AGENDA

Sunday, June 10

8:00 AM

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

10:00 AM

BANFF Diversity of Voices Program (by invitation only)

Cascade

This curated morning of content is designed to provide insight, information and inspiration to the Diversity of Voices participants. With presentations from some of Canadian TV’s brightest minds, the morning will walk delegates through building international partnerships and financing plans, the art of IP brand-building, and how one Canadian drama snowballed its way from APTN to trailblazing global sales, Netflix and appearances in New York Times’ “Watching” column. Join Solange Attwood, EVP Blue Ant International, Blue Ant Media; Mark Montefiore, President & Executive Producer, New Metric Media (Letterkenny, Bad Blood) and Ron Scott, showrunner, director and founder of Prairie Dog Film + Television (Blackstone) for a bespoke presentation designed to kickstart the Diversity of Voices BANFF experience.

These closed-door sessions are only open to applicants who were chosen prior to the 2018 Banff World Media Festival

Moderating:


Katie Bailey
Editor & Content Director
Banff World Media Festival


Featuring:


Solange Attwood
EVP International
Blue Ant Media

Mark Montefiore
President
New Metric Media

Ron E. Scott
Executive Producer
Prairie Dog Film + Television

12:00 PM

Break

Ivor Petrak, Alberta, New Brunswick, Alhambra, Cascade, Castello, Screening Room, Van Horne Ballroom, Riverview Lounge

1:30 PM

Banff 101: How to Deliver the Optimal Pitch

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join Kevin Wright for a customized-for-Banff version of his Optimal Pitch workshop, designed to help emerging and established producers alike nail their big pitch. Wright will outline his “SMART” approach to pitching, including how to dazzle your audience in the first few seconds you have their attention. A career broadcaster who has heard hundreds of pitches, Wright’s inside tips will give you a leg up as you embark on your Banff experience.


Featuring:


Kevin Wright
Principal
The Optimal Pitch

2:30 PM

New to Banff Tour

Cascade

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

3:30 PM

KICKOFF SESSION: Int'l Media Leaders - View from the Top

Cascade

While competition in the media business has never been fiercer, for IP, talent, eyeballs and ad dollars, those same things are also cultivating new collaborations to tackle piracy, ballooning production budgets and complex monetization models. This session will see leaders of major companies break down the realities, complexities and strategies of today’s media business: what’s driving investment and greenlights, who’s going to buy who next and how it will affect the industry, what revenue strategies are working and which ones are going the way of the dinosaur, how to win audience share and which winds of change will buffet the industry next.

Moderating:


David B Zitzerman
Partner
Goodmans LLP


Featuring:


Avi Armoza
CEO
Armoza Formats

Sean Cohan
President
Wheelhouse

Jeffrey Hirsch
Chief Operating Officer
Starz Entertainment, LLC

Chris Linn
President
truTV

Barbara Williams
Retired
Corus Entertainment

4:30 PM

In Conversation with the Honourable Mélanie Joly

In Partnership With

Cascade

What has Creative Canada, the federal government’s first-ever strategy for growing the creative sector, done for the screen industries? And what is still to come? Join Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly for a discussion on the impact of Creative Canada investments to date and an announcement of new initiatives to come.

Moderating:


Valerie Creighton
President & CEO
Canada Media Fund


Featuring:


Melanie Joly
Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and la Francophonie
Canadian Heritage

5:30 PM

CBC Opening Reception

In Partnership With

Alberta, New Brunswick

CBC 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.

9:00 PM

Sunday Late Night Party with Musical Acts Provided by Radio Starmaker Fund (Please Join Us at Wild Bills 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM)

In Partnership With

Monday, June 11

7:00 AM

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

8:00 AM

CBC’s Breakfast of Showrunner Champions

In Partnership With

Alberta, New Brunswick

What is it that fuels a showrunner’s energy through multiple seasons of a hit comedy (besides coffee)? Join us over breakfast for a lively conversation with Ins Choi and Catherine Reitman, the creative minds behind Kim’s Convenience and Workin’ Moms, as they share their experiences and lessons learned while running the shows they built from scratch.

Moderating:


David Gray
Host, The Calgary Eyeopener
CBC


Featuring:


Ins Choi
Co-Creator, Writer & Executive Producer, Kim’s Convenience
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

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

Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2018, Breakfast with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on BANFFXchange.


Featuring:


Helen Asimakis, Table host
Senior Director, Drama
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Chris Bell, Table host
Vice President, Scripted Development, Television
Entertainment One

Samantha Linton, Table host
Head of Original Content
Blue Ant Media

Jeff Norton, Table host
Founder
AWESOME

Lisa Opie, Table host
Director of Factual
BBC Studios

Moritz Polter, Table host
Executive Producer International TV Series
Bavaria Fiction

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

9:00 AM

Company of Distinction Keynote: Kevin MacLellan, Chairman, Global Distribution and International, NBCUniversal

Cascade

There are few people in the industry who know entertainment dealmaking like NBCUniversal Chairman of Global Distribution and International, Kevin MacLellan. Overseeing a robust remit that includes 36 offices with over 2,600 employees, a distribution portfolio of 120,000 TV episodes and 4,500 feature films, a production studio that creates over 1000 hours of premium TV content, a network of 10 channels that spans 35 countries and a global digital business that includes 20 direct to consumer services, MacLellan has a bird’s eye view of the trends shaping a global business. At BANFF this year, he sits down with Corus Entertainment EVP and COO, Barbara Williams, for a not-to-be-missed conversation on the future of global production and distribution.

Moderating:


Barbara Williams
Retired
Corus Entertainment


Featuring:


Kevin MacLellan
Chairman, Global Distribution and International
NBCUniversal

10:00 AM

Creating a Safe Space for Kids Online

Alberta

As digital media has become an increasing presence in children's lives, so too have grown concerns around how to keep them safe while engaging with it. This panel will examine questions including: what is the role of the companies who distribute or create content in ensuring safety for kids? What are some of the tools being used to work towards this goal? What are the various elements that comprise a safe digital experience? Why does privacy matter?

Moderating:


Agnes Augustin
President & CEO
Shaw Rocket Fund


Featuring:


Anne Loi
Chief Commercial Officer
DHX Media (Toronto)

Marie McCann
Senior Director, CBC Kids
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Moyra Rodger
CEO
Magnify Digital | Magnify Discovery Lab

Shai Samet
Founder & President
kidSAFE Seal Program

Keynote Conversation: HBO Documentary Films' Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller

In Partnership With

Cascade

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.

Moderating:


Barry Walsh
Editor & Content Director
Banff World Media Festival


Featuring:


Nancy Abraham
EVP, Documentary & Family Programming
HBO

Lisa Heller
EVP, Documentary & Family Programming
HBO

Face-to-Face Meetings #1 (sign up required)

Alhambra

The Face-to-Face Meeting Program is a fantastic opportunity for content producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, avail yourself of the opportunity to meet with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, 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!


Featuring:


Sarah Adams, Table host
Executive in Charge of Production, Drama
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Jeff Aghassi, Table host
Producer/Manager
Aghassi Literary Management

Emily Baustien, Table host
Manager Development
Discovery Channel

Shirley Bowers, Table host
VP, Sales & Acquisitions, North America
Red Arrow Studios International

Alexandre Coscas, Table host
Producer
Coscas Productions Inc

Lisa Fahrenholt, Table host
VP, International Development
Endemol Shine North America

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

Justina Hemperek, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
Beyond Distribution

Holly Hines, Table host
SVP, Content
Dynamic Television

Anthony Kimble, Table host
CEO/Founder
Cineflix Rights

Krista Look, Table host
Director Original Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment

Dan March, Table host
CEO
Dynamic Television

Julie Pifher, Table host
VP, Development
AfterShock Comics/Rive Gauche Television

Sebastien Pigeon, Table host
Executive Producer & VP, Corporate Development
Aetios Productions

Pierre-Andre Rochat, Table host
President
Daro Film Distribution

Nataline Rodrigues, Table host
Director of Original Programming
Rogers Media

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

Dave Silverstein, Table host
General Manager/SVP, Smosh Brands
Defy Media

Carlyn Staudt, Table host
EVP, Programming & Development
Blue Ant Media

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

Partner Presentation: CMF Key Trends Report

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

Partner Presentation: CMF Key Trends Report Sandra Collins, Vice-President, Operations and CFO at the Canada Media Fund (CMF), will present the 2018 edition of the CMF’s trends report titled “Future Shock Is Now.” With the question “As content creators, producers, or broadcasters, how do we remain realistic, critical, vigilant, and confident that we will continue to have a viable role to play in the globalized content market?” as a starting point, the following trends shall be presented: finding a counterbalance to online giants, appropriating technology for creative purposes, audio’s revenge, and advertising’s about-face.


Featuring:


Sandra Collins
Vice-President, Operations and CFO
Canada Media Fund

Partner Presentation: Doing Business with China

In Partnership With

Ivor Petrak

Alberta’s Minister of Culture & Tourism Ricardo Miranda and Alberta Media Production Industries Association invite you to an overview of the film and TV market in Guangdong Province, representing China’s largest box office with audiences of over 200 million. AMPIA will sign an MOU with delegates from the Guangdong Producers Association, and discuss potential co-productions between China and Canada. All are welcome!

Moderating:


Michael Jorgensen
Preisdent and Board Chair, AMPIA
Myth Merchant Films


Featuring:


Dominique Lapierre
National Director, CMF Program Administrator
Telefilm Canada

Li Shao
Assistant Chief Secretary
Guangdong Motion Picture Industry Association

Kaihang (Cathy) Wu
CEO
The International Film Cooperation Platform

Quanxin Zhang (John Cheung)
CEO
Guangdong Film Association

10:30 AM

Close up: Starz

New Brunswick

Join Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch for a close-up look at the content and business strategy that drives the network behind Outlander, Power and the new and buzzed-about Vida.

Moderating:


Melissa Grego
CEO
Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS)


Featuring:


Jeffrey Hirsch
Chief Operating Officer
Starz Entertainment, LLC

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with Sara Burns, Investigation Discovery

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Sara Burns
VP, Programming
Discovery Communications

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*

11:30 AM

So You Want to Build A Global Media Business

In Partnership With

Cascade

The entertainment business has shifted to a global model and these visionary Canadian business leaders have been busy building models for their companies that can thrive within it. Hear about the origins of their strategy, how it was executed, how they balance a domestic versus international agenda, and where they see the industry moving next.

Moderating:


John Morayniss
President
JDM Media


Featuring:


Neil Chakravarti
President and COO
WOW! Unlimited

Michael MacMillan
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Ant Media

John Young
CEO
Boat Rocker Media

The Mid and the Short of it

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

Short-form content, once second-fiddle to its longer-form sibling, has gone premium and now underscores business strategies for both emerging and established companies. This panel will explore opportunities in the space, for both platforms and producers, and tackle topics including where the biggest opportunities are right now, how (and which) companies have found success/ scale in the space, monetization models and creative challenges and opportunities specific to the format.

Moderating:


Andra Sheffer
CEO
Independent Production Fund


Featuring:


Melanie Le Phan
Executive In Charge of Production, Digital Originals
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Caitlin Meek-O'Connor
Head of Acquisitions
Little Dot Studios

Justin Stockman
VP Pay and OTT Services
Bell Media

Steve Woolf
Head of Programming, OTT Video
Oath

BANFF Master Class Series: Mystery Road

Alberta

Join Director Rachel Perkins, producer Greer Simpkin and ABC TV’s Head of Drama, Comedy and Indigenous, Sally Riley, as they discuss the TV adaptation of Mystery Road – inspired by Ivan Sen’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning feature films Mystery Road and Goldstone. Set against a stunning Australian backdrop, the series stars Aaron Pedersen (Goldstone, Mystery Road) and the critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning actor Judy Davis (The Dressmaker, Feud) in a politically charged missing-persons drama. 

Moderating:


Jesse Wente
Director
Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office


Featuring:


David Jowsey
Producer
Bunya Productions

Sally Riley
Head of Drama, Comedy and Indigenous
ABC

Greer Simpkin
Producer
Bunya Productions

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with Tom Hastings, Bell Media

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Tom Hastings
Director, Drama Original Programming
Bell Media

12:30 PM

30 Minutes with Nataline Rodrigues, Rogers Media

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Nataline Rodrigues
Director of Original Programming
Rogers Media

Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2018, Lunch with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on BANFFXchange.


Featuring:


Jon Bardin, Table host
VP, Documentaries and Specials
Discovery Channel

Jocelyn Hamilton, Table host
President, Canada, Television
Entertainment One

Jimmy Humphrey, Table host
Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions
TCB Media Rights

Marc Hustvedt, Table host
CEO
Above Average

Rebecca Segal, Table host
SVP Sky Networks
Sky Networks

Dave Silverstein, Table host
General Manager/SVP, Smosh Brands
Defy Media

Josh Van Houdt, Table host
VP, Original Co-Productions, SYFY
NBCUniversal

Break

Festival Screening: Mystery Road

In Partnership With

Screening Room

Join all3media international for an exclusive look at the first episode of the TV adaptation of Mystery Road, which was inspired by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning feature films Mystery Road and Goldstone from Bunya Productions. Set against a stunning Australian backdrop, the series stars Aaron Pedersen (Goldstone, Mystery Road) and the critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning actor Judy Davis (The Dressmaker, Feud) in a politically charged missing-persons drama.

1:15 PM

Crime Pays, And Everyone’s Buying

In Partnership With

Alberta

True crime television has been with us for eons, but with an ever-increasing range of platforms hungry for buzzworthy content, crime is at the top of the list for many buyers. And that makes the hunt for original IP in the space, as well as unique ways to approach the genre, as difficult to unearth as clues in a cold case. In this session, you’ll hear from content creators and network executives who are staking out new approaches to true crime TV —from podcasts and serials to Live PD and real-time revelations.

Moderating:


Barry Walsh
Editor & Content Director
Banff World Media Festival


Featuring:


Cori Abraham
SVP, Development & International Oxygen Media
NBCUniversal

Sara Burns
VP, Programming
Discovery Communications

Kate Harrison
President
Cream Productions Inc.

Stephen Land
Founder & CEO
Jupiter Entertainment

Shelly Tatro
SVP Development & Programming
A+E Networks

Pivoting your Kids-Biz Business Model

New Brunswick

Kids content is a global business, but many domestic markets are under stress from changing business models and consumer viewing habits. With so much in flux, many producers and media companies are adapting established business models to find and focus on new markets, experiment with new genres or forms of content or break into new categories. Find out how our panelists have built new sandboxes for their companies to play in.

Moderating:


Jordan Pinto
News Editor
Banff World Media Festival


Featuring:


Mark Bishop
Co-CEO & Executive Producer
marblemedia

Frank Falcone
President & Executive Creative Director
Guru Animation Studio

Marlo Miazga
Vice President of Content
Bristow Global Media Inc.

Jeff Norton
Founder
AWESOME

Jon Rutherford
President, Rights
Boat Rocker Media

Format Innovators: Building the Next Big Thing

Cascade

How are today’s content creators harnessing the potential of multiple platforms to create formats that not only achieve breakthrough audience engagement, but robust international sales as well? Hear from creators, producers and distributors of groundbreaking formats on how they settled on the “big idea,” what it took to bring it to life, sales strategies and trends.


Moderating:


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


Featuring:


Avi Armoza
CEO
Armoza Formats

Maria Armstrong
CEO/ Executive Producer
Big Coat Media

Mike Cosentino
President Content and Programming
Bell Media Inc.

1:30 PM

Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

The Face-to-Face Meeting Program is a fantastic opportunity for content producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, avail yourself of the opportunity to meet with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, 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!


Featuring:


Susan Alexander, Table host
Production Executive, Original Content, Scripted
Corus Entertainment

Kerry Ball, Table host
Literary Agent and Head of Development
Meridian Artists Inc

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

Melissa Campbell, Table host
Owner
Contentum Consulting and Management

Michelle Daly, Table host
Senior Director, Comedy
CBC Scripted Content, English Services

Colin Davis, Table host
Content Executive
TBS

Austin Denesuk, Table host
Agent
Creative Artists Agency

Sarah Eichenlaub, Table host
Director ZDFE.drama
ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Jeffrey Engelen, Table host
Head of Beta Film North America Office
BetaFilm, GmbH

Lisa Fahrenholt, Table host
VP, International Development
Endemol Shine North America

Adam Fratto, Table host
SVP, Series
Reel One Entertainment

Gustavo Gontijo, Table host
Content Development Manager
Globo TV International

Liz Levenson, Table host
VP Development & Co-Productions
Visland Media

Ken MacDonald, Table host
General Manager and Vice President
Discovery Channel

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

Jon Munoz, Table host
Inflight Entertainment Account Director
Spafax

Brad Pelman, Table host
CEO
The Fremantle Corporation

Brian Segna, Table host
VP, Development
NBCUniversal

Jeff Stecyk, Table host
Executive Producer & Principal
Wavelength Entertainment Group

Josh Van Houdt, Table host
VP, Original Co-Productions, SYFY
NBCUniversal

Partner Presentation: Your Content Isn't Free - Fixing the Value Gap

In Partnership With

Ivor Petrak

Content creators around the world are facing a new challenge: the "value gap." While the internet and digital media have made it easier for creators to reach and engage fans, those same forces have restricted creators' ability to generate revenue by enabling content to be given away for free.

Join Miranda Mulholland, an award-winning artist and independent label owner, as she discusses why the value gap exists, why we need to change it and how it can be fixed.


Featuring:


Miranda Mulholland
Artist Advocate
Music Canada

2:15 PM

Working Together To Stand Apart: The New Realities Of Multi-partner Projects

In Partnership With

Cascade

International partnerships are the new rule of the day, as TV production budgets rise, talent shortages increase and everyone fights for audience share. But while partnerships offer many benefits, they also create complex business challenges for those involved, from rights and windows to marketing and premieres. Leaders from broadcasters and producers who export content globally discuss the pros, cons, opportunities and challenges of executing projects in a multi-partner, multi-platform and multi-rights world.

Moderating:


Soumya Sriraman
President, BritBox, North America
BBC Worldwide Americas


Featuring:


Vince Commisso
President & CEO
9 Story Media Group

Jocelyn Hamilton
President, Canada, Television
Entertainment One

Alastair McKinnon
Head of Content Investment and Planning
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Edward Sabin
Executive MD of International
A+E Networks

Integrating Brands into the Content Ecosystem

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

The challenges of big production budgets, shrinking ad dollars and consumer advertising-fatigue have brought brands, broadcasters and producers closer together than ever before. This session will examine bleeding-edge strategies for incorporating brands into the world of content, storytelling and entertainment and how the right partnerships on the right content can be a rising tide that lifts all boats.  

Moderating:


Jon Davids
Founder & CEO
Influicity


Featuring:


Emma Eriksson
VP Marketing
General Mills Canada

Lisa Godfrey
VP, Original Content
Corus Entertainment

Marc Hustvedt
CEO
Above Average

Richard Stokes
Global Head of Content
Wavemaker Global

Alyson Walker
VP Brand Partnerships
Bell Media

Building a Global Hit

In Partnership With

Alberta

Everyone wants to build a show that can sell and air globally. But what does that mean, exactly? And how do both broadcasters and producers with a successful global track record determine what series will work across borders? There's an art to developing originals that can work internationally, and this session will dive into the creative-focused  strategies and considerations that shape successful global series, featuring leading executives from global-facing companies across different genres.

Moderating:


Rebecca Segal
SVP Sky Networks
Sky Networks


Featuring:


Corrie Coe
Senior Vice President, Original Programming
Bell Media

Atar Dekel
Head of Global Original Drama
Keshet International

Moritz Polter
Executive Producer International TV Series
Bavaria Fiction

Carlyn Staudt
EVP, Programming & Development
Blue Ant Media

3:00 PM

30 Minutes with Michael MacMillan, Blue Ant Media

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Michael MacMillan
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Ant Media

3:15 PM

BANFF Master Class Series: Cobra Kai

In Partnership With

Cascade

When YouTube Premium set out to break into the highly competitive scripted-series game, it didn’t mess around. It jumped into a bidding war to secure Cobra Kai, the “30 years later” story of Karate Kid characters Daniel and Johnny, played by Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Join Macchio, as well as creators Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg and YouTube Originals’ 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 Premium’s name on the scripted-series map. 

Moderating:


Michael Schneider
Executive Editor
Indiewire


Featuring:


Dustin Davis
Head of Comedy Development & Current Programming
YouTube Originals

Josh Heald
Creator, Executive Producer
Cobra Kai

Ralph Macchio
Actor, Co-Executive Producer
Cobra Kai

Hayden Schlossberg
Co-Creator
Hurwitz & Schlossberg Prod / Awesome Prod

3:45 PM

30 Minutes with Igal Svet, National Geographic

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Igal Svet
Senior Director, Development
National Geographic

4:30 PM

Rockie Awards Program Competition Ceremony (all delegates welcome)

Van Horne Ballroom

Announcing the winners! In this first of two ROCKIE AWARDS shows, BANFF’s flagship Program Competition celebrates excellence in television and digital content from around the world. Hundreds compete for coveted ROCKIE AWARDS, with the winners unveiled at this ceremony each year. With participation from more than 45 countries annually and juried by an esteemed panel of over 115 international industry professionals, the Rockie Awards is one of the world’s largest program competitions of its kind. Congratulate the winners with a celebratory cocktail immediately following the show!

All BANFF delegates are invited to the 2018 Rockie Awards Gala. Seating is first-come, first-served. Attire: Business casual.

*The 2018 Rockie Awards Program Competition takes place in the Van Horne Ballroom, located on the conference side of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel*


Featuring:


Andrew Phung, Host
Actor/Presenter

5:45 PM

Bell Fund Presents: Rockie Awards Program Competition Cocktail Reception (All Delegates Welcome)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

Cheers! The Bell Fund celebrates 20 years supporting Canadian media content makers in creating for and connecting with audiences here and everywhere.  Enjoy complimentary cocktails, hobnob with nominees, and celebrate the accomplishments of all the Rockies candidates.

Tuesday, June 12

7:00 AM

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

8:00 AM

Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2018, Breakfast with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on BANFFXchange.


Featuring:


Alonso Carrillo, Table host
Unscripted Originals & Acquisitions
Netflix

Tecca Crosby, Table host
SVP, Scripted Programming – Canada, Television
Entertainment One

Colin Davis, Table host
Content Executive
TBS

Sally Riley, Table host
Head of Drama, Comedy and Indigenous
ABC

Brian Segna, Table host
VP, Development
NBCUniversal

Richard Stokes, Table host
Global Head of Content
Wavemaker Global

Josh Van Houdt, Table host
VP, Original Co-Productions, SYFY
NBCUniversal

9:00 AM

Company of Distinction Keynote: Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment

In Partnership With

Cascade

Inside the mind of one of the most influential television executives of the decade: Robert Greenblatt became Chairman of NBCUniversal in 2011, and took NBC from last to first in the coveted 18-49 demo, where it has been for five consecutive seasons. This season, NBC added the title of “America’s most-watched network” to that, with a lineup that includes This is Us, Will & Grace, The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Greenblatt also oversees Universal Television studios, which produce over 40 scripted and alternative series for NBC, Fox and Hulu, among others. A Golden Globe and Tony-winning producer, Greenblatt also ran Showtime and was a top executive at Fox. This is a can’t-miss conversation on what it takes to run a leading television network and studio in 2018.

Moderating:


Alison Brower
Deputy Editorial Director
The Hollywood Reporter


Featuring:


Robert Greenblatt
Consultant, Producer
NBCUniversal

10:00 AM

The Pull of Premium Non-Fiction

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

With more deep-pocketed platforms fortifying their non-fiction content strategies, linear networks are taking bigger swings on tentpole, event programming. The battle for eyeballs is resulting in more premium, pricier content. But with viewership fragmenting, what are the metrics for measuring success for such content? And how is the pull of premium impacting schedules across the specialty network spectrum? In this session you’ll hear from the networks ramping up their premium non-fiction offerings, and the producers and dealmakers behind them.

Moderating:


Barry Walsh
Editor & Content Director
Banff World Media Festival


Featuring:


Jon Bardin
VP, Documentaries and Specials
Discovery Channel

Lisa Opie
Director of Factual
BBC Studios

Igal Svet
Senior Director, Development
National Geographic

James Younger
EVP of Factual Productions
Revelations Entertainment

In Conversation with Elizabeth Vargas, A+E

Alberta

BANFF and A+E Networks are proud to present an in-depth conversation with one of America’s most respected broadcast journalists, Elizabeth Vargas. The longtime co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 and recent author of a best-selling memoir, Vargas is now at the helm of a new investigative documentary series for A+Networks, called A&E Investigates and will also contribute to the new A&E Originals unit. An Emmy-winning reporter regarded for her hard-hitting interviews, long-form journalism and breaking news coverage, this will be a can’t-miss conversation at the Banff World Media Festival.

Moderating:


Lynette Rice
Editor at Large
Entertainment Weekly


Featuring:


Elizabeth Vargas
Host, A&E Investigates
A+E Networks

BANFF Master Class Series: Anne

In Partnership With

Cascade

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 director and president of Northwood Entertainment Miranda de Pencier and CBC’s general manager of programming, Sally Catto.

Moderating:


Amy Cameron
Executive Producer
Cameron Pictures


Featuring:


Sally Catto
General Manager, Programming
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Miranda de Pencier
President
Northwood Entertainment

Moira Walley-Beckett
Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner
Pelican Ballet

Face-to-Face Meetings #3 (sign up required)

Alhambra

The Face-to-Face Meeting Program is a fantastic opportunity for content producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, avail yourself of the opportunity to meet with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, 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!


Featuring:


Jeff Aghassi, Table host
Producer/Manager
Aghassi Literary Management

Emily Baustien, Table host
Manager Development
Discovery Channel

Corrie Coe, Table host
Senior Vice President, Original Programming
Bell Media

Atar Dekel, Table host
Head of Global Original Drama
Keshet International

Athena Georgaklis, Table host
Head of Development
Corus Entertainment

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

Jennifer Harkness, Table host
SVP, Sales & Development
Cream Productions Inc.

Justina Hemperek, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
Beyond Distribution

Holly Hines, Table host
SVP, Content
Dynamic Television

Liz Levenson, Table host
VP Development & Co-Productions
Visland Media

Karin Marelle, Table host
Global Acquisitions & Co Productions Sundancenow
AMC Networks International-UK

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

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

Jennevie Olivieri, Table host
Manager, TV Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Gaumont

Julie Pifher, Table host
VP, Development
AfterShock Comics/Rive Gauche Television

Pierre-Andre Rochat, Table host
President
Daro Film Distribution

Alyse Rosenberg, Table host
VP Development, Film & Television
Story Hawk Pictures

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

Larry Shuman, Table host
President
The Shuman Company

Shelly Tatro, Table host
SVP Development & Programming
A+E Networks

30 Minutes with Lisa Godfrey & Krista Look, Corus Entertainment

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Lisa Godfrey
VP, Original Content
Corus Entertainment

Krista Look
Director Original Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment

Canada, U.K., Australia Producers Roundtable (Invitation only)

Sir Edward Beatty

A special roundtable discussion between Canadian, U.K. and Australian producers, focusing on critical issues facing producers in all three territories.

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with Cori Abraham, Oxygen Media

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Cori Abraham
SVP, Development & International Oxygen Media
NBCUniversal

Networking Break

11:30 AM

What’s Hot in Global Kids Content

New Brunswick

Join internationally influential network executives to hear about what's trending in the kids-content business, including: where the business is headed, what is grabbing their attention and what kids-content producers need to know to succeed in today's complex market.

Moderating:


Jeremy Dickson
Features Editor
Banff World Media Festival


Featuring:


Deirdre Brennan
General Manager
NBCUniversal

Jennifer Dodge
EVP, Entertainment
Spin Master

Robin Faerber
VP, Programming
Disney Channels US

Anne Loi
Chief Commercial Officer
DHX Media (Toronto)

Decoding the DNA of Hit TV

In Partnership With

Alberta

This discussion will feature three of TV’s top minds discussing the elusive elements that help make a series culture-defining, game-changing and globe-shaking. Join three of Canada’s highest-profile behind-the-camera talents, Executive Producer Sheila Hockin (Vikings, The Handmaid’s Tale), Director Jeremy Podeswa (Here and Now, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) and Writer and Showrunner David Shore (House, The Good Doctor), as they discuss the common elements of hit TV’s genome.

Moderating:


Lynette Rice
Editor at Large
Entertainment Weekly


Featuring:


Sheila Hockin
Executive Producer
The Fifth Business Inc

Jeremy Podeswa
Director
Rebel Films

David Shore
Executive Producer, The Good Doctor
The Good Doctor

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with Michelle Daly & Helen Asimakis, CBC

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Helen Asimakis
Senior Director, Drama
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Michelle Daly
Senior Director, Comedy
CBC Scripted Content, English Services

Wynonna Earp: Behind the scenes with a modern cult classic (Sneak Peek Screening and Q&A)

Screening Room

Wynonna Earp has been a breakout hit on Space in Canada and Syfy in the U.S. Deftly combining cult, camp and sophisticated storytelling, Earp has earned a rabid international fan base and critical acclaim. Hear from panelists Emily Andras, Josh Van Houdt, Tom Hastings, and Jordy Randall on how they transformed a quirky comic tale into what Vanity Fair has called an “intensely watchable” series that defies and cleverly exploits genre clichés. Catch up or refresh with S1 and S2 clips, and get a sneak peek at the hotly anticipated third season.

Moderating:


Chloe Wilde
Etalk Reporter
Bell Media


Featuring:


Emily Andras
Showrunner
Vilcabamba Pictures Inc.

Tom Hastings
Director, Drama Original Programming
Bell Media

Jordy Randall
Executive Producer
SEVEN24 Films

Josh Van Houdt
VP, Original Co-Productions, SYFY
NBCUniversal

12:30 PM

Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2018, Lunch with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on BANFFXchange.


Featuring:


Sarah Adams, Table host
Executive in Charge of Production, Drama
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Avi Armoza, Table host
CEO
Armoza Formats

Mark Bishop, Table host
Co-CEO & Executive Producer
marblemedia

Brad E Danks, Table host
CEO
OUTtv Network Inc

Frank Falcone, Table host
President & Executive Creative Director
Guru Animation Studio

Gustavo Gontijo, Table host
Content Development Manager
Globo TV International

Rob Kenneally, Table host
Agent
Creative Artists Agency

Marketers Lunch and Learn

Norquay

An opportunity to allow delegates to meet with top marketers to discuss the current opportunities in the branded-content marketplace. This is an informal networking opportunity, taking place over a meal with a small number of delegates and a leading marketer. Registration is required. 

**The sign up for the Marketers Lunch and Learn session opens Monday, June 4 at 11:00 am EST**


Featuring:


Jason Chaney, Table host
CCO
Koho Financial Inc.

Emma Eriksson, Table host
VP Marketing
General Mills Canada

Andrea Hunt, Table host
Vice-President- General Manager, North American Biscuits
Weston Foods

Susan Irving, Table host
Senior Director of Marketing
PepsiCo Canada

Break

1:30 PM

Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)

Alhambra

The Face-to-Face Meeting Program is a fantastic opportunity for content producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, avail yourself of the opportunity to meet with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, 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!


Featuring:


Melissa Campbell, Table host
Owner
Contentum Consulting and Management

Austin Denesuk, Table host
Agent
Creative Artists Agency

Sarah Eichenlaub, Table host
Director ZDFE.drama
ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Adam Fratto, Table host
SVP, Series
Reel One Entertainment

Athena Georgaklis, Table host
Head of Development
Corus Entertainment

Larry Grimaldi, Table host
VP, Production & Development
MarVista Entertainment

Jennifer Harkness, Table host
SVP, Sales & Development
Cream Productions Inc.

Chris Harris, Table host
Director, Digital Content, Programming
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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

Jimmy Humphrey, Table host
Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions
TCB Media Rights

Brandon Lane, Table host
Production Executive Original Programming
Corus Entertainment

Shelley MacDougall, Table host
Manager, Programming - Central Region
APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

Alastair McKinnon, Table host
Head of Content Investment and Planning
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Ben Noot, Table host
Director Global Acquisitions
National Geographic Channel

David Ozer, Table host
Independant Producer
IDW Entertainment

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

Carlyn Staudt, Table host
EVP, Programming & Development
Blue Ant Media

Karen Tsang, Table host
Executive in Charge of Production, Comedy
CBC Scripted Content, English Services

Josh Van Houdt, Table host
VP, Original Co-Productions, SYFY
NBCUniversal

Partner Presentation: Managing the Financial Risks of Cross Border Productions

In Partnership With

Ivor Petrak

Going cross border to produce your next show or film creates big opportunities, but with those opportunities come significant risk. The foreign currency element is one risk that producers need to be aware of given the heightened levels of volatility in markets these days. Any perceived currency advantage when a project is greenlit can quickly disappear by the time the cameras roll, putting the production in jeopardy. This session will help you understand the steps you need to take to effectively manage your FX risk to ensure your project comes in on budget.


Featuring:


Brendan McGrath
Director, Corporate Risk Management, North America
Western Union Business Solutions

2:00 PM

In Conversation with Kent Alterman, Comedy Central

Alberta

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.

Moderating:


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


Featuring:


Kent Alterman
President
Comedy Central

30 Minutes with Dustin Davis, YouTube Originals

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Dustin Davis
Head of Comedy Development & Current Programming
YouTube Originals

Partner presentation: Why Quebec Drama is the New Nordic Noir

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

With a number of adaptations in the works around the world, Quebec drama is making its mark on the international scene. Hear about some of the breakthrough shows, challenges faced by producers and key factors that lead to success in adapting television series for international markets.

Moderating:


Charles Lafortune
Host of The Voice in Quebec, Executive Producer and VP of Creative Content
Pixcom Productions Inc.


Featuring:


Tecca Crosby
SVP, Scripted Programming – Canada, Television
Entertainment One

Charles Ohayon
International Distribution
Casablanca Productions

Francois Rozon
President & CEO
Encore Television

3:00 PM

Winning in the War for Creative Talent

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

While overall the explosion in global series orders has been a good thing for producers of content, one effect has been a tight market for top creative talent such as high-profile showrunners, writers, executive producers and directors. This session will examine how stakeholders are addressing the challenge: attracting talent and becoming a destination for it, retaining people between seasons/projects, developing/fostering it, how the tight market for talent is influencing decision-making and the new ways and places talent can be discovered.

Moderating:


Beth Janson
CEO
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television


Featuring:


Tassie Cameron
Executive Producer
Cameron Pictures

Lisa Fahrenholt
VP, International Development
Endemol Shine North America

Rob Kenneally
Agent
Creative Artists Agency

Jennifer Sherwood
SVP, Scripted Development
FremantleMedia

Company of Distinction Session: NBCUniversal Networks Panel

Cascade

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.

Moderating:


Michael Schneider
Executive Editor
Indiewire


Featuring:


Lisa Katz
Co-President, Scripted Programming
NBCUniversal

Tracey Pakosta
Co-President, Scripted Programming
NBCUniversal

Luis Silberwasser
President, Telemundo Network
NBCUniversal

Paul Telegdy
Co-Chairman
NBCUniversal

30 Minutes with Robin Faerber, Disney Channel and Disney Junior

Ivor Petrak

A new addition to BANFF, 30 Minutes with…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Robin Faerber
VP, Programming
Disney Channels US

4:00 PM

In Conversation with Netflix

Cascade

This featured conversation and case study with Netflix's VP of content acquisition, Larry Tanz, will illuminate how the Internet entertainment service works with Canadian 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. Series showrunner Brad Wright and star Eric McCormack will join Larry in walking you from the original development process to the show’s global popularity on the streaming service today.

Moderating:


Greg David
Journalist/Owner
TV, eh?


Featuring:


Eric McCormack
Actor

Larry Tanz
VP Content Acquisition
Netflix

Brad Wright
Executive Producer
Travelers

Partner Presentation: Inside The Song - Making Music Work For You

In Partnership With

Alberta

Music is a critical part of virtually every screen production, but did you know that it can support a production company’s bottom line too? Join the Canadian Music Publishers of Canada for a live case study, showcase and discussion about how correctly managed music rights can add ancillary, ongoing revenue streams for film, digital and television productions. Each case study discussion will profile a unique way screen producers, music publishers, composers and musicians can work together to maximize a project's revenue opportunities beyond platform or territory sales.

Moderating:


Angelika Heim
Lawyer/Partner
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP


Featuring:


Jodie Ferneyhough
President
CCS Rights Management

Chris Robinson
Creative Director
Red Brick Songs

Hawksley Workman
Singer, Songwriter
Isadora Records Inc.

Zanski
Singer, Songwriter
Red Brick Songs

Kroy
Singer, Songwriter

5:00 PM

DHX Kids Cocktail (Please Join Us in the Upper Rundle)

In Partnership With

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.

Canadian Music Publishers Association Meet & Greet (Bell Lounge)

In Partnership With

Riverview Lounge

6:00 PM

Rockie Awards Pre-Gala Reception (all delegates welcome)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

Red Carpet arrivals and Insta-ops! Enjoy this celebratory mix and mingler with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in anticipation of BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala.

All BANFF delegates are invited to the 2018 Rockie Awards Gala. Cocktail Attire.

*The 2018 Rockie Awards Pre-Gala Reception will take place in the Van Horne Ballroom Foyer, located on the conference side of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel*

7:00 PM

Rockie Awards Gala Ceremony (all delegates welcome)

Van Horne Ballroom

Celebrate in style at BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala in the luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Outstanding industry talent and executives are recognized in this hors-concours awards show.

All BANFF delegates are invited to the 2018 Rockie Awards Gala. Seating is first-come, first-served. Cocktail Attire.

*The 2018 Rockie Awards Gala will take place in the Van Horne Ballroom, located on the conference side of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel*


Featuring:


Kristin Chenoweth, Host
Actress/Singer

Wednesday, June 13

8:00 AM

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

9:00 AM

Company of Distinction Session: NBCUniversal Studios Panel

Cascade

NBCUniversal’s hit-making creative forces Meredith Ahr (President, Universal TV Alternative), Jeff Wachtel (President, NBCUniversal International Studios) and Pearlena Igbokwe (President, Universal Television), will reflect on their most recent greenlight successes – including World of Dance, The Wall, The Sinner, Mr. Robot, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Master of None – and discuss how they are adjusting their development strategies to maximize the opportunities of evolving global business models.

Moderating:


Lynette Rice
Editor at Large
Entertainment Weekly


Featuring:


Meredith Ahr
President, Universal Television Alternative Studio
NBCUniversal

Pearlena Igbokwe
President, Universal Television Studio
NBCUniversal

Jeff Wachtel
President, International Studios
NBCUniversal

10:00 AM

Company of Distinction Session: In Conversation with Sean Hayes

Cascade

Join this year’s Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award winner, Sean Hayes, for candid talk about his career in TV, including his award-winning role as Jack McFarland on NBC’s Will & Grace. Hayes' long list of accomplishments includes an Emmy Award and six nominations, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, two TV Guide Awards and American Comedy Award and seven Golden Globe Nominations, Hayes has also appeared on Scrubs, 30 Rock, Martin & Lewis and Up All Night. Hayes has also appeared on Broadway and in 2003 started Hazy Mills Productions (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm) with his producing partner Todd Milliner.

Moderating:


Robert Greenblatt
Consultant, Producer
NBCUniversal


Featuring:


Sean Hayes
Actor
NBCUniversal

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