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PR: Television Animation Conference Announces "Pitch This!" Competition

by on June 18, 2007


OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 18, 2007) – Animation producers are invited to polish their best ideas, practice their pitches and wow an audience of top television executives at the third annual Pitch THIS! event at Canada’s only animation industry forum, the Television Animation Conference (TAC). Presented by the Ottawa International Animation Festival, TAC takes place September 19 – 20 at the historic Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa Canada.

“There are plenty of pitching competitions in Canada, but Pitch THIS! is the only one geared to animation producers,” says TAC Director Azarin Sohrabkhani. “If you have what it takes to entertain the likes of Cartoon Network and Teletoon bigshots, then we want you to submit your most creative, outrageous, star-making ideas!”

To be considered for Pitch THIS! producers should submit their proposals for an original adult or children’s animation series and include a project bible, sample episode synopsis, concept art and biographies of the key creative team.

Submissions may be sent to Azarin Sohrabkhani at azarin@animationfestival.ca or by regular post to 2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2007. No more than two submissions per production company will be accepted.

Two intrepid producers will be selected to ascend the podium on Wednesday, September 19 and pitch their projects for 10 minutes to a panel of leading animation broadcasters, as well as the entire Conference audience of over 200 buyers, financiers, partners and industry gurus.

Following the pitches, representatives from such networks as Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Cartoon Network and PBS will respond with detailed insights, assessing each project’s creative and financial elements and analyzing its marketability and appeal to each broadcaster. Along with this invaluable feedback, each participating producer gains the type of industry exposure that can lead to future success.

“The response I got from doing the pitch has really helped shape the development of my show,” notes producer Chris Dainty of Ottawa-based Dainty Productions, whose 2006 pitch ‘The Constellations’ received excellent reviews from both Conference delegates and numerous media outlets. “With the exposure on the net and from TAC a lot of people have contacted us in regards to the possibility of working together.”

Pitch THIS! was chosen as the most popular event at last year’s Conference, giving delegates an amazing opportunity to learn what today’s broadcasters are looking for in new animated series. More information on Pitch THIS! and TAC are available at www.animationfestival.ca or call 613-232-8769.

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 07 will be held September 19 – 20 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. We bring 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. OIAF 07 will be held September 19 – 23, 2007 in Ottawa. For more information about the OIAF, please visit www.animationfestival.ca.

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