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PR: Brown Johnson, Seth Green and Matt Senreich to be Ottawa Animation Fest Keynotes

Tuesday July 8, 2008 – Ottawa, Ontario – The Television Animation Conference kicks off its 5th year with the announcement of top level keynote speakers Brown Johnson, the President of Animation for Nickelodeon, MTVN Kids and Family Group; Seth Green and Matt Senreich co-executive producers, writers, and directors of Robot Chicken, on September 17th & 18th, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Television Animation Conference (TAC) is Canada’s only animation specific industry forum and is a compliment to the well-loved and well-attended Ottawa International Animation Festival. Targeting professionals in animation creation, production, distribution and marketing, the TAC event brings together internationally leading production and distribution representatives for panels and networking.

“Johnson, Green and Senreich are leaders in the industry,” says TAC Director Azarin Sohrabkhani, “We are excited and honoured to have them offering the keynote speeches this year, which will set the tone of the conference, giving insight and inspiration on how to create a quality product and achieve great commercial success.”

Opening the conference is Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. Johnson spearheads development and production for all animated programming across Nickelodeon, the largest provider of television animation in the US, while continuing to oversee development and production for all preschool programming.

Johnson is responsible for supervising the creative direction of contemporary classics such as SpongeBob Squarepants, and The Fairly OddParents, as well as Back At The Barnyard, The Mighty B! starring Amy Poehler and The Penguins of Madagascar in partnership with DreamWorks SKG. She supervises creative executive teams on both the East and West Coasts, managing the creative direction and coordination efforts between series production, on-air promotions, marketing and consumer products. During her 20-year tenure at Nickelodeon, Johnson has overseen and nurtured numerous groundbreaking properties, including the preschool hits Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, Go, Diego, Go! , Yo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.

The second day of the event starts off with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Green is known primarily for his role in all three Austin Powers films and as the voice of Chris on Family Guy. He has also appeared in the movies Without A Paddle, Party Monster, Can’t Hardly Wait, The Italian Job, and on TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Senreich comes from a comics industry background, having made stops at Marvel Comics (home of Spider-Man, X-Men, etc), Wizard and ToyFare Magazines and most recently as the Editorial Director of Wizard Entertainment. Together they are co-executive producers, writers, and directors of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Emmy award winning series, Robot Chicken and are currently producing a stop-motion animated holiday family feature Naughty or Nice.

The keynote speakers are just the beginning of this years expanded event, which features more panels, workshops, seminars and opportunities than ever before. Past events have sold out and this year, with the announcement of the esteemed line-up of keynote speakers, likely won’t be an exception.

About TAC
The Television Animation Conference is Canada’s only 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 08 will be held September 17 – 18, 2008 in Ottawa. For more information about TAC, please visit
www.animationfestival.ca

About OIAF
The Ottawa International Animation Festival is one of the world’s leading animation events providing first class screenings, exhibits, workshops & entertainment since 1976. An annual 5 day event bringing art, industry and inspiration together in a vibrant hub that attracts artists, production executives, students and animation fans from across Canada and around the world. 2007 total attendance was over 27,000. OIAF 08 will be held September 17 – 21, 2008 in Ottawa. For more information and to experience OIAF online, please visit
www.animationfestival.ca. Get Drawn In

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