Tom Ruegger

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4/4/1956 , Metuchen, New Jersey, United States

Birth Name

Thomas Charles Ruegger

Gender

Male

Biography:

Tom Ruegger is the fourteen-time Emmy-winning producer and creative force behind many of the most popular and successful animated television series of all time, including "Tiny Toon Adventures," "Animaniacs," and "Pinky and the Brain," to name only a few.
Over the last decade, Mr. Ruegger has served as the Executive Producer and chief creative executive at Warner Bros. Animation. In 2002, he started his own company, Tom Ruegger Productions, and under its banner, Tom has been involved in the development, writing and production of multiple televisions series and feature films, both animated and live action.
Mr. Ruegger began his career as an animator at Hanna-Barbera Productions, under the mentorship of his childhood heroes, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. Tom's early animation efforts appeared in such familiar cartoon series as "Scooby Doo," "The New Flintstones," "Casper" and "Godzilla." Tom honed his writing skills at Filmation Studios on such series as "Fat Albert" and "Tarzan," then returned to Hanna-Barbera to serve as a story editor and producer for a variety of shows, including "Pound Puppies" and "Scooby and Scrappy Doo." In 1988, Tom created and produced a new Scooby franchise, "A Pup Named Scooby Doo," which was the first Scooby series to be nominated for an Emmy Award.
Tom joined Warner Bros. Animation in 1989 to head up production of "Steven Spielberg presents Tiny Toon Adventures." Thus began a decade-long creative collaboration between Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ruegger that spanned five enormously successful series resulting in ratings success, a worldwide fan base, and over 30 Emmy Awards victories in numerous categories.
With the success of "Tiny Toons," Warner Bros. Animation began its second "Golden Age," and Mr. Ruegger became chief creative executive of the company. Along with Jean MacCurdy, Tom executive-produced the studio's next major productions: the "Taz-Mania" series, starring the Tasmanian Devil; and "Batman: the Animated Series," a cartoon-noir take on the dark knight that premiered to rave reviews and strong numbers.
At the same time, Mr. Ruegger continued his collaboration with Mr. Spielberg by creating a cast of breakout characters and a new franchise entitled "Animaniacs." This "hellzapoppin'" cartoon show, starring zany siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner, premiered on "Fox Kids," and it became the comedy template for the animation industry for a number of years � every studio wanted its own "Animaniacs." The series went on to win multiple Emmys as well as the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation Programming. As the creator of "Animaniacs," Mr. Ruegger also served as senior producer, story editor, writer and lyricist on the series.
Mr. Ruegger has gone on to create and produce a number of other acclaimed series as well. These include:
"Pinky and the Brain"
This animated series stars two lab mice, one a dim bulb, the other a megalomaniac bent on global domination. Tom created this award-winning series, and served as senior producer, story editor, and lyricist.
"Freakazoid"
This animated series follows the adventures of teenage nerd Dexter Douglas, who is swept into cyberspace and transformed into the world's wildest superhero, Freakazoid. Tom co-created this Emmy-winning series for Steven Speilberg, and served as producer, story editor and lyricist.
"Histeria!"
This cartoon comedy follows an eccentric cast, including Father Time, Big Fat Baby, Loud Kiddington and Charity Bazaar, as they travel through time and interact with key historic figures along the way. Tom created, wrote, and executive-produced the series.
"Road Rovers"
Tom created this animated adventure comedy starring a team of superhero canines.
"Wakko's Wish" (2000)
Tom co-wrote, produced and directed this animated feature film featuring the "Animaniacs" cast.
"Batman: Mask of the Phantasm"
Tom executive-produced this feature film.

Tom grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey, and attended Metuchen High School, where he served as Student Council President, co-captain of his school's football and track teams, and editorial cartoonist for the highschool newspaper.
Tom attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English. At Dartmouth, Tom served as the director of the Dartmouth Film Society, the nation's first and oldest college film society.
In his junior year at Dartmouth, Tom received a grant from the Arthur and Lillie Mayer Foundation to create an animated film. This 10-minute film, "The Premiere of Platypus Duck," was the beginning of Tom's steps toward a film career and, especially, a greater understanding of animation. Before graduation, Tom received the Marcus Heiman Award, Dartmouth College's highest honor for creative achievement.
Currently, Tom serves on the board of directors for the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum, which are the film/theater/arts centers at Dartmouth College.
Tom is a member of the Writers Guild and the Screen Cartoonist Guild. He lives in Calabasas, California, with his three sons, Nathan, Luke and Cody.
Recently, Tom helped story edit the 2004 Emmy Award-winning animated series "Tutenstein" for Porchlight Pictures.


Tom Ruegger's Industry Awards:



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Children's Animated Program� "Tiny Toon Adventures"
Tom Ruegger, Producer



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Original Song -- Main Title: "Tiny Toon Adventures." Tom Ruegger, Lyricist



Daytime EmmyAward:

Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program-- "Tiny Toon Adventures."
Tom Ruegger, Writer/ Story Editor



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Children's Animated Program � "Tiny Toon Adventures." Tom Ruegger, Producer



Primetime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Animated Program -- "Batman: the Animated Series": Robin's Reckoning: Part 1" Tom Ruegger, Executive Producer



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Children's Animated Program: "Animaniacs."
Tom Ruegger, Senior Producer



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Original Song -- Main Title: "Animaniacs."
Tom Ruegger, Lyricist



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Achievement in Animation: "Animaniacs."
Tom Ruegger, Writer/Story Editor



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Children's Animated Program: "Animaniacs.""
Tom Ruegger, Senior Producer



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Original Song -- Main Title: "Freakazoid."
Tom Ruegger, Lyricist



Primetime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Animated Program: "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" Tom Ruegger, Senior Producer



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Special Animated Program� "Freakazoid."
Tom Ruegger, Senior Producer


Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Special Animated Program� "Pinky and the Brain"
Tom Ruegger, Senior Producer



Daytime Emmy Award:

Outstanding Children's Animated Program � "Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain" Tom Ruegger, Senior Producer



George Foster Peabody Award:

Outstanding achievement in children's entertainment -- "Animaniacs."



Environmental Media Award:

"Tiny Toon Adventures."



Prism Award:

"Pinky and the Brain"



The Angel Award:

"Histeria!"