Speakers
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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 - Big Jump Room (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
 
Jeff Barker
Director / Story Artist, Uppercut Cartoons
A Creative Evolution: Atomic Puppet
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Jeff likes to make drawings-especially funny ones.
Born in the farmland of southern Ontario in a patch of tobacco leaves, Jeff Barker was branded a 'hyper active deviant' by the medical world at a very tender age. His mother was to find some way to funnel his boundless energy before drastic measures were taken. After many failed attempts, finally she found a way to focus the erratic youngster- THE ALMIGHTY PENCIL!
Jeff drew non-stop for the next two decades, blazing through high school and Sheridan College's Animation program, graduating both with honours.
His uncontrolled yearning to draw still unquenched, he proceeded into a career in the animation field, working with many top Canadian companies in every facet of the animation cycle, from character design, layout and development, to storyboarding on such shows as Yin,Yang,Yo, Ed, Edd'n'Eddy, Atomic Betty, Johnny Test, Camp Lakebottom,Grojband, Wild Kratts, Rocket Monkeys and co-direction of shows such as The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers (BAFTA award for best series, Pulcinnella award for Best Series),Jimmy Two-Shoes and Atomic Puppet.
Currently a director and story artist for Mercury Filmworks he continues to hone his craft and pursue his passion.
When not making funny drawings at a feverish clip, Jeff can be found at arenas across Ontario chasing after his 3 hockey playing daughters.
Jeff Barker
 
Marie-Claude Beauchamp
President / Executive Producer, CarpeDiem Film & TV Inc.
Making of Snowtime!
Thursday, September 22, 9:45 am - 10:45 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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
 
Mary Bredin
Executive Vice President, Content, Guru Animation Studio
Exporting Your Canadian IP
Wednesday, September 21, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Mary Bredin is the EVP of Content & Strategy at Guru Studio. With a passion for character-driven storytelling, Mary leads the charge in acquiring and developing exceptional original content, such as the award-winning shows Justin Time and Dinopaws. Mary is currently developing and is Executive Producer of, the highly anticipated True and the Rainbow Kingdom – a Netflix Original Series set to launch in 2017. Having spent 15 years biking the cobblestone streets of London and Paris, Mary’s previous positions include; Director of Programming & Acquisitions at the Disney Channels in London and Director of Acquisitions for Viasat, part of the Modern Times Group. Mary moved back to Toronto 2007 where she is a fully qualified lawyer called to the Bar of Ontario.
Mary Bredin
 
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 - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
 
Andy Coyle
Director, Mercury Filmworks
A Creative Evolution: Atomic Puppet
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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 - Big Jump Room (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
 
Ken Faier
Senior Vice President/General Manager, DHX Studios
Exporting Your Canadian IP
Wednesday, September 21, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

As Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Studios, Ken Faier is focused on the overall management of DHX Media’s animation, live action and interactive studios, and on growing the slate of original kids and family content. These properties include Inspector Gadget, Kate & Mim-Mim, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Supernoobs, Make It Pop and Airmageddon. Formerly, as President of Nerd Corps Entertainment for more than 10 years, Ken executive produced all of Nerd Corps’ original properties including Slugterra, Endangered Species, Rated A for Awesome and Storm Hawks. He was also instrumental in building the company into a world-renowned studio with each of its original properties sold to more than 150 territories.
Ken Faier
 
Karen Fowler
Show Runner & Executive Producer, Karen Fowler
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 22, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Karen Fowler is a multi-Emmy winning Executive Producer and Showrunner. A dynamic architect of kids programming, Karen has held staff positions at Nickelodeon, CBC and Sesame Workshop and worked independently for Sprout, Henson , Toca Boca and Spinmaster.

She was the brain trust and the force behind The Electric Company's reinvention for which she won 3 Emmy awards (Outstanding Children's Series 2010-2012), 10 in total for the series, for her vision and originality as well as three Parent's Choice gold awards. She has deep experience in animation and live action.

Fowler is currently working on Jim Henson & Industrial Brothers’ animated series  “Dot,” based on the book by Randi Zuckerberg, for Sprout and CBC. She is also in development with King Rollo (UK-Bafta winners) & Koko Rose on an animated series called “Flora of the Forest”.  She is represented by Vanguarde Artists Management in Toronto.

She is a dual citizen of the US and Canada.
 
