Industry Panel
Industry Panels
In consultation with our Canadian and international contacts, we develop a series of panels exploring current industry issues, including technology trends, co productions, successful content creation and much more. (TAC AnimaPass or TAC Only Pass required.)

2D vs 3D: Is it THE Big Decision?

When some studios develop an IP, one of the last questions they ask is, "is this 2D or 3D?" This panel will explore why that is the case, and what the deciding factors are. The panelists will help you choose whether your next show will be 2D or 3D.

Speakers:
Shane Prigmore, Art Director and Development Consultant, Walt Disney TV Animation
Delna Bhesania, CEO, Bardel Entertainment Inc
Kyle Mac Dougall, Business Partner & Executive Producer, Jam Filled Entertainment

 
Building Better Boards

The Storyboard is a critical element in the telling of any story in animation. It's not only the visualization of the written script, but it establishes the staging, defines the acting, directs the timing and pacing and provides the camera lens through which we tell the story in visual form. But often the storyboard function is provided by a talented artist working in isolation for weeks at a time, with little contact with the rest of the production team until the board is delivered.

Speakers:
Dave Pemberton, Sr. Storyboard Artist, Splotchco
Katrina Walsh, President, Boulevard Productions Inc.
Robin Budd, Director/Storyboard Artist, Nelvana

Moderated By:
Dave Beatty, Creative Head of Studio, Portfolio Entertainment

 
Building DreamWorks Animation Television

In 2013, DreamWorks Animation signed a groundbreaking deal with Netflix to produce over 300 hours of original television content, the largest single order of content in television history. Since its launch, DreamWorks Animation Television has launched 6 shows (Dragons: Race to the Edge, All Hail King Julien) including its first original series, Dinotrux, on August 14 on Netflix. Margie Cohn, Head of DreamWorks Animation Television, and Kelly Kulchak, Head of Current Programming, will be sharing how they've built a television studio from the ground up and David Smith, Executive Producer of The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, will give a sneak peek of this all-new Netflix original series premiering on October 9.

Speakers:
Marjorie Cohn, Head of Television, Dreamworks Animation TV
Dave Smith, Executive Producer, DreamWorks Animation TV
Kelly Kulchak, Head of Current Programming, Dreamworks Animation TV

 
Content Development: Process and Value Across Platforms

This talk explores the relationships between today's content delivery platforms in terms of process and value. Panelists will discuss the processes used in original content development from notes to delivery and the unique value each one brings to the table.

Panelists:
Angela Lin, Head of YouTube Kids and Learning, North America, YouTube Kids
Leah Wolfson, Production Executive, Original Programming , Corus Entertainment, YTV/Treehouse

Moderated By:
Mary Bredin, Executive Vice President, Content, Guru Animation Studio

 
Pixar's 'Sanjay's Super Team'

20-year Pixar veterans Sanjay Patel, Director, and Nicole Grindle, Producer, bring the story of Pixar's latest short "Sanjay's Super Team" to TAC this year. Moderated by Animation World Network's Dan Sarto, the team will discuss the evolution of the film from inspiration to production.



Panelists:
Sanjay Patel, Director, Pixar
Nicole Grindle, Producer, Pixar

Moderated By:
Dan Sarto, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Animation World Network

 
Meet the Networks: Disney Television

New this year on Wednesday morning, grab a cup of java and Meet the Networks. Four networks give you insight into their studio, their priorities and what’s coming up, plus a Q&A.

Speakers:
Aaron Simpson, VP- Development, Walt Disney Television Animation

 
Meet the Networks: PBS Kids

New this year on Wednesday morning, grab a cup of java and Meet the Networks. Four networks give you insight into their studio, their priorities and what’s coming up, plus a Q&A.


Speakers:
Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

 
Meet the Networks: TELETOON

New this year on Wednesday morning, grab a cup of java and Meet the Networks. Four networks give you insight into their studio, their priorities and what’s coming up, plus a Q&A.


Speakers:
Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment
Hugues Dufour, Production Executive, Teletoon, Original Programmi, Corus Entertainment
Brandon Lane, Production Executive, Teletoon, Corus Entertainment

 
Meet the Networks: YouTube Kids

New this year on Wednesday morning, grab a cup of java and Meet the Networks. Four networks give you insight into their studio, their priorities and what’s coming up, plus a Q&A.


Speakers:
Angela Lin, Head of YouTube Kids and Learning, North America, YouTube Kids