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We are an award-winning design studio, with an emphasis on animation. Based in Atlanta, we provide soup-to-nuts solutions for our clients in the film, broadcast, online, education, and gaming industries. We are best known for our work in kids’ entertainment branding and curriculum-based content. Since 1995, we have offered comprehensive design services, with in-house capabilities in motion graphics, animation, live action, audio, music composition, and interactive development.

Meet our players

Doug Grimmett

Founder / CEO

With more than thirty years’ experience in design for motion media, Doug has received over 200 national and international awards in advertising, design and broadcast. As the founder of Primal Screen, he has served as Creative Director on all Primal Screen projects. His deep experience emphasizes children’s entertainment brands including Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang. He is an AIGA Fellow and teaches motion design at Georgia State University.

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He avidly collects those Japanese toy robots from the sixties.

He loves to roll old school on quads.

An activist for bikers rights, he clocks many miles weekly.

Jane Grimmett

Principal / CFO

Before Primal Screen's founding, Jane was well-entrenched in the New York print design world, working as an art director for such esteemed firms as Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and M&Co. Today, she trusts others with the design, while we trust her with the money - which is to say, contracts, human resources, client outreach and so much more.

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Nature's good for Jane, so she does what's good for nature.

An amateur herpetologist, she's owned a number of snakes.

She loves slicing the waves with the wind at her back.

Stephen Mank

Principal, Composer, Sound Designer, Writer

As a co-founder of Primal Screen, Stephen has composed music and created sound design for more than a thousand projects, including hundreds of award-winning pieces. In addition, he's written copy for networks, advertisers and journals. A graduate of Davidson College and founding president of ASIFA-Atlanta, he often lectures on design, animation and music/sound. Plus, he is a seasoned runner who once finished four half marathons and five full marathons in a single year.

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He digs making art for people to discover in the street.

He busies himself curating a sizable collection of instruments.

He loves tales of double dealing in glorious black and white.

Sid Brown

Head of Client Partnerships

A graduate of Cornell University, Sid has spent the past two decades in advertising and creative production. His love for animation started with Saturday morning cartoons and cereal commercials, and in the years since he has worked on campaigns for General Mills, Verizon, IBM and more. When not building partnerships with new clients, Sid spends his time drawing superheroes, painting vinyl toys, and plotting to overthrow the Empire.

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The sweetest sound is “thwip!”

When customizing vinyl toys, he gets his Munny’s worth.

Why wouldn’t a nerf-herder be stuck up?

Giulia Bundesmann

Chief Operating Officer

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Giulia's background includes a vast array of broadcast-media roles, including producer, production manager, post-house manager and communications trainer. And while her decade with Primal Screen has kept her bouncing, we have yet to take advantage of her world class pogo sticking.

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She keeps a lot of plates spinning in the kitchen. No crashes yet.

Nothing's better than a nice purse — except, perhaps, several.

She enjoys a good stroll through the world of words.

Ashley Davis

Head of Production

A graduate of Emory University's business school, Ashley began as a Disney intern. In the years that have followed, she has lent her production talents to the worlds of fine art publishing and indepent horror moviemaking. Most recently, Ashley oversaw all post-production for the neighboring studio, Magick Lantern. When not choreographing sprawling projects for us, she is herself a dancer as well as a hiker and runner.

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A keen terpsichorean, she practices modern and classical dance.

She enjoys hitting the trail with anyone who can keep up.

Some days she can't seem to get out of (the garden) bed.

Laura Green Berry

Senior Producer

With a degree in Communications and Media studies, Laura is well-versed in the branding universe. She brings that knowledge to bear on the projects she shepherds for our high level clients. As if her projects don't give her reason enough to run all over the place, Laura is an avid marathoner. What's more, her years of work with top-tier restaurateurs make her our resident connoisseur.

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She wears her sunglasses at night. No really.

She's run in several 26-milers including the Paris Marathon.

She has plenty of love for the City of Love.

Kate Leo

Senior Producer

Before working at Primal Screen, Kate served as an award-winning creative producer at Cartoon Network. Her insatiable passion for storytelling has put her at the helm of a variety of projects, including integrated experiential campaigns, broadcast and digital media, web and app development, as well as live action and post production. A proud mama of three, Kate loves playing with her kids, baking, woodworking and brewing a much-needed cup of coffee (or seven).

