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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Leanne Preston Cortez

Development Executive, Moonbug Entertainment

With over 17 years’ experience in the kids and family entertainment business across Development, Production and Executive Leadership positions, Leanne Preston Cortez is currently Development Executive at Moonbug Entertainment based in Los Angeles and is responsible for developing content across Moonbug’s portfolio brands such as CoComelon, Blippi and Little Angel. Leanne was formerly Senior Producer at Triggerfish on African Anthology, Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire for Disney+. Prior to Triggerfish, Leanne was CEO and Producer at Unanico Group. Throughout her career, Preston Cortez has worked for companies across the globe to develop and produce original content including: Nickelodeon, Gaumont, Axis, Toonmax Media, CCTV, Left Pocket Studio, Citizen Skull, Digitoonz and Red Kite Animation on successful series such as Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, Lego City Adventures, George of the Jungle, House of Anubis, Ella Bella Bingo and Emmy and GooRoo.

3:30PM - 4:30PM


Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire - Behind the Scenes


Animation fans around the world got a chance to glimpse into the marvelous future of Africa with the incredible Disney+ animated anthology series Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire. We’ll take a closer look at one of these stories, and the collaboration between Cape Town studio Triggerfish and Portfolio Entertainment that brought it to life. Join Leanne Preston (Senior Producer) Tendayi Nyeke (Executive Producer & Development Executive), and Ryan Irwin (Animation Director) for a behind-the-scenes look at  “You Give Me Heart”, a story of an unknown artist who wins a cosmic talent show and becomes the new God of Creativity!

With Leanne Preston Cortez Development Executive, Moonbug Entertainment Ryan Irwin Animation Director, Portfolio Entertainment Tendayi Nyeke Executive Producer / Development Executive, Netflix

Moderator: Adriana (Vargas) Blake Storyboard Artist, Copernicus Studios


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