Nick Wilson was floored by the power animation has as a medium. He took a leap of faith when he studied to become an animator before the industry was sustainable enough. He rounded off his skills set by working in other industries. His experience with workflow implementation in software design and manufacture and event production gave him insight into what a sustainable animation industry requires.
Wilson launched his animation studio My Child TV where he cultivates IP development through animation. His project My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians debuted at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival and broadcast on Comedy Central Africa in late 2015. His studio later executive produced the 4 animated shorts for Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios campaign- their first foray into 100% African animation production. My Child TV alsoproduced the short film for Trevor Noah’s SA tour of There’s a Gupta on my Stoep.
As the Chair of the Export Committee of Animation South Africa (ASA), from 2015 to 2017, he sent 69 individuals representing more than 36 projects in development to Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA and KidScreen whilst also representing his IP and ASA respectively at the Global Exhibition on Services in New Delhi, India (2015) and the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hangzhou, China (2016).
Wilson’s early years as an animator in South Africa taught him the importance of sustainability and guided him when he founded the African Animation Network (AAN) as a social enterprise. AAN, provides open network platforms for African animation professionals, from its 11 partner associations and comic conventions to market themselves to the greater broadcast and media industry in Africa and internationally. AAN’s membership spans the African continent and includes; Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Cameroon and Egypt. Furthermore, AAN has partnered with 11 industry partners, including; Animation Magazine, Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market/MIFA, Turner/Cartoon Network, DISCOP Markets, Digital Lab Africa, DreamAfrica, FupiToons Festival, Ster-Kinekor, SSTREAMM, The Animation School, and Toon Boom Animation.
In 2018, Wilson was part of the team that formed the DISCOMICS initiative – partnering conventions across the African continent together, leveraging international relationships to promote pop culture conventions to world.