Larry Schwarz specializes in creating characters, telling stories and producing content across multiple platforms. He is the president of Larry Schwarz and His Band and the founder of Animation Collective, which he sold to Handmade Films in 2009 and re-purchased in October 2017.
He is the author, with co-writer Iva Marie Palmer, of Romeo, Juliet and Jim,a YA teen romance 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 Teen Nick and Team Toon (26 x 30) for Netflix.
He recently co-produced with Toonz Animation, HTDT (52 x 11), an anime action take on Humpty Dumpty.
At Animation Collective, he created and producedKappa 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 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.