Doug Grimmett

President, Founder

Jane Grimmett

CFO, Principal

Rick Newcomb

Creative Director, Principal

Stephen Mank

Principal, Composer, Sound Designer, Writer

Hunter Matheson

Executive Producer

Ashley Davis

Producer

Laura Green Berry

Producer

Doug Tobin

Director of Interactive Projects

Rob Shepps

Creative Director

Donald Emerson

Creative Director

Shane McGee

Creative Director

Jeremy Seymour

Creative Director

Giulia Bundesmann

General Manager

Joe Kubesheski

Animation Director

Dale Bradshaw

Technology Director

Fumi Yozawa

Animation Director

Rob “Vegas” Shetler

Animation Director

Patrice Needham

Animator / Compositor

Stella Kim

Designer / Director

Dakota Ling

Interactive Director

Dianna Bedell

2D Animator

Matt Rinehart

Designer/Director

Bixby West

Designer/Director

Mike Pope

IT Specialist

Kathleen Schenck

Studio Coordinator

Jalysa Leva

Animator

Mike Jones

Front Office Manager

Doug Grimmett

President, Founder

With more than twenty years' experience in design for motion media, Doug has received over 200 national and international awards in advertising, design and broadcast. As the founder of Primal Screen, he has served as Creative Director on all Primal Screen projects. His deep experience emphasizes children's entertainment brands including Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang. Recently he served as president of AIGA Atlanta and is a frequent lecturer and author on the future of kids media and design in general.

He avidly collects those Japanese toy robots from the sixties.

He loves to roll old school on quads.

An activist for bikers rights, he clocks many miles weekly.

Jane Grimmett

CFO, Principal

Before Primal Screen's founding, Jane was well-entrenched in the New York print design world, working as an art director for such esteemed firms as Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and M&Co. Today, she trusts others with the design, while we trust her with the money - which is to say, contracts, human resources, client outreach and so much more.

Nature's good for Jane, so she does what's good for nature.

An amateur herpetologist, she's owned a number of snakes.

She loves slicing the waves with the wind at her back.

Rick Newcomb

Creative Director, Principal

Rick has over fifteen years of experience at Primal Screen as a motion graphics designer, art director, and creative director. He has led many award winning projects, creating opening title sequences, music videos, network campaigns, promotional graphics and commercials for such diverse clients as Cartoon Network, CNN, Nickelodeon, PBS, TCM and the Sundance Film Festival. He has a BFA from Georgia State University.

He never lost his love of Lego and continues to collect.

He spends many a weekend in tournament play.

From his well-stocked home studio he makes musical marvels.

Stephen Mank

Principal, Composer, Sound Designer, Writer

As a co-founder of Primal Screen, Stephen has composed music and created sound design for more than a thousand projects, including hundreds of award-winning pieces. In addition, he's written copy for networks, advertisers and journals. A graduate of Davidson College and founding president of ASIFA-Atlanta, he often lectures on design, animation and music/sound. Plus, he is a seasoned runner who once finished four half marathons and five full marathons in a single year.

He digs making art for people to discover in the street.

He busies himself curating a sizable collection of instruments.

He loves tales of double dealing in glorious black and white.

Hunter Matheson

Executive Producer

While completing his BFA at The Atlanta College of Art, Hunter took on a cel animation internship at Primal Screen. He went on to work as an animator in several Atlanta studios on a number of successful shows. He returned to Primal Screen as a Producer and has steadily risen to become our Executive Producer. His thorough knowledge and experience in the animation industry has cemented a smooth production process from start to finish on every one of the 400-plus jobs he has overseen.

He has owned and restored a number of Vespas (Vespae?).

He appreciates a fine cocktail. Tonight a G&T is in order.

He's been known to skank to all manner of second-wave ska.

Ashley Davis

Producer

A graduate of Emory University's business school, Ashley began as a Disney intern. In the years that have followed, she has lent her production talents to the worlds of fine art publishing and indepent horror moviemaking. Most recently, Ashley oversaw all post-production for the neighboring studio, Magick Lantern. When not choreographing sprawling projects for us, she is herself a dancer as well as a hiker and runner.

A keen terpsichorean, she practices modern and classical dance.

She enjoys hitting the trail with anyone who can keep up.

Some days she can't seem to get out of (the garden) bed.

Laura Green Berry

Producer

With a degree in Communications and Media studies, Laura is well-versed in the branding universe. She brings that knowledge to bear on the projects she shepherds for our high level clients. As if her projects don't give her reason enough to run all over the place, Laura is an avid marathoner. What's more, her years of work with top-tier restaurateurs make her our resident connoisseur.

She wears her sunglasses at night. No really.

She's run in several 26-milers including the Paris Marathon.

She has plenty of love for the City of Love.

