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Dave Beatty
Creative Head of Studio, Portfolio Entertainment
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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
 
Judith Beauregard
Executive Producer, Tobo
CMF Digital Blast: Smala
Wednesday, September 20, 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Judith Beauregard has an enviable 20-year track record of developing digital media, games, websites and mobile applications for kids. She has collaborated with many world-class junior brands such as PBS Kids, Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Company, CBC Kids, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec. As a founder of the interactive studio Tobo, she brings infectious enthusiasm for youth product to all her collaborations with producers and broadcasters. Judith also teaches interactive financing and project management at l’INIS (National Institute of Sound & Image) and sits on the Youth Media Alliance Board.
Judith Beauregard
 
Matt Bishop
Partner/Producer, Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc
So You Want to Run a Studio?
Thursday, September 21, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Matt Bishop is an Emmy Award winning producer and partner at Sinking Ship Entertainment. Matt began his career in live-action focused on pushing technology from HD to 8K. From there he moved into animation where he started and leads Sinking Ship’s animated production division. At Sinking Ship, Matt and his partners have created 15 original series and over 600 half-hours of children’s television. With shows airing in every country and in over 40 languages, Sinking Ship has grown to become one of North America’s premier kids entertainment companies and has been selected as Playback’s 2016 Kids Company of the Year. Matt has been the recipient of the prestigious Emmy Award, Gemini Award, Canadian Screen Award, Banff Rockie, Shaw Rocket Prize, Kidscreen Award, Ryerson Top 30 Under 30 Award, and the Youth Media Alliance Award.
Matt Bishop
 
Isabelle Cayer
Directrice générale
Animation, Innovation, and Convergence in the Heart of Quebec's Digital Economy
Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
 
Julien Coll
Responsable du développement des affaires, CDRIN
Animation, Innovation, and Convergence in the Heart of Quebec's Digital Economy
Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

I worked 3 years in a French company specialize in the creation of short realistic 3D films for scientific subjects and the development of educational games.
I'm now a technical artist specialize in Unreal Engine 4 in a Montréal since 4 years.
My position of business development at CDRIN (a research center in CGI) allow me to meet and speak with the people who make what the Quebec is in the field of 3D and entertainment's new technologies.
I am fascinated by animation movies, video games, architecture and VFX.
Julien Coll
 
Ricardo Curtis
Founder and Creative Director, House of Cool
So You Want to Run a Studio?
Thursday, September 21, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Ricardo Curtis is one of the animation industry's most successful professionals, and has played a pivotal role in the production of 20 successful feature films.

A Toronto native, Curtis relocated to Los Angeles after graduating from Sheridan College's Classical Animation Program. Working with Pixar, DreamWorks Animation Studios, Fox, Miramax and Warner Bros, he contributed to a number of projects as a story artist (The lncredibles, Monsters Inc.), Head of Story
(Book of Life, Horton Hears A Who), Supervising Animator (Osmosis Jones) and was an animator and designer on The Iron Giant.

Curtis returned to Canada in 2004 to launch House of Cool with Wesley Lui. As Co-Founder and Head of Story, he is the creative lead on studio projects.

Curtis just wrapped up a franchise project for 20th Century Fox/BlueSky Studios. He has developed and sold properties to Disney, Bravo!
and Teletoon, earning accolades at MIPCOM for his work. He has produced, written and directed short films, pilots, television series and commercials. Curtis is a mentor to animation students and a guest teacher at Sheridan College.
Ricardo Curtis
 
Pete Denomme
CEO & Executive Producer, Switch VFX & Animation
So You Want to Run a Studio?
Thursday, September 21, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Pete Denomme is CEO/Executive Producer of Switch VFX & Animation a unique, artist owned studio which differentiates itself by delivering both inventive visual effects and impactful animated content. His credits include but are not limited to: Welcome to Wayne webisodes (resulting in Nickelodeon’s first ever series greenlit from internet incubation), George of the Jungle, (recent winner of Best in 2D Animation at 21st Asian Television Awards) The Travels of the Young Marco Polo (currently airing on Netflix), Hippothesis, The Princess and the Frog, Winnie the Pooh and Curious George. His studio’s recent VFX credits also include work on Syfy’s hit series The Expanse and the upcoming feature Saw: Legacy.

