London-based Bill Melendez Productions are currently in pre-production on a feature length documentary exploring animation for children and families in the USSR, in part, focusing on the studio Soyuzmultfilm, and the women in Soviet animation: from Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, co-director of the Soviet Realist classic, The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights (1951), to Inessa Kovalevskaya, director of the psychedelic, The Bremen Town Musicians (1969).
Bill Melendez Productions is an animation production company located in Hollywood in Los Angeles in California, with offices in the UK. Studio production has included every Peanuts TV special, series and feature film and the studio’s classic Emmy, Annie , and Peabody award winning animation includes features , television specials , industrials and commercial messages.
They have also created hundreds of advertising commercials have been created and produced – spots for Metlife to McDonald’s , from Chevron to Cheerios to Knott’s Berry Farm.
The many animated characters brought to life by the company include Babar the Elephant, Betty Boop, Cathy, Charlie Brown, Lucy , Linus, Snoopy, Dick Deadeye and The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.