TAC Talks

Talks at TAC

Hear from creative and business leaders in the animation community.




Wednesday, September 23, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EDT)

COVID has changed everything, including how studios and staff continue to work on delivering their projects despite the pandemic.  Is the future of animation clad in pyjamas, joggers and virtual backgrounds? What challenges needed to be overcome to keep the production process moving forward? What opportunities have arisen with a newly distributed workforce? How do we go back to normal – and do we even want to?

Go behind the scenes to find out how leading studios have managed the new paradigm of working from home, including optimizing and revising production pipelines, supporting internal communications and culture while at a distance, and what the future might hold for studios and animation production moving forward through the apocalypse.  This panel is presented in collaboration with CASO.

Eran Barel (CEO, Snowball Studios)
Darin Bristow (Executive Creative Director, Supervising Producer, Pipeline Studios)
Jonas Diamond (Owner, Smiley Guy Studios)
Morghan Fortier (Co-Owner & CEO, Skyship Entertainment | Co-Owner & Executive Producer, Tinman Creative Studios)
Shervin Shahidi (Director of Digital Transformation, Sinking Ship Entertainment)
Ben McEvoy (Partner / Executive Producer, Friends & Enemies) – Moderator


Molly of Denali Case Study

Thursday, September 24, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT)

Peabody Award-winner Molly of Denali follows 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native vlogger from the fictional village of Qyah, and her family and friends. Join this panel of producers, writers, advisors, director and talent as they discuss how the series carefully crafts the cultural representation of Indigenous characters and incorporates Alaska Native and First Nations voices into every phase of production.

Rochelle Adams (AK Native Working Group Advisor, Molly of Denali)
Uwe Braun (Series Director, Molly of Denali)
Dorothea Gillam (Exec Producer, Molly of Denali)
Princess Johnson (Creative Producer, Molly of Denali)
Jules Koostachin (Actor who plays “Mom”, Molly of Denali)
X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell (Writer, Molly of Denali)
Linda Simensky (Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS) – Moderator


One-on-One with Kay Wilson Stallings and Linda Simensky

Friday, September 25, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EDT)

The OIAF is honoured to host a conversation between two of the most influential leaders in children’s media.

Linda Simensky (Head of PBS KIDS Content, PBS)
Kay Wilson Stallings (Executive Vice President of Creative and Production, Sesame Workshop)


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Let’s Talk FX

Friday, September 25, 2:00pm – 3:30pm (EDT)

Cambridge Global Payment’s dedicated Entertainment Solutions Group will be speaking about how to manage currency risk in an effective manner, especially during the current volatile market environment. We understand that funding are mostly in USD, with expenditures in CAD. We take our client’s cashflow, and work with their budgeted rate to help provide cost certainty throughout the life of the production, which can be up to 2 years. Key learnings from this session:

  • High-level overview of currency risk management solutions.
  • Review a case study that illustrates how we assist animation companies with cashflow management
  • Q&A session to address how we can help your next slate of productions that will be financed in a foreign currency

Michael Ip (Regional Director, Entertainment Media, Cambridge Global Payments)
Adam Corbett (Currency Analyst & Team Lead, Business Development, Cambridge Global Payments)
Brent Clackson (Regional Director, Entertainment Media, Cambridge Global Payments)


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Mercury Filmworks Pitch THIS inspired Series

On Demand

A series of talks sharing insights into animation development, getting projects of the ground and why creating Canadian originals is critical.

Developing Developing Canadian Content and Canadian Artist as an Independent Studio
Join a panel of Canadian-based independent studios discussing the importance and challenges of development in Canada, artist retention and growth, as well as regional development.

Chantal Ling (VP, Original Series & Co-Productions, Mercury Filmworks)
Kate Elliott (Producer, Mercury Filmworks)
Trevor Bently (EVP, Atomic Cartoons)
Karen Swerdfeger (VP of Development, Big Jump)
Heath Kenny (Chief Content Officer, Mercury Filmworks)

The Development Process with the creators of Bloopy Merps
Catch a glimpse of the project in development, the creators of Bloopy Merps share their insights into their development process and the challenges along this way.

