Speakers
TAC Speakers

Dave Beatty
Creative Producer, Portfolio Entertainment
Building Better Boards
Thursday, September 17, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room

With years of experience in both live action and animation Dave Beatty brings a unique perspective to Portfolio. As a former creative producer for ‘Johnny Test’ and head of his own studio, Story City, Dave contributes to both the creative and business sides of all productions. He is currently the Creative Head of Portfolio Animation Studio and the Senior Producer on their latest series ‘FREAK TOWN’.
Dave Beatty
 
David Burns
Composer, Film, Television, New Media, Nickelodeon
ART+BIZ: Presentation
Friday, September 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Château Laurier - Laurier Room

David is an accomplished and experienced composer who has written the scores for over 800 episodes of television and film.He is a multi-instrumentalist whose specialty is creating hybrid scores using a blend of played instruments and sample technologies. His music evokes a live lush and rich texture which covers a very wide variety of styles. He has worked in a diverse range of programming genres including animation, drama, comedy, lifestyle and reality series, documentaries, theatrical film, indie film and new media.
David studied with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto music program,enrolling at the young age of 5. In his early teens,he learned to play guitar and began writing original music. By the age of 15 he was working in a number of local bands. He developed a keen interest in producing/recording and became proficient at producing his own music very early on in his career.
Currently he is using numerous instruments as compositional aids including the violin,viola, cello, clarinet, ethnic flutes, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, bass and many others as well as keeping up to date on emerging trends in music technology. This includes studying new musical styles as well as emerging software tools. His studio blends old world analog gear with cutting edge new technologies into a highly customized environment designed primarily to produce music for picture.
David Burns
 
Marjorie Cohn
Head of Television, Dreamworks Animation
Building DreamWorks Animation Television
Thursday, September 17, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
 
Dave Cooper
Co-creator, Nickelodeon's PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET
ART+BIZ: Presentation
Friday, September 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Château Laurier - Laurier Room

Dave Cooper is the co-creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s forthcoming animated series, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, which features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain).

Cooper was born in 1967 in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a self-taught artist, inspired by artistic mentors in his youth. He enjoyed a successful career in the American underground comic scene of the late 1990’s as the author/illustrator of various award-winning graphic novels and as a designer, producer, and creator in the field of animation.

In 2003, Cooper decided to focus his energies on oil painting. In the years since, his paintings have been exhibited at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. He released several books featuring his oil painting, some with introductions written by Hollywood celebrity collectors including actor David Cross, as well as filmmakers David Cronenberg, and the Oscar-nominated writer/director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth).

The father of two lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Dave Cooper
 
Victoria Coulthart
Producer , Guru Studio
2D vs 3D: Is it THE Big Decision?
Wednesday, September 16, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Having worked in animation for many years, Victoria brought a wide range of skills and experience when she joined Guru Studio in 2010. She rapidly transitioned from Coordinator to Producer on the hit show "PAW Patrol" for Nickelodeon/Spin Master. Since then, Victoria has managed a large team of animation artists, providing oversight and guidance with her unique combination of artistic sensibility and project management skills.
Victoria is a graduate of the Algonquin College Advanced Animation Program and has worked in various roles on more than a dozen shows in Ottawa, Halifax and Toronto. She is passionate about supporting the creative process and producing high quality animation.
Victoria Coulthart
 
Hugues Dufour
Production Executive, Corus Media, Teletoon
Meet the Networks: TELETOON
Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 am - 11:20 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Hugues Dufour is Production Executive, Original Programming for TELETOON Canada Inc. Hugues oversees the production of an assigned slate of original programming for TELETOON and TELETOON at Night in English and French, collaborating with producers from premise to sound mix. He is also involved in the development of upcoming series.

Hugues has worked as a production executive on a number of TELETOON series, including “Total Drama: Ridonculous Race,” “SuperNoobs,” “Freaktown,” “Atomic Puppet,” “Detentionaire,” “Johnny Test,” “Rocket Monkeys,” “The Day My Butt Went Psycho,” “Grojband,” “Cracké,” “Grandes Gueules” and “Slaque la Cravate.”

Prior to joining TELETOON, Hugues was a writer and director for over twenty years for Max Films, ArtTV, and many other companies.

On the onset, he really wanted to be a dry and humorless philosopher but then ended up, for no explicable reason, doing cartoons.
Hugues Dufour
 
Athena Georgaklis
Director of Content, Corus Media, Teletoon
Meet the Networks: TELETOON
Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 am - 11:20 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room

As Director of Content for TELETOON, Athena oversees content development, acquisitions and production for TELETOON's English and French brands including TELETOON, TÉLÉTOON, TELETOON Retro, TÉLÉTOON Rétro, TELETOON at Night, TÉLÉTOON la Nuit and Cartoon Network along with their respective multiplatform services.

