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Francesca Accinelli

Vice President, Promotions, Communications & International Relations

Telefilm Canada

Francesca joined Telefilm in 2006 as the Deputy Director, English Market for the Canadian Television Fund (now Canada Media Fund), by 2008 she was promoted to Director of that team and is now very excited to be the Director of National Promotions and Communications. Francesca has always been a fan...show more

Speaking on: Partner Presentation: Doing Business With Canada: Co-Pro 101


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Honourable Leela Aheer

Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Government of Alberta

Minister Aheer was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Chestermere-Rocky View on May 5, 2015. She was re-elected on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for the newly formed riding of Chestermere-Strathmore.

Born in Edmonton and raised in Chestermere, where she is...show more

Speaking on: Festival Opening Remarks


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Scott Alexander

Series Producer

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

Scott Alexander has spent over 20 years with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, filmed on all seven continents and shown a passion for all forms of natural history filmmaking. He has produced live TV from the middle of the Masai Mara for Big Cat Live, series produced the award-winning children’s wildlife series...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: BBC's Seven Worlds, One Planet


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Todd Allen

VP Marketing

Labatt Breweries of Canada

Todd Allen is Vice President Marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. Allen is responsible for the Labatt portfolio of brands, from its biggest, Budweiser, to Canada’s top import, Corona.  Budweiser’s Red Light has become a powerful symbol of hockey’s greatest moments: goals. Now in its fifth year, the Budweiser Red Light...show more

Speaking on: Marketers Lunch and Learn (sign up required) in Norquay


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Jeff Alpern

President

The Alpern Group

Jeff Alpern is the founder and president of THE ALPERN GROUP, a talent agency based in Los Angeles specializing in the representation of TV and feature writers, directors and producers in North America. The company was established in 1994. Prior to establishing THE ALPERN GROUP, Jeff was a senior vice...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)


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Dustin Alpern

Agent

The Alpern Group

Dustin Alpern is a literary agent at THE ALPERN GROUP, a talent agency based in Los Angeles specializing in the representation of TV and feature writers, directors and producers in North America. The company was established in 1994.

Prior to joining THE ALPERN GROUP, Dustin worked as...show more


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Emily Andras

Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Wynonna Earp

Wynonna Earp

The Boston-born, Calgary-bred Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the Showrunner and Executive Producer of SyFy’s new hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the Showrunner and Executive Producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the Supervising Producer on Killjoys, where...show more

Speaking on: Major Drama: TV in the Cultural Conversation


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Jann Arden

Singer/Songwriter/Actor

Jann Arden

Jann Arden is a singer, songwriter, broadcaster, actor, author, podcaster, and social media star. The celebrated multi-platinum, award-winning artist catapulted onto the music scene in 1993 with her debut album, Time for Mercy, featuring the hit single "I Would Die for You". A year later, she had her international break-out...show more

Speaking on: Rockie Awards Gala Ceremony (Van Horne Ballroom)


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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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Solange Attwood

EVP, International

Blue Ant Media


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Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

Fenton Bailey is co-founder of World of Wonder, the award-winning, multi-platform production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and over 20 years of groundbreaking unscripted, scripted and documentary content. Alongside co-founder Randy Barbato, Bailey became a trailblazer in Hollywood by creating provocative documentaries...show more

Speaking on: In Conversation With: Fenton Bailey (Co-Founder, World of Wonder – Executive Producer, RuPaul’s Drag Race)


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Sarah Barnett

President, Entertainment Networks and AMC Studios

AMC Network Entertainment LLC

As President, Entertainment Networks, Sarah Barnett has oversight of AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, and SundanceTV. Her role includes direct oversight of AMC Premiere, the company’s premium SVOD service which offers fans the ability to watch original series without commercials and a variety of other benefits.

Previously Barnett was President and General Manager...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: BBC's Seven Worlds, One Planet; SUMMIT SERIES: Sarah Barnett, AMC Entertainment Networks


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Philip Barnsdall-Thompson

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

Flame Distribution


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Emily Baustien

Development, Discovery Factual

Discovery Channel


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Chris Bell

VP, Scripted Development, Television

Entertainment One


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Giuliana Benvenuto

Manager, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

With nine years of experience in film and television distribution, broadcasting, and financing, Giuliana Benvenuto joined Cineflix Rights in February 2018. Giuliana sources and acquires quality third-party programming content for the company’s distribution catalogue. With a focus on North American acquisitions, Giuliana’s current producer clients include Mayhem Entertainment, Critical Content,...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)


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Mark Bishop

Co-CEO & Executive Producer

marblemedia

Mark Bishop is Co-CEO and Partner at marblemedia. An accomplished entrepreneur,
brand-builder and trusted media industry advocate, Mark, alongside co-founder Matt
Hornburg, has grown marblemedia into one of Canada’s leading independent production,
distribution and digital media companies.

In addition to serving as executive producer across marblemedia’s successful portfolio of
television and...show more

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Elena Blekhter

Director, Scripted Content

Dynamic Television

Elena Blekhter is the Director of Scripted Content at Dynamic Television, where she develops and produces scripted television series for the US, UK, Australian and Canadian markets. Most recently, she is a Co-Executive Producer on a Netflix series going into production as well as an untitled half-hour comedy series in development...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #3 (sign up required); Lunch with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


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Chris Bonney

CEO Rights

Cineflix Rights

Chris Bonney is responsible for developing and executing Cineflix Media’s strategy to maximize the exploitation of its growing intellectual property on networks and digital platforms globally.

Chris leads Cineflix Rights, the distribution division of Cineflix Media. Since joining in 2012 he has overseen consistent growth, and Cineflix Rights is now the UK’s largest independent...show more

Speaking on: Distributors and Commissioning: The New Greenlight


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Guy Boutin

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

TV5 Quebec Canada

In English

Manager of the original productions for TV5 and UnisTV in the Maritime Provinces, Guy Boutin has collaborated on various television productions over the last 20 years as a screenwriter, director and producer. His productions have been broadcast on most major networks. Since graduating from INIS in 1999, he has...show more

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Shirley Bowers

VP, Sales & Acquisitions

Red Arrow Studios International

Shirley Bowers is VP Sales and Acquisitions for Red Arrow Studios International.

Based in Los Angeles, Shirley is responsible for leading Red Arrow’s sales activities in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She also works across North American factual acquisitions, alongside Red Arrow’s Scripted and Non-Scripted acquisitions teams.

Prior to joining...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required); Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)



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Logan Browning

Actress

Dear White People

Logan Browning stars in the Netflix Original Series, Dear White People, as the lead role of ‘Samantha White’ which will return for season three this Fall 2019.

She will next be seen starting opposite Allison Williams in the upcoming Netflix film The Perfection from director Richard Shepard.  This horror-thriller which follows the...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: Dear White People


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Bonnie Brownlee

Executive Director Marketing and Communications

CBC


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Brie Miranda Bryant

Senior Vice President, Original Programming

Lifetime

When Brie Miranda Bryant heard the pitch for R. Kelly, she knew this was a story she wanted to tell, and that Lifetime was the right place to do it. With Lifetime’s legacy in providing a voice for women throughout its history, Bryant saw this project as a way to...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: The Explosive Impact of Surviving R. Kelly


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Amy Cameron

Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures (Mary Kills People, Little Dog)

Amy Cameron is an award-winning journalist, author, TV series creator, broadcast executive and executive producer. She is the co-founder of Cameron Pictures Inc., an independent production company she runs with her sister Tassie Cameron.

She is an executive producer on Cameron Pictures’ first two productions, the critically acclaimed dramatic series Mary...show more

Speaking on: Showrunner Super Panel


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Tassie Cameron

Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures

Tassie Cameron is a Gemini and Canadian Screen Award-winning screenwriter who has written for television series, MOWs, mini-series, and feature films. Tassie is currently an executive producer and co-showrunner on the critically acclaimed Mary Kills People, greenlit for a third season and produced under her production company Cameron Pictures in...show more

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Michael Carrington

Director Entertainment & Specialist

ABC Radio & TV

Michael Carrington is an award-winning broadcast executive who has worked across creative development, production management and commissioning of content in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. He joined the ABC in 2016 as Head of Children’s content and in 2018 was appointed Head of Distribution, with responsibility for...show more

Speaking on: Public Broadcasting: The Promise, The Peril


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Vanessa Case

SVP, Production and Operations Vice Studios NA

VICE Canada


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Kiri Cashell

Producer/Director

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

Kiri has over nine years’ experience in wildlife film making. She is passionate about the natural world  and has worked with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit on a wide-range of award-winning programmes, such as Planet Earth Live, Deadly Pole to Pole and Nature's Epic journeys. She has worked across multiple formats from live outside broadcasts, observational...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: BBC's Seven Worlds, One Planet


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Sally Catto

General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports

CBC

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’ MomsKim’s ConvenienceBaroness Von Sketch ShowAnneAlias Grace and The Great Canadian Baking Show.

In her role she has also overseen the re-branding...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: Burden of Truth


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Caroline Chevallier

Responsable pôle partenaires/Déléguée aux programmes

TV5 Monde


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Nathalie Clermont

VP, Programs & Business Development

Canada Media Fund


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Glenn Cockburn

President

Meridian Artists Inc


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Corrie Coe

Senior Vice President, Original Programming

Bell Media

Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming for Bell Media’s English-language channels and platforms. With a company-wide focus, she is responsible for the overall development and production of all content commissioned from independent producers for CTV, Bell Media’s specialty channels, and for Crave, Bell Media’s pay and SVOD service. 

Coe has...show more

Speaking on: Major Drama: TV in the Cultural Conversation


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Patrick Connolly

SVP, Programming

AMC / SundanceTV Global

Patrick Connolly, senior vice president, programming for AMC / SundanceTV Global, is responsible for acquisitions, planning, global strategy and scheduling of linear and VOD programming, as well as promotion planning and on-air creative for AMC Global and Sundance TV Global. In addition, he serves as executive producer of all film...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required); 30 Minutes With... Patrick Connolly, AMC / SundanceTV Global; Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


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Graeme Cornies

Composer

Voodoo Highway Music

Voodoo Highway Music & Post Inc. is a full- service audio post-production house, composing music and
designing audio for films, Triple-A video games, advertising, and a number of live-action and animated
television series for some of North America's largest networks.

Founded in 1999, Voodoo Highway Music & Post is a collective...show more

Speaking on: Lunch and Learn: Hidden revenue sources through music


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Alexandre Coscas

Producer

Coscas Productions Inc


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Mike Cosentino

President Content and Programming

Bell Media


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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 30 years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.

Currently serving as President and...show more

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Heather Curtis

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

ABC Television Network

Heather Curtis is Director of Development, Movies, Mini-Series, and International Co-Productions at ABC and has been at the network since 2016. Since starting at ABC Entertainment, she has helped develop and oversee the production of the drama series Ten Days In The Valley, Take Two, the limited series Somewhere Between,...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required); Breakfast with a Decision Maker (sign up required)


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Michelle Daly

Senior Director, Comedy

CBC



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Greg David

Journalist/Owner

TV, eh?

For over 15 years, Greg David was a television critic for TV Guide Canada, the country’s most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs over his time at TV Guide Canada. He has also been featured on the other side...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: Burden of Truth


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Deniese Davis

President, Reform Media Group, Co-Founder, ColorCreative

ColorCreative

Deniese Davis has produced countless projects including music videos, short films and digital content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae's award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, which accumulated over 20 million views with seasons one and two combined.

As a freelance producer she has...show more

Speaking on: Major Drama: TV in the Cultural Conversation


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Zachary Davis

VP, Premium Content

Himalaya Media

Zachary Davis is the vice president for premium content at Himalaya Media, a creator-focused podcast platform, network and production studio headquartered in San Francisco. Davis is also the host and executive producer of the Harvard podcast Ministry of Ideas, a founding member of the Hub & Spoke...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #2 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)


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Deborah Day

CEO & Chief Strategist

Innovate By Day

Deb Day is the Founder and CEO of Innovate By Day, a full-service strategic marketing and digital content studio. Prior to forming Innovate, Deb produced and directed award-winning film and television. In 2010, she recognized a real need for producers to develop digital and social media campaigns to support their...show more

Speaking on: Lunch and Learn: Hidden revenue sources through music


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David Dembroski

President

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.


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Austin Denesuk

Agent

Creative Artists Agency


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Libbie Doherty

Head of Children’s Content

ABC - Australia

Head of Children’s Content at the ABC, Libbie Doherty is an advocate for Children’s content and brings a wealth of experience from the animation and live action worlds. Libbie is focused on nurturing new Australian creativity and talent, reflecting Australian kids’ diverse lives and creating pathways for Australian content to...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #1 (sign up required); Face-to-Face Meetings #3 (sign up required); The New Must-Have TV: Kids Live Action


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Shernold Edwards

Film and TV Writer

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

Shernold Edwards is an award-winning film and TV writer with roots in genre/sci-fi and family drama. Shernold adapted the acclaimed novel A Day Late And A Dollar Short by Terry McMillan (Waiting To Exhale) into a TV movie for Lifetime starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames. For that project, she received the 2015 NAACP Image...show more

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Sheri Elwood

Executive Producer/Writer/Director

ELWOODISMS (Call Me Fitz, Lucifer, Whiskey Cavalier)

After graduating with a degree in Fine Art and Cinema, Sheri cut her comedy teeth writing for Disney/Fox and YTV, most notably co-creating I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, a surprise hit with college-age stoners. Victory!

She teamed with Lionsgate to create Beta Males for the CW and was a Supervising...show more

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Amy Emmerich

Global President & Chief Content Officer

Refinery29

Amy Emmerich is the chief content officer at Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company focused on women. She has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands including Refinery29, MTC Networks, Travel Channel and Vice Media. An Emmy award-winning producer, she has a full...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With... Amy Emmerich, Refinery29


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James Farr

VP, Development

Cream Productions Inc.

James Farr is Director of Development for Cream Productions. 

Since joining the company in 2010, James has been dedicated to finding and developing unique projects that connect and resonate with audiences hungry for exciting content. 

Throughout his career at Cream, he has led the development on specials and series in a broad variety of unscripted genres,...show more

Speaking on: Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)




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Paul Feig

Director, Screenwriter, Actor & Activist

Feigco Entertainment


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Zach Feldberg

Executive In Charge of Production, Digital Originals

CBC


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Jodie Ferneyhough

President & Owner

CCS Rights Management

Jodie founded CCS Rights Management, after years as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group and peermusic Canada. The company is built on the philosophy of hard work, dedication, creativity and solid business practices. The team consists of some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the business, who bring years...show more

Speaking on: Lunch and Learn: Hidden revenue sources through music


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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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Edwina Follows

General Manager Discovery Networks

Discovery Networks, Bell Media

As General Manager of the six Discovery Networks in Canada (Discovery, Animal Planet, Velocity, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery and Discovery GO), Edwina Follows is responsible for all day-to-day operations, including programming and independent production as well as business and strategic planning.  

