Final speakers announced! Justin K. Thompson and Sara Wajid

It’s now February, which means you’ve only got a couple of weeks to get your ticket for the 10th The Story conference in London on Feb 22nd. Tickets are going fast (we sold a batch of 30 in one go to a big creative company) so get yours now if you want to join us!

To help you decide, we’re very pleased to announce our final two speakers for this year’s event – Sara Wajid, Head of Engagement at the Museum of London, and Justin K. Thompson, the production designer for the incredible animated filmSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. They’re both incredible storytellers, so if you want to see them in Feb, get your ticket now!

Justin K. Thompson is the production designer for Sony Pictures Animation’s latest feature film, the Golden Globe® winner and Oscar®-nominated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. For his work on the film, Thompson has received an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production and a nomination from the Art Directors Guild for Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Film.

Previously, Thompson served as the production designer on Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its sequel Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2. In his role, Thompson created the look of the beloved film series.

With over 20 years of experience in the animation industry, Thompson has been contributed his work to some of the most groundbreaking television programs. Over the past ten years, he has made the transition to visual development and production design on digitally animated feature films.

Prior to joining Sony Pictures Animation, Thompson worked at The Orphanage Animation Studios, The Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm Animation. His credits include How to Eat Fried Worms (art director), The Power of the Dark Crystal (visual development artist) and Viking (art director).

Thompson spent five years at Cartoon Network, receiving various credits on such television programs such as The Powerpuff Girls (key background design/storyboard artist) and Samurai Jack (key background designer). He also served as a visual development artist/background supervisor on Cartoon Network’s critically acclaimed hit, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, for which he was awarded an Emmy® for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation. Thompson was also part of the creative team that brought The Powerpuff Girls to the big screen, serving as both visual development artist and key background designer on the feature.

Thompson has also served as a visual development artist on a number of projects at Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks SKG Television and Film Roman.

Sara Wajid

Sara Wajid is Head of Engagement at Museum of London where she is working on the development of the new museum and calling Londoners to help shape the museum.

As a recipient of the Arts Council ‘Change Maker’ award to promote diverse arts leaders, she spent a year as Head of Interpretation at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where she led the controversial display experimenting with decolonial approaches, The Past is Now.

Before working in museums she was a cultural commentator and journalist. She is a trustee of the Pitt Rivers Museum and the founder of Museum Detox network of BAME museum workers.