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OIAF 2018 In Review: Fred Seibert

By Mike Valiquette

We were fortunate enough to have Brent Smith in attendance this year at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and he was taking notes! We’re going to share some of his highlights with you here over the next week or so, starting with a presentation by Mr Frederator himself, Fred Seibert! Here’s Brent’s breakdown of the… »

from the internets: Pixar’s Catmull Announces Retirement, Nelvana Nabs Whoopi Goldberg, and Broadcasters Attempt to Predict the Future

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Brew has an excellent article up regarding Ed Catmull’s retirement announcement from Disney/Pixar. Catmull’s impact on the global animation industry and culture is hard to measure, and it’s not all roses. Amid does an excellent job of breaking down an overview of his career for the casual reader. Read it here. Variety shares some… »

Press Release: 9 Story Announces Key Appointments and Promotions

By Mike Valiquette

9 Story Strengthens Creative Affairs with New Appointments and Key Promotions Additional promotions within Brown Bag Films, 9 Story Distribution International, and Marketing also announced Toronto, Canada – 9 Story Media Group today announced structural and management changes to its Creative Affairs team, welcoming new additions and promoting top talent to key positions under the… »

OIAF 2018!

By Mike Valiquette

Tomorrow is the big day, it’s Day o1 of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and The Animation Conference (TAC). AND, for the first time in a very loooong time, I’M NOT GOING TO BE THERE! But don’t fret, Cartoon North will be valiantly represented by a few carefully selected ambassadors: 1) Brent Smith. This guy’s… »

RIP Mik Casey

By Mike Valiquette

We lost Mik Casey a little over a week ago. He suffered a stroke shortly after his 71st birthday and succumbed 2 Friday’s ago. I’ve been trying to write about him ever since, but it’s really hard. His name may not be familiar to those outside of the Ottawa animation community, but to Ottawa folks,… »

RIP Peter Adamakos June 21, 1946 – August 16, 2018

By Mike Valiquette

It’s hard to write about Peter Adamakos. He passed away last week. That’s the news. Here’s the obituary that ran in the Ottawa Citizen. Peter Adamakos June 21, 1946 – August 16, 2018 Peter passed away in Ottawa after a lengthy illness. He amazingly defied medical predictions and survived in relative comfort well beyond his… »

from the internets: Bardel’s New CEO, Guru Inks Deal For Pikwik, BBC Solves How to Make a Hit Show, and WOW Network CRTC Approval

By Mike Valiquette

Bardel just got a new CEO. Former Sony Pictures Animation producer Rick Mischel will take over for company founders Delna Bhesania and Barry Ward. End of an era. Link here. Guru scores another deal, this time it’s with Disney Junior, for their new preschool series Pikwik (52 X 11). Congrats to Frank Falcone, Mary Bredin,… »

from the internets: Frederator Interview with Ali Kellner

By Mike Valiquette

Ali Kellner is a Toronto based artist, Sheridan grad, and filmmaker. Her student film, Nana, has been really connecting with festival audiences over the last year, and it’s easy to see she’s a talent to watch. Frederator, in its increasing coverage of Canadian creators, has a great interview with her. Here’s the link! And you… »

From the Internets: Window Horses Director, Anne Marie Fleming on Joining the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, courtesy of CBC.ca

By Mike Valiquette

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out Oscars every year, invited a ton of new members this year as part of a push to integrate more diverse voices into their membership. One of those voices is Anne Marie Fleming, the Vancouver based animator behind Window Horses and The Magical… »

press release: Blues Clues Creator Joins 9Story Media as Chief Creative Officer

By Mike Valiquette

9 Story Media Group Appoints ANGELA C. SANTOMERO  As Chief Creative Officer Out of the Blue to be Rebranded 9 Story USA Toronto, Canada – June 18, 2018 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela C. Santomero to the newly established role of Chief Creative Officer. As CCO, Santomero… »

RIP Dominic Kardasiewicz

By Mike Valiquette

We shared some troubling news recently about a member of our animation community who went missing a week and a half ago. Dominic Kardasiewicz was found a few days ago, and sadly, he has passed on. A gofundme campaign that was launched to help pay for the search efforts has now been aimed at helping… »

Missing: Dominic Kardasiewicz, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

One of our own went missing in Toronto on Friday night. Dominic Kardasiewicz was last seen in Toronto’s west end, around 11:30 pm on May 25th. He was walking home from Bloor and Landsdowne, and was heading east towards Dufferin. Home is Dovercourt and Queen. Dominic worked at Industrial Brothers, and before that he was… »