In her various roles throughout her career at Discovery Networks,

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Speaking on: Making or Breaking the Modern Coproduction; Face-to-Face Meetings #4 (sign up required)


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Sarah Fowlie

Director, Original Programming

Bell Media


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Justine Gamez Huckabay

President & Founder

Intercommunicate

Justine Gamez Huckabay is the President & Founder of Intercommunicate, a strategic marketing and communications firm helping entertainment and technology clients navigate international media. She founded Intercommunicate in 2018.

Justine is an Award Winning International Publicist, who worked in Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Los...show more

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Cathy Garland

Producer/Acquisitions, TRVL - PARANORMAL ONLY

TRVL


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Anna Gecan

Original Content Sr. Manager, Canada

Audible Inc.

Anna Gecan recently joined Audible to lead the Original Content Strategy for Canada. Audible, which launched its dedicated Canadian offering at Audible.ca in 2017, is investing in original Canadian fiction, drama, comedy, documentaries and lifestyle content, written for the audio form. In her role, Anna is looking forward to working with...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With... Anna Gecan, Audible



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Darren Giblin

Vice President, Current Scripted Programming, Television

Entertainment One

With over 15 years of experience working across Production and Development in both Film and Television, Darren Giblin oversees Current Programming for Entertainment One Canada.  Programs currently on Darren’s slate include MARY KILLS PEOPLE (Global/Lifetime), BURDEN OF TRUTH (CBC/CW), PRIVATE EYES (Global/ION), RANSOM (Global/CBS), CARDINAL (CTV/Hulu) and new series NURSES...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: Burden of Truth


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Marni Goldman

Production Executive, Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment


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Isabel Gomez-Moriana

Director, Development, Scripted Programming

Entertainment One

Isabel joined the Creative Affairs team at Entertainment One in June 2017. As Director of Development her focus is to help eOne build a strong slate of scripted television projects for both the domestic and international marketplace.

Previously, Isabel spent 9 years as an executive with the Canadian Film Centre. As...show more

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Amy Gravitt

EVP of Programming

HBO

Amy Gravitt is executive vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office, responsible for developing and overseeing the production of original comedy series. She was named to this position in May 2016. She currently oversees “VEEP,” “Insecure,” “Barry,” “Silicon Valley,” “Ballers” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She also oversaw the hit...show more

Speaking on: In Conversation With: Bill Hader and HBO EVP of Programming, Amy Gravitt


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Marsha Greene

Screenwriter

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

Marsha Greene has written for Global’s hit series Private Eyes, ABC’s Ten Days In The Valley, and is currently the co-showrunner of the critically-acclaimed drama Mary Kills People, for which she’s earned two Canadian Screen Award nominations. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program,...show more

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Melissa Grego

CEO

Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS)

Melissa Grego is CEO of Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), long recognized as the premiere information and networking forum for the TV, media and entertainment industry. Upon her appointment in October 2017, Grego became the first female executive to lead the non-profit organization.

Prior to HRTS, Grego parlayed her network...show more

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


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Larry Grimaldi

SVP, Development and Production

MarVista Entertainment

Larry Grimaldi is Senior Vice President of Development & Production at Marvista Entertainment, where he helps create, develop and produce entertainment programming in the television movie, scripted and unscripted series and digital spaces.  Before joining MVE, Larry spent considerable time as an independent producer.  His career includes work for CBS,...show more


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Bill Hader

Actor, Creator, Director, Producer, Writer

Barry

Bill Hader made the switch from being a master of impressions on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE to creating, directing, writing, producing and starring as a burned out assassin trying to break into the LA theater scene in HBO's BARRY. 

With its second season recently concluded, BARRY only got  darker, funnier and more addictive....show more

Speaking on: In Conversation With: Bill Hader and HBO EVP of Programming, Amy Gravitt




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Molly Harrington

Director of CNN Original Series

CNN

Molly Harrington is the Associate Director of CNN Original Series, based in Los Angeles. Harrington works across current programming, develops high-profile, non-fiction programs and is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community. To date, Harrington has managed the production of more than 25 original nonfiction series for CNN including Emmy Award-winning United Shades...show more

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Tom Hastings

Director, Original Programming, Drama

Bell Media

As the Director of Drama in Bell Media’s Original Programming Unit, Tom Hastings supervises the development and production of original Canadian dramatic series across Bell Media’s family of channels, including CTV, Space, Bravo, Crave.