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That wood be fun

She likes to go chasing waterfalls

Nuffin’s better than muffins

Rob Shepps

Creative Director

For the last 15 years Rob has worked and played in the field of Broadcast Design. Formerly as Art Director and Production Designer on films and commercials in Los Angeles; and for the last several years as a Live Action Director and Creative Director at Primal Screen. He has won numerous awards for work with such clients as Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Sprout, CNN and Spike to name a few.

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At work he shoots video, but everywhere else, it's stills.

He's made VR experiences for Oculus and other platforms.

His screen prints on wood have appeared in gallery shows.

Donald Emerson

Creative Director

Since 2000 Donald has built design and motion animation for a wide variety of clients, with a concentration in kids media. He received his B.F.A. in design from Georgia State University and has returned there to lecture. He often helms large, sweeping projects, and outside of his work at Primal Screen, Donald is an accomplished music video director. Plus, he is our best in-house resource for the "comics" aesthetic.

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He's our in-house expert on all things super.

He's cheered from the audience at plenty of Radiohead shows.

He loves eating ice cream and sometimes even churns a batch.

Shane McGee

Creative Director

Shane has a BA in film and television from the The University of North Carolina and an MFA in computer animation from The Savannah College of Art and Design. He was formerly an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and he has been a director with Primal Screen since 1999. He has won many awards for clients including Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, HGTV, Nickelodeon, PBS, and TCM.

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He is bewitched by a good fantasy film.

Loves soup. Tomato's the best.

He digs archaeology and ancient civilizations.

Joe Kubesheski

Creative Director

Most of Primal Screen's award-winning, animation projects from the last decade have featured Joe's work. His BFA from SCAD is for Computer Art and Animation, but his considerable skills span character and background design, hand-drawn and Flash animation, and illustration. Joe has been very involved in the Atlanta chapter of the international animation society, ASIFA and served on the board for several years.

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Classic muscle cars give him red line fever.

Joe eats every single day. Sometimes it's a burger.

Joe likes joe so much they named it after him.

Fumi Yozawa

Executive Animation Director

Fumi’s skills range from illustration and character design to 3D modeling and animation. She has served as animation director and lead designer on a variety of award-winning pieces at Primal Screen over the years for clients such as Disney Jr, Nickelodeon, and PBS Kids. She loves eating ice cream and bacon, but not together!

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She's a true conehead.

She and gravity have a twisted relationship.

She makes sure to get plenty of the fifth food group.

Rob “Vegas” Shetler

Senior Animation Director

In his twelve years at Primal Screen, Vegas has worked on hundreds of projects, in every capacity of 3-D animation. His work stretches from child-like and endearing to weirdly off-center. Few people know his real name, but that's just because Vegas is such a good bet.

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Nothing warms the skull better than a jaunty lid.

Weather permitting, he loves to drive his motorcycle to work.

Clyde is his latest in a succession of pampered Pits.

Patrice Needham

Animator / Compositor

With degrees in fine art and animation from such esteemed schools as Parsons and Sheridan College, Patrice deftly tiptoes between commercial art and the stuff of galleries. Her experience is no less impressive, including stints with Scripps, Turner, and Christov FX in Los Angeles. She is known at Primal Screen for handling a wide-range of seemingly unrelated tasks and giving them luster. On top of that, she's eager to add, Patrice is the proud mother of a fantastic girl.

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She paints vivid scenes of magical delight.

Her daughter Mia is her partner and pal.

She considers it her mission to remain curious.

Stella Kim

Designer / Director

Stella graduated SCAD with a thorough mastery and fluidity of motion design. Prior to that, In Korea, she began her coursework in Broadcast and Advertising. When she's not making countless Primal Screen jobs sparkle, Stella indulges her many talents including photography, sketching and playing guitar and piano.

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Her Korean and English names both mean 'star.'

She danced for audiences in Korea, but here limits it to home

She says nature’s transformations transform her, too.

Dakota Ling

Technical Director

Dakota is that rare individual whose passions range from the artistic to the mathematical. At Primal Screen he calls both into service when programming for the web and mobile apps. Similarly, away from work, his interests span electronics, charcoal drawing, photography and (heavens!) fire performance.

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He spins and breathes actual fire. So treat him nicely.

He is accomplished in all the nerdistic arts.

He finds solace among the craggy peaks.

