Speaker Larry Schwarz
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Larry Schwarz and His Band
Larry Schwarz specializes in creating characters, telling stories and producing content across multiple platforms.
Currently writing, with co-writer Iva-Marie Palmer, Romeo, Juliet and Jim, a three book YA series for Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Henry Holt Books.
He is the creator and executive producer of the live action series Alien Dawn (26 x 30) for Nicktoons Network and Team Toon (26 x 30) for Netflix.
He previously founded Animation Collective, where he created and produced Kappa Mikey (52 x 30), Thumb Wrestling Federation (5 Seasons), Three Delivery (26 x 30), Leader Dog (26 x11), Tortellini Western (26x11), Ellen’s Acres (52x11) and Dancing Sushi (26 x 3). Schwarz was the Executive Producer of Speed Racer: The Next Generation for Nicktoons and Wulin Warriors for Cartoon Network. Animation Collective was also the leading multi-platform content provider for kids and teens to America Online.
In 2009, Animation Collective was sold to Handmade Films, the British independent film company founded by George Harrison. Schwarz served first as head of Handmade’s kids’ division and then President of Handmade Films USA before leaving to found Larry Schwarz and His Band.
Prior to Animation Collective, Schwarz founded Rumpus, the multimedia children’s toy and entertainment company. Rumpus operated kids’ entertainment and community websites Rumpus.com and Zeeks.com, and produced interactive programming. Rumpus is best known for its line of award-winning toys, all based on characters and ideas created by Schwarz.
A former child actor and stand-up comic, Larry Schwarz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
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