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From May to September 2020, BANFF’s Virtual Edition will feature an inspiring schedule of interactive video sessions & online networking events.

The Canadian and global entertainment industries have been hard-hit by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, and with the support of our Grand Patrons and partners, we are offering the majority of the festival’s programming free of charge. Producers and creators can add on a Networking Pass to participate in small group sessions and 1:1 virtual meetings with the world’s top studio and streaming executives, agents, distributors and network buyers.

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International media companies participating in BANFF Virtual Edition include: A+E Networks, AMC Networks, BBC America, Bell Media, Blue Ant Media, CAA, CBBC, CBC/Radio-Canada, CBS All-Access, CNN, Corus Entertainment, Disney, Endemol Shine, eOne, Hulu, ITV Studios, Keshet, Netflix, Lionsgate, OUTtv, PBS, Rogers Sports & Media, Starz, Tomorrow Studios, Groupe Media TFO, UKTV, Vice Canada, Warner Bros., WarnerMedia, YLE, ZDF and many more.



Streaming LIVE at 3pm EST, watch the prestigious Awards recognizing excellence in global television and digital content.

June 16 - BANFF DAY

An inspiring lineup of programming including panel discussions with International media leaders, BANFF’s renowned Showrunner Superpanel, and more.

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Meet the Banff World Media Festival’s Content Advisory Board, an esteemed group of international industry leaders who have been working with our content team to guide up-to-date programming for the industry at Banff 2020 Virtual.
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The Rockie Award winners will be announced during a live streamed event on June 15, 2020 at 3pm EST. Click below to view this year’s nominees chosen by over 150 international jury members.
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Barry Walsh
Editor & Content Director
Realscreen Magazine
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Adam Scorgie
Score G Productions
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Henry Singer
Director (The Trial of Ratko Mladic)
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Carol Dysinger
Director (Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're A Girl)
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Jonny Keeling
Executive Producer (Seven Worlds, One Planet)
BBC Studios' Natural History Unit
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Stephanie Betts
SVP, Development and Current Series
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Jenn Kuzmyk
Executive Director, BANFF, Playback
Brunico Communications Ltd.
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Joe Barton
Creator (Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame))
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Sarah Hammond
Producer (Fleabag)
Two Brothers Pictures
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Russell T Davies
Creator (Years and Years)
RED Production Company
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Faith Penhale
Lookout Point
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Sharon Horgan
Creator (Motherland), Co-Founder
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Michael Schneider
Senior Editor, TV Awards
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Marty Adelstein
Tomorrow Studios
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Jennifer Connelly
Talent, Snowpiercer (TNT/Netflix)
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Daveed Diggs
Talent, Snowpiercer (TNT/Netflix)
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Graeme Manson
Showrunner, Snowpiercer (TNT, Netflix)
head shot of Larry Tanz
Larry Tanz
VP of Content
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Alison Wright
Talent, Snowpiercer (TNT/Netflix)
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Kevin Beggs
Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group
Lionsgate Entertainment
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Sandra Dewey
President, Business Operations and Productions HBO Max, TNT, TBS & truTV
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Catherine Tait
President & CEO
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Danna Stern
Managing Director
Yes Studios
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Manori Ravindran
International Editor
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Jennifer Kawaja
Sienna Films
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Sally Catto
General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Jesse Wente
Indigenous Screen Office
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Michelle Latimer
Executive Producer, Director, Trickster
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Eden Robinson
Author, Son of a Trickster
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Matt Hornburg
Co-CEO, Partner, Executive Producer (Blown Away)
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Liza Sardi
Brunico Communications Ltd.
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Lucie Duxbury
Executive Producer (24 Hours in A&E)
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Jason Brennan
Nish Media
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Charlotte Armstrong
Series Producer (Who Are You Calling Fat?)
Love Productions
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Tim McKeon
Executive Producer & Co-Creator, Odd Squad
Sinking Ship Entertainment
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Sara De Gols
Editor in Chief (Blacklist)
De Mensen
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Marika Makaroff
CEO, Creative Director
Gutsy Animations
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Jeremy Dickson
Features Editor
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Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Nelvana Enterprises
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Lori Mather
Co-Creator, Writer, Executive Producer (Find Me in Paris)
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Lorraine Ali
TV Critic
Los Angeles Times
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Kerry Ehrin
Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, The Morning Show (Apple)
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Liz Feldman
Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Dead to Me (Netflix)
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Tanya Saracho
Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Vida (Starz)
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Liz Tigelaar
Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
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Anna Winger
Creator, Writer, Showrunner, Executive Producer: Unorthodox (Netflix), Deutschland83 (Amazon)
Studio Airlift
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Steven Canals
Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Pose (FX)
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Lisa Hamilton Daly
Director, Original Series
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Diane Ikemiyashiro
VP, Current Series, Original Programming Disney Junior
Disney Junior
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Kim Berglund
Executive Director, Development
Disney Junior
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Jeff Hersh
Vice-President, Strategy, OTT Distribution, and Premium SVOD
Bell Media
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Phil Barnsdall-Thompson
SVP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America - FACTUAL ONLY
Flame Distribution
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Justina Hemperek
Head of Acquisitions
Beyond Distribution
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Meghan Hooper
Executive Vice President, Head of Original Movies and Limited Series, Entertainment and Youth Group
ViacomCBS Inc.
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Stacey Carr
Sr. Director, Unscripted Development
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Brittany Cope
VP Live Action Development, Scripted
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Camille Bernier-Green
Development Coordinator, Facebook Watch Originals
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Christine Maestracci
Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution
Quebecor Content
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Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
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Andrea Griffith
Production Executive, Original Programming, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment
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Nataline Rodrigues
Director of Original Programming
Rogers Media
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Anja Karadeglija
Editor, The Wire Report
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Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Canadian Heritage
Government of Canada
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Andrew Thompson
Vice President, Content Production
NBA National Basketball Association
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Mike Tollin
Mandalay Sports Media
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Willow Bay
Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
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Lisa Meeches
Executive Producer
Eagle Vision
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Shabnam Rezaei
President & Co-Founder
Big Bad Boo
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Christina Jennings
Chairman & CEO
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Valerie Creighton
President & CEO
Canada Media Fund
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Josee Vallee
Vice President, Production and Operations, Executive Producer
Sphere Media International Inc.
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Nadine Dupont
Chief Content Officer-Directrice Principale, Contenus
Groupe Media TFO
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Zara Frankel
Director, Programming & Development
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Kirsten Hurd
Acquisitions, TVO Kids
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Danny Feldheim
SVP, Original Content
CBS All Access
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Courtney Thomasma
Executive Director, BBC America
AMC Networks Inc.
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James Farr
Cream Productions Inc.
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Lisa Fahrenholt
VP, International Development, Scripted
Endemol Shine North America
head shot of Jennifer Harkness
Jennifer Harkness
SVP, Unscripted Content
Blue Ant Media
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Gregory Pang
Founder & Lawyer
RedFrame Law
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Erin Finlay
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
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Maria Ishak
SVP, Sales North America
all3media International
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Beth Iley
Director of Development
New Metric Media
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Ludo Dufour
SVP, International Co-Productions and Sales
Blue Ant Media
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Roy Ashton
Partner, Head of TV Literary
Gersh Agency
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Sarah McCormack
SVP Acquisitions, Europe UK and Kids
Beyond Distribution
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Michelle Daly
Senior Director, Comedy
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Catie Asip
Sr. Associate, Children's Programming
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Philippa Collie-Cousins
Commissioning Editor, Drama
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Micah Schraft
Co-Executive Producer, Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
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Margo Martindale
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Uzo Aduba
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Dahvi Waller
Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Mrs America (FX on Hulu)
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Mary McNamara
Culture Columnist
Los Angeles Times
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Lynne Kirby
Executive Producer
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Kathleen Meek
Manager, Original Content
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Glenn Cockburn
Meridian Artists Inc
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Kathryn Tyus-Adair
SVP Original Programming
Starz Media
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Lynne Carter
