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We’re moving mountains to bring the festival to you.

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.

Virtual Pass
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  • Panel discussions with Canadian & International media leaders
  • Master Classes featuring the talent behind some of the world’s hottest series
  • Rockie Awards Round Tables featuring intimate conversations with this year’s nominees
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  • All the benefits of a Virtual Pass PLUS:
  • 1:1 Speed Meetings
  • 30 Minutes With…
  • Coffee With...
  • Buyer Briefings
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  • Only 500 passes available
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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.

BANFF VIRTUAL EDITION LINEUP

June 15 - ROCKIE AWARDS INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM COMPETITION

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.

See the entire agenda here

GET TO KNOW BANFF’S 2020 CONTENT ADVISORY BOARD

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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STREAMING LIVE:
JUNE 15, 3PM EST

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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JOIN US FOR AN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH THE TEAM
BEHIND SNOWPIERCER

On May 26 at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PST), join a conversation with the team behind Snowpiercer (TNT/Netflix). This session will feature Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly, Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs and Emmy® nominee Alison Wright, along with Showrunner and Executive Producer Graeme Manson, Executive Producer and CEO of Tomorrow Studios Marty Adelstein and Netflix VP of Content Larry Tanz.
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CONNECT WITH CREATORS, EXECUTIVES AND BUYERS
FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

- Showcase your work by uploading videos and pitch materials
- Access live sessions on the BANFF agenda
- Watch past session content
- Sign up for one on one and group networking including 30 Minutes With, Coffee With and Speed Meetings.

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SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

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Barry Walsh
Editor & Content Director
Realscreen Magazine
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Adam Scorgie
Producer
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)
head shot of Jonny Keeling
Jonny Keeling
Executive Producer (Seven Worlds, One Planet)
BBC Studios' Natural History Unit
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Stephanie Betts
SVP, Development and Current Series
WildBrain
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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
CEO
Lookout Point
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Sharon Horgan
Creator (Motherland), Co-Founder
Merman
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Michael Schneider
Senior Editor, TV Awards
Variety
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Marty Adelstein
CEO
Tomorrow Studios
head shot of Jennifer Connelly
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)
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Larry Tanz
VP of Content
Netflix
head shot of Alison Wright
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
HBO Max
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Danna Stern
Managing Director
Yes Studios
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Jennifer Kawaja
Co-President
Sienna Films
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Sally Catto
General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Jesse Wente
Director
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)
marblemedia
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Liza Sardi
Editor
Brunico Communications Ltd.
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Lucie Duxbury
Executive Producer (24 Hours in A&E)
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Jason Brennan
Producer
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
Kidscreen
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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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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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Alison Brower
Deputy Editor, Arts & Entertainment
Los Angeles Times
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Lisa Hamilton Daly
Director, Original Series
Netflix
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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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Stacey Carr
Sr. Director, Unscripted Development
Nickelodeon
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Brittany Cope
VP Live Action Development, Scripted
Nickelodeon
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Camille Bernier-Green
Development Coordinator, Facebook Watch Originals
Facebook
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Christine Maestracci
Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution
Quebecor Content
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Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
PBS
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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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Nadine Dupont
Chief Content Officer-Directrice Principale, Contenus
Groupe Media TFO
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Zara Frankel
Director, Programming & Development
PBS
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Kirsten Hurd
Acquisitions, TVO Kids
TVOntario
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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
VP, Development - UNSCRIPTED ONLY
Cream Productions Inc.
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Lisa Fahrenholt
VP, International Development, Scripted
Endemol Shine North America
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Jennifer Harkness
SVP, Unscripted Content
Blue Ant Media
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Gregory Pang
Founder & Lawyer
RedFrame Law
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Erin Finlay
Partner
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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Matt Creasey
EVP, Distribution
Endemol Shine International
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Vanessa Case
SVP Studio
Vice Canada
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Katie Isaacson
Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series
CNN
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Chris Bell
VP, Scripted Development, Television
eOne
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Gave Lindo
Executive Director of OTT Programming
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Christiane Asselin
Executive Director, OTT Service, Web TV and Youth
Radio-Canada
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Kathryn Tyus-Adair
SVP Original Programming
Starz Media
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Darren Nartey
Senior Programme Acquisitions Executive
ITV
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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
Vice Chair, Board of Directors (Executive in Charge of Production, Drama)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Danielle Audette
Executive Director of Programming and Scheduling
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
Radio-Canada
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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
Netflix
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Austin Denesuk
Agent
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
M6
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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
CEO
Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird
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Pam Westman
President
Nelvana Ltd
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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
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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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Dany Meloul
General Manager, Television
CBC Radio-Canada
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Carol Ann Pilon
Executive Director
Alliance des Producteurs Francophones du Canada (APFC)
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Michele Stephenson
Series Producer, Co-Founder
Rada Film Group
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Samantha Linton
VP Head of Original Content
Blue Ant Media
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Igal Svet
VP, Production & Development
Discovery
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Carlyn Staudt
EVP Love Nature Programming & Development
Love Nature
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Lauren Whitelaw
Head of Programming and Acquisitions
OUTtv Network Inc
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Dahvi Waller
Showrunner/Creator, Mrs America (FX on Hulu)
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Elyse Delmore
VP, Unscripted Development
MGM Studios, Inc
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Ryan Chanatry
General Manager
Topic
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Rose Hughes
VP, Sales
Keshet International
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Philippa Collie Collins
Commissioning Editor, Drama
UKTV
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Veena Sud
Showrunner, Writer and Director, The Stranger
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Dane DeHaan
Talent, The Stranger
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Marni Goldman
Production Executive, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Kate Hoenigsberg
Senior Content Executive
Quibi
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Jarmo Lampela
Head of Drama
YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company
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Micah Schraft
EP, Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
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Craig D'Entrone
Showrunner, Executive Producer
RadicalMedia
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Bill Margol
Sr. Director, Programming & Development
PBS
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Jackie Pardy
Chief Content Officer
Super Channel
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Andrew Kelly
Director, Development
eOne
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Tassie Cameron
Executive Producer
Cameron Pictures
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Isabel Gomez-Moriana
Director, Scripted Development
eOne
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NEWS

2020 ROCKIES NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

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

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Submissions for the 2020 program are now closed

Stay tuned for the participant announcement

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COHORT 2 PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Cohort 2.

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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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