Member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Visual Effects Society (VES), Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO), National Academy of Media Arts & Sciences (NAMAS) and the Alliance for Children and Television (ACT)
Pete Denomme
 
Hugues Dufour
Production Executive, Teletoon, Original Programmi, Corus Entertainment
Meet the Networks: Corus
Wednesday, September 20, 11:30 am - 11:50 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Hugues Dufour is Production Executive, Kids’ Original Programming for Corus. Hugues oversees the production of an assigned slate of original programming for TELETOON, YTV, and TREEHOUSE, 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 "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs," “Total Drama: Ridonculous Race,” “Matt Hatter,” “SuperNoobs,” “Freaktown,” “Atomic Puppet,” “Detentionaire,” “Johnny Test,” “Rocket Monkeys,” “The Day My Butt Went Psycho,” “Grojband,” “Cracké,” “Grandes Gueules,” “Bravest Warriors,” “Snow Snaps,” “ToonMarty,” “Chop-Chop Ninja,” “Total Drama Daycare”. Prior to joining TELETOON, Hugues was a writer and director for over twenty years for Max Films, ArtTV, and many other companies.
Hugues Dufour
 
Morghan Fortier
Co-Owner / Executive Producer, Tinman Creative Studios / Skyship Entertainment
Like, Comment, Share : How to Rock the Digital Content World
Thursday, September 21, 10:15 am - 11:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
So You Want to Run a Studio?
Thursday, September 21, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Morghan Fortier is the Co-Owner and Executive Producer of Tinman Creative Studios and Skyship Entertainment, digital-first production studios focusing on original series and song content for preschoolers and older audiences.
Tinman Creative Studios is home to Super Science Friends. Successfully Kickstarted in 2015, the series can now be seen on YouTube and the Cartoon Hangover VRV channel.

Skyship Entertainment is home to some of the most well known and loved children’s content on YouTube. With over 7 billion views, and 7 million subscribers across 5 channels, Skyship's children's brand Super Simple has been sharing songs and stories for over a decade. Our mission is to make enriching, high quality content available to children in every corner of the globe.
Morghan Fortier
 
Joel Frenzer
Artist, Professor, Filmmaker
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Thursday, September 21, 10:15 am - 11:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Utilizing his background in animation and performance, Joel Frenzer has developed a body of work that encompasses independent short films, puppetry, character voice acting, novelty song writing, looped animated vignettes, event MC-ing, and comedy podcasting. His work has been featured in international festivals, galleries, television, and online events. He and fellow pioneer, Alan Foreman, created the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum podcast in 2010, dubbed [by them] "the world’s most influential and humble animation/comedy podcast of the 21st century. " Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, Joel has taught and assisted classes at Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Pratt, and is now a full-time Professor of the Practice in Media Arts at SMFA at Tufts University. He is currently working on becoming a YouTuber.
Joel Frenzer
 
Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Athena Georgaklis is the newly appointed Head of Content for Nelvana.  Georgaklis, a highly respected animation executive, leads the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world.

Georgaklis has worked in Canadian broadcast and production for more than 19 years. In her most recent role, Georgaklis oversaw all original productions for Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON network, supervising the development and production of Canadian content in both English and French. During her time with TELETOON, she led the production and development of hit shows like Johnny Test, Knuckleheads(English and French), Fugget About It (English and French), Atomic Puppet, Rocket Monkeys, and the Total Drama Island franchise.
Athena Georgaklis
 
Archita Ghosh
Executive Producer + Partner, E*D Films
Animation, Innovation, and Convergence in the Heart of Quebec's Digital Economy
Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Archita Ghosh is the Executive Producer and a Partner at award-winning Montreal-based animation house and digital tools lab, E*D Films. Archita has most recently produced shorts and animated segments for: National Geographic Museum’s Monster Fish exhibition, Mindfuel Alberta’s science learning channel Wonderville, and EyeSteel Film’s documentary “Let There Be Light”. She continues to work on E*D Films’ own creative and technical projects including: the multi-platform universe of the sci-non-fi adventure “Elemented”, the intimate animated short about family folklore “Home was Hairy Hill”, a series of popular process tutorials on YouTube and Twitch, as well as E*D Films’ line of digital tools involving, among others, cinematic animation plug-ins for the Unity Game Engine, Maya, and Photoshop.

