Jeanne Pappas Simon

Pitch Expert – Creative Crusader

Everything in Jeanne’s life revolves around creativity. As a pitch expert, she works with clients on concept development, pitch package creation and powerful pitch delivery.

She was on the development and pitch team for ZigZag, a TV series they sold to Animal Planet which aired for two seasons. The Gen X network she co-developed for Turner Broadcasting was green lit by Ted Turner and Scott Sassa. She has also developed and pitched IP created with Mark Simon and inked 40+ production and distribution deals.Her creative muscles were strengthened when she worked as a producer, writer, and content creator for major TV networks and studios in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years.She has produced 400+ television series episodes including half of Nickelodeon’s Saturday night prime-time block, Snick.

Her credits include Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, Weinerville, Gullah Gullah Island, and Allegra’s Window. Jeanne was on the team which created the format for international Blue’s Clues and produced Cartoon Network’s first live-action series, Carrot Top’s A.M. Mayhem. She also was a writer/producer/director on TNN’s reality series Roller Jam and a writer for the ABC series Secrets of the Animal Kingdom.

The time I spent with Turner Broadcasting creating an entire new network for them super-charged my creative engine and I teamed up with my husband to create and sell our own TV shows. We’ve created practically every kind of show you can think of: animations for kids and adults, game shows, dramatic TV movies of the week, live-action sitcoms, faith-based TV, live-action kids edutainment, training videos, feature films, and reality TV shows. We’ve signed 35 distribution deals and won over 50 international awards including Grand Prize in the first ever Nicktoons Film Festival with our series of shorts Timmy’s Lessons in Nature. Every major network called us to pitch after that win. Mark and I continue to create and sell our own concepts and have helped many of our clients get deals of their own.

Clarissa Explains it all Show Cast and CrewCast and crew of Clarissa Explains It All on the set at Nickelodeon studios, Orlando.
Turner Broadcasting greenlit my network
Action shot from Roller Jam
She has also traveled the world as a lecturer at major TV conferences challenging and training others to pitch their content with authenticity, creativity and passion.Jeanne approaches all aspects of her life as an exciting puzzle to be solved creatively… even playing tennis. She competes on up to four USTA tennis teams per season and is always finding new ways to get the win!
Jeanne’s ultimate creation are her identical twin young men. She continues to challenge them to create lives of purpose and joy.

 


Mark Simon

Pitch Expert – Godfather of Storyboards

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Everything in Mark’s life revolves around telling stories. As a pitch expert and co-owner of Sell Your TV Concept Now, Inc., he works with content creators to craft pitches which will enthrall potential buyers. Mark has been hired by Disney, Nickelodeon, The Golf Channel, HSN and other networks to help pitch in-house productions. He has also developed and pitched IP created with Jeanne Simon and inked 40+ production and distribution deals.

As a storyboard artist and owner of Storyboards & Animatics, http://storyboards-east.com/, he teams up with film and TV directors to bring their visions and scripts to life. He is best known for his work as the storyboard artist on The Walking Dead, Dynasty, Miracle Workers, Cipher, and multiple feature films for Universal, Fox, Warner Bros. and most recently Jon Favreau.

Mark is a 30-year veteran producer and director for live-action and animation and has piled up an impressive 5,000 production credits.

Books are another chapter in Mark’s story. He has penned ten best-selling industry texts on storyboarding, animation, and several photographic artist reference books. http://www.marksimonbooks.com/

Industry books

He has traveled the world telling stories and sharing his expertise as a lecturer at major pitch conferences, entertainment industry trade schools, and universities.
As the father of identical twin young men, he has filled their hearts and minds with stories about how to live a life doing what you love.
The answer to the question you have right now is NO… he doesn’t get much sleep.

His storyboard and animation clients include: Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony, HBO, Nickelodeon, FOX, Starz, Steven Spielberg, USA Networks, ABC Television and many others. He was the animation producer of Fox’s Tooth Fairy 2 starring Larry the Cable Guy and Universal’s 2014 release of Little Rascals.

As much as Mark pushes his storytelling, he also pushes himself to excel in digital storyboarding. He won a 2012 Prime Time Engineering Emmy for his work with the Toon Boom software team behind Storyboard Pro. He was also inducted into the DAVE School (Digital Animation & Visual Effects School) Hall of Fame.
Mark is not only a storyboard artist, he is an in-demand instructor and has produced multiple training courses for LinkedIn Learning formerly known as Lynda.com. https://www.lynda.com/Mark-Simon/1399212-1.html

Prime Time Engineering Emmy
As the father of identical twin young men, he has filled their hearts and minds with stories about how to live a life doing what you love.
The answer to the question you have right now is NO… he doesn’t get much sleep.

His storyboard and animation clients include: Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony, HBO, Nickelodeon, FOX, Starz, Steven Spielberg, USA Networks, ABC Television and many others. He was the animation producer of Fox’s Tooth Fairy 2 starring Larry the Cable Guy and Universal’s 2014 release of Little Rascals.

 

Mark & Jeanne Simon’s Partial List of Clients & Projects

Networks: My Wife Is Pregnant People:
Nickelodeon Early Days Bryan Spicer
Cartoon Network GUTS Robert Wiemer
Fox Welcome Freshmen Jesus Trevino
NBC Dooley and Pals Show
ABC Wide World of Sports
HBO Gallagher
Showtime Total Panic
VH-1 Production Studios:
TNN Feature/TV Films: Disney
Turner Tooth Fairy 2 Sesame Workshop
Animal Planet Little Rascals Amblin Entertainment
PAX-TV Hoot 20th Century Fox
PBS Lonely Hearts Sunbow
HSN The Waterboy Haxan Films
Golf Channel Lethal Weapon 2 Warner Bros.
MTV Latino McHale’s Navy Marvel
Nowhere to Run Viacom
TV Series: Beverly Hills Vamp Universal Pictures
The Walking Dead Night of the Cyclone Miramax Pictures
Dynasty Wilde Life TriStar
Miracle Workers Interstate 95 Dick Clark Productions
Cipher Two Much Savoy Pictures
Clarissa Explains It All Miami School Bus Hijacking MTM Productions
Dexter Walking Dead Sony Pictures
Round House Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity Empire Pictures
Gullah Gullah Island Party Line
Roller Jam In Dangerous Company Commercials
Allegra’s Window Kill Crazy Thousands Including:
Weinerville Death Row Game Show Coke
Carrot Top’s A.M. Mayhem Midnight M&M
Alpha Dog Challenge Pepsi
Zoo Venture People: Mastercard
Secrets of the Animal Kingdom John Favreau 3M
International Blue’s Clues Steven Spielberg Ford
A Message From God Mitchell Kreigman NFL
In Search Of… Bruce Gowers Nike
Dragon Tales Chris Gifford Burger King
Real Mature Brian Gadinski Yamaha
Timmy’s Lessons In Nature Frank Coraci IBM
Miss Miami Tim Hill Shell
Outta Here Antoine Fuqua AT&T
The Brother’s Flub Anson Williams NBA
Disciples Liz Plonka GE
1st & 10 Jonathan Debin Sprint
The Cape Alexa Junge Sears
seaQuest DSV Stan Lathan Jeep
What Would You Do? Woody Frasier Adidas
Second Noah Marc Summers AMC
Baby Beethoven Ian Toynton Cadillac
The Cape Rob Bowmani
Nick Arcade Reza Badiyi
Firefighters Buddy Sheffield
From The Earth To The Moon