Face-to-Face Meetings Program

FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS PROGRAM

MEET Face-to-Face WITH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

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

Once you have registered for the event, you can book one of these coveted time slots to meet Face-to-Face with key industry players including broadcasters, production studios and digital platforms

Producers & Content Creators

  • Gain access to the world’s top Buyers and Decision Makers
  • Sell ideas, scripts and finished content
  • Create co-production opportunities
  • Sign with an agent

Buyers, Executives, Distributors, Agents

  • An efficient, one-stop-shop for buying new content
  • Strategically curated meetings that maximize efficiency
  • Introductions to new and emerging talent and content
  • Introductions to established content creators and producers with years of experience
  • Access to invite-only sessions and international peer-to-peer discussion

HOW IT WORKS

  • 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!
  • Time slots and hosts are allotted via a lottery system, which requires advance sign up. Attendees can select up to three genres they are interested in, and have the opportunity to select up to 12 hosts they’d like to meet with (based on their selected genres), numbering hosts in terms or priority.
  • Once the lottery runs, a maximum of 10 hosts can be assigned to an attendee, through their BANFFXchange profile. After the lottery runs and results have been communicated to attendees who have signed up in advance, general sign-ups will open. During general sign-ups, attendees can log into their BANFFXchange account and change their selections, or book new spots, based on whatever is left available.
  • Please note: as this is a lottery, and time slots are assigned at random, not everyone is guaranteed to secure Face-to-Face meetings through this program.
  • If you are not assigned a Face-to-Face meeting through the lottery, don't worry - there is still a chance to meet with hosts by waiting in line for a spot to open up on the day of the event.
  • We highly recommend you register before the lottery begins, as spots go quickly!
  • Please see key dates for this program below.
  • Disclaimer: Some networks may require you to sign a submission release or an NDA and waiver agreement in advance of your meeting. If this is required by the network, the room monitor at the Face-to-Face check-in desk onsite will hand you the network's document for you to review, sign and deliver directly to your host during your meeting time slot.

Key Dates

Log into your BanffXchange account at any time prior to sign-up opening to select up to three (3) Program Genres that you are interested in.

  • Lottery selection opens: Friday May 4, 2018 at 12:00pm ET
  • Lottery selection closes: Thursday May 10, 2018 at 5:00pm ET
  • Lottery results will be emailed to participants from: Friday May 11, 2018 to Monday May 14, 2018
  • Round-two (for people who missed the first-round lottery) of Xchange sign-ups open: Monday May 14, 2018 at 11:00am ET
  • Round-two Xchange sign-up closes: Friday June 8, 2018 at 5:00pm ET

2018 Face-to-Face EXECUTIVE PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Emily Baustien
Development Specialist, Discovery
Mark Bishop
Co-Ceo, Partner, Marblemedia
Shirley Bowers
VP, Sales and Acquisitions, North America, Red Arrow International
Melissa Campbell
Owner, Contentum Consulting & Management
Alexandre Coscas
President, Coscas Productions/Storyworks
Dustin Davis
Head of Comedy Development, YouTube Red
Austin Denesuk
Agent, CAA
Atar Dekel
Co-Head of Global Scripted Co-productions and Acquisitions, Keshet
Lisa Fahrenholt
VP, International Development, Scripted, Endemol Shine North America
Sarah Fowlie
Head of Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media
Tania Koenig-Gauchier
Manager of Programming, Western Region, APTN
Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment
Gustavo Gontijo
Drama and Comedy Series Head of Development, Globo
Larry Grimaldi
SVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions, Lifetime Television
Shana Eddy-Grouf
SVP, International Production and Development, Studiocanal and Head of US Content, DailyMotion
Chris Harris
Executive Producer, Digital Scripted, CBC
Jennifer Harkness
SVP, Sales and Development, Cream Productions
Justina Hemperek
Head of Acquisitions, Beyond Distribution
Holly Hines
SVP Content, Dynamic Television
Rob Kenneally
Agent, CAA
Anthony Kimble
SVP, Co-Productions & North American Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights
Liz Levenson
VP, Development and Co-Productions, Visland Media
Shelley MacDougall
Manager of Programming, Central Region, APTN
Daniel March
CEO, Dynamic Television
Marie McCann
Senior Director CBC Kids, CBC
Tony Moulsdale
Global Director of Programming, Motion Content Group
David Ozer
President , IDW Entertainment
Brad Pelman
CEO, The Fremantle Corp.
Pierre-André Rochat
President, Daro Acquisition
Nataline Rodrigues
Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media
Alyse Rosenberg
VP Television Development, Story Hawk Pictures
Carlyn Staudt
EVP, Love Nature Programming and Development, Blue Ant Media
Joseph Schneier
VP Production and Development, Discovery
Adam Steinman
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales - ‎Warner Bros. International TV Production, Warner Bros Intl
Igal Svet
Senior Director of Development, National Geographic
Philip Barnsdall-Thompson
VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America
Serena Thompson
Executive Producer, Development – Sky Drama, Sky