Manager, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Brooke Townsend
Director, Programming and Development
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Bill Margol
Sr. Director, Programming & Development
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Michele Stephenson
Series Producer, Co-Founder
Rada Film Group
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Craig D'Entrone
Showrunner, Executive Producer
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Jon Kamen
Chairman & CEO
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Daniel Holloway
Executive Editor, Television
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Tassie Cameron
Executive Producer
Cameron Pictures
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Todd Brian
Director of Development, Animation
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Lauren Whitelaw
Head of Programming
OUTtv Network Inc
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Debbie Brown
Production Executive, Scripted, Original Programming
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Emma Westcott
Commissioning Editor, Factual & Features
Channel 5
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Jorge Franzini
Director of Content & Development
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Kitty Gambel
Vice President of Unscripted Television
MGM Studios, Inc
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Vanessa Case
SVP Studio
Vice Canada
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Ryan Robinson
Manager of Development
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Joe Mazzeo
Coordinator, Documentaries and Specials
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Matt Creasey
EVP, Distribution
Endemol Shine International
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Katie Isaacson
Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series
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Chris Bell
VP, Scripted Development, Television
head shot of Gave Lindo
Gave Lindo
Executive Director of OTT Programming
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
head shot of Christiane Asselin
Christiane Asselin
Senior Director, Multiscreen Content and Programming, Web TV, ICI TOU.TV and Youth
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Darren Nartey
Senior Programme Acquisitions Executive
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Yi Qiao
Director, Sales and Acquisitions, Drama
ZDF Enterprises
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Tom Hastings
Director, Original Programming, Drama
Bell Media
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Melanie Nepinak Hadley
Executive in Charge of Production, Drama
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Danielle Audette
Director of Programming
APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc.
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Jessica Schmiedchen
Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Andrew Johnson
Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Edwina Follows
General Manager Discovery Networks
Bell Media
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Andre Beraud
Head of Scripted Programs and Feature Films
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Adam Steinman
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales
Warner Bros. International Television Production
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Chris Regina
Director, Global Television, Content Acquisition - SCI-FI/THRILLER ONLY
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Austin Denesuk
Creative Artists Agency
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Sarah Fowlie
Director, Comedy Original Programming
Bell Media
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Martin Soudan
Director of Development, Fiction
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Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon UK
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Agnes Augustin
President & CEO
Shaw Rocket Fund
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Vince Commisso
President & CEO
9 Story Media Group
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Jennifer Twiner McCarron
Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird
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Pam Westman
Nelvana Ltd
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Pippa Lambert
head shot of Felicia Litovitz
Felicia Litovitz
VP, Acquisitions, North America
Cineflix Productions Inc.
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Mike Bickerton
Showrunner, Canada's Drag Race
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Justin Stockman
Vice-President Brand Partnerships and Client Strategy
Bell Media
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Tracey Pearce
President, Distribution & Pay
Bell Media
head shot of Brooke Lynn Hytes
Brooke Lynn Hytes
Resident Judge, Canada's Drag Race
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Laura Michalchyshyn
Chief Creative Officer, Co President Content
Blue Ant Media
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Traci Melchor
Senior Correspondent, ETALK
Bell Media
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Fenton Bailey
Co-Founder/Executive Producer
World of Wonder/RuPaul’s Drag Race, Canada’s Drag Race
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Marie McCann
Senior Director, CBC Kids
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
head shot of Melanie Grisanti
Melanie Grisanti
SVP, Production Management
Sesame Workshop
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Adriano Schmid
Senior Director of Production
Discovery Kids Latin America
head shot of Chris Rose
Chris Rose
VP of Animation Production and Development
Nickelodeon International
head shot of Sangita Patel
Sangita Patel
Host of HGTV's Home to Win and Entertainment Reporter, ET Canada
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Dany Meloul
General Manager, Television
CBC Radio-Canada
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David Baeta
Executive Producer
Machine Gum Productions Inc
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Nicole Matiation
Executive Director
On Screen Manitoba
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Carol Ann Pilon
Executive Director
Alliance des Producteurs Francophones du Canada (APFC)
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Jerome Hellio
