Agenda

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Saturday, June 10

8:00 AM

Sunday, June 11

7:00 AM
8:00 AM

Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum: networking breakfast + opening ceremonies (8:00am - 9:30am)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

Featuring:

Host

Adam Garnet Jones

Director of TV Content and Special Events

APTN - Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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9:30 AM

Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #1: unscripted/documentary (9:30am - 10:30am)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

Five Indigenous producers present their unscripted/documentary projects and receive questions, comments, and expressions of interest from leading buyers, co-production partners, and funders.

Featuring:

Saxon de Cocq

Writer/Creative Producer

3 Story Pictures

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Host

Adam Garnet Jones

Director of TV Content and Special Events

APTN - Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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Harold Joe

Producer

Orca Cove Media

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Nadia Mike

CEO/Producer

Umik Media Inc

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Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore

Filmmaker/Podcaster-Unscripted Documentary

The Aunties Dandelion

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Tanner Zurkoski

Writer, Creator, Producer

Two Hounds Media

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Rachel Goldstein-Couto

Head of Development, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Expert Commentator

Alanis Obomsawin

Cultural Attaché, First Nations, and Producer-Writer-Director

NFB The National Film Board of Canada

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Expert Commentator

Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Expert Commentator

Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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Expert Commentator

Llinos Wynne

Head Documentaries and Specialist Factual

S4C

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10:45 AM

Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #2: drama series (10:45am - 11:45am)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

Five Indigenous producers present their unscripted/documentary projects and receive questions, comments, and expressions of interest from leading buyers, co-production partners, and funders.

Featuring:

Victoria Anderson-Gardner

Executive Producer

Howah Productions Inc.

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Host

Adam Garnet Jones

Director of TV Content and Special Events

APTN - Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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Tasha Hubbard

Filmmaker

Katawak Productions

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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Director, Producer

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Neegan Trudel

Director/Producer

Cayenne Medias

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Marina Di Pancrazio

Chief Content Revenue Officer

Just For Laughs Group

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Expert Commentator

Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Tavake Ltd

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Expert Commentator

Tom Hastings

Head of Original Programming in Canada, Paramount+

Paramount

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Expert Commentator

Jean La Rose

General Manager

Animiki See Distribution Inc

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Expert Commentator

Lisa Meeches

Founder and Executive Producer

Eagle Vision

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Expert Commentator

Mal Stares

Senior VP, Global Scripted

Blink49 Studios

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12:00 PM

Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #3: comedy series (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

Five Indigenous producers present their unscripted/documentary projects and receive questions, comments, and expressions of interest from leading buyers, co-production partners, and funders.

Featuring:

Sage Daniels

Writer-Producer

Code Breaker Films

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Mary Galloway

Filmmaker

Bright Shadow Productions Inc

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Host

Adam Garnet Jones

Director of TV Content and Special Events

APTN - Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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Judy Iseke

Producer

Turquoise Sky Entertainment

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Megan McNeill

Artist, Filmmaker

Megan Nicole illustration

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Janet Rogers

Producer/Writer

Ojistoh Publishing and Productions

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Greig Dymond

Director of Development, Comedy

CBC

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Expert Commentator

Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Expert Commentator

Nick Lee

Commercial Director, Drama & Comedy

Channel 4

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Expert Commentator

Tara Woodbury

Director, Content-Canada

Netflix-Toronto

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1:30 PM

Welcome to BANFF info session (1:30pm - 2:15pm)

Cascade

An informal information session designed to help you make the most of your time at BANFF 2022. Our team members will guide you through the festival features that'll help you meet your business goals. Drop in only. No advance sign-up required.


2:30 PM

30 minutes with... Justin Rutsky, Netflix (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand and participate in live Q&A. No advance sign-up required. Space will be filled on site, on a first come, first seated basis until we hit room capacity. Sessions are closed to press.

Featuring:

Justin Rutsky

Director, Nonfiction Original Series

Netflix

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3:00 PM

BANFF opening session (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Cascade

Join us for a lineup of special guests who will help open the 2023 edition of the Banff World Media Festival.

