Creator & Executive Producer, City of Ghosts
Elizabeth Ito was born in Santa Monica, CA to an elementary school teacher/ wedding singer, and a mathematician aerospace engineer/ photographer. Elizabeth has always loved drawing, telling stories, and making people laugh. She went through LAUSD, seven years of college, and now makes animated movies and TV shows in Hollywood. In her free time, she hangs out with her husband Kevin, and her comedian children, Newton and Rosalind.
Department Manager, Art & Story
DreamWorks Feature Animation
Angela Lepito has worked in the animation and film industry for over 25 years. For the last 15 years she has been with DreamWorks Animation holding overhead, production, development, and recruiting and education roles. In her current position as Department Manager, she oversees the Story and Art Departments under the Talent Resource Management Group. Prior to this role she worked as the Director of Artistic Development for seven years overseeing the Art Dev program, Videography and Research. She worked on such projects as Bee Movie and How to Train Your Dragon using her front end production expertise.
Prior to DreamWorks she was the Director of Communications at Gentle Giant Studios where she managed the Digital department handling both Visual Effects and toy prototyping projects in-house and on location. Notable projects included: Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Star Wars Episode III.
Angela began her animation career at Walt Disney Feature Animation on the film Hercules. She was the APM of the Story department and the studio film liaison for the film, Treasure Planet working with nearly every division supporting the release of the property. She lives in Burbank, CA with her husband, Paul Hungerford, their two daughters and a very large dog.
Director, Producer & Co-Founder
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Emmy-winning producer and director, John “Harv” Harvatine IV is a visual storyteller who combines his love of photography with his passion for stop-motion. After starting his career as an animator, Harv quickly learned the ropes from the stop-motion studios he worked at and formed his own production company. Starting in 2003 with Make Out City Studios, Harv created content for the NFL, G4TV and Interscope Records. In 2008, he co-founded Buddy System Studios with Eric Towner, where they created groundbreaking animations for heavyweights such as Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
Harv partnered with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Eric Towner in 2011 to create Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which produces the longest running stop-motion show on television, the Emmy-winning Robot Chicken. Harv is currently co-creating and directing Crossing Swords, which will premiere on Hulu this year, and directing Gloop World, which will debut on Quibi.
Moderating the conversation will be Nicole Rivera, Director of Development for Cartoon Network Original Series, where she works to identify and shepherd new animated series. Prior to joining the development team at Cartoon Network, Rivera was on the development teams at Universal Kids & Family Productions and DreamWorks Animation TV. She also worked for Cartoon Network from 2008-2015, first as part of the Content Acquisitions Team and then as Manager of Current Series, where she worked on shows including Steven Universe, Clarenceand the reimagined The Powerpuff Girls. Previously, Rivera worked in production and development at Focus Features and served as the assistant to one of the producers on the 20th Century Fox Film, The Devil Wears Prada. Rivera holds a BA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young sons.