TAC proves to be an invaluable resource for the industry, by offering two specialized programs dedicated to pitching: Fast Track and Pitch THIS! (TAC AnimaPass or TAC Only Pass required.)

Pitch THIS!

Do you have a great idea for an animated series for kids? 

Every year, TAC presents Pitch THIS!, a program where two creators get the chance to pitch their new project to the TAC audience. In celebration of the OIAF’s 40th anniversary in 2016, TAC, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana and Toon Boom Animation teamed up to reimagine Pitch THIS! 

Now a competition, the winner will be awarded an invaluable grand prize including: 
Development Deal with Nelvana
Toon Boom Animation Software licenses for Harmony and Storybook Pro, plus training! 
Entertainment Legal Services from Edwards PC, Creative Law (plus prizes for all semi-finalists)

To add a mentorship twist, TEN pitches will be selected and the creators paired with an industry mentor who will help them develop their idea. 

All ten pitches will be presented on Wednesday September 20th for final selection during TAC, where two lucky contestants will be selected to take the stage and compete for the coveted grand prize at the official Pitch THIS! event on Thursday, September 21st. The finalists will be pitching to a panel of broadcasters and the entire TAC audience, which includes over 300 potential buyers and financiers within the industry. 

The contest is now closed.

Quinn and the Quips (USA)
Improbable Pirate Adventures (Canada)
Kim and Jim's Wormhole (China)
Mom Hurries Home (Ukraine)
My (ex) imaginary BFF (Chile)
Somnius (Canada)
Super Awesome Team (Israel)
This Undead Life (Canada)
Ting Ting (South Africa)
Zap Kazam (Canada)

Brandon Lane, Production Executive, Original Programming for TELETOON
Heather McGillivray, Development Supervisor, Nelvana/Corus Entertainment
Lisa Cinelli, Producer, Independent Productions and Development, CBC
Shaleen Sangha, Senior Director, Development and Production, Radical Sheep a Boat Rocker Media Company
Travis Williams, Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks

Semi-Final Jury
Francois Lalonde, VP Sales and Marketing | Co-President, Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Helen Lebeau, VP Production, Corus Entertainment
Desi Mastriaco, Marketing & Communication Manager, Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Darin Bristow, Creative Producer, Pipeline Studios

Nicole Rivera, Director of Development, Original Series, Cartoon Network
Drew Mullin, Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Kids
Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment
Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

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

Fast Track

Speed pitching sessions for animation content creators. 


If you plan to pitch a project, gain insight into what executives are looking for, find the perfect production company for your ideas, or simply establish important relations - Fast Track will get you there!  Fast Track gives you one shot to meet with each of your targets in 12 minute long "speed pitching" meetings.  Fast Track’s line up consists of producers, broadcasters and distributors from from across the globe! These executives come from a wide range of production interests and expectations and will be looking for features, shorts, and TV series. Target audiences range from pre-school to adult content, gender specific/gender neutral needs, and style ranging from visually driven to dialogue driven.
Fast Track is exclusively for fully registered TAC passholders. All TAC passholders will receive an email informing them when registration will begin in August. Registration is first-come, first-served, so register quickly! Fast-Track meetings this year will be 12 minutes, so each executive only has upto 10 slots for meetings over four sessions. There will be a couple of days between the email and registration launch, so be sure to carefully read each VIP’s profile/questionnaire explaining what they are looking for to ensure the most successful meetings possible! This is in order to set up sessions that will meet both their needs and yours. For example, if you are pitching a show geared towards a mature demographic, a broadcaster seeking pre-school content will not be appropriate for you.  

Good luck  and happy pitching!

If you have any questions about Fast Track, please email tac[at]animationfestival.ca
Please no soliciting of services. Participants may be subject to a pre-screening process.


New Meetings : Visit TAC Registration on Wednesday morning to set up meetings with any new additions. We will not be hangling any more meetings via email. 

 These execs are not listed in the automated system. Please read their information carefully before contacting us.

Looking for:
-  Preschool and action adventure
Not Looking: 

Susan Nation, President, Family Pet Network & Hop To It Productions
Looking for:
-  Animated or mixed genre content featuring pets.
- Mainly scripted comedy but open to some educational and factual too. Potential for play, extensions, and AR.
- Length: Shorts to half hours
-Ages: Pre-school, 6-9, 8-12
-Stages: In development and finished.

Catherine Branscome, President, Catherine Branscome International
Looking for:
- Ideally, producer/creator who has interest already expressed by a Canadian channel(s)
- Completed content available for international distribution (whether now, or to be completed in the next 12 months)
- Canadian channels/platforms, that are looking to acquire content from distributor/sales agency
Not Looking: A pet hamster

Looking for: We are a production company looking for animated feature film, television series  and digital concepts/scripts.  For television/digital we’re generally targeted at 6 to 11 year olds and young adult (think Adult Swim). Any stage of development. 
Not Looking for:  No pre-school.

Looking for: Projects that have strong characters, and stories that uplift Canadian Children and their families
Not Looking for: Shows that are violent or use cultural or gender stereotypes.

Fast Track Executives
Patricia Burns, Senior Supervising Producer, Spin Master Entertainment
Nathalie Chamberland, Youth Acquisitions and Programming, CBC/Radio-Canada
Pete Denomme, CEO & Executive Producer, Switch Entertainment
Hugues Dufour, Production Executive, Corus Entertainment
Aron Dunn, President, Executive Producer, Treason Media
Henry Gagnon, President, HG Distribution
Katarzyna Gromadzka, Development and Programming Specialist, Momakin
Julia Jaensch, Manager Acquisitions & Co-production, WDR MEDIAGROUP GMBH
Tatiana Kober, President, Bejuba! Entertainment
Julie Lachance, Management of Rights and Business Affairs, French Services, Radio-Canada
Rachel Marcus, Development Executive, Guru Studio
Cat McCormick, Development Executive, Portfolio Entertainment
Bryce Mitchell, Literary Agent, Meridian Artists
Cory Morrison, Executive Vice President of Development, Big Jump Productions
Linda O'Shaughnessy, Manager of Acquisitions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Dave Padbury, Development Coordinator, Guru Studio
Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, Director Disruption and Platform Distribution, Groupe Média TFO
Marly Reed, Manager, Production and Development, CCI Entertainment Ltd.
Jillianne Reinseth, Vice President, Creative Affairs, eOne Family
Nicole Rivera, Director, Animation Development, The Cartoon Network
Shaleen Sangha, Senior Director of Development & Production, Radical Sheep Productions
Frank Saperstein, CEO, Executive Producer, Surprise Bag, Inc.
Linda Simensky, Vice President of Children's Programming, PBS
Misha Solomon, Development Executive, Muse Entertainment
Karen Swerdfeger, Director of Development, Big Jump Productions
François Trudel, Executive Producer, Vice president of International, Groupe PVP
Jessica Watson, Director, Global Sales and Aquisition, Boat Rocker Media
Travis Williams, Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks
David Wollos, Consultant, The ThinkTank Emporium