Leadership

Leadership

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Julie Steiner

Julie Steiner is the Founder and President of Percy3D, a video personalization platform which allows people to insert messages and photos directly into video using the same 3D visual effects technology used in the movies. Percy3D recently introduced PercyVites, a unique line of licensed digital party products including custom invitation, thank you, e-card and photo album videos where children star alongside their favourite characters.

Prior to the founding of Percy3D, Julie held senior positions at Side Effects Software, Deluxe Entertainment Services and Sullivan Entertainment, a multimedia company that has produced, published and merchandised some of Canada’s biggest brand-name exports, including the Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea franchises.

Julie earned a B.A. from McGill University and a Masters in Radio, TV & Film from Northwestern University.

Website https://percyvites.com

Twitter @PercyVites

Tony Meerakker

Tony Meerakker has more than thirty-five years of experience in technology, broadcasting and post-production and serves as the vice president of operations for Percy3D, a creative web services company that encourages people to ‘put yourself in the picture’ through personal 3D visual effects.

Prior to his post at Percy3D, Meerakker served as vice president of picture post production at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group from 2002 to 2009 and provided leadership and direction to employees in one of the busiest markets in Canada.  Before that, he was commissioned to build a new multi-million dollar post production facility in Toronto as chief engineer for Magnetic North in 1982. Meerakker gradually rose through the ranks and became vice president and general manager supervising a staff of 45 employees in 1994.

Meerakker gained a working knowledge of the broadcasting industry as a lead engineer for Global Television Network from 1975 to 1982 and was responsible for daily operations and engineering concerns of the mobile department.  Here, he worked with major networks from CBC, CBS, NBC, TSN and CTV and assigned mobile crews in the US and Canada.   He is affiliated with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers; the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television; the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and Hollywood Post Alliance. 

Meerakker has a Technical Electronic Engineer degree from Algonquin College. He has served as the Engineering Chairperson for International Teleproduction Society for a four-year term as well as a Board Manager of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers for two terms.

Dan Cochran

With a decade of experience in developing online programs and data management business applications, Daniel Cochran serves as Sr. Web Developer for Percy3D, a creative web services company that encourages people to ‘put yourself in the picture’ through personal 3D visual effects. 

Cochran has worked on developing platforms, applications and microsites for clients such as Virgin USA, General Mills and fantasy sports sites that cater to the NFL, NBA, NBL and EPL.  Most recently, Cochran was the lead developer at Stagename, Inc., a mobile music focused company that connected music oriented consumer on the iPhone and Facebook with brands that want to engage them.  Here, Cochran entrenched himself in mobile and social technology and helped in development of Photo Millions, a Facebook application that allows users to upload images and compete for prizes.

Cochran began his career as a database administrator and developer in 2000 reconstructing a database to meet the specific needs of CHIMO, a crisis service center that serves more than 10,000 individual and families of different backgrounds.  In 2002 Cochran joined Tucows.com, an internet services company that provides back office solution and wholesale internet services to a global network of more than 6,000 web hosting companies and ISPs worldwide.  Over a period of five years, Cochran was the lead PHP developer of the company’s internal tools division managing business applications and mentoring a team of developers of his own.

In 2008, Cochran became a senior developer at Fiver Media refining the look and feel of a fantasy sports site, fantasy.bodog.com.  There he focused on the front end and back end development allowing NFL, NBA, MLB and EPL fans to have an interactive experience.  Soon after, Cochran became a consultant working for Deeco consultants and primarily developing the front and back end components for client sites.  It was there he built a custom Drupal platform for 8020 Solutions, Inc. which supports micro sites for customers such as Virgin USA and General Mills.

Doug E. Smith

With more than twenty years in the animation industry, Smith has served as lead rigger and computer graphics animator on several blockbuster films such as Pearl Harbor and Jurassic Park II and was recently a college instructor teaching courses in ‘Digital Methodologies.’  With thorough knowledge of the animation space, Percy3D, a creative web services company that encourages people to ‘put yourself in the picture’ through personal 3D visual effects, tapped Smith to becomes the company’s Director of Creative Production in 2010.

Trained in Classical Animation at Sheridan College, Smith entered the industry during the animation boom of the early 90s. He worked as an animator on numerous television productions including two Steven Spielberg cartoons, Family Dog and Tiny Toons. Smith was also Nelvana’s overseas supervisor for one season of Fox’s Eek the Cat.

By the mid-1990s, Smith joined the Academy Award®-winning motion picture visual effects company, Industrial Light + Magic as a lead computer graphics animator and character rigger 1994 to 2001.  There, he gained valuable experience working on several projects including Pearl Harbor, Dragonheart, Jurassic Park II and Casper.  In 2003 he served as lead rigger for C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures’ Disney film The Wild and then as a freelance rigger for IDT Entertainment’s Everyone’s Hero in 2005.

Before providing his expertise to Percy3D, Smith went back to his alma mater Sheridan College to become an instructor and film mentor for animation students teaching classes in 3D animation and character rigging.