Agenda

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Sunday, June 11

10:00 AM

Registration (Curio Foyer 10:00AM - 8:00PM)

1:00 PM

New To The Festival Tour

CASCADE BALLROOM

Informal guided tours designed to help you make the most of BANFF. Our team members will be on-hand to guide you through the event features that'll help you meet your business goals. Drop in only. No sign-up required.


2:00 PM

BANFF 101: Turn A Blind Date Pitch Meeting Into A Hot Love Story

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

Should you bring a box of chocolates to woo a buyer? No... but you should know the flow; what moves to make and when to make them. Pitch experts, Mark and Jeanne Simon, co-founders of SellYourTvConceptNow.com, will reveal how to flirt... tease... and make bold advances to spark a True Romance deal in a pitch meeting.

  • How to start the pitch of your dreams
  • Pitch Do's and Titanic failures
  • The ONE question you must pop
  • When you need to shut the %$#@ up!

 

This is an interactive session! A few brave volunteers will get the chance to pitch their shows on stage to the Simons who will critique the pitches with tough but Big Love…and pitch it back to them.


Featuring:


Mark Simon
Director
Sell Your TV Concept Now Inc

Jeanne Simon
Pitch Expert, Content Creator, Head Writer
Sell Your TV Concept Now Inc

4:00 PM

Media Leaders Series: Canadian Media Leaders

CASCADE BALLROOM

This year, our annual Canadian Media Leaders panel will feature a discussion on the future of production, development, and broadcast of screen-based content in Canada. With the onslaught of streaming opportunities commanding the attention of viewers’ eyeballs, broadcasters must explore all possible revenue streams to ensure they maintain viewership and financial success. What strategies will the employ and how can producers hope to succeed as models continually shift? This high-level conversation is your best opportunity to hear directly from the leaders of Canada’s content industry as they share their visions for the future.

Moderating:


David B Zitzerman
Partner
Goodmans LLP


Featuring:


Rick Brace
President
Rogers Media

John Brunton
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Executive Producer
Insight Production Company Ltd.

Sally Catto
General Manager, Programming
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Randy Lennox
President
Bell Media

Barbara Williams
Executive Vice-President
Corus Entertainment

5:00 PM

Media Leaders Series: Studio Competition In The Peak TV Era

CASCADE BALLROOM

In the age of Peak TV, viewers have never had more choice when it comes to what content they are going to watch next, but what does that mean for the studios that are creating it? To stay competitive in this market, studios need to embrace their creativity in their production and financial strategies. Budgets are booming, traditional programming methods are evolving, and new players in original content like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are able to attract both creators and consumers in ways that linear broadcasters couldn’t have imagined a decade ago. These studio heads will opine on what they are doing to ensure their brand stays strong and how they are finding the best homes for their productions.

Moderating:


Libby Hill
Entertainment Reporter
Los Angeles Times


Featuring:


Paul Buccieri
President, A+E Networks Group
A+E Networks

Michael Edelstein
President, International Studios
NBC Universal

Greg Lipstone
President
All3Media America

John Morayniss
President
Entertainment One Television

Ann Sarnoff
Chair & CEO
BBC Worldwide North America

6:00 PM

CBC Radio - Canada Opening Reception (Please Join us in the Riverview Lounge 6:00PM - 8:00PM)

In Partnership With

CBC Radio Canada welcomes you to their opening reception! Meet new business partners and reunite with old friends and contacts from around the world over hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy hand-selected wines and locally-brewed beers at the annual Festival kick-off.

10:00 PM

Netflix Late Night Party With Musical Talent Provided by Festival Music House and Radio Starmaker Fund (OFFSITE - Please Join us at Wild Bills 10:00PM - 1:00AM)

In Partnership With

Monday, June 12

7:00 AM

Registration (Curio Foyer 7:00AM - 6:00PM)

8:00 AM

Face To Face Meeting Exchange

In Partnership With

ALHAMBRA ROOM

The renowned one-on-one Face to Face Meeting Exchange provides BANFF delegates with the opportunity to meet prospective partners or peers in the form of some of the world’s leading international development executives, producers, distributors, and agents. Specifically designed to be 10 minute exchanges, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!

 

*Advanced sign-up is required. A total of ten (10) Face to Face Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

General sign up opened on Monday May 15th at 12:00pm ET, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up closes on Friday June 9th at 5:00pm ET.

 

Once onsite: Participants who have successfully secured a Face to Face spot(s) will be required to check in at the session room for processing 15-20 minutes prior to the session’s start time. Showing up late may result in your spot being taken. 

 

For those who did not secure a spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure additional spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. Delegates can arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session’s start time and take advantage of the wait line; the room monitor will process the line on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Featuring:


Solange Attwood, Table host
EVP, International
Blue Ant Media

Erin Brock, Table host
Senior Vice President & Executive Producer
Insight Production Company Ltd.

Sean Buckley, Table host
CEO
Buck Productions

Vanessa Case, Table host
SVP Studio, VICE Canada
Blue Ant Media

Sarah Fowlie, Table host
Director, Comedy Original Programming
Bell Media

Tilusha Ghelani, Table host
Commissioning Editor, Comedy
Sky

Lisa Godfrey, Table host
VP, Original Content
Corus Entertainment

Robin Johnston, Table host
Director, Original Programming, Factual
Bell Media

Ellen Lovejoy, Table host
VP, Head of Sales, Americas and Formats
A+E Television Networks

Michelle Melanson (Cuperus), Table host
President/Executive Producer
Radical Sheep Productions

Marlo Miazga, Table host
Vice President of Content
Bristow Global Media Inc.

Tara Montgomery, Table host
EVP, Head of Programming
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Nataline Rodrigues, Table host
Director of Original Programming
Rogers Broadcasting Ltd

Sarah Sharkey Pearce, Table host
Executive Producer Showrunner
Entertainment One Television

Linda Simensky
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Stephanie Slack, Table host
Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions
MarVista Entertainment

Michael Smith, Table host
SVP, Content Sales & Co-Productions
BBC Worldwide Canada Ltd

Ryan St. Peters, Table host
VP, Kids & Family
Shaftesbury/Smokebomb

Drew Worobow, Table host
VP Original Programming
IFC

9:00 AM

Company Of Distinction Keynote: Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey will deliver the annual Company of Distinction keynote, on behalf of this year’s recipient Disney|ABC.

