The origin of the species

Vet creative topper sees more CGI, live action in the future

One of DIC’s original creative forces, Maliani has been with the company since 1983.

He’s seen and helped the company become a player in the animation field, and oversees all things creative including design, development, production, music and programming. His work with DIC has earned him a mantel full of awards from Emmys to Humanitas to Environmental Media Awards.

Despite the company’s continued growth, and its new programming mandate for the Eye web’s Saturday morning, Maliani has no concerns about being creatively overextended.

“With the CBS block, the next five years are going to be very busy, but I am not worried about us expanding too much. Andy knows when to really turn the jets on; he also knows when to turn them down a little bit. And even if we did become larger than we are, it would be a fun challenge.”

Will there be a DIC channel in the future? “I think that would be fantastic,” Maliani enthuses. “If Andy says, ‘Hey we’re turning on the jets, let’s get going,’ I’ll be there 150% ready to do what we need to do creatively to put that together.”

In fact, Maliani admits, “I’d like to do a few more projects. What I like now is that we are expanding a little bit into CGI. We have our Strawberry Shortcake movie coming out, which I am very excited about. And for CBS, we’ve gotten into live action, something new for us.

“We keep things moving around over here and try to stay away from becoming a dinosaur. We try to constantly reinvent ourselves creatively.”

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