Speakers



Agnes Augustin

President & CEO

Shaw Rocket Fund


Since 2004, Agnes Augustin has overseen the Shaw Rocket Fund with its ongoing commitment to be a champion of Canadian children’s and youth programming through the Fund’s investments in television and digital content and with the launch of the much celebrated Shaw Rocket Prize. Her dedication to increase the...more

Speaking at: Kids Buyers Panel - Focus On 6-11s


Kelsey Balance

Head of Programming

Seeso NBCU

Kelsey Balance is the Head of Programming for Seeso, a newly launched ad-free comedy streaming channel from NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises. As Director of Programming, Balance will have oversight of all originals, acquisitions and co-productions, including fan favorites and critically acclaimed “Flowers,” “Take My Wife,” and “HarmonQuest.” Prior to joining NBCUniversal in...more

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


Philip Barnsdall Thompson

VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America

Flame Distribution

Having joined Flame four years ago, Philip is attending Banff World Media Festival  with the aim of sourcing high end factual content in multiple genres for Flame Distribution to assist with marketing internationally. Flame's experienced sales team are also able to assist our producers with pre-buys. Philip would also be...more


Damon Berger

VP, Global Strategic Partnerships

Fullscreen Media

Damon Berger has been a pioneer of the digital entertainment space, helping create some of the industry's earliest successes. As Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Fullscreen, Berger works across Fullscreen's talent network, brand services organization and content units to build strategic partnerships. 

"There are so many different ways to create new business...more


Jean-Pierre Blais

Chairperson & CEO

CRTC Canadian Radio Television & Telecommunications Commissions


Rick Brace

President

Rogers Communications Inc

Speaking at: Canadian Media Leaders - Exploring New Advertising Models



Melissa Campbell

Head of Unscripted Television

Kaplan Stahler Agency

experiences in production, marketing, and PR, Melissa started into the representation business at Plum Productions, helping to pioneer their branded and short-form entertainment division. She made the move to agency life in 2005, joining the Gersh Agency, and quickly gravitated to “Reality” television. She brought her varied client list to...more


Jonathan Cane

VP, Unscripted Development

BBC Worldwide Productions | Adjacent Productions


Lana Castleman

Editor & Content Director

Kidscreen

Kidscreen Editor & Content Director Lana Castleman currently oversees all editorial planning for the magazine and the brand’s online and event content. Career highlights so far include having Oscar the Grouch wish her “a rotten day” and getting early peeks at a number of kids series and products before they...more

Speaking at: The Shifting State Of Kids TV


Wissam Chahine

Producer/Director. Head of Production

Orbit Productions, Orbit TV network


Brad E Danks

Chief Executive Officer

OUTtv Network Inc

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



Christian Drobnyk

SVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions

Lifetime Television

Christian Drobnyk was named Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy and Acquisitions, of Lifetime Networks, in August 2011.  Based in New York, he is responsible for overseeing all program acquisitions, co-productions and program planning for Lifetime & LMN. This includes developing and commissioning over 50 hours a year of Lifetime’s original...more


Natalie Dumoulin

VP of Creative Affairs

9 Story Media Group

As Vice President, Creative Affairs, Natalie Dumoulin is responsible for overseeing all creative aspects of 9 Story properties from inception to delivery. This includes sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of all ages, collaborating with 9 Story’s producers, writers, and animation teams and working closely with the...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With Cartoon Network’s Kyle Carrozza


Channing Dungey

President of ABC Entertainment

ABC Entertainment

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


Michael Edelstein

President, International Studios

NBC Universal

Michael Edelstein is President of NBCUniversal International Studios.  Based in London, he has strategic oversight of the international television production division, leading supplier of English language content originated outside of the United States.

Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning executive producer of the lobal phenomenon Desperate Housewives, Edelstein assumed his role in June 2010.  Since that time, he has devised and...more

Speaking at: International Media Leaders - Studio Competition In The Peak TV Era


Jeffrey Engelen

President

Midfield Entertainment


Sarah Fowlie

Director, Comedy Original Programming

Bell Media

Speaking at: The Revitalization Of Canadian Comedy


Tilusha Ghelani

Commissioning Editor, Comedy

Sky


James Glasscock

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Machinima

James Glasscock, the Senior VP of Strategy and Business Development for Machinima, manages Machinima’s relationships with strategic platform partners and coordinates internal and external resources to develop and launch Machinima’s strategic initiatives. James is leading Machinima efforts to become a multi-platform entertainment programmer of heroes, esports and gaming content. Building...more


James Goldston

President, ABC News

ABC Television Network

James Goldston was named President of ABC News in April 2014. He oversees all aspects of the news division, including broadcast, digital and radio, a combined audience that is unmatched in the United States. 
 
During Goldston’s tenure leading ABC News, the network has responded rapidly to cover breaking news...more

Speaking at: ABC News Keynote


Jane Gould

SVP Research & Insights

Disney Channels Worldwide and Freeform

Jane Gould, an accomplished leader in generational, lifestyle and media research, serves as senior vice president, Consumer Insights, for the Disney/ABC Television Group’s four cable networks – Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Freeform – as well as Radio Disney.

In this role, she has oversight of all consumer insights,...more

Speaking at: Keeping Up With Kid Culture: A Disney Research Presentation


Devin Griffin

Director, Content Acquisition

Netflix

Speaking at: Unscripted Buyers


Larry Grimaldi

VP, Production & Development

MarVista Entertainment


Fred Grinstein

Head of Unscripted TV

Pulse Films

In January 2015, Fred Grinstein joined Vice Media as Vice President of TV Development, collaborating with Co-Presidents Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze to start up and launch Viceland, playing a key role in navigating the company’s digital and print brand transition into the new medium and market.

After the network launch...more


Brent Hatherill

Director of Development

Investigation Discovery


The Honourable Melanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

Speaking at: Keynote: Minister Joly


Anthony Kimble

SVP, Co-Productions & North American Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights


Robert Lantos

CEO

Serendipity Point Films

Robert Lantos has produced 40 feature films, as well as an extensive range of television drama.  His films, The Sweet Hereafter, Being JuliaEastern Promises and Barney’s Version, all received Academy Award nominations.  Sunshine and Eastern Promises were nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Picture, and Being Julia and Barney’s Version won the Best Actress and Best Actor Golden Globes. ...more

Speaking at: Media Leaders Series: Building International Partnerships For A Global Audience


Andreas Lemos

Vice President Acquisitions & Sales

Banijay Rights

VP Acquisitions & Sales, North America, for Banijay Rights, overseeing all finished programme and format sales and co-productions into North America, as well as acquiring content from North American producers for distribution worldwide. Previous roles have included Acquisitions roles at Virgin Media and A&E channels in the UK.


Greg Lipstone

CEO

All3Media America

Greg Lipstone joined All3Media America as CEO in 2015. Prior to joining All3Media America, Lipstone was a founding partner and board member at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. Lipstone oversaw the...more

Speaking at: International Media Leaders - Studio Competition In The Peak TV Era


Pancho Mansfield

President of Global Scripted Programming

Entertainment One Television

Pancho Mansfield is President of Global Scripted Programming for eOne Television. Pancho oversees, on a global basis, all aspects of the studio’s original scripted slate and manages development and production efforts across eOne’s territories, including: US Scripted Development and Global Production.

 

Prior to joining eOne, Pancho was executive producing A&E Networks’...more

Speaking at: Media Leaders Series: Building International Partnerships For A Global Audience


Gary Marsh

President, Disney Channels Worldwide

Disney ABC Television Group

Speaking at: Company Of Distinction Keynote - Gary Marsh, President, Disney Channels Worldwide


Tom Mazza

CEO

EveryWhere Studios

Tom Mazza is a 25-year veteran of the television industry with extensive experience in television development, production, distribution, research and marketing.  He has led large studio based divisions including Paramount and Sony Television, smaller boutique companies and his own independent production company EveryWhere Studios. He also currently sits on the...more



Caitlin Meek-O'Connor

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution


Marlo Miazga

VP Content

Bristow Global Media Inc.


