James Coakley

The first hire at Magnetic, Coakley is one of the most experienced animators working today. 20+ years ago, fascinated with the game Doom and studying computer graphics in college, Coakley happened upon Mike Halsey and Don Culwell, still working out of  Magnetic Dreams’ garage. Since that time Coakley’s animation can be seen across nearly every 3D project Magnetic Dreams has produced. This includes work for major companies such as Dell, Crayola, Coca Cola, Chick Fil A, Sesame Street, Marvel, and Nickelodeon. With over 20 years in animation, Coakley’s understanding of the process is something few can claim, and his work ethic and dedication assuring job delivery is the stuff of legend. Currently Coakley runs the animation team at Magnetic assuring timely delivery for the producers.

Randall Saba

One of those rare second generation Hollywood natives, Saba began his career in art and animation at the historic Tower Records’ flagship store, creating art for the musicians, literally a staple in pop culture lore (see the movie Empire Records). This work and his subsequent beating of the pavement led to getting his first job in animation at HBO’s animation house, where he worked on productions as Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and Ralph Bakshi’s Spicy City. Randy then moved to Nickelodeon, where he would spend the next 15 years. During this time Saba noticed a young and dedicated artist and approached him about working on this artist’s new and upcoming show. This artist was Butch Hartman and the pilot was The Fairly Odd Parents, one of Nickelodeon’s most successful shows. Saba would become producer for multiple seasons, at which time The Fairly Odd Parents would be nominated for a daytime Emmy. Saba decision to relocate to Nashville was a thrill to Magnetic Dreams’ leadership. Saba currently manages all in-house budgeting for ongoing projects.

 

Michael Lapinski

A New Jersey Native and Rutgers graduate, Michael Lapinski, having worked over 20 years in some of the most well known animation houses in the world, and for productions including Blues Clues and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Lapinski’s artistic talent is a balance of creative and analytical approach to the craft, and he a master of multiples artistic styles. These rare attributes allow Lapinski to approach projects from a scope broader than just an artist, but also one who can govern creative vision. This same experience has had him working on as broad and diverse projects as the creator-driven reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Art Director for several seasons on Blues Clues. At Magnetic Dreams Lapinski has played a critical role in some of the company’s best work, such as Elmo the Musical, recent pilot work for Jim Henson Productions, trailer work for Valiant and music videos for Warner Brothers. 

 

Joel Gibbs

A native of France with nearly 15 years in the creative space and 10+ years at Magnetic Dreams, Gibbs boasts a dual Masters in Art and Production Creation from Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes. Upon graduation Gibbs was hired at Magnetic Dreams and has been producing some of the company’s best content since. Gibbs has helmed creative vision across a multitude of projects for Dell, Samsung, Crayola, Nickelodeon, and more. While at Magnetic Dreams, Gibbs directed both Thor and Loki and Iron Man motion comic features, which remain alive, well, and enormously popular as streaming content today on Netflix. Gibbs is known for his versatility across style, software, and platforms, as we helps govern creative across Magnetic Dreams’ productions. 

April Lawrence

Having served as production manager for over 15 years Dreamworks Animation, serving Production Manager over some of the most popular productions in entertainment history, Lawrence is the latest addition to the Magnetic Dreams team. She brings an incredible and vast experience from some of the highest levels and most iconic brands the entertainment industry. A Wisconsin native, Lawrence moved to Hollywood and soon after started at Dreamworks. Among those productions, Lawrence served as Production Manager include How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda 3. With a recent relocation to Nashville, Magnetic Dreams is ecstatic to have Lawrence on board. Magnetic Dreams Lawrence as producer on all projects, managing logistics, schedule, and team welfare, assuring deadlines are met and productions are complete.

Rickey Boyd

Creative Director

Rickey Boyd's 25+ year career includes working with some of the most iconic names in the history of entertainment. Having known and worked with names like Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Kevin Klash, and whose work is represented with characters like Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, Ricky's talent far outpaces most. Along with being on the Emmy awarding winning Magnetic Dreams team who won the daytime Emmy for effects on Elmo the musical, Rickey has developed several characters for Sesame Street including Traction Jackson and the Twiddle Bugs, who aired on PBS. Recently Rickey directed effects on a Nickelodeon Pilot, Sesame Christmas, and the upcoming HBO Sesame special, Get That Wand.

Rhea Borzak

With over 25 years experience in production, Rhea  Borzak is both a veteran artist and producer, whose work crosses both high-end agency and high-level production house. Borzak started her work during the Atlanta cable boom, serving first as designer with the Jackson Bost Agency (designers of the CNN and BET logos), then on the inaugural art team at the Weather channel (when the motion graphics were still hand drawn), then soon after relocating and helping launch the newly developing Nashville creative scene, landing a National Broadcast Association Award, subsequently working at Elite Post, and finally finding her way to Magnetic Dreams as one of the first key hires. 17 years later, Borzak would be working there as a staple artist and manager, help turn thousands of jobs spanning Crayola, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Coca Cola, Chick Fit A, and many many more. Borzak now serves as Head of Production, providing her expert knowledge to the capable team of veteran producers dedicated to excellence and timely delivery.

G.P. Galle Jr

Galle’s experience spans 15+ years bridging business and creative ventures, not simply as a vendor or creative, but as an entrepreneur proven to generate and execute ideas with multi-million budgets and manageable persons in the hundreds, starting from scratch, generating idea, planning, funding, and recruiting then managing personnel. This idea generation and execution started after Galle’s graduating Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University (English and with a theater Scholarship), and continued as he completed law school (J.D. University of Alabama). Galle is another recent addition to Magnetic, formerly serving on the client-side, but now as a person in charge of organizing company departments, setting agendas and forecast, and growing the company. 

Don Culwell

In his early teens Don Culwell, captivated by movies like Star Wars and companies like Industrial Light and Magic, began working small graphics jobs, and at 16, met Mike Halsey. Quickly taking to 3D, Culwell, for the next 20+ years, would take part in groundbreaking productions as co-founder of Magnetic Dreams. Culwell’s experience is vast portfolio has a breadth difficult to match. At 21 his 3D art landed the cover art for Post Magazine, and this steady stream of great worked continued afterward for Dell, Electronic Arts, Coca Cola, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Marvel, and many more. Notably Don’s art direction contributed to Taylor Swift’s iconic video Fifteen, which was nominated for an Mtv Music Award (Best Video of the Year). Don currently serves as principal and co-founder at Magnetic Dreams, and, as expert in animation and effects, leads production and the company from a visionary, artistic, and technical standpoint, all the while maintaining his team before the captain attitude.

Mike Halsey

Co-Founder and Principal

25 years ago Mike Halsey Founded Magnetic Dreams. As founder and principal Mike continues to manage accounts and occasionally turn work (as he so pleases). Mike is a seven time Emmy award winner and literal pioneer of the 3D industry. His production house, Magnetic Dreams is one of the oldest animation houses in the country, and started in Halsey's garage. Halsey turned this animation studio into one with direct contacts at the highest industry level, long-term professional relationships built on mutual respect. Halsey has maintained an award-winning team throughout the years, some of it hired, much of it grown from the beginning.