Moderating:


Lynette Rice
Editor at Large
Entertainment Weekly


Featuring:


Channing Dungey
VP of Original Content
ABC Entertainment

10:00 AM

Keynote: The Honourable Mélanie Joly

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

The Banff World Media Festival is proud to announce that The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will join BANFF with a special keynote presentation. Following up on her popular keynote last year, Minister Joly will discuss how digital technology is transforming our world, and explore the role of government in supporting innovation and creativity to create new opportunities to bring the best of Canada to the world.

Moderating:


Jean La Rose
CEO
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network APTN


Featuring:


The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Canadian Heritage
Canadian Heritage

Digital Innovators In The Content Industry

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

The latest developments in new technologies are unlocking brilliant new levels to storytelling and re-shaping the way that content gets made. Our panelists will chat about how technology goes hand in hand with art and how these innovative technological creations are trailblazing creative projects from the ground up. New technological advances inspire creative people to reach further creating immersive stories. From the latest tech inventions to specific data analysis, our panelists will speak to how to inspire audiences, and how to keep them. Find out the challenges and successes that come with leading content creators into the future.

Moderating:


Todd VanDerWerff
Critic at Large
Vox Media


Featuring:


Alan Dark
SVP Sales
Rogers Media

Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands
Director, Content Acquisition
Roku

Richard Kanee
Executive Director, Digital Strategy
CBC

Michel Pratte
Chief Revenue Officer
Boat Rocker Media

11:00 AM

Toast to China Reception and Signing Ceremony

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

Join us as AMPIA and China’s Guangdong Delegation sign their MOU and celebrate with a Toast to China.

Roundtable: The Next Generation of Content Distribution

In Partnership With

IVOR PETRAK ROOM

Canadians have a long-standing love affair with all things mobile. As Canada boasts some of the fastest and most reliable networks in the world, consumers have gotten used to enjoying content on all their screens.

The telecommunications sector is preparing to implement 5G, the next generation of wireless networks, which among many other technology enhancements will allow consumers to download high definition feature films in a few seconds.

This roundtable will discuss the public policy measures best suited to support 5G infrastructure and nurture the growth of 5G technology’s adoption.


Featuring:


Robert Ghiz
President and CEO
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Chris Jones
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Research
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates over refreshments and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

11:30 AM

Creative Unscripted: The Golden Era Of Prestige Factual Content

ALBERTA ROOM

Between Making a Murderer, The Jinx, and Planet Earth our industry is seeing a boom in beautifully produced, long-form, engaging storytelling in the factual realm. Due to increased budgets, advances in technology, and growing audience curiosity, unscripted content is gaining traction on the critical and mass appeal of traditional drama and comedy programming. Learn from producers and broadcasters of leading non-fiction content as they discuss the current appetite for prestige factual programming, where this genre is going in the coming year, and how you could find great success with your productions.

Moderating:


Bill Brioux
TV Columnist
The Canadian Press


Featuring:


Vanessa Case
SVP Studio, VICE Canada
Blue Ant Media

Jonathan Sinclair
EVP, Programing & Development
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Igal Svet
VP of Production and Development for Documentaries & Specials
National Geographic Channels

International Scripted Buyers

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

BANFF's Buyers Series is an in-depth examination of what major international content buyers are looking for to fill their programming blocks in the coming year. Our scripted deep-dive will feature leading comedy and drama commissioners from broadcast networks, cable channels, and digital platforms will share the different strategies they utilize when taking pitches for new programming. You'll find out exactly what types of shows buyers are seeking out, what trends have been overdone, and how to find the right home for your content.

Moderating:


Adam Benzine
Canadian Bureau Chief
C21 Media


Featuring:


Sharon Bordas
VP, Scripted Development
Lifetime

Chika Chukudebelu
VP Programming & Diversity
BET Networks

Kristen Del Pero
VP, Scripted Programming
NBCUniversal

Tilusha Ghelani
Commissioning Editor, Comedy
Sky

Drew Worobow
VP Original Programming
IFC

From A Best-Seller To A SVOD Success Ready To Conquer The World

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

A special conversation about the partnership and ingredients behind the success story of the drama series Victor. Based on the best-selling book franchise Victor Lessard, the psycho-thriller released on Club illico in March garnered more than 1 million viewings in 2 weeks and earned unanimous critical acclaim. The partners will tell you the secrets behind this innovative creative process, and their approach to bring this series to the international audiences.

Moderating:


France Lauziere
President & CEO
Quebecor Content


Featuring:


Nicola Merola
President & Producer
Pixcom Productions Inc.

Martin Michaud
Author and screenwriter

Yann Paquet
Vice President
Quebecor Content

Patrice Sauvé
Director

Ginette Viens
Vice President, Brand Management and Content
Quebecor Contenu (Groupe TVA)

12:30 PM

Face To Face Meeting Exchange

In Partnership With

ALHAMBRA ROOM

The renowned one-on-one Face to Face Meeting Exchange provides BANFF delegates with the opportunity to meet prospective partners or peers in the form of some of the world’s leading international development executives, producers, distributors, and agents. Specifically designed to be 10 minute exchanges, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!

 

*Advanced sign-up is required. A total of ten (10) Face to Face Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

General sign up opened on Monday May 15th at 12:00pm ET, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up closes on Friday June 9th at 5:00pm ET.

 

Once onsite: Participants who have successfully secured a Face to Face spot(s) will be required to check in at the session room for processing 15-20 minutes prior to the session’s start time. Showing up late may result in your spot being taken. 

 

For those who did not secure a spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure additional spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. Delegates can arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session’s start time and take advantage of the wait line; the room monitor will process the line on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Featuring:


Nicolas Atlan, Table host
President
Gaumont Television

Chika Chukudebelu, Table host
VP Programming & Diversity
BET Networks

Jessalyn Dennis, Table host
Vice President, Scripted
SEVEN24 Films

Natalie Dumoulin, Table host
VP of Creative Affairs
9 Story Media Group

Tom Hastings, Table host
Director, Original Programming, Drama
Bell Media

Bob Leighton, Table host
SVP, Programming
Liberty Global, Inc.

