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Rikke Asbjoern
Co-Creator, Co-Executive Producer- PinkyMalinky, Nickelodeon
Art+Biz Day: Storytelling Beyond TV
Friday, September 23, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Drawing Room

Rikke Asbjoern is the co-creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series, Pinky Malinky, set to debut in 2016. The series follows the everyday life of Pinky Malinky, an infectiously positive hotdog living in a human world who along with his two best friends, navigate school and life with a unique perspective.

Asbjoern is a Denmark native whose passion for animation began at an early age. In 1997, she became one of the youngest students to start at the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and after graduating in 1999, she moved to London to start drawing cartoons for a living. Asbjoern has an extensive list of experience in the animation industry as an animator, supervising animator, animation director, storyboard artist and co-director. She previously worked on projects with MTV, BBC, Adidas – “Impossible Is Nothing,” Tony the Tiger, Coco Pops, 3 Mobile, The Tigger Movie, Jungle Book 2, Monkey Journey to the West with Jamie Hewlett and The Gorillaz music videos for Passion Pictures.

In 2007, Asbjoern began working at Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe in London where she wrote and directed her own animated television show ideas. She also helped develop a number of projects including Cartoon Network’s The Amazing Work of Gumball.

Asbjoern moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to work as a feature story artist for DreamWorks Animation. She then worked as a supervising producer at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio and was part of the Artist Collective at Nickelodeon, an internal diverse group of experienced creators who mentor and support up-and-coming talent while also collaborating to cultivate, challenge and inspire the development pipeline.
Rikke Asbjoern
 
Marie-Claude Beauchamp
President & Executive Producer, CarpeDiem Film & TV Inc.
Making of Snowtime!
Thursday, September 22, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Marie-Claude Beauchamp has been active in the film and television industry for over twenty-five years. She is the driving force behind CarpeDiem Film & TV, which she founded in 2004, to bring quality family and children’s entertainment to audiences worldwide. Her most recent project is the 3d stereoscopic animated feature film Snowtime! (a.k.a Cleo) which has been released worldwide. She specializes in international co-productions and is renowned as a producer who makes the extra effort to understand the special needs of her partners. Marie-Claude has several animated feature films in development such as Snowtime! 2, Butterfly Tale, Arjuna (Canada, France), Hyde & Zeek and Christmas Chaos.
Marie-Claude Beauchamp
 
Miles Bullough
Managing Director, WIld Seed Studios
Case Study: The Forks in the Road: Development
Thursday, September 22, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
 
Claire Curley
Senior Vice President, Digital Content, Nickelodeon
Art+Biz Day: Storytelling Beyond TV
Friday, September 23, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Drawing Room

Claire Curley is Senior Vice President, Digital Content, Nickelodeon Group. In this role, she is a cross-functional leader responsible for expanding development and production capabilities in the areas of multiplatform content planning and gaming.

A 15-year veteran of the children’s media industry, Curley began her career on Nick Jr.’s Blue’s Clues. In 2011, she was honored with an Emmy Award for her work as a producer on The Electric Company. Additionally, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and a founding member of the Children’s Media Association. Curley grew up in McLean, Va. and graduated from Denison University. She currently lives in Maplewood, N.J. with her husband, Mason Rather, and their two children.
Claire Curley
 
Chris Garbutt
Co-Creator, Co-Executive Producer- PinkyMalinky, Nickelodeon
Art+Biz Day: Storytelling Beyond TV
Friday, September 23, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Drawing Room

Chris Garbutt is the co-creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series, Pinky Malinky, set to debut in 2016. The series follows the everyday life of Pinky Malinky, an infectiously positive hotdog living in a human world who along with his two best friends, navigate school and life with a unique perspective.

Hailing from Yorkshire in northern England, Garbutt began creating cartoons and comics at a young age. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998 with a First Class Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Graphic Arts and Illustration, Garbutt would go on to peddle his wares in the fields of illustration, animation and comics in London, Paris and the United States. As an animation veteran, Garbutt’s credits include working on The Fairly OddParents, The Gorillaz, The Amazing World of Gumball, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Robotboy, Mr. Bean and Stressed Eric. He has also worked with a variety of clients including Disney, Cartoon Network Europe, BBC, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Walker Books, McCann Erickson, Oddbins, Scholastics, Nestle, BT, Vodaphone, Jib Jab and various children’s books for Macmillan. Garbutt’s fruitful career in illustration has led his work to be shortlisted for awards though the Association of Illustrators in the United Kingdom.

