Kirk R. Thatcher is an Emmy award-winning writer/producer, director, and creature designer. Kirk has worked on Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II, Star Trek III, E.T., Poltergeist, Gremlins, Gremlins II,  was an Associate Producer and the Punk on the Bus on Star Trek IV. Among other things, he designed the characters and helped create the television series Dinosaurs, co-wrote Muppet Treasure Island, and directed multiple Muppet movies and specials.