OUR STAFF

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Steve Day

Creative Director

Steve has directed over 500 animations for clients like Verizon, the United Nations, Sesame Street, the ESPN ESPY awards (2011-13), Bud Light Superbowl ads (2013), and the Elmo Xbox game. While Steve’s drawings and animations brought the company into existence, he actually began his career directing for the theater, where his productions won an NYIT award and nomination...

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Matt Manjourides

Kick-Off Producer

Matt Manjourides began his producing career working for Lloyd Kaufman at Troma Entertainment producing several short subject pieces and interviews before producing the feature film Father’s Day (2010) directed by the Canadian filmmaking team Astron-6, he continued to produce Troma's epic features Return to Nuke’em High vol.1 (a co-production with Starz Entertainment), Return to...

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Paul Pangman

Distribution Strategist

Paul Pangman, heads our outreach, client relations, and sales team. He has helped get countless projects kicked off right. Whether he's working with a ten word outline or a fully storyboarded project with special effects, Paul can take a project to the next level. He’s done so for almost every company on this website, including producing projects for X-Box, 21st Century Fox, and Trader Joes...

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Ian Smith

Marketing Director

Ian's role is to make sure that clients who want top notch animation find their way to ideaMACHINE studio. Today's digital landscape is noisy and crowded. It takes countless channels and touch points for new clients to arrive at our door. That's Ian's domain (get it?).
Before joining ideaMACHINE, Ian ran the digital team at a leading health care provider. Building trust and forging relationships through honest, open marketing and messaging has led to consistent growth and market leading work. If he's not in his office, Ian's most likely climbing out of a tent...

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Artem Kotenko

Asst. Marketing Director

Artem is an Assistant Marketing Director at ideaMachine Studio and Whiteboard Animation Studio. He has over five years of experience in B2B marketing strategy, content management, copywriting, and social media campaigns. In an endless sea of content, it is vital that the face of a company and its core values are accurately displayed to its clients. Artem's operational skills and attention to detail are instrumental in ensuring that our clients are always able to access our content quickly and seamlessly. When away from the office, Artem can be found skiing...

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Benjamin Capitano

Distribution Strategist

As an intern for Whiteboard Animation Studio, Ben worked as a sales associate and web developer, learning the ins and outs of commercial video production under the guidance of Steve Day. In 2015 he kick started a video distribution program for the studio pitching new distribution strategies to Prodex, Shell Oil, and NFL running back Rashad Jennings.

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Alex Hook

Creative Director

Whether it's shooting underwater, in stop-motion, on an old 16mm Bolex, for 360° Virtual Reality or multiple split screens, Alex is known for original approaches and a bountiful imagination. After winning the best student film category at the World Film Festival, Alex was propelled into directing for major Canadian brands such as Audiogram (a famous Montreal music label), Tele-Quebec (the largest public TV network in the province), Cirque Eloize (the internationally acclaimed circus), Lise Watier (the Canadian cosmetics brand), and Warner Brother Games'...

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Brian Jones

Producer

Brian is full of pomp and vigor. He brings his broadcast television know how working on various shows for the past few years on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon respectively. Formerly an editor on Speed Racer, Brian has produced projects for Shell, Culligan, Fox, Mastercard, Amgen, XBox, and many others during his time here at ideaMACHINE Studio. When not motivating with whimsy...

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Rich Chapple

Creative Director

Rich is a Creative Director and writer with 10+ years of experience managing teams and developing digital media, original content, and marketing collateral. He has directed videos for World Wildlife Foundation, Audible.com, Above Average Productions, Unilever, Vulture.com, Upright Citizen' Brigade, and many more. Previously, as director for AOL Advertising's internal creative team, Rich drove marketing creative for companies including Coca-Cola...

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Ryan Geiger

Creative Director

Ryan Geiger is an HBO Greenlight and Cannes Film Festival director. His film Town Red aired on national television. Ryan is also a skilled art director and project manager having worked in the media industry for the past 7 years. He was previously the Art Director at Skip Hop. Ryan has directed projects for Alaska Airlines, Pfizer, Jostens, Fidelity, the NYU foundation with Bob Costas, and Oprah.

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Aaron Cowdery

Artist

Aaron was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Taking an interest in cartoons at an early age, Aaron would go to college at the University of the Arts for animation, moving to the New York area to work on shows broadcasted on Netflix and Fox. He also manages his own YouTube channel with millions of views associated with his video game parodies and original work. When he is not working, Aaron is typically found in front...

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Akeem Roberts

Artist

Akeem who tends to go by the nickname "Akeemteam", is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Brooklyn, NY. When Akeem is not creating animations at ideaMachine, he likes to eat food (who doesn't?), drink coffee and make comics about...

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Alex Beekman

Artist

Alex is a Motion Graphics Artist and CG Character Animator from Queens. He's an Animation Mentor alumnus and has worked with clients such as The Patrón Spirits Company, The Oxygen Network, World Bank Group, and others. He digs fast music, coffee, overly complicated...

