BigStar Adds to Executive Suite and Announces Round of New Hires.

BGSTR Motion Design, an award-winning creative studio, announces the internal promotion of two executives and a round of new hires as the studio enters 2023.

Carson Hood, Executive Producer, to Executive Vice President and Virgil Conklin, Head of Production, to Vice President.

They join Josh Norton, BGSTR Founder and Executive Creative Director, in the leadership suite.

Carson Hood

“Carson and Virgil have been vital to the expansion and success of BigStar, and as our work and projects level up in complexity and craft, their leadership is more important than ever,” Josh Norton, BGSTR founder and executive creative director, said.

Virgil Conklin

In addition to the changes in leadership, several tenured employees were promoted into new roles and a handful of new artists and producers have joined the BGSTR team. These promotions include the elevation of both Ross Henderson and Mark Thompson into the role of Creative Director, a move in-line with their seniority within the company.

The updates to the BGSTR team capped off what was a banner year for the motion design studio— from multiple award wins and nominations to anchoring some of the year’s most prestigious campaigns— and this expansion in talent will be pivotal to future growth.

“Seeing the growth BigStar has experienced in the last few years feels explosive, but is really the result of years of hard work from our artists and producers, meaningful client relationships and the leadership of our founder Josh Norton,” Carson Hood, executive vice president and executive producer said.

“During our almost two decades in business, BigStar has remained committed to our brand pillars of art, communication and culture— but we’ve benefited from having a founder that has evolved along with the industry, facilitating creative growth while staying committed to our design principles.”


BGSTR New Hires & Promotions:
Carson Hood, Executive Vice President, Executive Producer
Virgil Conklin, Vice President, Head of Production
Ross Henderson, Creative Director
Mark Thompson, Creative Director
Padraic Driscoll, Art Director
Nick Woythaler, Director/Head of 3D
Sohyun Park, Associate Art Director
Brian Landisman, Senior 2D/3D Animator
Tifé Odumosu, Junior Designer and Animator
Justin Nixon, VFX Specialist
Addy Afzali, Junior 2D/3D Animator/Designer
Paulina Casey, Associate Producer
Charlie Hayes, Office Manager

BGSTR is an award-winning creative studio with a singular focus: telling the bigger story. In 2022, BGSTR won several ProMax awards, received a nomination for the original short film White Fatigue at the Rockies Film Festival and an Emmy nomination for the work on the ABC series Soul of a Nation. A successful series launch campaign for HBO Max’s House of the Dragon led to the network’s most-watched series debut of all time.