Sarah McCormack, Table host
SVP Acquisitions, Europe UK and Kids
Beyond Distribution

Patrick McGuire, Table host
Head of Content
VICE Canada

Andrew Morris, Table host
Manager, Commissioned Content
Accessible Media Inc.

Sydni Naglie, Table host
Unscripted Acquisitions, North America
eOne Television International

David Ozer, Table host
Independant Producer
IDW Entertainment

Peter Putka, Table host
Executive in Charge of Production
Some Spider Studios

Nataline Rodrigues, Table host
Director of Original Programming
Rogers Broadcasting Ltd

Frank Saperstein, Table host
Executive Producer
Surprise Bag Inc

Jessica Schmiedchen, Table host
Executive in Charge of Development Unscripted Content
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Joseph Schneier, Table host
VP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel

Stephanie Slack, Table host
Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions
MarVista Entertainment

Justin Stockman, Table host
Vice-President, Premium Pay and OTT
Bell Media

Roundtable: Monetizing Content In The Digital Economy

In Partnership With

IVOR PETRAK ROOM

Content is King…if it can be monetized. New technological developments and delivery platforms have disrupted the traditional value chain for content creation which has now challenged creators’ ability to protect and monetize program rights both territorially and globally. Leaky geo-gates and the increased presence of pirated content sites that have driven consumers’ appetite for “free” content have made it increasingly difficult for the creative sector to recoup their content investments and build the strong well capitalized businesses that are needed to compete on a global scale. This panel will take stock of the latest trends in online piracy and distribution and discuss the implications for the both the Canadian and global media sector of having to compete with “free.”

  • What is driving consumers to pirated sites? Lack of access or the price point?
  • Are the current legislative tools available in Canada sufficient for stemming piracy? (e.g. notice and notice; the right of civil action) Would enhanced tools lead to better outcomes in going after online pirates? (e.g. site blocking; impugning unlawful streaming; or expanding criminal prohibitions)
  • What have other jurisdictions done by way of legislation on piracy that Canada can consider?
  • What are the long-term implications for the Canadian content sector of failing to address piracy and illegal access to content? Will less content get made or just less quality content?
  • What are distributors doing to compete with pirate sites?

Moderating:


Jonathan Taplin
Director Emeritus
USC Annenberg Center For Digital Future


Featuring:


Damon Berger
VP, Global Strategic Partnerships
Fullscreen Media

Erin Finlay
Partner
Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)

Rohit Puri
Associate Partner
ERNST & YOUNG LLP

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates over refreshments and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

*The Rundle Lounge food menu will be available in the Bell Lounge throughout the Festival*

Rockie Awards Program Competition Ceremony

VAN HORNE BALLROOM

In the first of two Rockie Awards shows, the winners of the celebrated Rockie Awards Program Competition are announced. The Rockie Awards is  BANFF’s flagship program celebrating excellence in television and digital content from around the world. Hundreds of television and digital programs compete for a coveted Rockie Award, presented at this ceremony each year at BANFF. With participation from more than 40 countries annually, including an industry jury of more than 130 professionals working in entertainment and media around the world, the Rockie Awards is one of the world’s largest program competitions of its kind.

Please note the venue change - The Rockie Awards shows - both Gala and Program Competition, will be taking place in the Van Horne ballroom this year. It is located on the conference side of the hotel.


Featuring:


Danielle Graham, Host
Anchor, etalk
Bell Media

1:30 PM

International Unscripted Buyers

In Partnership With

ALBERTA ROOM

BANFF's Buyers Series is an in-depth examination of what major international content buyers are looking for to fill their programming blocks in the coming year. Leading factual commissioners from broadcast networks, cable channels, and digital platforms will share the different strategies they utilize when taking pitches for new programming. You'll find out exactly what types of shows buyers are seeking out, what trends have been overdone, and how to find the right home for your content.

Moderating:


Adam Steinman
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales
Warner Bros. International Television Production


Featuring:


Jennifer Dettman
Executive Director Unscripted Content
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Lisa Godfrey
VP, Original Content
Corus Entertainment

Joseph Schneier
VP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel

Partner Presentation: YouTube

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

People around the world are now watching a billion hours of YouTube content every single day. How can content creators engage with this growing global audience? Join as we chat with companies that have been successful on traditional platforms and now are extending their reach and growing their businesses on YouTube. We'll discuss why and how they got started on YouTube, what's working, and what they've learned along the way.

Moderating:


Lindsay Lynch
Strategic Partner Manager
Google


Featuring:


Steve Maich
Senior Vice President, Digital Content and Publishing
Rogers Media

Kit Redmond
Executive Chair & President
RTR Media Inc

2:00 PM

No Laughing Matter: The Current State Of Comedy & Satire

CASCADE BALLROOM

From the beginning of the 2016 U.S. presidential race to the day-to-day actions of the current administration, we’ve been living in a time of great uncertainty. However, the one thing that we could be consistently sure of has been the outstanding efforts of comedy’s most talented creators. Whether it be through satirical news coverage, late night talk shows, or hilarious viral videos, the comedy industry has stepped up to create some of its best work when viewers need it the most. But beyond pure entertainment, what is their responsibility -- if any -- to the general public to do more than generate laughter? The Onion’s CEO, Mike McAvoy, will share his thoughts on the role comedy plays in the national discourse and how he sees that role evolving moving forward.

Moderating:


Bill Carter
Media Analyst
CNN


Featuring:


Mike McAvoy
CEO and President
The Onion

2:30 PM

The Shifting State Of Kids TV

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

The fact that the appetite for entertaining content appears to be bottomless may be the only consistent factor driving the children’s TV industry right now. Everything else, from distribution outlets to merchandising opportunities, is sitting on shifting sands. This panel of seasoned industry execs will look specifically at the changing nature of kids media consumption habits, broadcast/distribution paths, co-production models and auxiliary commercialization to present a clear picture of the biz and where it’s headed.

