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OIAF Sets Television Animation Conference Line-Up

Conference being held September 23-24 in Ottawa (August 30, 2004)

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is proud to announce the exciting line-up for the Television Animation Conference (TAC). Keynote speakers Michael Hirsh (Cookie Jar Entertainment company Inc.) and Fred Seibert (Frederator Studios), along with other industry executives, will be attending the conference being held September 23-24 in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier.

A specialized, industry-driven event, the Television Animation Conference is designed for those working or thinking about working in television animation. The conference will bring together key players in the North American and International industries and provide a forum for networking, information exchange and business trade.

Through panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to gain practical advice from various industry experts. The event will feature a number of market-relevant panels such as, The American Market, The Making of Atomic Betty (Case Study), Chinese Co-production and Co-venture Opportunities, and Branding, Licensing and Interactive. (Please refer to backgrounder for agenda with panel details).

"Not only does TAC have keynote speakers and panels, we are also creating an environment that will facilitate business networking opportunities," said Kelly Neall, OIAF Managing Director. "The OIAF has always been a great resource for television producers, offering a wealth of untapped material that could be the next hot property. This year we're taking it up a notch with the TAC and additional programming featuring the best new TV work from the U.S., Canada, and abroad."

The Television Animation Conference speakers will include Jacques Bensimon (Government Film Commissioner & Chairperson, National Film Board of Canada), Joe Chang (Chairman & Associate Professor, China Academy of Fine Arts), Rob Davies (Partner, Atomic Cartoons), Peter Gal (Director of Animation Development, Nickelodeon), Athena Georgaklis (Supervisor, Original Production,Teletoon Canada), Kevin Gillis (Executive Producer, Breakthrough Films and Television), Heather Kenyon (Director of Development, Original Animation, Cartoon Network), Susan Miller (Founding Partner, Mixed Media Group, Inc.), Brigitte Monneau (Director, Co-productions Department, Telefilm Canada), Linda Simensky (Senior Director of Children's Programming, PBS), Rita Street (Publisher/Editorial Director, Animation Magazine), Joy Tashjian (President, Joy Tashjian Marketing Group), David Wiebe (Head of Development, Kids'WB!), Zhansheng Chen (Progect Manager, International Relations, China Central Televsion), Lesley Taylor (Cookie Jar Entertainment Company Inc.), Dan Sarto (Co-Founder and Co-publisher, Animation World Network), and Virginie Jallot (Tele Images Kids France)

All attendees will receive a Television Animation Conference Guide. The guide includes a detailed profile of all the broadcast and distribution companies present, a catalogue of available projects, as well as a directory of all delegates and related contact information.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest festival of its kind in North America and one of the most respected animation festivals in the world. Bringing art and industry together, the festival attracts production executives, artists, students and animation fans from across Canada and around the world. The OIAF will be held September 22-26 in Ottawa. For further information regarding the festival, please visit our website at or call 613-232-8769.

TAC Agenda With Panel Details
Location: Chateau Laurier Day 1: September 23rd 8:00 am - Buffet Breakfast

9:00 am - Keynote address: Michael Hirsh (CEO Cookie Jar Entertainment Company Inc.)

10:00 am - Panel: The American Market - Meet the Makers The American market remains the most competitive and sought-after in the global marketplace. This panel will give delegates insight into the current state of the marketplace, outline the kinds of properties broadcasters are currently interested in and explore where panelists believe the market is going in the coming years. Speakers: Peter Gal - Director, Development and Animation, Nickelodeon Linda Simensky - Senior Director of Children's Programming, PBS Heather Kenyon - Director of Development, Original Animation, Cartoon Network David Wiebe - Director of Development, The Kids' WB! Moderated by Dan Sarto - Co-Founder & Co-Publisher, Animation World Network

1:00 pm - Panel: Atomic Betty - A Case Study Having gone from being the third most screened property at MIPCOM 2001 Atomic Betty has developed into one of the most talked-about North American Properties in recent years. A co-production between Breakthrough Animation and Atomic Cartoons in Canada and Tele Images Kids in France, the series has been sold to more than 40 territories worldwide including the U.K., Australia, Italy, Southeast Asia, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Learn how this exciting new series was made from start to finish. Speakers: Rob Davies - Co-Creator, Atomic Betty, Co-Founder, Atomic Cartoons Kevin Gillis - Executive Producer, Breakthrough Films and Television Joy Tashjian - President, Joy Tashjian Marketing Group Virginie Jallot - Tele Images Kids France Athena Georgaklis - Supervisor, Original Production, Teletoon Canada Moderated by Peter Vamos (Editor, Playback Magazine)

3:00 pm - Panel: Chinese Co-production and Co-venture Opportunities Chinese animation is exploding. With every national network launching a channel devoted solely to animation, studios are gearing up to provide 1000's of hours of new work. This burst in market growth is creating new opportunities for co-production and co-venture while also introducing a shift in the roles of partner companies: a growing demand for creative development for internal consumption along with a need to collaborate with international partners for worldwide sales. With a detailed look at the business structure and approval process in the Chinese screen industries you can get ahead on learning the fine art of collaboration. This panel will focus on overcoming cultural and industrial challenges and will look at the art and the business of animation in China. Speakers: LesleyTaylor (Cookie jar Entertainment Company Inc.) Zhansheng Chen- Project Manager International Relations, China Central Television Brigitte Monneau - Director, Coproductions Department, Telefilm Canada Joe Chang - Chairman & Associate Professor, China Academy of Fine Arts Moderated by Jacques Bensimon - Government Film Commissioner, National Film Board of Canada

5:00pm - Reception and Cocktail Party An opportunity for delegates to meet and speak more intimately about projects in development.

7:30 - Screening: Canadian Television Showcase (NAC Studio)

9:00 - Screening: International Television Showcase (NAC Studio)

Day 2: September 24th

8:00 am - Buffet Breakfast

9:00 am - Keynote address: Fred Seibert (Executive Producer, Frederator Studios)

10:00 am - Panel: Branding, Licensing and Interactive Developing a new property? A panel of experts will start you thinking about how you can widen your revenue potential in today's competitive market. Speakers: Susan Miller - Founding Partner, Mixed Media Inc. Joy Tashjian - Preseident, Joy Tashjian Marketing Group Fred Seibert - Executive Producer, Frederator Studios Moderated by Rita Street - Editor, Animation Magazine

1:00 pm - Special event: Animator's Picnic sponsored by Cartoon Network


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