Sunday, October 31, 2010

Board Nominee - Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez
Managing Director
Pipeline Studios Inc

Juan Lopez, President and Co-founder of Pipeline Studios Inc., is responsible for the business development, production finance, tax planning and management of the studio operations. Juan is certified by the Canadian Securities Commission, is a Sheridan College graduate in Business Administration – Finance and a Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Juan has led the development of the company’s global business in order to become a key service player in the animation industry. Under his leadership Pipeline Studios Inc continues to produce internationally renowned and award-winning children's animated content such as The Backyardigans, Babar, Grossology and Guess With Jess.

Before founding Pipeline Studios, Juan directed and managed another start-up company in the Entertainment industry. This software development company grew to a leading position in the online entertainment environment.

Board Nominee - Michael Carter

Michael Carter

theskonkworks builds turn-key studios, market intelligence and award winning teams. We create solutions for clients looking to establish short or long term film, broadcast or gaming production internationally and within Canada. By combining over 15 years of international production management and pipeline creation experience with exceptional financial, governmental and technical ingenuity, theskonkworks creates the right environment to creatively service produce any project on-schedule and on-budget.

Michael currently sits on the board of directors as President of CASO, and represents CASO as a member of the OMDC's (Ontario Media Development Corporation) Screen-Based Industry Advisory Committee.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Board Nominee - Wes Lui

Wes worked in commercial lending and personal finance at TD Canada Trust, the Bank of Montreal and CIBC Wood Gundy. Wes then moved to VFC Inc. where as Area Finance Manager he helped grow the company to become Canada’s largest sub-prime lending institution, completing an IPO on the TSX and eventually being acquired by TD Canada Trust.

In 2004, Wes left VFC to found House of Cool with longtime friend and business partner, Ricardo Curtis. Since then, Wes has acted as the studio’s Director of Operations and has been the producer on all House of Cool productions. In these roles, Wes has led negotiations with major studios such as Disney, Universal, Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Wes also played an integral role in structuring the acquisition of high-end computer generated animation studio, Red Rover, in 2008. With Ricardo’s immense talent in the arts, Wes looks forward to developing House of Cool Inc. and Red Rover initiatives creating a dynamic culture and workplace. Wes is the acting President of Red Rover.

Board Nominee - Alex Olegnowicz

Born in Mexico City, Alex Olegnowicz moved to
Toronto in 1995 searching to expand and utilize his
background in graphics and animation and apply it
to the Film & Television industry in “Hollywood
North”. Dedicated to the post production, vfx and
animation process, Alex has established a renowned
boutique facility, not only assisting producers in the
post-production of their projects, but also giving
insight to the pre-production and production
process, ensuring the successful completion of
quality programming.

Mr. Olegnowicz, has been nominated for an Emmy
and the RTS award for producing the visual effects for
the Discovery Channel documentary Planet Storm,
currently sits at the forefront of the post-production
industry in Toronto.

Mariane Culbert

Media Tree Entertainment Inc.

Executive Producer / Supervising Producer

With over 20 years of experience in television on both the broadcast and independent production side, Marianne has shepherded over 700 episodes of television programming. Throughout the course of her career, Marianne has lived in both Canada and the United States working as an Executive Producer & Supervising Producer on both 2D & 3D animated series as well as and complex hybrid productions.

Also a Creative Producer, Marianne has been successful in combining her in-depth production expertise with the creative production process that is put in place from the creative development stage to ensure a smooth path from script to broadcast delivery. Marianne’s approach to any project is with the philosophy that setting up the building blocks properly from the outset is what will guarantee success.

Marianne has overseen series for many major networks including ABC, Disney, Fox, MTV, HBO, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Noggin PBS, Sony, Oxygen, Paramount, New Line Television and Discovery US, CBC, CTV, Global & Treehouse. She is a Gemini Award winning producer and four time Emmy Nominated Producer.

Board Nominee - Lon Molner

It takes leadership to co-found and build a successful visual effects company, just as it takes leadership to guide a team of creative yet diverse animators on such successful projects as the Oscar-winning feature film Chicago (2002). Whether as CEO of Intelligent Creatures or as a leading Visual Effects Supervisor, Lon shows leadership in spades.
Lon began his career in graphic design but then caught a particularly virulent strain of a well-known bug—a passion for making pictures move. After cutting his teeth in computer animation at the Vancouver Film School, Lon worked on a dizzying array of projects across North America, developing a profound expertise in animation and visual effects. Commercials, MOWs, television series and feature films have all fed his inexhaustible appetite for professional growth and achievement.
Over the last decade he has been blazing a path of creative contributions on high profile Features Films such as Watchmen (2009), The Game Plan (2007), Babel (2006), Mr & Mrs Smith (2005), and supervised a team of artists on the stereoscopic 3D film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005) with director Robert Rodriguez.
Today, Lon is a leader in Toronto's Visual Effects community with a reputation for achieving filmic excellence by working with creative people, especially filmmakers, who share the same passion for detail and design.
Lon’s innovative leadership extends well beyond the Company itself. Convinced that today’s leaders share an obligation to develop the leaders of tomorrow, he makes significant contributions in guiding aspiring youth at various educational facilities.

Board Nominees - Darin Bristow

Darin Bristow

Senior Technical Producer, Corus Kids
Corus Entertainment Inc.

Darin Bristow is a 17-year veteran of the animation industry and has lent his variety of skills to over 20 animated TV series in both the 2D and 3D realms. His creative passion lead him to start his career as a designer on such notable series as Eek the Cat, Ace Ventura and Sam & Max. Bristow then took his design skills into the 3D side of animation to work as a modeller on Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends, The Santa Claus Brothers, and the multiple Emmy Award®-winning Rolie Polie Olie. Bristow's next move further expanded his range as he became a technical director on Rescue Heroes, Nickelodeon's Emmy®-winning Backyardigans and eventually became the technical supervisor for Disney's popular Handy Manny. In 2006, Bristow helped in the retooling of Nelvana's 2D digital pipeline as technical supervisor on Ruby Gloom.

