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.)

Pitch This! Semi-Final Presentations

Pitch THIS! is TAC's signature opportunity for Canadian creators to show off their new projects!

TEN pitches have been selected and paired with industry mentors who help them develop their ideas and prepare for this presentation. The Semi-Finals kick off TAC 2019, where a jury of peers choose the projects the will move on to the finals held on Thursday, September 26th at 4:00pm. 

Sylvie Rochon, Content Producer, Digital Dimension
Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment
Lindsay Knowler, Senior Solutions Specialist, Toon Boom Animation

Cloth Cat Animation: Developing Customized Technology & Creating a Hit Chinese Series

Founded in 2012, Cloth Cat Animation is now one of the leading animation companies in the UK, based in the heart of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. They have created their own bespoke studio management system using ftrack, and have experience using developers to adapt it to a fast-paced studio environment. Because they are combining a variety of software, both 2D and 3D, across a variety of projects simultaneously, shot tracking and rendering are complex problems that have to constantly adapt to the daily demands of production. They will give insight into this dynamic technical development and present a case study on the International Emmy nominated project "Luo Bao Bei". Commissioned by Beijing-based company Magic Mall, this project deftly combines Chinese heritage with a dash of British humour and charm. 

Jon Rennie, Managing Director, Cloth Cat Animation

The Ins & Outs of your financial relationship with international partners

A panel featuring producers, consultants, and brokers. This panel will explore the best practices of working with foreign-based companies. The conversation will cover building sustainable budgets and financial packages, bidding with informed forecasting, and maintaining profitability with foreign currencies. 

Wes Lui, Director of Operations, House of Cool
Shabnam Rezaei, President & Co-Founder, BIG BAD BOO Studios Vancouver
Ram Srinivasan, CFO, Business Affairs, Big Jump Entertainment

Moderated By:
Jason Powers, Executive, Business Development – Film & Media, Western Union Business Solutions

Breaking the mold: Canada's next steps in the global animation market

With 80% of the Canadian animation industry built around production services, what is the future of the original Canadian IP? Where and how is creative development percolating? How has the current slate of platform acquisitions and development within Canada forced change? Is there a deviation from the Canadian look and sensibilities to compete aggressively in the global market, with little local market buyers? 

Tanya Green, Head of Animated Series, Sinking Ship Entertainment
Michael Hirsh, CEO, WOW! Unlimited Media
Rachel Marcus, Vice President, Creative Development, Guru Studio
Linda Simensky, Head of Kids Content, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Moderated By:

Global Check in: Canary Islands, Jamaica, and the Philippines

This panel will look at three different markets on everyone's radar. Gain insight into the state of these industries, growth and changes within the market, and details on incentives for Canadians and other international partners. 

Rowel Barba, Department of Trade and Industry Philippines
Chris Benjamin, Vice-Consul Trade & Investment, Consulate General of Jamaica
Queila Delgado, Economic Representative of the Canary Islands Gove, Sociedad Canaria de Fomento Económico S.A. - PROEXCA

Moderated By:
Raquel Benitez Rojas, CEO/Executive Producer, Comet Entertainment Inc.

Navigating an Ever-Changing Market

The content market has gone through several shifts in a very short time. This conversation among streaming platforms, broadcasters, and producers will delve into the high demand for content and how this has changed the content creation landscape, including the change in demand and how everyone is adapting. 

Cristina Fiumara, Director of Original Programming, The Walt Disney Company
Morghan Fortier, Co-Owner & CEO, Skyship Entertainment / Tinman Creative Studios
Nicole Rivera, Director of Development, Original Series, Cartoon Network
Tim Tyler, Producer / Director, Cheshire Smile Animation Inc.

Moderated By:
Mary Bredin, President/Creative Producer, Team TO / Green Tiger Club

Pitch THIS ! Finale

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 26th. The finalists will pitch to a panel of platform execs and the entire TAC audience, which will include over 350 potential buyers and financiers within the industry.

Karen Chau, Director, Originals - Kids Scripted , The Walt Disney Company
Curtis Lelash, Director of Kids & Family, Netflix
Linda Simensky, Head of Kids Content, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Asalle Tanha, Manager of Development, Cartoon Network Studios

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