Dubbed “the Father of the Canadian animation industry,” entertainment mogul Michael Hirsh today will be celebrated for his achievements and contributions to the global animation industry, receiving a 2016 Animation Hall of Fame Award at World Animation & VFX Summit Gala. He will be awarded at the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California. Hirsh will be taking the role of CEO for the newly formed global kids and youth entertainment media company WOW! Unlimited Media. He is also the co-founder of Nelvana Limited, Cookie Jar Entertainment, TeleTOON Canada, and was executive chairman of DHX Media. The Gala brings together other distinguished recipients, Cartoon Network’s founding president Betty Cohen, Fairly Odd Parents creator Butch Hartman, LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight, VFX visionary Ellen Poon, and Cyber Group Studios chairman & CEO Pierre Sissmann.