Kit Laybourne

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Kit Laybourne has been a TV producer and educator. Most recently, he was Chief Creative Officer for The Whistle, a cross platform media company focusing on kids and sports. Kit was an executive producer of animation, documentary and interactive shows at Oxygen Network a company co-founded by his wife Geraldine and Oprah Winfrey. His major production credits include Eureeka's Castle and Gullah Gullah Island for Nickelodeon, Liquid Television for MTV, Braingames for HBO, and Media Probes for PBS.

For a dozen years, Kit and partner Eli Noyes ran an independent animation & branding studio in TriBeCa, Noyes & Laybourne. Most of its major works included ID's for MTV and Nickelodeon, shorts for the Children's Television Workshop, and shows for Scholastic and Nick Junior.

Kit was a Core Faculty Member in the MA program in Media Studies at the New School, where he taught both early and late in his career. He created on-going courses about Media Design and The Producer's Craft. He is also the author of The Animation Book, a comprehensive book covering animated filmmaking. The book was originally published in 1979, but upon further research into digital animation techniques, a new edition was released in 1998. Kit's most recent book is "Mediapedia", published in 2009 by Globe Pequot Press.


  • Laybourne, Kit (1979, rev. 1998). The Animation Book : A Complete Guide to Animated Filmmaking--From Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons to 3-D Animation. New York: Three Rivers Press. 051-788602-2
  • Laybourne, Kit (2008). Mediapedia: Creative Tools and Techniques for Camera, Computer, and Beyond. New York: Knack. 1599214016