A diversely accomplished, hands-on Creative Director with two decades of experience in branding, IP development and production management for some of the world’s most recognized corporations in the animation, film & television, digital entertainment, publishing, social/mobile games, music and toy industries.
Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award Nominee, Connecticut Library Association
Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Texas Library Association
Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee, Oregon Library Association
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee, Pennsylvania School Library Association
Monarch Award Master List, Illinois School Library Media Association
Virginia Reader's Choice Master List, Virginia State Reading Association
Garden State Children's Book Award, New Jersey Library Association
Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award, South Dakota Library Association
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List, Kentucky Reading Association
Children's Book of the Year Nominee, North Atlantic Independent Bookseller's Association
Best Books of the Year List, Bank Street Books
Best Children's Books List, Kirkus Reviews
Best Comics for Kids, School Library Journal
YALSA Nominee Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Young Adult Library Services Association
Best Anthology, Eisner Awards
Best Anthology, Harvey Awards
Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, Eisner Awards
ABC/Touchstone Abrams Books Amazon Studios American Taekwondo Association Bento Box Entertainment Bloomsbury Publishing Capitol Records Cartoon Network Children's Television Workshop Dark Horse Comics DC Comics Film Roman Fox Entertainment Ghostbot HBO IDW Publishing Image Comics Lifetime Television Macmillan Marvel Entertainment Mattel MTV Random House Simon & Schuster Starz TV Guide Universal Studios VTech Warner Bros. Walt Disney Animation
Co-Founder & Creative Director
8th Level Entertainment, LLC
2013 – Present • Chalfont, PA
Co-founded a tabletop game production company focused on creating high quality entertainment for kids that is powered by imagination, not batteries.
- Beastie Bash!
- Treasure Trappers
Making Fun, Inc.
2011 – 2012 • San Francisco, CA
Creative directed production teams in multiple countries and wrote copy for a variety of social and mobile games.
- Timeless Gems
- Paper Sagas
- Hidden Haunts
Creator, Co-Executive Producer & Creative Consultant
2011 – 2013 • Toronto, Canada
Sold & developed a preschool animated series bible, pilot, and mobile app concepts based on my FRANKIE PICKLE book series. Assisted in securing Canadian distribution for 26 episodes.
Creator, Author, Illustrator & Co-Designer
Simon & Schuster
2007 – 2011 • New York, NY
Created the award-winning FRANKIE PICKLE, a chapter book/graphic novel series for readers ages 7-10.
Books in the series:
- Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom
- Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000
- Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace
- Frankie Pickle and the Land of the Lost Recess
Owner & Chief Creative Officer
Wight Knight Productions, Inc.
1999 – Present • Chalfont, PA
An independent Creative Consultant for Writing, Illustration, Animation and Game Design.
Walt Disney Animation
Feature Animation Training
1997 – 1997 • Monterey, CA
School of Visual Arts
1995 – 1998 • New York, NY
Carnegie Mellon University
1992 – 1993 • Pittsburgh, PA
Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Flash Storyboard Pro Scrivener Omnigraffle Drupal PowerPoint/Keynote HTML CSS
writing digital illustration animation design art direction creative direction graphic design packaging design branding
Group, Drawing on Character: The Art of Children's Graphic Novels, Allentown Art Museum - Allentown, PA
Solo, The Art of Frankie Pickle, The Toonseum - Pittsburgh, PA
Group, The Art of Frankie Pickle, Toronto Comics & Arts Festival - Toronto, Canada