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  • The Banff World Media Festival Announces 2018 Diversity of Voices Initiative Participants

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF), in partnership with the Canada Media Fund – Fonds des médias du Canada (CMF/FMC), the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), and Canada's Indigenous Screen Office, is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Diversity of Voices Initiative.
     
    Diversity of Voices will give up to one hundred (100) ​Francophone, Indigenous and women ​producers the opportunity to attend the 39th Banff World Media Festival (June 10-13, 2018) and will gain access to bespoke training and networking opportunities with key industry decision makers.
     
    In addition, 25 of this year's applicants will also participate in the Diversity of Voices Pitch Program, where they will receive individual mentorship from media leaders, as well as the opportunity to take private pitch meetings with international buyers at the festival.
     
    Diversity of Voices 2018 participants
     
    • Jessica Adams
    • Bianca Bellange
    • Katia Café-Fébrissy
    • Rebecca Campbell
    • Kirsten Carthew
    • Wendell Collier
    • Joely Collins
    • Paula Devonshire
    • Karen Hawes
    • Julia Holdway
    • Lisa Hunter-Epstein
    • Nyla Innuksuk
    • Ania Jamila
    • Amanda Lo
    • Gordon Loverin
    • Laura Milliken
    • Jen Muranetz
    • Katie Nolan
    • Josette D. Normandeau
    • Stephanie Ouaknine
    • Judith Pyke
    • Colin L Riendeau
    • Joan Schafer
    • Ana-Marija Stojic
    • Jeremy Torrie
    • Kristy Assu
    • Natasha Backlin
    • Ramona Barckert
    • Karen Bardach
    • Alyssa Biller
    • Jamie Bourque
    • Roger Boyer
    • Tanya Brunel
    • Megan Cameron
    • Emma Campbell
    • Rebecca Campbell
    • Tamarra Canu
    • Joanne Chow
    • Roisin Clarke
    • Louise Deschamps
    • Florian Francois
    • Caroline Galipeau
    • Tristin Greyeyes
    • Penny Gummerson
    • Geri Hall
    • Joy Haskell
    • Kate Hastmann
    • Carmen Henriquez
    • Joan Jenkinson
    • Melissa Jim
    • Erin Johnson
    • Pamela Jones
    • Anna-Lisa Jones
    • Winnifred Jong
    • Dominique Keller
    • Ali Kellner
    • Kaleena Kiff
    • Huelah Lander
    • Julie Lapointe
    • Regan Latimer
    • Genevieve Lavoie
    • Lysandre Leduc-Boudreau
    • Tracy Legault
    • Rennata Lopez
    • Maureen Marovitch
    • Emilie Martel
    • Christian Martel
    • Brennan Martin
    • Lauren Martin McCraw
    • Michelle McLean
    • C.A. Meyer
    • Emilie Moorhouse
    • Laura Nordin
    • Brianne Nord-Stewart
    • Angie -Pepper O'Bomsawin
    • Joanne O'Sullivan
    • Gharrett Paon
    • Devjani Raha
    • Nicole Saltz
    • Katherine Sandford
    • Mariel Scammell
    • Anne Marie Scheffler
    • Tee Schneider
    • Hahzinak Schultz
    • Erin Ashley Singer
    • Daniel Sioui
    • Trudy Stewart
    • Bronwyn Szabo
    • Jeremy Thibodeau
    • Eva Thomas
    • Susan Thomas
    • Malube Uhindu-Gingala
    • Amanda Verhagen
    • Amelia Wasserman
    • Lori Watt
    • Roxann Whitebean
    • Barbara Willis-Sweete
    • Ryan Wilson
    • Carline Zamara
    • Tanner Zurkoski

  • Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly to Give Opening Keynote at The BANFF World Media Festival

    The BANFF World Media Festival is proud to announce that The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, will kick off BANFF with a Keynote Presentation. Minister Joly will address the delegates on Sunday, June 10th at 4:30 pm. at the Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff.

    The BANFF World Media Festival, now in it's 39th year, is a must-attend annual event where broadcast media moguls, producers, creators and industry stakeholders tackle industry issues and make new connections in one of the world's most stunning natural landscapes. Attracting over 150 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, BANFF is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects.

  • NBCU Executives behind The Voice, This is Us, The Good Place and more attending BANFF 2018!

