2019 Agenda

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Sunday, June 9

8:00 AM
10:30 AM

New to BANFF Tour (10:30am - 11:30am)

Cascade

Informal tours designed to help you make the most of BANFF. Our team members will guide you through the festival features that'll help you meet your business goals. Drop in only. No advance sign-up required

12:30 PM

30 Minutes With... Patrick Connolly, AMC / SundanceTV Global (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Patrick Connolly

SVP, Programming

AMC / SundanceTV Global

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1:00 PM

Deliver the Optimal Pitch (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Cascade

Join Kevin Wright for a customized version of his Optimal Pitch workshop, designed to help emerging and established producers alike nail their big pitch. Wright will outline his approach to pitching, including how to dazzle your audience in the first few seconds. A career broadcaster who has heard thousands of pitches, Wright’s insider tips will help you refine your pitch before you embark on your BANFF experience.  

Featuring:

Kevin Wright

Principal

The Optimal Pitch

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1:30 PM

30 Minutes With... Netflix (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

In Partnership With

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Moderating:


Aaron Martin

Writer, Producer, Showrunner

Netflix

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Featuring:

Chris Regina

Chief Content Officer

Netflix

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2:30 PM

Rockies Nominee Meet-up (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

Just ahead of the official Festival opening, meet fellow Rockie Award Nominees from the International Program Competition, including awards show host, Juno Rinaldi. Kick-off your BANFF40 experience gathered among some of the world's finest creators


Featuring:

Juno Rinaldi

Actor/Writer

Juno Rinaldi

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3:15 PM

Festival Opening Remarks (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Cascade

Join us for a lineup of special guests who will help us open the 40th anniversary of the Banff World Media Festival.

Featuring:

Honourable Leela Aheer

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Government of Alberta

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Valerie Creighton

President & CEO

Canada Media Fund

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Andy Fillmore

MP for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Government of Canada

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Jenn Kuzmyk

Executive Director - BANFF, Publisher - Playback

Banff World Media Festival

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Randy Lennox

Former Chair of the Board, BANFF Television Festival Foundation

Bell Media

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3:45 PM

The BANFF DEBATE: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture? (3:45pm - 5:00pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

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? 


Moderating:


Jesse Wente

Outgoing Co-Executive Director Indigenous Screen Office

Indigenous Screen Office

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Featuring:

Richard Kanee

Executive Director, Digital Strategy

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Laura Martin

Managing Director, Senior Analyst Entertainment & Internet

Needham & Company, LLC

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Rishad Tobaccowala

Chief Growth Officer and Member of Management Board

Publicis Groupe

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Joana Vicente

Advisor

TIFF

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5:00 PM

SUMMIT SERIES: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Quibi (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

One of the entertainment industry’s most venerable executives, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been impressing and intriguing peers and competitors alike for over 40 years. His latest endeavour has all eyes on him once again, as he and his team launch Quibi, the first major entertainment platform purpose-built for high-quality mobile programming. Join BANFF in welcoming Katzenberg to the legendary Cascade Room main stage, where he will discuss the future of entertainment and how Quibi and its parent company, WndrCo, will help shape it. Along the way, he’ll share anecdotes from his stellar career, which has seen him at the helm of Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Studios and DreamWorks SKG and more.

Moderating:


Randy Lennox

Former Chair of the Board, BANFF Television Festival Foundation

Bell Media

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Featuring:

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Quibi

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6:00 PM

CBC/Radio-Canada Opening Reception (6:00pm - 8:00pm)

In Partnership With

CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes you to their opening reception. Meet new business partners and reunite with old friends and contacts from around the world over hor d’oeuvres. Enjoy hand-selected wines and locally brewed beers at the annual Festival kick-off.

Monday, June 10

7:30 AM
8:00 AM

CBC/ Radio-Canada's Breakfast of Champions (8:00am - 9:00am)

In Partnership With

Alberta, New Brunswick

Join us for breakfast with guest speaker Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada - a true champion of Canadian culture.

Featuring:

Catherine Tait

President & CEO

CBC

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Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required) (8:00am - 9:00am)

Castello

Back for 2019, Breakfast with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are not pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Table host

Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

Kidoodle.TV

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Table host

Shirley Bowers

SVP, US Distribution

Red Arrow Studios International

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Table host

Patrick Connolly

SVP, Programming

AMC / SundanceTV Global

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Table host

Sarah Fowlie

Head of Production, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Host

Richard Life

SVP Acquisitions and Co-productions

Cineflix Rights

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Table host

Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment

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Table host

Saskia Schuster

Head of Scripted

ITV Network Ltd

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9:00 AM

SUMMIT SERIES: Paula Kerger, PBS (9:00am - 10:00am)

Cascade

Leading a public broadcaster is no easy feat. Juggling the dual mandates of public service and non-profit enterprise, a successful leader must have a unique toolbox of skills and strategic savvy. Clearly, as the longest-serving president and CEO of PBS in its history, Paula Kerger has all of this in spades. PBS is a behemoth public broadcaster, with nearly 350 member stations in the U.S. and an avid viewership that has propelled it to the #6 network in America under her tenure. As one of BANFF’s featured Summit Series speakers, Kerger brings her unparalleled experience to the historic Cascade Room main stage, sharing insights and anecdotes from her time at PBS and her vision for its place in the media landscape going forward.

