Who We Are 团队

   Josh Selig Founder and President


Josh Selig
Founder and President

Josh Selig is the Creator and Executive Producer of some of preschool television's most popular shows including Nick Jr.'s  Wonder Pets!, Small Potatoes on Disney Junior, and 3rd & Bird on the BBC and CCTV in China. He is currently Executive Producer of P. King Duckling (Disney Junior) and Super Wings (Sprout). Josh has received 11 Emmy Awards and a Japan Prize. In 2013 he wrote and directed the film "Meet The Small Potatoes" which stars Malcolm McDowell and is distributed by NBC/Universal. Josh has written for The New York Times and is a regular contributor to Kidscreen Magazine, Content China and C21. 

乔希.塞利格是许多最受欢迎的幼童电视节目之创造者与制作人,包括尼克 Jr.的《奇迹宠物!》,迪士尼 Junior的《小土豆》与在BBC跟中央电视台CCTV的《3&鸟》。他目前是《豆小鸭》(迪士尼Junior)和《超级飞侠》(Sprout)的执行制作人。乔希曾获11座艾美奖和日本国际奖。2013年自编自导了《认识小土豆》的影片,由马尔科姆·麦克道尔主演,而于NBC环球播出。乔希曾为纽约时报写稿,目前也是Kidscreen杂志,内容中国和C21的定期撰稿人。

   Sharon Gomes  VP of Production and Business Development


Sharon Gomes
VP of Production and Business Development

A multiple Emmy Award winner, Sharon Gomes oversees production, business development and distribution at Little Airplane. She has produced programming for ABC, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, PBS, BBC and Disney. Sharon was the first News Anchor for MTV Networks Asia, and later became Director of MTV Asia News, creating programming for three 24-hour channels.  She also appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine. Sharon has won Emmy Awards for her work on a medical series, as well as a Peabody Award for Rebirth, a documentary that aired on Showtime.  Rebirth also screens at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. 

雪玫瑰斯监督小飞机的制作、业务发展和分销,同时也是多项艾美奖得主 。她制作的节目曾于美国电视台MTV,VH1,尼克,PBS,BBC和迪士尼上播出。雪玫瑰是第一位亚洲MTV音乐电视台的新闻主播,后来成为MTV亚洲新闻部主任并制作三个24小时连续播放频道的节目,还曾登上新闻周刊封面。雪玫瑰因一部医疗影集制作而荣获艾美奖,并以一部在Showtime频道播出的纪录片《重生》荣获皮博迪奖,《重生》也被收录在美国9·11纪念博物馆。

   Nicole Torre Producer


Nicole Torre
Producer

   Beth Richman Director of Research


Beth Richman
Director of Research

 
   Lee Walsh   Senior Finance Director


Lee Walsh
Senior Finance Director

   Malcolm Butler IT Director


Malcolm Butler
IT Director

   Tim Shankweiler Art Director


Tim Shankweiler
Art Director

 
   Lynda Nettleship Designer


Lynda Nettleship
Designer

 
   Salvatore Elvezio Designer       


Salvatore Elvezio
Designer


 

 

   Isaac Davis Script Coordinator


Isaac Davis
Script Coordinator

   Kermit Frazier Writer


Kermit Frazier
Writer

 
   Joe Vitale Writer     


Joe Vitale
Writer


 

   Ross Wade                            Writer   


Ross Wade                          Writer
 

A New York native, Nicole Torre grew up with a pencil glued to her hand. She studied fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before leaving the windy city to graduate with a BFA in film and animation from New York’s School of Visual Arts. She has worn many hats at Little Airplane, from designing Small Potatoes avatars to casting season 1 of Super Wings to producing season 1 of P. King Duckling and season 2 of Super Wings. She now enjoys overseeing the day-to-day as Little Airplane’s development producer.

 

Beth Richman has spent the past two decades of her career as an Educational Content Specialist and Qualitative Researcher, helping to create television series, products and materials that inspire children and support their development. As Director of Research at Little Airplane, Beth is delighted to have worked on Super Wings and P. King Duckling, as well as other projects in development. In addition to Little Airplane, Beth is proud to have worked with Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Spin Master, Sesame Workshop, The Fred Rogers Company, Scholastic, HIT Entertainment, and producers of PBS KIDS series, as well as a number of researchers and independent creators around the world. Beth holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. in English from Amherst College.


Lee's television production finance career began in 1989 as a Unit Manager for all the locally produced programming at WWOR-TV Channel 9. Lee spent ten years with Sesame Workshop in various roles, most notably as the Director of Global Production Finance, TV/Film and Home Video. Prior to joining Little Airplane Productions, Lee was the Assistant Controller for 8 years at the duopoly owned TV stations WCBS-TV Channel 2/WLNY-TV55, as well as the additional responsibility as the Business Manager for ENG, News and Tech-Ops. 


As IT Director, Malcolm oversees all technical operations at Little Airplane. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, he has expertise in Windows/Macintosh networking, server administration, workstation support, data archiving and audio/video production workflows. Malcolm enjoys traveling internationally, and is also a scuba diver, avid reader and wanna-be foodie. He is fluent in Japanese.

 

 


Tim Shankweiler heads up the visual development team here at Little Airplane, bringing 17 years of experience in the animation and games industries with him.  A graduate of Sheridan College’s classical animation program in Canada, Tim has held positions at every phase of the production pipeline at one time or another: animation, background design and paint, storyboards, and character development, as well as directing and supervising on all kinds of projects from big network series (Nick Jr., Disney Junior, PBS Kids, MTV), to games (Robot Entertainment, Fun Go Play), to marketing campaigns (Saatchi & Saatchi, Hornet Films) and short format (Dreamworks Animation, Sesame Workshop).  Tim grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Home of Yocco’s “The Hot Dog King” and the Liberty Bell Replica Museum, and he still pouts exactly as shown in this photo whenever he gets revisions or respectable haircuts.
 

