Scott Dyer Executive VP of Production and Development, Nelvana
Keynote Address (September 21)

Scott Dyer joined the Nelvana family in 2001 after the studio acquired the Dyer-produced pilot of Emmy Award-winning CGI series Rolie Polie Olie. After launching Nelvana's 3-D production group and managing its IT and Interactive divisions, Dyer took on leadership of the studio in 2001. In his current role, Dyer guides the creative vision and technological development of Nelvana's high-calibre team of animators, developers and producers. Trained as a mathematician at Carnegie Mellon University, Dyer entered the animation business after spending three years in Utah working on visual systems for flight simulators. His first industry career saw him producing commercial effects for television at Cranston/Csuri Productions – one of the original computer animation companies. Expertise in that field led Dyer to a professorship at Ohio State University, where he spent four years running a research group that applied computer animation to the science at The Ohio Supercomputer Center. Dyer hung his own production shingle with a group of partners in 1993, serving as president of Windlight Studios.
 
Linda Simensky Senior Director of Children's Programming, PBS
Keynote address (September 22)

Linda Simensky, Senior Director of Children's Programming for PBS, manages the award-winning PBS KIDS programming block, working with producers, co-production partners and distributors throughout development, production, post-production and broadcast.

Simensky began her career with a nine-year tenure at Nickelodeon, where she helped build their animation department and launched such popular series as Rugrats, Doug, and The Ren & Stimpy Show. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw the development
and series production of The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy, and other major projects.

Past-president of ASIFA-East, and the founder of New York chapter of Women in Animation, Simensky has lectured at numerous colleges and animation festivals, and has taught courses in animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written for numerous animation publications, and a recent essay of hers will appear in the forthcoming book, "Nickelodeon Nation". Ms. Simensky holds a BA in Communications & History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Media Ecology from New York University.