Animation World Network
Type of site
News, animation
OwnerRon Diamond and Dan Sarto
Created byRon Diamond and Dan Sarto
RegistrationNot Available
LaunchedApril 1, 1996
Current statusActive

Animation World Network (often just "AWN") is an online[1][2] publishing group[3] that specializes in resources for animators, with an extensive website offering news, articles and links for professional animators and animation fans.


Specifically, AWN covers animator profiles, independent film distribution, major animation studio activities, licensing, CGI and other animation technologies, as well as current events in all fields of animation.

AWN also publishes print magazines. The magazines are Animation World,[4] dedicated to animation in general, and VFX World,[5] which focuses on special effects and computer-generated imagery.


Ron Diamond at the 2022 WonderCon in Anaheim, California.
Co-owner Ron Diamond at WonderCon 2022

In 1995, Ron Diamond partnered with Dan Sarto and founded the Animation World Network. A year after Toy Story debuted, Sarto and Diamond produced their first issue. "Back then there weren't many people publishing on the Internet, but we decided to go online and bypass print altogether; not just for cost reasons but because animators are always ahead of the curve when it comes to exploring new technologies," Diamond said.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Welcome". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on 1996-10-29. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  2. ^ "Animation World Magazine". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on 2001-05-09. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  3. ^ Verrier, Richard (June 8, 2010). "Technicolor Shows Its Creative Side". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  4. ^ Zahed, Ramin (February 12, 2001). "Review: 'Animation World Network'". Variety. Archived from the original on 2022-03-28. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  5. ^ Breznican, Anthony (March 18, 2007). "'Shrek': The More the Merrier". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  6. ^ "Drawing 'Em In". Los Angeles Business Journal. September 21, 2008. Archived from the original on 2021-05-09. Retrieved 2020-08-13.