Face-to-Face Meetings Program

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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

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


  • 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 4, 2018 at 12:00pm ET
  • Lottery selection closes: Thursday May 10, 2018 at 5:00pm ET
  • Lottery results will be emailed to participants from: Friday May 11, 2018 to Monday May 14, 2018
  • General Xchange sign-ups open: Monday May 14, 2018 at 11:00am ET
  • General Xchange sign-up closes: Friday June 8, 2018 at 5:00pm ET


Jeff Aghassi
Owner, Aghassi Literary Management
Susan Alexander
Production Executive, Corus Entertainment
Philip Barnsdall-Thompson
VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America
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, Turner Broadcasting System
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
SVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions, Lifetime Television
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
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.
Tony Moulsdale
Global Director of Programming, Motion Content Group
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
Serena Thompson
Executive Producer, Development – Sky Drama, Sky
Karen Tsang
Executive in Charge of Production, Drama, CBC

Stay tuned for more Face-to-Face executives to be announced soon

It’s a lively festival and clearly people enjoy coming here year after year after year.
– LeVar Burton, Producer, Actor


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