Your Guide to the Top Animation Agents in the World

ANIMATION Agents

2024

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Looking for representation for you and your animation? Wanting an advocate for an animated work in Hollywood? Then check out this year’s guide to the top animation agents in the world.

Not surprisingly, the vast majority of animation agents at the pinnacle are based in and around Los Angeles, California. And quite a few work down the hall from each other inside the same talent agencies. Sharing client rosters and co-pitching properties, the stand-out agency is no surprise to anyone in the animation industry: United Talent Agency or UTA comes in as the top animation agency in the world. Boasting the “only dedicated animation” division, UTA has on its books such luminaries as X, Y, and Z.

In 2023, UTA agents working in animation signed deals with big studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures. In years past, talent from the UTA rosters has been involved in the great animation blockbusters of the early 21st century such as X, Y, & Z.

Independent animation agents certainly have stood their ground and put their case to be included on this year’s list. In fact, nine agents feature from 9 different agencies. Industry stalwarts such as X and Y have earned their right. Representing directors such as X and Y, talent agent Z has started the year with numerous announcements, including that he/she {DID SOMETHING}.

Not really an animator but you’re working in the animation industry no worries. Some animation agents work in voice talent. Others represent writers, directors, and the technical crews that staff our favorite movies and TV shows. Check out X below for a voice-over work in Hollywood.

So get your animated showreel ready, dust off your pitch bibles, and see who’s made this year’s list of the world’s top animation agents.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the animation animation agents & talent firms of the year. »

My Top 4

Who are the Top Animation Agents in the World?

Best Agency

United Talent Agency
Animator agents list names UTA top agency for representation for 2023
Beverly Hills, California

Best Agent

Anna Berthold
Top animation agents profile portrait by Oddtoe of United Talent Agency's Anna Berthold
UTA

Best Independent Agency

Gotham Group
Best independent agency for animation representation, Gotham Group
Hollywood, California
Best Independent Agent
Julie Kane-Ritsch
Animation agent Julie Kane-Ritsch's illustrated portrait by Oddtoe
Gotham Group

United Talent Agency (UTA)

Top animation agents profile portrait by Oddtoe of United Talent Agency's Anna Berthold

Anna Berthold

 

When your job title has the word ‘animation’ in it and you work at a major talent agency, you’re sure to appear on this list. But Anna Berthold tops this year’s animation agent list on merits and work rate alone.

Leading UTA’s animation division, Anna was instrumental in establishing Happy Nest, a joint venture between UTA and Stampede. Happy Nest is now a production company for animated kids and family content.

Representing at least 19 clients working heavily in the animation industry, including Joe Brumm, the Australian animator of Bluey fame, and Pierre Perifel, Director of Bad Guys, Anna has the industry’s current stars on speed dial.

Jason Burns

 

The client list of Jason Burns is also impressive. As an agent with UTA, as well, Jason Burns represents Joacquim Dos Santos Director of Spider-man: Across the Spider-verse, and Jorge Gutiérrez (Director of some of my favourite animated movies, including Maya and the Three and Book of Life).

Since I’m already name-dropping, I might as well list out Jason’s other clients. Kyle Balda and Robert Persichetti. So for any of you Directors-to-be of animated movies — Jason Burns is a name you’ll want to know.

Look at the output of just his clients in the animation business alone! The aforementioned movies + the Despicable Me series of films, The Incredibles, Wall-E 2, Toy Story 3, Shrek 2, and many more. Big movies with big-time animation talent.

Talent representative and agent Jason Burns of United Talent Agency (UTA)
United Talent Agency agent for animation, Andrew Cannava

Andrew Cannava

 

Rounding out UTA’s wide and deep bullpen of animation agents, Andrew Cannava is our third entry from the same agency. On the famous actor side of David’s business, he’s the agent for Elizabeth Banks. But don’t let the long list of thespians among his clients dissuade you from looking at David for representation. He’s the “guy” for such animators as Yarrow Cheney (Director of The Grinch) and Bobby Rubio (Pixar’s Inside Out and Incredibles 2).

