With over 30 years experience directing creative functions in film, animation and visual effects production, Stuart is well known for building and managing highly productive and motivated creative teams and for designing production processes for creative work environments.
Starting in 1983, Stuart was a storyboard editor on Fox’s TV series Peter Pan and the Pirates. In the 90’s, he became an Art Director for Broderbund Software, where he oversaw the design and development of Where is in the World is Carmen Sandiego. He was instrumental in establishing Broderbund’s entertainment division Red Orb.
Working at Lucasfilm’s ILM from 1998 until 2006 he designed artist and animation teams for more than 30 feature films including Star Wars, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.
At Sydney, Australia’s Animal Logic, Stuart was the Animation Production Manager implementing a new production plan for the Academy Award-winning animated film Happy Feet. Since that time, his credits include, Where the Wild Things Are for Warner Bros. and Escape from Planet Earth for Rainmaker Animation.
Most recently Stuart has been representing Motion Analysis Corporation, overseeing their Los Angeles studio that has provided motion capture for films such as Chronicle of Riddick, I, Robot and television shows such as the award winning Sid the Science Kid and Once Upon a Time.
Jeff is the founder of Creative Comics and the Chief Creative Officer of Comics Creative Inc. He is also an Actor, Director, Producer, Graphic Artist, and Writer, not necessarily in that order.
Jeff’s long love affair with sequential art and graphic storytelling (comics) began as a young child. His father, James A. Peters, collected Pogo, Mad, and cut L’il Abner out of the newspaper every day for over thirty years. His older brother Art collected Marvel, DC and Gold Key comics. His Uncle, Edward (Budd) Peters loved Pogo and collected Men’s paperback jokebooks, filled with racy cartoons (most considered PG by today’s standards). His entire family are voracious readers. Wanting to know what everyone was laughing about while having their nose in a book or newspaper, Jeff learned to read using the Sunday funnies, especially Peanuts. Then he moved onto to reading everything printed or drawn that he could get his hands on, in search of the another great story.
Early on (age 5) Jeff became a storyteller himself, by becoming a performer. His lifelong career as an actor includes over 200 stage productions, 1500 corporate events, over 100 films and television shows.
He earned his BFA in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University, with a Major in Directing and a Minor in Acting. During his acting career, Jeff has portrayed such diverse characters as FDR, Groucho Marx, Don Quixote, Henry Higgins, Tevye, David Letterman, Mercutio, Petruchio, Leontes, Alceste, Jacob Marley, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Ichabod Crane, Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, Daniel Boone, Elwood P. Dowd, and hundreds of others. Jeff can be seen in the film American Splendor and on The Late Show with David Letterman. His website, www.daveledderman.com has been visited by over a billion people.
Producing projects include the news, reviews and interviews found on the television show Comicology.TV (clips available on YouTube), live events The Great Show with David Ledderman, and of course, Melvin G. Moose, Toode Dick! The Graphic Novel.
Jeff has worked on both sides of pop culture his entire life, creating, performing or selling. He has worked for DC, Disney, Geppi’s Comic World, and Central Park Media. For six years he was the owner of the successful and family friendly retail store Commuter Comics in South Orange, NJ, which is still remembered fondly, especially around Free Comics Day and Halloween. He is also the author of How to Write a Graphic Novel in 5 Simple Steps a primer on writing for comics.
Gene is the CFO of Comics Creative. Gene has spent 30 years in leadership roles in the entertainment and medical device industries. Prior to CC, Gene was VP & GM for Motion Analysis Studios, an entertainment technology company with a production studio on the lot at the Henson Company. Motion Analysis is the acquirer of Gene’s previous startup, MaMoCa. As CEO, Gene led MaMoCa from an idea through external funding and on to acquisition. Prior to MaMoCa, Gene was a Lecturer and Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.
While at Stanford, Gene co-founded Imaging Therapeutics, subsequently acquired by Conformis. Prior to Stanford, Gene was splitting time as a Research Engineer at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, as Engineering Director for Computerized Functional Testing Corporation, and pursuing his BS, MS, and PhD in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Gene, as were his father and grandfather, is a veteran of the US Army, and holds five issued US patent with multiple US and international patents pending. Gene’s various startup companies have raised more than $350M.