Send audiences to new worlds.
Draw them in through immersive stories and characters.
Bring out their sense of wonder.
Inspire them to dream again.
Maureen Fan, CEOMaureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming and the consumer web. She was most recently vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios, including the FarmVille sequels, which contributed to 40 percent of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar's “Toy Story 3” film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her most recent collaboration, “The Dam Keeper,” directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short. She received her undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary program in computer science, art and psychology from Stanford University graduating Phi Beta Kappa and earned her master’s degree in business from Harvard University.
Eric Darnell, Chief Creative OfficerEric’s career spans 25 years as a computer animation director, screenwriter, story artist, film director, and executive producer. He was the director and screenwriter on all four films in the "Madagascar" franchise, which together have grossed more than $2.5 billion at the box-office. He was also executive producer on "The Penguins of Madagascar.” Previously, Eric directed DreamWorks Animation's very first animated feature film, "Antz", which features the voices of Woody Allen, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, and Sharon Stone. Eric earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in experimental animation from The California Institute of the Arts.
Michael Hutchinson, Chief ScientistMichael Hutchinson has spent the last 10 years working in artistic and technical roles in the animation industry. Most recently, he was the technical lead for all character technology at DreamWorks Animation. In this role, he designed and built next-generation character rigging technology for the award-winning Apollo/Premo platform, and architected the facial animation system used in all upcoming DreamWorks Animation films. He has co-authored several papers in graphic and character animation and is co-inventor on two patents. Michael earned his undergraduate degrees in computer science and character animation from Southern Adventist University.
Board of Advisors
Alvy Ray Smith
Co-Founder, Pixar Animation Studios
Chief Business Officer, Jaunt, former COO and General Counsel, Lucasfilm
Co-Founder, Pacific Data Images (became DreamWorks Animation)
Animation Innovator and Disney's Directing Animator for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled
Co-Founder, COO, Twitch
Oscar Tech Achievement Judge, Former head of Character Tech at DreamWorks Animation
Co-President, DreamWorks Animation
Global Business and Marketing, Netflix, Udacity, Walmart, Zynga