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NOAH Z. JONES

Noah Z. Jones is a prolific animator, writer and illustrator. He is the creator of the television series Fish Hooks, Almost Naked Animals and Pickle and Peanut. Currently he is an Executive Producer at Disney Television Animation.

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AISHA ALFA

Nigerian born Actress and Comedian Aisha Alfa grew up in Canada and currently lives in Los Angeles. She performed at the Trevor Noah gala Just For Laughs. Aisha also co-hosts the podcast Shout Out Show and hosts Plus One, a project about motherhood. Her acting credits include "Good Trouble" (Freeform/HULU), "Criminal Minds" (CBS), "Sorry For Your Loss" (Facebook Watch) "The Beaverton" (CTV-Canada) and "Degrassi" (Netflix).

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CHRIS TABARES

Christopher Tabares is a Storyboard Revisionist on Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants. He was born and raised in Orlando Florida. His specialties include Storyboarding for Animation and developing Character Designs.

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LINDSAY AMES

Lindsay Ames is an award-winning comedian and actress. She has toured globally with her live show “My Diary” with a Los Angeles residency at the Dynasty Typewriter featuring many beloved comedians like Tiffany Haddish, Busy Phillips, Amanda Seales,  Kevin Nealon, Eric Andre and more. Lindsay has written, produced and curated work for Adult Swim, Comedy Network, MTV, Funny Or Die, and College Humor. She can be seen on shows like Key & Peele, Future Man,and  Netflix’s I’m Sorry.

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MARK MERDERNACH

Mark Merdernach runs an Emmy and Annie award-winning live action, animation and design studio. He oversees live action productions, as well as cel, cg, mixed media and stop motion animated commercials, movie titles and short films. He actively consults for Netflix in the creation of animation projects. 

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BONNIE BRANSON

Bonnie Branson is a visual development artist currently based in Los Angeles. She has worked on various projects with Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Netflix Animation, WB Animation, Bad Robot and Adventure Lab. Bonnie's experience includes background painting for TV animation, stage scenic painting, visual development for VR and for animated features.

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BILL KIVI

Bill Kivi is a highly regarded 3D animator, Creative Director and 3D Real-Time Visualization Artist at Mattel. As part of a creative team, he won two THEA Awards for Outstanding Achievement for Attractions in 2018 and 2020. 

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LINDSEY HUGHES

Lindsey Hughes is has been a producer and creative executive in both television and film. For television, she helped develop and consult on projects for Disney and Nickelodeon. She also brought projects like Valiant, Get Squirrely and Space Chimps to the silver screen. She has worked with tons of writers, directors and creators to help them tell amazing stories. 

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MARQ MERVIN

Marq Mervin is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and activist. In his career he has design for start-ups, broadcast news and large corporations. His tenure in broadcast led to an Emmy award-winning documentary. 

 

Marq has spoken at several TEDx events on equitable representation in arts education. He also led the Education & Community Committee for AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Currently, Marq teaches Digital Media at Florida State College at Jacksonville. 

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EMILY RIFKIN

Emily Rifkin is currently an editor at Disney TV Animation working on The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse!  She has been in the animation industry for over ten years, and her work has ranged from hand-drawn animation to stop motion, motion graphics and even theme park rides! In addition to producing her own show, Gremlin Girl, she serves as a peer judge for animation for the Daytime Emmy awards!

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