WELCOME, FOUNDER

Why did you launch your studio?
Probably the same reasons I did: for fun, freedom, and financial independence.

As the founder of Impossible Pictures, I helmed that amazing studio for 20 years. But navigating that journey, I had to figure it all out on my own. There was no roadmap.

Over the decade since, I've been building the roadmap to help busy creative companies – helmed by leaders like you – grow and thrive.
20
years
Studio Founder
10
years
Global Advisor
500
studios
In 40+ countries
1
mission
Helping studios thrive

ABOUT

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JOEL'S STORY

“What one thing most unleashed your studio?”
People often marvel at what Impossible achieved and ask me that question. My answer is simple: mastery of the business.

Today I possess a rare perspective. Combinging my two decades at Impossible and my decade as the pied piper of studio ownership, my journey is an unyielding commitment: helping studios thrive.

What fuels my fire? Empathy. I've lived the highs and lows of the entrepreneurial roller coaster. My years helming my studio weren't so much about building a body of work – or even building a business – they were about creating a legacy that continues to this day.

So don’t mistake me for a consultant who has never run a studio. I've walked the walk. I've been my own audience. I’m the thought partner who intimately understands your trials and triumphs.

Today I'm known for a resounding message of positivity and possibility that fuels the independent spirit of studio leaders everywhere.

EXPERTISE

How I work.

POPULAR

Recent appearances.

TRIBUTES

Joel, you stand for something that not a lot of people in our industry could recognize without you being the first.
Amanda Russell
Co-Founder & CD at Cream Studio
Joel has that rare combination of experience, charisma, and a natural ability to explain complex ideas in a simple way. He’s kind of a unicorn.
Joey Korenman
Founder at School of Motion
The Jumpstart accelerator was an eye-opening experience. It was the compass we needed to find our own path and take Animagic to the next level.
David Calderon
Co-Founder and ECD at Animagic
Guys and gals, listen to Joel Pilger. We repositioned ourselves under his guidance and thinking. It has changed our success rate dramatically for the better.
PJ Richardson
ECD & Co-Founder at Laundry
Bottom line, our industry is stronger and better because of Joel Pilger.
Ricardo Roberts
Co-Founder and EP at BIEN