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2019 SPEAKERS

Scott Alexander

Series Producer

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

Scott Alexander has spent over 20 years with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, filmed on all seven continents and shown a passion for all forms of natural history filmmaking. He has produced live TV from the middle of the Masai Mara for Big Cat Live, series produced the award-winning children’s wildlife series...more

Speaking at: Master Class: BBC’s One Planet, Seven Worlds


Dustin Alpern

Agent

The Alpern Group

Dustin Alpern is a literary agent at THE ALPERN GROUP, a talent agency based in Los Angeles specializing in the representation of TV and feature writers, directors and producers in North America. The company was established in 1994.

Prior to joining THE ALPERN GROUP, Dustin worked as...more


Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder

World of Wonder

Fenton Bailey is co-founder of World of Wonder, the award-winning, multi-platform production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and over 20 years of groundbreaking unscripted, scripted and documentary content. Alongside co-founder Randy Barbato, Bailey became a trailblazer in Hollywood by creating provocative documentaries...more


Kerry Ball

Literary Agent and Head of Development

Meridian Artists Inc

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #1 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #3 (sign up required)


Sarah Barnett

President, Entertainment Networks

AMC Network Entertainment LLC

As President, Entertainment Networks, Sarah Barnett has oversight of AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, and SundanceTV. Her role includes direct oversight of AMC Premiere, the company’s premium SVOD service which offers fans the ability to watch original series without commercials and a variety of other benefits.

Previously Barnett was President and General Manager...more

Speaking at: Master Class: BBC’s One Planet, Seven Worlds; SUMMIT SERIES: Sarah Barnett, AMC Entertainment Networks


Philip Barnsdall Thompson

VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America

Flame Distribution

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)




Logan Browning

Actress

Dear White People

Logan Browning stars in the Netflix Original Series, Dear White People, as the lead role of ‘Samantha White’ which will return for season three this Fall 2019.

She will next be seen starting opposite Allison Williams in the upcoming Netflix film The Perfection from director Richard Shepard.  This horror-thriller which follows the...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Dear White People


Bonnie Brownlee

Executive Director Communications Marketing Brand & Research

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Speaking at: Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Unscripted Development & Programming

Lifetime

Speaking at: The Explosive Impact of Surviving R. Kelly


Rob Burk

Executive Producer

CuriosityStream

Rob Burk has produced, written and supervised the production of a wide range of acclaimed documentary series and specials for CuriosityStream, including Ancient Earth, Prescription Nutrition and The Hunt for Dark Matter.  He has more than 20 years of experience developing, writing, producing and editing science, history and nature programming...more


Amy Cameron

Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures

Amy Cameron is an award-winning journalist, author, TV series creator, broadcast executive and executive producer. She is the co-founder of Cameron Pictures Inc., an independent production company she runs with her sister Tassie Cameron.

She is an executive producer on Cameron Pictures’ first two productions, the critically acclaimed dramatic series Mary...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Super Panel


Tassie Cameron

Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures

Tassie Cameron is a Gemini and Canadian Screen Award-winning screenwriter who has written for television series, MOWs, mini-series, and feature films. Tassie is currently an executive producer and co-showrunner on the critically acclaimed Mary Kills People, greenlit for a third season and produced under her production company Cameron Pictures in...more

Speaking at: Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)



Vanessa Case

SVP Studio, VICE Canada

Vice Canada


Cara Casey

Development Lead

Google/YouTube

Cara Casey serves as YouTube Originals Unscripted Development Lead. In her role, she is responsible for both development and current programs for the platform. She has been working on projects such as Kevin Hart'sWhat the Fit,Sugar, Good Mythical Morning, Demi LovatoSimply Complicated, Ariana GrandeDangerous Woman Diaries, and many more. 

Prior to...more

Speaking at: Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required); 30 Minutes With... Cara Casey, YouTube


Kiri Cashell

Producer/Director

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

Kiri has over nine years’ experience in wildlife film making. She is passionate about the natural world  and has worked with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit on a wide-range of award-winning programmes, such as Planet Earth Live, Deadly Pole to Pole and Nature's Epic journeys. She has worked across multiple formats from live outside broadcasts, observational...more

Speaking at: Master Class: BBC’s One Planet, Seven Worlds


Sally Catto

General Manager, Programming

CBC Television

Sally Catto is the General Manager, Programming for CBC English Television. She oversees the strategic direction and programming of original and acquired scripted, digital original and unscripted programming for the network such as Schitt’s CreekWorkin’ MomsKim’s ConvenienceBaroness Von Sketch ShowAnneAlias Grace and The Great Canadian Baking Show.