Moderating:


Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Kidscreen


Featuring:


Nicolas Atlan
President
Gaumont Television

Jennifer Dodge
EVP, Entertainment
Spin Master

Joan Lambur
President
Breakthrough Entertainment

Linda Simensky
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Carving Out Your Place: How To Succeed Amongst The OTT Giants

In Partnership With

ALBERTA ROOM

In a world full of OTT juggernauts, how do OTTs outside of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video successfully cut through and stand their ground? In the thick of the digital revolution, all OTT platforms face the risk of consumer choice oversaturation amongst other issues. Hear our panelists speak to what keeps them not only surviving but inspiring. Find out how they curate their premier libraries, what catches their eye content-wise, and how they continue to profit through their unequivocally independent business trajectories.

Moderating:


Todd VanDerWerff
Critic at Large
Vox Media


Featuring:


Mike Cosentino
President Content and Programming
Bell Media

Brad E Danks
CEO
OUTtv Network Inc

Roma Kojima
Senior Director, OTT Video
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Steve Woolf
Head of Programming, OTT Video
go90

3:00 PM

Roundtable: Making A Place For Canada In The Global Media Market: International Comparisons

In Partnership With

IVOR PETRAK ROOM

Canadian content has flourished over the last 30 years thanks in large part to the Government’s cultural policy objectives that were achieved through a labyrinth of regulations and quotas. Technology has quickly made this successful model obsolete leaving many Canadian creators and cultural entrepreneurs wondering how they will be able to find an audience in an increasingly crowded content market dominated by US-based multi-national conglomerates. Europe is facing similar challenges in that traditional players have long been the sole source of support for domestic content yet more and more audiences are migrating to large digital players like Netflix and YouTube. Data from Europe suggests that Netflix now accounts for nearly half of subscription video on demand services.  In response to this trend, the EU is moving vigorously to support domestic content markets and to require OTT services to meet domestic policy objectives. Join international delegates and experts to discuss whether similar policy tools make sense for Canada and will help promote Canadian cultural product worldwide.

  • Identify and assess the effectiveness of policy measures designed to protect domestic cultural services and products from Europe.
  • Is there a “right balance” of national and "foreign" imported cultural products available for domestic consumption in a given country? If so, what does that look like?
  • Are there elements of the EU approach that may make sense for Canada?

Moderating:


Bill Brioux
TV Columnist
The Canadian Press


Featuring:


Dave Forget
National Executive Director
Directors Guild of Canada

Vanessa Steinmetz
Senior Vice President, Production Financing, Film, Television & Digital, Entertainment One
Entertainment One Television

3:30 PM

Face To Face Meeting Exchange

In Partnership With

ALHAMBRA ROOM

The renowned one-on-one Face to Face Meeting Exchange provides BANFF delegates with the opportunity to meet prospective partners or peers in the form of some of the world’s leading international development executives, producers, distributors, and agents. Specifically designed to be 10 minute exchanges, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!

 

*Advanced sign-up is required. A total of ten (10) Face to Face Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

General sign up opened on Monday May 15th at 12:00pm ET, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up closes on Friday June 9th at 5:00pm ET.

 

Once onsite: Participants who have successfully secured a Face to Face spot(s) will be required to check in at the session room for processing 15-20 minutes prior to the session’s start time. Showing up late may result in your spot being taken. 

 

For those who did not secure a spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure additional spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. Delegates can arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session’s start time and take advantage of the wait line; the room monitor will process the line on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Featuring:


Philip Barnsdall Thompson, Table host
VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America
Flame Distribution

Damon Berger, Table host
VP, Global Strategic Partnerships
Fullscreen Media

Melissa Campbell, Table host
Owner
Kaplan Stahler Agency

Nicky Forsman, Table host
Head of Development
OUTtv Network Inc

Larry Grimaldi, Table host
SVP, Development and Production
MarVista Entertainment

Fred Grinstein, Table host
Head of Non-fiction Programming
Pulse Films

Jennifer Hollyer, Table host
Agent
The Jennifer Hollyer Agency

Andrew Kelly, Table host
Director, Development
Entertainment One Television

Anthony Kimble, Table host
CEO
Cineflix Rights

Joan Lambur, Table host
President
Breakthrough Entertainment

Andreas Lemos, Table host
VP of Acquisitions, Co-Productions & North America Sales
Banijay Rights

Krista Look, Table host
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment

Ilana Miller, Table host
Literary Agent
The Jennifer Hollyer Agency

David Ozer, Table host
Independant Producer
IDW Entertainment

Jane Rimer, Table host
Chief of International Business & Creative Development
Insight Production Company Ltd.

Rebecca Segal, Table host
SVP
Sky Networks

Adam Steinman, Table host
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales
Warner Bros. International Television Production

Justin Stockman, Table host
Vice-President, Premium Pay and OTT
Bell Media

Cheryl Taylor, Table host
BBC's Children's Head of Content
BBC Children's

Ian Whitehead, Table host
Head of Production & Producer
Incendo

Networking Break

 Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates over refreshments and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.


4:00 PM

Partner Presentation: CMF Key Trends Report Presentation

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

The major technological innovations and new digital strategies that have marked the last few years have led to significant. Changes in the audiovisual industry around the world. In fact, they have redefined infrastructures, uses, relationships with the audience, business models, and the competitive environment. While most of the big names in the industry have adapted to the new digital ecology, some fundamental questions remain. How has the new audiovisual value chain been reconfigured? Which players are best positioned to make the most of it? These questions served as the framework for the 2017 edition of the Trends Report in which the Canada Media Fund examines the value creation opportunities that have emerged from this major industrial reorganization. The digital environment has become a virtual battleground, where competitors battle each other to seize the best opportunities and to position themselves in the evolving value curve.


Featuring:


Catalina Briceno
Director of Industry & Market Trends
Canada Media Fund

Company Of Distinction Keynote: Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

Don’t miss this exclusive keynote presentation by Disney Channels Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer, Gary Marsh.


Featuring:


Gary Marsh
President and Chief Creative Officer Disney Channels Worldwide
Disney Channel Worldwide

Terri Minsky
Creator & Executive Producer, Andi Mack
Disney

4:30 PM

Move Fast And Break Things With Jonathan Taplin

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating a set of monopoly firms—Facebook, Amazon, and Google—that now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries. Jonathan Taplin will speak directly to creators as he outlines the best strategies to navigate the entertainment space and maximize their profitability & ownership.


