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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

The Women Behind Red Ketchup (presented by SPHERE)

Sat, Nov 4th

11:45AM - 12:45PM

Epic Hall

Red Ketchup is a badass hero who works as an FBI agent. He always accomplishes his missions, even if it means collateral damage in the process. Meet the creative and production team behind the series. Learn more about the women that turned this action-packed, high-adrenaline series into a hit on AdultSwim Canada and Télétoon la nuit.


Carolina Tran-Yong, Editor, Sphere

Carolina Tran-Yong is a Mexican-born-being that decided her dream was to become an Editor, so there she went! With over 16 years of Editing experience, spanning different fields. Carolina's journey began in Commercial work with GREY Global Advertising Mexico, later she moved on to Reality TV then to TV Promos at Corus Entertainment before landing feet first onto the field of Animation 5 years ago (see how versatile she is? wink wink)

Carolina started her Animation career at Brown Bag Films having opportunities to collaborate on Let's Go Luna S1, Creative Galaxy S3, Daniel's Tiger Neighborhood and Nature Cat. She then became the Lead Editor on Wild Kratts S6, and after that took the helm as one of the Lead Editors on Blue's Clues S1, S2, S3 and S4 where she built a solid communication network between Editorial and other Departments. She is currently at Sphere Animation where she was given an incredible opportunity as the Lead Editor on Red Ketchup.


Emily Weedon, Writer, Sphere

Canadian Screen Award winning screenwriter and novelist Emily A. Weedon was raised in Coe Hill, Ontario and grew up on a subsistence farm with her hippie parents, at times without electricity or running water. She’s had many jobs, including screenwriter, legislative page, cherry picker, receptionist, scenic/set painter, graphic designer, art director in film and television, musician and band leader, film producer, and book cover designer. Weedon had a speaking role in The Bride of Chucky, released 3 EPs of original music, wrote and produced a Fringe Festival play, cowrote, co-produced and co-created two seasons of the multi award winning Canadian series Chateau Laurier. She can’t sew or tap dance and does not care to. She is no fan of authoritarianism, petty or great. Autokrator will be her first published novel. Red Ketchup is her broadcast screenwriting debut. She lives in Toronto with her daughter, Ginger.


Jodi Christie, Production Manager, Sphere

Jodi Christie is a graduate from the University of Toronto and began her career at YTV and Treehouse, working to implement digital content offerings. Jodi continued on to work for Teletoon as their Business Development Manager and, later, for Corus Entertainment, ensuring broad distribution across Canada for all of their major networks. Jodi later joined Nelvana as Production Coordinator and had the opportunity to work on a 2D series for Nickelodeon, as well as a 3D short film for Treehouse and Apple TV. Most recently, Jodi worked as Production Manager at 9Story/Brown Bag Films on a 2D series for PBS and TVO Kids. Jodi brings a sincere passion for storytelling and animation.


Marianne Culbert, Head of Production, Sphere

Marianne has extensive experience in the production sector, and a lengthy record of achievement. Over a career spanning more than thirty years, she has occupied various positions as producer and executive producer, working in large teams at several 2D animation studios across Canada, like Nelvana, Mercury Filmworks and, more recently, Portfolio Entertainment, where she served as Vice President of Production. 


Over the course of her career, Marianne has produced and delivered series for prestigious clients including PBS, Disney, Netflix and Teletoon, to name a few.

Culbert joined Sphere Animation in 2021 as Head of Production. Her daily tasks consist in overseeing all productions working closely with a team of producers.


Nicole Bauman, Voice actress – Olga on Red Ketchup and Production Manager, Sphere

Nicole Bauman is a Toronto-based voice actor and production manager. She has been active in the Toronto animation industry for over 7 years, working on a range of projects including Hotel Transylvania: The TV Series, Bravest Warriors, My Little Pony, Riley Rocket, Thomas & Friends, and The Dog & Pony Show. Her voice has been used on various commercial campaigns for clients including SickKids, Danone, Sobeys, and animated series including Red Ketchup, Bibleman, Lazoo, and many others. Prior to her roles in animation, Nicole worked as a news anchor for Global News Radio 640 Toronto and as a web editor for the former youth publication The Magazine.


Camila Francisco, CG Animation Lead

Raised in the serene countryside of São Paulo, Brazil,  I now call Toronto, Canada, my home. My journey into the realm of animation was ignited when I first encountered Pixar's groundbreaking 3D animation short, "The Adventures of André and Wally B." This captivating experience kindled a deep love for the enchanting world of CG animation and the mesmerizing creativity that drives the film industry. 

Soon after, witnessing the behind-the-scenes process of "Ice Age," masterfully crafted by Director Carlos Saldanha, solidified my conviction that 3D animation was my destined path.  This revelation propelled me towards specializing in 3D animation and VFX at the prestigious Vancouver Film School.

In the years that followed, I immersed myself wholeheartedly in the realms of animation and VFX, accumulating over 8 years of hands-on experience. This journey has graced me with the honor of contributing to a diverse array of Film and TV productions, not only refining my technical prowess but also nurturing my ability to thrive within collaborative team dynamics.


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