Jorge Gutiérrez

Emmy and Annie award winning Jorge R. Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, painter, voice actor, writer, and director. Born in Mexico City, raised in Tijuana, CalArts graduate, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, and paintings exploring his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture. Gutierrez was the director & co-writer of the Guillermo Del Toro produced animated feature The Book of Life for Fox/Disney which earned him a 2014 Golden Globe Award nomination. He was also the writer & director of the Emmy nominated Son of Jaguar VR short for Google. Along with his wife and muse, Sandra Equihua, they created the multiple Emmy Award–winning animated series El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. Gutierrez most recently created the event series Maya and the Three for Netflix which recently won 2 Annie Awards, including Best Children’s TV/Media award. Gutierrez is currently developing a Netflix animated feature named I, Chihuahua! with Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias.

Participant Schedule

Friday 10/14


Creators: Before and after the Show

Friday 10/14 2:10PM - 3:10PM Room 104-105

Jorge Gutiérrez, Jeremiah Cortez, Jim Bryson, Andy Cung, Everett Downing, Adam Jeffcoat

Join us in this Creator’s panel with Showrunners & Creators: Jeremiah Cortez (Dogs in Space), Jorge R. Gutiérrez (Maya and the Three), Everett Downing (My Dad the Bounty Hunter), Jim Bryson & Adam Jeffcoat (Niko and the Sword of Light). We’ll discuss what it takes to create an idea, pitch, sell, develop and produce your show for an audience. We’ll also tackle the big question after the show is said and done of “What’s next?”

Sunday 10/16


Developing Maya and The Three

Sunday 10/16 12:10PM - 1:10PM Room 104-105

Jorge Gutiérrez, Tim Yoon, Jeff Ranjo, Netflix Animation, Sandra Equihua

A behind the scenes look at the development of Netflix’s Maya and the Three.


The Path to Pitching

Sunday 10/16 3:10PM - 4:10PM Room 211

Jorge Gutiérrez, Violaine Briat, Rob Hoegee, The Animation Guild

Do you have an idea for an original show? Or perhaps a studio has asked you to share your vision for an existing concept? So, where do you start? The Path to Pitching will offer more than just how to get the opportunity to pitch and nail it. Industry veterans Violaine Briat (Director/Storyboard Artist; Wings of Fire, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse), Rob Hoegee (Writer/Producer; Stillwater, Thunderbirds Are Go), and Jorge Gutierrez (Writer/Director; I, Chihuahua, Maya and the Three) will share their own experiences to take you on the pitching journey. Beginning with how to prepare, you’ll learn inside tips on getting your ideas ready for a close-up. You’ll also learn dos and don’ts for making connections that are right for your project, and receive practical advice.