Animation producer founded Perpetual Motion Pictures in 1968
UNICEF Animation Consortium. Potamkin worked briefly at the Walt Disney Co. in 1991 before joining Hanna Barbera as executive producer and TV topper. There he championed the World Premiere Shorts (“What a Cartoon”) unit, which led to “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Johnny Bravo,” “Cow and Chicken” and “Powerpuff Girls.” Also at Hanna Barbera, Potamkin was exec producer of the 1995 Dr. Seuss special “Dayzie-Head Maysie.” After exiting Hanna Barbera, Potamkin served on the board of Visionary Media, which produced the Web series “WhirlGirl” and produced and directed the direct-to-video film “Buster and Chauncey’s Silent Night” (1998) through his own company, Project X. His awards include four Clios, the MTV Video Award, more than 20 ASIFA commendations, the Cannes Gold Lion, the Venice Silver Lion, the Peabody, two New York Festival Gold Medals and three Silver Medals and seven Emmy nominations. He is survived by his wife Rosie.
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