Frank Falcone has been bringing film and television projects to life as an animator, director and executive producer for over 20 years. Under his creative vision, Guru Studio has become a leader in character-driven storytelling and high-quality animated entertainment for kids and families around the world. Guru’s roster of hit shows include: Justin Time, winner of the 2016 Banff Rockie Award, 2015 Shaw Rocket Prize, 2014 Canadian Screen Award®, two-time Emmy® and six time Annie Award nominated preschool program; Paw Patrol™, the #1 global preschool smash-hit and consumer products phenomenon in collaboration with Spin Master and Nickelodeon; BAFTA nominated Dinopaws; Mattel’s Netflix Original Series Ever After High; and most recently True and the Rainbow Kingdom - a Netflix Original that launched globally in August 2017.
Guru also just completed its involvement on its first feature film, the international co-production and Academy Award nominated film, The Breadwinner, with Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions, where Frank served as Executive Producer.
Frank’s formal art and animation training was received at both the University of Toronto and the Sheridan College Computer Animation program, where he chaired the Advisory Committee for several years. He currently sits on the Youth Media Alliance Board of Directors.
At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch. - Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures?