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

Not registered? Book your pass here

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 3, 2019, at 12:00pm ET
  • Lottery selection closes: Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 5:00pm ET
  • Lottery results will be emailed to participants from: Friday, May 10, 2019, to Monday, May 13, 2019
  • General Xchange sign-ups open: Monday, May 13, 2019, at 11:00am ET
  • General Xchange sign-up closes: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00pm ET

STAY TUNED FOR 2019 FACE-TO-FACE EXECUTIVES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

2018 Face-to-Face EXECUTIVE PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED:

Jeff Aghassi
Owner
Aghassi Literary Management
Susan Alexander
Production Executive
Corus Entertainment
Philip Barnsdall-Thompson
VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America
Flame Distribution
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
Michelle Daly
Senior Director, Comedy
CBC
Colin Davis
Senior Director, Comedy Programming and Development
TBS
Atar Dekel
Co-Head of Global Scripted Co-productions and Acquisitions
Keshet
Austin Denesuk
Agent
CAA
Lisa Fahrenholt
VP, International Development, Scripted
Endemol Shine North America
Sarah Fowlie
Director, Comedy Original Programming
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
VP, Production & Development
MarVista Entertainment
Cathy Hare
Director of Acquisitions, eOne
Jennifer Harkness
SVP, Sales and Development
Cream Productions
Chris Harris
Executive Producer, Digital Scripted
CBC
Tom Hastings
Director, Drama Original Programming
Bell Media
Justina Hemperek
Head of Acquisitions
Beyond Distribution
Holly Hines
SVP Content
Dynamic Television
Jimmy Humphrey
Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions
TCB Media Rights
Anthony Kimble
SVP, Co-Productions & North American Acquisitions
Cineflix Rights
Tania Koenig-Gauchier
Manager of Programming, Western Region
APTN
Brandon Lane
Production Executive Original Programming, Corus Kids
Corus Entertainment
Liz Levenson
VP, Development and Co-Productions
Visland Media
Krista Look
Director of Original Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment
Shelley MacDougall
Manager of Programming, Central Region
APTN
Daniel March
CEO
Dynamic Television
Marie McCann
Senior Director CBC Kids
CBC
Alastair McKinnon
Head of Content, Investment and Planning
ABC
Andrew Morris
Manager, Commissioned Content
Accessible Media Inc.
Jon Munoz
Inflight Entertainment Account Director
Spafax
Rachel Nelson
Director of Original Content Drama Kids and Factual
Corus Entertainment
Ben Noot
Director, Global Acquisitions
National Geographic
Jennevie Olivieri
Coordinator of Distribution, Acquisitions and International Co-Productions
Gaumont
David Ozer
President
IDW Entertainment
Brad Pelman
CEO
The Fremantle Corp.
Julie Pifher
VP of Development
Rive Gauche Television
Pierre-André Rochat
President
Daro Acquisition
Nataline Rodrigues
Director of Original Programming
Rogers Media
Alyse Rosenberg
VP Television Development
Story Hawk Pictures
Joseph Schneier
VP Production and Development
Discovery
Jeff Stecyk
Principal/Executive Producer
Wavelength Entertainment
Adam Steinman
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales - ‎Warner Bros. International TV Production
Warner Bros Intl
Igal Svet
Senior Director of Development
National Geographic
Shelly Tatro
SVP of Development
A+E Networks
Karen Tsang
Executive in Charge of Production, Drama
CBC
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- Moritz Polter, Executive Producer, International TV Series, Bavaria Fiction

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