Board of Directors
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Chair of the Board, BANFF Television Festival Foundation
Most recently as Co-President, Film, Television and Digital at Entertainment One, John jointly led the independent studio’s film, television and digital unit worldwide. With a focus on television, John oversaw the development, production, licensing, financing and worldwide distribution of live action drama and comedy series, reality and documentary series, television...more
Speaking at: So You Want to Build A Global Media Business
Board of Directors
Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group
Kevin Beggs is Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming. A 19- year veteran of the company and a member of its corporate senior management team, he has spearheaded the strategic expansion of Lionsgate’s television production operations into one of the...more
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Executive Producer
Insight Productions Ltd.
John Brunton thinks TV. All the time. As the Globe and Mail writes, he “has airwaves between his ears.”
A natural-born storyteller, Brunton is now celebrating over thirty years at the helm of Insight Production Company Ltd. As Chairman & CEO, Brunton’s entrepreneurial ingenuity, creative vision and passion for television have...more
General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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 Creek, Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Anne, Alias Grace and The Great Canadian Baking Show.
Speaking at: BANFF Master Class Series: Anne
Chief Growth Officer and President, International
Sean Cohan is President, International and Digital Media, A+E Networks. Cohan oversees a global portfolio comprised of A+E Networks’ rapid growth and transformation units and is a member of the A+E executive and senior leadership team.
Cohan has been named a Digital All Star by Broadcast & Cable, ranked in the...more
Tom Cox is Managing Director of Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films. His productions span thirty years and include award winning feature films, dramatic series, mini series and television movies.
Current productions include Wynonna Earp, a supernatural series for Syfy and Space in its third production season, Heartland, a family drama series in its...more
President & CEO
Canada Media Fund
Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last thirty five-years.
An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth. Currently serving as President and...more
Speaking at: In Conversation with the Honourable Mélanie Joly
Banff Board of Directors
Maria Hale is Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, responsible for leading Global’s content strategy, acquisitions and scheduling. In addition, Maria is responsible for all acquired content across the entire Corus portfolio and chairs Corus’ Digital Council.
In her years at Corus, Maria has also been VP, Head of...more
Board of Directors, BANFF Television Festival Foundation
As Vice-President, Communications, Scott Henderson leads the strategic, day-to-day operations of program and talent publicity, internal and corporate communications, public affairs, and community investment for Bell Media.
Henderson is responsible for all communications efforts for the company’s two conventional networks, CTV and CTV Two; Bell Media’s stable of...more
Walter Levitt is one of North America’s most accomplished media & entertainment marketing executives. Most recently, Walter spent six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Comedy Central in NYC. He led numerous successful new initiatives including a strategic repositioning of the brand, the introduction of many multiplatform hits including Key...more
President & Executive Producer
As co-founder and partner in Breakthrough Entertainment, an internationally recognized and award winning studio, Ira Levy has established himself as one of the most prolific Executive Producers in the entertainment industry.
Ira has forged fruitful production relationships with National and International Networks and co-production and financing partners on a variety of...more
VP Products & Content
As Vice President of Content, Blair is accountable for the development and realization of TELUS’ content strategy. His portfolio includes programming and business development for Optik TV as well as programming, commissioning and original production for Optik Local, TELUS local programming offering. In addition to the Banff Board of Directors,...more
Executive Director, Rogers Group of Funds
Robin Mirsky is Executive Director of the Rogers Group of Funds. Robin joined Rogers Communications in 1989.
She is responsible for the Rogers Group of Funds, which includes the Rogers Telefund, a $32 million interim financing fund for Canadian independent productions, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, a $9 million equity investment...more
Senior Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs
Quebecor Media Inc
J.Serge Sasseville is Senior Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs of Quebecor Media Inc. As such, he assumes responsibility for Quebecor Media's Corporate Affairs, Regulatory Affairs Institutional Affairs/Government Relations and Industry Relations Departments. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Quebecor Media.
J.Serge Sasseville has been with the...more
Rebecca Segal is the Los Angeles, California based executive for Sky Entertainment and Networks, a role she has served in for over 13 years. Rebecca works with the acquisition teams and the channel heads in the UK, Germany and Italy identifying series and other programming – at all stages -...more