Animation Magazine, Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market/MIFA, Turner/Cartoon Network, DISCOP Markets, Digital Lab Africa, DreamAfrica, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL, Ster-Kinekor, SSTREAMM, The Animation School, and Toon Boom Animation.  In 2018 AAN managed the rest of Africa campaign of Cartoon Network’s Creative Lab pitching competition.

In early 2018, AAN and DISCOP Markets launched a new initiative called DISCOMICS which focuses on animation, comic books, game development and esports in Africa.  At a press conference in late 2018 at DISCOP Johannesburg, DISCOMICS IQEMBU was launched.  DISCOMICS IQEMBU is a partnership between DISCOMICS; the foremost animation writing team in the world, with 26 Emmy Awards and numerous Oscar nominations, New York-based animation development team, Baboon Animation; the foremost 2D animation software service provider globally, Toon Boom; and, the largest animation pipeline in Asia, the Kenyan-owned fully diversified media company with 4,000 animators which produce over 10,000 mins of animation per year, Toonz Media Group.

For more information, please contact Nick Wilson; nick@poptheculture.co.za / +27739389921.

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