Pendleton Ward Bio

Pendleton Ward is the creator of Emmy® award-winning Adventure Time, the hit animated series from Cartoon Network Studios. The Emmy® award-winning original animated series, has received numerous entertainment award citations over the years including the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards. Most recently, Adventure Time received its second nomination for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series and a Television Critics Association Awards nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. Last year, the series was nominated for its fourth Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Short-format Animated Program and “Thank You” a film by the Adventure Time team and Cartoon Network Studios was accepted into the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Film Program. Adventure Time, has grown in retail with its own apparel and accessories line, toys and games, comic books, interactive, home-video and even toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals. Adventure Time amazed millions last fall when the shows stars, Finn and Jake took their place among the legends, flying down the storied route of the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition, Fast Company named Ward one of its “100 Most Creative People in Business 2013.” 

Adventure Time debuted in April 2010 and soon became a ratings and pop culture phenomenon. Currently in its sixth season, Finn and Jake are having their most epic adventures ever! This April the season premiere kicked off with Finn on a quest to find his father and scored as Cartoon Network’s #1 telecast quarter to date among kids 2-11/9-14 and boys 9-14. 

Behind it all is first-time series creator Pendleton Ward, a graduate of CalArts’ renowned Character Animation Program. Ward grew-up in San Antonio, TX and became interested in animation at an early age, drawing flipbooks in elementary school. Prior to Adventure Time, Ward was a storyboard artist for Cartoon Network’s animated series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, working with show creator Thurop Van Orman.

Cartoon Network ( is consistently the #1 U.S. television network in prime among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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