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Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015
"A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."
Hans WagnerOwner, Computer Explorers, Dust or Magic 2014
"Just soaked in all of it. Great environment!"
Megan SmithSenior Designer, Interactive Media, Highlights for Children, Dust or Magic 2014
"Warren and Daren really made everyone feel relevant and comfortable. Perfect balance of healthy criticism and ideas for growth."
Aleen Stein is a founding partner and principal shareholder of the Criterion Collection. She’s also CEO and Publisher of Organa L.L.C., a new media publishing company. Organa seeks to bring the best in children’s animation from around the world to American families, and include art, science, culture and physical health to them. Its partners are mothers and grandmothers, working on original apps, and welcomes partnerships with other creators. Most recent publication is “Masterpiece Puppet Theatre: Circus”, in the itunes store.
She has been Director of International Licensing for Scholastic, Inc.’s Software and Internet Group, based in New York, and a founding partner and President of Voyager, a publisher of interactive laserdiscs and software since 1984. Ms. Stein and her partners built Voyager into one of the most respected international multimedia publishers. Its Criterion Collection has become known as the “Rolls Royce” of home video. This world-renowned and critically-acclaimed collection of important films with interactive “making-of” supplements has been credited with inventing the “added value” home video market. She is known for her ground-breaking work in the new media industry, including executive producer of several international award-winning CD-ROMs and DVDs. She has been publishing, creating and selling interactive titles for more than 28 years, personally contributing to more than 330. Both Voyager and Organa’s work were featured in the “Dust or Magic” book which inspired the Dust or Magic Conference and workshops. She received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles, and is A.B.D from there. She is winner of many awards, including special VIRA award for Lifetime Achievement in Home Video Publishing by Video Review Magazine, 1991; the Le Premiere Prix Mobius de la Creation Artistique Multimedia, Paris (CNRS) 1993; Lifetime Achievement from Prix Mobius International Multimedia, Beijing 2001; Lifetime Achievement Award in DVD from DVD Entertainment Conference & Showcase, 2002.