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DAN HARMON
Executive Producer/Writer/Partner

Dan Harmon is a seasoned writer for film and television. He is the creator and executive producer of NBC’s “Community, co-creator of Adult Swim’s animated series, “Rick and Morty”, and co-creator of Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program”.  Harmon co-wrote the Academy Award ™ nominated film, “Monster House” and the now famously failed television comedy pilot, “Heat Vision and Jack”, with writing partner Rob Schrab. He and Schrab founded Channel 101, a website celebrating innovative new web series. Dan also performs a weekly live show and recorded podcast, called “Harmontown”, with special guests at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood.  Starburns Industries recently premiered the movie at the South By South West Film Festival.

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DINO STAMATOPOULOS
Executive Producer/Writer/Partner

Dino Stamatopoulos “grew up” in the Chicago suburb of Norridge, IL, where he masturbated and wrote full time in his parents’ basement. He went to Columbia College in Chicago, and definitely NOT Columbia University in New York. To limit the confusion, it’s always helpful to spell the former: Kolumbia Kollege in Khicago (but with backwards “K”s).

Dino is a seasoned writer for “The Ben Stiller Show”, “The Dana Carvey Show”, “TV Funhouse”, “Late Show with David Letterman”, HBO’s “Mr Show” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the creator of “High School USA!” and two Adult Swim series, “Moral Orel” and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole”, both produced by Starburns Industries.

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JOE RUSSO II
Executive Producer/Partner/CEO

Joe Russo II moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to be a rock star.  Instead, he became a Production Assistant at a then small animation company called Klasky/Csupo.  The company produced animated vignettes for the Tracey Ullman show called “The Simpsons”.   Russo continued with The Simpsons as it broke off and went to series and worked his way up to layout artist for one of the most popular animated television shows ever made.  Joe returned to music to record and produce a popular record with his rock band Green Jello in the mid 1990s and made pioneering stop-motion animated videos for both Green Jello and Tool.  He then started his own animation company called 23D Films, which he ran for over twelve years before joining forces with Dino and Dan to start Starburns Industries.

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JAMES A. FINO
Executive Producer/Partner

James A. Fino is a twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry. Before Starburns Industries, he worked with Joe Russo II at 23D Films and on several hit television shows, including “8 Simple Rules” and “Home Improvement”.

In 1996, he joined the team at FOX’s “King of the Hill” as Production Manager.  Fino is also an esteemed new media instructor for the industry-focused satellite campus of University of Texas, Austin, in Burbank.

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DUKE JOHNSON
Director/Jr. Partner

Duke Johnson is an award winning producer, director and writer, whose credits include the Adult Swim shows “Moral Orel,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole” and the recent “Beforel Orel.” He also directed the Emmy Award winning episode of NBC’s “Community:” Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas. Johnson is an alumni of the esteemed film schools New York University and The American Film Institute conservatory in Los Angeles, where he made the short film “Marrying God,” which went on to gain praise and award recognition around the world. Johnson directed the Charlie Kaufman scribed stop-motion feature film, “Anomalisa,” together with Mr. Kaufman for Starburns Industries.

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