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Award winning animation visionary Genndy Tartakovsky is currently directing Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation , slated for theatrical release in July 2018. He most recently directed Sony Pictures Animation's blockbuster comedy Hotel Transylvania 2; the film which set a new record for highest September opening of all time at the U.S. box office.
Genndy made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with Sony Pictures Animation's monster box office smash and Golden Globe nominee, Hotel Transylvania. He also directed and animated a spin-off short film, Goodnight Mr. Foot, which debuted in select U.S. theaters in October 2012 and on Blu-ray™ in January 2013.
A 20-year veteran of the art, Genndy has received an impressive 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and been awarded three Emmys for work on the series Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack, both for Cartoon Network. Named one of Variety's "50 to Watch" as a future leader in the entertainment industry, Genndy has been called "one of the industry's rising stars" by People magazine and has been tapped as one of the most creative people in entertainment when he was named to Entertainment Weekly's "It List." He is also the recipient of the prestigious Winsor McCay Award in recognition for outstanding career contributions to the art of animation.
Genndy's creative leadership helped shape the direction and the rise to national prominence of the Cartoon Network, where he developed four hit animated series between 1994 and 2010: Dexter's Laboratory; Samurai Jack; Star Wars: Clone Wars; and Sym-Biotic Titan. He created the critically acclaimed Samurai Jack as a follow-up project to the massive success of Dexter's Laboratory, his first professional cartoon creation, on which he served as creator/writer/director. Samurai Jack originated from his desire to create the best action-adventure cartoon ever—and the result was an animated action television show that is cinematic in scope and that incorporates action, humor and intricate artistry. A two-time juried Primetime Emmy Award winner for layout and production design, Samurai Jack is a perennial critic and audience favorite.
Genndy was hand-selected by George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2003 to create Star Wars: Clone Wars, a one-of-a-kind 20-episode "microseries" that continued the saga where the live-action feature film Star Wars: Episode II Attack Of The Clones left off. His cartoon creation—the first-ever animated property involving the leading Star Wars characters—covered the beginning of the Clone Wars, an epic civil war that pitted the old Republic against a vast separatist movement led by the forces of evil.
Genndy is also the creator/director for the series Sym-Bionic Titan, which debuted on the Cartoon Network in September 2010. Sym-Biotic Titan is the third animated series that Genndy has created in partnership with Cartoon Network, after Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack.
Additionally, Genndy served as a producer and director on Cartoon Network's Emmy Award-winning series The Powerpuff Girls and as an animation director for The Powerpuff Girls: The Movie. He is also co-creator of the Network's Dial M For Monkey And Justice Friends.
In addition to his success in television production, Genndy has also been acclaimed internationally at film festivals – winning top honors at Ottawa, Annecy and Cartoons on the Bay. He started Orphanage Animation Studios in 2005, where he has directed numerous well-known commercial spots and was instrumental in conceptualizing and storyboarding the final action sequence on Paramount Pictures' summer 2010 blockbuster film Iron Man 2.
Genndy was born and raised in Moscow, Russia ("I'm still fluent in Russian, but it gets a little worse every year!" Genndy admits jokingly). His family first moved to Italy before coming to the United States, first in Columbus, OH when he was seven years old then Chicago, IL two years later. After high school, Genndy studied film at Chicago's Columbia College before moving to Los Angeles to study animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). At CalArts he wrote, directed, produced and animated two student films. One of his student films, which was selected for the CalArts Producers Show, was the basis for Dexter's Laboratory.