Speakers
TAC Speakers

Melissa Amer
Deputy Director, Television, English Market, Telefilm Canada
Canadian Funding and Tax Credits 101
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Château Laurier - L'Orangerie Room

Melissa Amer is a Deputy Director, CMF Program Administrator based out of Telefilm Canada’s Toronto office and has worked with the CMF for over 15 years. The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms.
Melissa Amer
 
Rowel Barba
Department of Trade and Industry Philippines
Global Check in: Canary Islands, Jamaica, and the Philippines
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Atty. Rowel S. Barba serves as the Chief-of-Staff of the Office of the Secretary. Prior to this, he headed the formerly Competitiveness and Ease of Doing Business Group (CEODBG) now Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG) of the DTI from 2018 to 2019, and the Management Services Group (MSG) from 2016 to February 2018, where he oversaw policy making and implementation of operating plans and communication support for the entire Department.

Atty. Barba is a respected name in business and law circles, having had over 20 years of experience. He was the former Managing Partner of Barba & Associates Law Offices. He is perhaps most known for his tenure in the RFM Corporation, a publicly listed corporation, where he used to be Vice President and Head of the Corporate Legal & HR Divisions.
Rowel Barba
 
Raquel Benitez Rojas
CEO/Executive Producer, Comet Entertainment Inc.
Global Check in: Canary Islands, Jamaica, and the Philippines
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Ms. Benítez Rojas works as CEO of Comet Entertainment Inc. The company provides commercial assessments of projects in development, including advice on improving the international sale ability of the program with sale projections and finance structures, and has been commissioned to do so for multinational companies. Conversely, Comet Entertainment Inc offers source rights holders contractual advice on rights options granted, as well as acts as a venture capital investor, co producer, and private investor in its own developments or third parties rights, developments, or IT. Ms. Benítez Rojas is a member of the board of directors of Comet Entertainment Inc, Vitamin Cartoons Inc, Huge Dog Media, International Media, and Arts Institute and DFI Inc.
Raquel Benitez Rojas
 
Chris Benjamin
Vice-Consul Trade & Investment, Consulate General of Jamaica
Global Check in: Canary Islands, Jamaica, and the Philippines
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
 
Mary Bredin
President/Creative Producer, Team TO / Green Tiger Club
Navigating an Ever-Changing Market
Thursday, September 26, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Mary is a passionate Creative Development exec and showrunner. Mary is presently collaborating with TeamTO, a powerhouse French content company and she is looking for shows with global appeal. Mary developed and executive produced the Emmy-nominated series "Justin Time", as well as the Netflix Original "True and the Rainbow Kingdom" with co-executive producers Pharell Williams, Frank Falcone, and Bill Schulz. She co-created the new show "Pik-wik", which will air on Disney and Treehouse with Rachel Marcus and Frank Falcone. Mary is familiar with all aspects of content having worked 9 years at Disney London, plus her time as EVP Content + Strategy at Guru Studio.
Mary Bredin
 
Eric Calderon
Head of Studio, Octopie Studio
Pitch THIS ! Finale
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

24+ years experience in writing, development, & co-productions for animation specifically in the US, Canada, South East Asia, and Japan. Currently also producing and hosting 'Surviving Animation', an original industry-focused YouTube channel.
Eric Calderon
 
Karen Chau
Director, Originals - Kids Scripted , The Walt Disney Company
Pitch THIS ! Finale
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
 
Jeffrey Crossman
Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada
Canadian Funding and Tax Credits 101
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Château Laurier - L'Orangerie Room
 
Queila Delgado
Economic Representative of the Canary Islands Gove, Sociedad Canaria de Fomento Económico S.A. - PROEXCA
Global Check in: Canary Islands, Jamaica, and the Philippines
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
 
Mark Edwards
Lawyer, Edwards PC, Creative Law
Animation Law Overview: Copyright to Contracts
Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - L'Orangerie Room

Mark is a lawyer and founder of Edwards PC, Creative Law, an Ottawa legal boutique focusing on creative clients - individuals and companies producing animation, films, TV, digital media, software, music and books.