Shane Plante (Senior Animator, Mercury Filmworks)
David Laliberte (Senior Animator, Mercury Filmworks)
Ross Love (Location Designer, Mercury Filmworks)
Liza Amyotte (Marketing & Communications Manager, Mercury Filmworks) – Moderator



Get the ultimate animation experience at Animation Exposé!

Meet the wizards behind the curtain at the Exposé Talk Series, showcasing artists from your favourite projects, including never-before-seen surprises and tips on a career in animation!


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Illumination Making Joy & Discovery

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)    Passholders Only


Join the Illumination and Illumination MacGuff recruitment teams to say “Bello” at OIAF 2020!

Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. The company’s iconic and beloved properties, which are infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance, include two of the top-ten animated films of all time.

Illumination is based in Santa Monica, CA and its studio, Illumination MacGuff, is located in the center of Paris.


Dawn Yamazi (VP. Talent Recruitment, Illumination)

Annwhitney McCombs (Creative Recruiter, Illumination)

Amélie Paraiso (Head of Recruitment, Illumination MacGuff)

Mathilde Chambras (Manager, Recruitment, Illumination MacGuff)



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Animation Through the Ages: A Guide to Career Longevity

Presented by The Animation Guild

Saturday, September 26 , 12:30pm - 1:30pm (EDT) Passes or Tickets

No, this isn’t a panel on the history of animation! It’s about career longevity and how to thrive at every stage of your animation career from your 20s through your 60s and beyond! We explore the challenges each age group faces, their career journey and the secrets to their success. Moderated by Jeanette Moreno-King, President of The Animation Guild.


Reem Ali-Adeeb (Supervising Character Designer, Little Ellen, Warner Brothers Entertainment)

James Baxter (Director, Netflix Character Animation)

Alan Bodner (Art Director, Walt Disney Animation)

Jessica Borutski (Supervising Director, The Loud House, Nickelodeon)

Jeanette Moreno-King (President of The Animation Guild) - Moderator

Joel Lee (Visual Development Background Artist, Netflix Animation)

Latoya Raveneau (Director, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder)

Eric Robles (Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Glitch Techs)

Alex Salyer (Artist, Animator and Director)



Portfolios with Walt Disney Animation Studios

Saturday, September 26, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT) Passholders Only

Join artistic recruiter Matt Roberts to hear about tips and tricks for creating your portfolio, presentation followed by a Q&A.


Matt Roberts (Artistic Recruiter, Walt Disney Animation)

Erika Becerra (Artistic Recruiter, Walt Disney Animation)


Psst: Pixar’s Got a Secret

Saturday, September 26, 5:00pm – 6:00pm (EDT) Passes or Ticket

Okay, the secret's out! Pixar will launch their new short film exclusively at OIAF2020. Join filmmaker, Madeline Sharafian, for a behind-the-scenes talk and a screening of 'Burrow' for its World Premiere.


Directed by Madeline Sharafian

Produced by Mike Capbarat

A young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help.



A Conversation with Lauren Faust

Wednesday, September 30, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via virtual.oiaf2020.ca

Join Animator, Writer and Creator Lauren Faust (DC Super Hero Girls, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Power Puff Girls) in conversation discussing her journey and experiences navigating the animation industry as a Female Creative in an ever-evolving socially conscious era. Moderated by JamFilled Entertainment’s CEO and co-founder Kyle MacDougall.



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The Colour of Leadership

Presented by Disney Television Animation

Tuesday, September 29, 5:00pm – 6:00pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via virtual.oiaf2020.ca


The panelists will share their journeys into animation, including Jay Frances (VP, Current Series and Diversity, Disney Television Animation), Jermaine Turner (VP, Development, Disney Television Animation), Kim Berglund (Executive Director, Development, Disney Junior), Latoya Raveneau (Director, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder) and   (Writer, Mickey Mouse Funhouse). Moderated by Bobby Pontillas (Director, Development, Disney Television Animation).