Industry Vets Unveil New Prodco: Headspinner Productions

By Mike Valiquette

HEADSPINNER PRODUCTIONS SPINS ONTO the SCENE WITH THREE NEW PROJECTS TORONTO, ON, April 17, 2018– Industry veterans Michelle Melanson and Ken Cuperus have joined creative forces to launch HEADSPINNER PRODUCTIONS, a full-service development and production company based in Toronto, Canada. Emmy nominated and multi award winning creators and producers, Melanson (Stella and Sam, Yup Yups)… »

Kidscreen Magazine Appoints New Editor: Mike Drach

By Mike Valiquette

Kidscreen is a publication familiar to most of us in the kids media industry. They run a big conference every year in Miami, and they’re pretty much the go-to publication for the business. And now, they have a new editor! Mike Drach is a well known face in the animation industry, and a fixture of… »

Guru EVP Mary Bredin Exits Studio

By Mike Valiquette

A surprising announcement this week from Guru Studio in Toronto: Mary Bredin, who has held the title of EVP of Content and Strategy for the past 10 plus years, will be leaving the company at the end of April. Mary is one half of the leadership at Guru, next to studio founder Frank Falcone, and… »

Tonight! Animatic TO Presents: Mike Geiger and Matt Fernandes

By Mike Valiquette

Want to hear about how Matt Fernandez and Mike Geiger are developing shows at Toronto’s Industrial Brothers? Well, thanks to Barry Sanders and Animatic TO, you can! Tonight, at 7:30, at 410 Richmond St, Toronto. Should be a good one! Here’s the event… »

from the internets: Frederator Interview with Mathieu Hains

By Mike Valiquette

Frederator sure is taking an interest in Canadian creators lately. First, it was Elise Simard, now it’s Mat Hains! Mat’s an Ottawa-based animator/board artist/creator who made a big splash in the first season of Startoon with his second place finisher, the Angry Little Cupcake. I like Mat. And I like this interview. Check it… »

from the internets: Frederator Talks to Animation Director Elise Simard

By Mike Valiquette

Interesting to see Montreal animation director Elise Simard getting some attention from the gang at Frederator. There’s a terrific interview with Elise up on the Frederator tumblr, here’s the link: http://frederator-studios.frederator.com/tagged/Canadian_animation Go read… »

press release: NFB PAYS TRIBUTE TO FILM AND ANIMATION LEGEND GRANT MUNRO

By Mike Valiquette

December 11, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) mourns the passing of Canadian film and animation legend Grant Munro, O.C., who died in Montreal on December 9 at the age of 94. Born in Winnipeg on April 25, 1923, Munro attended the Musgrove School… »

TONIGHT!!!! TORONTO!!!!! Animatic TO presents: The War Stories on Christmas!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

 Last year was a blast. See?  And we’re doing it again! All the behind the scenes, crazy shit that’s usually not fit to tell. Here’s the details. For one festive night Toronto’s animation community comes together to tell their best “War Stories” about life in the trenches of the industry. There will be drinks available… »

press release: Youth Media Alliance Announces New Board Members and Andra Sheffer Scholarship Winner

By Mike Valiquette

Youth Media Alliance welcomes new board of directors and unveils the YMA Andra Sheffer Scholarship winner Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Jonathan Finkelstein (President and Executive Producer, Apartment 11 Productions), Marney Malabar (Director, KidsTV, TVO) Jennifer Twiner-McCarron (President, Atomic Cartoons). They… »

from the internets: Add John Lasseter to the “terrible men” list.

By Mike Valiquette

Alright, we’re going to share this news too. Not with the obvious glee that Cartoon Brew is indulging in, but it’s real, and it’s big. Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, has taken a six month “sabbatical” from the company amid numerous allegations of inappropriate behaviour. Rarely have I seen my social media feeds react… »

from the internets: Joan Lambur Exits Breakthrough, Forms Prodco Backed by Sinking Ship

By Mike Valiquette

Some interesting news from Kidscreen and other sources. Longtime Breakthrough Entertainment Exec, Joan Lambur, has left the company along with ex-Breakthrough VP of family entertainment Suzanne Wilson. Joan has launched Lambur Productions, with backing from Sinking Ship Entertainment. Sinking Ship has taken a minority stake in the new company, and they’ll be based out of… »

Say hi to this guy at OAIF 2017

By Mike Valiquette

It’s the eve of OIAF 2017 and we’re en route from Toronto today. I’m doing some Startoon stuff, including a Cartoons by Cartoonists panel tomorrow morning at TAC. I also finally get to see the Breadwinner on Friday night! Ottawa is where I grew up, and the festival is home. I’ve been going since around… »

