Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

Chair of the Board, BANFF Television Festival Foundation

John Morayniss

Chief Executive Officer
JDM Media

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

Kevin Beggs

Chair and Chief Creative Officer, Television Group
Lionsgate Entertainment

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

John Brunton

Chair & 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

Sally Catto

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 CreekWorkin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Anne, Alias Grace and The Great Canadian Baking Show.


Speaking at: BANFF Master Class Series: Anne

Sean Cohan


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

Speaking at: KICKOFF SESSION: Int'l Media Leaders - View from the Top

Tom Cox

Executive Producer and Managing Director
SEVEN24 Films

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

Valerie Creighton

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

Maria Hale

Banff Board of Directors
Corus Entertainment

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

Scott Henderson

Board of Directors, BANFF Television Festival Foundation
Bell Media

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

CMOish Inc.

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

Ira Levy

Managing Partner
Breakthrough Entertainment

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

Blair Miller

Managing Partner, TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

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

Robin Mirsky

Executive Director, Rogers Group of Funds
Rogers Communications

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

J. Serge Sasseville

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

Sky Networks

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

Speaking at: Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required),Building a Global Hit

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