Mark has also been a producer, developing and financing over $52M of children's animation, a founder, launching CrowdWave, a proprietary, mass-interactive game platform for professional and collegiate sports, and a builder, managing development and production of state of the art 'advergames' and interactive web sites for the NA advertising industry.

As both a lawyer and a media entrepreneur, Mark practices creative law, building and helping others to build entertainment and new media businesses.
Mark Edwards
 
Mark Eyers
Breaking the mold: Canada's next steps in the global animation market
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
 
Cristina Fiumara
Director of Original Programming, The Walt Disney Company
Navigating an Ever-Changing Market
Thursday, September 26, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
 
Morghan Fortier
Co-Owner & CEO, Skyship Entertainment / Tinman Creative Studios
Navigating an Ever-Changing Market
Thursday, September 26, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Morghan Fortier is the Co-Owner and CEO of Skyship Entertainment and Co-Owner / Executive Producer of Tinman Creative Studios, digital-first production studios focused on original series and song content for preschoolers and older audiences.

Skyship Entertainment is home to some of the most well known and loved children’s content on YouTube. With over 11+ billion views, and 12+ million subscribers across 9 Youtube 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.

Prior to forming Tinman & Skyship, Morghan has produced numerous television shows such as JoJo's Circus (Playhouse Disney), Celebrity Deathmatch (The Comedy Network), Rick & Steve (LOGO / Teletoon) and Ugly Americans (Comedy Central).
Morghan Fortier
 
Guillermo García Carsí
Creative Director, Lingokids
Developing a hit pre-school Series: The story of Pocoyo with creator Guillermo García Carsí
Wednesday, September 25, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Château Laurier - L'Orangerie Room

Creator and Director of the Children Award-winning Series Pocoyo. Guillermo’s international success has been recognized with a long list of awards including: ANNECY best TV series and BAFTA Best Preschool Series, among many others.  In 2009 he founded El Señor Studio, along with his sister Beatriz.  Doomed, their first project, won prizes in 7 festivals including Best Comedy Fernand Raynaud (Clermont Ferrand 2012). Nefertiti’s Hand, is his latest short film, was nominated for a Goya Award and won the Silver Award at Taipei International Digital Contest Awards Guillermo is currently developing projects for DISNEY EMEA and Creative director at LINGOKIDS developing a new preschool series.
Guillermo García Carsí
 
Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment
Pitch This! Semi-Final Presentations
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled 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
Ollie and Joel’s Adult and Prime Time Animation Survival Package
Wednesday, September 25, 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

With Adult Swim since 2004, Ollie has supervised production on animated and live action series, specials and pilots. Her animated Adult Swim credits include but are not limited to: Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, The Shivering Truth, The Jellies, Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio, Superjail, Tigtone, Mr. Pickles, The Venture Bros, Metalocalypse, Freaknik: The Musical, Lucy, Daughter of the Devil, Xavier: Renegade Angel, and Morel Orel.

Prior to Adult Swim, Ollie was Coordinating Producer on Little Bill at Nickelodeon, Production Supervisor on The PJ’s at Will Vinton Studios, Line Producer at MTV, and served in various production functions on multiple independent projects.

Awards include 5 Emmys (Robot Chicken, Rick and Morty, Little Bill) 2 Annies (Robot Chicken, Rick and Morty) and a Humanitas Prize (Little Bill.)
Ollie Green
 
Tanya Green
Head of Animated Series, Sinking Ship Entertainment
Breaking the mold: Canada's next steps in the global animation market
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Tanya Green is a multi-Emmy award winning producer and over her career has produced many children's series such as "Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood", "Peg+Cat", "Wild Kratts", "Camp Lakebottom", "Arthur", and "Magic School Bus Rides Again". Tanya was the VP Production at 9Story/Brown Bag Films for 10 years and prior to that she headed up the animation department at Breakthrough Films and Television.
Tanya Green
 
Michael Hirsh
CEO, WOW! Unlimited Media
Breaking the mold: Canada's next steps in the global animation market
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled 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
 