After graduating from The University of The Arts in 1995, with a BA in animation and a minor in illustration, I packed up my 1978 Mercury Zephyr and headed to California. I assured my parents I was going to work for The Walt Disney Corporation. A year after arriving in Burbank I was working at Walt Disney TV on their series 101 Dalmatians. Then it was on to Klasky Csupo where I had the opportunity to work on The Rugrats and The Wild Thornberry’s. Then the east coast ‘called’ and I packed up my 1995 Suzuki Sidekick and moved to Jersey City to start work at MTV Animation. Which let to work on the Disney show Stanley at Cartoon Pizza. Then onto work at Spike TV, Augenblick Studios, Funny Garbage, Noodle Soup Productions, Nickelodeon, Bleacher Report and Little Airplane. In between all that I moved to Bergen County with my husband and three kids in a 2007 Hyundai Entourage.
 

Salvatore Elvezio was born in Naples, Italy, was raised in Queens, and has been a New Yorker all his life. Drawing has been a passion for him since childhood where he would draw portraits for his friends and family, who to this day still expect drawings on their birthdays. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts where he earned a BFA in Animation. He has worked for Rauch Bros. Animation, Fox ADHD, and now Little Airplane, where he joined groups of amazing and talented people on a variety of different artistic projects. From internet ads for Perrier, to StoryCorps animated shorts, to television shows, and even video games, Sal hopes to continue to get to work on cool projects, with cool people!

 

Isaac Davis is a script coordinator, writer, and recent graduate of Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He’s had his grubby little mitts on numerous projects for Disney, Discovery, Stan Lee, and others. His words have appeared in mobile games, promotional comics, television recap podcasts, game review outlets, and one unreleased children’s book. Future words are coming to a small screen near you!

 


Kermit Frazier has written for several television series, including Wonder Pets! and Oobi for Little Airplane.  He helped to create and was a head writer for the popular children’s mystery series Ghostwriter and was a co-producer and executive story editor for Gullah Gullah Island.  He’s also a playwright.  Twenty of his plays have been produced in New York and around the country; several have been published.  In addition, his creative nonfiction, reviews, and short stories have appeared in such publications as Callaloo, The Chicago Review, Green Mountains Review, American Theatre and The New York Times Book Review.

 

A native New Yorker (yes, upstate counts), Joe Vitale started his animation career in Los Angeles but moved out to NYC when he realized how much he hated driving.  A veteran of Dreamworks Feature Animation, Joe’s written for shows including P. King Duckling (Disney Junior), Super Wings (Sprout), Pocoyo (Nick Jr.), Angry Birds Toons (Cartoon Network UK), The Insectibles (Discovery Kids, Teletoon), and Heroes of the City (JimJam) among many, many others. Joe co-wrote the animated undersea adventure film Deep starring Phil LaMarr, and has done punch-up work on approximately ten million other animated features. Joe is the creator of the iOS game Knockout Names and he once shook hands with Adam West.

 

Ross Wade is a writer, karaoke bard, and dice-slingin’ dungeon master. His musical, Scheme of the Super Bullies, was in the New York Children’s Theater Festival. Credits include P. King Duckling and Super Wings, but his puppy Ripley writes all the good stuff.

   Chris Camilleri   Audio Engineer     


Chris Camilleri
Audio Engineer


 

   Benjie Randall Casting/Voice Over Director


Benjie Randall
Casting/Voice Over Director

Chris Camilleri grew up in Minnesota.  A background in music and an instinct for all things technical ultimately led to his obsession with sound and the production process. Chris launched his career as a recording and mixing engineer while earning his master’s degree at NYU. He joined our team in 2015, bringing with him years of experience working on Nick Jr.’s Backyardigans, Bubble Guppies and Wallykazam!  Chris continues to produce and mix music for various television networks, songwriters, composers, and music publishers.  His weekends are often spent haunting New York’s coziest recording studios, notably Dubway Studios in the Financial District and Thump Recording in Brooklyn.


Benjie Randall was born and raised in El Segundo, CA (did you leave your wallet there?) and earned a BFA in Musical Theater with a minor in Directing from The Boston Conservatory. He has been a musical theater performer from the time he was 6, earning Best Actor and Readers Choice awards. Benjie is currently the voice of Chumpkins on P. King Duckling (Disney Junior) as well as the Casting and Voiceover Director on Super Wings (Sprout).

 

   Phoebe Jiang Researcher & Education Content Specialist


Phoebe Jiang
Researcher & Education Content Specialist

Phoebe Jiang is an early childhood education expert with a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has extensive experience as an educator, working in rural Yunnan with Teach for China (part of the Teach for All network) and at the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center. Previously, Phoebe worked with the International Impact team at Sesame Workshop supporting their co-productions in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. At Little Airplane Productions, Phoebe serves as a researcher and education content specialist for Super Wings and P.King Duckling.

    Grace Lee                                  Production Assistant                             


 Grace Lee                                  Production Assistant                             

Born in LA and raised in Taiwan, Grace has a background in theatre and performing arts. She’s been in several theatrical productions and is very exited to be in the business of television production. She speaks fluent Mandarin and has an abundant knowledge of the Chinese and Taiwanese culture.