EXCLUSIVE: More big names from the animation world have boarded the Israeli company behind interfaith-themed animated series God’s Gang.
Bruno Zarka and Sheri Conn have joined the advisory board of God’s Gang Ltd., a Tel Aviv-based producer created by former Disney Channels exec Nimrod Avraham May.
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Zarka is the President of Distribution, and Co-Production for the TV Division of India’s Toonz Media Group and has decades of experience in the kids TV, animation and consumer products worlds.
Conn has held roles such as Head of Worldwide Television Brand Marketing at DreamWorks Animation, Vice President Brand Marketing at Paramount, and Director of Global Marketing at Disney. She currently advises companies such as Netflix, Riot Games, Hallmark Media and Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Productions.
They join Bruce Daitch, another former DreamWorks Animation exec and former VP of Animation at Netflix, on the advisory board.
God’s Gang’s series of the same name is billed as a “first of its kind, a multicultural and multinational animated series that brings together four extraordinary heroes from Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.” Aimed at kids aged 9-13, a 13-minute pilot has been building momentum online, amassing around 600,000 subscribers and 3 million views.
Ehud Landsberg (Transformers: Cyberverse, Vampirina) is the pilot’s director and Emmy and Grammy winner Rob Kutner (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Angry Birds, Ben 10) the writer. Infinite Frameworks in Singapore is the animator.
With the addition of Daitch, Zarka and Conn, the company will focus on developing further episodes, with the aim of releasing a series on terrestrial television.
“It is rare to come across a unique IP like God’s Gang,” said Zarka. “I am proud to join the advisory board, and help the team on this wonderful journey, bringing a strong character driven animated IP, a unique message of being together and to build a vision of a possible future where nothing is impossible when we are together.”
Conn added: “Inviting kids to see the good in the world is needed now more than ever. I’m excited to lend my expertise to this team working to make a positive impact in modern culture through entertainment.”
“We recognize the significance and contribution of seasoned advisors,” said God’s Gang boss May. “In founding God’s Gang, we curated an interfaith council and enlisted pedagogic advisors to carefully shape an authentic and meaningful God’s Gang universe.
“Today, it brings me great joy to welcome Bruno Zarka and Sheri Conn, who, alongside Bruce Daitch, bring invaluable industry expertise. Their guidance will play a pivotal role in steering us through the upcoming stages of our journey, encompassing production, distribution, marketing, and overall commercial success.”
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