Moderating:


Michael Schneider

TV Editor

Variety

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Featuring:

Paula Kerger

President & CEO

PBS

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30 Minutes With... Jeff Hersh, Crave (9:00am - 9:30am)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Jeff Hersh

COO

Bell Media

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10:00 AM

Master Class: Burden of Truth (10:00am - 11:00am)

Cascade

While Burden of Truth’s gritty storylines and charismatic cast have attracted an avid fan-base and critical favor, its behind-the-scenes story is equally compelling. This series brings together a pan-Canadian production team that includes Entertainment One (eOne), ICF Films and Eagle Vision. And it has found equal traction on both sides of the border, with significantly different target audiences: CBC’s diverse national audience and CW’s younger, American skew.  

Moderating:


Greg David

Journalist/Owner

TV, eh?

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Featuring:

Sally Catto

General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports

CBC

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Darren Giblin

SVP, Current Programming & Co-Productions

Entertainment One

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Kyle Irving

Co-Owner and Executive Producer

Eagle Vision

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Kristin Kreuk

Actress, Executive Producer

Burden of Truth

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Navigating the Content Business: Future Forecast (10:00am - 11:00am)

In Partnership With

Alberta

Mega-mergers, new platforms with infinite spending power and an increasingly fragmented viewing environment. The future landscape is coming more clearly into focus. Is scale the only way to thrive in the new ecosystem? Or can regional and independent models still be sustainable? Join our panel of media leaders as they dive into the big topics that will shape the business for the years to come.

Moderating:


Sandra Stern

Vice Chairman

Lionsgate Entertainment

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Featuring:

Mike Cosentino

President

Bell Media

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Superna Kalle

President, International Networks

Starz Media LLC

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Doug Murphy

President and CEO

Corus Entertainment

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Alexandra Panousis

Chief Growth Officer

Havas Media

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30 Minutes With... Athena Georgaklis, Nelvana (10:00am - 10:30am)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Athena Georgaklis

Vice President

Nelvana Enterprises

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Face-to-Face Meetings #1 (sign up required) (10:00am - 11:00am)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Emily Baustien

Development, Discovery Factual

Discovery Channel

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Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

Kidoodle.TV

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Vanessa Case

SVP Global Head of Unscripted Production, Vice Studios & Pulse Films

VICE Canada

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Michelle Daly

Senior Director, Comedy

CBC

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Austin Denesuk

Agent

Creative Artists Agency

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Libbie Doherty

Head of ABC Children & Family

ABC - Australia

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Marni Goldman

Production Executive, Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment

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Beth Iley

Senior Development Executive

New Metric Media

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Anthony Kimble

CEO

Fugitive Content

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Cort Lane

VP, Original Content,
Fashion Brands

Marvel Entertainment, LLC

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Liz Levenson

Sales & Acquisitions

Cactus Tree Entertainment

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Sam Linton

VP, Production and Development, Global Media

Blue Ant Media

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Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment

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Sebastien Pigeon

Executive Producer & General Manager

Aetios Productions Inc.

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Chris Regina

Chief Content Officer

Netflix

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Pierre-Andre Rochat

President

Daro Film Distribution

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Larry Shuman

President/Literary Manager

The Shuman Company

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Justina Wójtowicz

EVP, Acquisitions Co-Productions & Sales

Beyond Distribution

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11:00 AM

Networking Break (11:00am - 11:30am)

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

30 Minutes With... Ben Noot, National Geographic (11:00am - 11:30am)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Benjamin Noot

Global Acquisitions Director

National Geographic

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11:30 AM

SUMMIT SERIES: Sarah Barnett, AMC Entertainment Networks (11:30am - 12:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

One of America’s leading television executives, Sarah Barnett oversees AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and AMC Premiere as President of AMC’s Entertainment Networks. Previously, she  was president and GM of BBC AMERICA and under her watch, the brand rose to prominence as a programming powerhouse, with award-winning and critically-acclaimed hits like Orphan Black, Planet Earth and Killing Eve. A specialist in entertainment marketing and branding, Barnett also led a rebirth of SundanceTV starting in 2009, when she launched the network’s scripted strategy with critical hits like Top of the Lake, Rectify and The Honorable Woman. Join us to get the scoop on Barnett’s bold vision for the portfolio of networks that is home to some of TV’s biggest shows. 

Moderating:


Alison Brower

LA Bureau Chief

The Hollywood Reporter

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Featuring:

Sarah Barnett

President, Entertainment Networks and AMC Studios

AMC Network Entertainment LLC

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12:00 PM

30 Minutes With... Timothy Kuryak, UPtv (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Timothy Kuryak

Executive Producer

UPtv

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12:30 PM

Networking Break (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

Lunch and Learn: Hidden revenue sources through music (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

In Partnership With

Alberta

Come join this lunch and learn hosted by the Canadian Music Publishers Association. Featuring a case study of the massively successful Paw Patrol, demonstrating how, when correctly managed, music rights can add ancillary, ongoing revenue streams. It all begins with planning for the long term play. Guest speakers include Jodie Ferneyhough, CCS Rights Management, Composers Brian Pickett and Graeme Cornies from Voodoo Highway Music and Post, moderated by Deb Day, Innovate By Day with a special performance by artist Reeny Smith.

