Co-Founder & Publisher, Animation World Network
Dan Sarto is co-founder and publisher of Animation World Network, AWN.com, the largest, most comprehensive and respected source for animation news and information resources on the Internet. Key publications and industry portal websites include AnimationWorld Magazine, VFXWorld Magazine, AWNtv, the Animation Blogspot, the Animation Industry Database as well as the Animation Flash, AWN Spotlight, AWNtv Spotlight and VFXNewswire newsletters. Each month, AWN's portals are visited by over 300,000 unique readers from more than 100 countries.
Dan and his business partner Ron Diamond founded AWN in 1995. They officially launched the online monthly AnimationWorld Magazine and accompanying animation portal website on April 1, 1996 with a vision to bridge the physical boundaries that separated the world's animation community with a wide-ranging array of interesting and entertaining animation related information. Now in their 19th year of publishing, Dan and AWN have stayed true to their goals, passion and deep commitment to provide the professional and enthusiast communities a cohesive assembly of the best animation, visual effects and related resources that exist today, in an interactive and enjoyable environment.
Dan frequently speaks about animation at industry events, having served on juries, delivered keynotes or moderated panels at events such as the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, 3D Festival, FMX, VIEW Conference and VIEWFest, London Effects and Animation Festival, eDIT VES and VES Festivals as well as the Ottawa and Annecy International Animation Film Festivals.