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Chris Jammall – Storyboard Director

Christopher Chandler Jammal is the full name his mother calls him when she’s mad at him, but boy have times changed. Now her favorite son is a Storyboard Director!! Some of his projects include Nickelodeon’s The Wonder Pets! and Team Umi Zoomi, Disney’s Chuggington and Tarzan (on Broadway), SYFY’s Eureka and PBS’s The Electric Company and Word World. Look for his new Show, Peg + Cat coming Fall 2013 on PBS. He says it’s going to be PAWesome!

Chris has also written on shows for Nickelodeon and PBS. Animated Music Videos for They Might Be Giants and has created Apps for kids. His side Job as a stand up comedian isn’t really for kids, but trust me, he’s really not that funny. Hey wait a minute, who’s writing this? Oh it’s me, Christopher Chandler Jammal!!!!

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Erica Kepler – Lead Designer

Erica’s story begins in Dayton, Ohio, the home of The Wright Brothers.  From an early age she was obsessed with children’s media. Big Bird, Fievel Mousekewitz, The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) were a few of her closest friends. Her fascination with cartoons led her to study animation at the Columbus College of Art and Design. In 2004, Erica received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and with that degree she left the Buckeye State for New York City to pursue her dreams.

She has worn many hats over the last decade: Designer, Development Artist, Animator Production Artist, Interactive Designer, and Storyboard Artist. Her work can be seen on Netflix’s Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Nick Jr’s The Wonder Pets!, Disney’s Third & Bird and Small Potatoes, and her personal favorite, Peg + Cat for PBS kids!  She’s also done concept designs for Hasbro’s GlowormsWeebles, and Care Bears.

Now living in sunny Los Angeles, Erica is designing new places and characters for Clifford the big Red Dog, and other projects in development at 100 Chickens Productions. She also has a part-time job at her favorite clothing store, as fashion is another affection of hers. When she’s not working, Erica can be found hiking, jogging, and hugging her adorable cat, Eli.

Check out her portfolio at https://www.ericakepler.com

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Alex Kudeyar – Designer

I’m originally from the Boston area, but Brooklyn is my real home now! I’ve been drawing all my life and eventually ended up marrying my love of film and traditional art by studying animation at NYU. I was incredibly lucky for the opportunity to work as a Junior Designer at 100 Chickens Productions and couldn’t have asked for a better first job in the field that I love! It’s been thrilling and fulfilling to work on a show that will make a difference and help kids learn. In addition to designing elements for the show, I’ve also worked on research art, layout, and design for the interstitials! Outside of work, my hobbies include cooking, biking, traveling, reading, music, and more drawing (always).

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Marisa Lark Wallin – Associate Producer/Script Coordinator/Writer

Marisa is an NYC-based writer, artist and educator. She grew up in Chicago and holds a BFA in drama from NYU and an MS Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. Her plays and performances have been seen on stages all over NYC, and you can hear her voice in some commercials and on Netflix’s Big Mouth. She has written for Child Care Exchange magazine, Scholastic’s My Big World and Let’s Find Out! classroom magazines, and most recently the reboot of Clifford the Big Red Dog on Amazon and PBS. She taught preschool for 12 years, and some of her first students are in college now! She is a strong believer in the freedom to play for ALL, and using art as a tool for change. For more info visit http://www.marisalark.com/

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Allison Leyton-Brown – Composer

Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, pianist, and Musical Director. She has composed countless original scores for theatre, dance, opera and film productions across the U.S. and Canada. Recent productions include Pete the Cat: The Musical (2015 premiere), and Pilgrimage to the Mouth (Skyline Theater/NJ Arts Collective). Upcoming, Allison is writing score and songs for a regional production of the absurdist play BOB.

Leyton-Brown composes regularly for various TV programs including 20/20The Good Wife, Primetime, What Would You Do?, and PBS Kids’ Peg+Cat. Recent film credits include dramatic shorts It Had Wings (Archipelago Cine), The Bicycle (NY Film Fest), documentaries Rainy Season and features Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening) and Dog’s Life (Telluride Film Fest).

Leyton-Brown works regularly as a Musical Director, band-leader and recording pianist. Most recently, she musically directed and arranged music for the touring stage show and album of Tennessee Williams: Words and Music, and Bottle Shock: The Musical for the Napa Valley Film Festival and Fogg Theater in SF.

