Pitching
Pitching
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.)

Fast Track

Speed pitching sessions for animation content creators. 
If you plan to pitch a project, find the perfect production company for your ideas, and 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 around 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 preschool to adult content; gender specific/gender neutral needs; and styles ranging from visually driven to dialogue driven.  

Fast Track is exclusively for fully registered TAC passholders.


New in 2018, TAC PASSHOLDERS MUST COMPLETE THIS BRIEF PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE that will be used to determine eligibility for Fast Track. Once you’ve demonstrated that you have a project to pitch, you will be given access to Fast Track registration, which will begin WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 (12:00PM EDT). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and closes at 5:00PM (ET) on Friday, September 21st, so register for TAC soon!

Before registration opens, please be sure to carefully read each VIP’s profile/questionnaire responses explaining what they are looking for. For example, if you are pitching a show geared toward a mature demographic, a broadcaster seeking preschool content will not be appropriate for you. Choosing carefully in advance, and being selective about who you pitch to, ensures that your meetings will be productive and as successful as possible.

TAC passholders will receive a reminder e-mail a few days before the registration launch, so add This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to your contacts list to ensure you receive it.

Good luck, and happy pitching!
If you have any questions about Fast Track, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please, no soliciting of services. The OIAF reserves the right to deny access to registration and/or pre-booked Fast Track sessions if the guidelines are not respected.


Confirmed VIPs (more will be listed as confirmed)

Fast Track Executives
Mounia Aram, Managing Director / CoFounder, Happy Family Entertainment
Mary Bredin, Creative Development, Team TO / Green Tiger Club
Sam Chou, Creative Director of Development, Kickstart Entertainment
Lisa Cinelli, Producer, Development and Co-Productions, Children and Youth Programming, CBC
Pete Denomme, CEO & Executive Producer, Switch Entertainment
Aron Dunn, President, Treason Media
Mike Geiger, Creative Director, Industrial Brothers
Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development, Nelvana
Luce Grosjean, CEO, Miju Distribution
Tanya Kelen, CEO, kelencontent
Tatiana Kober, President, Bejuba! Entertainment
Brandon Lane, Production Executive, Teletoon
Annie Liu, Development Manager, Disney Television Animation
Roddy McManus, Executive Producer, KidsCave Entertainment
Cory Morrison, Executive Vice President of Development, Big Jump Entertainment
Brenda Nietupski, President / Executive Producer, Little Tugboat Inc.
Linda O'Shaughnessy, Manager of Acquisitions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Dave Padbury, Development Coordinator, Guru Studio
Todd Ramsay, COO / Partner, Yeti Farm Creative
Liliana Reyes, Senior Vice President of Content, Portfolio Entertainment
Sylvie Rochon, Screenwriter and Creative Producer, Poptronik Productions
Coral Schoug, Producer, Kids & Family, Sonar Entertainment
Fred Seibert, Founder, Frederator Networks / CCO, Wow! Unlimited, Frederator Studios
Hila Sharif, Development Manager, DHX Studios
Eric Steinhart, Coordinator, Creative Affairs, Entertainment One Family and Brands
Valerie Tannier, Senior Manager, Original Content and Programming/Youth Programming, Radio-Canada
François Trudel, Vice President of International Affairs, Groupe PVP
Jessica Watson, Director, Global Sales and Acquisition, Boat Rocker Media
Travis Williams, Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks
David Wollos, Consultant, TheThinkTank Emporium


 
Pitch THIS!

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

Pitch THIS! is TAC's signature opportunity to show off your new project! 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 26th for final selection during TAC, where two lucky finalists will be selected to take the stage and compete for the coveted grand prize at the official Pitch THIS! event on Thursday, September 27th. 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 winner will be awarded an invaluable grand prize including: 
Cash Prize
Toon Boom Animation Software licenses for Harmony and Storybook Pro, plus training!*  
Entertainment Legal Services from Edwards PC, Creative Law*

*Some restrictions apply

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Semi-Finalists
Dragon Knights  (Canada)
Ting Ting (South Africa)
Pirateers  (USA)
Atticus Lee: Evil Genius in Training (Canada)
Knight & Ray (Israel)
Weirdsville (Canada)
Rampam Dam (Canada)
Frontier Betsy (USA)
Galaxy Camp (France)
Evil Island  (Canada)

Mentors
Brandon Lane, Production Executive at Corus Entertainment
Lisa Cinelli, Producer​​, ​Development​ and Co-Productions​ Children’s and Youth Programming at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Brett Jinville, Head of Production and Creative Director, Tinman Creative Studios and Skyship Entertainment Company
Dave Padbury, Development Manager at Guru Studio
Sylvie Rochon, Screenwriter at Poptronik Productions

Pre-Selection Jury: Jennilee Murray, Craig Young, Azarin Sohrabkhani, Alex Maltby

Semi-Final Jury
Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development, Nelvana
Liliana Reyes, Senior Vice President of Content, Portfolio Entertainment
+ more TBA




 
Pitch THIS ! Finale



Panelists:
Drew Mullin, Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Kids
Keith Fay, Director, Action Adventure Development, Cartoon Network Studios
Phil Rynda, Director, Kids & Familiy, Netflix

Moderated By:
Eric Calderon, Head of Studio, Octopie Studio