June 14 - July 16
2021


Personal connections are what fuels our industry. That’s why we have created what we think is the world’s best virtual meeting, networking and content platform developed specifically for the entertainment business.


From June 14-18, BANFF’s new purpose-built online experience brings the Canadian and global media industry together as part of our MARKETPLACE WEEK - to meet, screen, pitch, enlighten and socialize all in real time. The renowned Rockie Awards (June 15), as well as our signature Summit Series keynotes and an array of networking, parties and curated events will punctuate this exciting week.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR BANFF PASS?


BANFF 2021 continues June 21-July 16, premiering a curated series of live and interactive panels, Master Classes, In Conversations, 30 Minutes With buyer mandates as well as an array programmed and serendipitous networking formats.

SEE THE 2021 AGENDA HERE

2021 Speakers Include

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Havva Eisenbaum
Vice President, Development for Unscripted Programming
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network
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Joe Mazzeo
Coordinator, Documentaries and Specials
Discovery
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Rachel Nelson
Director, Original Content, Scripted and Factual
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Krista Look
Director of Original Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Catie Asip
Sr. Associate, Children's Programming
PBS KIDS
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Greg Greenwald
Manager, Program Development, CNN Original Series
CNN
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Adam Steinman
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales
Warner Bros. International Television Production
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Katie Isaacson
Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series
CNN
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Ryan Robinson
Manager, Program Development, CNN Original Series & Films
CNN
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Jessie Springer
Associate Manager of Development, Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
head shot of Elyse Delmore
Elyse Delmore
VP, Unscripted Development
MGM Studios, Inc
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Kitty Gambel
SVP, Unscripted & Alternative Television
MGM Studios, Inc
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Mandel Ilagan
VP, Live-Action Development, Unscripted
Nickelodeon
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Martin Soudan
Director of Development, Fiction
SND Groupe M6
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Lauren Whitelaw
Head of Programming
OUTtv Network Inc
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Samantha Linton
Head of Original Content Canada
Blue Ant Media
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Kim Berglund
Executive Director, Development
Walt Disney Television
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Melissa Williamson
SVP, Scripted Content, Saloon Media
Saloon Media
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Irene Pothecary Huse
Acquisitions Executive
NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK Super
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Jennifer Harkness
SVP, Unscripted Content
Blue Ant Media
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Zara Frankel
Director, Programming & Development
PBS
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Matt Faulknor
Development Producer
Saloon Media
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Alison Barrat
SVP, Production & Development
Love Nature
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Diane Ikemiyashiro
VP, Current Series
Disney
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Karine Tremblay
Manager of OTT Programming
APTN Aboriginal People's Television Network
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Katie Wilson
VP, Channels & Curation
WildBrain
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Kurt Conner
Manager of Film & Television
Ubisoft
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Sarah Burney
Director of Programming
REELZ
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Montrel McKay
President of Development & Production
Hoorae Film & TV
head shot of Rishi Rajani
Rishi Rajani
President of Production and Development
Hillman Grad Productions
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Lynne Carter
Manager, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Andrew Johnson
Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Michael Ouweleen
President of Adult Swim
Cartoon Network
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Marion Winter
Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions
SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG
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Troels Branth Pedersen
Acquisitions Executive
TV2 Denmark
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Will Stapley
Head of Acquisitions
TVF International
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Chris Regina
Director, Original Series, Drama Development
Netflix
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Kirsten Hurd
Acquisitions, TVO Kids
TVO
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Aletta Maria Alberts
Executive Head of Content Strategy and Third-Party Channels for Africa
Multichoice South Africa
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Amanda Culkowski
Senior Director, Music Program Development
MTV Networks International
head shot of Angela Freedman
Angela Freedman
Director of Development
TRVL Channel
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Rose Hughes
VP, Sales
Keshet International
head shot of Kerstin Viehbach
Kerstin Viehbach
Head of Commissioning & Development (Fiction)
SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG
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Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
PBS
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Roy Ashton
Partner, Head of TV Literary
Gersh Agency
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Christine Maestracci
Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution
Quebecor Content
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Debbie Brown
Production Executive, Scripted, Original Programming
Corus Entertainment Inc
head shot of Jarmo Lampela
Jarmo Lampela
Head of Drama
YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company
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Susan Alexander
Production Executive, Original Content, Scripted
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Ian Scott
Chairperson & CEO
CRTC Canadian Radio Television & Telecommunications Commissions
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Alec Strum
VP, Original Series
Epix
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Aubrey Clarke
Senior Programme Executive, CBBC
BBC
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Kathleen Meek
Manager, Original Content, Drama and Factual
Corus Entertainment Inc
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Aron Phillips
COO
SLAM and RTG Features
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Benjamin Thornton
Non-Scripted Development Associate
Warner Bros.
head shot of Amanda Vaughan
Amanda Vaughan
Production Executive, Corus Kids
Corus Entertainment Inc
head shot of Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama
Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama
Associate Manager of Programming, Western Region APTN
APTN Aboriginal People's Television Network
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Yi Qiao
Director, Sales and Acquisitions, Drama
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
head shot of Kathryn Tyus-Adair
Kathryn Tyus-Adair
SVP Original Programming
Starz Media LLC
head shot of Holly Nichols
Holly Nichols
Development Manager
WildBrain
head shot of Loren Bouchard
Loren Bouchard
Creator and Showrunner, Bob's Burgers
View all 2021 speakers HERE

