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  • Maverick Carter to keynote at BANFF 2021 + Showrunner & Director superpanels and meeting opportunities

    Founded by Maverick Carter and his business partner LeBron James, The SpringHill Company is a growing media empire creating culturally inspired brands, entertainment and products

    Maverick Carter

    BANFF is proud to announce The SpringHill Company's CEO Maverick Carter will give a virtual keynote during the festival on June 16th. As an entrepreneur and media mogul, Carter has significantly impacted the sports and media landscape and helped usher in a new era of athlete empowerment. Under Carter, the company produces projects that reach cross-cultural and diverse audiences with the mission to empower greatness in every individual with shows like Emmy-winning documentary What's My Name, Muhammad Ali Part I, the upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy film, The Shop: UNINTERRUPTED on HBO, NBC's primetime gameshow The Wall and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker series for Netflix.

    The year's Festival will also feature Director and Showrunner Superpanels featuring prolific creatives such as Andrew Cividino (Schitt's Creek), Marta Kauffman (Friends, Grace & Frankie), Matt Shakman (WandaVision), Clement Virgo (The Wire, Greenleaf), Dawn Wilkinson (Locke & Key, How To Get Away With Murder), Nahnatchka Khan (Always Be My Maybe) to name a few.

    And for the first time ever, Marketplace Pass holders can sign up for Showrunner Screen Time, an intimate seven-person real time conversation opportunity with top showrunners featuring Steve Blackman (Umbrella Academy), Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp), Vera Santamaria (PEN15), Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle), Loren Bouchard (Bob's Burgers), Anna Winger (Unorthodox, Deutschland83/86/89), Alena Smith (Dickinson), Sheri Elwood (Feudal, Lucifer) and Anthony Farrell (Secret Life of Boys).

    In addition to the addition of Maverick Carter, this year's premium lineup of keynotes includes Netflix's co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos; the new Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group Channing Dungey; Emmy® Award-nominated producer Greg Berlanti; Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kaley Cuoco; award-winning director and CEO of Mad Rabbit Kari Skogland; President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Kevin Feige, Canada's Minister of Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and CRTC Chairperson and CEO, Ian Scott, among others.

    The full agenda for the Festival is available HERE.

  • Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault to give keynote at BANFF

    Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce that the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will speak on Thursday, June 17, participating in a virtual keynote conversation during the Festival's MARKETPLACE WEEK (June 14-18, 2021), which kicks off a month of curated online programming.

    "In these difficult times, we couldn't be more proud to support a creative, dynamic and innovative industry that brings culture to the forefront. The Banff World Media Festival is a must-attend international marketplace where the world's largest broadcasters and digital media companies discuss issues and trends, forge relationships, and provide unique networking opportunities. New projects and co-productions take shape at this festival, allowing Canadian creativity to shine and spread to audiences across the globe." - The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    « En ces temps difficiles, on ne saurait être plus fiers de soutenir une industrie créative, dynamique et innovante qui met la culture au premier plan. Le Banff World Media Festival est un marché international incontournable où les plus grands diffuseurs et entreprises de médias numériques du monde discutent de problèmes et de tendances, forgent des relations et offrent des occasions de réseautage uniques. De nouveaux projets et coproductions y voient le jour, ce qui permet à la créativité canadienne de briller et de se répandre auprès des publics du monde entier. » - L'honorable Steven Guilbeault, ministre du Patrimoine canadien.

    The 2021 edition of the Festival is poised to build on the success of last year's virtual event, with a purpose-built online platform that will connect the global media industry in real-time to ignite new projects and support business development.

    "This is a watershed year with monumental challenges and paradigm change shaping the present and future for Canadian and international cultural and media industries" said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. "As the hub for important conversations that effect action and point the way forward, we are thrilled to host Minister Guilbeault at BANFF 2021. We look forward to working with the Canadian government and all industry stakeholders at this year's Festival and beyond."