Startoon Cartoon Podcast: Emmy Nominated Voice Actor ERIC BAUZA

By Mike Valiquette

The latest Startoon Cartoon Podcast features the voice behind Marvin the Martian, the new Baby Fozzy, and the second man to voice Stimpy: Eric Bauza. Eric’s a real sport, and we get into some great behind the scenes of his time with Spumco working on Ripping Friends and the Ren and Stimpy Adult Cartoon Party…. »

STARTOON CARTOON PODCAST: Behind the Scenes of Running a Studio in Canada

By Mike Valiquette

Over on the Startoon Cartoon Podcast (something else we do that’s pretty much the exact same content we’d like to be producing for CAR), we spoke with Morghan Fortier of Tinman Creative Studios, Hector Herrera of Together Words + Pictures, Kyle MacDougall of Jam Filled, and Style5′s Sam Chou. These guys all operate studios of… »

from the internets: NFB’s Michael Fukushima Answers Questions, and the Breadwinner is Coming to TIFF

By Mike Valiquette

Over on AWN, OIAF Creative Director Chris Robinson asks NFB Animation Executive Producer Michael Fukushima a handful of questions. Michael was good enough to answer them. And Animation Magazine, among other outlets, is reporting that Cartoon Saloon’s latest feature film, the Breadwinner, will be premiering at TIFF. The Breadwinner is directed by Nora Twomey, and… »

Startoon Cartoon Podcast: Brent Butt talking about comics, cartoons, and Corner Gas Animated

By Mike Valiquette

Startoon’s latest Cartoon Podcast is up, and this week it’s an interview with comedian Brent Butt. We get to hear a lot about Brent’s relationship with animation. He started out drawing as a kid, spent 4 days at Sheridan College in the animation program before deciding it wasn’t for him, and ended up back in… »

press release: Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (NFB) selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week

By Mike Valiquette

So this is pretty cool. The Tesla World Light, Matthew Rankin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada Here’s the press release. Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (NFB) selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week Matthew Rankin’s animated filmTHE TESLA WORLD LIGHT, produced at the National Film Board of Canada… »

events: VANIMATIC! April 18th, Grahaeme Cowie Talking About the Impotents, and how they ran a SUCESSFULL KICKSTARTER!

By Mike Valiquette

If I were in Vancouver on April 18th, I’d be here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1892151544392891/ Last year, Grahaeme Cowie and his partner Jeff Cooper set out to get their idea for an adult comedy animated series funded via Kickstarter. They pulled it off. They also made a funny cartoon. I supported it. I got a t-shirt. All this… »

from the internets: CBC Kids Makes It Official, Marie McCann In Top Job.

By Mike Valiquette

Kidscreen is reporting that acting Director Marie McCann is taking over the position permanently. Marie’s a great pick, she’s been with CBC for years, off and on, and really has a sense for the brand, including how it’s moving forward. Here’s the article. Congrats to… »

Len Cochrane Passes Away at 71

By Mike Valiquette

The Hollywood Reporter is sharing the news that legendary Canadian kids broadcast executive, Len Cochrane, has passed away at the age of 71. Len was a pioneer of the kids broadcast sector, founding Teletoon and presiding over Family Channel from 1990 to 2001. He retired in 2014. cartt.ca has an obituary that touches on how… »

showcase: Jam Filled’s Tom Pajdlhauser, “Get Off Your Computer”

By Mike Valiquette

Great little video on Art Director Tom Pajdlhauser, who works out of Ottawa studio Jam Filled. More of this, please. Captain Tom for Maru the Circle Brand from Maru Brand on… »

from the internets: VICE on NOVA SEED

By Mike Valiquette

I finally saw Nova Seed at OIAF about a month ago. I missed it at TAAFI back in the spring, and have had a post in the drafts folder of the site half-written ever since. It’s amazing. The movie, not the post. The post starts by saying that Nova Seed is an important movie. And… »

from the internets: BRON Studios Expands to London Ontario, Director Kris Pearn at the Helm

By Mike Valiquette

CTV News out of London, Ontario shared a short story featuring Feature Director Kris Pearn, who’s currently working with BC-based BRON Studios on their upcoming feature release, the Willoughbys. Pearn’s a graduate of Sheridan’s animation program, an accomplished story artist with credits like Arthur Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, and the upcoming Han Solo movie for Lucasfilm…. »

press release: 9 Story Media Group appoints ALIX WISEMAN to Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – August 30, 2016 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Alix Wiseman to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions.  Reporting to Chief Strategy Officer Natalie Osborne, Wiseman will be responsible for leading distribution and acquisitions efforts in EMEA with a focus on… »

What now? Martin Markle out at KIDS CBC after less than a year. UPDATED: Marie McCann named Interim Senior Director.

