The School of Visual Arts (SVA), celebrating its 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival (May 10-13, 2014), granted the inaugural Dusty Alumni Award to animation director Yvette Kaplan (Ice Age, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead, Zack and Quack).

Yvette Kaplan (1976 BFA Animation) has worked in the animation industry for over 30 years as a director, producer, story consultant, writer, animator and character designer. She has supervised and developed all aspects of pre-and post-production in both 2D animation and CGI. Yvette has guided and inspired teams of writers, artists, actors and musicians to create stories and characters for television and film. She served as head of story on Blue Sky Studios’Ice Age for 20th Century Fox; director on Fox TV’s King of the Hill; director on Nickelodeon’s Doug; co-director, along with Mike Judge, of MTV/Paramount Pictures’ feature Beavis and Butthead Do America; and supervising director of MTV’s Beavis and Butthead series. She was a creative consultant on Scholastic Films’ The Magic Schoolbus, directed the Emmy-winning pilot for WNET’s Cyberchase, served as a timing director on Matt Groening’s Futurama series for Comedy Central and was a supervising producer on Cartoon Network’s Clarence. Yvette has written numerous series development bibles and story notes on screenplays for clients including Disney DTV, Lionsgate Films and Channel Thirteen.

Yvette’s long-time dream to create her own show was recently fulfilled when she partnered with Gili Dolev to co-create Zack and Quack, a unique preschool series airing on Nick Jr. channels worldwide. Yvette directed several episodes and is an executive producer on the series.

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