Adventures in Adapting Children's Content for Screens

TIFF Kids - Industry Programming

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Explore the processes and challenges of adapting children's books for TV and film.
Canadian and International panelists will share their experiences and expertise on the processes and challenges of adapting children's books for TV and theatrical releases within Canada, the U.S.A. and in the international marketplace.

Guest Biographies

    • Karine Martin
    • President, Mediabiz International

      Karine Martin is a Canadian lawyer and producer with more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Since 2002, as president and CEO of Mediabiz, she has been involved in equity raising, fund managing and financial engineering for media groups, international banks, private and pension funds, and producers throughout Asia, North America and Europe. Mediabiz also lent her services to the Lagardère Group, for which she acted as COO of one of its financing entities. Through Mediabiz and its affiliates, Karine has acted as Executive Producer or Financier for more than 30 film or television projects.

    • Laura Clunie
    • Laura Clunie is Vice President, Creative Affairs for eOne Family. Prior to joining eOne, Laura was a producer at the UK brand company Chorion, and worked across development and production on hit brands such as Noddy, The Famous Five and Mr. Men & Little Miss. At eOne Family, Laura works on such series as Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom and the pre-school sensation Peppa Pig, develops animated and live-action concepts, both linear and digital, for the pre-school to tween audience, and is also responsible for the acquisition and development of properties to add to the company's portfolio.
    • Michelle Melanson
    • Michelle Melanson Cuperus is Vice-President of Production and Development for Radical Sheep Productions, and Supervising Producer on the award-winning hit Stella and Sam and the new Disney Junior production Yup Yups. With over 20 years of experience in children and youth programs, Cuperus has numerous producing credits, including World of Quest, Wayside and My Dad the Rock Star. She currently oversees development on Radical Sheep's slate of properties, including the animated comedy series The Bagel and Becky Show created by Dave Cooper for Teletoon, and Fangbone! for Disney XD Canada.
    • Hüseyin Tabak
    • Hüseyin Tabak studied directing and scriptwriting at the Vienna Film Academy under Peter Patzak and Michael Haneke. He completed his studies with the feature-length film Your beauty is worth nothing before making A Horse on the Balcony (12).