Ilana Miller

Literary Agent

The Jennifer Hollyer Agency


James Milward

Executive Producer & Founder

Secret Location

Speaking at: How To Monetize Your Virtual Reality World


Mark Montefiore

Co-President and Executive Producer

New Metric Media

Speaking at: The Revitalization Of Canadian Comedy


Tara Montgomery

EVP, Head of Programming

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network



John Morayniss

CEO

Entertainment One Television

John Morayniss oversees all aspects of eOne Television's activities which encompass the development, production, licensing, financing and worldwide distribution of live action drama and comedy series, reality and documentary series, television movies and mini-series, prime time animation and family programming.

John oversees the strategic growth of eOne’s television...more

Speaking at: International Media Leaders - Studio Competition In The Peak TV Era


John Orlando

Vice President / Head of Digital Development

Sony Pictures


David Ozer

President

IDW Entertainment


Frank Saperstein

CEO/Executive Producer

Surprise Bag Inc

Frank Saperstein oversees all aspects of development, production, programming, distribution, digital and licensing opportunities for his boutique shingle, Surprise Bag, Inc. Previously, Frank served as EVP of Tricon’s Kids, Family & Animation business where he launched the division leveraging the company's extensive development, production and distribution expertise, while expanding strategic...more


Ann Sarnoff

President

BBC Worldwide North America

Speaking at: International Media Leaders - Studio Competition In The Peak TV Era


Joseph Schneier

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Speaking at: Unscripted Buyers


Linda Simensky

VP, Children’s Programming

PBS KIDS

As Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming. Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows such as CURIOUS...more

Speaking at: Kids Buyers Panel - Focus On Preschool


Jeanne Simon

CEO

Sell Your TV Concept Now Inc

Jeanne Pappas Simon has been a producer, writer, and content creator for the major TV networks and studios in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years.

She has produced more than 400 television series episodes such as Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, Weinerville, Gullah Gullah Island, and Allegra’s...more

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


Mark Simon

Director

Sell Your TV Concept Now Inc

Mark Simon is 30-year in the entertainment industry as a producer, director and story artist for live action and animation, amassing over 4,000 production credits. Recent credits include the movies Woody Woodpecker and Chucky 7 for Universal.

Mark has pitched and landed more than 35 production and distribution deals for his...more

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


Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing and Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Jonathan Sinclair currently serves as executive vice president of Programming and Development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  In this role, Sinclair develops and delivers new and inspirational programming that aligns with Oprah Winfrey’s legacy and expands the first-rate content of the network. 

Sinclair first joined Harpo Studios in 1996 as a...more

Speaking at: Creative Unscripted: The Golden Era Of Prestige Factual Content


Stephanie Slack

Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions

MarVista Entertainment


Adam Steinman

Vice President, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

Adam Steinman served as Vice President, Non-Scripted International Development & Sales from October 2010 until October 2016 and has been Vice President, Creative, Format, Development & Sales at Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), since November 2016.

In this position, Steinman is charged with overseeing the adaptation, development, and sale of...more


Jonathan Taplin

Director Emeritus

USC Annenberg Center For Digital Future

Jonathan Taplin is Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. he was a Professor at the USC Annenberg School from 2003-2016. Taplin's areas of specialization are in international communication management and the field of digital media entertainment. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969...more

Speaking at: Move Fast And Break Things With Jonathan Taplin


Brian Tolleson

Head of Content & Managing Partner

Bark Bark

Speaking at: Brands As Studios - Navigating Uncharted Territory


John Turner

Director of Development

VICELAND

John Turner is an award-winning producer, writer, journalist and currently the Director of Development for VICELAND, VICE Media's 24-hour channel launched in 2016. As part of his role at VICELAND, John oversees the development of a diverse slate of series and formats not only for Canada and the United States,...more


Darah Wagner

VP, Global Television Media & Packaging

Gersh Agency

As Vice President of Global Television Media & Packaging at Gersh, Darah Wagner is responsible for generating and packaging global television for scripted, non-scripted, alternative and digital content. In this role, she leads the efforts by collaborating with broadcasters, content creators and producers worldwide, both domestic and internationally.  Prior to...more




Drew Worobow

VP of Original Programming

IFC

Drew Worobow serves as Vice President, Original Programming for IFC. In this role, he is responsible for managing and overseeing all phases of West Coast based development, production, and creative execution of IFC’s growing slate of series. These series include “Maron,” “Stan Against Evil,” and “Brockmire.”

Worobow previously served as Director...more

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