By Mike Valiquette

I don’t even know what’s going on anymore. Kidscreen’s got the news, but that’s really all there is. http://kidscreen.com/2016/08/12/martin-markle-out-at-kids-cbc/ Updated with news from Kidscreen again: Marie McCann, who’s been at CBC and TVO off and on for years, is stepping in as interim senior director…. »

press release: Corus Entertainment Appoints Athena Georgaklis New Head of Development for Nelvana

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment announced today the appointment of Athena Georgaklis to the role of Head of Development for Nelvana. Georgaklis, a highly respected animation executive, will lead the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world. Georgaklis assumes her… »

TAAFI 2016 in Review: 8 Takeaways from TAAFI 2016 by a Toonsmith

By Mike Valiquette

Reposted with permission from Brent Smith. Brent had been a whirlwind lately at animation events here in Toronto, and we were able to persuade him to share some of his thoughts with us. Here’s his report (you can also read it directly on his blog):             8 Takeaways from TAAFI… »

press release: BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES RADICAL SHEEP

By Mike Valiquette

This is kinda huge. First they bring Industrial Brothers under their umbrella, now this. Congrats to John and Michelle and congrats to the team at Boatrocker for knowing a good thing when they see it. BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES RADICAL SHEEP Boat Rocker Studios original kids and family content division consolidated under Radical Sheep March… »

watch this! Sam Chou’s 2016 Director Reel.

By Mike Valiquette

Pretty badass. Sam Chou DIRECTOR REEL 2016 from Sam Chou on… »

press release: Acclaimed NFB Film Maker Colin Low Passes, 1926-2016

By Mike Valiquette

COLIN LOW DIES AT THE AGE OF 89, The National Film Board and Canada lose a true pioneer of cinema February 25, 2016 – Montreal, Quebec – National Film Board of Canada Canada has lost a giant of cinema with the passing of Colin Low, who died in Montreal on February 24 at the age… »

TAAFI 2016 Poster, by Nneka Myers

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s this year’s TAAFI poster, by Nneka Myers. And a “making of” video! Designing the TAAFI 2016 Poster – Nneka Myers from Toronto Animation Arts Festival on… »

from the internets: Nickelodeon Announces This Year’s Shorts… CANADIANS!

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the link: http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nickelodeon-2016-animated-shorts-program-2015-finalists-1201695536/ Here’s the excitement: Ramblers Created by Brett Jubenville and Morghan Fortier Norville, Mr. Gobbles and Opee are Ramblers: intergalactic scouts on a mission to explore the universe and earn badges. THAT’S TINMAN!!! You know? The SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS guys!!!!!! Awesomesauce. But WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!!!! Myth of Robo Wonder Kid Created by… »

Demo Reels: Blame Your Brother Creative Workshop

By Mike Valiquette

Want to watch another cool reel? Well look no further. Here’s the latest one from Blame Your Brother Creative Workshop. Blame Your Brother is Darren and Geoff Donovan, actual brothers, actual twins, actual crazy talented individuals. Darren’s an animator, Geoff’s a graphic designer. They make a great team. They’re also really nice guys, but don’t… »

Events: Animatic TO presents Indie Animation Film Maker Carla Veldman, TONIGHT, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

If you’re in Toronto, and you want to hang with the animation crowd, tonight’s a great night to do it. Animatic TO’s latest edition is an evening with award-winning independent film maker Carla Veldman. From the event page: Carla Veldman is a Toronto based animation filmmaker and stop-motion artist. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation… »

press release: KIDS’ CBC WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVES MARIE MCCANN AND DREW MULLIN

By Mike Valiquette

January 25, 2016– Kids’ CBC announced today the hiring of Marie McCann and Drew Mullin as executives in charge of production for Children’s Content.  In their new roles, McCann and Mullin will report directly to Martin Markle, senior director of Children’s Content for CBC Television. “Marie and Drew have a lot of heart and creativity, and I’m… »