    This news follows a previously announced keynote conversation with CRTC Chairman and CEO Ian Scott, an exclusive 'In Conversation With' featuring Channing Dungey, the new Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, Emmy® Award-nominated producer Greg Berlanti and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kaley Cuoco, a conversation between award-winning director Kari Skogland and Marvel's Kevin Feige, and an exclusive fireside chat with Netflix's Ted Sarandos.

  • This is as close to hanging out in the Rundle Lounge as it gets.

    Are you looking to option or commission new content? Got a show to pitch to studios, streamers or networks? Want to connect with top showrunners and directors? Need an agent, distribution or financing advice, or do you just miss having a laugh with your industry friends?

    We've got you covered with exclusive pre-set 1:1 and small group video meetings plus serendipitous networking sessions. Check out all of the amazing opportunities below.

    Meeting Lottery sign ups start May 17. Make sure you're registered to by then to have the greatest chance to secure the meetings you want.

    Over 5,000 curated networking & access opportunities + UNLIMITED meetings on the new BANFF platform with your Marketplace pass.

    Bell Media Networking

    Pitch Doctors
    In these 1:1 consultation sessions, the industry's most talented pitchers review your materials and give advice on how to deliver them with more punch.

    Speed Meetings with Buyers
    Meet 1:1 with studios, streamers and network execs who have the power to greenlight your project.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH BUYERS YOU CAN MEET

    Production Partners
    Meet 1:1 with production companies and studios that are looking for great ideas and partnerships.
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    Small Group Networking

    Coffee With + Cocktails With
    You choose the beverage. Chat with content buyers, funders and investors.
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    Meet an Expert
    Meet with top agencies, distributors and lawyers. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.

    NEW! Showrunner Screentime
    Meet with showrunners from the world's hottest shows. Talk inspiration, creative challenges, or get inside how they run their writer's rooms.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH SHOWRUNNERS YOU CAN MEET

    NEW! From the Director's Chair
    Go inside the mind of renowned directors as they break down a recent piece of work & share industry advice.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH DIRECTORS YOU CAN MEET

    Drop-In Networking

    NEW! Chatrooms - no sign-up required
    Matching writers & directors with producers, connecting producers with distributors, creating a healthier and more inclusive industry, commissioning FAQ and more - sit down in small groups to talk about what you're interested in.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE TOPICS & TABLE HOSTS

    NEW! Speed Networking - no sign up required
    Join us in the CBC-Radio Canada Delegate Lounge to be matched with attendees for five-minute speed meetings. Super-fun! Swipe left or right to find your match! We've got dedicated sessions for those interested Kids content, Docs & Factual, and Scripted/Drama.

    But wait! There's more! We're adding new people for you to meet with every day. Check back often to stay in the loop!

  • BANFF'S 2021 Agenda has Launched!

    Our team has carefully curated this year's Festival to facilitate business by connecting delegates for meaningful face to face meetings through our renowned networking programs. Keynotes and panels will address the most pressing issues affecting the industry, as well as creative conversations to celebrate the best in content, craft and storytelling. BANFF is the place to go for unparalleled access to media decision makers, thought leadership and creative trailblazers.

    Discover all of the sessions and speakers, and check back often as there is much more to come!

    View BANFF Agenda

    Already announced content includes keynote conversations with industry leaders including: Netflix Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Channing Dungey, prolific producer Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer and Actor Kaley Cuoco, President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel, Kevin Feige and award-winning director and CEO of Mad Rabbit Kari Skogland.

  • BANFF's 2021 Rockie Awards International Program Competition Nominees Announced

    142 nominees from 37 countries across 29 categories

    Live stream to take place June 15 at 3pm EDT

    SCREEN CLIPS FROM ALL NOMINATED PROGRAMS HERE

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is pleased to announce the full list of nominees for the 2021 Rockie Awards InternationalProgram Competition, recognizing excellence in television and digital media from around the globe. The Rockies Program Competition ceremony will stream live on YouTube during this year's Festival at 3pm EDT on Tuesday, June 15th.

    This year's nominees are a showcase of the spirit, creativity and truly exceptional work the global entertainment industry continued to produce amidst a year of challenge and change.