    BANFF 2018 Company of Distinction:

    NBCUniversal

    Join NBC Entertainment's Paul Telegdy (President, Alternative and Reality Group), Lisa Katz & Tracey Pakosta (Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming), and Luis Silberwasser (President, Telemundo Networks) for an insightful and lively panel reflecting on the range of mega-hits across both NBC and Telemundo as well as discussing the competitive landscape and how they keep audiences enthralled. Breakthrough series under the stewardship of this talented group include The Voice, This is Us, The Good Place and El Señor de los Cielos – among many others.

  • BANFF 2018 Presents: In Conversation With... Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central

    Kent Alterman

    Kent Alterman

    President

    Comedy Central

    Join the president of iconic comedy brand Comedy Central for a discussion on the state of TV comedy, how the network is standing out among the competition, recent ratings successes, its ongoing legacy of developing new talent and where Alterman thinks the business of being funny is headed next.

  • BANFF 2018 Presents: In Conversation With... HBO Docs' Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller

    This year marks an evolution for HBO Documentary Films, with Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller jointly assuming leadership of the premium cable network's highly regarded documentary and family division. Building on a deep history with the broadcaster, Abraham and Heller between them have worked on hit HBO documentaries including Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Join Abraham and Heller at Banff for a conversation about their vision for HBO documentaries, the strategy behind the buzzed-about 2018 slate of films, which includes Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland and I Am Evidence, and what they are looking for now.

  • New Buyers, Networks and Industry Leaders at BANFF 2018

    Don't miss your chance to meet with Global Buyers and Decision Makers!

    Stay tuned for more exec updates and festival news. Register Now!

  • BANFF 2018 Presents: In Conversation With... Netflix

    This featured conversation and case study will illuminate how Netflix works with creators to bring their stories to the world. The session will take a close look at Travelers, the Netflix original series made in Canada and streamed in 190 countries. Showrunner Brad Wright and star Eric McCormack will join Netflix's VP Content Acquisition Larry Tanz to discuss the original development process and the path to the show's global popularity.

    Early Bird rate expires in less than two weeks! Book your pass now and save $200. Offer expires April 20.

  • ​Senior Kids execs attending BANFF - Disney, Universal Kids, CBC, Awesome, Nelvana and more!

    Book your pass now to meet with key Kids media & entertainment leaders attending BANFF 2018:

    More Kids speakers and content to be announced soon.

  • Book your BANFF 2018 pass now to hear from Global Media Leaders Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment & Kevin MacLellan, NBCUniversal

    The Banff World Media Festival is proud to announce that NBCUniversal will be honoured as the Company of Distinction at this year's annual festival, from June 10-13, 2018.

    NBCUniversal

    One of the most influential television executives of the decade, Robert Greenblatt became Chairman of NBC in 2011 and returned it to #1 in the 18-49 demo where it has remained for five consecutive seasons. This season, NBC has also earned the title of America's most-watched network with an award-winning line-up that includes This Is Us, Will & Grace, The Voice, America's Got Talent, and many more.

    Greenblatt also oversees Universal Television studio which produces over 35 series for NBC, Fox, Netflix, and Hulu among others. A Golden Globe and Tony-winning producer, he also ran Showtime and was a top executive at Fox, shepherding ground-breaking content that has changed the television landscape.

    Kevin MacLellan is Chairman, Global Distribution and International, NBCUniversal. He is responsible for oversight of NBCUniversal's global distribution and international new media and television businesses, as well as identifying and executing international growth opportunities for both NBCUniversal and Comcast Corporation outside the U.S.He is accountable for managing commercial and corporate affairs in 36 offices with over 2,600 employees.

    MacLellan oversees free, pay and new media licensing deals across the US and to more than 200 territories internationally with a portfolio of 120,000 TV episodes and 4,500 feature films. Under his leadership, Global Distribution has secured long-term licensing deals with key partners such as Sky, RTL, Alibaba, Altice, and Televisa as well as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

    With over 20 new media businesses worldwide, MacLellan runs digital strategy and operations for NBCU International. He conceived of and launched the reality on demand SVOD service hayu in the UK in 2016. hayu has now launched in seven countries and continues its successful global expansion.