Featuring:


Jonathan Taplin
Director Emeritus
USC Annenberg Center For Digital Future

Tuesday, June 13

7:00 AM

Registration (Curio Foyer 7:00AM - 7:00PM)

8:00 AM

CMF Breakfast With CRTC Chair JP Blais

In Partnership With

ALBERTA ROOM

Broadband Internet is transforming our world: It not only empowers citizens and improves their quality of life, broadband also enables the free movement of ideas and content. Yet many policy makers and creators in Canada and abroad are still focused on the traditional divisions between telecommunications and broadcasting. Join Jean-Pierre Blais as he discusses the need to reject the status quo and embrace the Internet’s disruptive nature. Mr. Blais will also share his thoughts on future developments that he foresees because of broadband’s pervasive nature.


Featuring:


Jean-Pierre Blais
Chairperson & CEO
Canadian Radio - television & Telecommunications Commissions

Face To Face Meeting Exchange

In Partnership With

ALHAMBRA ROOM

The renowned one-on-one Face to Face Meeting Exchange provides BANFF delegates with the opportunity to meet prospective partners or peers in the form of some of the world’s leading international development executives, producers, distributors, and agents. Specifically designed to be 10 minute exchanges, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!

 

*Advanced sign-up is required. A total of ten (10) Face to Face Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

General sign up opened on Monday May 15th at 12:00pm ET, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up closes on Friday June 9th at 5:00pm ET.

 

Once onsite: Participants who have successfully secured a Face to Face spot(s) will be required to check in at the session room for processing 15-20 minutes prior to the session’s start time. Showing up late may result in your spot being taken. 

 

For those who did not secure a spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure additional spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. Delegates can arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session’s start time and take advantage of the wait line; the room monitor will process the line on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Featuring:


Mike Abend, Table host
Director of Business Development
New Form

Mary Bredin, Table host
Creative Director
Guru Studio

Sean Buckley, Table host
CEO
Buck Productions

Vanessa Case, Table host
SVP Studio, VICE Canada
Blue Ant Media

Michelle Daly, Table host
Senior Director, Comedy
CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Jeffrey Engelen, Table host
Head of Beta Film North America Office
Midfield Entertainment

Fred Grinstein, Table host
Head of Non-fiction Programming
Pulse Films

Chantal Jackson, Table host
SVP Content
VICE Canada

Ellen Lovejoy, Table host
VP, Head of Sales, Americas and Formats
A+E Television Networks

Matt Loze, Table host
Head of Scripted Entertainment, BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Entertainment

Marlo Miazga, Table host
Vice President of Content
Bristow Global Media Inc.

Tara Montgomery, Table host
EVP, Head of Programming
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Sarah Sharkey Pearce, Table host
Executive Producer Showrunner
Entertainment One Television

Larry Shuman, Table host
President
The Shuman Company

Linda Simensky, Table host
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Jonathan Sinclair, Table host
EVP, Programing & Development
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Michael Smith, Table host
SVP, Content Sales & Co-Productions
BBC Worldwide Canada Ltd

Drew Worobow, Table host
VP Original Programming
IFC

9:00 AM

Company of Distinction Keynote: Patrick Moran, President, ABC Studios, Featuring John Ridley & Regina King

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

ABC Studios President Patrick Moran is joined by BANFF’s 2017 Showrunner of the Year Oscar-winning writer/director John Ridley and multiple award-winning actress Regina King for a broad ranging discussion on the development process from idea to inception.

Moderating:


Nne Ebong
Creative Lead
ABC Studios


Featuring:


Regina King
Actor
Disney, ABC

Patrick Moran
President
ABC Studios

John Ridley
Writer / Director/Executive Producer, American Crime, Guerrilla, Let It Fall and Oscar Winner for 12 Years a Slave
ABC Studios

VR Content - Innovations And Strategies

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

Follow the VR industry’s heavy hitters as they discuss how to make sustainable revenue through virtual reality based content creation. Our panelists will discuss the latest developments in VR as well as the viability of this ever-growing technology. On this immersive content panel we will delve into the business of profitability and audience attraction strategies, hearing from both creators AND platforms.

Moderating:


Bill Brioux
TV Columnist
The Canadian Press


Featuring:


James Milward
Executive Producer & Founder
Secret Location

Ollie Rankin
Vice President of VR Production
Uncorporeal Systems

10:00 AM

Master Class: Canadian Award Of Distinction Recipient Bruce Hills, COO, Just For Laughs

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

This year’s Canadian Award of Distinction recipient is Just For Laughs. Join COO Bruce Hills in a feature conversation as we help them celebrate their 35th anniversary!

Moderating:


Tim Goodman
Chief TV Critic
The Hollywood Reporter


Featuring:


Bruce Hills
COO
Just For Laughs

Kids Buyers Panel - Focus On Preschool

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

Get a read on current buying trends for preschool content from some of the biggest names in the business. What are they looking for? What have they seen enough of? What do their wish lists look like? Find out all of this and more at our can’t-miss session for anyone working in the preschool space.

Moderating:


Jennifer Dodge
EVP, Entertainment
Spin Master


Featuring:


Marie McCann
Senior Director, CBC Kids
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Linda Simensky
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Media Leaders Series: Building Partnerships For A Global Audience

In Partnership With

ALBERTA ROOM

The world is shrinking with each passing day, opening up endless possibilities for content creators looking to bring their programming to new audiences worldwide. The tremendous amount of options viewers have has made them more sophisticated in what they are interested in watching, no longer content to simply watch whatever is put in front of them in traditional programming blocks. They search through the cable channels, networks, streaming services, and new platforms to find the next great show regardless of the language or territory of origin. This can be a challenge for producers, but also a major opportunity to build new partnerships and international co-production & co-financing models to create content that will hit in many different territories. The audience is increasingly global-minded so it is imperative that producers develop the same mindset and work together to transcend borders with worldly projects.

Moderating:


Lloyd Segan
Executive Producer
Piller/Segan


Featuring:


Lorenzo De Maio
Partner
WME

Bob Leighton
SVP, Programming
Liberty Global, Inc.

