Mark Risley

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Mark Risley
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Born San Diego, California[1]
Occupation Producer, director
Years active 1990 to present
Awards Daytime Emmy Awards, Emmy Awards, Genesis Award, Annecy Award, Banff Rockie Award, People's Choice Award, American Public Television Excellence in Broadcasting Award

Mark Risley is a producer & director specializing in children's film & television.


Early in his career Risley was an animator on several television series including Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Gladiators 2000 and the CBS Prime-time special "The Magic Paintbrush". Later he became a story artist for the Kids' Choice Awards-winning film The Rugrats Movie, then moved on to produce & direct the Emmy award-winning series Rugrats, the Emmy-nominated series The Wild Thornberrys (1998), the Annie Award-nominated series Rocket Power (1999), and the three-time Prime-time Emmy nominated series As Told By Ginger (2000–2004).

After directing selected sequences of the theatrical feature, The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) Risley went to DreamWorks Animation where he directed Father of the Pride for NBC television.

In 2005 he directed the pilot "Kitty's Dish" for Walt Disney Television Animation and wrote & directed the live-action documentary San Diego Zoo Animal Explorer.

Risley's credits also include Nickelodeon's Tak & the Power of Juju, Cartoon Network's The Mr. Men Show, Disney's Tinker Bell & the Pixie Hollow Games, NFL Rush Zone, and the NASA TV series, Space Racers. The latter of which won the 2014 American Public Television award for Excellence in Broadcasting

He is currently producing & directing the upcoming TV series Yo-kai Watch.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 2001, The Wild Thornberrys, "Outstanding Children's Animated Program"
  • 2003, Rugrats, "Outstanding Children's Animated Program"

Emmy Awards

  • 2001, As Told by Ginger, "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)"
  • 2002, As Told by Ginger, "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)"
  • 2003, As Told by Ginger, "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)"

American Public Television Award

  • 2014 "Space Racers", "Excellence in Broadcasting"

Genesis Awards

  • 2000, "The Wild Thornberrys, "Outstanding Children's Program (animated)"

Annecy Awards

  • 2002 As Told by Ginger episode And She Was Gone, "Outstanding Direction (For Programming Less Than One Hour)" [2]

Banff Rockie Awards

  • 2001 As Told by Ginger episode "Hello Stranger", "Best Animation Program"[3]


  1. ^ Hargreaves, Adam (2008-08-25). "Director to the Mr. Men Stars". Mr. Men Show Blog. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  2. ^ Film index
  3. ^ Banff Rockie Awards Nominees 2001, Banff Rockie Awards, undated.

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