Ken Duer is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in animation production in the United States, Asia, and Europe with an extensive background in domestic and overseas production.
Ken has been an independent producer since leaving Warner Bros. Animation in 2001. His first independent project was supervising the production for ANIMATRIX for Warner Home Video, Joel Silver Productions, and Wachowski Brother's Eon Entertainment. Together with phuuz, Ken produced the English adaptation of LUPIN THE THIRD for Japan's TMS Entertainment and Geneon Entertainment USA (formerly Pioneer Entertainment) and placed them on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Ken also produced the English pilots of GREGORY HORROR SHOW and DORAEMON for Japan's TV Asahi. Ken recently finished producing the English adaptation of TV Asahi's animated series SHINCHAN and is currently producing English adaptations for the second installment of Lupin the Third for Geneon Entertainment USA and other titles for various Japanese companies.
Prior to launching his consultant business, Ken served as Vice President of Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. Animation where he was in charge of all domestic production operations as well as supervising overseas operations. Ken played an instrumental role in over 500 half hours of animation production and during his last two years at Warner Bros. He worked closely with the Kids' WB on foreign program acquisitions for the network. In early 2000, Ken oversaw the acquisition of the breakout hit Japanese animation series YU-GI-OH: DUEL MONSTERS for the Kids' WB.
Ken joined the re-established Warner Bros. Animation division in early 1991 as Director of Overseas Operations, supervising all production in Asia and Europe. During his first three years with the company, Ken had increased production with overseas studios from just three studios in 1991 to over 25 studios worldwide.
Just after graduating college in 1984, Ken joined DIC Enterprises as a production assistant on several of their animated television series. He quickly climbed the ranks to Associate Producer, managing production of over 600 half-hour television series during his seven years at DIC. DIC produced most of their series in Japan, and Ken was an asset to their overseas productions. Being completely fluent in Japanese, Ken spent 12 months in Tokyo with a group of American artists with a co-production venture of Japanese producers. Ken's major clients during DIC included NBC, ABC, Columbia Tri-Star, Mattel Toys, Kenner Toys, Saban Entertainment, and Hallmark Entertainment. Series included INSPECTOR GADGET, GHOST BUSTERS, ALF, KIDD VIDEO, CAMP CANDY, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS AT THE MOVIES, and SWAMP THING.
Ken was born in Kamakura, Japan in 1960. After graduating from Marist Brothers International School in Kobe, Japan in 1979, Ken attended University of San Diego and Chapman University in Southern California. He graduated from Chapman University in 1984 with a degree in Communications and an emphasis on Film and Television Production.