The show was created by Dimitar Petrov – a Bulgarian born animator, graduate of The University of Westminster in London, UK. Dimitar has worked for companies such as Cartoon Network Studios Europe, HUTS JWT and Strata advertising. He is the lead writer of the show and head of visual development.
The producer of the show is Elena Rapondzhieva. Having graduated in Communication and Media in the UK, she has worked as a producer and/or project manager for multiple companies and festivals such as the East Winds International Film Festival, Kinematograf LIVE, RCR Films Spain and Worldwide FX.
The visual style of the show was developed with the help of our lead designer Svetla Radivoeva – another Bulgarian born artist. She is responsible for Vihra’s character design and created the guides for the female costumes. Svetla currently works as a CG animator at Walt Disney Animation studios.
Emilie Timmermans is our animation consultant. Emilie is a Belgium animator and illustrator, who has worked for Cartoon Network Studios Europe, La Fabrique d’Images, Walking the dog and others.
Stanislav Tsvetkov is our animation supervisor. He has studied art, sculpture and wood carving at the National School of Applied Arts. He started his career as an animation assistant and then progressed to lead animator at Venelin Animation Studio Sofia. He is currently a 2D animator there.
Marta Andreeva is one of our background designers. She is studying European Media Studies at the University of Potsdam. During the last year Marta worked as an Illustrator at Stenarts (Berlin, Germany).
Margarita Stamenova is another animator in our team. She has studied Animation in the National academy for theatre and film arts (NATFA) and has worked mainly on short team projects or freelanced around. She is currently a concept artist in TabTale studios.
Teodora Filipova is our technical animation consultanт. She has studied Illustration and animation at the European institute of design in Milan (IED Milano), where she’s currently working as a motion graphics teacher and a thesis assistant. She’s also a freelance illustrator/ animator/VJ.
Elena Nikolova is another animator in the team. She is studying animation directing in New Bulgarian University and will be graduating in 2015. Elena has been working at Tabtale studios as 2D (cutouts) animator since August 2014.
One of the character designers in the team is Yuriy Georgiev. He is a graduate from the Technical University of Sofia with a degree in Applied mathematics and informatics. He has worked as a game designer in Gameloft and as a freelance illustrator. He is currently a character artist at Ubisoft Sofia.
Petja Evlogieva is one of the assistant animators in our team. She has studied Animation in New Bulgarian University. Petja has worked as an animation assistant on the Warner Bros. series and feature film “Kleiner Dodo”, and also has experience as a 2D artist in Gameloft. She has her own tattoo studio and is working on a few parallel projects.
Vessy Ivanova is one of the assistant animators on our team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from California College of the Arts, in San Francisco. Her work includes animation and design for mobile games, as well as collaborations on independent films.
Another character designer in our team is Alexander Trayanov.
Another designer in our team is Rafaila Raikova. She graduated with an Illustration degree from the National High School of Fine Arts “Ilia Petrov” and has worked as a storyboard artist in student movies. She is currently studying Illustration in the National Academy of Art in Sofia.
Momchil Stepanov is our voice talent consultant and the voice of Vlad in Bulgarian. He has a degree in acting for drama theater from NATFA, Bulgaria. After graduating he has been working as a freelance actor – mainly dubbing for advertising clips and the Bulgarian versions of films, such as Frozen, Hotel Transylvania, The Lorax, Wander over Yonder, Vampire Diaries etc.
Jivko Jouranov is voicing Bran in Bulgarian. He has a degree from NATFA for Puppeteering and currently works in State Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv. He has starred in and has voiced numerous television and film productions and is part of the first group for improvisation theatre in Bulgaria – HaHaHa ImPro Theatre.
Aleksandra Dimitrova is our brand manager, developing the marketing strategy and positioning of The Golden Apple. She has studied Industrial Management in the Technical University Sofia (Bulgaria) with focus on managing business processes. Currently she is part of the Mtel Brand management team.
Ivan Koritarev is a designer and storyboard artist for the show. Besides comic books, he has also done commercial work for Ubisoft, Privateer Press and Sideshow Collectibles.
Rumena Zlatkova is responsible for our online presence. She is a Media Production graduate who studied in the United Kingdom and has worked on big e-commerce and news websites. She is currently a junior project manager at Webfactory.bg.
Luchezar Panov is our merchandise designer. He has two bachelor’s degrees from UNWE in International Relations and in Finance along with a master’s degree in Business Economics. He’s always been close to the movie industry and he’s currently running www.bestmoviewalls.com – the happiest wallpaper site on the internet.
Ivan Popov (Ivo) is the marketing person in the team of “The Golden Apple”. His academic background is in advertising, visual arts and semiotics. He has nearly ten years of experience in copywriting, public relations and event management. When he’s not singing with one of his bands, Ivo hums to himself, which can be annoying.
Our lead consultant is Vihra Baeva, PhD., a member of the Bulgarian Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies.