FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL | BANFF, ALBERTA | JUNE 10 - 13, 2018

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For 39 years, the Banff World Media Festival has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience.

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BANFF 2018 COMPANY OF DISTINCTION

World-Leading Media and Entertainment Company to be Honoured at the 39th Annual Global Content Event

FEATURED KEYNOTES

ROBERT GREENBLATT
Chairman
NBC Entertainment
KEVIN MACLELLAN
Chairman, Global Distribution & International
NBCUniversal

FEATURED PANELISTS

MEREDITH AHR
President, Universal Television Alternative Studio
DEIRDRE BRENNAN
General Manager
Universal Kids
PEARLENA IGBOKWE
President
Universal Television
LISA KATZ
Co-President Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment
TRACEY PAKOSTA
Co-President Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment
LUIS SILBERWASSER
President
Telemundo Networks
PAUL TELEGDY
President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment
JEFF WACHTEL
President, NBCUniversal International Studios

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.


BANFF’s Company of Distinction program, which was introduced in 2013, annually recognizes a company demonstrating significant leadership in the world of screen-based entertainment. Past recipients of this award include CBS Corporation, Lionsgate Entertainment, A+E Networks, HBO and the Disney | ABC Television Group.


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2016 STATS

2018 SPEAKERS

Nancy Abraham
EVP, Documentary and Family
HBO Docs
Kent Alterman
President
Comedy Central
Avi Armoza
CEO
Armoza Formats
Sara Burns
VP, Programming, Investigation Discovery
Discovery Communications
Sally Catto
General manager, Programming
CBC
Corrie Coe
SVP, Original Programming
Bell Media
Dustin Davis
Head of Comedy Development and Current Programming
YouTube Red
Lisa Heller
EVP, Documentary and Family
HBO docs
Chris Linn
President
truTV
Karen Miller
VP, Global Content Strategy Acquisitions and Co-productions
Disney | ABC television group
Tony Moulsdale
Global Director of Programming
Motion Content Group
Ben Noot
Director, Global Acquisitions
National Geographic
Lisa Opie
Managing Director, Factual
BBC Studios
Mortiz Polter
Executive Producer International TV Series
Bavaria Media International
Sally Riley
Head of Drama
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Joseph Schneier
VP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel
Carlyn Staudt
EVP, Love Nature Programming & Development
Blue Ant Media
Igal Svet
Senior Director, Development
National Geographic
Larry Tanz
VP Content Acquisition
Netflix
Shelly Tatro
SVP Development & Programming
A+E Networks
Serena Thompson
Executive Producer, Development - Sky Drama
Sky
Barbara Williams
EVP & COO
Corus Entertainment
Steve Woolf
Head of Programming, OTT Video
Oath
VIEW 2018 SPEAKERS HERE

You can have access to people at BANFF that you just can't otherwise. If you're a young producer, get feisty, be bold, stick your neck out and get recognized.

- John Brunton, Insight Productions

It's been great connecting with old colleagues and making new relationships. To me that's why you're here.

- Kristen Del Pero, NBCUniversal

I was not prepared for the splendour. This is amazing. Who knew? Well, I guess people who have been to the festival before. I did not know.

- LeVar Burton, Producer, Actor

"We met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That's where we made the pitch.

- Naveen Prasad, Elevation Pictures

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