Jim Banister is a veteran media industry executive who started his career producing and directing high-end computer animation for technology, broadcast, and other industries. He has produced two short films (one of which he wrote) that were invited to premiere at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, produced two award-winning children's specials for the Walt Disney Company, and worked with Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Project as director of multimedia and post-production. For six years he worked for Warner Bros. New Media, where he ultimately became executive vice president.