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John Hughes

Co-founder and President

John Hughes led (as well as founded) the studio Rhythm and Hues (R&H) for 26 years, earning 3 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects (“Babe,” “The Golden Compass,” and “Life of Pi,”) and 4 technical Academy Awards for achievements in science and engineering along the way. A hands-on artist for much of his career, Mr. Hughes graduated from the University of Minnesota with Bachelors Degrees in Economics and in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. He formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Arts Education and chaired the education committee for the Digital Coast Roundtable as well as serving on the California State Superintendent of School’s Task Force on the Visual and Performing Arts. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Workforce Investment Board for the City of Los Angeles.

Shish Aikat

Co-founder and Head of Global Learning

Shish Aikat is the former Manager-Education and head of Global Learning at Rhythm & Hues (R&H) Studios in Los Angeles where he oversaw the knowledge management/dissemination and global learning for the studio’s operations in the U.S., Canada, India, Malaysia, and Taiwan. While at R&H, he co-founded Rhythm & Hues University (RHU) to create and foster a global learning eco-system for R&H. He has also been a technical communicator in both the Los Angeles area and the Silicon Valley and is a former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC).
Originally trained as a mechanical engineer from Jadavpur University (JU), Calcutta, Shish received his M.F.A. from the Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), University of Southern California (USC) in 2002. He was a Nickelodeon Fellow from 2001-2002 at SCA. He also earned an M.A. in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in 1990.

Pavleen Kaur

Digital Media Manager

Pavleen Kaur has a Masters in Marketing & Retail Management with emphasis on branding, social media, marketing, and traditional media. She brings along years of experience in media-client servicing and telecom/mobile VAS products management with Indian brands like Radio City 91.1 FM(Music Broadcast Pvt. Ltd.), Aaj Tak News Channel(TV Today Network Ltd.), One97 Communications Ltd.
Her dynamism is rooted in managing back-end VAS products (Voice, SMS, etc) and successful product launches in multiple cities. She thrives on deliberate and exhaustive client interactions leading to frequent changes for live products and new-product development in co-ordination with the in house engineering, studio, and other related departments. In her previous roles, she also worked on conceptualizing the needs and executing tie-ups for media clients, checking on media sales and tapping their proper utilization while coordinating with various media agencies and media companies.