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Chief Artist Officers, those CAO’s Who Create Companies and Brands

Chief Artist Officers, those CAO’s Who Create Companies and Brands

Filmed On Location CTNX 2011
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Artist-Driven Companies that are beating the odds, and finding new ways to innovate. With a general concept and stronghold supporting the long lived misconception that artists can not create or run a business CTN welcomes the CAO’s (Chief Artist Officers) of successful studios, brands and companies. Join in and listen as they share the challenges and rewards from the point of view of an “Artist Creative” who has made the  journey  to expand their skill sets to include spread sheets, profit and loss statements, marketing decisions and deal making. Listen to how they ride  the tides of outsourcing by embracing the skills and sensibilities that make a CAO a unique and successful creative business talent!

The conversation includes these CAO’s:

CAO Ken Duncan

Ken Duncan In a remarkable career spanning more than 25 years, visionary animator Ken Duncan has thrived with each new phase of artistic and technological development. After earning three nominations for the outstanding character performances he created at Walt Disney and DreamWorks, Ken opened Duncan Studio in 2007. Based in Old Town Pasadena, the studio is an exciting hub for talented artists, animators, and technical wizards that produce a wide variety of projects spanning the mediums of shorts and feature films, television programming, DVDs, and commercials. With the flexibility to work traditionally or in CGI, Duncan Studio is the go-to animation studio for DreamWorks, Disney, Playtone, Focus Features, and other luminous names in the entertainment industry. Most recently, Duncan Studio created the half-hour featurette Secrets of the Masters on the Kung Fu Panda 2 DVD, scheduled for release in November.

DESIGN STUDIO PRESS where concept art and education meet.
CAO Scott Robertson

After graduating with honors from Art Center and founding his own Product Design Studio, Scott Robertson founded the Design Studio Press.  As a specialty publisher that focuses primarily on original artistic works and educational books this company takes pride in being “artist friendly” and  believes that the more we motivate each other to take part in the creative process the better. DSP  hopes you will support their small company so they may continue to bring original works to you far into the future.




CAO Sergio Pablos

Sergio Pablos is a renouned Supervising Animator whose credits include Disney’s “Tarzan”, “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Hercules”, to name a few.

As a Character designer, he’s also credited in Disney’s “Tarzan”, “A Goofy Movie”, and the upcoming Blue Sky’s “Rio”, among many others.

His credits also include Original Story and Executive Producer on Universal’s “Despicable Me”.

Under his leadership, The SPA Studios has contributed to numerous Animated Feature Films, such as “Nocturna”, “Asterix and the Vikings”, “Despicable Me”and “Rio”, to name a few, as well as a long list of commercials and other short subject productions. Be sure to stop by our Gallery and Demo sections to check out some samples of our work.

Animagic S.L. was born on 2004 as a small Animation service company, and then changed its name to THE SPA Studios (standing for Sergio Pablos Animation) on 2010. Since the beginning, our focus has been on producing high quality work in all things Animation, providing Production and Pre-Production services for such clients as Universal, Blue Sky, Warner and Disney, to name a few.

At the same time, we’ve made a great effort in developing original content for Feature Animation Films. We succesfully created and developed the original Story and materials on which Universal’s “Despicable Me” is based, and are currently in negotiations in regards to several other Feature Film properties.

Whether you’re looking for a professional Studio to cover your Animated Production’s needs or for original Feature Film concepts, give us a call. It’s what we do!

CAO Chris Edwards

In 2002, Chris Edwards joined a team of digital artists at Lucasfilm, that were tasked with previsualizing Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Afterwards, Edwards spearheaded the creation of THE THIRD FLOOR, an independent previsualization company in Los Angeles, in 2004.

As CAO and Creative Director at THE THIRD FLOOR, Edwards has helped design many feature films, commercials, and video game cinematics. Theatrical credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Valkyrie, Eagle Eye, Beowulf, Cloverfield, Avatar, and Alice in Wonderland. Cinematic credits include Resident Evil 5, Starcraft II, Diablo III, & Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

Chris Edwards is also one of the founders of the recently announced Previsualization Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the artform of previs.

The Third Floor Inc., is the World’s Preeminent Previsualization Company. Since 2004, the Studio has helped clients visualize and maximize their creative content by creating computer-animated blueprints known as “previsualizations”. The company’s feature film credits include: Valkyrie, Cloverfield, Star Trek, Avatar and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The Third Floor also works with video game developers to design detailed cinematics for titles such as: Starcraft II, Diablo III, Resident Evil 5, Need for Speed and the Command & Conquer series. The Third Floor’s veteran previs teams know how to interface with Directors, Designers and VFX Supervisors to deliver cohesive animated blueprints for the most challenging creative projects. For more information about the previs process, and for extensive examples of The Third Floor’s work, please visit:

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