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Nexus Studios Adds Emily Dean to Commercial Roster

The writer, director and artist boasts directorial, story artist and visual consultant credits on shows including the award-winning Netflix animated series, ‘Love Death + Robots,’ ‘Hotel Artemis,’ and the Oscar-winning short ‘Hair Love.’

Nexus Studios has signed Los Angeles-based Asian-Australian writer, director, and artist Emily Dean to its global roster for commercial representation. Her recent directorial work on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix animated series, Love Death + Robots showcased Dean’s visual artistry.

She has worked as a story artist and visual consultant on films such as The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Movie 2, Scoob, Hotel Artemis, and the Award-winning short Hair Love while working with studios including Pixar, Warner Bros, Animal Logic, Lionsgate, and Sony Picture Animation. In 2023, Dean was awarded an Annie Award for Best Storyboarding TV/Media for her work on the Love Death + Robots Volume 3 episode, titled “The Very Pulse of the Machine.”

Dean attended the Australian Film TV Radio School and later studied at California Institute of the Arts. Her independent animated short film Forget Me Not was inspired by her family's experience with Alzheimer's disease and earned her a nomination for Best Short Animation at the Australian Academy Awards. In addition to animation, Dean’s live-action sci-fi short film, Andromeda, has toured film festivals, including LA Shorts International Film Festival, and was picked up by sci-fi streaming platform Dust.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emily Dean to the Nexus Studios family,” said Nexus Studios Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Chris O’Reilly. “Emily brings with her a dynamic fusion of first-class storytelling, creativity, and technical acumen. Her ability to breathe life into characters, weave compelling narratives, and deliver captivating visual experiences is genuinely exceptional. We look forward to exciting new projects together!”

Source: Nexus Studios

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.