In her role she has also overseen the re-branding...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Burden of the Truth


Corrie Coe

Senior Vice President, Original Programming

Bell Media

Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming for Bell Media’s English-language channels and platforms. With a company-wide focus, she is responsible for the overall development and production of all content commissioned from independent producers for CTV, Bell Media’s specialty channels, and for Crave, Bell Media’s pay and SVOD service. 

Coe has...more


Alexandre Coscas

Producer

Coscas Productions Inc


Josie Crimi

EVP Development and Production

Scott Brothers Entertainment

Speaking at: Brick by Brick: How Scott Brothers Global was Built; Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Alia J Daniels

Co-Founder and COO

Revry, Inc.

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Alia J. Daniels, Revry


Greg David

Journalist/Owner

TV, eh?

For over 15 years, Greg David was a television critic for TV Guide Canada, the country’s most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs over his time at TV Guide Canada. He has also been featured on the other side...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Burden of the Truth


Deniese Davis

COO

ColorCreative

Deniese Davis has produced countless projects including music videos, short films and digital content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae's award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, which accumulated over 20 million views with seasons one and two combined.

As a freelance producer she has...more


David Dembroski

President

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

Speaking at: Brick by Brick: How Scott Brothers Global was Built


Austin Denesuk

Agent

Creative Artists Agency

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #1 (sign up required)


Libbie Doherty

Head of Children's Content

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Head of Children’s Content at the ABC, Libbie Doherty is an advocate for Children’s content and brings a wealth of experience from the animation and live action worlds. Libbie is focused on nurturing new Australian creativity and talent, reflecting Australian kids’ diverse lives and creating pathways for Australian content to...more

Speaking at: The new must-have TV: Kids Live Action


Shernold Edwards

Film and TV Writer

Shernold Edwards is an award-winning film and TV writer with roots in genre/sci-fi and family drama. Shernold adapted the acclaimed novel A Day Late And A Dollar Short by Terry McMillan (Waiting To Exhale) into a TV movie for Lifetime starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames. For that project, she received the 2015 NAACP Image...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Super Panel


Sheri Elwood

President

ELWOODISMS

After graduating with a degree in Fine Art and Cinema, Sheri cut her comedy teeth writing for Disney/Fox and YTV, most notably co-creating I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, a surprise hit with college-age stoners. Victory!

She teamed with Lionsgate to create Beta Males for the CW and was a Supervising...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Super Panel


Amy Emmerich

Chief Content Officer

Refinery29

Amy Emmerich is the chief content officer at Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company focused on women. She has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands including Refinery29, MTC Networks, Travel Channel and Vice Media. An Emmy award-winning producer, she has a full...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Amy Emmerich, Refinery29


Jesse Fawcett

President & Executive Producer

Essential Media Group



Paul Feig

Director, Screenwriter, Actor & Activist

Bridesmaids, Feaks and Geeks, The Office

Speaking at: SUMMIT SERIES: Paul Feig, director, producer, screenwriter and activist


Zach Feldberg

Executive In Charge of Production, Digital Originals

CBC

Speaking at: Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Sarah Fowlie

Director, Comedy Original Programming

Bell Media


Adam Fratto

SVP, Series

Reel One Entertainment

Adam Fratto is a seasoned producer and creative executive with proven track records in TV development, production, and features. Adam launched Reel One Entertainment’s series division in 2017. He was previously Head of Drama at Pukeko Pictures, affiliate of New Zealand's Weta (Lord of the Rings), where he exec produced...more

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)


Justine Gamez Huckabay

President & Founder

Intercommunicate

Justine Gamez Huckabay is the President & Founder of Intercommunicate, a strategic marketing and communications firm helping entertainment and technology clients navigate international media. She founded Intercommunicate in 2018.

Justine is an Award Winning International Publicist, who worked in Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Los...more

Speaking at: Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required); Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Anna Gecan

Original Content Sr. Manager, Canada

Audible Inc.

Anna Gecan recently joined Audible to lead the Original Content Strategy for Canada. Audible, which launched its dedicated Canadian offering at Audible.ca in 2017, is investing in original Canadian fiction, drama, comedy, documentaries and lifestyle content, written for the audio form. In her role, Anna is looking forward to working with...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Anna Gecan, Audible



Darren Giblin

VP, Current Scripted Programming, Television

Entertainment One Television International

With over 15 years of experience working across Production and Development in both Film and Television, Darren Giblin oversees Current Programming for Entertainment One Canada.  Programs currently on Darren’s slate include MARY KILLS PEOPLE (Global/Lifetime), BURDEN OF TRUTH (CBC/CW), PRIVATE EYES (Global/ION), RANSOM (Global/CBS), CARDINAL (CTV/Hulu) and new series NURSES...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Burden of the Truth



Isabel Gomez-Moriana

Director of Development, Scripted Television

Entertainment One Television International

Isabel joined the Creative Affairs team at Entertainment One in June 2017. As Director of Development her focus is to help eOne build a strong slate of scripted television projects for both the domestic and international marketplace.

