So What Do You Do, Bill Schultz, Emmy-Winning Animation Producer?


He’s best known as the producer of animated smash hits, like The Simpsons and King of the Hill, but it’s his forthcoming animated dramedy he hopes will earn him worldwide (Web) praise and land him a weekly spot on your TV. Bill Schultz’s latest venture, Jimmy Stones, takes to the Internet to create a series for the people, by the people, to reach the masses.

After four Emmy awards and nearly 30 years in the film and television business, Schultz is no stranger to collaboration, but online crowdfunding — that’s new. Now he’s teamed up with Jim Manos, Jr., Emmy-Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and The Shield, and creator of Dexter, to develop a new kind of animated series. Jimmy Stones is a half-hour adult animated comedy series that follows a cynical guy as he deals with his miserable life and finds himself speaking to animals living around him New York City. The animals remind him it’s never too late to start anew, even if your ex-wife wants you dead, the IRS is looking for you and your landlord is ready to toss you out.

Manos and Schultz are asking fans to pony up to deliver custom content with a highly fan-centric approach. Get your name on the credits, get your script covered or just get a T-shirt… every little bit helps bring the carefully drawn characters to life! If Jimmy Stones is victorious, you’ll catch about a dozen episodes online and Manos and Schultz hope it’ll be on your television set, too.

Name: Bill Schultz
Position: CEO, producer
Resume: Schultz is a four-time Emmy-Award-winning animation producer and studio executive with more than 25 years of experience producing such hit shows such as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Garfield, Clifford the Big Red Dog, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Hero: 108. In 2010, Schultz founded Home Plate Entertainment (HPE), which launched its first series, Rob Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders, a year later on Nicktoons.
Birthday: June 11
Hometown: Los Angeles
Education: University of Illinois
Marital status: Married
Media mentor: Animator Phil Roman
Best career advice received: “Don’t ever give up.”
Guilty pleasure: Bravo’s Below Deck
Last book read: David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
Twitter Handle: @homeplateent

What is a typical day like for you?
The television business is a global business, so I work in a global time zone, meaning I get up at 5 a.m. so I can talk with people finishing their day in Asia and Australia and move into Europe and then the East Coast and gradually finish my day on the West Coast. I am looking at rough cuts, doing mixed notes, reading scripts, listening to voice casting, looking at distribution deals and talking about cartoons all day long.

Is it still as much fun as it was when you started?
It’s more fun than when I started because when I started I didn’t know where I was going with everything and now I have such a strong vision for what the final show will be even though it might change as you collaborate with people. The excitement of thinking about having something come together and bringing it to life, that’s what keeps me going.

jimmy-stonesTell us about your latest project, Jimmy Stones.
Jimmy Stones is an amazing creation by the writer James Manos Jr., who created Dexter on Showtime and won an Emmy for his college episode of The Sopranos and worked on The Shield and is doing new a series for WE tv called South of Hell with director Eli Roth. Jim has a tremendous handle on the details of what drives people in their dark moments and in their light moments, with a humor you don’t often see paired with that sort of deep, introspective notion.