Jeff Lynas
General Manager Television, Entertainment One
Entertainment One Television

Edward Sabin
Executive MD of International
A+E Networks

10:30 AM

Kids Buyers Panel - Focus On 6-11s

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

This panel of seasoned acquisitions execs from some of the world’s most active kids platforms will give a lowdown on the current state of content targeting the six to 11 set. You’ll find out what’s resonating and what’s not, and more importantly, what’s next for this all-important demo.

Moderating:


Agnes Augustin
President & CEO
Shaw Rocket Fund


Featuring:


Cheryl Taylor
BBC's Children's Head of Content
BBC Children's

Melissa Wolfe
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios

11:00 AM

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates over refreshments and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

11:30 AM

Master Class: Descendants 2

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

The cast, producers, and directors of Descendants 2 will share behind the scenes insight about the upcoming sequel to the original hit and tease our audience with a sneak peek of the new release.

Moderating:


Lynette Rice
Editor at Large
Entertainment Weekly


Featuring:


Cameron Boyce
Actor,
Disney Channel World Wide

Brenna D'Amico
Actor,
Disney Channel

Dianne Doan
Actor
Disney Channel

Wendy Japhet
Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2
Disney ABC Television Group

Josann McGibbon
Writer and Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2
Disney Channel

Kenny Ortega
Director, Execuitve Producer and Choreographer
Disney Channel

Sara Parriott
Writer and Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2
Disney Channel

Booboo Stewart
Actor,
Disney Channel

Master Class: The Revitalization Canadian Comedy Featuring Workin’ Moms, Letterkenny, And More!

In Partnership With

ALBERTA ROOM

Canadians are a unique bunch. We’re internationally known as polite, kind, open-minded, and fair. But beyond that, it could be argued that what we are most famous for is our sense of humour. Many of the most successful faces in the world of comedy are Canadian: Jim Carrey, Lorne Michaels, Catherine O’Hara, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Seth Rogen, John Candy, and the list goes on. Canadian broadcasters are dedicating more support than ever before to up-and-coming talent looking to create the next great comedy hit. There are opportunities abound for those looking to break into the Canadian comedy scene and these experts will share their strategies for success and why right now is the best time to be a Canadian comedy creator.

Moderating:


Bill Brioux
TV Columnist
The Canadian Press


Featuring:


Michelle Daly
Senior Director, Comedy
CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Sarah Fowlie
Director, Comedy Original Programming
Bell Media

Mark Montefiore
President
New Metric Media

Catherine Reitman
Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Director
Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment

12:30 PM

Face To Face Meeting Exchange

In Partnership With

ALHAMBRA ROOM

The renowned one-on-one Face to Face Meeting Exchange provides BANFF delegates with the opportunity to meet prospective partners or peers in the form of some of the world’s leading international development executives, producers, distributors, and agents. Specifically designed to be 10 minute exchanges, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!

 

*Advanced sign-up is required. A total of ten (10) Face to Face Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

General sign up opened on Monday May 15th at 12:00pm ET, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up closes on Friday June 9th at 5:00pm ET.

 

Once onsite: Participants who have successfully secured a Face to Face spot(s) will be required to check in at the session room for processing 15-20 minutes prior to the session’s start time. Showing up late may result in your spot being taken. 

 

For those who did not secure a spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure additional spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. Delegates can arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session’s start time and take advantage of the wait line; the room monitor will process the line on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Featuring:


Nicolas Atlan, Table host
President
Gaumont Television

Melissa Campbell, Table host
Owner
Kaplan Stahler Agency

Wissam Chahine, Table host
Producer/Director. Head of Production
Orbit Productions, Orbit TV network

Jessalyn Dennis, Table host
Vice President, Scripted
SEVEN24 Films

Jeffrey Engelen, Table host
Head of Beta Film North America Office
Midfield Entertainment

Tilusha Ghelani, Table host
Commissioning Editor, Comedy
Sky

james glasscock, Table host
svp
Machinima

Tom Hastings, Table host
Director, Original Programming, Drama
Bell Media

Chantal Jackson, Table host
SVP Content
VICE Canada

Ira Levy, Table host
President & Executive Producer
Breakthrough Entertainment

Tom Mazza, Table host
CEO
EveryWhere Studios

Sarah McCormack, Table host
SVP Acquisitions, Europe UK and Kids
Beyond Distribution

Patrick McGuire, Table host
Head of Content
VICE Canada

Andrew Morris, Table host
Manager, Commissioned Content
Accessible Media Inc.

Robin Neinstein, Table host
Manager of Original Content – Scripted, Factual & Kids
Corus Entertainment

Peter Putka, Table host
Executive in Charge of Production
Some Spider Studios

Jessica Schmiedchen, Table host
Executive in Charge of Development Unscripted Content
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Jonathan Sinclair, Table host
EVP, Programing & Development
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Steve Woolf, Table host
Head of Programming, OTT Video
go90

Roundtable: Forward From Here: Indigenous Creators, Stories, And Partnerships

In Partnership With

IVOR PETRAK ROOM

The recent controversy about cultural appropriation is only the latest flashpoint in a long-standing issue.  Can it be used as a catalyst to create constructive change?  Indigenous stories are finding audiences in Canada and around the world.  How can we work together to engage audiences with these stories while also respectfully engaging their source?  Australia’s ‘Pathways and Protocols’ is one model that resulted in Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners creating some of the biggest hits in the history of Australian television.  Can it work here, and what would that look like?

Moderating:


Tina Keeper
Producer
Kistikan Pictures


Featuring:


Kyle Irving
Partner
Eagle Vision Inc

Michelle Latimer
Film Maker, Producer, Actor, Showrunner
Streel Films

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates over refreshments and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

*The Rundle Lounge food menu will be available in the Bell Lounge throughout the Festival*

1:30 PM

Partner Presentation: Discovering New Voices

In Partnership With

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

The world has an increasingly insatiable appetite for new content.  If “Content is King”, it’s more important than ever to find and nurture new talent – the new King-makers as it were.   Join Telefilm Canada, the Coup Company and Wattpad for a half-hour conversation about innovative ideas for finding and supporting Canada’s next wave of story-tellers.  