More recently, Garbutt moved to Los Angeles to work as a story artist at DreamWorks Animation, and then as a supervising producer at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Garbutt is a part of the Artist Collective at Nickelodeon, an internal diverse group of experienced creators who mentor and support up-and-coming talent while also collaborating to cultivate, challenge and inspire the development pipeline.
Chris Garbutt
 
Mike Geiger
Animation Professional
Case Study: The Forks in the Road: Development
Thursday, September 22, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Mike is an award-winning artist who has worked in broadcast animation for over a decade. He has also produced various independent works; including web series’, interactive storybook apps, comics, and a handful of short films that have been screened at more than 35 animation and comedy festivals worldwide.

Mike is currently working as a director, as well as consulting on a broadcast series he created entitled WINSTON STEINBURGER AND SIR DUDLEY DING DONG, set to air in late 2015.
Mike Geiger
 
Brandon Lane
Production Executive, Corus Media, Teletoon
Case Study: The Forks in the Road: Development
Thursday, September 22, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, 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 Steinberger & Sir Dudley Ding Dong”, “The Bagel & Becky Show”. “Inspector Gadget”, “Hotel Transylvania”,  "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
 
Jamie Leclaire
Director and Creative Partner, Jam Filled Entertainment
Case Study: The Forks in the Road: Development
Thursday, September 22, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Jamie is a seasoned Storyboard Artist, Director, and Jam Filled's in-house Barber. His musical exploits have spanned the migration from compressed mp3s to the finest vinyl records. If you happen to be in the studio early enough in the morning, you can find Jamie rockin' out in his office and get a sneak peak of new songs for an upcoming album.
Jamie Leclaire
 
Billy Lopez
Creator -Welcome to the Wayne, Nickelodeon
Art+Biz Day: Storytelling Beyond TV
Friday, September 23, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Drawing Room

Emmy-nominated writer and Emmy-winning composer Billy Lopez is the creator of Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series Welcome to the Wayne.

Lopez started his illustrious career in Emmy-hyphenation in 2005, when he and his brother Bobby co-composed two episodes of Nick Jr.’s The Wonder Pets! This led to an opportunity to write a sample script for the show, which got Billy hired as script coordinator at Little Airplane Productions. Though he couldn’t coordinate his outfits, much less a script, Lopez got to do a lot of writing and to work closely with preschool TV luminaries Josh Selig, Jennifer Oxley, and Billy Aronson. Lopez eventually worked as head writer on several preschool shows, including The Wonder Pets!, 3rd & Bird! (CBeebies, Disney Jr.), Cloud Bread (KBS, Channel Frederator), and most recently PBS’s Peg + Cat.

Though most of his television experience is in the preschool realm, Lopez also co-composed a song for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, co-wrote an episode of South Park, and co-created a sitcom with his brother for ABC Studios about a 70-year-old man falling in platonic love with a guy in his mid-twenties; how that never got produced remains a mystery.

Lopez lives in Brooklyn with his beautiful wife Sarah, their cherubic son Charlie, and a Siberian Husky named Job.
Billy Lopez
 
Michelle Melanson Cuperus
President & Executive Producer, Radical Sheep Productions Inc.
Case Study: The Forks in the Road: Development
Thursday, September 22, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

With over 20 years experience in children's entertainment, Michelle Melanson Cuperus, President and Executive Producer, oversees Radical's robust slate including The Bagel and Becky Show for Teletoon/BBC Worldwide, Fangbone! for Family CHRGD/DHX, The Next Step for Family/BBC Worldwide, Ollie the Boy Who Became What He Ate for CBCKids, Tee & Mo for Cbeebies/TVOKids/Knowledge Network and Lost & Found Music Studios for Family/ Netflix. Michelle was Supervising Producer on Yup Yups, Can you Imagine That? and the multi award-winning hit Stella and Sam where she has won numerous awards including a Canadian Screen Award, Juno Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination. Michelle also manages Radical Sheep's development slate including the animated comedy Sprinkle and the Sweet Sugar Magics for Teletoon.
Michelle Melanson Cuperus
 
Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos
Director, Disruption & Multiplatforms Distribution, Groupe Média TFO
Meet the Networks - Groupe Média TFO
Wednesday, September 21, 10:00 am - 10:20 am, Château Laurier - Drawing Room

Sandrine is a 20-plus year vet with an illustrative career in entertainment, production, co-production and distribution with impressive global relationships and deep experience in deals & negotiations. Sandrine is currently handling the co-productions and acquisitions at TFO (Groupe Média TFO) in the newly created department Disruption and Multiplatform Distribution.

