FOUNDER / CCO
An Emmy®-winning experience designer, Steve began his career as a roller coaster operator, which probably explains a lot. A pioneering force in Alternate Reality Games and Transmedia Entertainment, he has worked on some of the biggest and most innovative interactive experiences to date.
In addition to founding No Mimes Media, Steve was VP of Experience Design at Fourth Wall Studios, where he worked on projects like the interactive web series Dirty Work and 6 Minutes to Midnight (for the feature film Watchmen). Prior to that, he worked at 42 Entertainment on projects including "Why So Serious?" (for the feature film The Dark Knight) for which he was Experience Designer.
Steve founded the Alternate Reality Gaming Network in 2002, has guest lectured at schools including USC, Georgia Tech and Cal Arts, spoken at media conferences around the world, and projects he's worked on have won multiple awards including an Emmy®, Cannes Lions Grand Prix Awards, SXSW Web Awards, One Show Entertainment Awards and Webby Awards.
FOUNDER / PRESIDENT / CEO
With over 17 years of marketing, event and entertainment experience, Behnam has produced innovative projects for top companies like Toyota, Warner Brothers and Sony. His interest in all things interactive began back in 1997, when he worked with up-and-coming record companies to produce one of the world's first weekly live DJ webcasting shows.
He then led teams at top ad agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, developing interactive and brand teams, as well as spearheading several emerging technology industry firsts for multi-million dollar brands. His love of filmmaking drove him to establish a production company creating award-winning short films and content for major clients, even earning a No. 1 ranking on YouTube.
As Vice President of Production at Emmy®-award winning Fourth Wall Studios, he developed ground-breaking projects on new storytelling platforms, overseeing producers and physical production. There he produced original content pieces, mobile apps, websites and digital media.
This led to establishing his firm, No Mimes Media, which quickly became one of the leading transmedia companies in the world.
Behnam 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, he pushes the boundaries of independent next-generation entertainment. One publication even named him "The Epic Poet of Twitter."
Jay was the Transmedia Producer and a writer for the groundbreaking multiplatform web series 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 &endash; for Outstanding Achievement in Original Interactive Content. He was also the co-creator and co-showrunner of the award-winning sequel series, Welcome To Sanditon.
For Paramount Studios, Jay wrote a companion series to the movie Terminator: Genisys, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and some of the world’s most popular YouTube stars. At Fourth Wall Studios, Jay created the show Airship Dracula, and was a writer, producer and experience designer on multiple series including the Emmy Award-winning Dirty Work and the Dark Wall Anthology.
Jay has worked as a consultant, creative lead, and content strategist for major companies and studios, including Google, HBO, Disney, 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.