2019 AGENDA
Networking

Sunday, June 9

2:30 PM

Rockies Nominee Meet-up

Ivor Petrak

Just ahead of the official Festival opening, meet fellow Rockie Award Nominees from the International Program Competition, including awards show host, Juno Rinaldi. Kick-off your BANFF40 experience gathered among some of the world's finest creators



Featuring:


Juno Rinaldi
Actor/Writer
Juno Rinaldi

6:00 PM

CBC/Radio-Canada Opening Reception

In Partnership With

CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes you to their opening reception. Meet new business partners and reunite with old friends and contacts from around the world over hor d’oeuvres. Enjoy hand-selected wines and locally brewed beers at the annual Festival kick-off.

Monday, June 10

8:00 AM

Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2019, 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 request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Brenda Bisner, Table host
SVP Content and Business Development
Kidoodle.TV

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

Patrick Connolly, Table host
SVP, Programming
AMC / SundanceTV Global

Sarah Fowlie, Table host
Director, Comedy Original Programming
Bell Media

Richard Life, Host
Head of Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights

Kathleen Meek, Table host
Manager, Original Content, Drama & Factual
Corus Entertainment

Saskia Schuster, Table host
Comedy Controller
ITV Network Ltd

10:00 AM

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

In Partnership With

Alhambra

Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect 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, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Emily Baustien
Development Manager
Discovery Channel

Brenda Bisner
SVP Content and Business Development
Kidoodle.TV

Vanessa Case
SVP Studio, VICE Canada
VICE Canada

Michelle Daly
Senior Director, Comedy
CBC

Austin Denesuk
Agent
Creative Artists Agency

Libbie Doherty
Head of Children’s Production
ABC - Australia

Marni Goldman
Production Executive, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment

Justina Hemperek
Head of Acquisitions
Beyond Distribution

Beth Iley
Director of Development
New Metric Media

Anthony Kimble
CEO
Fugitive Content

Cort Lane
SVP Animation & Family Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Liz Levenson
President
Cactus Tree Entertainment

Samantha Linton
VP Head of Original Content
Blue Ant Media

Kathleen Meek
Manager, Original Content, Drama & Factual
Corus Entertainment

Sebastien Pigeon
Executive Producer & VP, Corporate Development
Aetios Productions Inc.

Chris Regina
Director, Original Series Content Acquisition
Netflix

Pierre-Andre Rochat
President
Daro Film Distribution

Jessica Schmiedchen
Executive in Charge of Development Unscripted Content
CBC

Larry Shuman
President
The Shuman Company

Philipp Steffens
Head of Fiction
RTL

11:00 AM

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

12:30 PM

Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2019, 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 request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Guy Boutin, Table host
Chef De La Production Originale, Bureau des Provinces de L’Atlantique
TV5 Quebec Canada

Tassie Cameron, Table host
Executive Producer
Cameron Pictures

Justine Gamez Huckabay, Table host
President & Founder
Intercommunicate

Marni Goldman, Table host
Production Executive, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment

Ben Noot, Table host
Director Global Acquisitions
National Geographic

Isabelle Pain, Table host
Sr. Content Acquisition Manager, Prime Video Canada
Amazon

Greg Phillips, Table host
President of Distribution
Kew Media Distribution

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

Marketers Lunch and Learn (sign up required) in 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 at each table. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Norquay up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.


General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Tuesday, May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Todd Allen
VP Marketing
Labatt Breweries of Canada

Matthew Kohler
VP, Marketing
Clorox Company of Canada

Jennifer Stahlke
VP, Customer Marketing
Walmart Canada Corp.

Uwe Stueckmann
SVP, Marketing
Loblaw Companies Ltd

2:00 PM

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

In Partnership With

Alhambra


Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect 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, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Jeff Alpern
President
The Alpern Group

Rebecca Arzoian
President of Television
Smokehouse Pictures

Helen Asimakis
Senior Director, Drama
CBC

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

Chris Bell
Vice President, Scripted Development - Canada, Television
Entertainment One

Melissa Campbell
Owner
Contentum Consulting & Management

Alia J Daniels
Co-Founder and COO
Revry, Inc.

Zachary Davis
VP, Premium Content
Himalaya Media

Jesse Fawcett
President & Executive Producer
Essential Media Group

Melissa Hardinge
Senior Commissioning Editor
CBBC

Molly Harrington, Table host
Associate Director of CNN Original Series
CNN

Tom Hastings
Director, Original Programming, Drama
Bell Media

Cort Lane
SVP Animation & Family Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Andreas Lemos
VP of Acquisitions, Co-Productions & North America Sales
Banijay Rights

Jenny Ramirez
VP, Unscripted Programming
Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS

Marly Reed
VP Development
NESHAMA Entertainment

Pierre-Andre Rochat
President
Daro Film Distribution

Larry Shuman
President
The Shuman Company

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

Lydia Storie
VP, Development
Muse USA

3:00 PM

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

8:30 PM

BANFF 40th Anniversary BBQ Party (8:30 pm to 1:30 am)

In Partnership With

Break out your blue jeans, plaid shirt, cowboy boots and hat to join all registered BANFF delegates for a late-night bash at the amazing Mount View ranch, overlooking the majestic Rockies. Entertainment includes a live band and a DJ, western themed food and refreshments set in unique roundhouses (aka donuts) built around a massive bonfire.

