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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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Paul Pangman

Business Development

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.
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...

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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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Brian Jones

Creative Director

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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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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Colleen Cox

Creative Director

Colleen has been the lead illustrator and animator for clients such as the United Nations, Chrysler, Walmart, BASF, Blu eCigs, Qsymia, and DC Comics (Superman). For nearly seven years she has flown around the country as a Live Draw artist for General Motors, Samsung, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Ocean Spray. She was raised in Michigan, she lived in Singapore for two years and now calls New York City home. Her work ranges from...

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Soungjong Lim

Accounting Manager

Born and raised in Incheon, South Korea, Soungjong graduated from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York. As the Accounting Manager at ideaMachine, he is responsible for managing project budgets, A/R, A/P, as well as analyzing various reports and forecasts to ensure healthy financial standing of the company. When he is not busy being immersed in numbers, Soungjong enjoys...

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Justin Lee

Account Manager

Justin Lee is an NYC based rep, finding the right projects for photographers, directors, and now animators. He's worked with brands such as Aetna, Cadillac, MG&E, Independent Blue Cross and Verizon. He can be fast paced under...

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Matt Jacob

Account Manager

Matt Jacob is an account manager with 10 years of experience working with corporate clients such as WWE, NFL, Sirius/XM, Bloomberg, Durst, ConEd, Hornblower, Lukoil, America Works, and NCAA. Throughout his journey, Matt has specialized in brand consulting and business development, earning him several awards and industry recognition. Born with an entrepreneurial spirit, Matt has developed a business knowledge and operational perspective that is crucial...

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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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Brian Russell

Artist

After studying Traditional Animation at Pratt Institute, Brian began his career as an animator at Cartoon Pizza on the award winning "Pinky Dinky Doo", from Jim Jinkins, creator of Nickelodeon's Doug. He continued on in animation with stints at Animation Collective, Animagic, and the NFLRZ online game site for kids. After 5 years spent in the advertising world via LBi US, he left to co-write, illustrate and self-publish his first children's book...

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Chris Anne

Artist

Born and raised in Jersey City, Chris Anne majored in traditional animation at School of Visual Arts. She previously worked for Bill Plympton, art directing a Simpson's couch gag and animated shorts for ESPN...

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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.

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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 ideaMACHINE studio. She works hard and is always ready to help with any 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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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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Jake Wincek

Artist

Jake is an animator, game designer, and experimental artist who got his start making Flash games back when Flash games were still a thing. He went on to study traditional animation at SVA, then jumped into the gaming world where he contributed art, animation, and boss fight designs for the indie game title Dungeon Punks. When not working on art & animation, Jake struggles through the trench tier of Dota 2 in hopes of returning to the lofty echelons of...

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Javier A. Casaverde

Artist

Born and raise in New Jersey, Javier majored in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. He enjoys exploring different aspects of animation, whether it be 3D, stop motion, experimental, and explainer videos. His first explainer video was for a non-profit in Lima, Peru. Javier continues to explore this side of animation at IdeaMachine Studio. When he isn't animating...

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Jisu Kim

Artist

Jisu Kim is a Korean-Canadian 2D animator and motion graphics artist based in NYC. After high school in Vancouver, BC, she attended the School of Visual Arts in New York where she earned her BFA in Animation (2011) and then her MFA in Computer Art (2016). She has worked at various animation studios in NYC...

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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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Leonardo Silva

Artist

Leonardo Silva is a Visual Communicator experienced in Animation, Motion Graphics, Video Editing & Illustration. With an understanding of the whole production process (pre, production & post), experience from TV commercials to indie developed videogames...

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Perry Zhang

Artist

Perry is a motion graphic designer and UI/UX designer. He went to school for product design and UI/UX design, also has great interests in motion graphic, infographic and illustration. He is bringing the UI/UX world and motion graphic together by making animations for websites...

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Phil Powers

Artist

Phil is an illustrator/animator, born and raised in the swamps of New Jersey. He was mentored by Karl Gnass at the Animation Guild in Burbank, CA, and studied animation at Laguna College of Art and Design. He has previously worked for Bill Plympton and IdeaRocket Animation and has worked on animated videos for a wide range of clients including Ted Ed, ESPN, Kimberly-Clark...

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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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Ruoyu Wang

Artist

Ruoyu Wang is an artist specializing in motion graphics, animation and illustration with a recent Master’s degree from Pratt Institute. He has worked with companies such as FlickerLab, Symbiosis, and Olapic. Ruoyu likes science fiction and animating motion comics...

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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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