Robert Valley Kickstarter Live: Pear Cider and Cigarettes

By Mike Valiquette

In crowdfunding news, Robert Valley has launched a campaign to complete his long-in-progress film Pear Cider and Cigarettes. It’s based on a true story, one he’s told in graphic novel format before, and this is the inevitable final version. Robert’s a Canadian animation rockstar who’s best known for his work on Gorillaz, Wonder Woman shorts… »

press release: TAAFI ANNOUNCES 2016 GUEST SPEAKERS

By Mike Valiquette

Walt Disney Studios, Hanna-Barbera, and many recognized animators TORONTO, ON — The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) has announced six guest speakers for its 2016 program. Recognized for their work on various award-winning animated films and popular television series, the industry leaders will speak at George Brown College – Waterfront Campus during the festival… »

press release: YMA Conference presents Lion Guard Supervising Director Howy Parkins, November 18-20, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Montreal, October 19, 2015 – You have until this Friday, October 23, to take advantage of the early-bird rate for the 2015 Children, Youth & Media (CYM) Conference – the must-attend event for youth TV and digital production professionals, November 18–20 in Toronto. Among the notable guests, Youth Media Alliance (YMA) will host an exclusive… »

TONIGHT! TORONTO! Animatic TO Presents: Undergrads Creator Pete Williams

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic TO continues to offer up a great series of speakers, with tonight being no exception. A long time ago on a tv network far far away… Pete Williams will be giving a talk about his animated TV series, UNDERGRADS! originally aired in 2001, the series only ran for 13 episodes but has since gained… »

Press Release: Corus VP Jocelyn Hamilton Moves to eOne as President of eOne TV Canada

By Mike Valiquette

Sadly, we weren’t on the press list for this one, so I’m lifting from Playback: Longtime Corus executive Jocelyn Hamilton has been named president of eOne Television in Canada, the producer and distributor announced after business hours today. Hamilton has been leading original programming at Corus as VP programming and original productions for the broadcaster since… »

COMIX: Troy Little’s Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the comic.

By Mike Valiquette

Yes. This is a thing. PEI comics artist/animator Troy Little, well known in cartoon circles for the Angora Napkin pilot produced for Teletoon a few years back, has been hard at work adapting Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a 176-page graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions. When Troy told me… »

Mike Geiger Honoured by the Youth Media Alliance

By Mike Valiquette

This guy was just so aw shucks at last night’s awards show. It was adorable. Mike’s the best, and it’s nice to see him get some attention.  And boy did he get it! Radical Sheep put together a little tribute video that we can share here. Mike Geiger – YMA Music Video from Radical Sheep… »

from the internets: Canadian Animation Blog Interviews M.R. Horhager

By Mike Valiquette

Grayden Laing’s got another interview up on his Canadian Animation Blog, and this time it’s with Toronto-based director Mathias (M.R.) Horhager. Mathias is a good friend of mine and a coworker at Smiley Guy Studios. He’s also one of the hardest working guys I know. He’s been in the business about 5 years now and… »

Help a Friend: Ted Heeley

By Mike Valiquette

We don’t do too much of this kind of thing here, but I figure I get to abuse the power of this site every now and then, especially for something like this. Ted Heeley is a member of our animation community. He’s one of those journeymen artists who don’t fit in a conventional slot. He’s… »

from the internets: Kim Wilson Out at Kids’ CBC

By Mike Valiquette

Kidscreen received confirmation that  longtime creative head of children’s content at the CBC,Kim Wilson,  is no longer with the Canadian pubcaster. No other info about her sudden departure has been made public. A search for replacement is underway. Read more:… »

Animatic TO brings lecture series to the internets!

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic T.O. the animation lecture series and social event that has been bringing education, inspiration and community building to Toronto’s animation scene for two seasons is taking those lectures online! Starting today with Designing with Genevieve FT online now! New lectures will go up every two weeks on the Canadian Animation YouTube channel. Just follow… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Rosemary Travale

By Mike Valiquette

Hi! My name is Rosemary Travale and I work in Halifax, Nova Scotia currently as a Layout Artist at DHX Media. I’m originally from Stoney Creek, Ontario and I went to Sheridan College for animation, graduating in 2014. I’m only a recent transplant to Halifax, moving here with my finacee at the very start of… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: MK Harris

By Mike Valiquette

Hi – my name is MK Harris! I’m 25 years old, and I just moved to Halifax in January to be a Key Poser at Copernicus Studios, in Halifax. I graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville around this time last year, but when I got the offer to work at Copernicus, I jumped at the… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Jordan Shereck

By Mike Valiquette

Hello! My name is Jordan Shereck. I’m 22 years old and I’m an animator at Copernicus Studios, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I love my job and I don’t want to lose it. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work at a studio where the people are so warm and friendly, and where I… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Brennan Bova

