Guests 2024


Rejean Bourdages
Story Artist, PIXAR

Marge Dean
Head of Skybound
Entertainment Animation

Emily Hart
Senior Vice President,
Development & Current,
Disney Television Animation
Jean Thoren
Publisher/President Animation Magazine

Julie-Kane Ritsch
Talent Manager and Head Animation
at the Gotham Group

Heather Tilert
Creative Executive Preschool Content Team Lead, Netflix


Joel Bradley
Head of Production, Atomic Cartoons

Thom Chapman
Global Media Executive

Alan Gregg
VP Development,
Industrial Brothers

Drew Mullin
Executive in Charge of Production,
Kids CBC


Jack Liang
Executive Producer VP of IBD and License,
Polygon Pictures Malaysia

South Africa

Kaya Kuhn
Founder, Those Production Girls

Kate Marsey
Producer, Those Production Girls


Jo Allen
Producer, BBC Children’s Acquisitions &
Independent Animation

Louise Bucknole
General Manager, Kids & Family,
Paramount UK & Ireland
(Milkshake! C5 & Nickelodeon)
Gillian Burke
Assistant Commissioner BBC

Daniel Cresswell
Senior Account Manager Enterprise
– UK & Nordics, Wacom

Tess Cuming
Executive Producer,
Eaglet Films

Karen Doyle
Director Production Management
The Walt Disney Company

Mark Gordon
Head of Score Draw Music

Kate Morton
Head of Commissioning
& Acquisitions 0-6 BBC

Sarah Muller
Head of Commissioning &
Acquisitions 7+ BBC

Peter Lord
Co-owner and Creative Director
Aardman Animations

Martin Pope
Joint MD, Magic Light Pictures

Jon Preston
Vice President Creative Director,
Kids & Family,
Paramount UK & International
Michael Rose
Magic Light Pictures

Orion Ross
Vice President,
International Animation Disney Branded Television
Michael Ryan
Director GFM Animation

Sarah van den Belt
Senior Strategic Alliance Manager

Andy Wyatt
Toon Boom


Eleanor Coleman
Indie Sales, Producer & Distributor

Lila Hannou
VP Creative Development and Strategy at Ellipse Animation

Chrystel Poncet
Creative Producer and Consultant
in Animation 


Michael Algar
Murakami Award Recipient 2024

Avery Angle
Art Director and Trainee Director at Little Moon Animation

Deirdre Barry
Programme Director,
National Talent Academy of Animation

Fabiola Berton
Background & Layout Artist
at Jam Media

Marty Boylan
Course leader for the Animation, VFX,
and Motion Design programme

Lena Byrne
Script and Development Consultant

Gillian Comerford
Creative Director Boulder Media

Mark Cumberton
COO, Jam Media

Katie Davies
Script consultant

Delphine Doreau
Programme Director for Animation at Pulse College, Dublin

Fabian Erlinghauser
Co-Director Cartoon Saloon

Gwen Fagan
BA Visual Media Course Coordinator Link Coordinator, University of Dundee, Scotland Ballyfermot College FE
Andrew Fitzpatrick
Chairman of Monster Entertainment

Cathal Gaffney
Managing Director BBF, COO 9 Story Group

Gabriel Galway
Independent Artist and D&D DM

Maurice Galway
CEO/Festival Director/Co-Founder
Animation Dingle

Dr. Yvonne Hennessy
Lecturer and Programme Coordinator at TUS Athlone Campus on the BA (Hons) in Animation and Illustration
Suzanne Kelly
Head of Children’s and
Young People’s content RTÉjr

Sharon Mannion
Comedian and Writer

Ailbhe Mc Cabe
Development Producer Cartoon Saloon

Ronan McCabe
CEO, Animation Ireland,

Niall Mooney
Development Creative / VFX Supervisor / Director

Tomm Moore
Co-Founder and Creative Director,
Cartoon Saloon

Darragh O’Connell
Creative Director,
BBF / 9 Story Group

Paul O’Flanagan
Creative Director, Boulder Media

Eimear O’Mahony
Executive Producer RTÉjr

John Rice
CEO, Jam Media

Jemma Short

Alan Shannon
CCO, Jam Media

Will Sliney
Comic Book Artist, Creator and Presenter of Will Sliney’s Storytellers and Draw with Will

Steve Woods
Film Maker at Cel’ Division. Associate Lecturer in Animation at IADT

Paul Young
CEO and Co-Founder Cartoon Saloon

Barry Scannell
Law Consultant, AI Expert