Allison can be seen performing around NYC with multiple groups including New Orleans jazzers Smith & 9th Ward.

Visit Allison’s website: www.allisonleytonbrown.com

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Dick Maitland C.A.S. – Sound Effects Designer, mixer and Foley Artist

Sound Effects Designer, mixer and Foley artist Dick Maitland C.A.S. 16x Emmy award winner.

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Sarika Matthew – Designer

Sarika’s passion is to create art that inspires and brings joy to people. Animated movies and television shows have been an inspiration to her from a young age. She earned a BFA in Film & Animation with a minor in Game Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Sarika started as a designer and production assistant on Peg + Cat and is now a designer for Clifford the Big Red Dog. Her work can also be seen in the Peg + Cat books, Sesame Studio’s We Say Night Night Song and in Click Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm. Each experience has taught her the art of bringing a director’s vision to life, new techniques, and of course, bringing joy to people through her artwork. In her free time, Sarika loves to bake, travel to exotic places, and photograph wildlife. 

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Dan Mennella – Audio Engineer

Dan has been a musician since the first day he beat a pair of pans with some wooden spoons in the kitchen of his parent’s house. In high school, he started to pursue music and engineering more seriously by joining bands and running the audio for the high school Musical Theater Department. From those experiences, Dan gained interest in the magic that was happening on the other side of the glass. Shortly after high school, he continued his education at The Institute of Audio Research, where he got interested in Audio Post Production. Upon his graduation from IAR, he continued on to become an Audio Engineer on The Wonder Pets! (Nick Jr.) and 3rd & Bird (BBC/Disney). Since then he has run countless VOs and music records with hundreds of people; most notably Idena Menzel (Rent), and Jim Breuer (SNL). During his time at Little Airplane Productions he earned a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing on The Wonder Pets! for Nick Jr. and worked as the Audio Engineer on several other Emmy Award-winning shows. Occasionally, Dan works as a live sound technician and stagehand. Mixing, building stages and setting up sound and lighting at places like the Meadowlands Fair, Giants Stadium and the Bethelwoods Performing Arts Center. In the live music world, Dan has been lucky enough to work on concerts for artists such as Brad Paisley, The Fray, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Lauren Allaina, Cousin Brucie, and Ronnie Spector. Dan was the Audio Engineer on Peg + Cat and now Clifford the Big Red Dog at 100 Chickens Productions .

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Alia Nakashima – Producer

Originally from Toronto, Alia has built a gratifying career in animation through a series of chance encounters. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver (where she studied painting, drawing and printmaking), she needed a job. A production manager she met at a party led her to her first summer gig at Studio B Productions, cell painting, back when people still painted on acetate cells. She stayed more than a decade, producing original Canadian productions such as CTV’s D’Myna Leagues, YTV’s Yvon of the Yukon and Teletoon’s Class of the Titans and other series such as Ned’s Newt (for Nelvana) and The New Woody Woodpecker Show (for Universal Cartoon Studios). New York City became her new home in 2006, after the project she was working on in Vancouver moved to New York and she moved with it, to work on Word World, the Emmy-Award winning series aired on PBS.

Alia is very proud to have worked on Peg + Cat, an empowering show that features a strong girl character, is very funny, well written, and has great music and beautiful designs. In fact, she wishes such a program were around when she was a kid, one that showed math is everywhere and can be fun. She makes her home in Brooklyn, where she cohabits with a strong-willed feline name Zig.

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Robert Powers – Animation Producer

Robert Powers, a graduate from The School of Visual Arts and has been an Animator/Director working in the New York animation industry for 20 years. Robert has worked on such shows as Nick Jr’s Little Bill, The Wonder Pets!, Team UmiZoomi, MTV2’s Fridays, Peg + Cat, Click Clack Moo, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. With his company Slippery Rock Creative he has worked closely with clients such as PBS, NYRR, Nickelodeon, MTV, The Walt Disney Company, Marriott Hotel Properties and with the artist/musician Moby. In 2009, Robert directed an animated music video for The Subterraneans called TEST. It was an official selection for the 2010 Cannes Independent Film Festival and won best music video for that year. In 2014 Robert won a Daytime Emmy for his work on Peg + Cat. He has been nominated for producing and directing for six consecutive years.

www.slipperyrockcreative.com

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