    Leading nominations by company are:
    • BBC Studios – 27 nominations
    • HBO – 9 nominations
    • CBC – 8 nominations
    • PBS – 6 nominations
    • Sky – 6 nominations
    • Discovery – 5 nominations
    • National Geographic – 5 nominations

    Leading nominations by country are:
    • United States – 51 nominations
    • United Kingdom – 47 nominations
    • Canada – 36 nominations
    • Australia – 7 nominations
    • France – 7 nominations
    • Germany – 6 nominations
    • The Netherlands – 6 nominations

    SEE ALL THE NOMINEES HERE

    In addition to the Grand Jury Prize, the $25,000 Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content, awarded to the top Canadian production and The Francophone Prize for the top French language production will also be awarded. In total, 29 awards will be bestowed in the category streams of Documentary & Factual, Arts & Entertainment, Children & Youth, Scripted, and Podcast, in addition to the presentation of several Rockies Gala Awards to be announced soon.

  • Meet SHOWRUNNERS, DIRECTORS + networks, streamers & studios in NEW 1:1 and group sessions

    NEW! ONLY MARKETPLACE PASS HOLDERS CAN SIGN UP TO MEET WITH SHOWRUNNERS & DIRECTORS FROM SOME OF THE BIGGEST HIT SHOWS

    *Advance sign-up is required.

    SHOWRUNNER SCREEN TIME

    These sessions take place as intimate six-person meetings. Talk inspiration, creative challenges, or get inside how they run their writer's rooms.

    Meeting hosts include:

    BANFF 2021 Meeting Hosts

    FROM THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

    Meet with renowned directors in intimate group sessions. Discuss recent works, talk about opportunities or glean industry advice. Directors participating in this meetings program will be announced soon.

    'SPEED MEETINGS' & 'COFFEE OR COCKTAILS WITH' SESSIONS CONNECT YOU WITH NETWORKS, STREAMERS AND STUDIOS

    *Advance sign-up is required.

    Marketplace pass holders have the opportunity to sign up to meet 1:1 or in small groups with executives from companies including:

    BANFF 2021 Meet with these companies

    ADDITIONAL NETWORKING SESSIONS THIS YEAR AT BANFF INCLUDE:

    *Advance sign-up is required.

    30 MINUTES WITH
    Featuring some of the most in-demand buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming needs, future plans and priorities.

    NEW! MEET AN EXPERT
    This session will assemble some of the top agencies, distributors and lawyers in the industry.

    NEW! PITCH DOCTORS
    Perfect your pitch in these 15-minute consultation sessions, some of the industry's most talented pitchers will take a look at your materials and give you advice on how to deliver them to maximize impact.

    NEW! SPEED NETWORKING
    *No advance sign-up is required.

    Join us in the Delegate Lounge to be matched with attendees for five-minute speed meetings. Meet many like-minded potential business partners in a short time period. These sessions will be programmed around specific groups, interests and genres of programming.

  • Exclusive 'In Conversation With' Channing Dungey, Greg Berlanti and Kaley Cuoco

    Channing Dungey Greg Berlanti and Kaley Cuoco

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce an exclusive 'In Conversation With' session featuring Channing Dungey, the new Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, Emmy® Award-nominated producer Greg Berlanti and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kaley Cuoco. The trio will sit down on Friday June 18 during BANFF's Marketplace Week for an in-depth discussion on the creative and business future of the industry and a dive deep into the making of the blockbuster comedic thriller The Flight Attendant.

    The virtual Festival will take place June 14 - July 16, 2021 via an all-new bespoke online platform that will connect the global media industry in real time to ignite new projects and foster business development. Marketplace Week (June 14-18) will kick off the event with a full slate of meetings, events, the Rockie Awards, and networking designed to facilitate 1:1 and group meetings.

    A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened. That's the beginning of the story of The Flight Attendant, the breakout hit HBO Max/Warner Bros. Television series from executive producer/star Kaley Cuoco and executive producer Greg Berlanti. Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Channing Dungey will join Cuoco and Berlanti for an exclusive conversation about the critically acclaimed, globe-trotting dark comedy which took flight as HBO Max's #1 series during its first season and was nominated for multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards, among many others. Dungey, Cuoco and Berlanti will also discuss plans for their next collaboration - a limited series based on the life of Doris Day, to be produced by Cuoco's Yes, Norman Productions and Berlanti Productions - and more.