Featuring:


Francesca Accinelli
Director Promotions and Communications
Telefilm Canada

J. Joly
Executive Producer & CEO
The Coup

Renee Laprise
Co-Creator
Lovely Witches Club Inc.

Patricia Larsen
Creator
Lovely Witches Club Inc.

Aron Levitz
Head of Wattpad Studios
Wattpad

2:00 PM

Media Leaders Series: Strategies For Success in a Multi-Platform World

In Partnership With

ALBERTA ROOM

To achieve success in the current landscape, industry players need to navigate the ever-growing maze of networks, services, studios, and OTTs. The buyer/seller ecosystem is no longer as straightforward as it once was: content creators must be increasingly strategic in determining the best outlet for their content and which partners to collaborate with on any given production, while traditional broadcast platforms face increased pressure to find the perfect programming to align with their brand in order to compete with the massive expenditures that SVOD players are dedicating to original content. Meanwhile, traditional broadcasters generate consistent revenue through licensing deals with these SVODs so they must maintain strong relationships. This group of industry leaders will discuss their relationship strategies and give an insider’s look at what it takes to run a global business in such a complicated sector.

Moderating:


Bill Carter
Media Analyst
CNN


Featuring:


Sean Cohan
President
A+E Networks

Raja Khanna
CEO Television & Digital
Blue Ant Media

Jim Packer
President Worldwide TV and Digital Distribution
Lionsgate Entertainment

2:30 PM

Keeping Up With Kid Culture: A Disney Research Presentation

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

Join Disney Channels Worldwide SVP of Consumer Insights Jane Gould as she unveils new proprietary research on the current state of kid culture for the two to 14 set in the US. In an effort to understand the culture being created by--and having an impact on--today's kids, the findings reveal that a distinctly different generation is emerging. This group is being shaped by shifting family structures, the explosion of creativity and their' drive to be creative, intersectionality in terms of gender ideas and cultivating personal interests, and a craving for new frontiers and a global perspective when it comes to content. And Jane will tell you all about it at this can't-miss session for anyone working in the children's content space.


Featuring:


Jane Gould
SVP, Consumer Insights & Programming Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide
Disney Channels Worldwide and Freeform

3:00 PM

Master Class: Born This Way With Diversity Award Recipient Jonathan Murray

In Partnership With

ALBERTA ROOM

This year’s A+E Diversity Award recipient, Jonathan Murray, will shed light on the inspiration behind his show Born This Way and how he is using his position to promote diversity within the entertainment industry.

Moderating:


Bill Carter
Media Analyst
CNN


Featuring:


Jonathan Murray
Founder & Executive Consultant
Bunim-Murray Productions

3:30 PM

Media In The Age Of Trump With ABC News President James Goldston

CASCADE BALLROOM

The biggest story of 2017 is the new – and unpredictable – administration.  People are eager to understand what’s happening in the world, and there have never been so many sources for news to engage them. At the same time, fake news is on the rise, leading to profound confusion.  Many people feel ignored or misunderstood by mainstream media organizations. Others dismiss every outlet as a partisan voice. The truth itself has come under siege.

How can modern newsrooms respond in the current climate when the spotlight has never been so intense?

ABC News, known for its distinctive, fair and fearless reporting, boasts some of the best journalists in the business. BANFF is proud to announce a Keynote Address from James Goldston, the President of ABC News, where he will take on these topics and help make sense of a rapidly changing business. This will undoubtedly be one of the most timely and fascinating conversations of the Festival.


Featuring:


James Goldston
President, ABC News
ABC News

Face To Face Meeting Exchange

In Partnership With

ALHAMBRA ROOM

The renowned one-on-one Face to Face Meeting Exchange provides BANFF delegates with the opportunity to meet prospective partners or peers in the form of some of the world’s leading international development executives, producers, distributors, and agents. Specifically designed to be 10 minute exchanges, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!

 

*Advanced sign-up is required. A total of ten (10) Face to Face Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

General sign up opened on Monday May 15th at 12:00pm ET, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up closes on Friday June 9th at 5:00pm ET.

 

Once onsite: Participants who have successfully secured a Face to Face spot(s) will be required to check in at the session room for processing 15-20 minutes prior to the session’s start time. Showing up late may result in your spot being taken. 

 

For those who did not secure a spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure additional spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. Delegates can arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session’s start time and take advantage of the wait line; the room monitor will process the line on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Featuring:


Philip Barnsdall Thompson, Table host
VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America
Flame Distribution

Damon Berger, Table host
VP, Global Strategic Partnerships
Fullscreen Media

Wissam Chahine, Table host
Producer/Director. Head of Production
Orbit Productions, Orbit TV network

Maria Farano, Table host
Content Consultant & Executive Producer
Corus Entertainment

Nicky Forsman, Table host
Head of Development
OUTtv Network Inc

Sarah Fowlie, Table host
Director, Comedy Original Programming
Bell Media

Larry Grimaldi, Table host
SVP, Development and Production
MarVista Entertainment

Andrew Kelly, Table host
Director, Development
Entertainment One Television

Anthony Kimble, Table host
CEO
Cineflix Rights

Andreas Lemos, Table host
VP of Acquisitions, Co-Productions & North America Sales
Banijay Rights

Krista Look, Table host
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment

Tom Mazza, Table host
CEO
EveryWhere Studios

Michelle Melanson (Cuperus), Table host
President/Executive Producer
Radical Sheep Productions

Sydni Naglie, Table host
Unscripted Acquisitions, North America
eOne Television International

Jane Rimer, Table host
Chief of International Business & Creative Development
Insight Production Company Ltd.