Hastings has extensive relationships with Canada’s independent production community, and is especially known for his respected relationships...show more

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Justina Hemperek

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution


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Kerri Hendry

SVP, Current Programming

Lionsgate

Kerri Hendry is currently an SVP of Current Programming at Lionsgate Television.  Prior to joining the Lionsgate team, she has worked for Entertainment One, Thunder Road Films and Sony Pictures Television.  Over her career, she has worked with and helped produce shows for ABC, NBC, AMC, Showtime, OWN, and several...show more

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Scott Herbst

Head, Scripted Development, Television

Lionsgate


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Jeff Hersh

Vice-President, Strategy, OTT Distribution, and Premium SVOD

Bell Media


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Meghan Hooper

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

A+E Networks

Meghan Hooper White is Senior Vice President, Original Movies, Co-Productions and Acquisitions, for Lifetime and Lifetime Movies (formerly LMN). Based in New York, Hooper White oversees the development and production on both original films and original co-production film commissions, international co-productions and all program acquisitions for Lifetime and Lifetime Movies....show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With... Meghan Hooper, A+E Networks; Major Drama: TV in the Cultural Conversation


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Beth Iley

Director of Development

New Metric Media


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Kyle Irving

Partner

Eagle Vision

A partner in Indigenous owned Eagle Vision, Kyle Irving has produced more than 200 hours of television content over eighteen years. He’s currently producing:Night Raiders, Danis Goulet’s feature debut; a fourth season of the hit award winning true-crime doc series Taken that he co-created for CBC and APTN; and is about to produce...show more

Speaking on: Master Class: Burden of Truth


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Tory Jennings

Director, Programming, Premium SVOD

Bell Media


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Robin Johnston

Director, Original Programming, Factual & Reality

Bell Media



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Superna Kalle

Executive Vice President, International Digital Networks

Starz Media LLC

Superna Kalle is Executive Vice President, International Digital Networks.

Kalle reports directly to Starz Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Hirsch and is based in the company’s Santa Monica office. Kalle leads the international expansion of Starz-branded digital and linear services and channels, overseeing strategy and operations.

Most recently, Kalle was a senior advisor...show more

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Richard Kanee

Executive Director, Digital Strategy

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Richard is Executive Director, Digital Strategy for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the country’s largest Canadian digital content ecosystem.

Since 1999,  he has led digital strategy and business development for national media brands including MuchMusic and CTV.  In that time, he pioneered many cross-platform successes that extended across broadcast, interactive television, web,...show more

Speaking on: The BANFF DEBATE: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture?


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Jeffrey Katzenberg

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Quibi

Jeffrey Katzenberg is a co-founder and managing partner of WndrCo, a holding company that invests in, acquires, develops and operates consumer technology businesses for the long term. He is also the founder and chairman of the board of Quibi, a mobile-first media platform incubated at WndrCo.

Katzenberg draws on more than...show more

Speaking on: SUMMIT SERIES: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Quibi


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Rob Kenneally

Agent

Creative Artists Agency


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Paula Kerger

President & CEO

PBS

Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, with nearly 350 member stations throughout the country. Having joined PBS in March 2006, Kerger is the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history.

Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has grown its audiences across genres...show more

Speaking on: Public Broadcasting: The Promise, The Peril; SUMMIT SERIES: Paula Kerger, PBS



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Peter Knegt

Producer

CBC

Peter Knegt is an writer, filmmaker and arts curator.  He has written multitude of international publications, including Variety, Salon, Film Quarterly, The Toronto Star, and, most notably, Indiewire, where he was the popular online magazine’s Senior Editor. Currently, Knegt works at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, writing and producing content for their arts...show more

Speaking on: In Conversation With: Fenton Bailey (Co-Founder, World of Wonder – Executive Producer, RuPaul’s Drag Race)


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Matthew Kohler

VP, Marketing

Clorox Company of Canada


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Danae Kokenos

Senior Manager, Content Acquisition

Amazon


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Kristin Kreuk

Actress, Executive Producer

Burden of Truth

Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Kristin broke out in the title role of the television movie Snow White for ABC, opposite Miranda Richardson. Not long after, she landed the lead role of ‘Lana Lang’ on the hit WB series Smallville. A longstanding Neutrogena beauty contract followed, and her long...show more

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Timothy Kuryak

Writer

UPtv

As an Emmy-nominated television executive, Timothy Kuryak has developed, produced and overseen thousands of hours of programming for both broadcast and cable networks here in the United States and abroad.

Currently, Timothy serves as the SVP of Production & Development for UPtv, where he oversees all unscripted development and current programming,...show more

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Jenn Kuzmyk

Executive Director - BANFF, Publisher - Playback

Banff World Media Festival


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Cort Lane

Creative Producer/Storyteller

Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Cort Lane is Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment. As a life-long Marvel fan, Lane is thrilled to develop and produce shows within the rich Marvel Universe. Drawing on a wealth of experience in entertainment, interactive media and marketing for children, Lane leads Marvel’s expanding slate of kid...show more

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Andreas Lemos

VP of Acquisitions, Co-Productions & North America Sales

Banijay Rights

An experienced industry veteran, having worked at Virgin Media, AETN and SVOD platform Babelgum in programming acquisitions, before moving to the distribution sector at Banijay Rights. Andreas started at Banijay working in factual acquisitions, securing first look deals with respected UK production companies such as Minnow Films and Storyvault Films,...show more

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Randy Lennox

Chair of the Board, BANFF Television Festival Foundation

Bell Media

As President of Bell Media, Canada’s leading broadcasting, streaming, and content creation company, Lennox is responsible for all of the company’s businesses including TV, radio, digital, and out-of-home, as well as new ventures and partnerships.