Doug Tobin

Director of Interactive Projects

With 15 years' experience project managing multi-disciplinary design teams, Doug's duties have included design for online, environments, product innovation, research, packaging and visual communications. A graduate of Earlham College, he led teams at Philips Electronics and Deloitte prior to his work at Primal Screen.

He's the sworn enemy of the Sith scourge.

He produces pottery from his home kiln and offers it for sale.

He loves a good multiverse — hates portraying it in 2-D.

Rob Shepps

Creative Director

For the last 15 years Rob has worked and played in the field of Broadcast Design. Formerly as Art Director and Production Designer on films and commercials in Los Angeles; and for the last several years as a Live Action Director and Creative Director at Primal Screen. He has won numerous awards for work with such clients as Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Sprout, CNN and Spike to name a few.

At work he shoots video, but everywhere else, it's stills.

He's made VR experiences for Oculus and other platforms.

His screen prints on wood have appeared in gallery shows.

Donald Emerson

Creative Director

Since 2000 Donald has built design and motion animation for a wide variety of clients, with a concentration in kids media. He received his B.F.A. in design from Georgia State University and has returned there to lecture. He often helms large, sweeping projects, and outside of his work at Primal Screen, Donald is an accomplished music video director. Plus, he is our best in-house resource for the "comics" aesthetic.

He's our in-house expert on all things super.

He's cheered from the audience at plenty of Radiohead shows.

He loves eating ice cream and sometimes even churns a batch.

Shane McGee

Creative Director

Shane has a BA in film and television from the The University of North Carolina and an MFA in computer animation from The Savannah College of Art and Design. He was formerly an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and he has been a director with Primal Screen since 1999. He has won many awards for clients including Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, HGTV, Nickelodeon, PBS, and TCM.

He is bewitched by a good fantasy film.

Loves soup. Tomato's the best.

He digs archaeology and ancient civilizations.

Jeremy Seymour

Creative Director

An illustrator by training, Jeremy has been an animation design director for more than a decade. Having graduated Columbus College of Art and Design, Jeremy has gone on to lead most of the 2-D animated projects at Primal Screen, including all the recent identity packages for PBS Kids, HBO's El Perro y el Gato, and large-scale curriculum projects for Scholastic and Sesame Workshop. In addition, he lends his illustration talent to a variety of non-animated pieces.

Heelies are how he rolls.

A Wisconsin native, he comes by his cheese-love honestly.

He carries a pocketful of bouncy balls everywhere he goes.

Giulia Bundesmann

General Manager

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Giulia's background includes a vast array of broadcast-media roles, including producer, production manager, post-house manager and communications trainer. And while her decade with Primal Screen has kept her bouncing, we have yet to take advantage of her world class pogo sticking.

She keeps a lot of plates spinning in the kitchen. No crashes yet.

Nothing's better than a nice purse — except, perhaps, several.

She enjoys a good stroll through the world of words.

Joe Kubesheski

Animation Director

Most of Primal Screen's award-winning, animation projects from the last decade have featured Joe's work. His BFA from SCAD is for Computer Art and Animation, but his considerable skills span character and background design, hand-drawn and Flash animation, and illustration. Joe has been very involved in the Atlanta chapter of the international animation society, ASIFA and served on the board for several years.

Classic muscle cars give him red line fever.

Joe eats every single day. Sometimes it's a burger.

Joe likes joe so much they named it after him.

Dale Bradshaw

Technology Director

Dale has extensive interactive design and implementation experience. He has served as the technical director of all interactive projects that Primal Screen has executed. Prior to joining Primal Screen, Dale worked exclusively in interactive web design, building large corporate sites such as Celebrity Cruises, Russell Athletic and The University of Phoenix. Dale has an MA in graphic design.

He's a Saints fan from birth, but any game's a good one.

He can solve any computer-tech problem from one to zero.

He went from vinyl to audiobooks in only 30 years.

Fumi Yozawa

Animation Director

Fumi’s skills range from illustration and character design to 3D modeling and animation. She has served as animation director and lead designer on a variety of award-winning pieces at Primal Screen over the years for clients such as Disney Jr, Nickelodeon, and PBS Kids. She loves eating ice cream and bacon, but not together!

She's a true conehead.

She and gravity have a twisted relationship.

She makes sure to get plenty of the fifth food group.

Rob “Vegas” Shetler

Animation Director

In his twelve years at Primal Screen, Vegas has worked on hundreds of projects, in every capacity of 3-D animation. His work stretches from child-like and endearing to weirdly off-center. Few people know his real name, but that's just because Vegas is such a good bet.

Nothing warms the skull better than a jaunty lid.

Weather permitting, he loves to drive his motorcycle to work.

Clyde is his latest in a succession of pampered Pits.

