FOUNDER / CCO
An Emmy-winning experience designer, Steve has worked on some of the world's biggest and most innovative interactive experiences, including design and consulting work for Disney Imagineering R&D, Google, Microsoft, and Niantic Labs.
Previously, Steve was VP of Experience Design at Fourth Wall Studios, overseeing a wide range of new media, VR/AR and transmedia projects, including the interactive series "Dirty Work" and "6 Minutes to Midnight" experience for the feature film "Watchmen". Previously, Steve was an Experience Designer at 42 Entertainment where he worked on numerous projects including the ARGs "Why So Serious" for the feature film "The Dark Knight," and "Year Zero," for Nine Inch Nails.
Steve founded the Alternate Reality Gaming Network, the first online community for ARG enthusiasts. He has lectured at schools including USC, Georgia Tech and Cal Arts, spoken at media conferences around the world. Projects he's worked on have won multiple awards including an Emmy®, Cannes Lions Grand Prix, SXSW Web, One Show Entertainment and Webby Awards.
FOUNDER / PRESIDENT / CEO
With over 20 years of entertainment, interactive, marketing, and event experience, Behnam has produced innovative projects for top companies including Fox, Warner Brothers, Google and Toyota, developed and led interactive and brand teams at major ad agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, and spearheaded several emerging technology industry firsts for multi-million dollar brands.
As Vice President of Production at Emmy®-award winning Fourth Wall Studios, Behnam developed groundbreaking new media projects, oversaw producers and physical production, and produced original series for web, mobile, VR/AR and new storytelling platforms.
Behnam is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and TV Academy new media councils, and has spoken at conferences around the world on producing next generation entertainment. He is also an award-winning director of films, music videos, commercials and transmedia pieces.
HEAD OF STORY
Jay Bushman is an award-winning writer and producer of digital media and transmedia entertainment. An innovator and leader in the transmedia community, one publication even named him "The Epic Poet of Twitter."
Jay was the Transmedia Producer and a writer for "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," an innovative video and social media modernization of "Pride & Prejudice"; the show brought transmedia storytelling to a mass audience and became the first YouTube- distributed series to win a Primetime Emmy Award. He was also a creator and showrunner of the award-winning sequel series, "Welcome To Sanditon."
Jay wrote Alternate Reality Experiences for the feature films "Arrival" and "10 Cloverfield Lane," and a companion digital/VR series to the movie "Terminator: Genisys." At Fourth Wall Studios, Jay created the show "Airship Dracula," and was a writer/producer on the Emmy-winning series "Dirty Work."
Jay has worked as a consultant, creative lead, and content strategist for major companies and studios, including Google, HBO, Disney Imagineering, Bad Robot, Paramount, and Lucasfilm.
HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY
Justin Reynard comes from the video game industry, where he worked on Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol and Neverwinter Nights 2. He was nominated for a BAFTA award in 2011 for his work on Fallout: New Vegas. He was one of the lead engineers on the Rides.tv platform at Emmy®-winning Fourth Wall Studios.
He has experience developing interactive platforms and campaigns for brands such as Arrested Development, Danny Devito's The Blood Factory and Charlie Rose among others.
He's actively involved in the Los Angeles startup and technology scene and spends his spare time reverse engineering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG's) and developing games for Apple's iPhone.
Karen Lavender's film career started in South Africa when she produced a documentary about the famous, controversial choreographer Robin Orlin. She worked in television post-production and on Shaka Zulu – one of the largest international productions ever filmed in South Africa.
She went on to maintain a successful career in event production, supervising over 500 events in numerous countries, ranging from seminars and benefits to music concerts.
Since then she has directed and produced numerous award-winning independent films, TV commercials and interactive/transmedia projects working with executive producers Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham), Conrad Riggs (Survivor, Apprentice) and Robert Lawrence (Clueless). Clients include the Discovery, BET, and GAC networks, and brands such as Cisco, Scion, LA Phil Orchestra, PepsiCo, Target and the U.S. Military.
FOUNDER / WRITER / CONTENT STRATEGIST
Maureen McHugh (founder, writer, content strategist) has worked with some of the most innovative companies in the digital space. She was a writer at 42 Entertainment on projects like ilovebees (Halo 2) and Year Zero (Nine Inch Nails). She was a writer and content strategist at Emmy-winning Fourth Wall Studios creating multiscreen original content and branded content for clients like The Discovery Channel. She teaches Interactive Storytelling at University of Southern California. She's a novelist and short story writer and her latest collection of stories, After The Apocalypse (2011) was one of Publisher's Weekly's 10 best books of 2011.