Lindsay Knowler
Senior Solutions Specialist, Toon Boom Animation
Pitch This! Semi-Final Presentations
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Lindsay recently moved to Montreal, Quebec to join the Toon Boom Animation team as a Senior Solutions Specialist after working several years in animation studios out of Vancouver, British Columbia. While she enjoys all facets of animation production, her specialty is in rigging and will commonly refer to it as “cartoon engineering”. She believes developing strong team bonds and interdepartmental understanding is the foundation for successful studios and productions. One of the secret ingredients to her motivational practice is through the use of funny gifs.
Lindsay Knowler
 
Joel Kuwahara
Co-Founder, President of Production, Bento Box
Ollie and Joel’s Adult and Prime Time Animation Survival Package
Wednesday, September 25, 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

With over 25 years of animation experience and two Emmy® Awards, Joel oversees Bento Box’s production and is an Executive Producer or Supervising Producer on Bento Box projects. He was principally involved in the development and implementation of Bento Box Entertainment’s industry-leading all-digital production pipeline; the only such system used in primetime animation, which has transformed the production process worldwide.

Prior to co-founding Bento Box, Joel was a production executive at Film Roman, where he was Emmy®-nominated as a producer on “The Simpsons” and produced “The Simpsons Movie”. Prior to Film Roman, Joel was a producer at Warner Brothers Animation, Sony Animation and Vice President of Production of Icebox.com. Over his career, Joel has designed and built three animation studios from the ground up: Sony Animation, Icebox Animation and Bento Box Entertainment.
Joel Kuwahara
 
Curtis Lelash
Director of Kids & Family, Netflix
Pitch THIS ! Finale
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Curtis Lelash is the Director of Kids and Family at Netflix.

Lelash spent more than a decade at Turner-owned Cartoon Network’s original series department, initially as manager, comedy animation before rising up through the ranks.

The Adventure Time executive producer was promoted to the role of senior VP of original series at Cartoon Network in late 2016. Prior to joining Cartoon Network in 2005, Lelash worked in development at DreamWorks Animation on movies including How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda.
Curtis Lelash
 
Wes Lui
Director of Operations, House of Cool
The Ins & Outs of your financial relationship with international partners
Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Wes worked in commercial lending and personal finance at TD Canada Trust, the Bank of Montreal and CIBC Wood Gundy. Wes then moved to VFC Inc. where as Area Finance Manager he helped grow the company to become Canada’s largest sub-prime lending institution, completing an IPO on the TSX and eventually being acquired by TD Canada Trust.

In 2004, Wes left VFC to found House of Cool with longtime friend and business partner, Ricardo Curtis. Since then, Wes has acted as the studio’s Director of Operations and has been the producer on all House of Cool productions. In these roles, Wes has led negotiations with major studios such as Disney, Universal, Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Wes also played an integral role in structuring the acquisition of high-end computer generated animation studio, Red Rover, in 2008. With Ricardo’s immense talent in the arts, Wes looks forward to developing House of Cool Inc. and Red Rover initiatives creating a dynamic culture and workplace. Wes is the acting President of Red Rover.

Most recently, Wesley Lui was elected Vice President of Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO), an association dedicated to promoting the growth of the Ontario animation and visual effects industry. CASO represents more than 80 studios in Ontario. Wes graduated with a degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University
 
Rachel Marcus
Vice President, Creative Development, Guru Studio
Breaking the mold: Canada's next steps in the global animation market
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Rachel's passion is creating innovative IP while discovering and mentoring new talent. Her focus as Development Executive is sourcing new creative projects and building partnerships to develop concepts for linear and interactive content. Rachel spent four years at Nickelodeon in New York working in Digital Content Development creating original IP games and short-form pilots. She attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston studying Architecture and Illustration.
Rachel Marcus
 
Michelle McIver
Digital Media Producer, Freelance
Canadian Funding and Tax Credits 101
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Château Laurier - L'Orangerie Room

A CSA and YMA nominated digital media producer and strategist, Michelle is uniquely qualified to bridge the comprehension gap between traditional television and digital media production. Leveraging her experience in grass roots promotional marketing, online ad sales and cross platform campaigns, she ensures that the ongoing needs of promotion and engagement are taken into account at all stages. Michelle is often called upon to create discoverability plans for both TV and digital, to work with and apply for funds, and to advise on partnership opportunities for content creators. With over 18 years producing interactive projects, Michelle spent the last 7 focusing her efforts in the children's media space.
Michelle McIver
 
