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Wednesday, July 7
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Chatroom: Commissioning FAQ

Wednesday, July 7
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Chatroom: Commissioning FAQ

*Marketplace Pass exclusive 

Join our hosts for small group conversations about important topics facing today’s industry and make meaningful industry connections.

Invited guests will be hosting tables to kick off conversations, but all BANFF Marketplace Passholders are welcome to attend.

No sign-up is required for these small group meetings, which are hosted in AirMeet.

Commissioning post-COVID: How will commissioning strategies change, post-pandemic? Explore what’s next on the slate after a year of industry disruption and change.

Host: Emily O. Smith

Buyer relationships: A strong network of buyer contacts is key for any producer. Here’s how you can build better buyer relationships.

Host: Rob Swartz 

Development deep-dive: You've entered development with a broadcast what? Explore what you should know when guiding your project through the development process.

Host: Nataline Rodrigues

Positioning your pitch: You've got a great project and you're ready to get it out there. Here's what a commissioner needs to see in your pitch to maximize its potential for greenlight.

Host: Zach Feldberg

On the drama horizon: With the advent of binge-worthy TV, there’s never been a more exciting time to be making scripted drama content. Now where do we go from here?

Host: Kathleen Meek

The future of factual: From celebrity-driven reality shows to globally formatted competition series, the scope and impact of factual entertainment is rapidly expanding. Explore where this genre will go next to inform and entertain audiences.

Host: Katie Isaacson

Natural history trends: The popularity of natural history content is at an all-time high. Dive into the trends and opportunities emerging in this space. 

Host: Bill Gardner

Up next for kids TV: Explore the content that's capturing kids' attention now. How are these trends driving current and future commissioning strategies? 

Host: Chris Rose

To enter the Chatroom, follow these simple steps:

  1. Be on a LAPTOP or a DESKTOP COMPUTER (the lounge platform does not offer all interactive features on a mobile device) 

  2. Use GOOGLE CHROME Browser 

  3. High Speed Internet connection offers the best experience

  4. Click on the Enter button below (this button appears on this page during the posted Chatroom session times)

  5. Allow camera and microphone access on your computer  

  6. Provide your credentials/register with the Airmeet lounge platform.
    Be sure to use the same email address you used to register for the Banff World Media Festival event, so that the system recognizes you as an approved Marketplace passholder. 

  7. Enter “the venue” (and follow prompts from there)


Zach Feldberg

Director of Current Production Comedy & Head of Scripted Gem Originals



Bill Gardner

VP, Programming & Development



Katie Isaacson

Director of Development, CNN



Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc


Nataline Rodrigues

SVP of Development

Rogers Sports & Media


Chris Rose

Broadcast and Production Executive

Nickelodeon International


Emily Smith

VP, International Original Programming



Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel



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