- Robert Stromberg, co-founder + Chief Creative Officer
Jonas and Amy are two twins who couldn't be more different and sharing a small bedroom means free-spirited Amy and studious Jonas can’t help but get on each other’s nerves. But when a magical dog finds his way into their lives - they will experience a whole new reality.
Rukus leads the twins on a rollercoaster journey through a thrilling prehistoric world where it will take all of Amy’s athleticism, all of Jonas’s knowledge, and embracing each other’s differences to find their way back home.
Thoughtful storytelling, cutting edge technology, and unlimited imagination combine in this groundbreaking new franchise for a unique entertainment experience the whole family can enjoy.
Raising a Rukus is the first episode of the groundbreaking new franchise from the Academy Award Winning Production Designer of Avatar and the Director of Maleficent.
VRC (The Virtual Reality Company) is a content studio and production company that combines the best in narrative storytelling, technology, art and gaming to create compelling and immersive VR experiences for people around the world.
Founded in 2014 by four Hollywood veterans, (Robert Stromberg, Guy Primus, Chris Edwards and Joel Newton), VRC began with a team of award winning storytellers with a passion for innovation and a desire to explore a new way to share experiences and tell stories.
is the two-time Academy Award winner for production design (Avatar and Alice in Wonderland) and the Director of Disney’s Maleficent, which has made over $760 million in worldwide box office, the highest grossing directorial debut in history at the time of release. Robert’s proven vision and artistic capacity to create captivating imaginative worlds uniquely positions him to embrace the unique design challenges inherent in the immersive experience of VR.
is the former Chief Operating Officer of Overbrook Entertainment, the film and television production company founded by actor/producer Will Smith and producer James Lassiter. He also co-founded and managed Tentpole Ventures for Smith, a seed-stage tech investment fund that focuses on consumer lifestyle companies and whose portfolio includes Pinterest, DogVacay, Fancy and Loom (acquired by Dropbox).
Prior to joining Overbrook, Guy was Director of Digital Media at Starbucks, where he co-created the popular "Pick of the Week" program. As Group Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft's MSN Entertainment, Guy earned the company an adtech award for his creation of "The Scenario" for Sprite. He also served as Vice President of Strategy & Planning for Blue Flame, the marketing and advertising agency founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Guy is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and chairman emeritus of the advisory board of Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Engineering. He has also been honored as a "Captain of Industry" by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.
is responsible for managing VRC’s worldwide business development programs, strategic partnerships, and distribution channels for premiere VR experiences and franchises.
Jason is an accomplished entertainment executive with more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment and digital media industries. Most recently, Jason was a partner at executive search firm Safire Partners, where he directed the effort to place top talent with leading companies in the gaming, VR, and entertainment industries. He also served on the senior leadership team at Playboy Enterprises heading up the Digital Ventures group, helping to nearly double revenue to more than $75 million.
Jason’s experience includes senior business development, sales and branding roles at Endemol Worldwide Brands, Agility Studios and FremantleMedia Enterprises. He is an advisor for several startups and is a regular speaker at gaming and digital entertainment industry events.
leads the long-term technology vision, industry thought leadership and advanced technology developments for VRC. He is also responsible for developing its technology partner program and worldwide distribution ecosystem.
With almost 20 years of international business and technology experience, Philippe has a long track record managing high profile business and entertainment applications and has played integral roles in some of the most respected technology firms in the world, including Sony Interactive Entertainment (following its high-profile acquisition of cloud gaming company Gaikai), as well as Vodafone, Hewlett-Packard, Liberty Global, DIGIMIND, and Optimisa.
Philippe earned a Master’s degree in Management of Information Systems and Organization from the Graduate School of Management in Grenoble, France, and a BSc in Systems, Network and Multimedia from Grenoble, France.
serves as the Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs and corporate secretary, managing all of the VRC’s legal and corporate matters and advising on issues relating to corporate strategy, policy, compliance, and risk management. Prior to joining VRC, Jessica worked as the Director of Legal Affairs for a beverage/IP start-up. Jessica began her career as an associate at the law firm of Best Best & Krieger. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is admitted to practice in California and New York. Jessica also serves on VRC’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Clough is President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He recently retired as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Clough was president of Georgia Tech from 1994 to 2008, when he oversaw dramatic changes in the institute, including $1 billion in new construction. At the Smithsonian Clough was the driving force to digitize the entire archives of the Smithsonian, bringing the educational value of the institution to the world through the internet. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him to the President's Council of Science and Technology. In 2004, Bush appointed him a member of the National Science Board.
James Newton Howard is one of the most popular and respected composers for cinema, and has scored over 100 films. Howard won a Grammy® for his film score for THE DARK KNIGHT and has received eight Academy Award nominations. Some of Howard's best known film scores include PRETTY WOMAN, THE PRINCE OF TIDES, THE FUGITIVE, KING KONG, BLOOD DIAMOND, THE HUNGER GAMES, and MALEFICENT.
Kevin Morrow has worked for nearly 30 years in the music industry as a talent manager, concert promoter and marketing executive. He was the President of Live Nation's New York division and previously worked as a Senior Vice President of Tours & Talent for House of Blues Entertainment nationwide. In addition to his roles with such distinguished companies, his accomplishments include acquiring acts for the Superbowl including artists ZZ Top, Blues Brothers and James Brown.
Laurent Scallie deeply passionate about VR and has dedicated his life to this medium since 1992. His accomplishments include founding and running, as CEO, 3 VR companies from Location Based Entertainment (LBE) VR to introducing, developing and fielding three generations of dismounted infantry military simulation systems to the U.S. Army. He was also a key catalyst behind the creation of Oculus. He was granted 3 patents in VR and has a couple more pending, designed VR hardware, middleware, software and VR content. Currently Founder and CEO of Red Pill VR, building the future of VR music visualization, he is also contributor to the VR Proto Awards and the Siggraph AR/VR contest as a judge.
Steven Spielberg is an American film director, producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Widely considered one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history, Spielberg is the founder of the USC Shoah Foundation institute, as well as a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios. Having won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for SCHINDLER'S LIST and Best Director for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, he is also known for such blockbusters as JURASSIC PARK, E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, and JAWS.