Designed for emerging television content creators, this instructional session will arm you with the essential dos and don’ts for the preparation of a streamlined series bible. How do you take your idea from concept to executable package? What do the development executives need to know? What is the ideal length? Veteran showrunners lend their insight and experience to help you stand out from the pack and present like a pro.
Children's Media Consultant
Jamie Piekarz is children’s media professional with the unique combination of creative production and broadcast experience that spans all age groups and genres. Most recently, she was the Director of Content for Treehouse, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada where she creatively steered all original Canadian and international co-productions (animation, live action scripted and unscripted) from development through to production for the Corus Kids channels, ensuring that each show was poised for local and global success. Jamie has also played an integral role in the creation, development and/or production of a variety of award winning programs throughout her career. She served as a producer for several Nelvana shows such as: Mike the Knight (Emmy Award), Babar and the Adventures of Badou, and My Friend Rabbit. She recently co-created/executive produced such shows as Undercover High, The Stanley Dynamic, Cook’d and Zoink’d and was the executive producer of the Treehouse Splash and Boots interstitials. She began her career as the in-house creator and producer of multiple shows for Treehouse TV. She currently creates, produces and provides expertise on children’s media through her company JamPie Media.
Writer, Camp Lakebottom, Winston Steinburger, Sir Dudley Ding Dong
Stephanie Kaliner has written for various sitcoms including Mr. D, Working the Engels, and Schitt’s Creek. She’s also written for children’s animated shows like Camp Lakebottom, Mysticons, The Bagel and Becky Show, and Inspector Gadget. Her own animated series, Sprinkle and the Sweet Sugar Magics, is currently in development with Teletoon and Radical Sheep. She was the head writer and co-creator of the web series Versus Valerie and Sexy Nerd Girl, and the co-creator, co-writer, and co-star of the upcoming CBC web series Terrific Women.
President, Radical Sheep
Michelle Melanson Cuperus oversees Radical's robust slate,l including The Bagel and Becky Show for Teletoon/BBC Worldwide, Fangbone! for Family, Ollie the Boy Who Became What He Ate for CBC, Tee & Mo for TVOKids, The Next Step for Family/BBC Worldwide, and Lost & Found Music Studios for Family/Netflix. Cuperus was Supervising Producer on Yup Yups, Can you Imagine That?, and the award-winning hit Stella and Sam, for which she has won a Canadian Screen Award, Juno Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination. She also manages Radical Sheep's development slate, including the animated comedy Sprinkle and the Sweet Sugar Magics for Teletoon.
Creator, Freaktown, The League of Super Evil
Phil Ivanusic-Vallee is a creator, story editor, and writer. He has been creating and writing animated series for over a decade, including The League of Super Evil, Oh No! It’s an Alien Invasion, and Freaktown. He recently co-wrote and executive produced his first live-action feature film, Dead Shack, and is currently writing his next two feature films, as well as developing a new animated series.
Creative Consultant, Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong
Mike Geiger is an award-winning artist, creator, and director of animated content. He has been involved in the animation industry for the last 14 years, producing a handful of independent films, comics, children’s apps, and web series which have screened at more than 40 animation and comedy festivals worldwide. He was recently honoured with the Emerging Talent Award by the Children’s Media Alliance and holds the distinction of creating one of the "top two most disgusting films ever shown" at Spike and Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation. His most recent self-released interactive story app hit #1 in the Books category on iTunes Canada, spending 30 days on the "Best new apps for kids" front page. Geiger is currently Creative Consultant on Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong, as well as Series Director for 9 Story Media Group’s 3 Amigonauts.