Magazine article Variety

Tooned in to Femme Issues

Magazine article Variety

Tooned in to Femme Issues

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In spring 2013, Margaret Dean and Kristy Scanlan were approached with a very daunting task: taking leadership of a 20-year-old organization that seeks to empower the women that they had been working alongside and admiring for years.

"Women in Animation was run by fantastic women who had been doing it for a long time, got burned out and wanted to bring in some fresh blood," says Scanlan. "We were approached about becoming the new co-presidents and we took some time to do our research."

Both are industry professionals - Scanlan as Technicolor's vice president of business development for animation and games, Dean as director of production for Mattel Playground Prods. - and have not taken their new duties lightly.

In the year since their re-launch of the org in October 2013, Scanlan, Dean and their appointed board of directors have started a pilot mentorship program in addition to hosting panels for women involved in films such as "The Boxtrolls" and "Frozen," co-directed by Jennifer Lee. …

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