Program Director, TAAFI
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.
11:00AM - 12:00PM
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.
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Pitching Success Stories
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.