Damian Estrada - Creative Director     Damian does not like to be defined by his time at LA Film School or his hands on experience working at Nickelodeon. Damian prefers to be defined by his horrible ingame mechanics and decent taste in shoes. Over the last four years Damian has somehow managed to captivate the esports audience with his work on various projects: Rebirth, Breaking Point, Faith - A Doublelift Story, and Rivals.    Damian maintains a strong focus on narrative documentary content and has pushed the boundaries of team content. All this while working with THIXNATION to build 1UP studios to it’s current status/scale/awesomeness.

Damian Estrada - Creative Director

Damian does not like to be defined by his time at LA Film School or his hands on experience working at Nickelodeon. Damian prefers to be defined by his horrible ingame mechanics and decent taste in shoes. Over the last four years Damian has somehow managed to captivate the esports audience with his work on various projects: Rebirth, Breaking Point, Faith - A Doublelift Story, and Rivals.

Damian maintains a strong focus on narrative documentary content and has pushed the boundaries of team content. All this while working with THIXNATION to build 1UP studios to it’s current status/scale/awesomeness.

   Ian Sansavera - Director of Post Production        Multimedia junkie, dog lover, coffee enthusiast, and Director of Post Production at 1UP Studios. Ian wears many hats... Physically and metaphorically. Early on, he decided to turn his passion for filmmaking into a career after being mildly YouTube famous in the early 2000’s. In 2010 he moved to Los Angeles where he put his education in television production from Columbia Chicago to work.      Ian landed at 1UP Studios to help take the lead on pushing the global boundaries of Esports and video game content. Prior to 1UP, he worked with companies such as CBS, Spike TV, The Fine Brothers, and Quest Nutrition, among others.

Ian Sansavera - Director of Post Production

Multimedia junkie, dog lover, coffee enthusiast, and Director of Post Production at 1UP Studios. Ian wears many hats... Physically and metaphorically. Early on, he decided to turn his passion for filmmaking into a career after being mildly YouTube famous in the early 2000’s. In 2010 he moved to Los Angeles where he put his education in television production from Columbia Chicago to work. 

Ian landed at 1UP Studios to help take the lead on pushing the global boundaries of Esports and video game content. Prior to 1UP, he worked with companies such as CBS, Spike TV, The Fine Brothers, and Quest Nutrition, among others.

   Olivia Gastaldo - Senior Video Producer     Born and raised in California, Olivia has spent her time living in all three of its major cities, she has attended the San Francisco Art Institute and Art Center College of Design with a background in Cinematography and Directing.    She has spent the past year and a half working at Riot Games as a camera operator with the Esports Features team and is a fan of League (and our new roster)! When not on set or at work, Olivia is an avid film nerd, wannabe chef, and occasional stand up comic at your local open mic.    

Olivia Gastaldo - Senior Video Producer

Born and raised in California, Olivia has spent her time living in all three of its major cities, she has attended the San Francisco Art Institute and Art Center College of Design with a background in Cinematography and Directing.

She has spent the past year and a half working at Riot Games as a camera operator with the Esports Features team and is a fan of League (and our new roster)! When not on set or at work, Olivia is an avid film nerd, wannabe chef, and occasional stand up comic at your local open mic.

 

   Alex Monaghan - Assistant Video Editor     Having grown up in Seattle and Beijing then graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Alex ultimately moved to LA to pursue a career in Motion Design and Editing. Following a year of freelance and some time at Blitz Esports, Alex now works at 1UP as a full time editor. He hopes to bring his love for film and animation to the eSports world.

Alex Monaghan - Assistant Video Editor

Having grown up in Seattle and Beijing then graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Alex ultimately moved to LA to pursue a career in Motion Design and Editing. Following a year of freelance and some time at Blitz Esports, Alex now works at 1UP as a full time editor. He hopes to bring his love for film and animation to the eSports world.

 
   Connor Tapp - Assistant Video Editor     Whether it’s sports or esports, Connor is always watching, playing, or creating. For the past 10 years he has been making content on YouTube from video game montages/gameplay to IRL content. After 3 years of pursuing a degree in Bio-Medical Sciences at MNSU, Connor decided to pursue his passions in filmmaking and esports and move from small-town Minnesota to LA to put his talents to work at 1UP Studios.    Connor’s favorite teams are the Minnesota Vikings and Team Liquid. Connor played football, basketball, and ran track in high school and continues to stay active. He is a peak Gold 3 Taliyah main, and has racked up dozens of victories on Fortnite. It’s safe to say he won’t go pro anytime soon, but he’s happy to be a part of the community and create professional, innovative content that will push esports media to its limits.

Connor Tapp - Assistant Video Editor

Whether it’s sports or esports, Connor is always watching, playing, or creating. For the past 10 years he has been making content on YouTube from video game montages/gameplay to IRL content. After 3 years of pursuing a degree in Bio-Medical Sciences at MNSU, Connor decided to pursue his passions in filmmaking and esports and move from small-town Minnesota to LA to put his talents to work at 1UP Studios.

Connor’s favorite teams are the Minnesota Vikings and Team Liquid. Connor played football, basketball, and ran track in high school and continues to stay active. He is a peak Gold 3 Taliyah main, and has racked up dozens of victories on Fortnite. It’s safe to say he won’t go pro anytime soon, but he’s happy to be a part of the community and create professional, innovative content that will push esports media to its limits.

   Kevin Haube - Photographer     From the beginning of time, Kevin has always been an inquisitive soul, striving to learn as much as possible. After many avenues travelled, including music, computer science, and fitness, he found photography and video production and fell in love. It combined all of the best parts of his passions:  the emotion of music, the attention to detail of programming, and the dedication and perseverance of fitness.       Having achieved his goal of working at 1UP Studios, Kevin now looks towards the future. He strives to evoke raw emotions from his viewers, document the greatest moments in esports history, and along the way, teach others how to do the same.

Kevin Haube - Photographer

From the beginning of time, Kevin has always been an inquisitive soul, striving to learn as much as possible. After many avenues travelled, including music, computer science, and fitness, he found photography and video production and fell in love. It combined all of the best parts of his passions:  the emotion of music, the attention to detail of programming, and the dedication and perseverance of fitness.

 

Having achieved his goal of working at 1UP Studios, Kevin now looks towards the future. He strives to evoke raw emotions from his viewers, document the greatest moments in esports history, and along the way, teach others how to do the same.

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Mike Milanov - COO

Mike Milanov is the Chief Operating Officer of Team Liquid, and his experience and expertise throughout various segments in the industry has proven vital in the organization's evolution into a modern media enterprise. With a diverse background in video production, influencer management, sales, and online streaming, Milanov is able to unify the distinct parts that comprise Team Liquid into an efficient and dynamic whole. His daily responsibilities encompass more than just the day-to-day operation of the team's business units; he is tasked with searching for new opportunities in a rapidly growing industry.

Team Liquid has become a global organization and the world's biggest esports team through his foresight and brand-building capabilities, and his goal is to cultivate an institution that is creating the future of media. When Milanov is not on a plane, pitching to sponsors, or meeting with clients, he enjoys streaming as #ThixNation in order to keep in touch with the communities and cultures of the games that he loves.