Advisory Board

Content Advisory Board

Lars Blomgren

Head of International
Media Res Studio

Lars Blomgren is Head of International at Media Res, the independent studio behind The Morning Show, Pachinko, and Scenes from A Marriage. Lars focus is to continue building on Media Res success. Producing global shows with IP and talent from all over the world. Prior to joining Media Res, Blomgren...more

Janet Brown

President, Content Distribution, North America & LatAm
BBC Studios Americas Inc.

As President of Content Distribution, Janet Brown is charged with creating a vision and setting strategic direction to drive continued growth across BBC Studios diversified commercial business in North America and Latin America. She oversees all aspects of the content distribution business, as well as leading the company’s global distribution...more

Julie Choi

Agent, Unscripted Talent & Content
Buchwald

Julie Choi represents the top showrunners in unscripted television hits such as Love is Blind, Selling Sunset, Top Chef, RuPaul’s Drag Race and talent including Ross Mathews, Allison Holker, and Shangela at the well-respected talent agency Buchwald.

Prior to her career as a talent agent, Julie was an executive
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Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner
Tavake Ltd

In 2021, Nua Finau co-founded the production company Tavake with business partner Tom Hern. Their debut drama series, The Panthers, which they both wrote, created, and executive produced, made history as the first New Zealand TV series to premiere at the esteemed Toronto International Film Festival and also clinched a...more

Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International
S4C International

After a successful and long standing career at the BBC, producing high-end, award-winning dramas such as Keeping Faith (Un Bore Mercher); Gwenllian Gravelle is Head of Scripted at the Welsh-language broadcaster S4C. Building on the recent renaissance of Welsh drama and the S4C led invention of Celtic noir, Gwenllian is focused...more

Megan Halpern

Senior Vice President
The Black List

Megan Halpern is Senior Vice President of the Black List, where she oversees a robust array of programs, partnerships, and their film, television, and podcast slate. In addition, she produces the Black List's Word by Word, hosted by Ed Solomon, which raised over $70,000 for writer support organizations during the...more

Aneka Hylton-Donelson

Director of Development
National Geographic Channel

Aneka Hylton-Donelson serves as a Director of Development for National Geographic Channel, where she does creative development for factual and general entertainment concepts, limited series, formats, specials and assesses talent and cultivates production partnerships for National Geographic linear and the Disney+ platforms.

Most recently she developed the new series, Never Say...more

Cynthia Kennedy

BANFF Content Advisory Board

Cynthia Kennedy is the former Vice President, Distribution at Québecor Media, where she oversaw all international distribution activities of the group and brings Canadian content to audiences around the world. Producers and distributors within the group include Incendo, TVA Films, Québecor Content and TVA Distribution.

A native Montrealer with a 25-year track...more

Carlyn Klebuc

General Manager, Original Programming
Bell Media

As General Manager, Carlyn Klebuc oversees development and production of all of Bell Media’s award-winning English-language independent programming and original digital content. 

Klebuc and her team work closely on productions commissioned from independent producers, as well as original digital production for Bell Media’s multiple English-language linear and digital properties and platforms. 

Klebuc joined...more

Dany Meloul

Executive Vice President
CBC Radio-Canada

Dany Meloul est vice-présidente principale, Radio-Canada. À ce poste, elle est responsable de l’ensemble des services de programmation en langue française du diffuseur public, notamment ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ, ICI ARTV, ICI EXPLORA, ICI RDI, ICI PREMIÈRE, ICI MUSIQUE, ICI TOU.TV, Radio-Canada.ca ainsi que les autres services numériques et mobiles.

Avant sa...more

Diane Min

Head of Format Sales + Development
CJ ENM

Diane is currently the head of format sales at CJ ENM, overlooking non-scripted format distribution for CJ ENM's all 8 networks and Tving. 

Min joined CJ ENM in 2010 and was responsible for content sales for 14 years. Since she has been leading format sales from 2015, she has been successfully...more

Mark Montefiore

Founder & CEO
New Metric Media

Founder and CEO of award-winning production company New Metric Media, Mark Montefiore executive produces the multiple Canadian Screen Award winning Hulu/Crave original comedy series Letterkenny, the Hulu/Crave Letterkenny spinoff series Shoresy, CTV’s half-hour comedy series Children Ruin Everything, and the all-new half-hour Crave comedy series Bria Mack Gets A Life....more

Jennifer Podemski

President & CEO
Redcloud Studios Inc

Jennifer Podemski has built an impressive career as a director, writer, producer, and actor. Hailing from Toronto but proudly calling Barrie, Ontario, her home, Jennifer's artistic journey has been shaped by her rich Anishinaabe (First Nation) and Ashkenazi (Jewish) heritage. 

A registered member of Muscowpetung Saulteux Nation in Saskatchewan, Jennifer has...more

Diane Rankin

EVP Commercial Strategy + Content Financing
Blue Ant Media

With 25+ years in the media industry and a passion for innovative deal-making and partnership, Diane works across development and distribution to marry creative and commercial strategy to meet market demand and create long-term value. 

In her role as EVP Commercial Strategy & Content Financing, Diane works with Blue Ant’s development,...more

Victoria Valius

VP Marking + Co-Country Manager
Sony Pictures Television

Victoria Valius is the Vice President of Marketing and Co-Country Manager of Sony Pictures Television and Home Entertainment Canada. Victoria manages the operations of the Canadian office of Sony Pictures and shares in the responsibility of meeting the division’s digital transactional, physical home entertainment, and television distribution goals and objectives.  

Since...more

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