By Mike Valiquette

For the last 5 years I’ve worked on and off in the animation industry, culminating in about 4 years total. I’ve had the pleasure to work on a lot of awesome projects for companies like Warner Brothers and Disney and two of my childhood heroes, Chris and Martin Kratt. In that short time, I’ve managed… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Carmen Cameron

By Mike Valiquette

Hello folks, My name is Carmen Cameron, an animator here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m from Parrsboro, and moved to Halifax when I was 18 to attend college, where I learned 2D and 3D animation. For the last three years, I have been working at Copernicus Studios as an animator, and I have never felt… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Alyssa Penney

By Mike Valiquette

A little under 3 and a half years ago I got an email saying I was hired to work as an animator on a new show starting about a week from that point. I was nervous and scared to leave home, but in a matter of days I picked up everything with the help of… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Shannon Perry

By Mike Valiquette

Nineteen years out west. It was after nineteen years out west, at the age of 25, that I finally got the chance to move back to Nova Scotia. The decision to do so was easy; I have so much family out here, and even though I left the province at the age of six, I… »

RIP Bob Walker

By Mike Valiquette

Sad news about one of our own: Ottawa native and Sheridan grad Bob Walker passed away from a heart attack at his California home last week. He was 54 years old, and recently retired. Here’s the obituary from the Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/obituary-ottawa-animator-bob-walker-was-nominated-for-academy-award Bob’s career began in Ottawa at Atkinson Film Arts, and eventually led him… »

Emmy Nominations Galore! (Especially Jess Borutski)

By Mike Valiquette

The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and that’s a good day to be a Canadian with Emmy aspirations. 9Story’s got 9, fittingly. Sinking Ship’s got a bunch, primarily for live action, but Annedroid’s got a buttload of animation, so I’m counting it. The Kratt brothers are nominated. It’s a big list, and takes a… »

This Year’s YMA Emerging Talent Award is Going to Mike Geiger. Yep, THAT Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is proud to give its Outstanding Achievement Award to Andra Sheffer and its Emerging Talent Award to Mike Geiger. These distinguished professionals will be honoured at a gala to be held on May 27th at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, in Toronto. Regular reader’s are no stranger to Mike’s work,… »

press release: Sixteen Sheridan graduates take home Canadian Screen Awards

By Mike Valiquette

(Oakville, Ontario): Congratulations to 16 Sheridan graduates who have received 20 Canadian Screen Awards this year. The Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs) celebrate homegrown talent in front of the camera and behind the scenes in film, television and digital media. The 2015 CSAs were presented at a series of week-long events, culminating in the final broadcast… »

press release: Jillianne Reinseth Heads to eOne Family as VP Creative Affairs

By Mike Valiquette

We didn’t get the press release fort this one, so I’m cut-and-pasting directly from Kidscreen: Entertainment One Family and Entertainment One Licensing (eOne), has appointed former Nerd Corps exec Jillianne Reinseth as VP of creative affairs for eOne Family. Based in Toronto, Canada, Reinseth steps into the new role on March 2. She will lead creative affairs for eOne Family and oversee the division’s linear… »

press release: Pat Ellingson Announces Retirement from TVO

By Mike Valiquette

Pat Ellingson, TVO’s long-serving Creative Head of Children’s and Parents’ Media, is retiring effectiveAugust 31, 2015. Pat joined TVO in August 1995 to help start up TVO’s venture into live current affairs programming, Studio 2. In 1998, she was named Creative Head of Children’s Programming. Working with some of Canada’s most notable producers, Pat consistently… »

press release9 Story Media Group appoints Jennifer McCann to Director of Development

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – February 16, 2015 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce the appointment of seasoned producer Jennifer McCann to the position of Director of Development. Reporting to Vice President of Creative Affairs Natalie Dumoulin, McCann will be responsible for sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of all ages,… »

Press Release: Michelle Melanson Cuperus Steps Up at Radical Sheep

By Mike Valiquette

It’s been a busy few weeks, and we’re playing a bit of catch up. There have been a few changes among the executive class in our community and I don’t want to overlook this piece of good news:  Radical Sheep President John Leitch announces the promotion of Michelle Melanson Cuperus, Vice President Development and Production… »

press release: Sheridan Graduate Receives Animation Industry’s Highest Honour

By Mike Valiquette

How to Train Your Dragon 2, written and directed by Dean DeBlois, picks up six Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature (Oakville, Ontario): How to Train Your Dragon 2 took top honours at the Annie Awards on January 31, winning Best Animated Feature and Outstanding Achievement, Directing for Dean DeBlois. The 42nd Annie Awards, which… »

press release: NFB Announces PASSING OF DIRECTOR-PRODUCER RENÉ JODOIN

By Mike Valiquette

PASSING OF DIRECTOR-PRODUCER RENÉ JODOIN An early collaborator of Norman McLaren, founder of the NFB’s French Animation Studio and recipient of the 2001 Prix Albert-Tessier January 26, 2015 – Montreal, National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Director-producer René Jodoin passed away on January 22, 2015, in Montreal, at the age of 94. Born in Hull,… »

