Meet the Panel
As we near our next Creative Conversations, #LAStoryLab: The Potential of Storytelling through New Mediums, on October 19th at Art Share L.A, we’ll be introducing our panelists and keynote speaker.
This week we introduce you to the founders of iam8bit, Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White.
Amanda began her film career on Academy Award-winning film, GOOD WILL HUNTING. She began her independent producing career with documentary film festival award winner, LONG GONE. After her initial foray into documentary production, Amanda co-produced Howard Zinn’s THE PEOPLE SPEAK and produced the grassroots film & marketing experiment, I’M STILL HERE, the Joaquin Phoenix documentary. Amanda joined iam8bit in late 2009 and serves as in- house producer and co-owner of the creative marketing and production company, together with business partner and friend, Jon M. Gibson.
Jon M. Gibson
Jon began his career as a technology & video game journalist, contributing to the likes of GQ, Maxim, Men’s Health, Vanity Fair, and Wired. While still dabbling in the occasional feature story, he transitioned into TV screenwriting, scripting animated shows for Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. In 2005, he founded iam8bit, which was born merely as an art show, but quickly expanded into a full-fledged creative production company. But it’s when Gibson met co-owner Amanda White that things really clicked — rocketing iam8bit into the imagination stratosphere.
iam8bit worked with Capcom to devise this one-of-a-kind trailer experience ñ a sing-a-long (complete with bouncing Scrooge head) that transports you all the way back to Saturday Morning in 1987.
Founded in 2005, iam8bit is a creative production company that refuses to be pigeonholed, having crafted unique and memorable experiences for a broad spectrum of brands like Nintendo, PlayStation, Disney, MTV, Activision, Universal, Capcom, Interscope, HBO, Machinima and countless others. These attentively cultivated experiences come in many forms — from events to one-of-a-kind mailers to commercials and films. In addition, iam8bit is currently developing several original IPs for feature, TV and digital distribution.
About the iam8bit Gallery
Since taking up residence in Echo Park in 2011, the iam8bit gallery has quickly become one of Los Angeles’ premiere cultural hubs. The 4,500 sq. ft. space is ever-adaptable, playing host to a variety of events, from screenings to concerts to art shows, including the renowned iam8bit exhibit, which launched the pop culture-themed art show renaissance of today, as well as annual offerings like “Grace & Ritual,” an exhibition featuring female artists exclusively. Co-owners Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White firmly believe that providing unique, personal and interactive experiences to the community at large is the lifeblood of the gallery, and consistently strive to engage attendees in epic, new ways.
Gallery visitors view video game inspired artwork at the 2011 show “Super iam8bit.”
This post was submitted by Neal Spinler.