3:30 PM

Defining Canadian Content: The future of the industry (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

PARTNER PRESENTATION: Join the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and a cross-section of Canadian industry voices for a first look at preliminary insights from the CMF’s #CanConDef research initiative, which includes a national survey, detailed ethnographic interviews, and a series of workshops on how the definition of Canadian content could evolve with the new Broadcasting Act. With specifics on how to implement the modernized Act still to come, this is an imperative conversation about the future of the industry. Don’t miss this opening session to set the stage for BANFF 2023.


Moderating:


Valerie Creighton

President & CEO

Canada Media Fund

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Featuring:

Stacey Aglok MacDonald

Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Writer, upcoming Arctic comedy series for CBC, Netflix and APTN

Red Marrow Media

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Catalina Briceno

Partner

La société des demains

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Tom Hastings

Head of Original Programming in Canada, Paramount+

Paramount

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Sasha Leigh Henry

Showrunner, Director

Admiral Productions + Sunflower Studios

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Christina Jennings

Chairman & President

Shaftesbury

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Philippe Lamarre

President

URBANIA

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4:45 PM

Int’l Media Leaders: big bang theories (4:45pm - 5:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

The techtonic plates of the international media industry continue to shift amid seismic change in the business, morphing content trends, social and political upheaval, economic factors and unstoppable technological advancements. From strategic M&A to running a global streamer to creating mega-hits, each of these media leaders, an innovator in their own right, is charting a bold path. Join us for this exclusive discussion revealing views on the latest trends, current challenges and what it takes to navigate what’s next in media.


Moderating:


Elaine Low

Staff Writer

The Ankler

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Featuring:

Antony Fraser

Managing Director

ACF Investment Bank

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Kevin Johnson

CEO

GroupM Canada

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Juan Ponce

SVP & General Manager for Telemundo Streaming Studios

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

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Patrick Vien

Group Managing Director, International

A+E Networks

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Odetta Watkins

Head, Drama Series

Amazon Studios

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5:30 PM

CBC: It's a Canada Thing - Opening Night Reception 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Cascade/Riverview) (5:30pm - 7:30pm)

In Partnership With

CBC welcomes you to kick off Banff 2023 and reconnect with colleagues and friends from around the world while celebrating original Canadian storytelling. 

Bar and Cocktails provided by: Shaftesbury

Monday, June 12

7:15 AM
7:30 AM

CBC Breakfast: telling Canada's stories (7:30am - 9:00am)

In Partnership With

Mount Stephen Hall

With opening remarks by EVP Barbara Williams, join CBC for a candid conversation about the importance of original storytelling in Canada and the journey to reflect more voices and perspectives, featuring the co-creators of CBC's new Arctic comedy and factual entertainment series Bollywed.

*Please note there will be limited seating. Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Moderating:


Jordan Pinto

North American Editor

C21 Media

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Featuring:

Stacey Aglok MacDonald

Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Writer, upcoming Arctic comedy series for CBC, Netflix and APTN

Red Marrow Media

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Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Writer, upcoming Arctic comedy series for CBC, Netflix and APTN

Red Marrow Media

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Sally Catto

General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports

CBC

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Gurjeet S. Mann

Executive Producer/Director of Phtography

HeartHat Entertainment

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Carolyn Meland

President & Executive Producer

HeartHat Entertainment

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Barbara Williams

Executive Vice-President

CBC

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9:00 AM

An address from the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage (9:00am - 9:25am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Kick off the first full day of BANFF 2023 with a keynote address from the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant.


Featuring:

Pablo Rodriguez

Minister of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

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Topic Tables (9:00am - 9:30am)

Alhambra

*Drop in on site - no previous sign up required 

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

These 30-minute informal sessions are a great way to add to your network by connecting with the right people. Join these guided conversations to gain insight into topics including co-productions, financing, sustainability and more! Up to 5-6 delegates can join a topic table at one time and are invited to move from one table to another as space allows.


