YTV, Teletoon Director of Programming John Rooney Passes Away
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John Rooney, former director of programming at YTV and Teletoon and executive director at Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), passed away on December 10, 2020 due to complications from a stroke. He passed away peacefully with family at his side. He was 50.
Rooney began working with YTV in the '90s, becoming a director of programming, working in children's television and Canadian animation. Rooney later moved to Teletoon and became its director of programming. He helped to shape the Corus Kids & Family brand, as well as helped develop brands like Bionix, Nickelodeon Canada, and ABC Spark Canada. He helped to launch Cartoon Network and Adult Swim in Canada.
He joined TAAFI, a Canadian animation festival, in 2017, and eventually became a board member and executive director.