Bristow has also storyboarded and designed numerous national television commercials, an award-winning NHL logo, and posters for Van Halen's 1998 world tour. Bristow is also a fan of classic television, and is very proud to be the illustrator of 30 Years of The Rockford Files, an in-depth book about the iconic TV detective show. Bristow also spent time in Hollywood working on such feature films as Dr. Dolittle 2 and Planet of the Apes. More recently, Bristow completed directing an animated music video for the hard rock super-group Chickenfoot.

Bristow currently works for Corus Entertainment, one of the world's leading animation companies, and serves as Nelvana Studio’s senior technical producer. In this position, Bristow oversees the production for all Nelvana's 2D digital series. While in this position, Bristow also managed to co-direct Celebutards, the outrageous primetime animated series for adults. In addition to leading the technical aspects of Nelvana’s 2D division, Darin is currently the Technical Producer of the new 3D series Chuck The Truck.

DUE DATE Screening November 3rd

You and a guest are invited to attend the advance screening of
Please RSVP to Jeff Pinto-Lobo -

DATE: Wednesday November 3rd
TIME: 7:00pm
LOCATION: Scotiabank, Richmond St., Toronto

From director Todd Phillips, “Due Date” stars Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as two unlikely companions who are thrown together on a road trip that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous. Downey plays Peter Highman, an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan—on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve.

Todd Phillips directs from a screenplay by Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland and Adam Sztykiel & Todd Phillips, from a story by Cohen & Freedland. “Due Date” also stars Michelle Monaghan (“Made of Honor”), Oscar® nominee Juliette Lewis (“Cape Fear,” “Whip It”) and Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”). The film is being produced by Phillips and Dan Goldberg, who previously collaborated on “The Hangover.” Scott Budnick, Thomas Tull and Susan Downey are serving as executive producers on the film.

The behind-the-scenes creative team from “The Hangover” returns, including director of photography Lawrence Sher, production designer Bill Brzeski, editor Debra Neil-Fisher and costume designer Louise Mingenbach.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, A Green Hat Films Production of A Todd Phillips Movie, “Due Date.” The film will be released on November 5, 2010, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The National Film Board of Canada presents


October 26-31, NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St.

The National Film Board of Canada presents


October 26-31, NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St.
Get Animated! is a Canada-wide series of FREE screenings, master classes and activities marking International Animation Day. The NFB Mediatheque is excited to present adult and family animation workshops, working with pixillation, as well as a special presentation of 3D Hothouse films, and screenings of new NFB animated shorts such as Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More to Life, by Academy Award®-nominated directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli). Join us and GET ANIMATED!
Tuesday, October 26
7 PM - Get Animated for Halloween! - Animation workshop for adults

Thursday, October 28
7 PM - Hothouse in the Third Dimension!
Special presentation of the Hothouse 6 series in 3D with special guests
9 PM - NFB New Releases Program

Friday, October 29
7 PM - NFB New Releases Program

Saturday, October 30
10:30 AM Get Animated for Halloween! – For children ages 3 to 5
Animation workshop followed by a screening of Fairy Tales for All.

Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31
12:30 PM Get Animated for Halloween! – For children ages 6 to 13
Animation workshop followed by a screening of Fairy Tales for All.
Don't forget to come dressed in your Halloween costume!
Registration is required for all animaton workshops as capacity is limited.
Call 416-973-3012 to register.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

CASO's Upcoming AGM

Dear Members,

It is my pleasure to announce the 2010-2012 CASO Board Elections and AGM. It has been an extremely busy year with over 5 International Trade Missions, highly successful member events, a new strategy survey and increased awareness domestically, internationally and with various levels of Federal and Provincial governments. Some members have closed shop due to the economy and many more have started. Membership in CASO has increased and there is a real desire to participate in further developing a strong, stable and strategic Animation and VFX industry here in Ontario.

With that, CASO is looking for the next round of leaders to sit on it's board. Visionaries looking to increase our ability to enhance this very important part of the Film and Television business in Ontario. I encourage all members, those considering joining CASO to volunteer their time to sit as a board member or special committee member to further our goals of a mutually beneficial production industry.

I look forward to seeing all CASO member and our non-member guests at the upcoming AGM and once again encourage all of you to participate in building a strong Animation and VFX industry here in Ontario.


Michael Carter
President, CASO

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Canada and China

Join us October 8-13 for a FREE screening series

In celebration of the
40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
Between Canada and China

NFB CINEMA - 150 John St.

Enjoy award-winning films from China from October 8th through October 13th. Highlights include Academy Award® nominee Chen Kaige’s Forever Enthralled, starring Zhang Ziyi (House of Flying Daggers; Memoirs of a Geisha), and Mei Hu’s Confucius, starring Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hard Boiled). Also enjoy the CANADIAN PREMIERES of The Dream of Jinsha, Walking to School and Go Lala Go!

All films will be screened in their original versions, subtitled in English.

Friday October 8th, 6:30pm – Forever Enthralled
Saturday October 9th, 1pm – The Dream of Jinsha
Saturday October 9th, 3pm – Walking to School
Saturday October 9th, 7pm – Confucius
Tuesday October 12th, 7pm – Bodyguards and Assassins
Wednesday October 13th, 7pm – Go Lala Go!
Wednesday October 13th, 9pm – The Message

For more information about the program, visit

Jointly organized by the Film Bureau of State Administration of Radio, Film & Television of China, the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

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