Connect with the global media industry by securing coveted one-on-one pitching sessions at the 2020 Banff World Media Festival.

**BANFF 2020 registration is required to secure Speed Pitching meetings!**


  • Speed Pitching is an exclusive chance to meet with relevant top buyers, executives, distributors and agents that can help take your work to the next level and your TV or digital content on the path to development or greenlight.
  • Designed to maximize efficiency and impact, each one-on-one Speed Pitching meeting is eight (8) minutes long. A staple of BANFF, these meetings have led to millions of dollars in transactions and countless connections.


  • Step one: Sign up for your delegate pass to the 2020 Banff World Media Festival
  • Step two: Sign in to your BANFFXchange account before Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET to select the up to three (3) program genres most relevant to your projects.
  • Step three: Log into BANFFXchange between Friday, May 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET and Thursday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET to select up to 12 relevant Speed Pitching hosts that match your selected program genres, ordered from highest to lowest priority for your needs.
  • Step four: When you’ve made your selections they will be marked as submitted. On Thursday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET, Speed Pitching meetings will be randomly assigned by an automated lottery system. Delegates will be notified by email within a few days with confirmed meeting details. Each delegate can be awarded up to five Speed Pitching meeting slots via the automated lottery. The average number of meetings awarded via the lottery is one to three, but there is a chance that no meetings will be awarded as the selection process is random.
  • Step five: Didn’t get all the meetings you wanted via the automated lottery or to select them in time for the lottery? We’re here for you. There is a general sign up for all remaining Speed Pitching meeting spots that runs from Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. ET until Friday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Check back often as schedule changes free meetings up until the last moment.
  • Step six: Arrive at BANFF prepped for your meetings! Follow @BANFFmedia on social channels for tips on how to get the most of your Speed Pitching and other networking opportunities at the Festival.
  • If you are looking for more meeting opportunities on site at BANFF, check in with the Room Monitor at any of the Speed Pitching sessions for last-minute openings due to no-shows and schedule changes.


Rebecca Arzoian
Head of Television
Smokehouse Pictures
Emily Baustien
Development and Production
Discovery Channel
Michelle Daly
Senior Director, Comedy
Alia Daniels
Co-Founder and COO
Revry, Inc.
Libbie Doherty
Head of Children's Content
ABC – Australia
Mike Fazzino
Senior Content Acquisition Manager
Amazon Studios
Marni Goldman
Production Executive, Lifestyle Content
Corus Entertainment
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
Tory Jennings
Director, Programming, Premium SVOD
Bell Media
Robin Johnston
Director, Original Programming, Factual
Bell Media
Cort Lane
SVP Animation and Family Entertainment
Samantha Linton
VP, Head of Original Content
Blue Ant Media
Krista Look
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment
Kathleen Meek
Original Content, Drama & Factual
Corus Entertainment
Ben Noot
Director, Global Acquisitions
National Geographic
Isabelle Pain
Head of Content, Prime Video Canada
Amazon Studios
Jenny Ramirez
VP, Unscripted Programming
Turner Entertainment Networks, TNT & TBS
Chris Regina
Director, Global Television, Content Acquisition
Jessica Schmiedchen
Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content
Philipp Steffens
Head of Fiction
Tony Tompson
Drama Development Executive
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