    This news follows recent BANFF 2021 content announcements, including an exclusive 'In Conversation With' featuring award-winning director Kari Skogland and Marvel's Kevin Feige, and an exclusive fireside chat with Netflix's Ted Sarandos.

  • Marvel's Kevin Feige and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland join BANFF lineup

    Kevin Feige and Kari Skogland

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is thrilled to announce an exclusive 'In Conversation With' session featuring Kari Skogland, award-winning director and CEO of Mad Rabbit and Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel.

    The virtual Festival will take place June 14 - July 16, 2021 via an all-new bespoke online platform that will connect the global media industry to ignite new projects and support business development.

    Presented in partnership with the Director's Guild of Canada, this exclusive conversation will take place between Skogland and Feige, who've joined forces as director and executive producer, respectively, of Marvel Studios' new series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, streaming exclusively on Disney+. Don't miss this discussion as Skogland and Feige delve into the making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series and share their thoughts on the future of storytelling.

    "As one of the biggest and most popular media brands, Marvel has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry; a leader in producing hit content," said Randy Lennox, Chair of the BANFF Board of Directors. "We are excited to welcome visionary pioneer Kevin Feige and the wildly talented Canadian Director and Producer Kari Skogland to the Festival."

    "Kevin and Kari represent some of the most innovative professionals working in the global screen industries today. This is an unbelievable opportunity to dive into their minds and hear their perspectives on the business and art of entertainment," added Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival.

    Today's news follows recent BANFF 2021 content announcements, including last week's Summit Series keynote conversation with Netflix's co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.

  • Ted Sarandos to keynote as part of BANFF's prestigious Summit Series

    Netflix Co-CEO and Chief COntent Officer Ted Sarandos

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce Netflix's Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos is set to speak in a virtual keynote as part of the Festival's renowned Summit Series lineup. The session is scheduled on the Festival's opening day Monday, June 14th.

    "Over the last 10-plus years we have been thrilled to share great stories with Canadians, and work with some of the best creators from across the country," commented Sarandos. "As we expand our local presence further, collaborating with partners like the BANFF World Media Festival helps us deepen these relationships and bring more Canadian entertainment to our members around the world. Even though we won't be able to gather in person this time, I look forward to the unique dialogue BANFF offers."

    "The impact that Ted Sarandos and Netflix have had on the entertainment business and on the lives of people around the globe is impossible to quantify and has become much more evident over the past year," said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. "Ted continues to support new voices and champion groundbreaking work, raising the bar for creative excellence. The festival is thrilled to welcome him as Netflix Canada celebrates its 10th anniversary, for what is sure to be an inspiring keynote conversation, outlining his global vision and tackling some of the big questions in the industry and where it's headed amid continuing seismic change."

    Sarandos serves as Chief Content Officer and co-CEO at Netflix. He oversees the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix content including original series from around the world such as Stranger Things, Dark (Germany) La Casa de Papel (Spain), Sacred Games (India) and The Witcher (Poland), and films including The Irishman, Murder Mystery, Bird Box, the 3-time Academy Award winning film ROMA and the Academy Award winning Marriage Story. Ted has been responsible for all content operation since 2000, and led the company's transition into original content production that began in 2013 with the launch of the series House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange Is the New Black, among numerous others. Today, Netflix is available in 190 countries and Netflix originals have received numerous awards around the world including 114 Primetime Emmy wins, 8 Academy Awards, and 7 BAFTA Film Awards including Best Film.

    This keynote announcement follows on recent panel reveals including BANFF's renowned Showrunner Superpanel and a high-level international producer panel which will examine how the industry continues to adapt to audience and industry trends.