View last year’s speakers HERE

CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott to give a keynote at BANFF 2021

BANFF is proud to reveal the first keynote speaker for 2021: CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott will speak on BANFF 2021’s opening day Monday, June 14. Read the full announcement here.

GET TO KNOW BANFF’S 2021 CONTENT ADVISORY BOARD

Meet the esteemed group of international industry leaders who are guiding our content team to create up-to-date programming for our robust BANFF Virtual 2021 festival. Learn more here.

TIME TO ENTER THE 2021 ROCKIE AWARDS

Timed in the heart of awards voting season, and with new categories, the prestigious Rockie Awards International Program competition recognizes excellence in global television and digital content. Enter before Feb. 5th.

JOIN THE NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

A national training and access program for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour creators and producers. Apply here before Jan. 29th.

COMPANIES THAT ATTENDED BANFF 2020 VIRTUAL EDITION

NEWS

2021 Rockie Awards entries close February 5.

Click here to enter, or watch the 2020 Rockies here.

A springboard for underrepresented creators

Click here to apply, or see the 2020 participants here.

Empowering entrepreneurs

Click here to learn more, or check out our board here.

As a world-renowned event highlighting industry innovation, BANFF has truly embraced the many challenges of this uncertain time.

Randy Lennox, Chair of the Banff Television Festival Foundation Board of Directors

Telefilm Canada is proud to continue our support of the Banff World Media Festival, especially now as we all navigate these new, extraordinary circumstances that we find ourselves experiencing.

Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada

The Canada Media Fund has since its creation, 10 years ago, been a proud supporter of the Banff World Media Festival. With our partners, clients and colleagues, all of you in the industry, we’ve created new worlds, discovered new dimensions and challenged norms.

Valerie Creighton, President & CEO, CMF

BANFF provides an incredible opportunity to connect as a community, celebrate successes, and focus on the future. We’re proud to be part of the conversation.

Doug Murphy, President & CEO, Corus Entertainment

Congratulations to the Festival organizers, who have really stepped up to the plate in these extraordinary times to deliver once again an exceptional conference.

The Honourable Leela Aheer, Alberta’s Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women

During this time of challenge and change for the entire cultural and media sector, connecting through the Festival is more important than ever… we champion Canadian creators in sharing their voices and perspectives in innovative new ways.

Catherine Tait, President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada

New voices from diverse communities are critical to the future of Canadian storytelling. Netflix is proud to support the development of these up and coming artists with BANFF and our incredible partners on the Diversity of Voices Initiative.

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Director of Original Series, Netflix

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