Santa Monica and Melbourne-based creative studio Luma proudly announces the hire of industry mainstay Jill Gilbert as Executive Producer of Animated Content. Based out of the Santa Monica office, Jill will be responsible for the oversight, development and management of Luma Toons original animated content and animation service work, as well as contributing toward acquisition and development of Branded Content.
Jill will work closely with Animation Director Raphael Pimental and CG Supervisor Andrew Zink to expand the roots of Luma Toons, the dedicated animated content arm that Luma launched in 2014 with the critically acclaimed The New Adventures of Figaro Pho. Pimentel comments: “Jill’s expertise developing, creating, and releasing amazing animated content is rare. There are not many people out there that have accomplished what she has.”
Currently, Luma Toons is building a diverse slate of animated content including films, series, digital content, and VR for multiple distribution platforms. With an eye towards originality and authenticity, Luma Toons content will be created in partnership with top talent and emerging creative voices who possess a unique vision that will push the boundaries of what animation is capable of.
With over two decades of experience specializing in the production of animated content, Jill's resume paints the picture of an unparalleled powerhouse. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in the development and production of over 60 live action and animated feature films, working for some of the world's most iconic brands and studios.
Jill comes from Psyop, where as Executive Producer and Managing Director she developed an array of animated content for various platforms in addition to launching an IP initiative for the company and overseeing development and production for original projects. Prior to Psyop, Jill was VP of Production at the newly formed feature animation arm at Paramount Pictures. She successfully launched into production Paramount Animation’s first film, SpongeBob SquarePants in 3D, and oversaw all creative and production-related aspects of the movie, and also managed recruiting efforts for premiere animation talent both domestically and abroad. The job at Paramount Animation was preceded by tenures as VP of Creative Affairs at DisneyToon Studios and as VP of Business Development for Animation for Technicolor Digital Productions.
Founder / CEO Payam Shohadai rightfully sees the addition of Jill Gilbert as a significant milestone in a new era of diverse original content at Luma, commenting: "Jill is just the right person to shepherd the growing success of Luma Toons, and to bring together all of the key pieces for the next stage of our ambitions. Her deep roots in the field of animation, along with her expertise in development, will help facilitate what we believe is a genuinely unique vision for our world-class original animated content at Luma.”
Jill could not be more eager to lead Luma into the next phase of its creative legacy, which already includes the creation of extraordinary visual effects for Hollywood blockbusters such as Deadpool, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Insurgent, Prometheus, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War; as well as award-winning live action films including Prisoners, True Grit, and No Country for Old Men.
She remarks: “With the tremendous growth in the realm of animated content, Luma’s ability to create animation of the highest caliber across two continents positions us as a major player in this space.”