Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

Chair of the Board, BANFF Television Festival Foundation

John Morayniss

Chief Executive Officer
Entertainment One Television

John Morayniss oversees all aspects of eOne Television's activities which encompass the development, production, licensing, financing and worldwide distribution of live action drama and comedy series, reality and documentary series, television movies and mini-series, prime time animation and family programming.

John oversees the strategic growth of eOne’s television...more

Speaking at: Media Leaders Series: Studio Competition In The Peak TV Era

Kevin Beggs

Chair and Chief Creative Officer, Television Group

Kevin Beggs, a 16-year veteran of Lionsgate, is Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming for broadcast, cable, and digital platforms worldwide. He has spearheaded the strategic expansion of the Company’s television production activities and has become one of the key...more

John Brunton

Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Executive Producer
Insight Production Company Ltd.

John Brunton thinks TV. All the time. As the Globe and Mail writes, he “has airwaves between his ears.”

A natural-born storyteller, Brunton is now celebrating over thirty years at the helm of Insight Production Company Ltd. As Chairman & CEO, Brunton’s entrepreneurial ingenuity, creative vision and passion for...more

Speaking at: Media Leaders Series: Canadian Media Leaders

Sally Catto

General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Sally Catto is the General Manager, Programming for CBC English Television. She oversees the strategic direction and programming of original & acquired scripted and unscripted programming for the network. Prior to her return, Sally was Executive Vice-President, Cineflix Studios.

Sally has a long history at the CBC from her earliest days...more

Speaking at: Media Leaders Series: Canadian Media Leaders

Sean Cohan

A+E Networks

Sean Cohan is Executive Vice President, International for A+E Networks.

Mr. Cohan oversees A+E Networks’ International division, managing the company’s brands, content, and services outside the U.S. He manages staff in New York, London, Rome and Singapore, and venture teams across 20 more cities. The division’s activities...more

Speaking at: Media Leaders Series: Strategies For Success in a Multi-Platform World

Tom Cox

Executive Producer and Managing Director
SEVEN24 Films

Tom Cox is president of Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films. His productions span
thirty years and include award winning feature films, dramatic series, mini-series
and television movies.

Current productions include Young Drunk Punk, a half hour comedy series for
Rogers, and Heartland, a family drama series now in its eighth season for...more

Valerie Creighton

President & CEO
Canada Media Fund

Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reinvigorating some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last 30 years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.  Currently serving as President...more

Claude Galipeau

EVP, Corporate Development
Yahoo! Canada

Claude Galipeau is the Country Manager, Yahoo Canada.

Claude has been an innovator and leader in the Canadian digital media industry. He is the former COO and Advisor, Syncapse, Inc. Previously, Claude was the SVP & GM, Digital Media, at Rogers Media; Vice President, Interactive Media, Astral Media Inc.; Senior Vice...more

Maria Hale

Banff Board of Directors
Corus Entertainment

Maria Hale is Vice President, Television - Head of Content Distribution and Pay TV for Corus Entertainment responsible for linear, non-linear and digital content distribution for all Corus services and general management of Corus Pay TV services - Movie Central, HBO Canada and Encore.

With over 15 years of experience...more

Scott Henderson

Board of Directors, BANFF Television Festival Foundation
Bell Media

As Vice-President, Communications, Scott Henderson leads the strategic, day-to-day operations of program and talent publicity, internal and corporate communications, public affairs, community investment and special events for Bell Media.
Henderson is responsible for all communications efforts for the company’s two conventional networks, CTV and CTV Two; Bell Media’s stable of...more

Matt Jacobson

Head of Market Development

Walter Levitt

Banff Board

Walter Levitt is one of North America’s most accomplished media & entertainment marketing executives. Most recently, Walter spent six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Comedy Central in NYC. He led numerous successful new initiatives including a strategic repositioning of the brand, the introduction of many multiplatform hits including “Key

Ira Levy

Managing Partner
Breakthrough Entertainment

Ira Levy is Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Breakthrough Films & Television, Breakthrough Entertainment and Breakthrough New Media. His current projects include the animated series JIMMY TWO-SHOES for Teletoon and Jetix; PRODUCING PARKER, the animated prime-time series for TVtropolis starring Kim Cattrall; and a new season of THINK BIG the...more

Speaking at: Face To Face Meeting Exchange

Blair Miller

Managing Partner, TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

As Vice President of Content, Blair is accountable for the development and realization of TELUS’ content strategy. His portfolio includes programming and business development for Optik TV as well as programming, commissioning and original production for Optik Local, TELUS local programming offering. In addition to the Banff Board of Directors,...more

Robin Mirsky

Executive Director, Rogers Group of Funds
Rogers Communications

Robin Mirsky is Executive Director of the Rogers Group of Funds. Robin joined Rogers Communications in 1989 as the Project Coordinator for Rogers Telefund, the interim financing fund established by Rogers to assist in the production of high-quality Canadian programming. Today, Rogers Telefund has approximately $34 million available for bridge...more

J. Serge Sasseville

Senior Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs
Quebecor Media Inc

J.Serge Sasseville est Vice-président principal, Affaires corporatives et institutionnelles de Québecor Média inc.. À ce titre, il assume la responsabilité des secteurs des affaires corporatives, des affaires réglementaires, des affaires institutionnelles/relations gouvernementales et des relations avec l’industrie. Il siège au sein du Comité de direction de Québecor Média. J.Serge Sasseville...more

Rebecca Segal

Sky Networks

A well respected veteran in the television industry, Rebecca Segal has worked extensively in the acquisition and marketing of U.S. programming, both through the development stage and on air.

She has successfully identified programming trends, provided market intelligence, and maintained relationships with U.S. networks (network and cable), studios, as well as...more

Speaking at: Face To Face Meeting Exchange

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