Directeur des Contenus
TV5 Quebec Canada
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Carlyn Staudt
EVP Love Nature Programming & Development
Love Nature
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James Whitlam
Executive Producer
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Mary-Anne Taylor
Head of Content Distribution-Canada
Roku Inc.
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Warren Ross
General Counsel and Vice President
Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)
head shot of Chris Loveall
Chris Loveall
VP, International Content, Disney+
The Walt Disney Company
head shot of Matt Brodlie
Matt Brodlie
SVP, International Content, Disney+
head shot of Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson
Director, Original Content, Scripted and Factual
Corus Entertainment Inc
head shot of Igal Svet
Igal Svet
VP, Production & Development
head shot of Max Micallef
Max Micallef
VP, Nonfiction Programming
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Jenelle Riley
Deputy Awards and Features Editor
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Veena Sud
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Dane DeHaan
Talent, The Stranger
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Kate Hoenigsberg
Senior Content Executive
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Marni Goldman
Production Executive, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Rose Hughes
VP, Sales
Keshet International
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Robyn Lattaker-Johnson
Head of Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network
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Isabel Gomez-Moriana
Director, Development, Scripted Programming
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Samantha Linton
Head of Original Content, Canada
Blue Ant Media
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Deborah Osborne
Programming Manager, Western Region
APTN Aboriginal People's Television Network
head shot of Jackie Pardy
Jackie Pardy
Chief Content Officer
Super Channel
head shot of Cathy Garland
Cathy Garland
Producer/Acquisitions, TRVL - PARANORMAL ONLY
Discovery, Inc.
head shot of Robin Johnston
Robin Johnston
Director, Original Programming, Factual & Reality
Bell Media
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Alex Montalvo
Content Team, Alternative Programming
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Jason Altman
Head of Ubisoft Film & Television
Ubisoft Entertainment
head shot of Aubrey Clarke
Aubrey Clarke
Senior Programme Executive, CBBC
BBC Children's
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Karin Heijink
VP, Channels & Products
Viasat World
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Arif Noorani
Executive Producer, CBC Podcasts
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Brent Jordan Sherman
Literary Agent
The Characters Talent Agency
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Elyse Delmore
VP, Unscripted Development
MGM Studios, Inc
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Thom Chapman
Sr. Director Sales & Distribution Entertainment
Spin Master Ltd.
head shot of Tina Apostolopoulos
Tina Apostolopoulos
Production Executive, Original Programming, Factual and Reality
Bell Media
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Keith Wooten
Director of Development, Original Programming
BET Networks
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Ryan Chanatry
General Manager
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Mioshi Hill
VP, Non-Fiction Programming & Development
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Susan Alexander
Production Executive, Original Content, Scripted
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Zach Feldberg
Executive In Charge of Production, YA Digital Originals
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Ilana Miller
The Jennifer Hollyer Agency
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Helen Asimakis
Senior Director, Drama
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Mandel Ilagan
VP, Live-Action Development, Unscripted
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Jeff Alpern
The Alpern Group
head shot of Colin Bohm
Colin Bohm
EVP, Content and Corporate Strategy
Corus Entertainment Inc
head shot of Lisa Godfrey
Lisa Godfrey
VP, Original Programming
Corus Entertainment Inc
head shot of Tanya Linton
Tanya Linton
Co CEO, Executive Producer
Architect Films
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Matt Shewchuk
Executive Producer
Big Time Decent Productions & Mayhem Entertainment
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Joan Lambur
Lambur Productions
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Cheryl Hickey
Host of ET Canada
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Hugh Laurie
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Armando Iannucci
Creator, Writer, Director and Executive Producer
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Alison Brower
Deputy Editor, Arts & Entertainment
Los Angeles Times
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Kevin Loader
Executive Producer
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Amy Gravitt
EVP of Programming
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Joanna Robinson
Senior Writer
Vanity Fair
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Jarmo Lampela
Head of Drama
YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company
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Andrew Kelly
Director, Development




The Rockie Awards will be presented at a star-studded virtual show live streaming on June 15th at 3 PM EST.



Congratulations to this year’s participants.



Congratulations to Cohort 2.


The festival brings together the top leaders in content creation, digital media and film and television production to discuss and examine the key issues facing our industry.

- Doug Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment

BANFF brings together the brightest minds and most innovative thinkers from across our industry.

- Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media and Chair of the Board, BANFF

This prestigious annual festival positions Canada front and centre on the global media stage.

- Kevin MacLellan, Former Chairman, Global Distribution & International, NBCUniversal



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