Robert "Rob" Silvestri was a director for Thomas & Friends. He directed the 2013 special, King of the Railway and 2014 special, Tale of the Brave. Silvestri was announced to direct the seventeenth season in February 2012, but it was instead directed by David Baas. He worked at Arc Productions from 2006 to 2016 and has worked on numerous projects including the films "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "9".
Awards and nominations
- Won - Toronto Sprockets International Film Festival for Children - Best Short Film, 2009, for "Ormie".
- Won - Seattle International Film Festival - Best Short Film, 2010, for "Ormie".
- Won - Palm Springs International ShortFest - Best Animation, 2010, for "Ormie".
- Won - Ashland Independent Film Festival - Family Choice, 2011, for "Ormie".
- http://www.sodor-island.net/thomasnews.html Sodor Island Fansite