Best Thing Ever Today: Torill Kove Reacts to Oscar Nomination

By Mike Valiquette

Via Michael Fukushima. This just makes me smile so much. Torill Kove reacts to her 3rd nomination! from Michael Fukushima on… »

Creator Profile: Terrificland’s Dan Dillabough

By Mike Valiquette

The Bite On Mondo webseries programme is nearing the deadline for their last call for submissions. Leading up to the deadline they’ve been sharing access to a bunch of their creators. Today, we’ve got a Q & A with Terrificland creator Dan Dillabough where he shares his humble beginnings and teases a bit of the… »

from the internets: Flooby Nooby talks to Copernicus’ Murray Bain on the release of “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo”

By Mike Valiquette

Just in time for the holiday season, a great new animated music video from the gang at Copernicus for David Myles’ Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo”, plus an interview over at Flooby Nooby!… »

from the internets: Interview with Joel Mackenzie

By Mike Valiquette

Fantastic Music Videos has an interview with Fantastic Music Video maker Joel Mackenzie. It’s fantastic…. »

press release: Portfolio Entertainment Appoints Liliana Vogt To the Newly Created Position of Senior Vice President, Content

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, ON [November 11, 2014] —  Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of senior development executive, Liliana Vogt, to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Content. Reporting to Lisa Olfman, CEO and Co-Founder of Portfolio Entertainment, Vogt will oversee all facets of content development for the company. In her new role,… »

from the internets: Grayden Laing interviews Torill Kove

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the link:… »

OIAF 2014 Winners Announced! Poland and Canada Take Top Prizes

By Mike Valiquette

  OTTAWA (September 20, 2014)— The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) competition component has come to an end with the highly anticipated award ceremonies, which were held this evening at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. OIAF organizers announced the 2014 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. This year’s OIAF, which is in… »

Athena Georgaklis steps into Director of Content role at Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

It was announced today by Corus Entertainment that the position left open by Alan Gregg back in May, when he left the broadcaster to head up Mercury Filmworks’ new European studio in Ireland, will be filled by Teletoon mainstay, Athena Georgaklis. Athena has been with Teletoon for 17 years, based out of the Montreal office…. »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment appoints Natalie Dumoulin to new role of VP, Creative Affairs

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – September 9, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning media executive Natalie Dumoulin to the newly created position of Vice President, Creative Affairs. Reporting directly to President and CEO Vince Commisso, Dumoulin will be responsible for sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of… »

from the internets: Oscar-Winning Animator Torril Kove at TIFF

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 ran a nice little interview with Award-winning animator, and Concordia alum, Torril Kove. Torril is a wonderful filmmaker and her latest, Me and my Moulton, will be screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here the link:… »

from the internets: A Day In The Life Of An Animator (Tomas Patlan), courtesy of No Such Thing as Grown Ups

By Mike Valiquette

East coast podcasters, No Such Thing As Grown Ups give us an in-depth look at Tomas Patlan’s daily routine. It’s edge-of-your-seat stuff. SPOILER: He has breakfast for dinner!… »

press release: Tricon Kids & Family welcomes Frank Saperstein as new Executive VP

By Mike Valiquette

Tricon Kids & Family expands with the appointment of Frank Saperstein as EVP, Kids, Family & Animation Toronto/Los Angeles – July 30, 2014 – Tricon Films & Television continues to grow its boutique Kids & Family division with the appointment of Frank Saperstein as Executive Vice President, Kids, Family & Animation.  In this new position,… »

more cool beans: Angora Napkin’s Troy Little adapting Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Mike Valiquette

This finally got announced at Comicon in San Diego: PEI-based comics/animation pro, Troy Little (co-creator of cult-fave Angora Napkin and arguably the holder of the title: Most tiny leaves ever drawn in an episode of Franklin the Turtle) will be adapting Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a graphic novel for… »

cool beans: Hobo Divine Teases Superhuman Cartoon Extravaganza!

