Our advisory board are top industry professionals in animation, visual effects, and games.
VP Current Series, Diversity & Inclusion - Walt Disney TVA
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.
As Senior Vice President of Content for Portfolio Entertainment, Liliana Reyes leads the company’s development of animation and live-action for television and digital media content across all platforms. Liliana has a successful track record as an executive producer and development executive with wide-ranging experience from creative development to television production and distribution. Previously, she served as Vice President of Development for 9 Story Media Group where for six years she spearheaded development of the company’s original animated and live-action productions. Prior to that, she was VP of Acquisitions and Co-productions at Salter Street Films, Canada’s leading producer of comedy content. As one of the earliest development executives to recognize and advance digital content, Liliana served as co-executive producer of the ground-breaking animated series “Chilly Beach” (CBC), the first web-to-TV series in Canada.
Most recently, Reyes co-created and steered development for Doomsday Brothers, Portfolio’s first adult animated comedy series for Télétoon la nuit and Canada’s Adult Swim Channel and “Where Oliver Fits” (Treehouse TV), a preschool web series adapted from the popular children’s picture book by Canadian illustrator Cale Atkinson. Other credits include the award-winning “Almost Naked Animals” (YTV; Cartoon Network), “Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars” (Disney Television; CBC), “Numb Chucks” (YTV; Cartoon Network), Cache Craze (YTV) and “3 Amigonauts” (YTV).
Senior Vice President, Content | Portfolio Entertainment
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.
Artist Development & Management; Walt Disney Imagineering
Brooke has worked in the animation and VFX industry for decades as a filmmaker, in recruiting & development, and in education. Prior to joining Bento Box, Brooke recruited animation talent for Cartoon Network, Disney, and Warner Bros.
Keesling earned her MFA at CalArts where she produced the stop-motion film, Meatclown and the Student Academy Award winning film Boobie Girl. Upon graduation, she worked in practical and miniature VFX on many films such as Inception, The Dark Knight, Hugo, and The Aviator. Brooke is the Vice President of ASIFA Hollywood, a member of Women in Animation, on the advisory board of the GLAS Animation Festival, and she teaches in the Character Animation department at CalArts.
Head of Animation Talent Development at Bento Box Entertainment.
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.