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Christi Bertelsen

Artist

Christi is an award-winning filmmaker who grew up in Kansas. She studied animation and film at the School of Visual Arts. She's worked for Grey Worldwide, Y&R, Blue Sky Studios and has freelanced for production companies in NYC, UK, France, and Malaysia. Highlights of her animation career include directing a commercial for Intel, animating a music video...

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Colleen Cox

Artist

Colleen has created illustrations and animations for clients such as Blu eCigs, Qsymia, the United Nations, Chrysler, and DC Comics (Superman). Although she was raised in Michigan, she lived in Singapore for two years where she headed the production of her original animation “Wrong Number Singapore.” She also animated for “Rob the Robot” which is currently being aired in 57 territories.

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Daniel Benford

Artist

With a background in arts, design and film editing, Daniel loves illustrating and creating all sorts of motion graphics. He has created animations for clients such as MasterCard, Shell, FOX, HH Gregg and Aetna. He enjoys collaborating with fellow creatives and making sure the client is always happy. When he's not thinking about layers and key frames, Benford likes to play his guitar and sing.

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Daniella Krihely

Artist

Raised in Long Island, Daniella always fancied herself as a manga artist, but soon picked up interest in animation. After graduating from Parson the New School for Design, she began her work at Whiteboard. She works hard and is always ready to help in projects. She enjoys strawberries, drawing, Steven Universe, and walking.

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David Diaz

Artist

Diaz is a versatile guy. During his SCAD years, he worked on 12 collaborative films in 2D, 3D, and stop motion mediums, with 2 screening internationally. From there, his prized Disney animation tutelage led him to his first job as CG artist for the "Goldie and Bear" Disney pilot in Manhattan. The show was picked up and has 2 seasons. He was discipled by another Disney master in concept art during the pilot...

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Hannah Rayve

Artist

A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Animation & Interactive Media, Hannah Rayve has extensive experience in storyboarding, 2D animation, character designing and comic illustration. Before coming to ideaMACHINE, Hannah worked at The Studio.

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Henry Brito

Artist

Henry Brito is a Yonkers, NY native who studied Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. One of ideaMACHINE's first employees, Henry has extensive experience in both 2D & 3D animation. He is also well-versed in final project rendering...

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Ivan Alkhovskiy

Artist

Ivan Alkhovskiy is an artist passionate about animation and illustration. Ivan studied art in Saint Petersburg, Russia, his home country, and later continued his education in NYC, which helped him see different perspectives and develop his own unique style. When not working on a new exciting project, Ivan can be found practicing parkour in one of NYC's parks...

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Jose Gutierrez Rivera

Artist

With more than 10 years of experience as an animator, illustrator and motion graphics artist, José has strived to work with the best of the best. He was a lead animator for the Emmy Award-winning children's show Atención Atención (2011). José animated and co-directed the music video Strawberry Fields for the Grammy Award-winning band La Santa Cecilia (2014). From there he went on to work as a lead animator with the multiple Tony Award-winning Lin Manuel Miranda...

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KJ Martinet

Artist

KJ Martinet either learned to draw at the Rhode Island School of Design or in the Soviet gulags of scenic Siberia.

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Mike Mack

Artist

Mike has created animations for clients such as Cheerios, Wrightspeed Powertrains, Propel Las Vegas, Accenture, and Marvel. When he is not creating amazing animations and illustrations, Mike is off battling the Sentinels with his adamantium claws. In the year 2012, Mike brought balance to the force.  Mike enjoys working with the creative minds at ideaMachine Studio...

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Ossian Mendoza

Artist

Ossian Mendoza is a graduate from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Digital Arts and Animation. He has worked on a wide range of commercial projects with clients such as Panera Bread, Mobil PVL, Pinpoint and NBC. His unquenchable thirst for exceptional work can only be satisfied by strong conceptual design and great animation. Rumors say he has been...

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Rithy Pou

Artist

Rithy has created animations for clients such as Shell, the Indiana Pacers, Axial, the Syfy channel, Millennial Media, and MAKE. In the animation field there are no heroes, and he is not a hero but a silent animator and a watchful designer.

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Sam Muse

Artist

Sam Muse has illustrated and animated for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, USPS, New York Life Insurance, UBS Financial Services, Cheerios, So You Think You Are Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, and the Houston Rockets.

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Steven Taikina

Artist

Born and raised in NYC, Steven has always had an interest in animation and different forms of storytelling. He graduated with a degree in 3D animation and fine arts from Monmouth University. His skills in motion graphics and graphic design are seconded only to his love of...

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Trish Logar

Artist

Trish Logar, from Breezy Point, NY, earned her B.F.A. from the Computer Arts and Design Program at Mercy College in Manhattan. She has animated and illustrated for a wide range of clients including Prudential, Toyota, NBC, Trader Joe's, Fox, HGTV, Hewlett-Packard, Goldman Sachs, and Jostens.

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Zachary Leo

Artist

In the deep reaches of the third dimension, a man was born. Zachary Leo, the sub-space half-ninja, traveled to this humble planet with an insatiable thirst for the arts. Upon his graduation from the frozen tundra of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration in his mighty clasp, he dove into the heart of the New City of York.

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