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  • BANFF Welcomes the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    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.

  • Building International Partnerships for a Global Audience

    The global reach of networks and major SVODs means that securing worldwide rights can be more valuable than ever before. Add in the insatiable demand from increasingly savvy and worldly audiences and it becomes an imperative to develop content that transcends borders.

    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. Our panel of experts will steer you through the best approaches and pitfalls in building successful global partnerships.

  • How to Succeed Amongst the OTT Giants

    In a world of streaming juggernauts, these upstart OTTs are cutting through despite the risk of consumer choice saturation. Hear our panelists speak to what keeps them not only surviving but inspiring. Find out how they curate their libraries, what content they are prioritizing, and how they continue to profit through their independent business trajectories.

  • Secure Exclusive Face-to-Face Meetings With Key Buyers

    The Face-to-Face Meeting Exchange is a signature of The Banff World Media Festival. This is your opportunity to get in front of leading international development executives who can help take your idea to the next level.

    These coveted business building opportunities are booked on a first-come, first-served basis through our exclusive BANFFxchange platform which you may access immediately after you register for BANFF. Sign up begins May 5 at 10:00am ET. Register today and don't miss out on this opportunity to kick start your next project.

  • BANFF's 2017 Schedule Has Launched!

    The Banff World Media Festival is proud to unveil its agenda for 2017! Our team has carefully curated this year's program to feature panels and keynotes to address the most pressing issues affecting the industry, as well as inspiring creative conversations to celebrate the best in content and storytelling. BANFF is the place to go for unparalleled access to thought leadership and creative trailblazers.

    Click here to view all the sessions and speakers, and check back often as more are added each week!

  • Move Fast and Break Things with Jonathan Taplin

    Traditional media is rapidly consolidating while the most promising new digital platforms are now controlled by a de facto oligopoly set to determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries. How do content creators maintain ownership of their IP and maximize profits in this environment?

    Join Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, as he uncovers top strategies for navigating the digital entertainment business.

  • Media Leaders Series: Competing in the Peak TV Era

    In this age of Peak TV, viewers have more choice and higher quality options than ever before. So how do content creators break through and moreover, how do you find the right home for your series? Budgets keep growing at the high-end but are shrinking everywhere else, programming and scheduling strategies are in perpetual flux, and well-funded new entrants in original content like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are systematically disrupting the playing field.

    Is this nirvana for content creators or a crisis in the making? Find out how these international studio heads are approaching the current climate and are planning for the future.

  • BANFF Connect LA Schedule Launched

    Announcing the 2017 schedule featuring CBS, DISNEY|ABC, Lionsgate, the ONION and YouTube BANFF Connect LA is thrilled to announce the full schedule for its February 28th event at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Here's a rundown of the sessions you won't want to miss: CBS: Evolution of a Hit Show Here's your chance to hear directly from an expert panel of top CBS Showrunners about the secrets to their shows' longevity and successes in an extremely crowded marketplace. In Conversation with... the ONION Join the ONION's CEO and President, Mike McAvoy, in an exclusive Feature Interview where he discusses what it's like to run a news satire organization in this "alt-fact" world and current political climate. Running the Show: The Women Behind Disney|ABC's TV Hits Featuring an all-star panel of creators, showrunners and executive producers behind some of Disney|ABC's biggest hits, as they speak on their creative process and what it's like to run a show in Hollywood today. Feature Interview with YouTube and Lionsgate Join Susanne Daniels, YouTube's Global Head of Original Content as she is interviewed by Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television. The two executives will discuss what's next for the content industry and explore the slate of original content being developed and produced by YouTube. Cocktail Reception, presented by Entertainment One Following the final session of the day, network and mingle at our exclusive cocktail reception, hosted by John Morayniss, CEO, eOne Television. See the full schedule for more details on these sessions.

  • Disney/ABC Television named 2017 Company of Distinction

    With an unprecedented line-up of senior executives set to attend, BANFF announces that as part of the Company of Distinction program it will feature keynote presentations from across Disney|ABC, including Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment; Patrick Moran, President ABC Studios; Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide; and Tom Ascheim, President, Freeform.

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