Previously, Isabel spent 9 years as an executive with the Canadian Film Centre. As...more


Marsha Greene

Screenwriter

It’s Our Thing Production

Marsha Greene has written for Global’s hit series Private Eyes, ABC’s Ten Days In The Valley, and is currently the co-showrunner of the critically-acclaimed drama Mary Kills People, for which she’s earned two Canadian Screen Award nominations. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program,...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Super Panel


Larry Grimaldi

SVP, Development and Production

MarVista Entertainment

Larry Grimaldi is Senior Vice President of Development & Production at Marvista Entertainment, where he helps create, develop and produce entertainment programming in the television movie, scripted and unscripted series and digital spaces.  Before joining MVE, Larry spent considerable time as an independent producer.  His career includes work for CBS,...more


Jenny Hacker

Director of Programming

Super Channel



Melissa Hardinge

Senior Commissioning Editor

CBBC

Speaking at: The new must-have TV: Kids Live Action


Tom Hastings

Director, Original Programming, Drama

Bell Media

As the Director of Drama in Bell Media’s Original Programming Unit, Tom Hastings supervises the development and production of original Canadian dramatic series across Bell Media’s family of channels, including CTV, Space, Bravo, Crave.

Hastings has extensive relationships with Canada’s independent production community, and is especially known for his respected relationships...more


Justina Hemperek

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution


Kerri Hendry

SVP, Current Programming

Lionsgate Entertainment

Kerri Hendry is currently an SVP of Current Programming at Lionsgate Television.  Prior to joining the Lionsgate team, she has worked for Entertainment One, Thunder Road Films and Sony Pictures Television.  Over her career, she has worked with and helped produce shows for ABC, NBC, AMC, Showtime, OWN, and several...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Dear White People



Kyle Irving

Partner

Eagle Vision

A partner in Indigenous owned Eagle Vision, Kyle Irving has produced more than 200 hours of television content over eighteen years. He’s currently producing:Night Raiders, Danis Goulet’s feature debut; a fourth season of the hit award winning true-crime doc series Taken that he co-created for CBC and APTN; and is about to produce...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Burden of the Truth


Tory Jennings

Director, Programming, Premium SVOD

Bell Media


Kitti Jones

Survivor and Author

Speaking at: The Explosive Impact of Surviving R. Kelly


Richard Kanee

Executive Director, Digital Strategy

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Richard is Executive Director, Digital Strategy for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the country’s largest Canadian digital content ecosystem.

Since 1999,  he has led digital strategy and business development for national media brands including MuchMusic and CTV.  In that time, he pioneered many cross-platform successes that extended across broadcast, interactive television, web,...more

Speaking at: The BANFF DEBATE: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture?


Jeffrey Katzenberg

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Quibi

Jeffrey 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, a mobile-first media platform incubated at WndrCo.

Katzenberg draws on more than...more

Speaking at: SUMMIT SERIES: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Quibi


Paula Kerger

President & CEO

PBS

Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, with nearly 350 member stations throughout the country. Having joined PBS in March 2006, Kerger is the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history.

Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has grown its audiences across genres...more

Speaking at: SUMMIT SERIES: Paula Kerger, PBS



Kristin Kreuk

Actress, Executive Producer

Burden of Truth

Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Kristin broke out in the title role of the television movie Snow White for ABC, opposite Miranda Richardson. Not long after, she landed the lead role of ‘Lana Lang’ on the hit WB series Smallville. A longstanding Neutrogena beauty contract followed, and her long...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Burden of the Truth


Timothy Kuryak

SVP, Production & Development

UP TV

As an Emmy-nominated television executive, Timothy Kuryak has developed, produced and overseen thousands of hours of programming for both broadcast and cable networks here in the United States and abroad.

