Guest Announcement Kirk Thatcher

Kirk R. Thatcher is an Emmy award winning writer/producer, an award winning television, commercial and viral video director, as well as a creature maker and character designer for both films and television. 

Kirk began at nineteen working at Industrial Light and Magic, designing, creating and puppeteering creatures for blockbusters such as, Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II, Star Trek III, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins. He was also an associate producer on Star Trek IV, in which he had a memorable cameo as the Punk on the Bus, rocking out to the Punk anthem he both wrote and sang, called, “I HateYou!” 

Kirk has co-written several Muppet films including Muppet Treasure Island and directed four television movies: “The Muppets Wizard of Oz”, which premiered at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival, “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie,”  “The Muppets Letters to Santa” as well as the Lifetime Network Thanksgiving movie, “Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow” starring Mary Steenburgen. He was Supervising Producer on the Emmy Award winning ABC series, Muppets Tonight, and co-producer on the ABC series Dinosaurs, on which he designed most of the characters, working closely with one of his mentors, the Muppet’s creator Jim Henson. As well as his long form work, Kirk has directed over thirty Muppet commercials and web shorts including, Muppet’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which has been viewed over 72 Million times, and all of Neil Patrick Harris’ web comedy series, “Neil’s Puppet Dreams”. Kirk has also written episodes for the Cartoon Network series Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and directed episodes of Nickelodeon’s series Lazy Town, PBS’ Sid the Science Kid and Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers. Kirk was also one of the three recurring judges on the Syfy channel series, “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” which had over 11 million viewers. 

More recently, Kirk created, wrote, and Executive Produced a series for Netflix entitled, “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” with Christine McConnell and the Jim Henson company. Kirk directed every episode and the series has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Kirk recently directed an episode of, “The Kids are Alright” entitled, “Mailbox” for ABC Network. He also directed 3hrs of episodes of the Muppets new series, “Muppets Now” on Disney +, which debuted in 2020. He also co-wrote and co-directed the hit Muppet Live Shows that played at the Hollywood bowl and in London’s O2 stadium.  He is currently developing shows for Netflix, Disney + and the Amazon. When he isn’t busy creating or directing shows, Kirk is also a voice talent and has done many of the memorable voices on the feature films, Spaced Invaders, Gremlins II and the animated series, “Klutter” as well as playing Dr Thatch in Medal of Honor, Above and Beyond, released in December of 2020. 

Guest Announcement Nick Palma

Nick Palma was born in Palo Alto, California. He was inspired by Kirk Douglas in “Ulysses” and “The Vikings” staged “Viking” and “Gladiator” bouts in his backyard with his older brother. He was fortunate that some of his mischief, i.e. hopping fences and skipping up and down rooftops, dodging cars and playing in construction sites, did not lead him down the wrong path. His love for physical fitness was his salvation. At thirteen, he was inspired by Bruce Lee’s film, “Enter the Dragon”, and immediately took up the martial arts.
He joined a Choy Li Fut kung fu school. Choy Li Fut emphasizes horse stances and low swift kicks in combination with hand techniques. He also pursued western boxing and grappling skills, which he found to be effective against taller stronger bullies at school. He wanted to become a versatile fighter who could handle himself in different types of conflicts. Eventually, his thirst resulted in two Golden Glove boxing awards and led to other studies including Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wrestling. Gymnastics, Fencing, and Tai Chi (Yang style).
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (Human Movement Studies) from San Francisco State University and an Army officer’s commission (2nd Lt.) from the University of San Francisco ROTC program. While in the Army, he earned numerous citations, including two “Iron Mike” awards, and was voted third in his battalion at a leadership camp at Fort Lewis, Washington. As a member of the Second Infantry Division in Korea, he won the 119lb. weight division in boxing at the “Indian Head Olympics” and received his 1st degree black belt at the world Tae Kwon Do center (Kuk Ki Won) in Seoul.
After college and the Army, he moved to southern California and began a career in the movies and martial arts. His movie credits include being the “Action Turtle” (the performer in the suite) for Michaelangelo, in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooz”. He did stunts for “The Last Action Hero,” “Stargate,” “Newsies,” and “The Run Down,” in which he, and five other stunt men for the movie, where nominated for a Taurus Stunt Award for best fight sequence in 2004. He also recently worked on the movie “John Carter.”
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Guest Announcement Gigi Edgley

Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Farscape, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses, Star Trek Continues and Nexus.

Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically acclaimed sci fi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years.

Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series. The SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company also asked her to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

Edgley’s team additionally raised over $44,000 on Kickstarter to fund a sci-fi short called Hashtag. The film has had fantastic recognition from the festival circuit and Dust streaming has picked it up. They are currently developing it into a full length feature.

Gigi was nominated for the Film’s Critics Circle awards for best lead actress in the feature Last Train To Freo, the SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television series and Maxim Award for Sexiest Space Babe. She was also selected for the Women of Sci-Fi book by Dennys Illic.

Gigi has a long list of theatre credits as well that include: Kill Everything You Love, 4.48 Psychosis,The Rover, Boy’s Life, Romeo And Juliet, Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Les Miserables.

Edgley has performed concerts all around the world including singing for Stan Lee at his 95th Birthday, LA Comic Con’s Official Opening Party, Whisky A Go Go, Rockwood Music Hall and the San Diego Comic Con Official Kick Off Party amongst other sensational events.

Edgley is additionally a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions alongside hundreds of other candidates. 

Jan 29th 2022 Pasadena Convention Center