Archita’s 20+ years international experience as an engineer was a useful pre-cursor to her most recent 4 years in animation.
Archita Ghosh
 
Andy Greiling
Independent Film Maker
Startoon: Cartoons by Cartoonists
Wednesday, September 20, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Andy Greiling is a film maker, director and creator from Ontario, Canada. A graduate of Sheridan's animation program, Andy has spent the last few years in Vancouver as part of the team at Titmouse Inc, working on projects for Nickelodeon, Disney TV and Teletoon. In 2016, Andy participated in and won the inaugural edition of Startoon, the online talent development initiative for Canadian creators, and is currently developing "The Grim Repo Club" full time with Startoon and Wildseed Studios. The Grim Repo Club is a testament to Andy's interest in horror, mystery, and bizarre humour, and is being developed further by himself and Wildseed Studios.
Andy Greiling
 
Laurent Guérin
Vice President Content and Digital, Groupe Média TFO
Meet the Networks: TFO
Wednesday, September 20, 11:00 am - 11:20 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Laurent lights fires in media development and distribution strategies. He is one of the visionaries behind TFO’s digital success.
Since his arrival in 2013, his passion for content has directly contributed to increasing TFO television’s reach by 30% over a 24 month period. Laurent's insightful strategic direction and team leadership were essential to the development of the new TFO.org, an ambitious new all-video platform. He repositioned TFO’s social networks, delivering a 220% increase of fans and followers between 2014 and 2015. YouTube views alone have increased by 1100% between March 2014 and September 2015.
Laurent`s passion for new digital trends and his ability to bring bold creativity into the digital world are well recognized on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2015, he and his team received a Gémeaux award for the digital platform Le rêve de Champlain. Content conception and creation of multi-platform strategies are evidently two facets of the industry that Laurent thrives in. Fueled by his never-ending curiosity and adaptation to fluid environments, Laurent created the MCN for Mini TFO on YouTube, which has reached over 350 million views in 2017.
Laurent Guérin
 
Mathieu Hains
Senior Animator, Developer, Jam Filled
Startoon: Cartoons by Cartoonists
Wednesday, September 20, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

8 years in the animation industry as a Lead Animator and Animation Supervisor on Disney and Nickelodeon shows, Mathieu Hains is currently developing a slew of animated show pitches. His project, The Angry Little Cupcake, earned him second place in the 2016 Startoon Development Competition.
Mathieu Hains
 
Lucy Killick
Managing Director, Framestore
One-On-One with Lucy Killick : Finding talent and fostering creativity at an award winning studio
Wednesday, September 20, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Lucy began her career as a VFX Coordinator and on-set Data Coordinator after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Los Angeles. After working on Stephen Sommer’s The Mummy she joined Framestore’s long format Television Department where she completed a huge variety of productions including, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Don Quixote and Dinotopia. She joined Framestore’s Film department in 2002 as a VFX Producer working on Chris Columbus’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Kirk Jones’s Nanny McPhee. In 2005 Lucy became a Freelance VFX Producer working on Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II:The Golden Army, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
With nearly 20 years in the Industry, Lucy is currently Managing Director of Framestore's Montréal office. With experience working both facility and production - side, Lucy holds an in depth understanding of the challenges of the industry, working to provide the leadership and support needed to see Framestore’s expansion in the region.