Buses will depart for Mount View BBQ starting at 8:30 pm from the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. There will be a second pick up location downtown at the commercial parking lot behind the Mount Royal Hotel (the Corner of Beaver Street and Caribou Street). Buses will run continuously on a loop every 10 minutes from 8:30 pm until 1:30 am.

Tuesday, June 11

8:00 AM

Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2019, 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 request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Bonnie Brownlee, Table host
Executive Director Communications Marketing Brand & Research
CBC

Josie Crimi, Table host
EVP Development and Production
Scott Brothers Entertainment

Heather Curtis, Table host
Director of Development, Movies, Mini-Series, and International Co-Productions
ABC Television Network

Mike Fazzino, Table host
Sr. Content Acquisition Manager
Amazon Studios

Justine Gamez Huckabay, Table host
President & Founder
Intercommunicate

Krista Look, Table host
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment

Christine Maestracci, Table host
Senior Director of Acquisitions
Quebecor

10:00 AM

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

In Partnership With

Alhambra


Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect 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, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Emily Baustien
Development Manager
Discovery Channel

Elena Blekhter
Director, Scripted Content
Dynamic Television

Vanessa Case
SVP Studio, VICE Canada
VICE Canada

Glenn Cockburn
President
Meridian Artists Inc

Libbie Doherty
Head of Children’s Production
ABC - Australia

Mike Fazzino
Sr. Content Acquisition Manager
Amazon Studios

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Nelvana Enterprises

Tory Jennings
Director, Programming, Premium SVOD
Bell Media

Robin Johnston
Director, Original Programming, Factual
Bell Media

Krista Look
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment

Marie McCann
Senior Director, CBC Kids
CBC

Michelle McCree
Production Executive, Factual
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Kathleen Meek
Manager, Original Content, Drama & Factual
Corus Entertainment

Ben Noot
Director Global Acquisitions
National Geographic

Jennevie Olivieri
Manager, TV Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Gaumont

Isabelle Pain
Sr. Content Acquisition Manager, Prime Video Canada
Amazon

Jenny Ramirez
VP, Unscripted Programming
Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS

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

Tony Tompson
Drama Development Executive
Hulu

10:30 AM

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

12:30 PM

Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)

Castello

Back for 2019, 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 request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Elena Blekhter, Table host
Director, Scripted Content
Dynamic Television

Zach Feldberg, Table host
Executive In Charge of Production, Digital Originals
CBC

Cathy Garland, Table host
Producer/Acquisitions
TRVL

Molly Harrington, Table host
Associate Director of CNN Original Series
CNN

Rob Kenneally, Table host
Agent
Creative Artists Agency

Dany Meloul, Table host
Vice Presidente, Programmation, Television de Langue Francaise
Bell Media

Chris Regina, Table host
Director, Original Series Content Acquisition
Netflix

1:00 PM

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

2:00 PM

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

In Partnership With

Alhambra

Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect 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, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Featuring:


Jeff Alpern
President
The Alpern Group

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

Chris Bell
Vice President, Scripted Development - Canada, Television
Entertainment One

Giuliana Benvenuto
Manager, Acquisitions, North America
Cineflix Rights

Shirley Bowers
VP, Sales & Acquisitions
Red Arrow Studios International

Melissa Campbell
Owner
Contentum Consulting & Management

Patrick Connolly
SVP, Programming
AMC / SundanceTV Global

Alexandre Coscas
Producer
Coscas Productions Inc

Heather Curtis
Director of Development, Movies, Mini-Series, and International Co-Productions
ABC Television Network

Alia J Daniels
Co-Founder and COO
Revry, Inc.

Zachary Davis
VP, Premium Content
Himalaya Media

James Farr
Director of Development
Cream Productions Inc.

Jesse Fawcett
President & Executive Producer
Essential Media Group

Edwina Follows
General Manager Discovery Canada
Discovery Networks, Bell Media

Cathy Garland
Producer/Acquisitions
TRVL

Isabel Gomez-Moriana
Director, Scripted Development-Canada, Television
Entertainment One

Cara Nye
Director, Production
Accessible Media Inc.

Jennevie Olivieri
Manager, TV Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Gaumont

3:00 PM

Networking Break

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

4:30 PM

Shaw Rocket Fund Kids Entertainment Cocktail

In Partnership With

Upper Rundle

The kids and 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.

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