Marisa Murray
Chief Executive Coach & Founding President, Leaderley International
Be the Boss You Wish You Had: Retaining Talent in a Competitive Market
Thursday, September 26, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Marisa Murray P. Eng., MBA, PCC is the founding president and Chief Executive Coach at Leaderley International, an organization dedicated to supporting individuals and companies in developing best-in-class leadership competencies - in today’s rapidly changing, highly complex world. She leverages her experience as a former Partner with Accenture and VP at Bell in providing executive coaching and leadership programs for organizations including Molson-Coors, SunLife, Pratt & Whitney and Queen’s University. Marisa is also an author and sought-after speaker: Jacques Mailloux (CIO, Elections Canada) commented on her Amazon best seller book WORK SMART: “the chapter on resilience should be mandatory reading... there are not many books I suggest to my management team. This is among the few.” Marisa is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Professional Engineer and alumni from the University of Waterloo and holds an MBA from Queen’s University.
Marisa Murray
 
Byron Pascoe
Lawyer, Edwards PC, Creative Law
Animation Law Overview: Copyright to Contracts
Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - L'Orangerie Room

Byron grew up being very active in Ottawa’s arts community. After completing a business degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, he returned to Ottawa to manage a TV and new media production company. They produced comedy programming for CBC, MuchMusic, U.S. cable network G4TV, and created some of the earliest original online prank comedy programming.

Byron attended Law School at the University of Windsor. He co-founded the Entertainment Law Society, and Charter Project (www.JoinTheDiscussion.ca), a national education initiative about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Byron produced public service announcements about the Charter’s 30th anniversary, featuring Canadian celebrities. Millions of Canadians watched them on television and in movie theaters.

After practicing law at a business law firm, Byron joined Mark Edwards at Ottawa’s creative law boutique - Edwards PC, Creative Law (www.edwardslaw.ca). Each having experience in the industry, they provide legal assistance to individuals and companies producing games, films, TV, animation, digital media, software, music and publications.
Byron Pascoe
 
Kelly Payne
Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives, Ontario Creates
Canadian Funding and Tax Credits 101
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Château Laurier - L'Orangerie Room
 
Jason Powers
Executive, Business Development – Film & Media, Western Union Business Solutions
The Ins & Outs of your financial relationship with international partners
Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
 
Shane Prigmore
Vice President, Creative & Artistic Development, Disney Television Animation
A conversation with Disney Television Animation's Shane Prigmore & Jermaine Turner
Thursday, September 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Prigmore leads creative development across all of Disney Television Animation's animated programming for kids 2-5 and kids 6-11 across Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney+. The Annie Award-winning animation veteran joined Disney in 2014 to develop and serve as co-executive producer on "Tangled: The Series," before moving into development, shepherding shows including "DuckTales," "Big Hero 6 The Series," "Amphibia" and "Big City Greens." His additional credits include "The Iron Giant," "The Lego Movie," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Coraline."
Shane Prigmore
 
Jon Rennie
Managing Director, Cloth Cat Animation
Cloth Cat Animation: Developing Customized Technology & Creating a Hit Chinese Series
Wednesday, September 25, 11:40 am - 12:30 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Cloth Cat Animation is a full integrated animation company specialising in 2D and 3D character animation, mainly for the children's and preschool markets. We are the largest animation production company in Wales, working with clients all over the world. Our work can be seen on CBeebies, Disney, Cartoon Network, Netflix, S4C, CCTV, ABC Australia and many more channels worldwide, including the Emmy nominated "Luo Bao Bei", "Shane the Chef", "The Rubbish World of Dave Spud", "Olobob Top", "Ethel & Ernest", "Boj", "Grandpa in my Pocket" and Disney's "Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh".
Jon Rennie
 