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 - Big Jump Room (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 - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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
 
Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 22, 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
 
Ollie Green
Vice President, Animated Production, Adult Swim
Meet the Networks - Adult Swim
Wednesday, September 21, 11:30 am - 11:50 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Ollie Green is Vice President of Animated Production for Adult Swim. With Adult Swim since 2005, Ollie has supervised production on both animated and live action series, specials and pilots. Working closely with creators, show runners and production studios, she oversees shows from pilot production through series run. Prior to Adult Swim, Ollie was Coordinating Producer on "Little Bill" at Nickelodeon and Production Supervisor on "The PJ’s" at Will Vinton Studios, and had freelanced in San Francisco, LA, Portland and NY. Some of her Adult Swim animated credits include "Rick and Morty," "Robot Chicken," "China," "IL," "Superjail," "Metalocalypse," "Freaknik: The Musical," "Lucy," "Daughter of the Devil," "Xavier: Renegade Angel," and "Morel Orel."
Ollie Green
 
Laurent Guérin
Vice President Content and Digital, Groupe Média TFO
Meet the Networks - Groupe Média TFO
Wednesday, September 21, 10:30 am - 10:50 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 150 million views in 2015.
Laurent Guérin
 
Michael Hirsh
Chairman, The Entertainment and Media Finance Group
The Executive Producer of My Canadian Childhood: A One-on-One with Michael Hirsh
Wednesday, September 21, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Michael is the co-founder of Nelvana Limited, where he served as co-CEO for decades until his departure in 2002, seeing through the sale of the company to Corus Entertainment in 2000. He developed and produced some of the most acclaimed children’s animated programs, such as Babar, The Adventures in Tintin and Care Bears and Nelvana built its name as a world-class animation company.

Michael also co-founded TeleTOON, the leading animation network in Canada, and he led a consortium in 2004 to acquire Cinar Corporation, rebranded Cookie Jar Entertainment, where he became CEO. When DHX Media acquired the much-celebrated children’s entertainment company in 2012, Michael became Vice-Chairman and sat on the board of DHX for three years.

Michael cofounded and is chairman of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group, Inc. (TEAM), which combines professional financial advisory services with interim and specialized lending for small and medium-sized producers in Canada. He is also the Chairman at CineCoup, an independent and gamified film-funding agency, and the CEO at Floating Island Entertainment, a producing team with many titles in development.
Michael Hirsh
 
Tatiana Krokar
Director of Action-Comedy Content, Cartoon Network Studios
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 22, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Tatiana Krokar is currently Manager of Action-Comedy Content at Cartoon Network covering a number of current shows such as Teen Titans Go! and Ben 10 in addition to numerous development projects. Prior to her five years at Cartoon Network she was at Nickelodeon. She holds a BA in both Film Studies and Ancient Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Film from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Outside of work she likes to do
improv, work on her own creative projects, and get bad race times in triathlons.
Tatiana Krokar
 
Brandon Lane
Production Executive, Teletoon, Corus Entertainment
Case Study: The Forks in the Road: Development
Thursday, September 22, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
Meet the Networks - Corus Entertainment
Wednesday, September 21, 11:00 am - 11:20 am, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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 - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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
 
Chantal Ling
Supervising Producer, Mercury Filmworks
A Creative Evolution: Atomic Puppet
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Chantal boasts 17 years of experience in the entertainment industry as well as a solid track record of developing, financing, and producing outstanding children’s programming. Currently a Producer at Mercury Filmworks®, Chantal oversees multiple projects thus liaising with international clients to develop and produce quality animated productions that exceed creative, editorial and broadcast standards. Her previous list of credits include 'The Secret World of Benjamin Bear' for the Family Channel, 'The Snow Queen' for BBC and CBC, 'Rollbots' for YTV, 'Rob the Robot' for TVO and, most recently, 'Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome' for Mattel/Playground Productions. Chantal is also presently in production on the Technicolor, Gaumont and Mercury Filmworks® collaboration, 'Atomic Puppet', for Disney XD and Teletoon.
Chantal Ling
 
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 - 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
 
John McKinnon
Writer/Editor/Assistant Director, Mercury Filmworks
A Creative Evolution: Atomic Puppet
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
 
Michelle Melanson Cuperus
President / Executive Producer, Radical Sheep Productions
Case Study: The Forks in the Road: Development
Thursday, September 22, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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
 
Kimberley Mooney
Director, Animation Development, Nickelodeon
Pitch THIS!
Thursday, September 22, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)
 