Kelcey Steele

Creative Director

Kelcey is a design and 3D enthusiast who set her sights on SCAD during middle school. After graduating in 2008, she landed in Atlanta and has been working in the motion graphics industry since both as a freelancer and a full-time studio employee. And now she is a Creative Director at Primal Screen.

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Devises delicious, dramatic delicacies.

Some use spreadsheets to make tables. She uses a woodshop.

She goes at full gallop.

Akil Jules

Developer

A programmer with degrees in Interactive Design and Game Development from SCAD, Akil specializes in creating charming experiences through games and interactivity. His resume includes projects in entertainment for both web and mobile for Hasbro, Activision and Cartoon Network. Growing up as an island kid, he also speaks three languages and likes to cook Caribbean food.

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The ivories love a good tickling.

He brings his one-two punch to gaming competitions.

His pot simmers with the taste of the islands.

Jessica Weiss

Production Manager

Jessica graduated with a BA in Film from University of Texas at Austin back when SXSW was a one-weekend music festival and wristbands cost only $40! Since then, she's worked for Turner Broadcasting, Todd-AO, and as a freelancer on a wide variety of productions. She loves all things organization and has a particularly deep knowledge of production workflow software like Shotgun.

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She’s always looking for her next page-turner.

“Reel”-y into a good film.

Star Trek or Star Wars? You can’t make her choose.

Casandra Brewton-Johnson

Production Manager

With degrees in Civil Engineering and Supply Chain Management, Casandra took the scenic route to a career in animation. At Primal Screen, the SCAD grad manages many projects, large and small. She also serves as an officer for the animation association, ASIFA-South. In her downtime, she practices the art of baking — gooey chocolate cookies and red velvet cake are always on the menu

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Loves to turn the pages of page turners.

So manipulative...she loves building and animating stop motion puppets.

The Force is with her.

Brandon Bentley

Director of Infrastructure

Having worked at Primal Screen in the early 2000s, Brandon went on to support research technology at the University of Nebraska, eventually coming back for all the fun. A graduate of Georgia Tech, he has been tinkering with computers and coding since the age of ten and has been excited about art and design for nearly as long. Brandon is in charge of the company's technology and databases but that's not all he does here, having a hand in video shoots, digital signage, editing, coding and other fun stuff.

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Music should be paired with cheap beer and sweat.

He loves friends of the feathered variety.

The best movies have a foreign accent.

Nick Fess

Animation Director

With a BFA from SCAD, Nick is equally adept animating in 2D or 3D. He has a passion for all things character, animation, and, well, character animation. Nick has worked at Primal Screen since graduating, applying his talents to long form character driven projects.

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He is a walking Pokedex.

But who controls the controller?

He loves to play a role.

Linsey Kim

Illustrator / Animator

A love of children’s book illustration brought Linsey to SCAD where she majored in 2D animation. Degree in hand she came straight to Primal Screen where she complements her animation skills with vivid concept illustration.

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Space is the place.

She gets her kicks from kicks.

She yearns for yum.

Jessica Zalzman

Developer

A gifted developer, Jessica came to Primal Screen directly from Georgia Tech. She has built curriculum-based interactive and games for PBS and Sesame Workshop among others. Outside of Primal Screen she has mentored youth, and particularly girls, in coding.

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Any day can be a hum-strum day

She’s served several sentences

She’s moved by movies

Haiting Fu

Animator

With an MFA from SCAD, Haiting is comfortable working in both 2D and 3D animation. She loves a variety of roles, from effects work, to character design and animation, to background illustration. She is also crazy about spicy food.

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She’s a kitty girl

Bibbidy bubble tea boo

Always ready for a ruff day

Dustin Newton

Graphic Designer

Always on the move, Dustin trekked his way out of the mountains of North Carolina to become a Graphic Designer at Primal Screen. Starting here as an intern, The Western Carolina University grad’s passion for design led him down the career path with Primal Screen. He’s a true Atlanta Braves fan, dedicated dog dad, and ever the mover, Dustin’s an avid car fanatic and is often seen cruising the streets on his skateboard!

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Fun is always on deck

A vintage ’Vette packs vroom

Life should be in tents

Chez Johnson

Graphic Designer

A graduate of Georgia State University’s Graphic Design program, Chez has a knack for visual art, illustration and especially graphic design. While growing up, Chez’s affinity for visual and digital media (like animation, graphic novels and comics) led him to pursue a career in the creative field, eventually landing him at Primal Screen. Just like the authors of those visual stories that inspired him growing up, Chez wants to inspire others by using visual media to tell compelling stories.