Shabnam Rezaei
President & Co-Founder, BIG BAD BOO Studios Vancouver
The Ins & Outs of your financial relationship with international partners
Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Shabnam started Big Bad Boo to make quality cartoons. Shows include ’16 Hudson’ (TVO Kids), ‘Bravest Knight’ (Hulu), ‘Mixed Nutz’, ‘Lili & Lola’ and ‘1001 Nights’ (Teletoon), which air in 80 countries. Based in NYC and Vancouver, the company has an SVOD channel called Oznoz that serves cartoons in various languages. With a BS in Computer Science, a BA in German Literature from UPenn, and an MBA from NYU, Shabnam started her career on Wall Street. She was born in Iran, grew up in Austria and is raising her girls trilingual.
Shabnam Rezaei
 
Nicole Rivera
Director of Development, Original Series, Cartoon Network
Navigating an Ever-Changing Market
Thursday, September 26, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled 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, Rivera was on the development teams at Universal Kids & Family Productions and DreamWorks Animation TV. She also worked for Cartoon Network from 2008-2015, first as part of the Content Acquisitions Team and then as Manager of Current Series, where she worked on shows including "Steven Universe", "Clarence" and the reimagined "The Powerpuff Girls".

Previously, 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".

Rivera holds a BA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Nicole Rivera
 
Sylvie Rochon
Content Producer, Digital Dimension
Pitch This! Semi-Final Presentations
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 11:30 am, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

With over 15 years in the TV animation industry (enriched by a detour in gaming and VFX production), Sylvie is an unabashed cartoon geek and consummate creative citizen. Her experience ranges from freelance scriptwriter, development associate, and production executive, all of which have expanded her approach to crafting stories and characterization. Working with the IP development team, Sylvie will be focusing on idea incubation, building new projects, and fostering a strong, creative ecosystem at Digital Dimension.
Sylvie Rochon
 
Linda Simensky
Head of Kids Content, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Breaking the mold: Canada's next steps in the global animation market
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
Pitch THIS ! Finale
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled 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, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming.
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
 
Ram Srinivasan
CFO, Business Affairs, Big Jump Entertainment
The Ins & Outs of your financial relationship with international partners
Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room
 
Asalle Tanha
Manager of Development, Cartoon Network Studios
Pitch THIS ! Finale
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Asalle is the Manager of Development for Cartoon Network’s Original Series department, working to find and develop new original kids shows. Prior to Cartoon Network, Asalle worked in development at Arc Productions and in production in Pixar's Story department. She holds a BA in Classical Civilizations from UC Berkeley and an MSc from the London School of Economics in Media and Communications.
Asalle Tanha
 
Jermaine Turner
Executive Director, Development, Disney Television Animation
A conversation with Disney Television Animation's Shane Prigmore & Jermaine Turner
Thursday, September 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

In his more than 20 year career at Disney, Turner has worked across live-action and animated programming as both a current series and development executive. Originally beginning his career at Fox Kids, Turner initially joined Disney to help build the action-adventure platform Jetix. He has overseen a multitude of series including "Power Rangers," "Kim Possible," "Lego Star Wars" and several Marvel animated series including "Ultimate Spider-Man," "Avengers Assemble" and "Guardians of the Galaxy." He also helped launch Lucasfilm's "Star War Rebels" and Marvel’s “Rocket and Groot” animated shorts.
Jermaine Turner
 
Tim Tyler
Producer / Director, Cheshire Smile Animation Inc.
Navigating an Ever-Changing Market
Thursday, September 26, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Tim’s mission is to create smiles in the world through story and yoga. His work is the development and production of original commissioned content that puts smiles on the faces of children and their families through broadcast networks and international digital platforms. Tim is currently the show-running producer of "RoBOTiK", a 42 x 2.5 minute non-verbal preschool show. Episodes and games are in production for TFO and SRC.
Tim Tyler
 
Ramin Zahed
Editor-in-Chief, Animation Magazine
Ollie and Joel’s Adult and Prime Time Animation Survival Package
Wednesday, September 25, 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm, Château Laurier - Jam Filled Drawing Room

Ramin Zahed is an LA-based author and journalist who specializes in animation, VFX, pop culture and indie films. The Editor in Chief of Animation Magazine, he has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, Emmy Magazine, Sight and Sound, and others. Among his recent books are 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The Art of the Movie,' 'The Art of The Addams Family,' 'The Art of Missing Link,' 'The Art of Captain Underpants,' and 'J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Vol. 2'.
Ramin Zahed