Dan Sarto is co-founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Animation World Network – AWN.com. Since launching in 1996, AWN.com has become one of the largest, most comprehensive and respected publishers of animation and visual effects news and information resources on the Internet. Key publication websites include AnimationWorld Magazine, VFXWorld Magazine and the Animation Flash newsletter. Each month, AWN's portals are visited by over 300,000 unique readers from more than 100 countries.
For the last four years, Dan has also been a Master of Animation and New Media for the Beijing-based DeTao Group. Together, their media company incubation studio, located in Shanghai, has launched their first Chinese-language community portal, AVGChannel.com, focusing on the professional animation, visual effects and game industries in China. In addition to providing strategic planning and media development consultative services, Sarto has lectured on various business and creative topics at the Shanghai Institute for Visual Arts (SIVA), Institute for Animation and Creative Content (IACC), China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CCAFA), the Peking University Shenzhen Graduation School and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as the Shanghai and Zhejiang Public Libraries.
Dan frequently speaks at industry events, having served on juries, delivered keynotes or moderated panels at events such as the 3D Festival, CCG Expo, FMX, Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, Hong Kong Filmart, Kre8tif Conference, London Effects and Animation Festival, MIFA, SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia, SPP, VES Festival and VIEW Conference, as well as the AnimaFest, Ottawa and Annecy animation film festivals.