Kevin Sullivan ’87
Kevin P. Sullivan graduated from Gannon in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. After working in local television in his home state of Connecticut, he moved to California in 1989. His early jobs in television production in Los Angeles included “The American Film Institute Salute to David Lean”, a sitcom called “Normal Life” and “The 62nd Annual Academy Awards”.
Following the Oscars, Mr. Sullivan landed at Walt Disney Imagineering, the theme park division of The Walk Disney Company. He spent the next 12 years working with the creative teams designing attractions for Disney theme parks around the world. His most notable contributions as a writer were at Epcot in Orlando on such attractions as Spaceship Earth and the Space Pavilion. He was also a project coordinator for other attractions at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom in Florida. His final years with Disney were spent on the development and construction of Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim.
In 2003, Mr. Sullivan returned to television. He was hired as a script coordinator on four animated series at Nickelodeon Animation studios and soon after began freelancing as a writer on two of them. He was promoted to staff writer in 2005 on the series “Danny Phantom”. In 2010 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on “The Fairly OddParents” and in 2011 he was nominated for two Annie Awards (the Animation Guild’s highest honor) for writing “The Fairly OddParents” and “T.U.F.F. Puppy.” He has also written freelance scripts for other series, most notably “SheZow” and “Brave”. He is currently acting as both writer and producer on the development of three new series for Nickelodeon.
Mr. Sullivan also volunteers his time with several charities in Los Angeles such as Food and Foot, an organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and finding them employment and housing. The NoH8 Campaign, formed in 2008 in opposition to the passing of Proposition 8 in California; For the Hope, which works with LGBT youth facing Lavender Project, which is developing a national museum chronicling the history of the modern LGBT movement; and the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter.
While at Gannon he was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, was a star reporter on the Gannon produced cables access show, “Side Street,” and participated in several theater productions.