Awards 2009 VES Award Nomination Hellboy II The Golden Army 2007 VES Award Nomination Children of Men
Lucy Killick
 
Pierre-Luc Labbée
President/Creative Talent Strategist, rhum
One-On-One with Lucy Killick : Finding talent and fostering creativity at an award winning studio
Wednesday, September 20, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

I eat creativity for breakfast. For the last 10 years, I have traveled all over the world and all over the web to connect with rare talents—creative, technical, and executive. Working in gaming, global advertising, and film visual effects, I noticed that most companies had the same problems: few human resources specialists really understood the business issues of these creative industries and are therefore challenged to authentically connect with an international creative workforce.

Rhum is my answer to the call for a collective of specialists who intuitively understand the needs of both the organization and the creative professional.
 
Billy Lopez
Creator -Welcome to the Wayne, Nickelodeon
Art+Biz Day: Exploring Nickelodeon’s the Wayne
Friday, September 22, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (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
 
Joel Mackenzie
Writer/Director/Character Designer
Startoon: Cartoons by Cartoonists
Wednesday, September 20, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Equipped with degrees in 2D Animation and Film, Joel attempts to create work that is entertaining, exciting and FUN.

He has directed multiple projects for clients, and has won awards for his own short films. His latest short, Lumberjacked, was awarded Best Music Video at the Animation Block Party in Brooklyn. It has also screened at many other prestigious international animation festivals including Annecy, Klik!, Stuttgart, and OIAF.

Joel recently completed a 4 minute short titled "Robo Wonder Kid" for Nickelodeon's 2015 Animated Shorts Program, which will be released soon. He co-created and designed "Spaceman et Robotron" which is currently in development with Teletoon.

Past clients include Teletoon, BBC Kids, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, HBO, and many more.
Joel Mackenzie
 
JF Malouin
CEO & Artist, Momentum R&D
Animation, Innovation, and Convergence in the Heart of Quebec's Digital Economy
Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

The first 15 years of my career were mostly spent at Ubisoft Montreal, animating and directing on super productions. It’s a period during which I also started teaching animation (Campus Ubisoft) and developed/managed Ubisoft’s inhouse mentoring program. Then I decided to leave the big studios and focus on personal questions and interests around animation through an experimental and artistic approach. I founded Momentum R&D, a company dedicated to animation research (supported by the NSERC, CDRIN, le Ministère de l’économie, de la science et de l’innovation du Québec, and the CMF). Momentum R&D is also part of La Guilde des développeurs indépendants de jeu video du Québec, which I was one of the founding members. Apart from business, I pursue an arts practice in VR (around presence, body and being). My most recent work “Les Trois Grâces” has been shown at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn), Symposium iX (SAT, Montréal), Festival International de Films sur l’Art (FIFA, Montréal), Elektra & MIAN (Montréal) and PHOS (Matane).
JF Malouin
 
Isabelle Marazzani
Coordonnatrice, Campus ADN
Animation, Innovation, and Convergence in the Heart of Quebec's Digital Economy
Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
 
Ben McEvoy
Producer / Host, The Smartist
So You Want to Run a Studio?
Thursday, September 21, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Ben McEvoy has spent almost 15 years learning the 'business of art' - both as a creative, a producer, a teacher, and as an entrepreneur. This experience has lead to the development of The Smartist, an online initiative designed to help introduce and coach artists and creative professionals about the mechanics of business, and most importantly, of success. Look for the Smartist Podcast launching in late 2017/early 2018 at thesmartist.com.

In his day-to-day, Ben leads award winning creative projects and business development initiatives for agencies, brands, content creators, entrepreneurs and educators through his creative agency, Friends & Enemies - a creative collective of creative studios and independent talent. Past and current media clients include Vice Canada, Google ZOO, 20th Century Fox, Corus, Lionsgate Films, CTV, CBC, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, TVO Kids, and the National Film Board of Canada. He's also co-founder and sometime executive director of TAAFI, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International.
Ben McEvoy
 
