Jerry Beck is an animation historian and cartoon producer. His twelve books on the subject include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The 50 Greatest Cartoons. Beck is currently blogging about animation history at CartoonResearch.com and writes about the current animation industry at AnimationScoop.com. Beck has programmed animation retrospectives for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has taught animation history at NYU, the School of Visual Arts, the American Film Institute and at UCLA. He is the host/producer of the annual Worst Cartoons Ever screening at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Beck started his career in film distribution, working at MGM/UA, Orion Classics, Cannon Films and Expanded Entertainment (Tournee of Animation), before starting his own company, Streamline Pictures in 1989, the first U.S. company to import anime features such as Otomo’s Akira (1988) and Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky (1986). Beck was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He has also created, written and produced animated films for various studios. He currently teaches animation history at Woodbury University in Burbank, California, and has written a coffee table art book on SpongeBob SquarePants, due out in September.