EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — Frank Gladstone has been working as a professional animator, producer, director, writer and teacher for nearly 45 years. From 1973 to 1989, he managed his own Emmy award winning studio, Persistence of Vision, producing commercials and educational films, and has since held management positions for Disney, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, among others. He is the CEO of his own company, Gladstone Film, consulting on animation, filmmaking and story structure at major studios world-wide. Additionally, Frank continues to teach about animation, film history, production techniques and cinematic fundamentals at studios, secondary schools, colleges and professional guilds around North America, in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, at present teaching animation history at CalState Long Beach. A past commissioner for the City of Glendale Art Council, alternate board member of the Visual Effects Society and an ASIFA-Hollywood board member and past president, Frank is currently ASIFA-Hollywood’s executive director and executive producer of the annual Annie Awards.