Rick Morrison
President, Big Jump Productions Inc.
So You Want to Run a Studio?
Thursday, September 21, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Spanning three decades, Rick has directed, produced, and executive produced over 130 hours of proprietary content including "Mole Sisters" (Treehouse), "King" (Family Channel), "For Better Or For Worse" (Teletoon) and "Shutterbugs" (TVO, SRC and Knowledge).
Since establishing Big Jump Productions with partners Cory Morrison and Rod Amador we are proud to have collaborated with clients such as Fox 21, Bento Box, Comedy Central, Muse Entertainment, CMT, Starburns Industries, Nicktoons, DHX Media, Home Plate Entertainment, Starz Entertainment, Amazon, Gaumont US and Netflix to name a few.
Presently, Big Jump is in development with Ludo Studios of Australia and the respective broadcasters on a 52 x 11 min animated series... Very exciting!
Rick Morrison
 
Drew Mullin
Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Kids
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Drew Mullin was an international award winning Writer, Director and Producer before joining the CBC Kids team as an Executive in Charge of Production in 2015. At CBC, Drew has overseen several broadcast and digital series including: season 1 of Dot, Snapshots, Glowbies, The Art Show and Season 2 of Ollie and Season 3 of Napkin Man. He also works closely with digital team to help executive produce the CBC Kids “Digital Originals” shorts.
Drew Mullin
 
Chris Nee
Executive Producer of Doc McStuffins and Vampirina, Disney Junior / Brown Bag Films
In Conversation with Chris Nee and Jennifer Oxley
Thursday, September 21, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Peabody, Humanitas and Emmy Award-winner Chris Nee is the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins," an imaginative animated series about a six-year-old girl who runs a clinic for stuffed animals and broken toys. She is also executive producer of Disney Junior's upcoming animated series "Vampirina," about a young vampire girl who faces the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.

Nee's inspiration for "Doc McStuffins" is two-fold based on her childhood which was spent helping out in her mother's popular independent toy stores, and her more recent experience as a mother to her young son who developed severe asthma when he was two years old. After seeing her own child's anxiety about going to the doctor, she decided to come up with an idea for a show that could help make the process of going to the doctor less scary for kids.

An accomplished children's television writer, Nee has also managed to juggle a successful career as a documentary and reality TV producer. While on location in Alaska for Discovery Channel's cult hit documentary reality series "Deadliest Catch," Nee was simultaneously writing the first "Wonder Pets" Christmas Special for Nickelodeon, which she completed while living in a converted World War II barracks-turned-hotel on an island in the middle of the Bering Sea. She is responsible for helping to discover fan favorite Captain Phil Harris and his sons, Josh and Jake, while doing interviews on the fishing boats. Nee received an Emmy Award nomination for her work on season one of the series. Her other producing credits include R.J. Cutler's "The Residents" for Discovery Channel and ABC's "The Real Roseanne Show," based on actress and comedian Roseanne Barr's life.

Nee has received multiple Emmy Award nominations for writing and won an Emmy in 2002 for her work on "Little Bill," the Peabody Award-winning series based on the children's books by Bill Cosby. Her additional writing credits include the Disney Channel series "American Dragon: Jake Long," Playhouse Disney series "Johnny and the Sprites" and "Higglytown Heroes," and Nickelodeon series "The Backyardigans" and "Olivia."

Nee began her career as an associate producer at Sesame Street International and spent time in Mexico, Finland, Israel and Jordan working on the local productions of the award winning show, before transitioning over to writing for the Sesame Workshop.

A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Nee is a graduate of New York University and currently sits on the board of the Hollywood Health & Society at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. She resides in Venice, California with her wife Lisa and their young son Theo.
Chris Nee
 
Jennifer Oxley
Co-Creator , Peg + Cat
In Conversation with Chris Nee and Jennifer Oxley
Thursday, September 21, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Jennifer Oxley was born in Hollywood, California and caught the filmmaking bug early – she made her first film at the age of seven. Since then she has directed fifteen short films for Sesame Street, as well as the award-winning adaptation of Spike Lee and Tanya Lewis Lee’s children’s book, Please, Baby, Please. Her latest film, The Music Box, was acquired by The Museum of Modern Art for their permanent children’s film collection. Her work in children’s television includes directing and artistic credits. Jennifer won an Emmy award for her role as director on Little Bill, and she created the look and animation style of The Wonder Pets, which won an Environmental Media Award and the prestigious Japan Prize. Most recently Jennifer teamed up with Billy Aronson to create the hit PBS Kids animated series Peg + Cat!
Jennifer Oxley
 
