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William Schultz

Executive Producer, Kabillion

Bill Schultz is a three-time Emmy-award winning animation producer (The Simpsons, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks) with more than 20 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. As one of the three principals at Mike Young Productions (MYP) and Taffy Entertainment, Schultz has grown the company into one of the most successful independent animation studios around today.

Schultz continues to blaze new trails for the company, spearheading the successful launch of Kabillion in January 2007. A new multi-platform kids entertainment service, Kabillion is available both as a free video on-demand (VOD) channel and a free online broadband site. Through its cable partnerships, Kabillion now offers high-quality animated and live-action kids’ series entertainment to over 13 million US households on VOD and 50 million US households online.

In 2005, Schultz helped usher in a new era at MYP, overseeing a deal which merged the Los Angeles-based company with leading French animation studio Moonscoop, who now own 51% of the company. Together, the group can boast a library of over 3000 half hours of first-class animation. With a focus on the global market, Taffy Entertainment, the worldwide brand management and distribution arm for MYP and Moonscoop, now sells the combined Moonscoop/MYP programming to all of the leading broadcasters, licensees and retailers around the world.

In addition to his executive responsibilities at the company, Schultz also serves as executive producer on MYP’s latest productions, including Growing Up Creepie for Discovery Kids (which in its first season received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Programming), I Got A Rocket!, Dive Olly Dive!, returning series Pet Alien and ToddWorld (also nominated for an Outstanding Programming Emmy in 2007 – the third year in a row!), and the Emmy Award-winning series, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks on PBS. In addition, Schultz was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 as a song writer, along with co-writers, Mike Himmelstein and Grammy-winning recording artist, Al Jarreau, for their song, “Take a Look Inside,” which is featured in the ToddWorld series.

Located in Los Angeles, the Company operates a 25,000 square-foot digital, state-of-the-art, wired studio which employs more than 100 people. The studio’s other notable credits include Scholastic Entertainment’s Emmy-nominated Clifford the Big Red Dog and its spin-off, Clifford’s Puppy Days, both on PBS KIDS, as well as Cartoon Network’s He Man and the Masters of the Universe and MGA Entertainment’s highly popular CGI-animated Bratz series.

Before the partnership with Mike and Liz Young, Schultz worked for Cartoon Network as a supervising producer on a number of the network’s long running series. He also served as Executive Vice President at Film Roman for nine years, managing the growth of the studio from 20 to 350 employees and from $1 million in revenue to $50 million and served as a producer for 6 seasons on two signature FOX primetime series, the Emmy-award winning The Simpsons and the highly successful King of the Hill.

Speaking at (3:00-3:30) 30 Minutes With...Bill Schultz (Kabillion)