Maureen Fan

Maureen is the CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, a 9x Emmy-winning leading independent animation studio that has released story franchises Invasion!, Asteroids!, Jack, Crow: The Legend, Bonfire, Baba Yaga and Namoo all to commercial and critical acclaim. Baobab’s story universes are being turned into films (Disney), series on premium streamers (Disney+, HBO Max), books (Penguin Random House, MacMillan), and games (Oculus, Roblox, Web3). Baobab’s projects have attracted talent such as Oprah, John Legend, Ali Wong, and more. Named Fast Company's 2018 Most Innovative Company, Baobab’s investors and board include Ed Catmull (Pixar co-founder and former President of Disney), Kevin Lin (Twitch co-founder), Disney, Comcast, and Shari Redstone (chairwoman of Viacom). Maureen is Zynga veteran where she led as VP of Games overseeing the “FarmVille's” (40% of the company’s revenues, 120 million MAU), birthing the casual social games revolution. Previous other notable roles include production on Pixar's “Toy Story 3” and the Oscar-nominated "The Dam Keeper”. A thought leader for technology and entertainment convergence, she's keynoted on the main stage of TechCrunch Disrupt, Web Summit, F8, SxSW, DICE, E3, GDC, and Oculus Connect. She is a juror for the Emmys for the interactive category, a council member for the World Economic Forum for the VR/AR and metaverse councils, and council member of Fast Company's Impact Council. She graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS from Stanford University.

Participant Schedule

Sunday 10/29 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Studio Owners Round Table

Room 104-105 | Maureen Fan, Kris Wimberly, Finnian MacManus, Frank Falcone, Lorne Lanning, Chris Prynoski

Join an illuminating panel featuring the owners of a diverse array of studios spanning animation, art, gaming, and more. Hear firsthand from Frank Falcone of Guru, Maureen Fan of Baobab Studios, Chris Prynoski of Titmouse, Finnian MacManus of Terraform Studios, Lorne Lanning of Oddworld Inhabitants & Scattered Brains, and Kris Wimberly of Studio Smokescreen. Delve into the minds of these creative leaders as they discuss the challenges and triumphs of running a studio, and gain invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of the creative industry. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of those at the forefront of artistic innovation.
Saturday 10/28 1:30PM - 2:30PM

Voices of Vision: AAPI Artists Shaping Animation

Room 211 | Griz and Norm, Prashan Subasinghe, Maureen Fan, Toniko Pantoja

Dive into the dynamic world of animation through the lens of Asian American and Pacific Islander artists who are making waves in the industry. Join Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, Prashan Subasinghe, and Toniko Pantoja in a panel discussion, moderated by Baobab CEO Maureen Fan. This conversation promises rich insights into their unique experiences, cultural influences, and the transformative role AAPI artists play in the evolving landscape of animation. Celebrate diversity and creativity in this insightful dialogue.
Friday 10/27 1:45PM - 2:45PM

Celebrating Women Artists in Visual Development

Room 107 | Laura Price, Maureen Fan, Claire Keane, Diana Ling

Embark on a visual journey with some of the industry’s leading women artists in visual development! Join Claire Keane, Diana Ling, and Laura Price, moderated by Maureen Fan, as they share their experiences and insights from working on celebrated films such as "What If", "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish", "Frozen", "Tangled", "Wreck-It Ralph", and the eagerly anticipated "Tiger's Apprentice". This panel is a celebration of feminine creativity and a deep dive into the art of visual storytelling, offering a rare glimpse into the creative processes and artistic philosophies of these visionary artists. Whether you’re an aspiring visual development artist, an animation aficionado, or simply a lover of beautiful imagery, this session is a unique opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the women shaping the visual landscapes of some of our favorite films!