Participants in Face-to-Face, Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker and 30 Minutes with include:

Carlyn Staudt, EVP, Love Nature Programming and Development, Blue Ant Media

Karen Miller, VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions & Worldwide Programming Strategy Disney Channels Worldwide, Disney Channels Worldwide

Tony Moulsdale, Global Director of Programming, Motion Content Group

Adam Ivers, President and CEO, Highway Entertainment

Alastair McKinnon, Head of Content, Investment and Planning, ABC

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

Gustavo Gontijo, Drama and Comedy Series Head of Development, Globo

Sébastien Pigeon, VP, Corporate Development and EP, Aetios Productions

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

Tania Koenig-Gauchier, Manager of Programming, Western Region, APTN

Shelley MacDougall, Manager of Programming, Central Region, APTN

Sarah Fowlie, Head of Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media

Chris Harris, Executive Producer, Digital Scripted, CBC

Sarah Adams, Executive in Charge of Production, Drama, CBC

Karen Tsang, Executive in Charge of Production, Drama, CBC

Michelle Daly, Senior Director, Comedy, CBC

Marie McCann, Senior Director, CBC Kids

Helen Asimakis, Senior Director, Drama, CBC

Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development, Nelvana

Rachel Nelson, Director of Original Content Drama Kids and Factual, Corus Entertainment

Robin Neinstein, Manager, Original Content, Corus Entertainment

Krista Look, Director of Original Lifestyle Content, Corus Entertainment

Brandon Lane, Production Executive Original Programming, Corus Kids

Lisa Godfrey, VP, Original Content, Corus Entertainment

Cathy Hare, Director of Acquisitions, Eone

Brad Pelman, CEO, The Fremantle Corp.

Brad Danks, CEO, OUTtv

Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media

Alyse Rosenberg, VP Television Development, Story Hawk Pictures

Jeff Stecyk, Principal/Executive Producer, Wavelength Entertainment

Liz Levenson, VP, Development and Co-Productions, Visland Media

Moritz Dirk Polter, Executive Producer International TV Series, Bavaria Fiction GmbH

Atar Dekel, Co-Head of Global Scripted Co-productions and Acquisitions, Keshet

Pierre-André Rochat, President, Daro Acquisition

Jeff Norton, Founder, Awesome Media Entertainment

Justina Hemperek, Head of Acquisitions, Beyond Distribution

Anthony Kimble, SVP, Co-Productions & North American Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights

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

Edward Sabin, Executive Managing Director, A+E International, A+E

Patrick Vien, Executive Managing Director, A+E International, A+E

Shelly Tatro, SVP of development, A+E

Marc Hustvedt, CEO, Above Average

Jeff Aghassi, Owner, Aghassi Literary Management

Shelley Zimmerman, Head of Awesomeness TV Studio, Awesomeness

Austin Denesuk, Agent, CAA

Rob Kenneally, Agent, CAA

Melissa Campbell, Owner, Contentum Consulting and Management

Alexandre Coscas, President, Coscas Productions/Storyworks

Jennifer Harkness, SVP, Sales and Development, Cream Productions

Emily Baustien, Development Specialist, Discovery

Joseph Schneier, VP Production and Development, Discovery

Daniel March, Managing Partner, Dynamic Television

Holly Hines, SVP Content, Dynamic Television

Lisa Fahrenholt, VP, International Development, Scripted, Endemol Shine North America

Jennevie Olivieri, Coordinator of Distribution, Acquisitions and International Co-Productions, Gaumont

David Ozer, President, IDW Entertainment

Larry Grimaldi, VP, Development and Production, MarVista Entertainment

Igal Svet, Senior Director of Development, National Geographic

Ben Noot, Director, Global Acquisitions, National Geographic

Steve Woolf, Head of Programming, OTT Video, Oath

Shirley Bowers, VP, Sales and Acquisitions, Red Arrow International

Julie Pifher, VP of Development, Rive Gauche Television

Jon Munoz, Inflight Entertainment Account Director, Spafax

Larry Shuman, Founder and President, The Shuman Company

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

Dustin Davis, Head of Comedy Development and Current Programming, YouTube Originals

Stay tuned for more Face-to-Face executives to be announced soon

It’s a lively festival and clearly people enjoy coming here year after year after year.
– LeVar Burton, Producer, Actor

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