Jason Reisig is a tenured professor of Animation at USC, and was the co-director on the 2018 Warner Brothers feature animation Smallfoot. With over 20 years in feature animation, he spent most of his career with DreamWorks Animation. He was the Head of Character Animation on Home and Shrek Forever After. For the latter he was nominated for a VES Award for “Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture”. Concurrently, as the Animation Department Chair at DreamWorks, he led the interaction design of DreamWork’s NextGen character animation software, Premo, for which he received a SciTech Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Jason was also a supervising animator on the features, Trolls, Kung Fu Panda 3, Kung Fu Panda, and Over the Hedge. He started his production career at PDI, where he animated on Antz and the Academy Award winning Shrek. In the latter, Jason was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of "Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in Character Animation". At Sony Pictures Imageworks, he was a lead animator on Spider-man 2. Jason has been an Academy member in the feature animation branch since 2015.
Global Director of Animation
McGahey’s expertise comprises series, TV movies, feature film, and animation. As an executive at Deep River Prod., he began the campaign to get Little Miss Sunshine into production, and helped develop the Big Momma’s House franchise. At Disney, he developed Lab Rats, Kickin’ It, Wander Over Yonder, the Emmy Award winning Mickey Mouse shorts, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil among other series and movies. He was E.P. on Rebel for BET with legendary director, John Singleton, and was an E.P. on movies and series for Nickelodeon and Netflix respectively.
MEET THE EXECUTIVES
Co-founded and grew Mindshow from an idea in a garage to a 23 person team. Built and led one of the best commercial VFX teams in the world at Method Studios, growing from 20 artists in one office to over 800 artists over three continents. Created the 3D bullet time wakes in the original Matrix film.
Head of Studio
Founder/EVP at Mar Vista Entertainment, a VC backed film and television studio. Responsible for building production pipeline from the ground up and scaling company revenue 10x over a five year period. Key credits include YOU (Netflix), UNREAL (Hulu) and A DEADLY ADOPTION (Lifetime). Experienced executive producer, network series executive and theme park/branding consultant.