Straight outta Ottawa, David Silverman and Josh Selig headlining at TAC

By Mike Valiquette

MEDIA ADVISORY

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 – Ottawa, Ontario

ANIMATOR DAVID SILVERMAN (THE SIMPSONS) AND PRODUCER JOSH SELIG (WONDER PETS!) TO HEADLINE TAC!

Industry professionals planning to attend the 2009 Television Animation Conference (TAC) will want to order their passes soon so not to miss this year’s keynote speaker lineup. David Silverman, best known for directing numerous episodes of The Simpsons as well as The Simpsons Movie, and Josh Selig, founder and president of Little Airplane Productions, Inc. will headline this year’s Conference and provide their unique insight into the world of animation.

TAC takes place October 14-15 at the elegant Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa. Running alongside the Ottawa International Animation Festival, this annual event attracts animation professionals in content creation, production, distribution and marketing. TAC ‘09 is shaping up to be one the industry won’t want to miss. Passes sell out every year, so don’t wait to register.

“We are excited and honoured to announce that Selig and Silverman will be on hand to present at this year’s Conference”, says TAC Director, Azarin Sohrabkhani. “Their expertise and success speaks for itself and it’s a real privilege to have them as our keynote speakers.”

Opening the conference is Josh Selig. Josh started his career as a preschooler on Sesame Street, returning many years later as a writer, and worked his way up the ladder to producer. He has won ten Emmy® awards as a member of the writing team for Sesame Street, and founded Little Airplane Productions, Inc. in 1999. Some of his many accomplishments include creating and producing the critically acclaimed series “The Wonder Pets!”, as well as “Oobi!”,Go, Baby!” and “3rd & Bird”.

The second day of the event will start off with David Silverman. Much of David’s career has revolved around The Simpsons. He started out directing the shorts on the Tracy Ullman Show which eventually led to directing the first episodes when it became a series. He is largely credited with creating the rules for drawing The Simpsons and is considered one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the sitcom family. David became Producer as well as Supervising Animation Director for the series, directing 22 episodes and winning four Emmys® along the way. Other directing credits include the highly successful The Simpsons Movie (2007), DreamWorks’ The Road to El Dorado (2000), and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. (2001).

Always entertaining and worthwhile, there’s no doubt this year will be bigger and better. Last year TAC featured Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich. Check out our podcast to catch a glimpse of these highly entertaining and memorable guests. www.animationfestival.ca/podcast

About TAC

The Television Animation Conference is an animation business forum designed for professionals in content creation, development, production, distribution and marketing. TAC brings together key players in North America and international markets and provides a forum for active networking, practical information exchange, and trade in a comfortable and intimate environment. TAC ‘09 will be held October 14-15 in Ottawa. For more information about TAC, please visit http://www.animationfestival.ca/tac

About OIAF

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. The annual five-day event brings art and industry together in a vibrant hub that attracts artists, production executives, students and animation fans from across Canada and around the world. In 2008, more than 1700 industry delegates flocked to the capital to take part in the festival. A similar crowd is expected to attend OIAF ’09, which will be held from October 14-18 in Ottawa. For more information and to experience OIAF online, please visit http://www.animationfestival.ca

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