Lennox joined Bell Media in August 2015 as President, Production and Broadcasting. In February, 2017, he...show more

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Liz Levenson

Business Development

Cactus Tree Entertainment


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Richard Life

Head of Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights

For over twenty years, Richard Life has worked in the international television production, finance and distribution business with some of the leading creators of scripted and non-scripted content in the UK, North America, and many other countries.

Having joined Cineflix Rights as VP, Acquisitions in 2018, he was appointed Head of...show more

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Krista Look

Director of Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment


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Lainey Lui

Co-Host, The Social, Senior Correspondent, etalk

Bell Media

Lainey isn’t looking to impress anyone, especially celebrities. ETALK Senior Correspondent, Co-host of CTV’s The Social, and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, Lainey does what she does for one reason – to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public.

The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip maven got...show more

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Lisa Lyons Johnston

President and Publisher

Kids Can Press Ltd

Lisa Lyons Johnstonis the President and Publisher of Canada’s leading children’s book publisher, Kids Can Press, part of the Corus Entertainment family. Since 2003, Lisa has held senior leadership positions at Corus, first joining the company’s television group as Vice President & General Manger of Content Distribution and of Max...show more

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Christine Maestracci

Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution

Quebecor

Christine Maestracci is Senior Director Acquisitions at Quebecor Content.

In this role, she is responsible for devising content acquisition strategy for all the platforms of the group, developing partnerships with studios and distributors, and growing the distribution of original productions abroad. She leads a team that scouts...show more

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Aaron Martin

Writer, Producer, Showrunner

Netflix


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Laura Martin

Managing Director, Senior Analyst Entertainment & Internet

Needham & Company, LLC


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Katrina Matheson

VP of Television

Constantin Film

As VP, Television of Constantin, Katrina manages sales and distribution of Shadowhunters, which recently concluded it's 3rd and final season, after 55 episodes for Freeform and Netflix.

Prior to Constantin, Katrina was head of film and TV distribution at GK Films, Graham King's company. While at GK,

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Catherine Mathys

Director of Industry & Market Trends

Canada Media Fund


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Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

CBC

Marie McCann is the Senior Director of Children's Content for CBC Kids.  Marie oversees development, production, acquisition as well as in-house production of our-award winning content.   Marie has been a performer, writer, director producer and programmer in kids television for over 25 years. A proud mother of two teenagers,

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Michelle McCree

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)




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Jed Mercurio

Showrunner

Bodyguard, Line of Duty

Jed Mercurio is one of the few British screenwriters to work as a showrunner. His most recent productions, Bodyguard and Line of Duty, have broken audience records in the UK. His other credits include Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Critical, Strike Back, Bodies, The Grimleys and Cardiac Arrest. Line of Duty and...show more

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Marlo Miazga

President & CEO

Bristow Global Media Inc.

Marlo Miazga has spent the last 25 years building her reputation as a global-facing producer delivering premium factual series with an unparalleled visual style. Since joining Bristow Global Media as Vice President of Content in 2016, Marlo has been intrinsic in the crafting and production of a diverse slate of...show more

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Virginia Mouseler

CEO

The WIT World Information Tracking

Virginia Mouseler is the co-founder of The WIT, the leading agency specialized in research and information on TV content worldwide.

After graduating in philosophy and psychoanalysis, she graduated from a top tier business school. She published two novels and an essay, translated into several languages.

In 1996, Virginia founded The Wit, analysing...show more

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Doug Murphy

President and CEO

Corus Entertainment

Doug Murphy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc. Corus is a leading Canadian-based integrated media and content company with a portfolio of multimedia offerings encompassing 37 specialty television services, 15 conventional television stations, 39 radio stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing,...show more

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Rachel Nelson

Director, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment


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Ben Noot

Director Global Acquisitions

National Geographic

Ben joined National Geographic Channels in 2013. In his current role of Director, Global Acquisitions, Ben is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, acquiring and co-producing content for global programming. Ben sources programming to air across 4 channels in territories worldwide including The National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People...show more

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Cara Nye

Director, Production

Accessible Media Inc.

Cara Nye, Director of Production, AMI-tv, for Accessible Media Inc.: Cara has close to 30 years of production experience, having previously worked for CHUM/Rogers supporting such networks as MuchMusic, Citytv, OMNI, FX Canada, OLN and Bio. Since joining AMI-tv in 2012, Cara is responsible for all internal and outsourced productions,...show more

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Sharone Ostrovsky

CEO

4East Media Inc.

