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Ken Pontac

Ken Pontac was a writer for ReBoot. He is noted for his work on the episode End Prog.

Ken was born on May 22, 1957 in Glendale, California, USA.

Growing up, people such as Frank Zappa, William Burroughs, Jack Kirby, Roger Zelazny, R. Crumb and S. Clay Wilson were hugely influential on Ken's youth; some of them aspired him to draw anything that he wanted to.

Pontac attended the 'Art Center College Of Design' from 1978 to 1980. He began his filmmaking/writing career in 1981 in the effects houses of Hollywood, directing film graphics for commercials and features. His commercial work included spots for Coca-Cola, Disneyland, Norelco, and Shell Oil. His feature effects were seen in films such as "Never Say Never Again", "Moonstruck", and Douglas Trumbulls groundbreaking Showscan film "New Magic".

In 1987 Pontac moved to Northern California to serve as art director for "The New Adventures of Gumby", for which he produced sets, puppets and artwork for thirty-three episodes of syndicated animation. In 1989, Pontac returned to Hollywood to create and produce a prime-time television pilot that aired on ABC TV. He spent a year on the Warner Brothers lot working in development with various writers and producers, then returned to Northern California to create his own company, 'Danger Productions'.

Danger Productions employed a staff of one hundred artists and animators who created content for television, video games, and computer applications. The company produced twenty-six half-hours of the ABC TV animated program "Bump in the Night", which Pontac created, produced, wrote and directed. Danger Productions also designed and produced the characters for the best-selling video game "Clayfighter" for Interplay, as well as creating animated assets for Microsoft's Office 97 and 'My Personal Tutor'.

Other notable past works include scripting of "Krypto the Superdog", "Mucha Lucha!", "Shadow Raiders", "Extreme Dinosaurs", "The Legend of Calamity Jane", "The Wacky World of Tex Avery", and "Mighty Max".

From 1990 to the present Pontac has written scripts for animated television episodes that have been translated into a dozen languages and shown around the world. During that time he has also worked as a director for the UPN prime time animated program "Gary & Mike", for which his episode Phish Phry won an Emmy for Best Art Direction. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his work on the Discovery Kids series "ToddWorld".

Pontac is now a writer and story-editor for Mondo Media's very popular dark humour flash cartoon "Happy Tree Friends" located in San Francisco, CA US. Pontac currently lives in Sausalito with his wife, Susan Linton, and his beloved dog, 'Whistle'. His worst traumatic experience, and first childhood memory is when he saw his mother caught on fire while making breakfast because she was talking to his grandmother on the phone next to the stove. This story has later inspired him to script the episode "Who's to Flame?".