Rick Morrison
President, Big Jump Productions Inc.
Exporting Your Canadian IP
Wednesday, September 21, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Rick has over 30 years experience spanning all areas of animation production. He has been nominated for a Gemini, Cable Ace and Golden Eagle Award. Having helmed two major Canadian studios, he has been pivotal in delivering 100s of half-hours to clients globally. Rick also directed, produced and executive produced over 180 half-hours of proprietary content which presently airs world wide. Rick is presently exec producing Big Jump's IP, Shutterbugs.
Rick Morrison
 
Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos
Director, Disruption & Multiplatforms Distribution, Groupe Média TFO
Meet the Networks - Groupe Média TFO
Wednesday, September 21, 10:30 am - 10:50 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: Storytelling Beyond TV
Friday, September 23, 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
 
Jan Pinkava
Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories
VR and Storytelling: Your Attention, Please!
Thursday, September 22, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing 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
 
Frank Saperstein
Executive Vice President, Kids, Family & Animation, Tricon Films And Television
Exporting Your Canadian IP
Wednesday, September 21, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Frank oversees all aspects of development, production, programming, digital and licensing opportunities for Tricon’s Kids, Family and Animation business, leveraging the company's extensive development, production and distribution expertise, while expanding global reach through strategic partnerships with creators,co-producers, broadcasters and ancillary revenue opportunities.

An Annecy Award Winning and Primetime Emmy Nominated Executive Producer, Writer and Director, Frank previously served as CEO/Executive Producer for Surprise Bag, Inc., SVP of Family Television for Entertainment One, SVP of Kids and Animation for Blueprint Entertainment,Co-CEO/Creative Director of PASI (Philippine Animation Studio, Inc.) and as a Development Executive with VH1/MTV Networks. Frank’s credits include gender-bending classics “Pee-wee’s Playhouse”, (CBS)and “Ren & Stimpy”, (Nickelodeon). Mr. Saperstein earned an MFA from New York
University – Tisch School of The Arts.
Frank Saperstein
 
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 - Big Jump Room (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.
 
Joan Vogelesang
International Consultant, JV Consulting
The Executive Producer of My Canadian Childhood: A One-on-One with Michael Hirsh
Wednesday, September 21, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Joan Vogelesang is an international consultant. She is the past President and CEO of ToonBoom Animation.
Joan Vogelesang
 
Steven Wendland
Vice President, Animation & Creative Head, Technicolor
A Creative Evolution: Atomic Puppet
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

As Vice President and Creative Head of Technicolor’s animation business, Steven Wendland is charged with overseeing and developing properties for the company. Current properties include Mark Drop & Jerry Leibowitz’ Atomic Puppet, and Tom Taylor & James Brouwer’s The Deep.

Steven joined Technicolor in 2008 after a nearly decade-long tenure at Mainframe Entertainment where he was Senior Producer, overseeing creative development and project management.

Steven studied music at the University of Regina before completing his studies in Simon Fraser University's Film Program.
Steven Wendland
 
Matthew Wexler
CEO & Executive Producer, Wexworks Media
Exporting Your Canadian IP
Wednesday, September 21, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

Matt is the CEO and Executive Producer of Wexworks Media, a Canadian-based media company focused on the development, production and strategic implementation of innovative media content. Most recently Matt was co-head of Spin Master Entertainment (Toronto and Los Angeles) where he served as Executive Producer. While at Spin Master he was a key creative and production architect for 'Bakugan Battle Brawlers' (Teletoon, Cartoon Network), 'Redakai' (YTV, Cartoon Network), 'PAW Patrol' (Nickelodeon), and 'Tenkai Knights' (Cartoon Network). Prior to the launch of Spin Master Entertainment (2008), Matt spent 8 years as an integral part of Spin Master's management team focusing on global business development and licensing, during which he had postings in Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Matthew Wexler
 
Travis Williams
Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks
A Creative Evolution: Atomic Puppet
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Big Jump Room (Drawing Room)

As Director of Development for Mercury Filmworks, Travis works closely with writers, designers, and creators to identify concepts with strong appeal and develops them to their full potential with Mercury's domestic and international partners. With over 15 years of experience in the children's entertainment business, Travis remains a kid at heart and uses his passion for animation to bring great ideas to life.

Prior to Mercury, Travis spent seven years at Teletoon, supervising the development and production of over 300 hours of television and such series as “Jimmy Two-Shoes,” “Wayside,” “Johnny Test,” “Spliced,” “Total Drama Island,” “Hotwheels Battle Force 5,” and “Detentionaire.”
Travis Williams