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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


Tendayi Nyeke

Executive Producer / Development Executive, Netflix

After over a decade-long career in live action where she wrote, directed, and produced multi-genre work that has been awarded and sold in global markets, Tendayi Nyeke transitioned into animation as a development executive for the Emmy Award Winning animation firm, Triggerfish Animation. Tendayi looked after the story development of a diverse slate of shorts, series, and feature films with global streamers and studios. She’s most proud of her role as Executive Producer on Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, an animated African Sci-Fi Anthology with Disney+ for release in 2023, where she supported 14 directors across the continent. Her feature film Tribe made the official MIFA 2022 selection which she pitched at the Annecy Animation Festival and was highlighted by Cartoon Brew as one of the top 5 films to watch. Tendayi is thrilled about her current role as a co-executive producer for Netflix Animation Feature Film.

Tendayi holds an MBA in Music and Creative Industries and is passionate about where art and business meet. Her dream is to do her part to amplify diverse voices worldwide and use creativity to celebrate the fun, madness, and beauty all of us possess.

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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