Toronto Animation Film Festival

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


Cort Lane

Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment, Marvel

Cort Lane has taken on a newly-created position at Marvel as senior vice president, Animation & Family Entertainment. As a life-long Marvel fan, Lane is thrilled to develop and produce shows within the rich Marvel Universe. Drawing on a wealth of experience in entertainment, interactive media and marketing for children, Lane is well positioned to lead Marvel's expanding slate of kid and family-targeted productions and co-productions in both animation and live-action. Additionally, he provides story consultation and guidance for programs and products in consumer products, interactive, live events and Disney parks.

Most recently he has developed and co-exec produced ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL'S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY animated series and shorts. He has also co-executive produced the animated specials LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES: MAXIMUM OVERLOAD and LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES: AVENGERS REASSEMBLED. Lane also collaborated with partners on MARVEL DISK WARS: THE AVENGERS (from Toei & Bandai) and the live-action LOS VENGADORES EN ACCION (from Disney Channel Spain). In 2014 he received the Cynopsis Kids Animation Innovator award.

Previously, Lane served as vice president, Animation Development & Partnerships (and before that as director of animation development) working on co-productions of IRON MAN: ARMORED ADVENTURES and MARVEL ANIME: IRON MAN, WOLVERINE, X-MEN & BLADE, as well as developing and supervising production on THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW. Prior to joining Marvel in 2008, Lane spent seven years at Mattel producing animated, live-action and interactive entertainment across brands like Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price. His period at Mattel includes several productions, including supervising Universal Home Entertainment's BARBIE IN A CHRISTMAS CAROL and developing MONSTER HIGH.

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Corus 8th Floor Theatre

LGBTQ+ & Their Stories

As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots in New York City, LGBTQ+ are becoming more visible in popular culture than ever before, and now it’s time for their representation in kids animation! Shabnam Rezaei (Bravest Knight) and Cort Lane (Marvel Rising) talk about LGBTQ+ representation in their series, and how they are going the extra mile to include LGBTQ+ both in front of and behind the scenes.

With Cort Lane Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment, Marvel John Rooney Program Director, TAAFI Consultant, Johnromedia Shabnam Rezaei Co-Founder / Producer, Big Bad Boo Studios

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Corus 8th Floor Theatre

Spotlight on Marvel Animation With Cort Lane

Cort Lane has spent the past 10 years playing with some of the greatest superheroes created.  In this presentation, Cort will discuss Marvel’s animated history and talk about what the future holds for our greatest heroes.

With Cort Lane Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment, Marvel

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