Meet Our Team
Founded by five unique directors and creators, the Butcher Bird family is always growing. Meet our team of innovators:
Travis Stevens is an award winning director and writer who grounds his work in real life experiences. His past includes time in the Army, work as an EMT, harvesting eye organ tissue, and positions in the entertainment industry for companies like Nickelodeon and Crossroad Films. His filmmaking skillset crosses disciplines from producing to editing and everything in between. This experience allows him to run sets energetically and efficiently, delivering jobs on time and on budget while reaching for the stars creatively.
Steven Calcote is an award-winning director with a passion for great storytelling, world building, and exploring humanity’s relationship with technology. An expert in the latest digital filmmaking technologies, animation, visual effects, and interactivity, Steven continues to push the envelope for original entertainment. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and serves on the executive committee of the Television Academy’s Interactive Peer Group.
Luis A Reyes
Luis Reyes develops work that comes from the intersection of media and strives to break conventional notions of content and form. He oversaw the creation of manga based on brands such as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and CSI, while bringing hundreds of books to market for Tokyopop. He launched an internal content division that developed branded shows for game giant Nexon. Luis joined Butcher Bird in 2013 and has expanded its roster of clients to include the live streaming juggernaut Twitch, among many others.
Michael Shlain knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. A former agent turned writer-director, his work has traversed the realms of comedy, high-tech action and the inner world of dreams and nightmares. Whether shooting on an aircraft carrier or the streets of Paris, Shlain brings a blend of creative vision, business savvy, and panache to every production. He can also mix one hell of a Manhattan.
Jason B Milligan
Pixel Sergeant Jason Milligan guides the visual look of Butcher Bird Studios. His experiences span the fields of animation, design, visual effects, comic books, TV news, puppetry, directing, and adventure filmmaking. An avid outdoorsman, he is most happy when least comfortable and proficient shooting in unforgiving locations. Jason is also the creator of the G.O. Get Outside brand and the host of its podcast series.
Producer, Creative Development
A true platform-agnostic, Lillian specializes in bringing stories to life in innovative formats and for unconventional audiences. She served as co-creator and showrunner of Butcher Bird’s first narrative series, Orbital Redux. She also oversees Butcher Bird’s roster of commercial and industrial work, with clients ranging from Microsoft to Airbnb, and directing live-stream and traditional broadcast content for clients such as Twitch, Netflix, and Apple. Her genre expertise ranges from compelling content for teenage girls to speculative fiction. Whatever the story or technology, she focuses on featuring fresh voices, stories, characters and talent on screen.
A curious wanderer, MeeRa focuses her resources on discovering stories through travel and quietly observing interactions. Utilizing constantly evolving technology, she gained experience working in expanding mediums of entertainment including 360 video, digital streaming, live theater, et. al.
Griffin "Griffy D" Davis
Multi-threat Griffin Davis has produced, directed, and technical directed numerous productions for Twitch, Critical Role, The Groundlings, Legendary Digital, and Intuit Quickbooks. While his primary expertise focuses on broadcast switching tech, he is also familiar with cameras, lighting, and managing talent. He particularly enjoys being on comedy sets and is the co-head for the video sketch comedy group, Probably a Cult.
A storyteller by nature, Emily's background spans the worlds of opera, theater, sketch comedy, production, and podcasting. With experience ranging from Film & TV juggernaut Imagine Entertainment to the new age social media empire of "The LadyGang," she brings a unique, multimedia perspective to every project. Her long standing relationship with both the stage and the screen inspire her to bridge the gap between traditional media and live performance.