Our advisory board of experienced artists, educators, and directors.

Brooke Keesling

is the Manager of Animation Talent Development for Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank. She works closely with the production of current series such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, Clarence, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Ben 10. Brooke also supports the development of original content. Prior to joining Cartoon Network, Brooke earned her MFA in animation at CalArts where she produced several animated shorts including the stop-motion film, Meatclown and the Academy Award winning film, Boobie Girl. For many years, she worked in practical visual effects on feature films such as Inception, Hugo, The Dark Knight and The Aviator. Passionate about outreach and education, Keesling serves on the ASIFA Hollywood Board of Directors and is an instructor in the Character Animation department at CalArts. 


Liliana Vogt

Oversees 9 Story Entertainment’s creative development activities, guiding projects from concept through to production. She led the development of several highly-successful series including “Almost Naked Animals”, “Numb Chucks”, and “Harriet the Spy:  Blog Wars and Cache Craze”.  Prior to joining 9 Story, Vogt served as co-Executive Producer on the CBC animation comedy series “Chilly Beach” and as Supervising Executive of the flash animation series “Maple Shorts and Yam Roll” for the CBC and Cartoon Network.  Vogt also has an extensive background in international distribution and acquisitions, and has held positions as Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Salter Street Films, Vice President of Sales and Co-Productions at Sullivan Entertainment and Director of International Sales at Norstar Entertainment.


Jay Francis

In his creative role as Executive Director of Original Series, Jay was instrumental in the development of Disney XD’s first original animation series, “Kick Buttowski”. Currently, Jay oversees all creative elements of Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”. Additionally, Jay works extensively with the casting, legal, marketing, and programming divisions. Prior to joining Disney Television Animation, Jay held the position of VP and General Manager of LEVEL13.NET, Film Roman’s internet subsidiary. In addition to his duties as VP, Jay also handled all of the company’s artistic and production recruitment. Previous to this, he co-founded two independent entertainment companies and worked at DIC Entertainment as a producer.


Anjelica Casillas  

With more than fifteen years of experience in visual effects, Anjelica is an expert in 3D production pipelines, and was manager of character and motion-production assets at Rhythm & Hues. She was responsible for staffing artists for features, commercials and special projects, and worked closely with producers and supervisors to develop resource schedules, address and facilitate production issues, and collaborated with the studio’s in-house software group and technical supervisors to enhance tools and workflow for artists. Angelica was instrumental in the production of : the “Night at the Museum” and “Alvin & The Chipmunks” franchises; the Academy Award-winning “Life of Pi”, “Golden Compass”, and the Oscar nominated “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”  Anjelica earned a BA in Communication Arts from LMU and studied film production and business at UCLA.  


Lee Crowe

Lee is a native of Atlanta who studied animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. She began her career in Los Angeles at Tom Carter productions, with freelance gigs at Richard Williams and Kurtz and Friends. Her first long term job was at Film Roman followed by work at studios like Filmation and BRC, where Lee did work as a character assistant animator, storyboard revisionist, and character designer. Lee worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation doing character cleanup on the movies “The Little Mermaid” and “Brother Bear”, and as a special effects assistant on “The Rescuers Down Under”. On “Rover Dangerfield” for Hyperion, Lee did double duty as a special effects animator and character cleanup artist.  She has also worked as an effects animator for Don Bluth, Ralph Bakshi (“Cool World”), Turner Studios (“Cats Don’t Dance”), Warner Brothers  (“Space Jam,” “Osmosis Jones”), and Dreamworks (“Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron”). Lee returned to Film Roman for a season as a timer on the TV show “King of the Hill”, followed by a stint at Fox animation as a timer and storyboard artist on several episodes of “Family Guy”. Lee also teaches college, and students from her Team Production class won best comedic short film at the 2012 DragonCon (the Atlanta-based comics and fantasy convention) Film Festival for their project “Little Red”.

Pete Michels

Originally from New Jersey, Pete Michels earned a BFA in Illustration from Jersey City State College and an MFA in Animation from UCLA. After landing a job on “The Simpsons” in 1990, Pete quickly moved up the ranks to become a Director by 1995. Staying on to direct for several more seasons, Pete then accepted a post as Supervising Director on “Family Guy”. Eventually directing more than

a dozen “Family Guy” episodes, including the direct to video movie “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story”. Pete is currently Supervising Director on Adult Swim’s new show “Rick and Morty”, coming this Fall, and continues painting watercolor landscapes as time will allow. He and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Sam, and Eddie, and live in Stevenson Ranch, CA.


Aglaia Mortcheva

Aglaia Mortcheva is an animator, character designer and freelance illustrator. She has animated for South Park, designed characters for Klasky Csupo, Nickelodeon, Disney and Fox TV Animation among others. She also lends her voice to Vendetta, the green villain from Nickelodeon’s Making Fiends. In addition to working as an animator and character designer, Aglaia also illustrates and paints. She currently teaches at The Art Institute of California, Hollywood.

Lori Hammond

Lori Hammond started out her career as a fine artist, showing both painting and digital art for exhibitions and galleries both nationally and internationally. She has worked successfully for TV, Feature Animation and Game Production as a Trainer/Educator/ Events coordinator and Program Director. Ms. Hammond has taught classes for the "Disney Academy" at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, and also at Cal State-LA and The Art Institute of California- Hollywood, where she taught both 2D & 3D Animation classes. Lori worked as a Toon Boom training Specialist at Disney Feature Animation Studios from 2009 - 2011, where she worked on films; "Bolt", Goofy Short "How to Hook Up your Home Theater" and "Princess & The Frog". Ms. Hammond has worked in Feature Film, TV, Game Production and on-line Webinars, and is currently the Director of Animation at Los Angeles Film School.


Lee Lanier

Lee has worked at Buena Vista Visual Effects at Walt Disney Studios and worked as senior animator on “Antz” and “Shrek.” His work has been featured at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution. A world-renowned expert in the VFX field, Lee has written high-end software books that have sold 25,000 copies, has authored VFX training videos for Lynda.com, has taught at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, is a member of VES (Visual Effects Society), and is the executive director of the Dam Short Film Festival.


Vlad Pineda

Vlad is a CG modler, shader and texture artist.  For the last 7 years he has been working in different areas of the animation industry such as, Advertising for some of the most popular games, tv spots, game cinematicsautomotive rendering & product design. Vlad currently works as a freelance artist at various vfx shops around Los Angeles. Vlad is a graduate from The Art Institute of California Los Angeles in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Media Arts & Animation.

Lars Deutsch

Emmy winner Lars Deutch went from heavy metal guitarist, to singer, to songwriter, to a Masters in classical composition, to international performances of his classical works, to lecturing in composition and audio production. As a result he has a unique sound for his film music, as well as a cutting-edge approach to audio post production. Lars has scored over one hundred fifty films that have collected over one hundred awards, and his songs are also in high demand. As an audio branding expert, he has created audio logos for a range of companies.