Face-to-Face Meetings Program

You are not currently viewing the most recent Banff World Media Festival.

    Go to Banff World Media Festival 2024


The Face-to-Face Meeting Lottery is now closed!

General sign-up for remaining spots with meeting hosts opens on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00pm ET.


The Face-to-Face Meetings Program is a fantastic opportunity for content producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading development executives. A signature of The Banff World Media Festival, avail yourself of the opportunity to meet with decision-makers who can help take your idea to the next level and put your TV or digital content into development.

Once you have registered for the event, you can book one of these coveted time slots to meet face-to-face with key industry players including broadcasters, production studios and digital platforms

Not registered? Book your pass here

Producers & Content Creators

  • Gain access to the world’s top Buyers and Decision Makers
  • Sell ideas, scripts and finished content
  • Create co-production opportunities
  • Sign with an agent

Buyers, Executives, Distributors, Agents

  • An efficient, one-stop-shop for buying new content
  • Strategically curated meetings that maximize efficiency
  • Introductions to new and emerging talent and content
  • Introductions to established content creators and producers with years of experience
  • Access to invite-only sessions and international peer-to-peer discussion


  • Specifically designed to be 8 minute time slots, the program has enabled thousands of one-on-one meetings and has led to many millions of dollars in transactions. In an ecosystem that thrives on connections, great content, and expertise, connect with people, ideas, and events that are of professional interest and maximize efficiencies!
  • Time slots and hosts are allotted via a lottery system, which requires advance sign up. Attendees can select up to three genres they are interested in, and have the opportunity to select up to 12 hosts they’d like to meet with (based on their selected genres), numbering hosts in terms or priority.
  • Once the lottery runs, a maximum of 5 hosts can be assigned to an attendee, through their BANFFXchange profile. After the lottery runs and results have been communicated to attendees who have signed up in advance, general sign-ups will open. During general sign-ups, attendees can log into their BANFFXchange account and change their selections, or book new spots, based on whatever is left available.
  • Please note: as this is a lottery, and time slots are assigned at random, not everyone is guaranteed to secure Face-to-Face meetings through this program.
  • If you are not assigned a Face-to-Face meeting through the lottery, don't worry - there is still a chance to meet with hosts by waiting in line for a spot to open up on the day of the event.
  • We highly recommend you register before the lottery begins, as spots go quickly!
  • Please see key dates for this program below.
  • Disclaimer: Some networks may require you to sign a submission release or an NDA and waiver agreement in advance of your meeting. If this is required by the network, the room monitor at the Face-to-Face check-in desk onsite will hand you the network's document for you to review, sign and deliver directly to your host during your meeting time slot.

Key Dates

Log into your BanffXchange account at any time prior to sign-up opening to select up to three (3) Program Genres that you are interested in.

  • Lottery selection opens: Friday, May 3, 2019, at 12:00pm ET
  • Lottery selection closes: Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 5:00pm ET
  • Lottery results will be emailed to participants from: Friday, May 10, 2019, to Monday, May 13, 2019
  • General Xchange sign-ups open: Monday, May 13, 2019, at 11:00am ET
  • General Xchange sign-up closes: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00pm ET


Jeff Alpern
The Alpern Group
Helen Asimakis
Senior Director, Drama
Kerry Ball
Literary Agent and Head of Development
Meridian Artists Inc.
Philip Barnsdall Thompson
VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America
Flame Distribution
Emily Baustien
Development Specialist
Discovery Channel
Chris Bell
Vice President, Scripted Development, Television
Giuliana Benvenuto
Manager, Acquisitions, North America
Cineflix Rights
Brenda Bisner
SVP of Content and Business Development
Shirley Bowers
VP, Sales & Acquisitions
Red Arrow Studios International
Rob Burk
Executive Producer
Melissa Campbell
Contentum Consulting & Management
Vanessa Case
SVP Studio, Canada
VICE Canada
Patrick Connolly
SVP, Programming
AMC Network Entertainment LLC
Alexandre Coscas
Coscas Production Inc.
Heather Curtis
Director of Development, Movies, Mini-Series, and International Co-Productions
Disney | ABC Television Group
Michelle Daly
Senior Director, Comedy
Alia Daniels
Co-Founder and COO
Revry, Inc.
Austin Denesuk
Creative Artists Agency
Libbie Doherty
Head of Children's Content
ABC – Australia
James Farr
Director of Development
Cream Productions Inc.
Jesse Fawcett
President & Executive Producer
Essential Media Group
Mike Fazzino
Senior Content Acquisition Manager
Amazon Studios
Adam Fratto
SVP, Series
Reel One Entertainment
Cathy Garland
Producer/Acquisitions, Travel Channel
Discovery, Inc.
Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Nelvana Enterprises, Corus Entertainment
Marni Goldman
Production Executive, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment
Isabel Gomez-Moriana
Director, Scripted Development
Melissa Hardinge
Senior Commissioning Editor
Molly Harrington
Associate Director of CNN Original Series
Tom Hastings
Director, Original Programming, Drama
Bell Media
Justina Hemperek
Head of Acquisitions
Beyond Distribution
Beth Iley
Director of Development
New Metric Media
Tory Jennings
Director, Programming, Premium SVOD
Bell Media
Robin Johnston
Director, Original Programming, Factual
Bell Media
Anthony Kimble
Founder and CEO
Fugitive Content
Timothy Kuryak
SVP, Production and Development
Cort Lane
SVP Animation and Family Entertainment
Liz Levenson
Cactus Tree Entertainment
Samantha Linton
VP, Head of Original Content
Blue Ant Media
Krista Look
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment
Marie McCann
Senior Director, CBC Kids
Michelle McCree
Production Executive, Factual
Kathleen Meek
Original Content, Drama & Factual
Corus Entertainment
Ben Noot
Director, Global Acquisitions
National Geographic
Cara Nye
Production Manager
Accessible Media Inc.
Jennevie Olivieri
Manager, TV Acquisitions and Co-Productions
Isabelle Pain
Sr. Content Acquisition Manager, Prime Video Canada
Amazon Studios
Sebastien Pigeon
Executive Producer & Vice-President, Corporate Development
Aetios Productions Inc.
Jenny Ramirez
VP, Unscripted Programming
Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS
Marly Reed
VP Development
NESHAMA Entertainment
Chris Regina
Director, Global Television, Content Acquisition
Pierre-Andre Rochat
Daro Film Distribution
Nataline Rodrigues
Director of Original Programming
Rogers Media Inc.
Carlotta Rossi Spencer
SVP of Format Acquisitions
Banijay Rights
Jessica Schmiedchen
Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content
Larry Shuman
The Shuman Company
Phillipp Steffens
Head of Fiction
Adam Steinman
VP, Creative, Format, Development, & Sales
Warner Bros. International Television Production
Tony Tompson
Drama Development Executive
“I had heard a lot about it but being there confirmed my suspicion that it is a magical place.”
- Moritz Polter, Executive Producer, International TV Series, Bavaria Fiction


Event Menu

Brand Menu