Arjun Reddy

NFTs

Arjun is a techie with an eye towards the future and a passion for innovation. Armed with a master’s degree in Information Technology from Edith Cowan University in Australia, Arjun wasted no time launching his own R&D firm in 2010, where he was actively involved as a researcher and technologist. During his time with the firm, he helped launch over 100 groundbreaking startups, a number of which became unicorns. Having been credited with co-founding GuardianLink, Arjun is heading its technology division making it India’s biggest NFT ecosystem company with partner ventures like BeyondLife.Club, which launched Amitabh Bachchan and Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Creator) NFTs.

Sukesh Nayak

Advertising

Tugging at your heart is this adman’s speciality. Courtesy the scores of ad campaigns he has spearheaded including the Google Reunion Ad, Cadbury, Thums Up Palat De, Shaan Masala, Tata Sky Daily Dillagi, Indian Railways, Fortune Oil Dadi Ma, Fortune Oil Mother Exchange, and many more. Sukesh Nayak, Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy India has a kack for creating advertisements that have viewers not just stoping and taking note, but also watching them over and over. Viral advertisements aside, Nayak has crafted compelling campaigns on social causes, leveraging the power of engaging storytelling to convey some hard-hitting messages (Hamam Waterproof Saree, Masaba ‘I will wear out plastic’, Thums Up Taane Palat De, DNA Fights Rape, Cadbury Purple Heart). Listed amongst Campaign Asia’s 40 under 40 in 2015, Nayak has won more than 400 national and International advertising awards, including the Clios, One Show, London International Awards and Cannes, in a career spanning over two decades.

Paul Demeyer

Animation Director - Producer

An alumni of Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent and the California Institute of Arts, award-winning animation director-producer Paul Demeyer showed his extraordinary talent in animation right from a very young age. His earliest recognition was winning the Student Academy Award for his short film The Muse at CalArts. A Belgian by birth, Demeyer returned to Europe and kickstarted a flourishing career as a storyboard artist, director and animator. He got his big international break with the animated short The Goose Girl inspired by a Grimms Brothers fairytale. The Goose Girl went on to win laurels for best children’s film at multiple international film festivals. Demeyer later directed award-winning episodes of the groundbreaking television series Duckman. He served as creative director on Nickelodeon’s acclaimed Rugrats series, also directed the Rugrats in Paris movie. His recent credits include donning the role of supervising director for Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland, and episodic director of Disney Jr.’s The Rocketeer. Demeyer is also a visiting faculty at several top fine arts and design schools including CalArts and University of South California.

Ravishankar Venkateswaran

Animation

A man who wears many hats, Ravishankar Venkateswaran is the tenacious mind behind India’s first ever feature-length animated film in Sanskrit. His film Punyakoti was not only the first of its kind but was also crowdfunded and crowdsourced. Ravi started off as a copywriter after earning a master’s degree in English Literature. He was exposed to the world of digital animation through his work on the first interactive multimedia CD-ROM based on Indian fables way back in 1995. Having worked with one of the top IT companies in India, Ravi now heads a Digital Marketing Studio based out of Bangalore. His passion and strong drive to showcase India’s cultural fabric at the global stage is what made Punyakoti a reality.

Wendell Hanes

Music Composer

Emmy Award-winning music composer Wendell Hanes is known for his versatility, and extraordinary flair in sound design. With over 2,000 commercials and 35 films scored and another 30 projects supervised, Hanes has made his mark in multiple-genres and formats of music composing. Among his notable works include the Television Academy Honors Award winning HBO series Black and Missing, Emmy nominated Netflix sitocom Family Reunion and award-winning documentaries like The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion, The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show and The Killing Of Breonna Taylor. Having won every major award in Advertising including Clios, Cannes Lions, Effies, Addy’s, London International Awards and Golden Award, Hanes’ company Volition Sound has worked with almost all major brands and networks from McDonalds to Pepsi to ABC and HBO. Winner of a Sports Emmy in 2021, he has produced and arranged several of ESPN’S flagship musical themes. A hardcore Hip Hop aficionado, Hanes has also collaborated with rappers like Drake, Nikki Minaj and Yo Gotti to create unique soundscapes with his classical scoring and distinctive sound design.

Meg LeFauve

Screenwriter

Oscar nominated, Annie Award-winning screenplay writer Meg LeFauve holds the writing credits for some of the most popular animation features of our times. Marvel’s blockbuster Captain Marvel, Pixar hits Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur to name just a few. Meg began her film career as a producer and President of Egg Pictures, where she produced Emmy and Golden Globe nominated films. A storyteller par excellence, Meg has taught at the American Film Institute and served as co-chair of the Graduate Producers Program at University of California’s School of Film and Television, where she taught master level story and development classes for several years. Meg is currently writing a series for the new Peacock Channel as well as the animated film My Father’s Dragon for Netflix and Cartoon Saloon.

Vidjay Beerepoot

Music Composer

Award winning music composer Vidjay Beerpoot is the man behind the soulful score of the new animation feature Ainbo and the edgy soundscape of Netflix’s The Little Vampire 3D. Adopted from India and brought up in Netherlands, Vidjay has gone through an interesting creative journey through different cultures all the way to Hollywood. Today, based in Los Angeles, he composes music for movies, TV shows and video games all over the world, including for Disney, Netflix, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony and Nickelodeon. Vidjay is currently composing scores for multiple animation projects including Disney’s brand new TV show Minnie’s Bow Toons Party Palace Pals, Disney’s India-themed animated TV show Mira Royal Detective and Cinema Management Group’s upcoming animation feature Panda Bear in Africa.

Jiggy George

Licensing & Merchandising

He began his career as a designer and then went on to work with some of the top media and entertainment brands, right from MTV and Pogo to Viacom and Times of India.  Throughout his career, Jiggy George deftly balanced the ‘ying’ and ‘yang’ of creativity and commerce, achieving what very few in the industry can boast of – an undying passion for creativity, coupled with a nuanced understanding of management. Today, Jiggy is a successful entrepreneur and founder of Dream Theatre, one of India’s leading brand management & licensing companies. He is also the head of the India Chapter of Licensing International. An avid film and music buff and a travel enthusiast, Jiggy has written widely on entertainment and has also scripted an animation film, that is on the anvil.

Rahul daCunha

Advertising

From award-winning commercials to the country’s longest running ad campaign, ad man Rahul daCunha’s portfolio is formidable, to say the least. Working with some of the biggest and oldest brands in India, Rahul mastered the art of snugly positioning brands in the public psyche through immensely relatable, riveting campaigns. Most notable being the campaign for Amul, widely adored for its subtle, superbly-timed social commentary. But advertising is only one side of this creative genius. As a theatre artist, Rahul has worked on some avant-garde productions as a director and playwright. His plays have travelled across the world from Australia to USA. Rahul is also a regular columnist for newspapers and periodicals. He is currently working on his first screenplay.

Vani Saraswathi Balgam

Writer, director and creative producer

Vani started associating with the animation industry at a time when the rest of us would have just started watching animation. Thanks to her dad, who started an independent 2D animation studio out of their home, Vani grew up in an exhilarating creative environment throughout her childhood. Starting with painting, photography and amateur film-making as a teenager, she went on to establish a successful career in animation. She worked as the Head of Creative Management for DreamWorks Animation in Shanghai and as Executive Director of Rhythm & Hues studio in India. She managed the teams of artists and technicians that created the VFX and digital characters in Academy Award- winning movies like Life of Pi, The Golden Compass and The Chronicles of Narnia. Vani continues to work towards realizing her father’s dream of tapping into India’s rich cultural heritage to create original animation properties for global audiences.