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Comedy, Licensing, Global Marketing in the Mix at TV Animation Festival

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The Ottawa International Animation Festival's industry event TAC announces its keynote speakers for the 2011 edition.

TAC (Television Animation Conference) 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 aims to foster an atmosphere of creativity and innovation in animated entertainment. Both of our keynotes this year have been involved with projects that do just that; pushing boundaries while bringing quality entertainment to large audiences," said TAC Director Azarin Sohrabkhani.

 The Conference is a specialized industry forum designed for professionals in animation content creation, development, production, distribution and marketing. Since its inception in 2004, the conference has consistently been full to capacity each year with producers, broadcasters & other industry leaders.

This year's event will be held at the Fairmont Château Laurier on September 21 and 22, the first two days of the Festival.

The eighth edition of TAC will begin with a keynote speech by Michael Polis, President, W!LDBRAIN Entertainment and EVP, Branded Entertainment & Consumer Products, DHX Media. In addition to overseeing global operations for W!LDBRAIN Entertainment, he leads DHX Media's international licensing activities.   Polis joined W!LDBRAIN as the studio's Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in June, 2007. As CMO, Polis led and supervised unprecedented global marketing and licensing efforts on behalf of W!LDBRAIN's entertainment assets, including the groundbreaking series "Yo Gabba Gabba!"

Kicking off the second day of TAC will be a keynote by American comedy writer, actor and producer Dino Stamatopoulos, who has worked on such projects as Mr. Show, TV Funhouse, Mad TV, The Dana Carvey Show, Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He created the stop motion animated series Moral Orel for Adult Swim which premiered on Christmas of 2005 and aired its final episode in December 2008. The second season of Stamatopoulos's newest stop motion series Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, also on Adult Swim, will air in 2012. Since 2009, Stamatopoulos has also been appearing in a recurring role as "Star-Burns" on the NBC comedy series Community. He also works as an occasional consultant and writing contributor on the show.

More information on TAC 2011 can be found by visiting our website at: www.animationfestival.ca

TAC 2011 will be held September 21 - 22 in Ottawa.

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