Matthew Senreich is a screenwriter, television producer, director and co-creator of the animated series Robot Chicken now in its fifth season on Adult Swim for the Cartoon Network, and won it’s first Annie Award in 2008. In 2009, Matt won an Annie for writing Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II and in 2011 for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III. In 2010, Matt won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Format Animated Program. Between seasons of Robot Chicken in 2008-2009, Matt and co-head writer/co-producer Tom Root created a second series called Titan Maximum which immediately became Adult Swim’s highest rated original series. Matt is currently writing, producing, and shooting an animated pilot /presentation for Fox with co-creator Seth Green and Tom Root called Mt. Pleasant. Matt and Seth are also currently in the early stages of an animated Star Wars comedy series with George Lucas. The Burbank International Film Festival is proud to present Matthew Senreich with the Pioneer Award in Television Animation.
Joe Shields (a.k.a “JoeCartoon”) has been making “sick and wrong” cartoons since 1961. In 90′s Joe started making web-based Flash animations featuring often-crude humor and tongue-in-cheek violence. Joe Cartoons were among the first widely distributed web-based productions of their kind. Currently with his home on YouTube, Joe boasts over 10 million channel views and over 24 million total upload views. Joe is most widely know for his serial skits “In A Blender” where pop-culture train-wrecks meet their noisy deaths. Other featured content includes his red-neck family “Thuh Greenfields”, and his verbally abusive “Superfly.” Joe is a major influence in web based content and is an Honoree for New Media Animation.