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 "The 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.塞利格是一些幼儿园电视台最受欢迎的节目创造者与制作包括尼克 Jr.的《奇迹宠物!》,在迪士尼 Junior上的《小土豆》与在BBC跟中央电视台CCTV的《3&鸟》。目前,他是《豆小鸭》的执行制片人(迪斯尼Junior)和《超级飞侠》(Sprout)。乔希已获11项艾美奖和日本国际奖。2013年自编自导了《认识小土豆》的影片,以马尔科姆·麦克道尔主演,而且由NBC环球播发。乔希为纽约时报打过搞,目前是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. 

一个多次艾美奖得主,莎朗·戈麦斯总监小飞机的制作,业务发展和广播。她制作的节目为美国广播公司,MTV,VH1,尼克,PBS,BBC和迪士尼。Sharon是第一个亚洲MTV音乐电视台的新闻主播,后来成为MTV亚洲新闻部主任,制作三个24小时连续播放频道的节目。她还出现在新闻周刊的封面。莎朗在一个医疗影集的工作上曾荣获艾美奖,以及以一个在Showtime频道播出的纪录片《重生》得到了皮博迪奖。《重生》也屏蔽在美国9·11纪念博物馆。

Nicole Torre Producer


Nicole Torre
Producer

A New York native, Nicole Torre grew up with a pencil glued to her hand. She studied drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before leaving the windy city to come home and graduate with a BFA in film and animation from Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. She has worn many hats at Little Airplane, from designing Small Potatoes avatars to coordinating and casting season 1 of “Super Wings.” She now enjoys overseeing the day-to-day at Little Airplane as the associate producer on “P. King Duckling” and is excited to be a part of the company’s many new development projects.

Julian Kauffmann Animation Director


Julian Kauffmann
Animation Director

Raised amongst the vast cornfields of Indiana, Julian Kauffmann always dreamed of something bigger. Fortunately, he found it at Little Airplane. Though he does miss the corn.

Jeff Hong Storyboard Supervisor  



Jeff Hong
Storyboard Supervisor

 

Céu D'Ellia Art Director


Céu D'Ellia
Art Director

Jeff Hong was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. He has worked in animation for over 15 years starting as a clean up artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation on the films Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan and The Emperor's New Groove. As a storyboard artist, he has worked for Fox Television, Nickelodeon, Soup2Nuts, and now leads the storyboard team at Little Airplane Productions on the series "P. King Duckling."
 



Céu D'Ellia is an Italian Brazilian with experience in all areas of animation production: he's been an animator, designer, director, writer and producer. His first short film, Farewell, received many awards and was chosen by the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in 2004 as one of the most outstanding Brazilian short films ever. He began his international career in 1989, working in London on the animated feature, Fievel Goes West, produced by Steven Spielberg. He worked also with Disney, Uli Meyer and Joanna Quinn, among others. His most recent independent animated short is Love Will Rescue You (2015), a film about child trafficking.

Chris Camilleri Audio Engineer  


Chris Camilleri
Audio Engineer
 

Jed Becker                          Audio Engineer


Jed Becker                          Audio Engineer

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.

Multi-instrumentalist songwriter/producer Jed Becker was the composer and music director for the Nick Jr. series "Dora the Explorer" and "Go, Diego, Go!" for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and earned an RIAA-certified Gold Record. Jed has written over 120 songs and has underscored over 60 episodes for the two series, as well as being the sound designer/sound effects editor. As music director, he’s elicited vocal performances from Cheech Marin, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Hilary Duff, Price Royce and an army of talented kids. Jed was the music director for “One Life to Live” (ABC) and “All My Children” (ABC), and produced club legend Kid Creole’s album “Kiss Me Before the Light Changes.” 

Sam Retzer Music Composer


Sam Retzer
Music Composer

Born and raised in lovely central Virginia, Sam began practicing Kiss and AC/DC riffs on his tennis racket before he learned to read. After studying composition at UVA, he settled in lovelier Hoboken, NJ and cut his teeth in the infamous late 90s NYC jingle scene. Moving on to the brownish greener pastures of Los Angeles, Sam continued composing for commercials and TV and scored the #1 box office smash Stomp The Yard. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two daughters. Learn more at samretzer.com

Malcolm Butler IT Director


Malcolm Butler
IT Director

Dan Pinto Storyboard Artist


Dan Pinto
Storyboard Artist

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.

 

Born in Queens, New York, Dan Pinto has been watching cartoons and drawing all his life. So, it's only right that he ended up working in animation. After graduating from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Dan has gone on to work on numerous animation projects including the television shows "The Wonder Pets" & "Team Umizoomi" and commercial work for Nickelodeon, CBS, and the New York Botanical Garden. Outside of animation work, Dan has collaborated on independent comic books, exhibited his painted work and illustrated two children's books. Dan currently lives in Astoria, where he continues to pursue creative work in and around the field fo animation. His work can be seen at www.iheartdan.com.

Gabe Pinto Storyboard Artist


Gabe Pinto
Storyboard Artist

Gabriel Pinto is an artist and illustrator working in the animation industry. His clients include Disney, Dreamworks, Adult Swim, and Archie Comics. He has worked on such shows as Motorcity, Superjail!, and Venture Bros. He survives on a steady diet of tacos, comic books and board games. He works as a designer and storyboard artist at Little Airplane on P. King Duckling.

Lee Walsh Senior Finance Director


Lee Walsh
Senior Finance Director

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. 

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.

Isaac Davis Script Coordinator


Isaac Davis
Script Coordinator

Benjie Randall Casting/Voice Over Director


Benjie Randall
Casting/Voice Over Director

Ross Wade                    Writer  


Ross Wade                    Writer
 

Anne Bernstein Writer


Anne Bernstein
Writer

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!

 

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).




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.



 




Anne D. Bernstein spent most of her childhood on Long Island, a mere half-hour by train to "the city" and all the essential cultural stimulus it provided.  She attended The School of Visual Arts.  She spent years juggling her visual and the literary talents until she realized that they could merge in the field of animation.  She was Senior Editor and Comic Book Editor of Nickelodeon Magazine.  She then went on to endear herself to misfits around the world by writing for “Daria.”  She also served as Head Writer for Development at MTV Animation.   She has penned at least a hundred episodes of animated fare for a wide variety of shows including “Backyardigans,” “Angelo Rules,” “MTV Downtown,” “Viva Piñata” and (of course) two seasons of “Super Wings.”  

Joe Vitale Writer  


Joe Vitale
Writer


 

Salvatore Elvezio Designer  


Salvatore Elvezio
Designer


 

 Grace Lee                                  Production Assistant                             


 Grace Lee                                  Production Assistant                             

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 Jr.), 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.

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 birthday’s. 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!

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.