Between David here and Anna and Jason above, it looks like United Talent Agency is the parking lot where you’d want to accidentally leave your animation showreel.

Verve Talent & Literary Agency

Verve Talent Agency partner Bryan Besser, one of the best agents for animation representation

Bryan Besser

 

As one of a trio of main partners, Bryan Besser has been building the foundations of Verve for over twelve years.

Strong in the animation space, Verve Talent has numerous figures producing the world’s best animation at the moment. ” …six of the last 12 Best Animated Film Oscar winners…” have been on their books and such names Meg LeFauve and Michael Arndt included.

David Boxerbaum

October 5th, 6th — Rotterdam, Netherlands (onsite and virtual)

Like its sister festival in London, the Rotterdam version of the In Motion conference gives a major platform to animators to talk about their work. This year, such luminaries as Tom CJ Brown and one of my favorites, UglyStupidHonest, will be there.

Any festival sponsored by Procreate has to be worth checking out. And while the speaker list is still being formulated, the curators of animation at In Motion’s parent company, Playgrounds, have already proven themselves with their past animation and design conferences. In fact, I’ve got four of their events in this list alone. So check out one of them live or in-person and get the animation inspiration you know you need.

Verve Talent Agent for animation David Boxerbaum, illustrated portrait by Oddtoe

Gotham Group

Julie Kane-Ritsch

December 12th to the 15th — Sydney, Australia (in-person & virtual)

Finally, Australia gets a conference worthy of its stature on the animation scene. SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 sets up in Sydney just in time for summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Like its predecessor in the United States earlier in the year, this conference doesn’t focus solely on animation. But it is geared toward those who are “excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and emerging technologies.”

The reason for attending is simple: What gets presented here this year are the technical innovations you’ll be experimenting with next year. So get a leg-up and put yourself in a seat (or a virtual environment) for the 3-day conference.

Animation agent Julie Kane-Ritsch's illustrated portrait by Oddtoe

Summit Talent & Literary Agency

Headshot of an anonymous animation agent, mal

Sandy Weinberg

February 23rd to March 3rd — Brussels, Belgium (in-person & virtual)

Happy New Year! 2024 kicks off in Brussels. Anima is in its 43rd year, an impressive feat for an animation conference. But you can see why. The level of talent in Belgium and who this festival attracts internationally is second to none. No live-action animation, though. Anima focuses on animation created frame by frame, which can be traditional animated cartoons, stop-motion puppetry, or hand-animated plasticine models.

Anima is one of the few animation conferences in the world that is qualified to nominate its winning candidates for the Oscar® for best animated short film.

Metropolis Talent

John Goldsmith

May 25th, 26th — Berlin, Germany (onsite and virtually)

Let’s stay in Germany for the spring and head to the capital for an art experience that only Berlin can deliver. Our second Art Department conference is again chock full of inspiration — and this inspiration is coming from the artists it includes in its programming.

First off, the location is a cool one. We’re in the Old Mint, on the banks of the Spree River. This is a communal artist space throughout the year in one of Berlin’s most eclectic neighborhoods.

Like its Rotterdam sister conference, the level of animated art that gets shown here will be the draw for this conference. The list of artists will be posted closer to the conference launch in late May 2024. Stay tuned.

Portrait of one of the top animation agents, John Goldsmith

Natural Talent

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Donna Felton

June 9th to the 15th — Annecy, France (onsite and virtually)

My top pick for the best animation conference in the world is no surprise: the Annecy Festival. Or the Festival d’Annecy. Or the more wordy Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market.

This is the conference every lover of animation should attend at least once in his or her lifetime. Why? It’s the world’s largest event dedicated to animation. It’s in a lovely part of France. It’s where the next generation of animators get their break. And it’s an experience like no other. When animation is placed on such a pedestal, as only the French can do, you can only be swept away.

The Annecy Festival has been going on for 60 years. The 2024 edition will have it all: massive screening to top-tier animation, workshops, and the Mifa, one the world’s best places to do business both in person and virtually. If you’ve only got one event to go to, put this animation conference on your schedule.

