character-forum

11 – 13 MAY

CHARACTER TALENT FORUM

PRESENT YOUR PERSONAL CHARACTER PROJECT OR PORTFOLIO TO INDUSTRY LEADING ANIMATION PRODUCERS, ART BUYERS, ILLUSTRATION AGENCIES OR TOY COMPANIES…


Grab your chance to meet industry leading animation producers, art buyers, creative directors, illustration agencies or toy companies in a group session with up to 18 attendees. Make sure to sign up in the morning for the day’s sessions you want to join at the information desk at Babylon (from 10am onwards)—first come first served! 


CONFIRMED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS:

Thursday May 11, 16:00 – 17:00

Erika Forzy (Talent Scout / Producer)
Becky Perryman (Creative Development Manager)
Erika Forzy (Talent Scout / Producer)
Becky Perryman (Creative Development Manager)
  • Passion is a BAFTA and Academy Award winning, independent film production company. Established in 1987, Passion has offices in London, New York, Paris, and most recently, Melbourne. Storytellers by trade, the directors represented worldwide work across commercials, digital shorts, feature documentaries, broadcast programming, music videos, computer games, websites and live events. With a career spanning over a decade at Passion Pictures, Erika Forzy is a talent scout and producer, having produced the animation for some of the industry’s most successful and memorable campaigns and films including Adidas’ ‘Impossible Is Nothing,’ Gorillaz’ music video ‘Do Ya Thing,’ and the BAFTA-nominated short film ‘City Paradise.’


    passion-pictures.com

Thursday May 11, 17:00 – 18:00

Viktor Wahl (Executive Creative Director)
Henning Soppe (Senior Art Director)
Viktor Wahl (Executive Creative Director) Henning Soppe (Senior Art Director)
  • B-Reel is a creative agency, with a team of storytellers and engineers creating new ways to connect brands and audiences. Love of craft and technical innovation fuels their quest for the unexpected. The process is flat, fast, and fun—maintaining integrity from thinking to making. B-Reel strategizes, concepts, designs, codes, animates, directs and solves problems. B-Reel—a full stack creative agency, made by makers.

    b-reel.com

Friday May 12, 12:00 – 13:00

Eleanor Coleman (International Development)
Eleanor Coleman (International Development)
  • Blue Spirit is one of Europe’s leading animation service studios, producing feature films and TV series. Their recent film, ‘My Life as a Zucchini,’ was nominated for an Oscar and sold to over 50 countries. Eleanor Coleman represents the studio internationally.

    spirit-prod.com

Friday May 12, 13:00 – 14:00

Kerstin Kraus (Art Buyer)
Kerstin Kraus (Art Buyer)
  • Heimat is one of the leading creative agencies in Germany, well-known for their extraordinary campaigns for Hornbach, Otto or Google. Heimat is not just a typical ad agency—the aim is to combine outstanding ideas with creative and funny concepts and bring them to life with artists from all over the world. Kerstin Kraus has over 20 years of experience in the global creative sector, working as a senior art buyer, photo editor, curator, project manager, photo producer, creative coach, artist agent and visual consultant.

    heimat-berlin.com

Friday May 12, 14:00 – 15:00

Orion Ross, (Vice President, Content—Animation, Digital
Orion Ross, (Vice President, Content—Animation, Digital & Acquisitions)
Shamik Majumdar (Creative Director—Animation & Live Action)
  • Orion Ross is responsible for the creative development and production of original animated series, as well as original content for digital platforms and regional acquisitions, for Disney’s channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Orion’s team commissions, co-produces and acquires original animated content for three global children’s’ media brands: Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. Shamik Majumdar manages the creative development of original animated series for these three brands, as well as the supervision of design and art direction for its live action productions.

    disney.com

Friday May 12, 16:00 – 17:00

Marjorie Jorrot (Director) 
Aras Sehatkar (Director)
Marjorie Jorrot (Director)
Aras Sehatkar (Director)
  • WE ART stands for creative matchmaking between artists and commissioners. While the agency focuses on commercial art production, the platform also shows a first-rate selection of visual artists and makes those talents available for everyone. Founders Marjorie Jorrot and Aras Sehatkar have worked at many leading advertising agencies over the past 15 years. Establishing their independent agency in 2014, they draw on this expertise to ensure that both clients and artists get the best possible results.

    weartagency.com | weart.co

Friday May 12, 17:00 – 18:00

Georgina Melone (VP Hasbro Invention Lab) 
James Yuen (Principal Designer)
Georgina Melone (VP Hasbro Invention Lab)
James Yuen (Principal Designer)
  • Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to creating the world’s best play experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming, and consumer products, Hasbro offers a huge variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands. Hasbro Invention Lab is a design group tasked with inventing new experiences for the future of play. The mission is to capture and create ‘game changing’ ideas and innovations, and to lead and drive creative cultures at Hasbro. 

    hasbro.com

Saturday May 13, 13:00 – 14:00

Philipp Dettmer (Founder and Creative Director) 
Patrizia Mosca (Executive Producer)
Philip Laibacher (Art Director)
Miri Lee (Art Director)
Philipp Dettmer (Founder and Creative Director)
Patrizia Mosca (Executive Producer)
Philip Laibacher (Art Director)
Miri Lee (Art Director)
  • Kurzgesagt (German for ‘in a nutshell’) is a Munich based YouTube channel and studio with a distinctive perspective on design, color and storytelling. Founded in 2013, the studio engages in information design projects of all kinds. In an age of information overload, Kurzgesagt tries to produce content that has value and that people actually notice and remember, and is convinced that good things take time, care and precision. 

    kurzgesagt.org

Saturday May 13 14:00 – 15:00

Philip Hunt (Partner and Director)
Philip Hunt (Partner and Director)
  • Studio AKA is a multi Award-winning animation production company known internationally for their idiosyncratic and innovative work. A close-knit team that includes directors, designers, animators, writers, technical artists & producers, AKA create and consult on projects with a strong emphasis on story, design and character. Alongside an eclectic range of commercial and broadcast projects, AKA also produce short films and the EMMY winning original children’s series ‘Hey Duggee.’

    studioaka.co.uk

* line-up subject to change