TOPIC: Climate & Sustainability On Screen

Cyle Zezo (Board of Advisors - Hollywood Climate Summit)   


TOPIC: New Financing Models

Richard Jean-Baptiste (Attraction)  


TOPIC: Selling in the US: Windowing 101

Bryan Gabourie (Blue Ant International) 


TOPIC: Explore Streaming Distribution

Mary-Anne Taylor (Roku) 


TOPIC: Accessing Virtual Production

Käroli Grenman (Virtual Production House) 


TOPIC: The Future of Canadian Comedy

Bill Lundy (New Metric Media) 


TOPIC: Creative Collaboration in Development and Pre-development

Jay Wu (Bell Media) 


TOPIC: AI Fake Drake and the Fallout for Copyright and Creatives

Gregory Pang (Red Frame Law) 


TOPIC:Sustainability & Decarbonization

Melanie Windle (Sustainable Entertainment Society) 

 

TOPIC: The Power of Music in Your Projects

Nora Felder (Music Supervisor - Stranger Things, Yellowjackets) 


TOPIC: Treaty vs. Commercial Co-Pros

Alex Lalonde (Amaze) 


TOPIC: Negotiating Content Sales

Doug Smith (Paramount Global - Canada)


TOPIC: True Crime Programming

Catherine Casey (Amazon Studios)

 

TOPIC: Budgeting for Diversity

Safia Abdigir (Reelworld Screen Institute) 


NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Safia Abdigir

Program Director

Reelworld Screen Institute

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Catherine Casey

Senior Creative Executive Global Unscripted Formats

Amazon Studios

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Nora Felder

Music Supervisor

Picture Music Company

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Bryan Gabourie

SVP, International Sales & Partnerships

Blue Ant International

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Table host

Käroli Grenman

Head of Operations, Producer

Virtual Production House by The Other End

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Table host

Richard Jean-Baptiste

Vice President, Business Innovation, Executive Producer

Attraction

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Table host

Tiara Johnny

Program Manager

Reelworld Screen Institute

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Table host

Alex Lalonde

Chief Operating Officer

Amaze

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Table host

Bill Lundy

SVP Comedy

New Metric Media

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Table host

Gregory Pang

Lawyer

RedFrame Law

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Table host

Doug Smith

SVP Streaming & Content Licensing - Paramount Global - Canada

Paramount

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Table host

Mary-Anne Taylor

Head of Content Distribution, Canada

Roku

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Melanie Windle

Executive Director

Sustainable Entertainment Society

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Jay Carolyn Wu

Head of Development

Bell Media

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Cyle Zezo

Program Lead, Executive Producer

Solarpunk Village

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9:25 AM

Keynote speech: Vicky Eatrides, Chairperson and CEO, CRTC (9:25am - 9:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

In one of her first addresses to the Canadian film and TV industry, the CRTC’s new Chairperson and CEO will speak to the work currently underway to modernize Canada’s broadcasting system.

Featuring:

Vicky Eatrides

Chairperson and CEO

CRTC Canadian Radio Television & Telecommunications Commissions

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10:00 AM

Canada: state of the nation (10:00am - 10:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Expectations are high as our industry is on the precipice of even more dramatic change. Join us for one of the most hotly anticipated sessions each year where leaders at some of the biggest media companies operating in Canada reveal their vision for the future and address pressing questions about what it will take to ensure a thriving domestic media sector.


Moderating:


Victoria Ahearn

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Playback

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Featuring:

Brad Danks

CEO

OUTtv Network Inc

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Hayden Mindell

Senior Vice President of Television

Rogers Sports & Media

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Andrew Peterson

Head of Canada

YouTube

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Troy Reeb

EVP, Networks and Content

Corus Entertainment Inc

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Jamie Schouela

President, Global Channels and Media

Blue Ant Media Inc

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Barbara Williams

Executive Vice-President

CBC

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Speed Meetings with Buyers (10:00am - 11:00am)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign-up was required via lottery, see networking page for more details.

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Speed Meetings should arrive at the session room 30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late for your scheduled time slot will result in losing your spot to the wait line.