Sharone Ostrovsky likes to say that what she does best is “throw the party.” The 25-year television veteran has experience in everything from the very early stages of conception, to showrunning, overseeing crews, budgets and financing, right down to colour correcting the very last frame. Often driven by her own curiosity...show more

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Isabelle Pain

Head of Content, Prime Video Canada

Amazon

Isabelle Pain oversees content selection for Prime Video in Canada. She previously worked on the Content Acquisition team for Prime Video in the US working on co-productions with the UK.

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Alexandra Panousis

CEO, Carat and Chair, Dentsu Media Company

Havas Media

Alex Panousis is an executive at the forefront of digital media, technology and creativity. A culture leader and media/creative industry veteran, with over 20 years of experience leading high-growth, innovative and profitable agencies.   Alex is the President and Chief Media Officer of Havas,  and is also the Community Director with TechTO and...show more

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Yann Paquet

Vice President, Strategy & International Business

Quebecor Content


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François-Pier Pelinard-Lambert

Chief Editor

Le Film Francais

François-Pier Pelinard-Lambert is Le Film Français chief editor, France's oldest and most respected trade publication covering French and international news about movies, television and digital. Le Film Francais is the media partner and works closely with major TV festival events in the world such as Series Mania, Series Mania Melbourne...show more

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Greg Phillips

President

Kew Media Distribution

Greg Phillips, President, Kew Media Distribution is responsible for directing the overall trajectory and growth of the Kew Media Distribution business in the international market. With more than 14,000 hours of diverse, multi-genre content currently in the KEW MEDIA portfolio, his role includes actively identifying, sourcing and contracting programming that...show more

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Brian Pickett

Composer

Voodoo Highway Music

Voodoo Highway Music & Post Inc. is a full- service audio post-production house, composing music and
designing audio for films, Triple-A video games, advertising, and a number of live-action and animated
television series for some of North America's largest networks.

Founded in 1999, Voodoo Highway Music & Post is a collective...show more

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Sebastien Pigeon

Executive Producer & General Manager

Aetios Productions Inc.


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Carol Ann Pilon

Executive Director

Alliance des Producteurs Francophones du Canada (APFC)


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Jordan Pinto

Associate Editor

Banff World Media Festival


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Jenny Ramirez

VP, Unscripted Programming, TNT, TBS & truTV

Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS

Jenny Ramirez currently serves as VP, Unscripted Programming for TNT and TBS, helping to oversee unscripted development and current for both networks. For TBS, she most recently oversaw two seasons of Snoop Dogg Presents: The Joker’s Wild, as well as the upcoming comedy game show The Misery Index, featuring Jameela Jamil and...show more

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Marly Reed

Vice President, Development

NESHAMA Entertainment


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Chris Regina

Director, Original Series, Drama Development

Netflix

In his role at Netflix as Director, Scripted Co-License and Original TV, Chris Regina oversees upcoming global original sci-fi genre series like Another Life, Wu Assassins, The Order, October Faction and Black Summer.

Previously he was Senior Vice President, Original Co-Productions, Syfy, USA & Chiller, focusing on...show more

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Max Richards

Vice President, International Distribution

Propagate Content


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Jane Rimer

Senior Vice President, Canada

Insight Productions LTD


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Juno Rinaldi

Actor/Writer

Juno Rinaldi

Since moving to Toronto, Juno Rinaldi has had the pleasure of playing Frankie Coyne, a lead role on the International Emmy Nominated series Workin' Moms for CBC/NETFLIX.

Rinaldi wrote and stars in Such a Small Thing, a short film set to be released later this year and has also optioned an...show more

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Wilhelmina Ross

Agent, Scripted Television

Creative Artists Agency


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Jason Ryle

Program Consultant

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival


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Edward Sabin

Executive MD of International

A+E Networks


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Vera Santamaria

Screenwriter and Executive Producer

(Orange is the New Black)

Vera Santamaria is a writer and Co-Executive Producer on Orange Is The New Black (Netflix).  Her other writing credits include BoJack Horseman (Netflix), Playing House (USA), Up All Night (NBC), Community (NBC) and Outsourced (NBC).  She was born and raised in Toronto and began her writing career in Canada, working on...show more

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC


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Michael Schneider

Senior Editor, TV Awards

Variety

Michael Schneider serves as Senior Editor, TV Awards, for Variety, where he oversees Emmy coverage and special issues, in addition to writing about television programming and the entertainment industry for the publication. He also hosts the podcast "My Favorite Episode," which features interviews with top TV stars, producers, and writers...show more

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Saskia Schuster

Comedy Controller

ITV Network Ltd

Saskia is Controller for Comedy at ITV, commissioning hour-long comedy dramas, half-hour scripted comedy, sketch shows and comedy entertainment formats.  

Commissions for ITV include Glass Houses, Bad Move, The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule, Birds Of A Feather, Benidorm, Through The Keyhole, The Imitation Game, Play To...show more

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Drew Scott

Partner

Scott Brothers Global, LLC.



