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Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Matt Bishop

Co-Owner & Head of Animation and Visual Effects, Sinking Ship

Matt Bishop is an Emmy Award winning producer and partner at Sinking Ship Entertainment. Matt began his career in live-action focused on pushing technology from HD to 4K. From there he moved into animation where he started and leads Sinking Ship’s animated production division. At Sinking Ship, Matt and his partners have created 15 original series and over 600 half-hours of children’s television. With shows airing in every country and in over 40 languages, Sinking Ship has grown to become one of North America’s premier kids entertainment companies and has been selected as Playback’s 2016 Kids Company of the Year. Matt has been the recipient of the prestigious Emmy Award, Gemini Award, Canadian Screen Award, Banff Rockie, Shaw Rocket Prize, Toronto Met Top 30 Under 30 Award, Youth Media Alliance Award and a few Tara Awards.

2:15PM - 3:15PM


CASO - Surviving and Thriving

The past year has seen tremendous changes in our industry that have affected everyone from artists to owners. However, despite this, our industry continues to persevere and grow. How are the big studios making it work? What are the risks and challenges they face? Where are the opportunities? Join us for the first in a series of talks exploring what it takes to run a successful animation business, including insights on scaling a studio from startup to success, the ABCs for competing in the big leagues, and how to stay on top of the ball through the good times and the bad. Presented by the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario.

With Jonas Diamond Executive Producer, Smiley Guy Studios Lori McIndoe Executive VP, Finance & Studio Operations, Jam Filled Matt Bishop Co-Owner & Head of Animation and Visual Effects, Sinking Ship Ricardo Curtis President and Co-Founder, House of Cool

Moderator: Ben McEvoy Executive Producer, Friends & Enemies


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