Space is limited; open to all delegates.


Featuring:

Graeme Cornies

Composer

Voodoo Highway Music

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Deborah Day

CEO & Chief Strategist

Innovate By Day

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Jodie Ferneyhough

President & Owner

CCS Rights Management

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Brian Pickett

Composer

Voodoo Highway Music

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Reeny Smith

Recording Artist, Songwriter and Producer

Canadian Music Publishers Association

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Marketers Lunch and Learn (sign up required) in Norquay (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

An opportunity to allow delegates to meet with top marketers to discuss the current opportunities in the branded content marketplace. This is an informal networking opportunity, taking place over a meal with a small number of delegates and a leading marketer at each table. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Norquay up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.


General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Tuesday, May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Todd Allen

VP Marketing

Labatt Breweries of Canada

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Matt Kohler

Managing Director

Clorox Company of Canada

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Jennifer Stahlke

EVP, Marketing

Walmart Canada Corp.

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Uwe Stueckmann

EVP, CCO

Loblaw Companies Ltd

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Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required) (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

Castello

Back for 2019, Lunch with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are not pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Table host

Guy Boutin

Chef De La Production Originale, Bureau des Provinces de L’Atlantique

TV5 Quebec Canada

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Tassie Cameron

Showrunner & Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures

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Justine Gamez Huckabay

President & Founder

Intercommunicate

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Table host

Marni Goldman

Production Executive, Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment

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Table host

Benjamin Noot

Global Acquisitions Director

National Geographic

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Table host

Isabelle Pain

Head of Content, Prime Video Canada

Amazon

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Table host

Greg Phillips

President

Kew Media Distribution

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1:30 PM

In Conversation With: Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard, Line of Duty) (1:30pm - 2:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join us for an exclusive conversation with BAFTA nominee Jed Mercurio, creator and showrunner of recent blockbuster dramas Bodyguard and Line of Duty. The prolific showrunner’s programming has been breaking records across the UK. The finale for BBC One’s Bodyguard became the UK’s most-watched episode of any drama series across all channels since current records began in 2002 last fall, and the season five premiere of Line of Duty was the most-watched program of 2019 across all channels when it bowed in March. Hear Mercurio discuss his work, his view on the industry and his future plans.

Moderating:


Peter White

Executive Editor, Television

Deadline Hollywood

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Featuring:

Jed Mercurio

Showrunner

Bodyguard, Line of Duty

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Public Broadcasting: The Promise, The Peril (1:30pm - 2:30pm)

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

Public broadcasters occupy a unique place in the media universe: protected on one level by public mandate but vulnerable on the other to capitalistic forces and government whims. So what are the key strategies public broadcasters are using to not only survive in today’s ultra-competitive media marketplace, but thrive both creatively and commercially? Join the leaders of international public broadcasters at BANFF to find out how the role of the modern public broadcaster is being reshaped in the midst of industry upheaval.


Moderating:


François-Pier Pelinard-Lambert

Chief Editor

Le Film Francais

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Featuring:

Michael Carrington

Managing Director & Executive Producer

ABC Radio & TV

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Paula Kerger

President & CEO

PBS

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Barbara Williams

Executive Vice-President

CBC

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30 Minutes With... Brenda Bisner, Kidoodle.tv (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

Kidoodle.TV

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2:00 PM

Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required) (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra


Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Jeff Alpern

President

The Alpern Group

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Rebecca Arzoian

Head of Television

Smokehouse Pictures

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Helen Asimakis

Senior Director, Drama

CBC

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Philip Barnsdall-Thompson

SVP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America - FACTUAL ONLY

Flame Distribution

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Chris Bell

Scripted Content

Entertainment One

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Melissa Campbell

President

Contentum Consulting & Management

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Alia J Daniels

Co-Founder and COO

Revry, Inc.

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Zachary Davis

VP, Premium Content

Himalaya Media

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Jesse Fawcett

CEO & Executive Producer

Essential Media Group

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Melissa Hardinge

Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents

CBBC

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Table host

Molly Harrington

Director of CNN Original Series

CNN

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Tom Hastings

Head of Original Programming in Canada, Paramount+

Bell Media

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Cort Lane

VP, Original Content,
Fashion Brands

Marvel Entertainment, LLC

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Andreas Lemos

Director, International Content

Banijay Rights

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Jenny Ramirez

Senior Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Alternative Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming

Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS

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Marly Reed

Vice President, Development

NESHAMA Entertainment

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Pierre-Andre Rochat

President

Daro Film Distribution

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Larry Shuman

President/Literary Manager

The Shuman Company

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Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Warner Bros. International Television Production

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Lydia Storie

SVP, Development

Muse USA

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2:30 PM

In Conversation With: Fenton Bailey (Co-Founder, World of Wonder – Executive Producer, RuPaul’s Drag Race) (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Cascade

