Silverman and Selig to Deliver TAC Keynotes

The Simpsons director David Silverman and The Wonder Pets creator Josh Selig will deliver the keynote speeches at this year’s Television Animation Conference (TAC) in Ottawa.The popular TV confab will run October 14-15 at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, alongside the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

‘We are excited and honored to announce that Selig and Silverman will be on hand to present at this year’s Conference’, says TAC director, Azarin Sohrabkhani. ‘Their expertise and success speaks for itself and it’s a real privilege to have them as our keynote speakers.’

Opening the conference is Josh Selig. Josh started his career as a preschooler on Sesame Street, returning many years later as a writer, and worked his way up the ladder to producer. He has won ten Emmys as a member of the writing team for Sesame Street, and founded Little Airplane Productions, Inc. in 1999. Some of his many accomplishments include creating and producing the critically acclaimed series The Wonder Pets! and 3rd & Bird.

The second day of the event will start off with David Silverman. Much of David’s career has revolved around The Simpsons. He started out directing the shorts on the Tracy Ullman Show which eventually led to directing the first episodes when it became a series. He is largely credited with creating the rules for drawing The Simpsons and is considered one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the sitcom family. David became producer as well as supervising animation director for the series, directing 22 episodes and winning four Emmys along the way. Other directing credits include the highly successful The Simpsons Movie (2007), DreamWorks’ The Road to El Dorado (2000) and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. (2001).

You can check out some of previous years’ highlights at www.animationfestival.ca/podcast .