By Mike Valiquette

I can’t get enough of the sweet, sweet teases showing up on Hobo Divine’s blog these days. He’s making what appears to be the greatest cartoon ever. If you don’t believe me you should seriously rethink your life choices. I can not wait…. »

Press release: Media entrepreneur Neil Court and ZM Capital make equity investment in 9 Story Limited

By Mike Valiquette

  I’m going to post this and just let it hang there. This is a big, big move for a company that’s already got unprecedented momentum. It’s hard to imagine that adding one individual to the mix could mean so much to an organization, but Neil Court’s potential impact on the growth of 9Story should… »

TAAFI 2014: #FindKyu update

By Mike Valiquette

Film-maker. animator, designer, CAR contributor and sneaky guy Kyu-bum Lee has been posting updates on his various TAAFI activities, and yet there have still been very few confirmed sightings. We caught him stopping by the booth yesterday with Darren Rawlings. And here’s a sneaky shot of free-range Kyu. But apart from that, he’s pretty much… »

TAAFI Maarket Booth Pics! Today’s Guests: Kris Pearn, FunkFuzz, Jon Ng, Joel MacKenzie, Lillian Chan, Kaj Pindal!

By Mike Valiquette

The Animation All-Stars booth at this year’s TAAFI Maarket is a hit. I’m calling it. Yesterday’s turnout was amazing. Despite a few slow patches, we had a pretty steady stream of fans stopping by to say hi to our lineup of amazing guests. Aaron Hong, Dave Cooper, Jon Ng, Jess Borutski, Mike Geiger, Kalman Andrasofszky… »

Where in the World is Kyu-bum Lee?

By Mike Valiquette

CAR contributor Kyu-bum Lee is going to be out and about this weekend at TAAFI. I can’t keep track of the guy, but perhaps you, our readers, can! Kyu’s a little on the quiet side, so if you see him skulking about, I want you to walk right up to him and say hello, snap… »

CAR Presents: Animation All-Stars booth at the TAAFI MAARKET! June 14th and 15th!

By Mike Valiquette

I don’t have an official schedule yet, but I’m super pleased to announce that Canadian Animation Resources is sponsoring a booth at the TAAFI MAARKET this weekend! We’ve got some prime real estate, and will be hosting shifts of top notch talent as they meet and greet and peddle swag. Curious who would set their… »

shameless self-promotion: Creating Success Panel at TAAFI 2014 featuring Natasha Allegri, Dave Cooper, Rob Davies, Michael Rex and Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

With TAAFI 2014 just around the corner, you’re going to be hearing a lot about it on here. This festival just keeps getting better with each year, and we’ll have a few more exciting announcements over the next couple of days. Today’s bit of shameless self-promotion is this: The Creating Success panel, which yours truly… »

CAR Presents: Redesigning Looney Tunes with Jessica Borutski

By Mike Valiquette

Today is the last day of TAAFI’s 48 hr workshop sale on all workshops – $75 (regularily $99). The price goes up today (Tuesday) at midnight. The panels look great this year, but I’d be doing ourselves a disservice here if I didn’t point out that Canadian Animation Resources is a presenting sponsor for the… »

ANIMATIC T.O. This Week: House of Cool Retrospective

By Mike Valiquette

  EDIT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED    Ricardo Curtis will be hosting a retrospective on the past 10 years of House Of Cool. This talk will cover all the things House of Cool has been doing in feature animation along with an in depth discussion on where things are going in the next 10… »

Rebecca David chats with Rebecca Sugar (STEVEN UNIVERSE!!!)

By Rebecca David

    With Steven Universe premiering on Teletoon late last month, we were given an opportunity to speak with creator Rebecca Sugar. Within our talk we cover Rebecca’s journey from school to now, her hopes and intentions with the show, how marvelous her crew is (both at Cartoon Network and overseas in Korea) and how she’s… »

press release: Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks launches European Production Studio under former Teletoon Content Exec Alan Gregg

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa, Canada & Ireland – (May 2, 2014) – Mercury Filmworks, Canada’s premiere animation studio, proudly announces its expansion into Europe’s creative market with former Teletoon content chief, Alan Gregg, at the helm. Citing high demand for its creative services and production pipelines, the move marks a significant step toward accessing a broader talent pool… »

CAR welcomes our newest contributor: Kyu-bum Lee!

By Mike Valiquette

I’m very happy to announce that we’ve got a new contributor here at Canadian Animation Resources: Kyu-bum Lee! Kyu’s an enthusiastic and talented member of our community who spends an awful lot of whatever free time he’s got scouring the internet for amazing animation blogs and short films. And now, he’s going to be doing… »

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