Sashay over to Cascade for an exclusive conversation with Fenton Bailey, Co-Founder of World of Wonder, the Emmy award-winning production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and over 20 years of ground-breaking content. Trailblazers in Hollywood, Bailey and World of Wonder has long given a voice to outsiders and marginalized communities. Their revolutionary TV series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, received 12 Emmy Award nominations and six wins in 2018. In its 11th season, it continues to break ratings records and dominate the pop culture landscape. World of Wonder has produced projects in the last year for ABC, VH1, Fox, Netflix, Bravo, AMC Networks and more, as well as produced new original series for their owned-and-operated SVOD, WOW Presents Plus, available in every territory worldwide. Film festival veterans, World of Wonder’s Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts will premiere at Tribeca this month. In addition to their vast library of television and film projects currently airing and in development, World of Wonder’s robust direct-to-consumer offerings include the world’s largest bi-coastal drag convention RuPaul’s DragCon, a flagship storefront on Hollywood Blvd, and a subscription box.

Moderating:


Peter Knegt

Producer

CBC

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Featuring:

Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

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30 Minutes With... Christine Maestracci, Quebecor (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Christine Maestracci

Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution

Quebecor

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3:00 PM

Networking Break (3:00pm - 3:15pm)

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

BANFF / Bell Fund Western Provinces Roundtable *Invite only* (Norquay Room) (3:00pm - 4:30pm)

In Partnership With

BANFF is proud to partner with Bell Fund, AMPIA, SMPIA and On Screen Manitoba on a private roundtable opportunity, which will offer select producers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba the opportunity to meet and engage with key players operating in the short-form digital space. This session is invite-only.

3:15 PM

Distributors and Commissioning: The New Greenlight (3:15pm - 4:15pm)

Alberta

When it comes to putting shows together, where is the money coming from? In today’s complex and fractured media landscape, distributors continue to play an increasingly important role, in some cases funding entire productions. Join us for an executive conversation about financing, the development process, the shifting rights game, speed to market and other distribution trends shaping the business.  


Moderating:


Sharone Ostrovsky

CEO

4East Media Inc.

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Featuring:

Solange Attwood

CEO & Co-Founder

Blue Ant Media

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Chris Bonney

Consultant

Cineflix Rights

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Greg Phillips

President

Kew Media Distribution

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Max Richards

Vice President, International Distribution

Propagate Content

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Partner Presentation: Doing Business With Canada: Co-Pro 101 (3:15pm - 4:15pm)

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

Canada is one of the leading coproduction partners in the world and is well known for its Co-Production expertise.   This session co-hosted by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund is for delegates interested in coproduction who want to know how to get started.  It will provide an overview of some of the tools, programs and resources available in Canada.

Featuring:

Francesca Accinelli

Senior Vice President, Program Strategy and Industry Development

Telefilm Canada

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Nathalie Clermont

EVP, Content Strategy & Business Development

Canada Media Fund

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Marlo Miazga

President, Executive Producer, Unscripted

Bristow Global Media Inc.

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3:30 PM

30 Minutes With... Anna Gecan, Audible (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Anna Gecan

Original Content Sr. Manager, Canada

Audible Inc.

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4:30 PM

Rockie Awards International Program Competition Ceremony (Van Horne Ballroom) (4:30pm - 5:45pm)

Announcing the winners! In this first of two Rockie Award shows, BANFF’s flagship International Program Competition celebrates excellence in television and digital content from around the world. Welcoming participants from more than 45 countries annually and juried by an esteemed panel of 150 international industry professionals, the Rockie Awards is one of the world’s largest program competitions of its kind. Congratulate the nominees and winners with a celebratory cocktail immediately following the show!

All BANFF delegates are invited to the 2019 Rockie Awards. Seating is first-come, first-served. Attire: Business casual.

*The 2019 Rockie Awards International Program Competition takes place in the Van Horne Ballroom, located on the conference side of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel*

Featuring:

Host

Juno Rinaldi

Actor/Writer

Juno Rinaldi

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5:45 PM

Rockie Awards International Program Competition—Cocktail Celebration (Van Horne Foyer) (5:45pm - 6:45pm)

In Partnership With

Sing the praises of all the International Program Competition’s nominees and winners at the Canadian Music Publishers Association celebration cocktail. Enjoy complimentary libations, mix and mingle, honouring this year’s great achievements in television and digital content.

All BANFF delegates welcome. Attire: Business casual.

8:30 PM

BANFF 40th Anniversary BBQ Party (8:30 pm to 1:30 am) (8:30pm - 9:00pm)

In Partnership With

Break out your blue jeans, plaid shirt, cowboy boots and hat to join all registered BANFF delegates for a late-night bash at the amazing Mount View ranch, overlooking the majestic Rockies. Entertainment includes a live band and a DJ, western themed food and refreshments set in unique roundhouses (aka donuts) built around a massive bonfire.

Buses will depart for Mount View BBQ starting at 8:30 pm from the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. There will be a second pick up location downtown at the commercial parking lot behind the Mount Royal Hotel (the Corner of Beaver Street and Caribou Street). Buses will run continuously on a loop every 10 minutes from 8:30 pm until 1:30 am.