    In addition, MacLellan spearheads the portfolio of international channel brands which includes Syfy, Universal Channel, E!, Bravo and Telemundo, among others, where he is responsible for creative and commercial strategy, including ad and affiliate sales, and channel operations. These global network's deliver quality content to 165 territories in 35 different languages across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

    MacLellan also oversees NBCUniversal International Studios, which produces over 1,100 hours of original premium English language scripted and non-scripted content for audiences worldwide such as the award-winning drama Downton Abbey. It also operates a global formats business, which licenses and produces NBCU content in over 70 territories.

    Previously MacLellan served as President, International Television and before his role at NBCUniversal, he served as President, Comcast International Media Group & Comcast Entertainment Studios.

    NBCUniversal will be a focal point during the festival's four-day program. More panels, keynotes and master classes featuring this world-leading company will be announced soon. NBCUniversal will also receive the Company of Distinction award at BANFF's Rockie Awards Gala on Tuesday, June 12.

  • These industry leaders are coming to BANFF, are you?

    Industry leaders attending BANFF 2018 include:

    Scroll down to see the rest of our previously announced buyers!

    Register now!

  • WIN A FREE RIDE TO BANFF 2018 - OUR CONTEST IS NOW OPEN!

    Join senior media leaders, top creative talent and global buyers in the incredible Rocky Mountains as they challenge convention and tackle the most pressing industry issues at BANFF.

    By entering our contest HERE, you will have a chance to win:

    • A four-day registration to the BANFF World Media Festival, June 10-13, 2018
    • 3 nights accommodation at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel from June 10-13, 2018
    • A dinner for two at The Vermillion Room in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
    • Valet parking throughout the duration of the event
      • For 39 years, BANFF has been the leading event to make new contacts, find production partners, and green-light new projects.

        ENTER CONTEST NOW

      • Announcing BANFF Master Class: CBC and Netflix's ANNE

        One of Canada's most beloved and successful fictional characters, Anne Shirley returned to the "airwaves" in 2017 on CBC and Netflix to rave reviews and international attention, becoming a hit on CBC and the fourth-most binged show of 2017 on Netflix.

        Ahead of the season-two launch, join us for an insightful discussion with the powerful creative team behind the 2018 Canadian Screen Award-winning series ANNE, who shaped its realistic tone, rich characters and beautiful look: creator, executive producer and showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett, executive producer and president of Northwood Entertainment Miranda de Pencier and CBC's general manager of programming, Sally Catto.

        Register now!

      • New International Buyers Announced

        Book your 2018 pass today to meet with international commissioners and buyers as part of of our Face-to-Face Meetings program. Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for ​creators and ​producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading development executive​s, distributors, agents and decision makers​​​ who can help take your idea to the next level and ​move your TV or digital content ​into development and onto greenlight.

        Register now!

        Scroll down to see the rest of our previously announced buyers!

      • Master Class: YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai

        Join creators Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg and YouTube Red's head of comedy development, Dustin Davis, as they discuss reopening the Cobra Kai dojo, delicately handling a beloved 80s classic and why they think this 30-minute dramedy will put YouTube Red's name on the scripted-series map.

        Cobra Kai: The ​"30 years later" story of Karate Kid characters Daniel and Johnny, played by Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.

        Register now!

      • Get Face-to-Face time at BANFF

        Book your 2018 pass today to meet with international commissioners and buyers as part of of our Face-to-Face program. Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for ​creators and ​producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading development executive​s, distributors and decision makers​​​ who can help take your idea to the next level and ​move your TV or digital content ​into development and onto greenlight.

        Register now!

      • BANFF 2018 Company of Distinction: NBCUniversal

        The Banff World Media Festival is proud to announce that NBCUniversal will be honoured as the Company of Distinction at this year's annual festival, from June 10-13, 2018.

        NBCUniversal

        As BANFF's Company of Distinction, NBCUniversal – one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience – will be a focal point during the festival's four-day program and receive the Company of Distinction award at BANFF's Rockie Awards Gala on Tuesday, June 12. Past recipients of this award include CBS Corporation, Lionsgate Entertainment, A+E Networks, HBO and the Disney | ABC Television Group.

        Take advantage of our Kick Off rate to save $400. Secure your opportunity to meet execs from across the NBCUniversal group of networks and production companies at the 2018 Banff World Media Festival! Register now.