Most recently, Sandrine spent 9-years with Bejuba Entertainment as EVP of Sales & Acquisitions putting together an impressive list of acquisitions and WW show sales to build a catalogue of over 600 half-hours of kids’ TV. In addition and while at Bejuba, Sandrine secured co-development and co-production deals. Prior to Bejuba, Sandrine spent 12-years in NYC working for an array of major entertainment companies in creative development, production and distribution for Sunbow Entertainment (Transformers, My Little Pony, Gi Joe, etc), Sony Wonder (Sony Music), TV-Loonland, Hallmark and Classic Media/ Dreamworks. While at Classic Media (Dreamworks), Sandrine spearheading WW sales and co-productions on Casper, George of the Jungle and other titles. She became lately an expert in new media rights establishing strong digital strategies. Sandrine is also very much involved in the industry as she participates regularly in various festival and organization as a juror, panelist and research adviser.
Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos
 
Mike Pecoriello
Executive Producer -Welcome to the Wayne, Nickelodeon
Art+Biz Day: Storytelling Beyond TV
Friday, September 23, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Drawing Room

Michael Pecoriello is the executive producer of Nickelodeon’s new animated series Welcome to the Wayne. He is an Emmy Award-winning creative leader with over 15 years of experience in kids’ media and a rich history at Nickelodeon. He was the VP of Editorial for Nick’s Creative Promotions Group, where he was responsible for maintaining the voice and brand identity of Nickelodeon for all on-air promotions, image work, pro-social initiatives, live packaging, show launches, digital content and tent pole priorities. He also served as the VP of Content Development for Nick’s Live Events Group, overseeing branded content for the Kids’ Choice Awards, Kids’ Choice Sports and the HALO Awards.

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Pecoriello served as the supervising producer and head writer on Kids' WB’s hit animated series Yu-Gi-Oh! Additionally, he co-wrote and co-produced the feature film, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, which debuted in the top 10 at the box office in 2004.

Pecoriello is a graduate of Syracuse University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Television, Radio & Film Production and Marketing. He received an Emmy Award for his work on the promotional campaign for the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, hosted by Will Smith.
Mike Pecoriello
 
Jan Pinkava
Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories
VR and Storytelling: Your Attention, Please!
Thursday, September 22, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Jan joined PIXAR in 1993, directing several award­winning commercials and, in 1997, the Academy Award®­winning short film Geri’s Game, which broke new ground in the computer animation of crazy old men. After work on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. Jan was invited by John Lasseter to develop a feature film. He came up with Ratatouille, the story of a cooking rat, for which he shared an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 2008.

In 2012 Jan was asked to creatively lead a pioneering group of hand­picked animation and technical artists at Google’s ATAP group, creating a new form of interactive storytelling for mobile devices. After directing the first ground­breaking show, Windy Day, Jan has served as Creative Director of Google Spotlight Stories through numerous productions with award­winning directors and studios.

Jan lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons.
Jan Pinkava
 
Chris Savino
Creator and Executive Producer- The Loud House, Nickelodeon
Art+Biz Day: Storytelling Beyond TV
Friday, September 23, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Drawing Room

Chris Savino is the creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series "The Loud House." Inspired by Savino’s chaotic life growing up in a large household, "The Loud House" follows 11-year-old Lincoln as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a big family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters. The series is the first to be greenlit out of Nickelodeon’s 2013 Animated Shorts Program.

Honing more than 23 years of experience, Savino is an animation veteran who has held various roles ranging from director, writer, storyboard artist, designer and producer. Previously he worked as the supervising director, producer and writer on Cartoon Network’s "Dexter’s Laboratory" and "Powerpuff Girls." He produced Cartoon Network’s "Johnny Test," and executive produced and directed Disney XD’s "Kick Buttowski". Savino was also the lead character designer on Nickelodeon’s "Rocko’s Modern Life."

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Savino moved to Los Angeles shortly after high school to begin his career as a character layout artist on Nickelodeon’s "The Ren & Stimpy Show." He has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and currently resides in Los Angeles.