Tuesday, June 11

7:30 AM
8:00 AM

Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required) (8:00am - 9:00am)

Castello

Back for 2019, Breakfast with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are not pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Table host

Bonnie Brownlee

Executive Director Marketing and Communications

CBC

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Table host

Josie Crimi

EVP Development and Production

Scott Brothers Entertainment

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Table host

Heather Curtis

Director of Development, Movies, Mini-Series, and International Co-Productions

ABC Television Network

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Table host

Mike Fazzino

Sr. Content Acquisition Manager

Amazon Studios

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Table host

Justine Gamez Huckabay

President & Founder

Intercommunicate

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Table host

Krista Look

VP, Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment

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Table host

Christine Maestracci

Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution

Quebecor

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9:30 AM

Master Class: Dear White People (9:30am - 10:30am)

Cascade

Dear White People’s provocative title has graced many Twitter feeds, a feature film, a scripted series that is going into its third season on Netflix, and now, the historic Cascade main stage at the Banff World Media Festival. This is a series with something to say and creative talent that transcends the screen, transforming the show into a brand. Panelists dig deep on what makes Lionsgate’s Dear White People work with Netflix’s global audience and how it stays atop the ever-evolving cultural conversation in America.

Moderating:


Michael Schneider

TV Editor

Variety

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Featuring:

Logan Browning

Actress

Dear White People

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Kerri Hendry

SVP, Current Programming

Lionsgate

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Justin Simien

Creator/Showrunner

Dear White People

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La place du contenu francophone dans le marché mondial numérique (9:30am - 10:30am)

In Partnership With

Alberta

Le français est la 5e langue la plus parlée au monde, avec plus de 300 millions de locuteurs et constitue la 4e langue de l’internet, derrière l’anglais, le chinois et l’espagnol. Les SVOD (principalement américains) accaparent une part grandissante des auditoires francophones et les diffuseurs francophones doivent s’adapter à l’environnement numérique actuel. Comment les diffuseurs francophones comptent-ils se positionner en réponse à ces services Comment ce phénomène influencera-t-il le mandat des chaînes francophones. Quel impact a-t-il déjà sur leur ligne éditoriale et les contenus recherchés pour attirer les auditoires francophones?

Moderating:


Carol Ann Pilon

Executive Director

Alliance des Producteurs Francophones du Canada (APFC)

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Featuring:

Caroline Chevallier

Responsable pôle partenaires/Déléguée aux programmes

TV5 Monde

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Dany Meloul

Executive Vice President

Bell Media

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Glenn O'Farrell

President

TFO

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Yann Paquet

Vice President, Strategy & International Business

Quebecor Content

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30 Minutes With... Jonathan Sinclair, OWN (9:30am - 10:00am)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

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10:00 AM

Face-to-Face Meetings #3 (sign up required) (10:00am - 11:00am)

In Partnership With

Alhambra


Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Emily Baustien

Development, Discovery Factual

Discovery Channel

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Elena Blekhter

Vice President-Toluca Pictures

Dynamic Television

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Vanessa Case

SVP Global Head of Unscripted Production, Vice Studios & Pulse Films

VICE Canada

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Glenn Cockburn

President

Meridian Artists Inc

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Libbie Doherty

Head of ABC Children & Family

ABC - Australia

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Mike Fazzino

Sr. Content Acquisition Manager

Amazon Studios

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Athena Georgaklis

Vice President

Nelvana Enterprises

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Tory Jennings

Director of Content, Crave

Bell Media

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Robin Johnston

Director, Original Programming, Factual & Reality

Bell Media

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Krista Look

VP, Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment

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Marie McCann

Senior Director, Children's Content

CBC

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Michelle McCree

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

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Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment

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Benjamin Noot

Global Acquisitions Director

National Geographic

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Jennevie Olivieri

Manager, TV Co-Productions

Gaumont

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Isabelle Pain

Head of Content, Prime Video Canada

Amazon

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Jenny Ramirez

Senior Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Alternative Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming

Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS

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Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Warner Bros. International Television Production

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Tony Tompson

Drama Development Executive

Hulu

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10:30 AM

Networking Break (10:30am - 11:00am)

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

Partner Presentation: CMF Key Trends Report (10:30am - 11:00am)

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

Catherine Mathys, Director of Industry and Market Trends at the Canada Media Fund (CMF), will present the 2019 edition of the CMF’s trends report titled “Hold My Hand.” The year 2018 was marked by the evolution of how we relate to technology through a diverse range of events, leading to experimentation and new ways of creating and distributing content. . This presentation will emphasize the development of the Canadian industry and a trend analysis divided into four chapters: Technology and innovation, Media consumption, Evolving business models, and Markets and competition.

Featuring:

Catherine Mathys

Director of Industry & Market Trends

Canada Media Fund

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30 Minutes With... Alia J. Daniels, Revry (10:30am - 11:00am)

In Partnership With

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Alia J Daniels

Co-Founder and COO

Revry, Inc.

