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, Katia spent 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 artistic 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 further passion for storytelling & color sensibility, bringing both skills to the next level.
She interned at Dreamworks for a while as Character Designer for Consumer Products and expanded her knowledge in storytelling as applied to products and franchises. Katia has helped Mattel, Nickelodeon, 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.
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.
Without them, we wouldn't have so many great stories!
Annushka Almendros (pirateers)
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 MARTYN (lEGENDARIES)
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!
Alberto Corral (split earth)
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.
Ryan Hansen (Coming Soon)
sAMANTHA C. gEORGE (LEGENDARIES)
Pooja Patel (Tales of india)