Nelvana

Link: How a comic book heroine inspired an animation empire

From Martin Knelman of the Toronto Star:

How a comic book heroine inspired an animation empire
When Hirsh, Loubert and Clive Smith formed a film-production company in 1971, they chose the name Nelvana because of the comic book. It had a nice mystical ring to it, it was Canadian and it sounded a bit like “nirvana.”

It took years before Nelvana became a powerhouse factory for TV animation for children. A turning point came in 1977 when George Lucas chose Nelvana to make a 10-minute cartoon as part of a holiday Star Wars project. That led eventually to two series of Star Wars cartoons. Continue reading.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs. Survivor winners, Donald Trump, Jerry Bruckheimer ... he has interviewed (literally) hundreds of TV people over the course of his career. He is a past member of the Television Critics Association.
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