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11:00 AM

SUMMIT SERIES: Paul Feig, director, producer, screenwriter and activist (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Cascade

“I’m never looking for strong female characters, because I don’t like that term,” Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”, “Ghostbusters: ATC”, The Office) told the U.K.’s Independent in 2018. “It feels two-dimensional. I like women who are strong and weak and funny and vulnerable and scared.” Feig was speaking to his most recent feature, “A Simple Favor,” but his views on the subject are ones that have shaped an entire career, from his cult hit Freaks and Geeks to his most recent indie venture, Powderkeg, which aims to amplify the careers of creatives from underrepresented backgrounds in entertainment. Feig is a singular personality in the entertainment business: a wildly successful producer-director beloved by cult fandoms and mainstream audiences alike, a powerful activist for diverse voices and a sartorial icon. Join Feig on BANFF’s historic main stage for an unforgettable conversation on a career that continues to awe and inspire.

Moderating:


Alison Brower

LA Bureau Chief

The Hollywood Reporter

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Featuring:

Paul Feig

Director, Screenwriter, Actor & Activist

Feigco Entertainment

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Master Class: BBC's Seven Worlds, One Planet (11:00am - 12:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alberta

Produced by BBC Studios world-renowned Natural History Unit, Seven Worlds, One Planet is a brand new, ambitious landmark series for BBC One, presented by Sir David Attenborough. Each one-hour episode will transport viewers to a single continent and tell the story of its spectacular wildlife and iconic landscapes. BANFF is proud to present a North American first-look of Seven Worlds, One Planet. Join BBC Studios, BBC America and BANFF for a Master Class in bringing this epic series to life, in which we’ll get an in-depth look at how the BBC and its partners transport viewers around the world in seven spectacular episodes.

Moderating:


Peter White

Executive Editor, Television

Deadline Hollywood

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Featuring:

Scott Alexander

Series Producer

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

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Sarah Barnett

President, Entertainment Networks and AMC Studios

AMC Network Entertainment LLC

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Kiri Cashell

Producer/Director

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

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11:30 AM

30 Minutes With... Sam Linton, Blue Ant Media (11:30am - 12:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Sam Linton

VP, Production and Development, Global Media

Blue Ant Media

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12:00 PM

Major Drama: TV in the Cultural Conversation (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alberta

Sometimes it’s easy to wonder: where does TV drama end and real life begin? Headlines bleed onto screen and scripts seem to infiltrate real life. Somewhere in the middle is a vibrant cultural conversation about the role of scripted entertainment in society today. Can or does drama shape the cultural conversation, or merely reflect it? How do creators view their responsibility in wielding the influence of mass media? Does drama adeptly speak to wide audiences or does it reflect a “coastal” view of America/the West? Our crack panel of creators, execs and media experts explores what TV means in the big picture of it all.

Moderating:


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Featuring:

Emily Andras

Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Wynonna Earp

Wynonna Earp

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Corrie Coe

Senior Vice President, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Deniese Davis

Founder and CEO

ColorCreative

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Meghan Hooper

Executive Vice President, Head of Original Movies and Limited Series, Entertainment and Youth Group

A+E Networks

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The New Must-Have TV: Kids Live Action (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

In Partnership With

New Brunswick

As the number of globally available streamers grows, so too has awareness that a robust kids and family offering is a must-have to compete for household subscription dollars. What are the hot trends capturing the attention of commissioners and what is old news? What are the need-to-knows about working in the genre? What’s it like working with teen and tween talent?!? And most critically: what makes a kids live-action show the stuff Emmy voters and M&L lawyers drool over versus one that’s just good?

Moderating:


Athena Georgaklis

Vice President

Nelvana Enterprises

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Featuring:

Libbie Doherty

Head of ABC Children & Family

ABC - Australia

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Melissa Hardinge

Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents

CBBC

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Cort Lane

VP, Original Content,
Fashion Brands

Marvel Entertainment, LLC

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Christin Simms

Executive Producer

Sinking Ship Entertainment

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12:30 PM

30 Minutes With... Trish Williams, CBC (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Trish Williams

Executive Director, Scripted Content

CBC

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Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required) (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

Castello

Back for 2019, Lunch with a Decision Maker is an informal affair, and a chance for delegates to learn a little more about industry issues from senior executives. These are not pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may request one (1) Breakfast/Lunch with a Decision Maker, which will be available through our general sign-up on  BANFFXchange. Limited spaces may be available on-site. Check in at Castello up to 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin

General sign-up opens on BANFFXchange Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Table host

Elena Blekhter

Vice President-Toluca Pictures

Dynamic Television

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Zach Feldberg

Director of Current Production Comedy & Head of Scripted Gem Originals

CBC

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Table host

Cathy Garland

Producer &Acquisitions, Trcl-Paranormal Only

TRVL

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Table host

Molly Harrington

Director of CNN Original Series

CNN

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Table host

Rob Kenneally

Agent

Creative Artists Agency

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Table host

Dany Meloul

Executive Vice President

Bell Media

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Table host

Chris Regina

Chief Content Officer

Netflix

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1:00 PM

Networking Break (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

2:00 PM

Showrunner Super Panel (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alberta

Creators and showrunners in smaller markets around the world are all facing the same issue. Can you afford to work in your home market and contribute to its vibrancy when so much of the work and opportunity lie elsewhere? What lessons have high-profile expats learned? Where does our panel see the opportunities of the future as the content market continues to globalize? This discussion will feature some of the industry’s top talents, from shows including Community, Orange is the New Black, The Killing, Private Eyes, Whiskey Cavalier and Anne with an E, examining topics of creativity, geography and market.

