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 adaptation of the young adult book trilogy “The Puzzling World of Winston Breen”, optioned for co-production by Reel FX Animation Studios (Book of Life) and currently in development. Hooten/Edwards are presently completing the adventure-fantasy graphic novel “Digging to China” that will release in four issues this year. This season of prolific creative output has yielded significant growth of the Hardy Howl IP catalogue.

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 and musician. Todd wrote nine original songs for the film, including “Great Big World” performed by Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, and “Red is Blue” performed by platinum recording artist Ben Folds. Subsequently Todd enjoyed multiple screenplay sales, along with his Hardy Howl team who have partnered with animation studios around the world on various projects—including The Puzzling World of Winston Breen optioned for co-production by Reel FX Animation Studios (Book of Life), and his comedy brainchild Spirits, an animated feature he wrote with Timothy Hooten.

Prior, he wrote, directed and scored his third feature, Jeffie Was Here, an indie comedy in which he also plays the title character. Todd’s first feature Chillicothe, which he wrote, directed and starred in, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and distribution. In 2010 he directed the viral sensation music video “Thinkin’ Bout Somethin” for the Grammy-nominated band Hanson. His writing services have included consulting with David S. Goyer on a major studio franchise, and work on The Marvel Experience with partner Timothy Hooten. In 2014 he wrote lyrics for the Academy Award-Nominated animated feature 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 on stage as a singer and comedic actor in Los Angeles. 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, and directed the music videos for that project. He is currently recording an EP follow-up. Todd recently wrote and performed the closing song for the documentary “YAMAHA Presents — Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood”.

Todd has spoken around the country, inspiring students and aspiring filmmakers with his experiences as a director and storyteller. He is also a trained visual artist, bringing his skills as a painter, illustrator and sculptor into the filmmaking process with his team of artists and production designers. Todd lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two little adventurers—his sons.

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KATIE HOOTEN
p.g.a. is presently serving as Previs Producer at The Third Floor, the world’s leading visualization studio, working on upcoming features for clients such as Marvel, Legendary, Warner Brothers, and Sony. Additionally, Katie is a Producer on Hardy Howl’s Spirits, a four-quadrant animated feature. She is an animation veteran from Walt Disney Feature Animation, having 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. In 2009 Katie produced the award-winning indie comedy Jeffie Was Here. In 2014 she completed work on The Marvel Experience serving as Media Producer. She is in development as Producer on The Puzzling World of Winston Breen optioned for co-production by Reel FX Animation Studios and helmed by her Hardy Howl partners. Her screenplay Daddy Issues has been a calling card within the industry, praised for its unique female comedic voice. Additionally, Katie co-wrote the screenplay Wildflower, a modern adaptation of “Anne of Green Gables” for Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson of Josephson Entertainment.

Katie has worn various production hats on projects with New Line, Nickelodeon, and The Weinstein Company. After graduating with a B.A. in Theater from Anderson University, Katie started her professional career managing the Phillippe Performing Arts Center (Marion, Indiana) while completing a Master of Arts from Ball State University in Community Education with an emphasis in Arts Programming. She continues to volunteer her skills of grant writing, theater and art instruction, and special events programming with a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the country. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Tim and their two amazing daughters who are the source of their sanity and insanity.