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A Conversation with Peter Ramsey


Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood

Tuesday, September 29, 3:30pm - 4:30pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via virtual.oiaf2020.ca


ASIFA-Hollywood presents a discussion and Q&A with Academy Award Winner Peter Ramsey, exploring his career, approach to storytelling and his thoughts on diversity and the animation industry.



Behind-the-Scenes of Cartoon Network’s 'We Bare Bears The Movie'

Thursday, October, 1, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (EDT)  Passholders or Tickets

Join “We Bare Bears” creator Daniel Chong for a behind-the-scenes look at the TV movie which debuted recently on Cartoon Network. Executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios,  the movie follows Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear on their greatest adventure yet. With their love of food trucks and internet fame, the brothers are led to unexpected mayhem, where they must go on a wild, hilarious, and dangerous adventure to escape a foe that threatens to tear them apart. Moderated by Ramin Zahed (Editor in Chief, Animation Magazine).



“Animaniacs” Producer & Artists Panel

Presented by Warner Bros. Animation

Friday, October 2 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (EDT) Passes or Tickets


The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot are heading home to the Warner Bros. Water Tower. Along with Pinky and the Brain, the beloved Animaniacs are coming to Hulu with all-new episodes. Join executive producer Wellesley Wild, co-executive producer Gabe Swarr, supervising character designer Genevieve Tsai and art director Roman Laney for a look into the development and production process of this highly anticipated series. Animaniacs is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation and premieres on Hulu on Friday, November 20.



Ask Us Anything – Netflix Animation Emerging Talent Speaker Series

Presented by Netflix Animation

This is a four-part series providing an opportunity for attendees to connect and have a fun and open conversation with the Netflix Animation Recruiting Team in the areas of Story, Art, CG, and Production Management. Participants are encouraged to ask questions specific to their areas of interest.

Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: Story

Tuesday, September 29, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via virtual.oiaf2020.ca

Ever wonder what catches a Netflix Animation’s story recruiter’s eye? Is it the art, or is it the emotional journey your storyboard panels take that recruiter on? Join members of Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Crystal Ang (Sourcer Adult Animation, Netflix Animation)
Grazia Como (Program Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement) - Moderator
Courtney Currin (Recruiter, Feature Animation, Netflix Animation)
Cynthia Ostergar (Researcher, Netflix Animation)
Liz Luu (Sourcer Art & Story Talent, Netflix Animation)


Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: Art

Wednesday, September 30, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only  - access via virtual.oiaf2020.ca

Just how important is having your contact information easy for a Netflix Animation art recruiter to find? Wonder if you should only include final images in your portfolio or will those loose sketches catch a recruiter’s eye? Join members of Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Ramille Baguio (Researcher, Art & Design Adult Animation, Netflix Animation)
Luana Kasych (Researcher, Netflix Animation)
Amelia Leddie (Recruiter, Art, Design & Paint, Netflix’s Series Animation, Netflix Animation)
Robin Linn (Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement) - Moderator


Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: Production Management

Thursday, October 1, 2:00 pm -3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via virtual.oiaf2020.ca

Curious as to how to make your LinkedIn profile easier for production recruiters to find? Are production recruiters reading your cover letters? Join members of the Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Sherley Ibarra (Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement) - Moderator
Julie Kinman (Recruiter, Netflix Animation)
Camille Leganza (Recruiter, Netflix Animation)
Talya Sharps (Researcher, Netflix Animation)


Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: CG

Friday, October 2, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via virtual.oiaf2020.ca

Ever wonder how to make yourself and your awesome digital imagery stand out from the crowd to CG Recruiters? How about the best way to connect with the Netflix CG/VFX Recruiting team? Join members of Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Grazia Como (Program Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement)
Robin Linn (Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement)
GeRon Thompson (Recruiter, Netflix Animation)
Michelle Duffie (Recruiter, VFX and Virtual Production, Netflix Animation) - Moderator


Netflix Presents: A Conversation with the Creative Minds Behind Big Mouth

September 23 to October 4 On-Demand

Get comfortable being uncomfortable with your favorite puberty-driven animated series Big Mouth! Join executive producers Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Rivers, Victor Quinaz, and Anthony Loi) as they join OIAF’s Chris Robinson to discuss the critically acclaimed third season.