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Brent Jordan Sherman

Literary Agent

Characters Talent Agency

Brent Jordan Sherman is a Literary Agent at Canada's preeminent agency The Characters Talent Agency.  With strategic focus on both domestic and international markets, Sherman represents a compelling roster of artists and companies and has engaged Artists in both film and television productions across the globe including at Netflix, Apple, Amazon,...show more

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Justin Simien

Creator/Showrunner

Dear White People

Justin Simien is a writer, director, and producer of both television and film based in Los Angeles, California. In 2014 he wrote and directed his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Indie Dear White People, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. After being called “timely and important” by critics and audiences...show more

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Tamra Simmons

CEO and Executive Producer

The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency


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Christin Simms

Executive Producer

Sinking Ship Entertainment


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Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Jonathan Sinclair currently serves as executive vice president of Programming and Development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  In this role, Sinclair develops and delivers new and inspirational programming that aligns with Oprah Winfrey’s legacy and expands the first-rate content of the network. 

Sinclair first joined Harpo Studios in 1996 as a...show more

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Reeny Smith

Recording Artist, Songwriter and Producer

Canadian Music Publishers Association

Hailing from North Preston, Nova Scotia, Reeny Smith is a multi award winning recording artist, songwriter and producer. Her debut album “WW III: Strength Courage Love” garnered her a Nova Scotia Music Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year. Two ECMA awards cemented her status as one of Atlantic Canada’s...show more

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Sam Sniderman

Co-President

Blue Ant Media


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Jennifer Stahlke

VP, Customer Marketing

Walmart Canada Corp.

As Vice President of Customer Marketing at Walmart Canada, Jennifer is accountable for the strategic direction and implementation of the enterprise marketing plan including Walmart Media Group.

Jennifer has a unique combination of CPG and Retail marketing and merchandising leadership experience at the world’s largest food and retail organizations.  Her career...show more

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Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production


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Sandra Stern

President, Lionsgate Television Group

Lionsgate Entertainment

Sandra Stern is President of the Lionsgate Television Group and has been a key member of the Company’s senior management team for the past 16 years. She has helped guide Lionsgate’s television business to record-breaking revenue growth during nearly every year of her tenure and has been instrumental in tripling the...show more

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Lydia Storie

SVP, Development

Muse USA


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Uwe Stueckmann

EVP, CCO

Loblaw Companies Ltd

Uwe is responsible for the Marketing function at Loblaw Companies Ltd, Canada’s largest retailer. In this capacity, he oversees the building of some of Canada’s favorite retail brands - including Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Provigo, Maxi, No Frills, and Real Canadian Superstore; as well as Canada’s most iconic and largest packaged goods brands...show more

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Veena Sud

Creator/Showrunner

(The Killing, Seven Seconds)

Veena is an established television writer, director, and producer. She is best known for creating the Emmy nominated American television drama, The Killing. She also created the Emmy winning limited series “Seven Seconds” which debuted on Netflix last year. Veena came up as a new writer (and became a showrunner...show more

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Kerry Swanson

Managing Director

Indigenous Screen Office


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Catherine Tait

President & CEO

CBC

As President and CEO, Catherine Tait is responsible for overseeing the management of Canada's national public broadcaster to ensure that it fulfills its mandate and continues to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

Catherine...show more

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Rishad Tobaccowala

Chief Growth Officer and Member of Management Board

Publicis Groupe

Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, an 80,000-employee firm comprising companies like Sapient Razorfish, DigitasLBi, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom, Zenith and many other companies dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Rishad also serves on the Publicis Management Committee.

In his current role Rishad...show more

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Tony Tompson

Drama Development Executive

Hulu


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Kim Turrisi

Author

KCP Loft

After graduating from Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production (getting coffee, wrangling actors and taking lunch orders), Kim segued into the development side of the business. She first worked as a development executive at Columbia TriStar and eventually...show more

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Joana Vicente

Executive Director & Co-Head

TIFF

Joana Vicente is the Executive Director and the Co-Head of the Toronto International Film Festival. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) as well as the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Vicente is an Academy Award-nominated producer of over 40 feature films...show more

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Allison Wallach

EVP & Head of Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE)

Jupiter Entertainment


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Jesse Wente

Executive Director

Indigenous Screen Office

Jesse Wente is a highly-respected broadcaster and cultural industries leader, having worked at major Canadian cultural organizations. A film expert, he has spent two decades working in the creative community and advocating for Indigenous rights. He is the current Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. He has been Director of Film Programmes at...show more

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Barbara Williams

Executive Vice-President

CBC

Barbara Williams became CBC’s Executive Vice-President English Services, on May 1, 2019.

In this role, Barbara oversees all of the public broadcaster’s English language programming services, including CBC News and CBC Newsworld, CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Sports, CBC Kids, CBC Gem, CBC Listen, the Documentary Channel,...show more

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Trish Williams

Executive Director, Scripted Content

CBC


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Kevin Wright

Principal

The Optimal Pitch

Kevin Wright is a dynamic speaker with thirty years’ experience in screen-based media. He has commissioned over sixty television series and heard hundreds of pitches. His workshop helps people convey their ideas in a concise and persuasive manner by providing tips and secrets from the Decision Maker’s Perspective.

Whether it’s a...show more

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