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Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Corus Quay, Toronto, Canada, 25 Dockside Dr.

When: Saturday to Sunday, November 2-3, 2019

Previous Events:

Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

Pitching Success Stories

Sat, Nov 2nd

4:00PM - 5:00PM

The Spin Master Atrium Stage

Pitching! We all do it, even when we are not doing it. Our esteemed panel has both pitched and receive pitches and are well-versed in how a great pitch looks, sounds and feels. If you want to hear some good pitching stories as well as tips and tricks you can use, this is the panel for you.


John Rooney, Program Director, TAAFI Consultant, Johnromedia

John Rooney has a vast history within kids television in Canada starting in the late 90’s working with YTV. Rising through the ranks, John became director of programming and was instrumental in shaping the Corus Kids & Family brands. He successfully created strategies for such brands as Bionix, Nickelodeon Canada and ABC Spark Canada.

John successfully transitioned over to TELETOON and became Director of Programming responsible for content strategy for TELETOON, TELETOON Retro and launching Cartoon Network and Adult Swim in Canada.

John has recently joined TAAFI (Toronto Animation Arts Festival International) as Program Director and is involved in the planning of TAAFI’s annual Industry Conference and programming TAAFI’s annual Animation Festival.

Currently, John is working as a consultant advising various clients on content strategy, programming, development, curation, research and trending. His clients include Epic Story Media; DHX Television; Zodiak Media; Shaftesbury; Apartment 11 and marblemedia.


Mike Geiger, Creative Director, Industrial Brothers

Mike is an award-winning artist, creator, and director of a variety of animated projects including television series, comics, web series, interactive storybook apps, and a handful of short films that have been screened at more than 40 animation and comedy festivals worldwide.

With experience developing properties with CN, Nickelodeon U.K., YTV, Teletoon, and CBC, Mike works with Industrial Brothers' development team to help form original 2D content.


Marie McCann, Senior Director, Children's Content, CBC Kids

Marie McCann is the senior director of children’s content for CBC. She began her career as an actress before earning a degree in English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. She has written, directed and produced award winning children’s content for over 20 years. At CBC Kids she heads up the teams responsible for in-house television and digital content and oversees acquisitions and programming created with independent producers for Canada's national public broadcaster. 


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