Currently, Timothy serves as the SVP of Production & Development for UPtv, where he oversees all unscripted development and current programming,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Timothy Kuryak, UPtv


Cort Lane

SVP Animation & Family Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Cort Lane is Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment. As a life-long Marvel fan, Lane is thrilled to develop and produce shows within the rich Marvel Universe. Drawing on a wealth of experience in entertainment, interactive media and marketing for children, Lane leads Marvel’s expanding slate of kid...more

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #1 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required); The new must-have TV: Kids Live Action


Randy Lennox

President

Bell Media

As President of Bell Media, Canada’s leading broadcasting, streaming, 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...more

Speaking at: SUMMIT SERIES: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Quibi



Betsy Lippitt

Content Acquisitions and Partnerships Manager

Tubi TV

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required); Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Lainey Lui

Co-Host, The Social, Senior Correspondent, etalk

Bell Media

Lainey isn’t looking to impress anyone, especially celebrities. ETALK Senior Correspondent, Co-host of CTV’s The Social, and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, Lainey does what she does for one reason – to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public.

The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip maven got...more

Speaking at: The Explosive Impact of Surviving R. Kelly


Lisa Lyons Johnston

President and Publisher

Kids Can Press Ltd

Lisa Lyons Johnstonis the President and Publisher of Canada’s leading children’s book publisher, Kids Can Press, part of the Corus Entertainment family. Since 2003, Lisa has held senior leadership positions at Corus, first joining the company’s television group as Vice President & General Manger of Content Distribution and of Max...more

Speaking at: Why, eh? Clicking with YA audiences


Christine Maestracci

Senior Director of Acquisitions

Quebecor Content

Christine Maestracci is Senior Director Acquisitions at Quebecor Content.

In this role, she is responsible for devising content acquisition strategy for all the platforms of the group, developing partnerships with studios and distributors, and growing the distribution of original productions abroad. She leads a team that scouts...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Christine Maestracci, Quebecor; Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Laura Martin

Managing Director, Senior Analyst Entertainment & Internet

Needham & Company, LLC

Speaking at: The BANFF DEBATE: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture?



Jed Mercurio

Showrunner

Bodyguard, Line of Duty

Jed Mercurio is one of the few British screenwriters to work as a showrunner. His most recent productions, Bodyguard and Line of Duty, have broken audience records in the UK. His other credits include Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Critical, Strike Back, Bodies, The Grimleys and Cardiac Arrest. Line of Duty and...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With: Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard, Line of Duty)


Virginia Mouseler

CEO

The WIT World Information Tracking

Virginia Mouseler is the co-founder of The WIT, the leading agency specialized in research and information on TV content worldwide.

After graduating in philosophy and psychoanalysis, she graduated from a top tier business school. She published two novels and an essay, translated into several languages.

In 1996, Virginia founded The Wit, analysing...more

Speaking at: Wake Up with The Wit


Rachel Nelson

Director, Original Content, Drama, Kids and Factual

Corus Entertainment

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Rachel Nelson, Corus Entertainment


Ben Noot

Director Global Acquisitions

National Geographic Channel

Ben joined National Geographic Channels in 2013. In his current role of Director, Global Acquisitions, Ben is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, acquiring and co-producing content for global programming. Ben sources programming to air across 4 channels in territories worldwide including The National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Ben Noot, National Geographic; Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Jeff Norton

Founder

AWESOME

Speaking at: Why, eh? Clicking with YA audiences


Cara Nye

Production Manager

Accessible Media Inc.

Cara Nye, Director of Production, AMI-tv, for Accessible Media Inc.: Cara has close to 30 years of production experience, having previously worked for CHUM/Rogers supporting such networks as MuchMusic, Citytv, OMNI, FX Canada, OLN and Bio. Since joining AMI-tv in 2012, Cara is responsible for all internal and outsourced productions,...more

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)



Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos

Director, Disruption and Multiplatform Distribution

TFO


Brad Pelman

CEO

The Fremantle Corporation



Sebastien Pigeon

Executive Producer & VP, Corporate Development

Aetios Productions Inc.


Jenny Ramirez

VP, Unscripted Programming

Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS


Marly Reed

VP Development

CCI Entertainment Ltd.

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required)


Chris Regina

Director, Global Television, Content Acquisition

Netflix

In his role at Netflix as Director, Scripted Co-License and Original TV, Chris Regina oversees upcoming global original sci-fi genre series like Another Life, Wu Assassins, The Order, October Faction and Black Summer.

Previously he was Senior Vice President, Original Co-Productions, Syfy, USA & Chiller, focusing on...more

Speaking at: Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)



Wilhelmina Ross

Agent, Scripted Television

Creative Artists Agency

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #1 (sign up required)


Carlotta Rossi Spencer

SVP of Format Acquisitions

Banijay Rights

Carlotta Rossi Spencer serves as Head of Format Acquisitions for Banijay Group, the world's largest independent content producer and distributor responsible for leading Unscripted brands: Temptation Island, Survivor, Wife Swap, The Secret Life of Four-Year Olds, The Legacy and Fort Boyard.

