THE HARDY HOWL TEAM

TIMOTHY HOOTEN
is a writer/director on Spirits, a hybrid animated feature with writer/director Todd Edwards, merging CG animation with stop motion techniques for a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. In 2014 Timothy completed crafting the narrative of The Marvel Experience, a $40MM immersive attraction featuring the iconic Marvel characters in a brand new animated adventure.

Hooten and creative partner Edwards are also helming their episodic adaptation of the young adult book trilogy The Puzzling World of Winston Breen, have been tapped to write an unannounced live action family feature for Ian Bryce Productions (Transformers), and are currently in development on a half-hour comedy with The Jim Henson Company.

Timothy has teamed with his partners in production and creative consulting since 1995, contributing to films such as the indie darling Chillicothe and the animated hit Hoodwinked!. He developed and produced the award-winning indie feature Jeffie Was Here (2010), and produced music videos including the viral hit “Thinking ‘bout Somethin’” featuring “Weird” Al Yankovic for the Grammy-nominated band Hanson.

Outside of his professional work, Timothy has helped create and guide dozens of non-profit outreach programs in economically challenged communities, which led to him testifying before U.S. Congress about his cutting-edge private-sector partnerships that were making a lasting impact in the lives of at-risk youth. In 2006 he received a Civic Commendation from the Los Angeles City of Azusa for his exemplary leadership in community development. Timothy's passion to help eradicate blood cancer led to his short Eva’s Story which became the locus of the worldwide marketing campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where he sits on the Los Angeles Board of Directors. He has also served on the Ad-Board at Fortune 500 pharma company Novartis to help them find innovative avenues of promotion and education for those whose lives would improve through their products.


TODD EDWARDS
is a writer/director who created the box office hit Hoodwinked!, an indie phenomenon that also showcased his skills as a songwriter. Todd wrote nine original songs for the film, with performances by Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and platinum recording artist Ben Folds among others. He’s currently helming his comedy brainchild Spirits with Timothy Hooten, an animated feature in the vein of Hoodwinked! that presents a fresh perspective of Dickens’ famous ghost story.

Edwards and creative partner Hooten have been tapped to write an unannounced live action family feature for Ian Bryce Productions (Transformers), and are currently in development on a half-hour comedy with The Jim Henson Company. They are also helming an episodic adaptation of Eric Berlin’s young adult book trilogy The Puzzling World of Winston Breen.

Todd wrote, directed and starred in his debut feature Chillicothe, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, also directing the 2010 award-winning comedy Jeffie Was Here. Garnering MTV’s “Top 5 Videos with Killer Dance Sequences of All Time”, he directed the viral sensation music video “Thinkin’ Bout Somethin” for Hanson. After multiple studio screenplay sales, Todd wrote The Marvel Experience with partner Timothy Hooten, and has consulted for Warner Brothers and Luc Besson, among others. In 2014 he wrote lyrics for the Academy Award-Nominated Ernest and Celestine. Edwards/Hooten are also excited to be partnering with veterans of the graphic novel industry on their high-concept adventure-fantasy “Digging to China,” set to be released in four issues.

Outside of his film career, Todd has performed as a singer and comedic actor. He co-produced “Uncle T. Sean’s Barn-Raising Comedy Night” with SNL writer T. Sean Shannon, featuring Fred Willard and Dana Gould. Todd also wrote and produced the album “Blick Van Glory: The Search for Quest,” working with top Nashville musicians. He is also a trained visual artist, bringing his skills as a painter and illustrator into the filmmaking process. Todd lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two little adventurers—his sons.

Director Reel

KATIE HOOTEN
p.g.a. is a Producer at Blur Studios in Los Angeles for director Tim Miller (Deadpool) working on a variety of projects for film, television, and advertising. Prior to Blur, Katie was Visualization Producer at The Third Floor, the world’s leading visualization studio, producing Previs/Postvis on features such as Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, and Spider-Man: Homecoming for Marvel studios, as well as feature projects for Legendary, Warner Brothers, and Sony. Katie’s leadership extended to The Third Floor’s Immersive Department where she produced a number of ground-breaking projects using cutting-edge technology in the areas of AR, VR, gaming cinematics, and theme park rides with collaborators such as Steven Spielberg, Disney, and Universal.

In 2009 she produced Hardy Howl’s award-winning indie comedy Jeffie Was Here and continues to oversee their slate, including Spirits, a four-quadrant animated feature which she is producing. A veteran from Walt Disney Feature Animation, Katie has worked on such films as Atlantis, Lilo and Stitch, Spirited Away, and Treasure Planet. While serving in Disney’s development department, she was paired with Disney’s top directors, producers, and executives on a variety of projects, working with Disney’s Burbank, Orlando, and French studios. After her stint at Disney, Katie joined the producing team on Hoodwinked!.

Katie volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society whose mission is very close at heart. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Tim and their two amazing daughters who are the source of their sanity and insanity.