Ritter Talent Agency

Teresa “Teri” Ritter

May 25th, 26th — Berlin, Germany (onsite and virtually)

Let’s stay in Germany for the spring and head to the capital for an art experience that only Berlin can deliver. Our second Art Department conference is again chock full of inspiration — and this inspiration is coming from the artists it includes in its programming.

First off, the location is a cool one. We’re in the Old Mint, on the banks of the Spree River. This is a communal artist space throughout the year in one of Berlin’s most eclectic neighborhoods.

Like its Rotterdam sister conference, the level of animated art that gets shown here will be the draw for this conference. The list of artists will be posted closer to the conference launch in late May 2024. Stay tuned.

Ritter Talent Agency founder Teri Ritter

Paradigm Talent Agency

Zac Simmons

May 25th, 26th — Berlin, Germany (onsite and virtually)

Let’s stay in Germany for the spring and head to the capital for an art experience that only Berlin can deliver. Our second Art Department conference is again chock full of inspiration — and this inspiration is coming from the artists it includes in its programming.

First off, the location is a cool one. We’re in the Old Mint, on the banks of the Spree River. This is a communal artist space throughout the year in one of Berlin’s most eclectic neighborhoods.

Like its Rotterdam sister conference, the level of animated art that gets shown here will be the draw for this conference. The list of artists will be posted closer to the conference launch in late May 2024. Stay tuned.

Headshot illustration of Paradigm Talent Agency's agent Zac Simmons

Annette Van Duran Agency

Illustrated portrait of Anna van Duran from the guide to agency representation for animators, 2023

Annette Van Duran

June 9th to the 15th — Annecy, France (onsite and virtually)

My top pick for the best animation conference in the world is no surprise: the Annecy Festival. Or the Festival d’Annecy. Or the more wordy Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market.

This is the conference every lover of animation should attend at least once in his or her lifetime. Why? It’s the world’s largest event dedicated to animation. It’s in a lovely part of France. It’s where the next generation of animators get their break. And it’s an experience like no other. When animation is placed on such a pedestal, as only the French can do, you can only be swept away.

The Annecy Festival has been going on for 60 years. The 2024 edition will have it all: massive screening to top-tier animation, workshops, and the Mifa, one the world’s best places to do business both in person and virtually. If you’ve only got one event to go to, put this animation conference on your schedule.

Danis, Panero, Nist Talent (DNP)

Natanya Rose

May 25th, 26th — Berlin, Germany (onsite and virtually)

Let’s stay in Germany for the spring and head to the capital for an art experience that only Berlin can deliver. Our second Art Department conference is again chock full of inspiration — and this inspiration is coming from the artists it includes in its programming.

First off, the location is a cool one. We’re in the Old Mint, on the banks of the Spree River. This is a communal artist space throughout the year in one of Berlin’s most eclectic neighborhoods.

Like its Rotterdam sister conference, the level of animated art that gets shown here will be the draw for this conference. The list of artists will be posted closer to the conference launch in late May 2024. Stay tuned.

DPN Talent Agency's head representation for the animation industry, Natanya Rose

Digital Artists Agency

Headshot of an anonymous animation agent, mal

Bob Coleman

April 18th, 19th — Eindhoven, Netherlands (onsite and virtually)

Let’s stay in the Benelux region for this creative conference: The second of two Art Department conferences, celebrating concept art, design and craftsmanship in the film, animation, and games industries.

Artist talks are my favorite, and the Art Department has a wide array of artists types: creature FX artists (Gustav Hoegen), whimsical illustrators (Beatrice Blue), art directors (Dani Dietz), and film directors (Mascha Halberstad), just to name a few.

This really is a festival — experience the outdoor expos, the art market, and workshops, along with the fabulous screenings of the best animation.

In 2023 & 2024, What Other Animation Conferences Are You Interested In?

Am I missing a better conference or festival than the ones above? Contact me and let me know. I’ll look to update the 2023/2024 animation conference list throughout the year.

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