GURU STUDIO APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY AND ART DIRECTOR
Guru Studio is pleased to announce the appointment of Terry Rotsaert as Director of Operations and Technology, and the promotion of Brandon Scott James to Art Director. Both appointments are part of the animation company’s push to strengthen operational and creative oversight.
As Director of Operations and Technology Terry will be responsible for both long-term and day-to-day studio operations across Guru Studio’s extensive 2D and 3D production pipelines. This includes the company’s deployment of creative technology for the studio’s management team, it’s 200+ artists as well as it’s interactive arm Guru Arcade. Most recently, Terry acted as Producer on the first season of Dinopaws, recently launched show on Treehouse and BBC Worldwide/cBeebies.
Terry has helped bring to life some of the industry’s most memorable properties including Arthur, Caillou, Backyardigans, Babar, Little Bear, Franklin and Magic School Bus. Beginning his career as a layout supervisor and assistant director, he’s gone on to manage dozens of animated series, most recently as Head of Production for Cookie Jar Entertainment and DHX Media.
Frank Falcone, President and Creative Director of Guru Studio noted, “Terry understands the intricacies and enormity of the creative process in animation and his experience on the front lines makes him a tremendous asset during this extensive period of rapid growth. We are very excited to see him apply his talents to drive unique and creative solutions for our studio.”
Brandon James Scott, creator of Guru Studio’s award-winning and hit preschool series Justin Time, and writer/illustrator of two series-based books (“The Big Pet Story” and “The Pancake Express”) has been promoted to Art Director. In his new role, Brandon will oversee the art direction on all shows in the studio, including pilots, brand management and new development. Before joining Guru in 2007, Brandon worked as Designer and illustrator for various film and printed work, and co-illustrated the children’s book, “The Longest Christmas List Ever.”
Amy Robson, Vice President of Production, states, “Brandon is an incredible talent. I’m thrilled to see him move from show specific roles to an overall studio position where his expertise will lend itself to multiple projects and mentorship of emerging talent.”