Michael Sporn

Michael Sporn (born 23 April 1946) is an American animator who founded his New York-based company, Michael Sporn Animation in 1980, and has produced and directed numerous animated TV specials and short spots. Sporn has produced and directed more than 30 half-hour specials for broadcast outlets HBO, PBS, Showtime and CBS. He's created spots & shorts for Sesame Street, PBS stations such as WGBH, Scholastic, syndicated public service announcements such as those featuring Sport Billy and for UNICEF, and also music videos, documentary and film titles and inserts, commercial logos for Random House, industrial spots for companies like Goodyear. He has produced and directed more than 15 short films including many for Weston Woods, a company that faithfully animates children's books. Most famous of these was adapted from the William Steig children's book, the Oscar nominated, Doctor DeSoto which in 1984 received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Also in 1984, Sporn received the CINE Golden Eagle Award in Education for directing the film adaptation of this book.

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