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Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 10-12, 2022

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Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development, Nelvana

Athena Georgaklis is the Head of Development for Nelvana. A highly respected animation executive, Athena leads the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana. Athena is committed to develop creator-driven content, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world that will resonate with kids of all ages, and find a home in all markets. She helmed the creation of Nelvana’s The Most Magnificent Thing, DNAce, Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel, The Hardy Boys live action series and many more to come.

Athena has worked in Canadian broadcast and production for more than 22 years. Prior to Nelvana, she oversaw all original animation production for Corus Entertainment’s kids’ networks, supervising the development and production of Canadian content in both English and French. During her time, she led the production and development of hit shows like Johnny Test, Camp Lakebottom, Mysticons, 6TEEN, Cupcake and Dinosaur, Rocket Monkeys, and the Total Drama Island franchise.

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Online: Crowdcast
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The Big Pitch presented by WildBrain

Watch the two finalists of TAAFI's Big Pitch go head to head in front of three Industry judges. The winner takes it all in this exciting live pitching event (plus a cash prize!). If you want to have a shot, submit your pitch in the link on our Industry home page. Or email bigpitch@taafi.com

The Big Pitch is brought to you by WildBrain.

With Athena Georgaklis Head of Development, Nelvana Darin Bristow Executive Creative Director, Pipeline Studios James R. Backshall Animation Writer/Story Editor/IP Development Lorna Withrington Vice President, Development–Animation, WildBrain Rajan Kapila Location Designer, Copernicus Studios

Moderator: Ben McEvoy Producer, Friends & Enemies

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