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Enjoys exercising to relieve stress.

He loves a vicarious adventure.

Is a proud Ravenclaw!

Shannon Vinson

Brand & Culture Manager

Shannon has worked in communications and marketing for over 6 years with a focus on digital marketing at start-up businesses. Having obtained a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU and currently working on an MBA from GSU, she likes to exist where the left and right brains meet. When she's not promoting other people's incredible work, she loves working on passion projects whether it's in live performance or film production.

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She believes that all the world’s a stage.

Agrees with Anthony Bourdain when it comes to travel.

There’s nothing better than a proper pour.

Dalton Wood

IT Infrastructure

His passion for the tech world was awakened as a young Dalton banged on a keyboard to make Windows 98 do his bidding. At home, the Georgia State University grad also likes to bang on drums! When he’s not neck-deep in a Linux server and chilling with the cats (Lady & Pom), he loves to bike around town and whip up cocktails and food with friends.

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Believes “Reason is no match for passion”.

Loves anything with gin.

Has marched to the beat of his own drum for 13 years.

Thy Vo

Animator

Thy's spark for animated stories first started when it bridged a language barrier for her and her family. Now graduated with a BFA in Animation from SCAD-Atlanta, she enjoys all things 2D storytelling including character animation, effects, motion design, and storyboarding. She's directed 2 award winning short films that have worked the film circuit around the world and hopes to inspire the next generation of Asian-American film makers.

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Has put together more than 30,000 pieces of jigsaw puzzles!

Loves everything Legend of Zelda.

Connecting to her own culture through food.

Jennifer Katanyoutanant

Producer

Jen loves producing interactive projects that connect people in delightfully weird ways, specializing in AR/VR, games and experiences. She's passionate about emerging storytelling, regenerative agriculture, and traveling. In her past life, she was a freelance writer for orgs like NBC Asian America, USAID, Quartz and more.

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Finds hikes more than bearable.

Loves surfing or, as she calls it, "mostly falling into water."

Likes making games you can use different senses on.

Doug Grimmett

Founder / CEO

Jane Grimmett

Principal / CFO

Stephen Mank

Principal, Composer, Sound Designer, Writer

Sid Brown

Head of Client Partnerships

Giulia Bundesmann

Chief Operating Officer

Ashley Davis

Head of Production

Laura Green Berry

Senior Producer

Kate Leo

Senior Producer

Rob Shepps

Creative Director

Donald Emerson

Creative Director

Shane McGee

Creative Director

Joe Kubesheski

Creative Director

Fumi Yozawa

Executive Animation Director

Rob “Vegas” Shetler

Senior Animation Director

Patrice Needham

Animator / Compositor

Stella Kim

Designer / Director

Dakota Ling

Technical Director

Kelcey Steele

Creative Director

Akil Jules

Developer

Jessica Weiss

Production Manager

Casandra Brewton-Johnson

Production Manager

Brandon Bentley

Director of Infrastructure

Nick Fess

Animation Director

Linsey Kim

Illustrator / Animator

Jessica Zalzman

Developer

Haiting Fu

Animator

Dustin Newton

Graphic Designer

Chez Johnson

Graphic Designer

Shannon Vinson

Brand & Culture Manager

Dalton Wood

IT Infrastructure

Thy Vo

Animator

Jennifer Katanyoutanant

Producer

We work with Great Folks

  • ABC
  • AIGA
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • Boomerang
  • Cartoon Network
  • CNN
  • DHX Media
  • Discovery
  • Disney Channel
  • Family Channel
  • Hallmark Channel
  • HBO Family
  • HGTV
  • MODA
  • Nickelodeon
  • Ogilvy
  • PBS KIDS
  • Perkins + Will
  • Scholastic
  • Sesame Workshop
  • Sundance Institute
  • TBS
  • Three
  • TNT
  • TruTV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • USA
  • Weather Channel

Join us

We’re always interested in meeting talented individuals to join our team in freelance and full time capacities. Click below to submit your resume and portfolio.

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Internships

The Primal Screen Internship Program is currently suspended until further notice due to covid-19 restrictions. We hope to resume the program soon.