The Irony of My First Cake Day

Today I received the unfortunate news that ABC Family has decided to pass on my project here at Disney. I had randomly decided to attend "Cake Day," the celebration of a months worth of employee birthdays. I took a piece of cherry pie, put some whipped cream on it, and was looking for coffee when I was called outside of the conference room. Cherry pie and fork in hand, I tried not to reveal the emotions going through me when the executive I've been working closely with told me that ABC Family decided they should move away from trying to do an animated show... I was encouraged to go back in and enjoy the rest of Cake Day, but I decided to take the long way around to the other door, and then back down to my office. I had considered throwing the pie against something, or stomping it, but instead, it's still sitting nicely on a plate off to the side of the computer in my office.

It's been a long day, time to go home...


Anonymous Adam said...

Sorry to hear that.

5:54 PM, December 16, 2005  
Anonymous pen said...

that fucking sucks, i am pissed off. i TOLD you that your show was way too good. remember when i told you it was way too good? i said that.. crap.

shit. fuck.


sorry ito.

8:54 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger Sean said...

Man, I'm sorry. That totally sucks. Those asses have no idea what they're doing.

9:29 PM, December 16, 2005  
Anonymous sad nuggets said...

Gawd i hate disney.

9:47 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger Jeremy Bernstein said...

Hey Liz,

Everything happens for a reason. This show was not meant to be created at Disney. Take that anger and fire and turn it into the biggest F-U of your life. Pitch that show everywhere...break down all those barriers and convince everyone that they're missing out on something original and great.
When one door closes 10 more open up.
Just keep that fire burning! (As Mark Andrews always says.)

Nuff said...

2:07 AM, December 17, 2005  
Blogger Jenny said...

There's always a greater than 50% chance that this will happen(particularly at a very very large place like D.)...which I realize doesn't make it hurt any less. It's your baby, after all. The great news is that so few people get this opportunity, which you won through your talents, and you've made valuable contacts. It's more than likely that someone you've worked with will be at another place sometime soon, and they'll remember you, and you'll get a sweet offer. : ) This is terribly hard for any artist or creator, but do your best to shrug it off, and feel good about how far you've come.

12:48 PM, December 17, 2005  
Blogger jeaux janovsky said...

in the words of the great Martin Lawrence:
"Daaamn Gina!"

I'm sorry Elizabeth.

5:01 PM, December 17, 2005  
Blogger Boogervampire said...

I'm sorry Ito. That totally blows. Or, sucks. Which ever adjective you prefer to use.

12:23 AM, December 18, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A thought: you wrote often that your contract hadn't been signed or finalized. Now, presumably, it won't ever be, unless they opt to keep you on(and you want to stay on)doing something else there). Were they paying you at all during the last few months? I was just looking back through your blog, and it occured to me that very possibly the reason they dragged your contract out was to wait until they'd decided on the show. If they'd signed one with you two mos ago, and assuming there was a "pay or play" clause--which should be in every "spec" type agreement with a creator like yourself--then they'd be in the position of having to pay out some sort of compensation OF YOUR CHOOSING for passing on this...as it stands now, they got your hard work for several months for--how much money? How much do other producer/directors get there? I am wondering if this wasn't all a bit underhanded on their parts, taking advantage of you. I have done designs for a production that hounded me, pre-payment, for them; after they were turned in they "decided to pass" on them--and I was never paid. That was very dumb of me, and I will never, ever do any job on spec again without a signed agreement(they used the designs anyway, btw--but the show never made it--doesn't matter--we should always receive proper compensation).

11:32 AM, December 18, 2005  
Anonymous Theresa Cullen said...

I am so sorry to hear that awful f**king news. Disney is so damn idiotic. This blip on your career has absolutely no bearing on the fact that you are not only a talented supergenius, you are a wonderful and beautiful person. If you need vodka (and I know you do) call me.

8:45 PM, December 18, 2005  
Anonymous Theresa Cullen said...

Incidentally, I always hated Cake Day.

8:46 PM, December 18, 2005  
Blogger potato farm girl said...

That sure was considerate of them to let you know during Cake day. Poop on their faces!

1:21 AM, December 19, 2005  
Blogger elizabeth said...

My friends, you all rock, and make me feel loved. From the depths of my heart, thank you, and as silly as it is, all the comments I've gotten help to restore my momentarily-shattered self esteem.

Oddly enough, I must say that I wasn't as hurt as I thought I would feel, and this situation just makes me realize more about my own goals, that may not be in line with ABC Family at this point in time. Animation can "sometimes" seem like a business, but to me it will always be a storytelling art form, and I plan for it to stay that way as long as I can help it...

Much love to you all- and hopefully I will have many more adventures that will make this one seem like a small pebble in a vast ocean.

(Gosh... all pseudo-philosophical!
*bowing to audience*)

2:41 AM, December 19, 2005  
Blogger bad_ito said...

you will eventually win.

3:20 PM, December 19, 2005  
Blogger bad_ito said...

and you must be loved if all those cussing posts are any indication

3:24 PM, December 19, 2005  
Blogger Jim Mitchell said...

so sorry to hear of this Liz! I hope this will not sway you from your extreme talent at sticking to your own stories and keeping them personal. it is only a temporary setback!


5:23 PM, December 19, 2005  
Blogger Jeremy Bernstein said...

Hooray! you posted! I feel loved.

5:30 PM, December 19, 2005  
Blogger jeaux janovsky said...

this should cheer you up!

12:54 AM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

Bummer. Small consolation, but you're definitely in good company when you consider how many of our cartoon superstar pals got their stuff passed on by the network big-wigs, too...

1:21 PM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger SMacLeod said...

I agree completely with Pen (except the swearing of coourse:) You're amazing Liz. THanks for your example of artistic integrity. We'll look to you. Be strong

9:16 AM, December 24, 2005  

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