  • The world's most influential creative and business minds to discuss strategies and industry outlook at this year's Festival

    Showrunner Superpanel: making content for the new world

    Don't miss this conversation with some of the world's top showrunners discussing storytelling in 2021, addressing systemic racism on and off screen and adapting to creating new high end scripted series amid a global content boom with continuously shifting guideposts.Showrunners at BANFF 2021

    Tales from the hitmakers: strategies for the streaming era

    The business of content creation has changed dramatically in the past 12 months, with new platforms launching and consumer habits shifting. Join our panel of superstar producers for a vibrant discussion on how they are working with the streamers and networks, and the impacts that the past year is having on their strategies and all levels of the industry. What does the world of creating hit content look like from their vantage point?

    Producers at BANFF 2021

    WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED. STAY TUNED FOR MANY MORE EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME IN THE COUNTDOWN TO BANFF 2021!

  • Over 50 international buyers and decision makers have already signed on to take meetings in our networking program

    Our signature Speed Meetings and Coffee With, as well as NEW 1:1 and group networking formats will provide exclusive opportunities for creators and producers to meet with development executives, distributors, agents and content funders.

    PLUS on our new virtual event platform there are UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES to chat and set up meetings in your own private video screening room.

    Here are just a few content execs and decision makers taking part in BANFF 2021

    Executives at BANFF 2021

    VIEW ALL CONFIRMED 2021 SPEAKERS

    Other companies already confirmed for BANFF 2021 include BBC, CNN, Discovery, M6, MGM Studios, Netflix, National Geographic, Quebecor, Starz, Super RTL, Warner Bros. Television, YLE, ZDF and more.

    BANFF is the industry's best opportunity for creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading international development executives, distributors, agents and industry decision makers who can move your TV or digital project into development and onto greenlight.

  • CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott to give a keynote on BANFF's Opening Day

    CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce that CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott, will speak on BANFF 2021's opening day Monday, June 14, with a virtual keynote session as the Festival launches MARKETPLACE WEEK (June 14-18) followed by a month of curated online programming.

    "I am pleased to help kick off the world-renowned BANFF festival. In these unprecedented times, we've come to appreciate even more the importance of Canada's high-quality broadcasting and production industries. While we must all adapt to significant changes, including proposed legislative changes that aim to make the broadcasting system more inclusive, this is nevertheless an exciting time for all those involved in the field. I'm certain the festival as a whole will reflect this enthusiasm and I look forward to contributing to this ongoing dialogue," stated Ian Scott, the CRTC' Chairperson and CEO.

    With delegates from more than 50 countries, BANFF attracts the world's top creators, producers, showrunners, talent, networks, studios, streamers, press and media companies. The 2021 edition of the Festival is poised to build on the success of last year's virtual event, with a purpose-built online platform that will connect the global media industry to ignite new projects and support business development.

    "Chairperson Scott's keynote session at the Festival comes at a pivotal time of critical examination and foundational change for the Canadian and international media industry," said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. "As the place for candid conversations that effect action and point the way forward, we are thrilled to host the head of the CRTC at BANFF 2021."

    In addition to its Festival programming and marketplace, BANFF continues to deliver important fellowships and initiatives including The BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media, supported by the Government of Canada which empowers Canadian women entrepreneurs to launch and grow their own sustainable businesses within the screen-based industries as well as the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative, a program that jumpstarts and accelerates the careers of up to 100 Black, Indigenous and people of colour producers and creators.

  • Meet, Screen, Pitch, Enlighten & Socialize

    From June 14-18, BANFF's new online experience will bring the global industry together in real time for MARKETPLACE WEEK.

    EXPAND YOUR BUBBLE

    Speed Meetings, Coffee With, new 1:1 and group networking will provide exclusive opportunities for creators and producers to meet with development executives, distributors, agents and content funders. PLUS on our new platform there are unlimited opportunities to chat and set up meetings in your own private video screening room.

    BANFF 2021 Decision Makers

    See more industry decision makers taking part in BANFF 2021 HERE

  • We’re proud to introduce our 2021 Content Advisory Board

    This year's advisors are an esteemed group of international industry leaders who will work with our content team to help guide programming for this year's Festival.

    BANFF 2021 Content Advisory Board

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