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Jeffrey Katzenberg to keynote BANFF's Summit Series
BANFF SUMMIT SERIES TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF MEDIA LEADERS AND BREAKTHROUGH CREATORS
In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we are proud to announce the BANFF Summit Series, a premium keynote speaker lineup featuring the boldest voices and the world's most influential media leaders. Jeffrey Katzenberg, Co-founder of Dreamworks, and currently Managing Partner of WndrCo and Chairman and Founder of Quibi is the first speaker to be announced as part of this special series.
Katzenberg will speak on Sunday June 9th, in an exclusive fireside conversation, kicking off the 40th edition of the Festival which will take place June 9-12, 2019 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
"Jeffrey's well-earned reputation as a world-class content leader presents such an exciting opportunity for all of us attending the Banff World Media Festival. We are honoured to have him join us," commented Randy Lennox, Chair of the Board of Directors for BANFF, and President of Bell Media.
"We are excited to welcome Jeffrey to our home in the Rockies," said BANFF Executive Director, Jenn Kuzmyk. "His monumental career and ability to sense what's next makes him an ideal speaker to launch the new BANFF Summit Series, which will examine our industry's most important and pressing issues."
The BANFF Summit Series is a curated, future-focused lineup of keynote sessions being launched in honour of the festival's four-decade legacy. This powerful speaker roster will feature the global players who are shaping the future of the media industry.
Katzenberg is a co-founder and managing partner of WndrCo, a holding company that invests in, acquires, develops and operates consumer technology businesses for the long term. He is also the founder and chairman of the board of Quibi, which brings together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood to create the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go mobile viewing.
Katzenberg draws on more than 40 years of experience as an entertainment industry leader. After serving as President of Production at Paramount Studios, he became Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, overseeing a renaissance of animation and helping to usher the studio's transition to digital production, releasing top-grossing beloved animated classics such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King. In 1994, he co-founded DreamWorks SKG. A decade later, DreamWorks Animation became a publicly-traded company, with Katzenberg serving as CEO. Under Katzenberg's leadership, DreamWorks Animation moved into all-CG production, becoming the largest animation studio in the world and a global branded entertainment company, releasing 32 animated feature films and 24 television series that brought to life Shrek and Donkey, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How to Train your Dragon, which have been embraced around the world. In 2013, DreamWorks made a major expansion into online media with its acquisition of AwesomenessTV. In August 2016, DreamWorks Animation SKG was sold to Comcast for $3.8 billion.
Katzenberg received an Honorary Palme D'Or from the Cannes Film Festival in recognition of his outstanding achievements in film and he was inducted into the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, France's highest honor. He also received the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Award, as well as the Motion Picture Academy's prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board for the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, Katzenberg sits on the Boards of AIDS Project Los Angeles, American Museum of the Moving Image, California Institute of the Arts, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Geffen Playhouse, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and The Simon Wiesenthal Center.
MANY MORE EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME IN THE COUNTDOWN TO #BANFF40!
Introducing Randy Lennox as BANFF's Chair of the Board of Directors
The Banff World Media Festival is thrilled to announce that Randy Lennox, President of Bell Media, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors, beginning his role as the Festival marks its 40th anniversary year. He succeeds John Morayniss, President JDM Media Inc. who served as Chair of the Board for three years.
"BANFF has a world-wide reputation for diversity, innovation and excellence and it is a distinct privilege to join the board as the Chair," said Lennox. "The Festival has become a must-attend event for leaders and all industry stakeholders, and I'm looking forward to working with the talented members of the team to continue BANFF's ongoing success, with some exciting announcements to follow shortly."
"Randy’s authentic love of our industry coupled with his deep insight into where it's headed will be invaluable as we mark four incredible decades and continue to grow all that the festival has to offer," said Jenn Kuzmyk, BANFF's Executive Director, adding: "Working with John Morayniss has been a true joy. We are grateful for his extensive contributions as our Chair which have ensured that the festival remains one of the most important international media industry gatherings in the world."
"I'm incredibly proud and grateful for having the opportunity to Chair the Festival as well as working with the amazing group of board members, Executive Director Jenn Kuzmyk and the stellar team at Brunico led by Russell Goldstein," commented Morayniss. "I can't think of a better incoming Chair than Randy as someone who is passionate about content and talent and understands the opportunities and challenges that face our industry, not just in Canada but around the world. I'll continue to be a champion of BANFF and look forward to seeing the festival grow under Randy's leadership as Chair."
As President of Bell Media, Canada's leading broadcasting and content creation company, Lennox is responsible for all of the company's businesses including TV, radio, digital, and out-of-home, as well as new ventures and partnerships. Lennox joined Bell Media in August 2015 as President, Production and Broadcasting. In February, 2017, he was elevated to the position of President of Bell Media and joined the BCE executive team.
Under Lennox's leadership, Bell Media has announced several strategic partnerships, including purchasing a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios and becoming part of the ownership group of comedy enterprise Just For Laughs, the international producer of tours, festivals, and television specials. Other initiatives under the leadership of Lennox include a partnership between Bell Media's BNN and Bloomberg Media; an exclusive alliance with Lionsgate to bring Starz to Canada; an international distribution arrangement with Sony Pictures Television for Bell Media's original music format THE LAUNCH; the SnackableTV short-form video app, Canada's home for Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud comedy network; and a joint venture to produce the international smash hit Bat Out of Hell The Musical. In addition, Lennox recently led the relaunch of the all-new Crave streaming service, home to current HBO and SHOWTIME® series and specials, Hollywood hit movies, programming from VICE and WOW! Unlimited Media, acclaimed television series, original programming, and more.