If you did not secure a Speed Meetings spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Speed Meetings with Buyers is in a NEW LOCATION, on the Conference Centre side. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the Hotel side so that you are not late for your scheduled meeting.

BANFF’s Speed Meetings with Buyers are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading program buyers and funders. This is your opportunity to connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, with a 2-minute transition time between meetings, this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Jessica Callahan

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Aubrey Clarke

Commissioning Executive | BBC Children’s 7+

BBC

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Lisa Ducharme

Director of Online Content

APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc.

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Table host

Bart Fisher

VP, Development - Programming

Hallmark Media

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Lauren Frasca

SVP, Content

Magnolia Network - Warner Bros. Discovery

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Table host

Laura Gaines

Director, Development & Programming

Hallmark Media

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Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Katrina Kowalski

Senior Vice President, International Content Programming & Acquisitions, Pluto TV

Paramount

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Jennifer Kramer

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Nick Lee

Commercial Director, Drama & Comedy

Channel 4

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Jennifer Liang

Acquisitions Executive

Topic

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Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production, Kids

CBC

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Table host

Angela Polk

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Table host

Polly Scates

Head of Acquisitions

Channel 4

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Benjamin Thornton

Development Executive

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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Table host

Llinos Wynne

Head Documentaries and Specialist Factual

S4C

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Table host

Michele Zatta

Commissioning Editor in Charge of International Co-productions

RAI Fiction - RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana

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10:30 AM

Meet a Distributor (10:30am - 11:00am)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

*Advance sign up was required, see networking page for more details

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Distributor should arrive at the session room 20-30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late will result in losing your spot to the wait line. 

If you did not secure a spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 20-30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

These 30-minute sessions are informal affairs designed to connect delegates with top distributors in a small group setting. These sessions are not about pitching. They are opportunities to network, discuss trends and to spark potential partnerships. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Dylan Casella

Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Off the Fence

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Simon Cox

EVP Content & Acquisitions

Banijay Rights

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Courtney Fitzpatrick

Director, Worldwide TV & Distribution

Lionsgate Entertainment

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Cathy Hare

Director of Acquisitions North America

Entertainment One Television International

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Jean La Rose

General Manager

Animiki See Distribution Inc

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Richard Life

SVP Acquisitions and Co-productions

Cineflix Rights

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Jodi Mackie

Sr. Director, Content Sales & Co-Productions Kids & Family

BBC Studios Canada

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Nadia Paulos

Senior Director of Distribution Operations

Fremantle

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Brook Peters

SVP, Sales & Business Development

Incendo

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Greg Rubidge

President

Syndicado

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Kate Sanagan

Head of Sales & Distribution

Sinking Ship Entertainment

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Table host

Nick Solowski

Senior Director, International Sales and Acquisitions

Blue Ant Media Inc

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11:00 AM

Master Class: Club Illico’s Mégantic (11:00am - 11:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Mégantic is inspired by the real events of the 2013 train tragedy involving the largest onshore oil spill in North America. Join Showrunner and Producer Sophie Lorain and Director Alexis Durand Brault as they discuss the Club illico series, which follows the destinies of Méganticois marked by grief and trauma, but also by solidarity, courage and heroism.


Moderating:


Cynthia Kennedy

BANFF Content Advisory Board

Incendo

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Featuring:

Alexis Durand-Brault

Director

ALSO

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Sophie Lorain

Producer/Showrunner

ALSO

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Maximize the Value of Your IP on YouTube (11:00am - 11:45am)

In Partnership With

Mount Stephen Hall

PARTNER PRESENTATION: Creators, producers and directors have similar goals: to share their stories with the world while maximizing the full value of their IP. This panel will cover ways to extend the value of your content long after it’s been ‘shelved’, develop an engaged fanbase who are hungry for more from your library and launch new programming to audiences worldwide. Networks, producers, and creators will hear from industry leaders on tried and tested approaches, and the various opportunities that YouTube can offer for global content distribution.


