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Paul Germain

Germain attended graduate film school at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1980-1983, but left the program to work for James L. Brooks at Gracie Films. There, he rose from the rank of production assistant on Terms of Endearment (1983) to become associate producer of the film Say Anything… (1989)In 1986 Brooks asked Germain to help a young artist named Matt Groening develop animated bumpers for Brooks’ new series, “The Tracey Ullman Show” (1987). Germain helped Groening, along with Ullman-show associate producer Jeffrey Townsend, develop and cast these one-minute animated interstitials, which marked the debut of “The Simpsons” (1989).For the “Simpsons” shorts, Germain directed the voice actors, brought in Klasky-Csupo Studio to create the animation, and produced the original two-minute cartoons. He became an associate producer on the Ullman show in 1988, and when “The Simpsons” went to series in 1989, Germain co-produced the first three episodes, before moving to Klasky-Csupo to head up development.At Klasky Csupo, Germain created the animated series, “Rugrats” (1991) with Gabor Csupo and Arlene Klasky in 1989-1990, when his first child, Tommy, was a one-year-old. Not only did Germain create the characters and write and produce the pilot, he also cast and directed the voice actors, oversaw all scripts and storyboards, and served as head creative producer and show runner during the series’ first 65 half-hour episodes. “Rugrats” still airs on Nickelodeon and remains one of the most popular kids’ shows of all time.