For the past 17 years, Athena has been an integral member of the TELETOON team. In her most recent role as Manager of Original Production for TELETOON, she was responsible for supervising the development and production of original programming for TELETOON and TELETOON at Night in English and French.

Since joining TELETOON, Athena has been instrumental in the growth and success of such series as "Dr. Dimensionpants," "Detentionaire," "Camp Lakebottom," "Rocket Monkeys," "the Total Drama Island franchise," "Fugget About It" and "Têtes à Claques."
Athena Georgaklis
 
Nicole Grindle
Producer, Pixar
Pixar's 'Sanjay's Super Team'
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short “Sanjay’s Super Team"
Saturday, September 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Nicole Paradis Grindle joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1995 as producer of the "Toy Story Activity Center" interactive computer game. Since then she has managed numerous departments on many of Pixar’s feature films, including "A Bug’s Life," "Monster’s Inc.," and the Academy Award®-winning feature "The Incredibles." Grindle acted as the production manager on Pixar’s Oscar®-nominated short "One Man Band" and on Pixar’s Oscar®-winning feature "Ratatouille." Grindle then moved on to serve as the associate producer for both "Toy Story 3" and "Monsters University." Most recently, Grindle produced Pixar’s newest short film, "Sanjay’s Super Team," which will screen in front of "The Good Dinosaur," in November 2015.

Grindle came to Pixar with seven years of animation related production experience. At Colossal Pictures she worked on numerous projects including MTV’s "Liquid Television" as associate producer and "The Wish That Changed Christmas" as producer. She began her feature film career at Industrial Light and Magic on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Grindle graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and holds a Master of Arts degree in Documentary Film from Stanford University.

Grindle currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Nicole Grindle
 
Michael Kurinsky
Production Designer, Sony Pictures Animation
Michael Kurinsky: An Artist's Growth at Sony Pictures Animation
Thursday, September 17, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
Michael Kurinsky: An Artist's Growth at Sony Pictures Animation
Thursday, September 17, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Michael Kurinsky is currently serving as production designer on Sony Pictures Animation’s anticipated family comedy Hotel Transylvania 2 which is set to fly into theaters in Fall 2015.

Michael most recently served as the art director on the hit comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs—the taste-full 3D comedy inspired by the perennially popular children's book of the same name by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett. Over the course of the film, he oversaw the creation of the color and texture design. In addition to this, he composed the film’s entire color script in order to assist the lighting department with the visual direction of the film.

Michael joined Sony Pictures Animation to work on the studio’s first release, Open Season, as a visual development artist.

Prior to working at Sony, Michael was a background painter for Walt Disney Feature Animation working on such films as, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Atlantis, Fantasia 2000, Home On The Range, and The Beauty And The Beast: Special Edition.

Michael resides in California with his wife and daughter, and is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received a bachelor of fine arts.
Michael Kurinsky
 
Brandon Lane
Production Executive, Corus Media, Teletoon
Meet the Networks: TELETOON
Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 am - 11:20 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Brandon Lane is Production Executive, Original Programming for TELETOON and CARTOON NETWORK CANADA. Brandon oversees the production of an assigned slate of original programming for TELETOON and TELETOON at Night.
A screenwriter and producer, prior to joining TELETOON Brandon worked as Development Executive/Creative Producer for 9 Story Media Group where he developed/wrote for "Numb Chucks" and co-created "Cache Craze." At TELETOON, Brandon is production executive for "Winston Steinburger" and "Sir Dudley Ding-Dong," "Camp Lakebottom" among others. Brandon recently wrote and produced a short for "Sesame Street" and wrote/directed a musical titled "The Crazy Space Adventures of Princess Sparkly Butt & The Hot Dog Kid," which was chosen as Best Of FringeKids at The 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival.
10-year-old Brandon would be pretty stoked to hear that in the future he gets to work on so many cool cartoons.
Brandon Lane
 
Joanna Leitch
Development Coordinator, Nickelodeon
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 17, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
 
Angela Lin
Head of YouTube Kids and Learning, North America, Youtube Kids
Meet the Networks: YouTube Kids
Wednesday, September 16, 11:30 am - 11:50 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Angela Y. Lin leads YouTube's Kids and Learning team in North America. In addition to overseeing business development efforts for family entertainment, she also focuses on educational content that ranges from the academic to the inspirational. Prior to joining YouTube, Angela was a strategy consultant specializing in digital media and entertainment and served as a film programmer at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Angela began her career as a Page at NBC where she worked on SNL, "The Today Show," and the Olympics. She has also worked on productions for the Travel Channel in Peru, TVB in Hong Kong, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre in China. Angela graduated with honors in economics from Harvard College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Angela Lin
 
Matt Ouimet
Nickelodeon
ART+BIZ: Presentation
Friday, September 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Château Laurier - Laurier Room
 