Moderating:


Amy Cameron

Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures (Mary Kills People, Little Dog)


(Mary Kills People, Little Dog)
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Featuring:

Shernold Edwards

Film and TV Writer

(Haven, Hand of God, Anne with an E)

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Sheri Elwood

Executive Producer/Writer/Director

ELWOODISMS (Call Me Fitz, Lucifer, Whiskey Cavalier)

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Marsha Greene

Screenwriter

It’s Our Thing Production (Private Eyes, Mary Kills People)

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Vera Santamaria

Screenwriter and Executive Producer

(Orange is the New Black)

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Veena Sud

Creator/Showrunner

(The Killing, Seven Seconds)

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30 Minutes With... Amy Emmerich, Refinery29 (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Amy Emmerich

Global President & Chief Content Officer

Refinery29

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Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required) (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

Face-to-Face Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content producers to meet one-on-one with leading decision makers. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, this is your opportunity to connect with people who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, this program has facilitated thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in new content.

Lottery selection opened on BANFFXchange on Friday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the Lottery results were run on Friday, May 10th.

General sign-up opened on BANFFXchange on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Featuring:

Jeff Alpern

President

The Alpern Group

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Philip Barnsdall-Thompson

SVP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America - FACTUAL ONLY

Flame Distribution

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Chris Bell

Scripted Content

Entertainment One

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Giuliana Benvenuto

Senior Manager, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

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Shirley Bowers

SVP, US Distribution

Red Arrow Studios International

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Melissa Campbell

President

Contentum Consulting & Management

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Patrick Connolly

SVP, Programming

AMC / SundanceTV Global

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Alexandre Coscas

Executive Producer

Coscas Productions Inc

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Heather Curtis

Director of Development, Movies, Mini-Series, and International Co-Productions

ABC Television Network

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Alia J Daniels

Co-Founder and COO

Revry, Inc.

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Zachary Davis

VP, Premium Content

Himalaya Media

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James Farr

EVP, Development

Cream Productions Inc.

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Jesse Fawcett

CEO & Executive Producer

Essential Media Group

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Edwina Follows

Executive Producer

Discovery Networks, Bell Media

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Cathy Garland

Producer &Acquisitions, Trcl-Paranormal Only

TRVL

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Isabel Gomez-Moriana

Director, Development, Scripted Programming

Entertainment One

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Cara Nye

Director, Content Development & Production

Accessible Media Inc.

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Jennevie Olivieri

Manager, TV Co-Productions

Gaumont

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3:00 PM

Networking Break (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Take this opportunity to network with your fellow delegates and refocus for another great slate of BANFF programming.

30 Minutes With... Rachel Nelson, Corus Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Rachel Nelson

Vice President, Original Programming and Head of Corus Studios

Corus Entertainment

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3:30 PM

Master Class: The Explosive Impact of Surviving R. Kelly (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Cascade

Lifetime’s 2019 docuseries Surviving R. Kelly has gone beyond the realm of high-impact television and become a catalyst for societal change and justice. The Banff World Media Festival is honoured to host the team that brought the painful story into the light. Join survivor and author Kitti Jones, EP and Lifetime SVP Brie Miranda Bryant and EPs dream hampton and Tamra Simmons for a deep and insightful conversation about the development and production of the six-part series and its explosive after-effects.

Moderating:


Lainey Lui

Co-Host, The Social, Senior Correspondent, etalk

Bell Media

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Featuring:

Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Original Programming

Lifetime

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dream hampton

Executive Producer

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Kitti Jones

Survivor and Author

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Tamra Simmons

CEO and Executive Producer

The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency

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Why, eh? Clicking with YA audiences (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Alberta

Today’s Young Adult fiction has evolved from its explosion into the spotlight over a decade ago, on screen, on the page and everywhere in between. This panel will explore the state of YA today and its robust ecosystem between books and screen with perspectives from publishers, agents, writers and producers. They will dissect the latest properties to cross mediums and reach mass audiences, how to spot IP with the potential to do so, the profile of YA audiences and the intersections that join them (i.e. between adults and late-teens), producing and writing content that can easily travel across mediums and borders, and how to find the right partners with expertise in the space.

Moderating:


Mark Bishop

Co-President, Blue Ant Studios

marblemedia

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Featuring:

Lisa Lyons Johnston

President and Publisher

Kids Can Press Ltd

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Katrina Matheson

VP of Television

Constantin Film

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Brent Jordan Sherman

Literary Agent

Characters Talent Agency

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Kim Turrisi

Author

KCP Loft

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4:00 PM

30 Minutes With... Molly Harrington, CNN (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Molly Harrington

Director of CNN Original Series

CNN

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4:30 PM

Shaw Rocket Fund Kids Entertainment Cocktail (4:30pm - 5:30pm)

In Partnership With

Upper Rundle

The kids and animation market is booming with the advent of new platforms that entertain, educate, and inspire growing minds. This is your opportunity to join industry leaders to celebrate current successes and envision what the future has in store.