Joseph Schneier, Table host
VP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel

Adam Steinman, Table host
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales
Warner Bros. International Television Production

Cheryl Taylor, Table host
BBC's Children's Head of Content
BBC Children's

Ian Whitehead, Table host
Head of Production & Producer
Incendo

Steve Woolf, Table host
Head of Programming, OTT Video
go90

Roundtable: In Conversation With Cartoon Network’s Kyle Carrozza

IVOR PETRAK ROOM

Meet the mind behind Cartoon Network’s hit comedy Mighty Magiswords, an adventure series that follows Prohyas and Vambre, a sibling team of “warriors for hire” who embark on heroic quests using outrageously funny swords called Magiswords. Building on the original 15-second series that launched on the CN Anything appMighty Magiswords is part of a rich connected world of more than 500 pieces of original content. Accompanied by an immersive app Magimobile and the mobile game Surely You Quest, fans can earn Magiswords and grow their collection, further heightening the interactivity of Mighty Magiswords. Carrozza will discuss how he conceived the idea and the development process behind creating a truly multiplatform success that is unlike anything else in the kids marketplace. 

Moderating:


Natalie Dumoulin
VP of Creative Affairs
9 Story Media Group


Featuring:


Kyle Carrozza
Creator, Mighty Magiswords
Cartoon Network

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates over refreshments and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

4:00 PM

Brands Creating Content

NEW BRUNSWICK ROOM

Brands have been adapting to the creative world for some time now, especially with the influential inception of brand studios. Award-winning content has been produced from these internal studios, and brands are playing with many other avenues to create cutting-edge content as well. We will dive into the discussion over the chemistry of brand studios, and all of the successful alternative avenues that brands are taking to create influential, original content. Find out what brands are looking for from producers and how they have managed to create amazing, original, branded-partnership content. Join us as we discuss the science behind brands as creators through the expertise of our panelists.Brands have been adapting to the creative world for some time now, especially with the influential inception of brand studios. Award-winning content has been produced from these internal studios, but why aren’t more brands taking the plunge and following suit? Is there something wrong with brand intervention when it comes to creative content? We will dive into the discussion over the chemistry of brand studios, and all of the successful alternative avenues that brands are taking to create influential original content.  Join us as we discuss the science behind brands as creators through the expertise of our panelists.

Moderating:


Caressa Douglas
SVP, Global Strategic Partnerships
Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)


Featuring:


Jordan Bortolotti
Executive Vice President, Canada
Studio71

JC Cangilla
COO
New Form

Brian Tolleson
Head of Content & Managing Partner
Bark Bark

5:00 PM

DHX Kids & Family Cocktail Reception

In Partnership With

UPPER RUNDLE

The kids & animation market is booming with the advent of new platforms that entertain, educate, and inspire growing minds. This is your opportunity to join industry leaders to celebrate current successes and envision what the future has in store.

6:00 PM

Rockie Awards Pre-Gala Reception

VAN HORNE BALLROOM

Stop by to share a laugh and have a drink in anticipation of BANFF’s signature gala, the Rockie Awards.

7:00 PM

Rockie Awards Gala

VAN HORNE BALLROOM

Come celebrate in style at BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala at the luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. A night not to be missed as this year’s honourees accept their awards.  

Please note the venue change - The Rockie Awards shows - both Gala and Program Competition, will be taking place in the Van Horne ballroom this year. It is located on the conference side of the hotel.


Featuring:


Anthony Anderson, Host
Star, black-ish
Disney |ABC

Wednesday, June 14

8:00 AM

Registration (Curio Foyer 8:00AM - 2:00PM)

8:30 AM

Face To Face Meeting Exchange

In Partnership With

ALHAMBRA ROOM

The renowned one-on-one Face to Face Meeting Exchange provides BANFF delegates with the opportunity to meet prospective partners or peers in the form of some of the world’s leading international development executives, producers, distributors, and agents. Specifically designed to be 10 minute exchanges, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!

 

*Advanced sign-up is required. A total of ten (10) Face to Face Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

General sign up opened on Monday May 15th at 12:00pm ET, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up closes on Friday June 9th at 5:00pm ET.

 

Once onsite: Participants who have successfully secured a Face to Face spot(s) will be required to check in at the session room for processing 15-20 minutes prior to the session’s start time. Showing up late may result in your spot being taken. 

 

For those who did not secure a spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure additional spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. Delegates can arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session’s start time and take advantage of the wait line; the room monitor will process the line on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Featuring:


Emily Baustien, Table host
Development Manager
Discovery Channel

Mary Bredin, Table host
Creative Director
Guru Studio

Chika Chukudebelu, Table host
VP Programming & Diversity
BET Networks

Zach Feldberg, Table host
Executive In Charge of Production, Digital Originals
CBC

Athena Georgaklis, Table host
Head of Development
Corus Entertainment

Cathy Hare, Table host
Director, Acquisitions, North America, International Distribution
Entertainment One Television

Marie McCann, Table host
Senior Director, CBC Kids
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Robin Neinstein, Table host
Manager of Original Content – Scripted, Factual & Kids
Corus Entertainment

Jenny Olson, Table host
Director, Strategy and Partnerships
Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)

Larry Shuman, Table host
President
The Shuman Company

Ryan St. Peters, Table host
VP, Kids & Family
Shaftesbury/Smokebomb

Melissa Wolfe, Table host
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios

9:30 AM

Company Of Distinction Keynote: Tom Ascheim, President, Freeform

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

Freeform’s President, Tom Ascheim, will deliver a keynote presentation as part of the 2017 Company of Distinction program.

Moderating:


Lynette Rice
Editor at Large
Entertainment Weekly


Featuring:


Tom Ascheim
President
Freeform

10:30 AM

Master Class: black-ish Featuring Anthony Anderson

CASCADE BALLROOM

The Hollywood Reporter is thrilled to present the inaugural THR Impact Rockie Award to black-ish, ABC’s award-winning hit comedy. Star and executive producer Anthony Anderson will take the stage in BANFF to discuss the show’s creation, themes, and cultural relevance

Moderating:


Tim Goodman
Chief TV Critic
The Hollywood Reporter


Featuring:


Anthony Anderson
Star, black-ish
Disney |ABC

11:30 AM

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates over refreshments and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

12:00 PM

Master Class: The Handmaid’s Tale

In Partnership With

CASCADE BALLROOM

This exclusive discussion between executive producer Warren Littlefield and actress Yvonne Strahovski will detail the production, development, and reception of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Moderating:


Bill Carter
Media Analyst
CNN


Featuring:


Warren Littlefield
Executive Producer, The Handmaid's Tale, Fargo
The Littlefield Company

Yvonne Strahovski
Actor, The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale

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