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2/15 - A Conversation with Baobab Studios' Co-Founder and CEO, Maureen Fan

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Monday, February 15, 2021, 5:00 PM
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A CONVERSATION WITH BAOBAB STUDIOS CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, MAUREEN FAN:
CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF PIONEERING INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
 


Join WIA for a conversation with Baobab Studios Co-Founder & CEO - Maureen Fan, moderated by Executive Producer Karen Dufilho!  
Monday, February 15th at 5:00pm PST

 

Join Baobab Studios co-founder and CEO, Maureen Fan, in a conversation about the creation of the studio, their latest project Baba Yaga, the state interactive storytelling and what’s up next for the indie studio.  Fan will share some history on the studio and reflect on their many award-winning projects. She will also talk about the making of Baba Yaga, which is based on the Eastern European folktale reimagined as an interactive animation, which blends real-time 3D visuals with illustrative 2D pop-up animation, ultimately creating a modern visual language for VR inspired by classic animation and how they incorporated interactivity to deliver the studio’s mission of “making you, the audience, matter.”





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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS



Maureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming and the consumer web. Fan was most recently VP of Games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios including FarmVille, which contributed 40% of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar's Toy Story 3 film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her collaboration, The Dam Keeper, directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short. Maureen was named one of ‘The Most Creative People of the Year’ by Ad Age, Top 100 Influential Asians by A100, and Variety crowned her as one of the execs to watch earning a spot on their ‘Top Digital Creatives’ list.  As an advocate for diversity in the entertainment, Maureen is an active member of many organizations for minority groups and women and she gave the keynote at Grace Hopper Conference, as well as presented at Women in Animation, Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit and Fast Co’s Impact Council.



Academy, Emmy and Cannes award-winning producer, executive, and gatherer of creatives and innovators, Karen Dufilho has been working at the intersection of story, animation and innovation for almost two decades. Formerly of Google, Karen was instrumental in introducing and implementing immersive, narrative content with Google Spotlight Stories. At Pixar, Karen helmed the Shorts Division overseeing its original shorts slate and as well as related franchise projects for A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. Through House of K, Karen provides executive and creative strategy for traditional, digital, and emerging platforms. Clients include Epic Games/Unreal, Google, Paramount, Sony, Walt Disney Animation, Rovio, LAIKA, and Locksmith Animation. In 2016, Karen was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, currently serving on the Short Films & Feature Animation Branch Executive Committee. In 2018, Karen received a Distinguished Leadership Award from Advanced Imaging Society (AIS). Karen also serves on the Executive Board for Women in Animation, Bay Area and on the VES Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.