CEO - DAVID ETHAN SHAPIRo
David (Producer / CEO of Starlight Studios) is a writer/director/producer with projects that have accumulated millions of views online, screened at the most prestigious film festivals around the world, and have been featured in Time Magazine, the NY Times, and Rolling Stone. As a writer, David has been recognized by the Academy Nicholl Fellowship (the most prestigious screenwriting competition in the world), and featured on the Oscars website. As a writer/director/producer, David’s work screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.
David recently was the lead Producer on Kristen Stewart’s directorial debut short film, Come Swim, which premiered opening night at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. David previously collaborated with Kristen on a music video that they Co-Directed together, and David produced. David is currently in pre-production on his feature film debut as a writer/ director shooting in 2017, adapted from his NYU short film, which will be his third collaboration with Kristen.
David graduated with high honors from NYU Tisch, with a concentration in writing & directing, where he wrote several feature scripts under the mentorship of Melissa Mathison (Academy Award nominated screenwriter of ‘E.T.’).
President + COO - Anthony DiGiacomo
Living in Southern California, Anthony is a Producer/Director/Writer who is one of the founding members of Starlight Studios. He began exploring life through a lens from an early age as his childhood mentor, a world-renowned photographer, just happened to be his father. Anthony went on to serve as a United States Youth Ambassador, traveling and representing America around the globe. At NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Anthony focused his studies on producing, directing, and writing with a major in Film and Television and graduated as a distinguished scholar with highest honors. He has worked at CBS News in their NYC Broadcast Center as a writer, correspondent and editor. At CBS, he produced packages for Television in addition to writing and conducting interviews with professional athletes across all sports. At Starlight Studios, he has produced and assistant directed a music video co-directed by actress/director Kristen Stewart which was featured on television, Rolling Stone, and MTV; as well as a commercial campaign for Snapchat which has several million views and was featured in the NY Times and Time Magazine. Anthony has also produced several award-winning short films which have screened at festivals worldwide including Cannes.
General manager - AARON SCHOTTENSTEIN
From photographs to films, Aaron has been enthralled with visual art his entire life. At the University of Arizona, he majored in Fine Art with an emphasis in Photography. While studying under the direct mentorship of Frank Gohlke, who is one of the most acclaimed American landscape photographers, Aaron's work was exhibited in over fourteen shows all across the West Coast. After graduating, Aaron began to extend his creative abilities beyond the world of still photography. He has been the Director of Photography on several music videos and short films. He has also worked as an Assistant Camera position and an Editor on pilots, shorts, and music videos. Under the Starlight Studios banner, Aaron is in charge of all social media activity as well as overseeing the designs and edits for the company. It is clear that Aaron is the type of individual to dip his fingers & toes in different colors of paint (metaphorically speaking of course -- painting is one of the only things he doesn’t do for Starlight!).
ANIMATION DIRECTOR - Jacob Kafka
Jacob Kafka was born in 1989, the son of a rabbi and a seismologist. He grew up in Massachusetts and has been making movies since he was five years old. He studied film and animation at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 2012, and is now working as a freelance animator in New York. His award-winning animated films have screened across the country, on national public television and in competition at several of the most prestigious film festivals.
ANIMATor + head of web design - Avi Tuchman
Avi Tuchman has been working in the animation and entertainment industry since high school. After graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2013, he has been working as an animator at Disney Publishing Worldwide. He's driven by his desire to combine art and technology to create novel and innovative experiences that delight and inspire people.
Since starting his career at Disney, he has already been promoted to a Walt Disney Imagineer. In 2015, Avi was awarded a Disney Inventor Award after only 2 years at the world-famous company.