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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

Meet & Greet

Sat, Nov 4th

9:15AM - 11:15AM


The TAAFI Industry Meet & Greet is a special chance to have a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with various industry experts from around the world from such studios as Jam Filled, Wildbrain, Pipeline and more!



Christine Thompson, Head of Animation Production, Dark Slope

Christine is the Head of Animation Production at Dark Slope. She has over 18 years of hands-on experience overseeing high profile award-winning animated television series and digital media projects. With her unwavering dedication to crafting top-tier entertainment experiences, Christine stands as a cornerstone in Dark Slope's ongoing journey to advance its boundary breaking entertainment experiences.


D'Arcy Cooney, Director of Marketing, Pipeline Studios

As the Director of Marketing at Pipeline Studios, D’Arcy Cooney leads consumer marketing for the Pipeline brands, and oversees trade marketing initiatives for the studio. D'Arcy has led the creation and execution of integrated, consumer-facing marketing campaigns for some of the hottest children's content in the world, bringing over a decade of this experience to the TAAFI board.


Holly Nichols, Development Manager, WildBrain

As WildBrain’s Development Manager, Holly Nichols is the key contact for all incoming content submissions. Holly ensures WildBrain’s creative-slate needs and content strategy are communicated clearly to external producers and creators. Working closely with WildBrain’s development teams covering animation, live-action and short-form digital content, Holly seeks to find distinct creative voices and partners that align with the company's overall needs. Based in Toronto, Holly brings over 20 years’ experience in the industry, with a focus on animation. Prior to joining WildBrain, Holly was a Producer at eOne Family, where she solidified her passion for children's content after years producing short-form animation at various boutique studios.


Mike Hunter, Director of Creative Culture, Jam Filled Entertainment

Michael Hunter is the Director of Creative Culture at Jam Filled Entertainment, a premiere Canadian Animation studio with locations in Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. He has previously worked in production management on shows such as Bubble Guppies, Kingdom Force, The Polos and The Loud House.


Mary Bredin, Creative Development Producer, TeamTO

Mary is a creative, quirky, master of story spells. She is Emmy nominated for Best “Pre-school Show” for “Justin Time”, developed and executive produced Netflix’s “True and the Rainbow Kingdom”, co-creator of Disney Jr’s “Pikiwik Pack”, developed girl led action series “Jade Amor” (22 min starting season 2 now, on France TV, SRC in Canada) and Youtube Original “Behind the Beats”. She is the co-creator of “Orion + Journal 24” - in development with TeamTO, France. She was part of the “Paw Patrol” team at the beginning. One of the EPs on the Oscar nominated feature “The Breadwinner” – an honour. She mentors diverse and upcoming voices through programs at WIFT and WIA. WGC member. She is studying improv at Second City. She received the WIFT-T award for innovation in Business in 2017. She is most proud of her son who is in his second year at McMaster.


Phil Moorhead, Development Manager, 9 Story Media Group

Phil Moorhead is the Development Manager at 9 Story Media in Toronto. With a background in comedy and screenwriting, he has scripted shows on Cartoon Network, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky Kids, Max, YTV, Teletoon, and Treehouse. His favourite part of development is working with writers to shepherd stories into animated series with a signature blend of heart and hilarity. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three goofball kids.


Stephen Sloan, Head of Studio, Look Mom! Productions

Stephen Sloan, the Head of Studio at Look Mom! Productions in Toronto, Canada, is a seasoned animation professional with a career spanning over two decades. His journey in the world of animation has been both diverse and fulfilling, taking him from roles in digital ink and paint to the leadership position of running a studio, and everything in between.

Look Mom! Productions is renowned for its focus on original IP and adult animated comedies, and Stephen has been instrumental in shaping this vision. He has played a key role in the successful production of hit shows such as "Bigfoot" for VRV, "Gary and His Demons" for Amazon, and "Doomlands" for Roku. Each of these projects reflects the studio's commitment to innovative storytelling and unique humor.

Animation, for Stephen, is more than just a job; it's a passion. He's fascinated by its potential as a storytelling medium. As the head of Look Mom! Productions, Stephen's role goes beyond mere management. He's responsible for coordinating the talented in-house artists, addressing the creative needs of ongoing productions, and shaping the studio's creative direction. Working alongside the executive team, Stephen ensures that Look Mom!'s output remains innovative, engaging, and true to its unique vision. His extensive experience and genuine excitement for the craft make him an invaluable asset to the studio and the wider animation community.


Shannon Bishop, Creative Development Executive, Nelvana

Shannon Bishop is a creative development executive who is well versed in nurturing brands from conception and guiding them creatively through the various stages of development. In her current position at Nelvana, Shannon brings her passion for storytelling into her role as development executive where she is responsible for acquiring new content and taking creative lead on a slate of animated projects in development. Previous to this, Shannon worked as manager of creative affairs at Entertainment One working on a slate of preschool and fashion & lifestyle brands. Shannon began her career working as development manager at Fresh TV evaluating pitches and managing various projects in development spanning from animated comedies to live action tween content. She graduated from the Children's Media program at Centennial College in 2014 and has stayed connected with the school through co-authoring a children's book alongside alumni and presenting a keynote presentation at the Student Leadership Conference.


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