Nice to meet you!
At Glow in the Dark we believe TeamWork is essential to success-- so here, have a nice "family photo" of our crew!
Born in Barcelona (Spain), Katia spent some of her childhood in Buenos Aires (Argentina) before returning to Spain and getting stuck in a small town called Arenys de Munt. She had tons of time to read, write, draw, and explore her imagination since there was really... not much to do! Growing up, she would return to Barcelona and start a career in comic books, where she not only sold an original idea to two publishers in different countries but was one of the youngest female screenwriter-colorists at the time. Following her manga dreams, she moved to Osaka, Japan, and tried to apply for art colleges, but Japanese turned to be way harder than she expected! So instead, Katia moved to sunny Los Angeles and started her degree in Entertainment Arts at the Art Center College of Design. During this time, Katia was mentored by Lorelay Bove (Disney Feature Animation) from whom she learned a further passion for storytelling & color sensibility, bringing both skills to the next level.
She interned at Dreamworks for a while as a Character Designer for Consumer Products and expanded her knowledge in storytelling as applied to products and franchises. Katia has helped Mattel, Aerial Contrivance Workshop, and The Golden Apple Animated Series to develop pitches as a freelancer, and once she finished her degree at Art Center, she worked a bit at Disney Consumer Products on a new property where she learned the value of toys for storytelling.
All this, only to realize that what she really wanted to do... was to tell new stories! Stories that could reach the moon! So after a year figuring out what exactly that meant and learning the business side of things, Katia created Glow in the Dark Concept Studio where she currently develops original content pitches for the Entertainment Industry.
Under the Glow in the Dark Concept Studio umbrella, Katia has also recently published her own autobiographical graphic novel in Spain, "Cosas que pasan cuando llevas vida de Artista", under the Publisher Editorial Planeta.
Maureen is a SoCal local who started out in the photo & film scene-- and somehow ended up in animation ("all roads lead to animation", as the old sayings definitely go). Now that she's here, though, good luck getting her to go away! A lifelong lover of storytelling in all mediums, Maureen now spends her days hunting for great tales, playing personal trainer to our in-house IPs, and taking Quality naps when not battling the unending barrage of Outlook notifications.
Amber Aki Huang
Lydia Saldajeno & Sijia Luo
SPring 2018 interns
Without them, we wouldn't have so many great stories!
Annushka Almendros (pirateers, Show Creator)
Annushka (yes, her name sounds like a sneeze!) is a Hispanic-Russian-American who grew up just on the edge of the Everglades. There, she defeated alligators every Saturday morning in time to watch her favorite cartoons. Of course, this eventually led to her pursuing an animated lifestyle in which she aims to develop and produce stories. All her life, Annushka has believed every story is happening somewhere in the universe. Oh, she also really likes pirates… and tridents!
MELISSA K. MARTYN (lEGENDARIES, Collaborator)
I’m a designer, illustrator, coffee-addict, and cat-lady in training. I design toys for a living – my previous employers include Mattel and Disney. I graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s degree in Toy Design (yes, that’s a thing!), and in my spare time I like to draw, paint, craft, eat, and annoy my cat.
What else can I tell you? I like scary movies – but I hate zombies. Cheese is delicious. I love glitter. If you take me to a toy store I can point out multiple things I’ve worked on, and I’ll also probably buy something, claiming it’s for research. Before I became a product designer I wanted to be a painter – I have an associate’s degree in studio art and ruined a lot of clothes that way. I always love being creative and taking on new projects!
sAMANTHA C. gEORGE (LEGENDARIES, Collaborator/Consultation)
Samantha C. George (Sam) is a freelance consumer product designer and illustrator from Los Angeles.
Most recently a Senior Designer at Jakks Pacific, prior her decision to go freelance, Sam held design positions at Disney Consumer Products, Mattel, Blip Toys and Playmates Toys. In these roles, she designed products for brands including Disney Princess, Disney Frozen, Barbie, and Hello Kitty, across a range of hard and soft lines.
Sam thrives on the problem solving process of developing consumer products, and enjoys that the puzzle is both aesthetic and strategic. She is adept at translating strategic design direction into smart product solutions that balance the needs of consumers, buyers and manufacturing concerns.
Sam holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, with a concentration in Toy Design from Otis College of Art and Design, where she graduated with honors in 2010.
As an artist, her favorite traditional medium is watercolor, but she also enjoys exploring a variety crafts such as jewelry making, henna art and calligraphy, believing that trying new mediums always inspires new ideas and ways of thinking. Her work has been shown in art galleries including Pop Secret Gallery, and CTN Center Stage Gallery in Los Angeles. Sam's personal work often features nature, animals, fanciful architecture, and a touch of humor.
Alberto Corral (split earth, Show Creator)
Alberto, a native of the Canary Islands, lived in many cities around the world before hanging his hat in Los Angeles, where, currently, he's directing a short for DreamWorks Animation. Passionate for telling stories, he feeds his creativity scouting all the comic-cons possible and using that as an excuse to buy all kind of comics, toys and merchandising. By the way, he's also a published author, award-winning screenwriter & director... but let's not talk about that right now.
Pooja Jay Patel (Tales of India, show creator)
Teller of Tales. Part Princess. Part Pirate. She is on a mission. While she personally loves the heroes of old, she believes the time has come for badass, bold, and daring heroines who take a more active role in creating their happily ever afters. She is a romantic, nostalgic, sometimes moody old lady at heart who loves writing to Billie Holiday and christmas music with her cup of chai in the right mug of the day. She loves cups of tea, paper, new notebooks, inky pens, rainy days, sparkly things, crackling fires, playing make believe, and wandering off to exotic, mystical, magical places (all in her mind, of course).
Andrew Blanchette (WILDESTAR, SHOW CO-CREATOR)
Andrew grew up on a diet of Disney movies, Nintendo64 games, and Lunchables. He has his masters degree in screenwriting from LMU and currently works as a staff writer at Nickelodeon. When he's not writing, he's playing with his cats, plucking away at his ukulele, and adventuring the world.
Ryan Hansen (Collaborator/consultation)
Yuki Mori (Collaborator/On development)
pedro mañas (Collaborator/On development)
Kristin JArrett (WILDESTAR, SHOW CO-CREATOR)