Emily Paige
President, Creative Producer + Managing Partner, E*D Films
CMF Digital Blast: Toolkits for Digital Makers
Wednesday, September 20, 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Emily Paige is the President, Creative Producer + Managing Partner E*D Films, a Montréal-based indie animation house and digital tools lab. The studio's work has been recognized with a Webby award for Best Animation, an ARTE International Pixel Prize, and has received over 124 other awards and official selections at festivals around the globe. Emily holds a MA in Art Education, with a focus on digital media. She sits on the board of L’Alliance Québec Animation (AQA) and the advisory board of Montréal in Motion (MIM). This year, she was a juror for the transmedia pitches at Marché international du film d’animation in Annecy.
Emily Paige
 
Dominic Panganiban
Like, Comment, Share : How to Rock the Digital Content World
Thursday, September 21, 10:15 am - 11:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Dominic, more commonly known as Domics on the internet, started off drawing web comics on Tumblr in 2010 and then got into animation in 2012 when he began uploading to youtube. His 2D animations often consist of humorous skits, or stories from his everyday life.
Dominic Panganiban
 
Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos
Director, Disruption & Multiplatforms Distribution, Groupe Média TFO
CMF Digital Blast: MaXi
Thursday, September 21, 9:45 am - 10:00 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (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: Exploring Nickelodeon’s the Wayne
Friday, September 22, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (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
 
Nicole Rivera
Director of Development, Original Series, Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network’s Emmy Winning Artists Program: Looking Ahead
Saturday, September 23, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Nicole Rivera is Director of Development for Cartoon Network Original Series, where she works to identify and shepherd new animated series. Prior to joining the development team at Cartoon Network, Nicole was on the development teams at Universal Kids & Family Productions and DreamWorks Animation TV. Nicole also worked for Cartoon Network from 2008-2015, first as part of the Content Acquisitions Team and then as a Manger of Current Series, where she worked on shows including Steven Universe, Clarence and The Powerpuff Girls.

Prior to her career at Cartoon Network, Rivera worked in production and development at Focus Features and served as the assistant to one of the producers on the 20th Century Fox film, The Devil Wears Prada. She holds a BA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Nicole Rivera
 
Winston Rowntree
Creator, Virus Comix
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Thursday, September 21, 10:15 am - 11:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Winston Rowntree is a Toronto-based writer/artist who has been producing the award-winning online comic series “Subnormality” since 2007, and the also-award-winning animated webseries “peopleWatching” since 2017, and has been a contributor to humor site Cracked.com since 2009. Find his work at viruscomix.com
Winston Rowntree
 
Linda Simensky
Vice President, Children’s Programming, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Meet the Networks: PBS
Wednesday, September 20, 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
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Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

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.
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 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 children’s programming speaker; she also teaches Animation History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Linda Simensky
 
Mike Valiquette
Producer/Director, Startoon
Startoon: Cartoons by Cartoonists
Wednesday, September 20, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Mike is an award-winning animation producer and director, and a huge supporter of the Canadian animation community. He runs Canadian Animation Resources, the online hub for the animation scene in Canada, and is currently the driving force behind Startoon, the online talent development program backed by the Shaw Rocket Fund. Mike also runs a boutique animation studio in Toronto, Go Lucky, specializing in IP development and preproduction services.
Mike Valiquette
 
Steven Woolley
Animator
Startoon: Cartoons by Cartoonists
Wednesday, September 20, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

My name is Steven Woolley. I am an animator working at pipeline studios in Hamilton. I believe that anything is possible as long as hard work and consistency are the foundations of a goal. I've been infatuated with the entertainment industry, especially animation, from my earliest memories. I recently graduated from Algonquin's Animation Program in pursuit of my dream of becoming an Animation Director, and one day developing my own show.
Steven Woolley