Working across the Group's 16-territory footprint, Carlotta is charged with...more


Edward Sabin

Executive MD of International

A+E Networks


Kate Sanagan

Head of Sales and Distribution

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #3 (sign up required); Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


Vera Santamaria

Writer, Co-Executive Producer

Vera Santamaria is a writer and Co-Executive Producer on Orange Is The New Black (Netflix).  Her other writing credits include BoJack Horseman (Netflix), Playing House (USA), Up All Night (NBC), Community (NBC) and Outsourced (NBC).  She was born and raised in Toronto and began her writing career in Canada, working on...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Super Panel


Michael Schneider

Senior Editor, TV Awards

Variety

Michael Schneider serves as Senior Editor, TV Awards, for Variety, where he oversees Emmy coverage and special issues, in addition to writing about television programming and the entertainment industry for the publication. He also hosts the podcast "My Favorite Episode," which features interviews with top TV stars, producers, and writers...more


Drew Scott

Partner

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

Speaking at: Brick by Brick: How Scott Brothers Global was Built


Jonathan Scott

Partner

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

Speaking at: Brick by Brick: How Scott Brothers Global was Built


Brent Jordan Sherman

Literary Agent

Characters Talent Agency

Brent Jordan Sherman is a Literary Agent at Canada's preeminent agency The Characters Talent Agency.  With strategic focus on both domestic and international markets, Sherman represents a compelling roster of artists and companies and has engaged Artists in both film and television productions across the globe including at Netflix, Apple, Amazon,...more

Speaking at: Why, eh? Clicking with YA audiences; Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)



Justin Simien

Creator/Showrunner

Dear White People

Justin Simien is a writer, director, and producer of both television and film based in Los Angeles, California. In 2014 he wrote and directed his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Indie Dear White People, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. After being called “timely and important” by critics and audiences...more

Speaking at: Master Class: Dear White People


Tamra Simmons

Executive Producer

The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency

Speaking at: The Explosive Impact of Surviving R. Kelly


Christin Simms

Writer, Executive Producer

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Speaking at: The new must-have TV: Kids Live Action


Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & 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: 30 Minutes With... Jonathan Sinclair, OWN


Philipp Steffens

Head of Fiction

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland


Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

Speaking at: Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #3 (sign up required)


Justin Stockman

VP Pay and OTT Services

Bell Media

As Vice-President, Premium SVOD and OTT, Bell Media, Justin Stockman oversees strategy, management, programming, content licensing, merchandising, and marketing partnerships for Bell Media’s premium subscription video on demand (SVOD) services, Crave, Crave + Movies + HBO, and STARZ as well as driving direct-to-consumer revenue including customer acquisition and retention. Stockman...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Justin Stockman, Crave


Veena Sud

Writer, Director, Producer

Veena is an established television writer, director, and producer. She is best known for creating the Emmy nominated American television drama, The Killing. She also created the Emmy winning limited series “Seven Seconds” which debuted on Netflix last year. Veena came up as a new writer (and became a showrunner...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Super Panel



Rishad Tobaccowala

Chief Growth Officer and Member of Management Board

Publicis Groupe

Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, an 80,000-employee firm comprising companies like Sapient Razorfish, DigitasLBi, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom, Zenith and many other companies dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Rishad also serves on the Publicis Management Committee.

In his current role Rishad...more

Speaking at: The BANFF DEBATE: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture?


Kim Turrisi

Author

KCP Loft

After graduating from Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production (getting coffee, wrangling actors and taking lunch orders), Kim segued into the development side of the business. She first worked as a development executive at Columbia TriStar and eventually...more

Speaking at: Why, eh? Clicking with YA audiences


Joana Vicente

Executive Director & Co-Head

TIFF

Joana Vicente is the Executive Director and the Co-Head of the Toronto International Film Festival. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) as well as the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Vicente is an Academy Award-nominated producer of over 40 feature films...more

Speaking at: The BANFF DEBATE: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture?


Jesse Wente

Director

Indigenous Screen Office

Jesse Wente is a highly-respected broadcaster and cultural industries leader, having worked at major Canadian cultural organizations. A film expert, he has spent two decades working in the creative community and advocating for Indigenous rights. He is the current Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. He has been Director of Film Programmes at...more

Speaking at: The BANFF DEBATE: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture?



Kevin Wright

Principal

The Optimal Pitch

Kevin Wright is a dynamic speaker with thirty years’ experience in screen-based media. He has commissioned over sixty television series and heard hundreds of pitches. His workshop helps people convey their ideas in a concise and persuasive manner by providing tips and secrets from the Decision Maker’s Perspective.

Whether it’s a...more

Speaking at: Deliver the Optimal Pitch

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