•DIRECTOR •PRODUCER •ENTREPRENEUR
Erick Tran's artistic and filmmaking talents first emerged in 1996 as an animator on THE SIMPSONS TV show. Over the years, he quickly rose through the ranks, starting with his promotion to Assistant Director in 2002. Eventually, he was promoted to Character Layout Supervisor in 2006 for THE SIMPSONS movie, where he had the opportunity to work alongside industry veterans such as David Silverman (director), Richard Sakai (producer), Tom Hanks (actor), and Hans Zimmer (film composer).
Tran's responsibilities varied widely, including creating story reels and storyboards, animation, BTS video production, designing for licensing and merchandising, consulting on Simpson video games with EA, developing promotional materials for trades, producing designs with Universal Creative for The Simpsons theme park attraction in Hollywood and Florida, and producing animation for commercials such as Burger King, Coke/Superbowl and Nike/World Cup.
In recent years, Erick Tran has been involved in producing marketing materials for EA Mobile/FOX Digital Media's "TAPPED OUT" Simpsons video game app, which has grossed over $135M since its release in 2012.
As CEO of CHAVVO STUDIOS and IDEAL MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT (IME), Erick's responsibilities include business development, securing financing, and managing production from creative inception to final delivery. He utilizes his artistic skills and understanding of creative brand packaging to lead IME's business in web design, video production, photography, and marketing strategies for brands and businesses. CHAVVO STUDIOS is a dedicated animation company that creates original properties for distribution on all formats and licensing opportunities.
Throughout his career, Erick Tran has had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of notable figures, including Hollywood celebrities, business owners, non-profit organizations, and major companies such as Coke, Nike, Walmart, Pronto Pizza, Highroad Entertainment, Warner Bros, EA, Martin Agency, CVC, Universal, FOX, Starz Media, Place Like Home Foundation, Pierce Arrow and Toon Boom.