Podcast EP 152: How Hero4Hire Head of Development Jordan Beck Produced and Distributed ‘Sgt. Stubby’
Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals – how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 152 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more.
Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
His most recent interview is How Hero4Hire Head of Development Jordan Beck Produced and Distributed Sgt. Stubby
This chat features Jordan Beck, the Head of Development for Hero4Hire Creative, a commercial and TV development animation studio. In their chat Beck shares how he went from working at an Infantry Museum to fully producing and distributing the multiple award-winning independent feature film Sgt. Stubby, including how he helped raise $25 million towards the show’s budget. He’s also going to share everything you ever wanted to know about how film distribution works in North America and what an everyday person can do to maximize their chances of getting their film into traditional cinemas.
Tune in to Ibele and Beck to hear:
- What kind of ideas make studios enter development
- The number one skill needed to get into a development role
- How much it costs to get a film distributed in cinemas
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.