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Established Date: June 21, 1963
Jan Pinkava is the Academy Award-winning founder and Creative Director of the renowned Google Spotlight Stories project; a team of artists and technologists, working with leading directors and studios, that defined new forms of immersive, interactive storytelling for film, mobile and VR. Their work has been recognized with many accolades, including the ASIFA Ub Iwerks award for technical advancement in the art of animation, the first Emmy for outstanding innovation in interactive storytelling, and an Oscar nomination. His career in Animation spans a quarter century, including 13 years as a director at Pixar where he wrote and directed 1997 Oscar-winning short film Geri's Game and was the creator and co-director of Pixar's Oscar-winning 2007 feature film Ratatouille.