Stephan Bugaj
Content and Production Advisor

Stephan Bugaj is a seasoned veteran with over two decades of experience in the dynamic realm of transmedia, making him an invaluable asset to any creative endeavor. Over the course of his illustrious career, Stephan has left an indelible mark on the animation industry, with a remarkable 12-year stint at Pixar Animation Studios, where he honed his skills as a writer and director with credits including Cars, The Incredibles, Brave, and Wall-E. He was a screenwriter on two Pixar development features, and also was a lead architect of Pixar’s $400M production pipeline and animation software redesign. As CCO of DJ2 Entertainment he ran creative for the Hollywood company behind the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, forthcoming Tomb Raider anime, Derek Kolstad’s forthcoming Coyote Blue, and many more— working with partners like Paramount, Legendary, Amazon, Netflix, Sony, and more on many film and TV development projects.

During his time as the Creative Development Director at Telltale Games, Stephan played a pivotal role in shaping the narrative and visual storytelling of some of the most iconic and beloved game franchises. His creative fingerprints can be found on notable titles such as The Walking Dead season two, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and Tales From The Borderlands Games. Stephan Bugaj is undeniably a master at crafting narratives that resonate with audiences on a profound level.

Stephan's wealth of experience extends beyond storytelling; he has a proven track record in managing large teams and navigating complex budgets. His leadership at Pixar, DJ2, Telltale and Genvid Games showcases his ability to steer creative projects through the intricate challenges of the industry, ensuring both artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility.

Stephan also serves as an advisor to Hanson Robotics, web3 gaming company Shrapnel, artificial intelligence Metaverse company Sophiaverse, and Maximilian Studios, as well as features consulting with narrative tool developers Bruner House and Backlight. Bringing Stephan Bugaj on board as a mentor for Madina Papel would not only provide invaluable insights into the art of storytelling but also offer strategic guidance in managing big teams and substantial budgets. His unique blend of creative vision and practical expertise makes him an ideal mentor for a company aspiring to push creative boundaries and achieve unparalleled success in the animation industry.