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

Sunday, June 9, 2019
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

The media world sits at an unprecedented precipice, where international and local players compete for the attention of the global populace. As this evolution continues, what are the implications for all players? What does this mean for creator opportunities and consumer choice? How will domestic culture mandates be affected? Are local-only business models viable in a globalized industry?

In opening the 40th anniversary of BANFF, we ask the big question: does the intersection of media, creativity and technology create unprecedented opportunity and ability to reach new audiences, or will the future hold  a TV monoculture in which only a few companies dominate the global market? 


Jesse Wente
Indigenous Screen Office


Richard Kanee
Executive Director, Digital Strategy
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Laura Martin
Managing Director, Senior Analyst Entertainment & Internet
Needham & Company, LLC

Rishad Tobaccowala
Chief Growth Officer and Member of Management Board
Publicis Groupe

Joana Vicente
Executive Director & Co-Head

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At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
- Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures?


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