Rick Dempsey is the Senior Vice President, Creative of Disney Character Voices and Disney Character Voices International. Rick joined The Walt Disney Company in 1988 as a founding member of Disney Character Voices, which ensured character consistency and integrity for all character assets company-wide, reporting directly to Roy Disney, Vice Chairman of The Walt Disney Company. He continues to serve as a creative resource for all franchise and character-driven properties. It’s been said that no one in The Walt Disney Studios has directed more talent than Rick. Having been with Disney for over 20 years, he has directed over 5,000 recording sessions with some of Hollywood’s best known talent, including Tim Allen, Glen Close, Phil Collins, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Michael Keaton, Demi Moore, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Robin Williams and James Woods to name a few.
Rick was instrumental in bringing THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA franchise to the Disney Studios, partnering with Walden Media to help bring the two companies together to support the first film and its long-term franchise opportunity.
Doug Grossman is the Vice President Supply Chain and Retail Development, 20th°Century Fox Home Entertainment. He oversees distribution of home entertainment product to most major retail customers (Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc...). He also provides supply chain consulting services to Wal-Mart on behalf of the studio community and is recognized within the home entertainment and retail community for his expertise in supply chain management issues. Doug is also involved in current sustainability efforts within retail and studio communities.°Before Fox, Doug spent 5 years with the Walt Disney Company in various capacities within the studio before moving up to the Home Entertainment division.
Bill Bradford is SVP, Digital Media for the Fox Broadcasting Company. He is responsible for leading the strategy and business unit supporting the product, design, technology strategy, and implementation for Fox Broadcasting’s digital media properties, as well as digital marketing and distribution applications for Fox programming.
Mr. Bradford joined FOX from Yahoo! Studios, where he drove the production of original content entertainment websites by combining proven offline media formats and Internet technology to produce a new type of integrated consumer experience. While at Yahoo!, Mr. Bradford also served as Vice President of Cross-Media Products, where he was responsible for working across multiple business units to develop cross-platform Internet products.
Prior to Yahoo!, Mr. Bradford served in various consumer product leadership capacities at America Online, and spent four years at Oracle Corporation as a consultant responsible for spearheading large-scale business systems implementations and data migrations.
Mr. Bradford began his professional career as an officer in the U.S. Army, serving as a Transportation Officer in Germany. After active duty, he served more than seven years as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Mr. Bradford originally hails from Prospect, CT. He earned a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993, holds a M.S. in Operations Research from George Washington University, and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.
Rev. Joel Pelsue
Joel is President and Founder of Arts & Entertainment°Ministries (AEM). AEM is a°ministry dedicated to educating the church and the°artist, mentoring young artists in their faith and craft°and providing resources for the artist and the church to°change the world through cultural renewal.°°Joel believes God has always been a redeemer of°individuals and entire cultures. His passion to reunite°the church and the arts has led him to teach his series,°“Christianity, Culture & Creativity” in New York,°Florida and Los Angeles at churches and arts°ministries (such as Intermission NY).°Joel is°inspiring churches to rediscover the Biblical values of°beauty, creativity and cultural engagement. Joel has°been a pastor in New York and in Los Angeles where°he currently lives with his wife and three children. Joel has taught, lectured or°preached all over the country for colleges, arts°ministries, churches and seminaries.
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