Jess Española is a Filipino animator. He previously worked as assistant director on The Simpsons and has also worked as assistant director on Futurama and King of The Hill.
Jess grew up in an impoverished area in Central Luzon as the son of a single mother. He relied on his imagination to cope during the frequent occasions when he did not have enough to eat.
Highly talented, he managed to stay at the top of his class while growing up. He was given a scholarship to the University of the Philippines where he enrolled in the College of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and studio arts.
He was awarded a scholarship by UP Fine Arts Alumni Foundation & Melquiades M. Castro Scholarship Foundation. He supported himself by working while completing his degree. He graduated from the university in 1984.
Jess Española was the first Filipino to win an Emmy, which he won for working on "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind".
At the time, he wasn't an American citizen. Americans of Filipino descent had won Emmys in the past, but never a full Filipino.