Master Class: Brick by Brick, How Scott Brothers Global was Built (4:30pm - 5:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Jonathan and Drew Scott are two of Canada’s most famous entertainment exports, not only known around the world for their lifestyle series, but as celebrities in their own right. Meanwhile, not-so-quietly behind the scenes, a global empire has been taking shape. Scott Brothers Global is a lifestyle enterprise that encapsulates four separate lines of business spanning entertainment, retail, furniture and more, all built on the Scott Brothers brand. Join us to discover how a single unscripted series turned into a multi-million dollar business that maintains its Canadian roots in a globalized media business.     

Moderating:


Melissa Grego

CEO

Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS)

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Featuring:

Josie Crimi

EVP Development and Production

Scott Brothers Entertainment

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David Dembroski

President

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

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Jonathan Scott

Partner

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

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Drew Scott

Partner

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

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Making or Breaking the Modern Coproduction (4:30pm - 5:30pm)

Alberta

Co-production has become the rule, not the exception in creating high-end series. This panel will examine four perspectives on co-production, offering insights on key benefits, the victories and the challenges. What lessons have they learned along the way?

Moderating:


Edwina Follows

Executive Producer

Discovery Networks, Bell Media

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Featuring:

Scott Herbst

Head of Scripted Development and EVP

Lionsgate

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Edward Sabin

Executive MD of International

A+E Networks

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Sam Sniderman

Senior Consultant & Advisor

Blue Ant Media

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Allison Wallach

Head, Global Unscripted Programming, Fox Entertainment Studios

Jupiter Entertainment

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5:00 PM

30 Minutes With... Meghan Hooper, A+E Networks (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

Ivor Petrak

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand, participate in Q&A and connect through meet-and-greets. No advance sign-up required.  Space will be filled on site, on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Meghan Hooper

Executive Vice President, Head of Original Movies and Limited Series, Entertainment and Youth Group

A+E Networks

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5:45 PM

Rockie Awards Gala - Cocktail Reception (Van Horne Foyer) (5:45pm - 6:45pm)

In Partnership With

Red Carpet, cocktails and canapés!  Enjoy this celebratory mix-and-mingler in anticipation of BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala.

All BANFF delegates are welcome. Attire: Cocktail.

7:00 PM

Rockie Awards Gala Ceremony (Van Horne Ballroom) (7:00pm - 8:30pm)

Celebrate in style at BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala. This 40-year legacy recognizes the achievements of outstanding talent and executives from around the world. Happy anniversary, BANFF!

All BANFF delegates are welcome to the 2019 Rockie Awards. Seating is first-come, first-served. Attire: Cocktail.

*The 2019 Rockie Awards Gala takes place in the Van Horne Ballroom, located on the conference side of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel*

Featuring:

Host

Jann Arden

Singer/Songwriter/Actor

Jann Arden

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Wednesday, June 12

8:00 AM
9:30 AM

Wake Up with The Wit (9:30am - 10:30am)

Cascade

Grab your morning coffee and join us for an exclusive tour of the latest insights and analysis on global programming. Virginia Mouseler, CEO of The Wit takes the BANFF stage bringing her trademark in depth look into worldwide audiences and content trends. From what's big in Japan, to sleeper hits in the UK, to the hottest shows in Europe and around the world, this session will leave you inspired and armed with an in-depth understanding of the current international market and the info you need to advance your content development strategy or grow your business' global footprint.


  

Featuring:

Virginia Mouseler

CEO

The WIT World Information Tracking

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10:30 AM

In Conversation With: Bill Hader and HBO EVP of Programming, Amy Gravitt (10:30am - 11:30am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join this year’s Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award honoree, Bill Hader and HBO's Amy Gravitt for a candid conversation on all things comedy. Master of impressions and iconic characters on Saturday Night Live, Hader is also a creator, director, writer, producer and star of HBO’s award-winning Barry. In 2016, Gravitt was named EVP of Programming at HBO, overseeing the development and production of original comedy series.  Along with current shows that include Barry, VEEP, Insecure and Silicon Valley, she oversees upcoming comedy series The Righteous Gemstones and Avenue 5.

Featuring:

Amy Gravitt

EVP of Programming

HBO

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Bill Hader

Actor, Creator, Director, Producer, Writer

Barry

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11:30 AM

Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Program (11:30am - 1:00pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

This curated panel is designed to provide insight, information and inspiration to the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative experience. With presentations from some of the television industry’s brightest minds, the program will take delegates through the nuts and bolts of building international partnerships, financing plans, and how to apply humanistic best practices to storytelling. Both emerging, and established, participants will walk away with useful tools to move their projects forward.


Moderating:


Jordan Pinto

n/a

Banff World Media Festival

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Featuring:

Jane Rimer

Senior Vice President, Canada

Insight Productions LTD

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Tamra Simmons

CEO and Executive Producer

The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency

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Kerry Swanson

Executive Director

Indigenous Screen Office

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