TAAFI Chair, Friends & Enemies
Ben leads creative initiatives for agencies, brands, media companies, entrepreneurs and educators, providing brand and content strategy, as well as hands-on creative production in animation, live-action, interactive web, apps, VR/AR, game development, events and interactive public activations, on projects throughout Canada, and internationally in the US, India, Singapore and China.
As partner / executive producer, Friends & Enemies, Ben works with his team of senior creatives and a broad network of multi-disciplinary production partners creating original and branded content experiences for brands, agencies and media clientele.
Ben is also co-founder and chair of the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), and teaches in the Seneca Animation and Interactive Documentary programs.
Notable clients include: Google, VICE Studios, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, CBC, Doc Channel, Teletoon, YTV, CTV, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, TVO Kids, Shaftesbury, and the National Film Board of Canada.
9:15AM - 9:30AM
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Welcome to Toon Town!
It’s time to put a spotlight on some of the new players in town! Epic Story Media and Headspinner Productions are two new players into the animation market led by a couple of industry veterans. Join us as they talk about launching new properties in this new world of global streaming and how they are doing things differently.