      • Rockies world-class Grand Jury now complete

        Don't miss this chance to get your work in front of the best in the business.

        The Banff World Media Festival and Rockie Awards are proud to reveal the final two members of our 2018 Grand Jury: Anne Mensah, head of drama, Sky and Lisa Opie, director of factual, BBC Studios. The Rockies Grand Jury oversees selection of the Rockies Best Overall Program, which is selected from the winners of all individual categories.

        Anne and Lisa join Deirdre Brennan, general manager of NBCU's Universal Kids, Elaine Frontain Bryant, head of programming for A&E and Richard Kanee, head of digital for Canada's public broadcaster CBC. Each executive brings a wealth of experience and insight to the Rockies adjudication and we are honoured to welcome them on board.

        Don't Miss Your Chance To Win The Rogers $25K Prize!
        Back as part of the 2018 Rockie Awards, The Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content awards $25,000 in cash to the top Canadian submission to the Rockie Awards program competition. For more details click here.

      • Banff World Media Festival Announces New Executive Director

        Toronto, ON (December 4, 2017) – Brunico Communications (Brunico) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenn Kuzmyk to Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) effective immediately. In this role, she will be responsible for leading all commercial activities and partnerships related to BANFF as well as guiding its path forward as one of the world's premier screen-based entertainment industry events. Additionally, Ms. Kuzmyk will manage all sales efforts related to Playback magazine and events.

        Most recently, Jenn Kuzmyk was Director of International Distribution at Proper Rights where she led program sales in English Canada and the EMEA region. Prior to that she was VP Development at Cream Productions where she oversaw the creative and financing of over 10 series including the Emmy-nominated Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. Ms. Kuzmyk also spent a decade as Canadian Bureau Chief and an Editor at C21 Media.

        "The combination of Jenn's deep experience in the development, production and distribution of content for the international market and her seasoned journalism background provides her with the context and perspective to add tremendous value to BANFF," said Russell Goldstein, President & CEO, Brunico. "Together with the Banff Television Foundation Board we welcome Jenn and look forward to working with her in shaping the future of this iconic Festival."

        "I am delighted and honoured to join Brunico and work together with the BANFF board as well as Canadian and international industry stakeholders as the Festival approaches its 4th decade," said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. "Globalization and intense competition across media sectors means that executives and creatives need places to learn, collaborate, understand industry shifts and build new partnerships more than ever, and BANFF delivers on all of these fronts."

        For 39 years, BANFF has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a unique conference experience. The Festival is an intimate space where unparalleled access to decision-makers and cutting-edge insight combine to help companies forge new business relationships, and provide progressive paths for the content industry to confidently move forward in a period of disruption and uncertainty. The upcoming edition of the Festival runs from June 10-13, 2018 in Banff, Alberta.

      • Top execs from Universal Kids, A&E and CBC join Rockies

        The Rockie Grand Jury prize is one of the industry's most coveted honours. And we don't leave decision making like that to just anyone. The Banff World Media Festival and Rockie awards are proud to reveal the first three members of our Grand Jury, which will oversee selection of the Rockies' overall best program for 2018.

        Joining the 2018 Rockie Grand Jury are Deirdre Brennan, general manager of NBCU's Universal Kids, Elaine Frontain Bryant, head of programming for A&E and Richard Kanee, head of digital for Canada's public broadcaster CBC. Each executive brings a wealth of experience and insight to the Rockies adjudication and we are pleased to welcome them on board.

        Don't miss this chance to get your work in front of the best in the business - at the best price.

        SUBMIT BY DEC. 1 & SAVE $100 PER ENTRY!
        For entry details and to submit please visit: rockieawards.brunico.com

      • The 2018 Rockie Awards submissions are now open!

        The Rockie Awards Program Competition is BANFF's prestigious awards program celebrating the best in television and digital content from around the world. Hundreds of television and digital programs compete for a coveted Rockie Award across 25 categories, presented at a gala ceremony each year at BANFF. With participation from more than 40 countries annually, including industry juries of more than 100 professionals working in entertainment across the globe, the Rockie Awards is one of the world's largest program competitions of its kind.

        SUBMIT BY DEC. 1 & SAVE $100 PER ENTRY!
        For entry details and to submit please visit: rockieawards.brunico.com

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