Patrice Needham

Animator/Compositor

With degrees in fine art and animation from such esteemed schools as Parsons and Sheridan College, Patrice deftly tiptoes between commercial art and the stuff of galleries. Her experience is no less impressive, including stints with Scripps, Turner, and Christov FX in Los Angeles. She is known at Primal Screen for handling a wide-range of seemingly unrelated tasks and giving them luster. On top of that, she's eager to add, Patrice is the proud mother of a fantastic girl.

She paints vivid scenes of magical delight.

Her daughter Mia is her partner and pal.

She considers it her mission to remain curious.

Stella Kim

Designer/Director

Stella graduated SCAD with a thorough mastery and fluidity of motion design. Prior to that, In Korea, she began her coursework in Broadcast and Advertising. When she's not making countless Primal Screen jobs sparkle, Stella indulges her many talents including photography, sketching and playing guitar and piano.

Her Korean and English names both mean "star."

She danced for audiences in Korea, but here limits it to home

She says nature’s transformations transform her, too.

Dakota Ling

Interactive Director

Dakota is that rare individual whose passions range from the artistic to the mathematical. At Primal Screen he calls both into service when programming for the web and mobile apps. Similarly, away from work, his interests span electronics, charcoal drawing, photography and (heavens!) fire performance.

He spins and breathes actual fire. So treat him nicely.

He is accomplished in all the nerdistic arts.

He finds solace among the craggy peaks.

Dianna Bedell

2D Animator

Dianna came to Primal Screen with a degree in animation from SCAD and experience animating for the show Unsupervised on FX. She works in traditional cel as well as 3-D animation. And while she’s perfectly at home creating on the computer, she has some dandy hands-on chops too. She even makes original, caricatures using crochet.

She whips up sweet, towering, bite-size marvels.

Her cute Shih Tzu is named for animation great Ollie Johnston.

A big fan of RPGs, she's sweet on Dragons and Fantasy.

Matt Rinehart

Designer/Director

With a BFA in graphic design from Georgia State University, Matt aptly treads the typographic waters of many Primal Screen projects. A tireless worker, he takes on anything from screen-printing custom sets of building blocks by hand, to handling design and animation for network branding packages. Outside of work, Matt maintains a small screen printing studio in the basement of his home. If all that's not enough to wear him out, he expends his excess energy rolling around on his skateboard.

He is a muenster monster. But they're all great.

He creates screenprinted art and has the ink stains to prove it.

He lives for an empty pool at full speed.

Bixby West

Designer/Director

With a degree in Motion Design from SCAD-Savannah, Bixby brings a sense of wonder and delight to her writing, illustration and design. Her client roster, which includes PBS Kids, Scholastic and Disney, is a testament to her innate knack for conjuring rich and playful scenarios. What’s more, Bixby loves cake and pets — also rich and playful.

What's not to love about a horse with a narwhal horn?

She rocks out with her squeezebox.

Cranberry and Toad often help in the studio.

Mike Pope

IT Specialist

There are a lot of screens at Primal Screen; Mike makes sure they're all up to snuff. Prior to joining us, Mike worked with The Art Institute of Atlanta where he was Media Services Analyst for almost 10 years.  Mike has previously served as a video editor working both in the education and corporate realms. Away from work, Mike's interests include music and DJing, as well as photography.

A filmmaker in college, he still loves a reel unspooling.

He's a much desired DJ in the Atlanta (and wider) club circuit.

He can plane spot down to the model number and series.

Kathleen Schenck

Studio Coordinator

Arriving on Primal Screen's sunny shores from Bento Box, Kathleen brings deep experience handling scheduling and project management on large, involved jobs. And with a degree in Visual Effects from SCAD-Savannah, Kathleen is also well-versed in the creative side. This one-two punch helps keep projects on track — as does her former life as a horse trainer.

At midday she relishes a light lunch and a weighty tome.

Reach high (but keep ahold of your rope).

Rubber ducks give her something to squeak about.

Jalysa Leva

Animator

Her greatest love is for 2-D character animation, but Jalysa is a switch hitter who enjoys every stage of an animated project. One of our many SCAD grads, she has animated with a number of studios before alighting at Primal Screen. And as if that weren't enough, Jalysa is an accomplished cellist who has played Carnegie Hall. Twice!

She is a fashion maven, pioneering the 90s wizard look.

She keeps her string playing on the down low.

Tiny sweets are a giant treat!

Mike Jones

Front Office Manager

A graduate of the University of Washington's Theater and Photography programs, Mike is comfortable on either side of the camera. Since college, Mike has served as a background casting assistant, talent agent, house manager, copywriter, and actor — all great preparation for whatever Primal Screen might toss his way.

He craves Action! (of the moviemaking variety).

He has a head for numbers, especially if they have letters like RBI in front.

He loves slinging a six-string.