Amid Amidi (@amid/LinkedIn) is an author, historian, and consultant.
He is the official biographer of Oscar-winning animation director and jazz bandleader Ward Kimball, and the youngest recipient of the Theatre Library Association Award.
He has written The Art of Pixar: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation for Pixar; The Art of Robots for 20th Century Fox about the making of the Fox/Blue Sky computer animated feature Robots; A Sketchy Past: The Art of Peter de Sève; and edited and designed the book Inside UPA, a compilation of unpublished photographs from the legendary UPA Animation Studios.
For four years, he worked for the animation company Spümcø, where served as the production manager of Spumco-LA during the production of Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon (2002-03). Between 1998 and 2006, he published nine print issues of Animation Blast, a publication that featured interviews and biographies of numerous animation legends, including Iwao Takamoto, Gene Hazelton, Pete Alvarado, Ed Benedict, Tom Oreb, Jim Tyer and John Dunn. In 1998, Animation World Magazine hired Amid to become the associate editor of their publication, which was the first monthly electronic magazine devoted to animation. On multiple occasions, he has served as an expert witness on character and production design for DreamWorks Animation.
Cartoon Brew was launched in March 2004 in partnership with Jerry Beck. In September 2008, we launched Cartoon Brew TV, an exclusive on-line showcase for the world’s finest contemporary animated shorts. Amid became sole owner of Cartoon Brew in February 2013.