Sanjay Patel
Animator, Pixar
Pixar's 'Sanjay's Super Team'
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short “Sanjay’s Super Team"
Saturday, September 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Sanjay Patel joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1996 an animator on "A Bug’s Life." Since then he has animated on many of Pixar’s feature films, including "Toy Story 2," "Monster’s Inc.," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Cars," "Toy Story 3" and "Monsters University." In addition to animating, Patel also storyboarded extensively for "Monster’s Inc.," "The Incredibles” and "Toy Story 2." For the Cars Toons "Mater’s Tall Tales," Patel stepped up to act as the Animation Supervisor on many of the shorts in the series. Most recently, Patel made his directing debut with Pixar’s short film, "Sanjay’s Super Team," which will screen in front of "The Good Dinosaur," in 2015.

Growing up in San Bernardino, CA, in a Gujarati family, Patel’s earliest artistic influences stemmed from two very different worlds: comic books and Saturday morning cartoons, and the Hindu gods and spiritual culture that came to define his upbringing. After pursuing his artistic interests at the Cleveland Institute for the Arts, Cal-Arts, and Pixar, Patel eventually turned his attention back to his roots, and began creating art, graphic novels and picture books that re-envisioned Hindu mythology in a modern, pop-culture way.

"Sanjay’s Super Team" is Patel’s personal story and a “mostly true” chronicle of his journey to understand the Hindu world so important to his parents.

Patel currently resides in Oakland with his fiancé and their son.
Sanjay Patel
 
Sylvie Rochon
Senior Development Associate, Mercury Filmworks
One-on-One: Rob Sorcher
Wednesday, September 16, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Part animation nerd, part pop culture quote-bot, Sylvie has worn many hats since her 14 years in the animation industry; from freelance writing on 'Walter & Tandoori', 'League of Super Evil' and 'Bali' to overseeing series in development and production as a Teletoon Production Executive. As Mercury Filmworks®’ Senior Development Associate, Sylvie is part of a dynamic team that reviews scripts and series pitches and assists in all of the company’s development ambitions.
 
Dan Sarto
Publisher, Co-founder, Animation World Network
Pixar's 'Sanjay's Super Team'
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Dan Sarto is co-founder and publisher of Animation World Network, AWN.com, the largest, most comprehensive and respected source for animation news and information resources on the Internet. Key publications and industry portal websites include Animation World Magazine, Animation World Network Television (AWNtv.com), VFX World Magazine (VFXWorld.com) the Animation Blogspot (Animationblogspot.com), the Animation Industry Database (AIDB.com), the Animation Flash, AWN Spotlight, AWNtv Spotlight and VFXNewswire newsletters.
Dan Sarto
 
Linda Simensky
Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS
Meet the Networks: PBS Kids
Wednesday, September 16, 10:30 am - 10:50 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room
The Iron Developer
Saturday, September 19, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

As Vice President of Children's Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming.

Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows that now reach 82% of all kids ages 2-8 in the U.S.

Building on PBS KIDS' mission to offer educational media content to kids across all platforms, Linda also works closely with PBS KIDS' interactive team to build a cross-platform media experience for kids across all PBS KIDS media properties.

Before joining PBS, Linda was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw development and series production of "The Powerpuff Girls," among others. She began her career working for nine years at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch the popular series "Rugrats," "Doug" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show." Linda is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of children's programming; she has presented at numerous animation and television conferences and her work has appeared in several books on animation and children's media. She also teaches Animation History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Linda Simensky
 
Aaron Simpson
VP- Development, Walt Disney Television Animation
Meet the Networks: DisneyTV
Wednesday, September 16, 10:00 am - 10:20 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room
 
Rob Sorcher
Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network
One-on-One: Rob Sorcher
Wednesday, September 16, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Rob Sorcher is Chief Content Officer for Cartoon Network, responsible for driving the network's content development, and its digital and gaming businesses. Sorcher oversees Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA, executive-producing content for linear and digital exhibition, and managing original IP across all aspects of the business. Sorcher is also charged with overseeing digital strategy and product development across multiple platforms for Cartoon Network-branded products and services.

Prior to joining Turner, Sorcher was evp programming and production for AMC Network, where he is credited with leading the network to tremendous growth and critical acclaim by introducing scripted originals, including the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning television dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and the Emmy-winning miniseries Broken Trail.

Sorcher has also served as GM for USA Network, and evp programming and production for Fox Family Channel. Earlier in his career, Sorcher worked at Cartoon Network as its first general manager.
Sorcher began his career as a New York City advertising executive, creative-directing for Grey Advertising, Griffin-Bacal, and Benton & Bowles.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network in prime among boys 6-11 & 9-14. Currently seen in 96 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in Emmy-winning original and acquired entertainment for kids and families, along with industry-leading digital apps and online games and pro-social initiatives such as the award-winning Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Rob Sorcher