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Master Classes

Monday, June 10

10:00 AM

Master Class: Burden of Truth


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.  


Greg David
TV, eh?


Sally Catto
General Manager, Programming

Darren Giblin
Vice President, Current Scripted Programming, Television
Entertainment One

Kyle Irving
Eagle Vision

Kristin Kreuk
Actress, Executive Producer
Burden of Truth

Tuesday, June 11

9:30 AM

Master Class: Dear White People


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.


Michael Schneider
Senior Editor, TV Awards


Logan Browning
Dear White People

Kerri Hendry
SVP, Current Programming

Justin Simien
Dear White People

11:00 AM

Master Class: BBC's Seven Worlds, One Planet

In Partnership With


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.


Peter White
International Co-Editor
Deadline Hollywood


Scott Alexander
Series Producer
BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

Sarah Barnett
President, Entertainment Networks and AMC Studios
AMC Network Entertainment LLC

Kiri Cashell
BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

3:30 PM

Master Class: The Explosive Impact of Surviving R. Kelly


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.


Lainey Lui
Co-Host, The Social, Senior Correspondent, etalk
Bell Media


Brie Miranda Bryant
SVP, Unscripted Development & Programming

dream hampton
Executive Producer

Kitti Jones
Survivor and Author

Tamra Simmons
CEO and Executive Producer
The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency

4:30 PM

Master Class: Brick by Brick, How Scott Brothers Global was Built

In Partnership With


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.     


Melissa Grego
Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS)


Josie Crimi
EVP Development and Production
Scott Brothers Entertainment

David Dembroski
Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

Jonathan Scott
Scott Brothers Global, LLC.

Drew Scott
Scott Brothers Global, LLC.


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