Featuring:

Morgan Greco

Senior Vice President, Digital Business Development

A+E Networks

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Steven He

Comedian, Actor, Producer and YouTuber

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Stephanie Wilson Chapin

Strategic Partner Lead for TV, Sports, News, YouTube Canada

YouTube

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30 minutes with... Samantha Linton, Blue Ant Media (11:00am - 11:30am)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand and participate in live Q&A. No advance sign-up required. Space will be filled on site, on a first come, first seated basis until we hit room capacity. Sessions are closed to press.

Featuring:

Sam Linton

VP, Production and Development, Global Media

Blue Ant Media Inc

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12:00 PM

Writer Superpanel: strike edition (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

A discussion on the current WGA strike and issues facing the future of the creative side of the business with some of the industry’s top showrunners and writers.


Moderating:


Manori Ravindran

Executive Editor, International & Senior Writer

Variety

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Featuring:

Kara Brown

Writer, Executive Producer

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Adele Lim

Writer-Producer and Director

Writer, Director

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Elan Mastai

Writer

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YouTube Presents: A Masterclass in Monetization (Ivor Petrak) (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

In Partnership With

As producers and content creators determine the best global strategy to distribute their projects, it’s important to consider every distribution avenue, so that no one is leaving money on the table. This hands-on workshop will cover various monetization strategies and tangible tactics available on YouTube for everyone from media conglomerates to local creators. Advance registration is required as spots are limited.

Featuring:

Pat Atkins

Strategic Partner Lead, TV & Film, YouTube US

YouTube

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Stephanie Wilson Chapin

Strategic Partner Lead for TV, Sports, News, YouTube Canada

YouTube

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CREATOR CONNECTIONS WITH WILLIAM F. WHITE INT’L (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

In Partnership With

Calling all creatives, grab your lunch and network with diverse talent from around the globe. The team from WFW will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding production and how it relates to your creative journey.


* There are two places to buy your Grab & Go lunches: in the Oval Room beside the Crave Riverview Lounge and in the Alberta/New Brunswick Meeting Space. Available Monday & Tuesday 11:00AM - 2:00PM.

Virtual Production Demo : Summer Vista (Alberta Film Commission Virtual Production Volume, Conference Centre) (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

Virtual Production Volume provided & powered by Northern Gateway Films. This demo uses real-time camera tracking to match the perspective of the camera lens to recreate parallax and depth of field on the LED volume. The environment is created in Unreal Engine which offers great flexibility and control over the elements. Come check us out in the Conference Center and chat with the techs and producers about what possibilities exist for virtual production in Alberta.

12:30 PM

Spotlight: Roku (12:30pm - 1:15pm)

Mount Stephen Hall

Join us for a conversation with Roku’s David Eilenberg, Jennifer Vaux, and Brian Tannenbaum,as David dives into his new role as Head of Content, and the Roku team shares insights on its recently revamped content team. Explore how Roku Media is forming its strategic shape and learn more about The Roku Channel Canada’s role within this broader strategy. The discussion will also focus on Roku Media’s core business elements including scripted, non-scripted, and content acquisition, as well as the content team’s vision and windowing strategies for key content. There may also be exciting updates on a few The Roku Channel Canadian favourites.

Moderating:


Jordan Pinto

North American Editor

C21 Media

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Featuring:

David Eilenberg

Vice President and Head of Content

Roku

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Brian Tannenbaum

Head, Roku Originals

Roku

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Jennifer Vaux

VP, Content Acquisition & Programming

Roku

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1:00 PM

Moving the dial forward for underrepresented communities in entertainment - successes and continued growth (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Real progress is more than just a seat at the table. Leaders and program participants from the Black Screen Office, NBCU Launch and Reelworld Screen Institute sit down to weigh in on how organizations can truly make an impact for underrepresented communities in the industry today and what needs to be done to create lasting change for future generations.

Moderating:


Kathleen Newman-Bremang

Deputy Editor - Global of Refinery29 Unbothered

Refinery29 Unbothered

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Featuring:

Tayo Amos

Filmmaker

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Robert Baltazar

Vice President, TV Programming DEI, NBCU Launch

NBCUniversal

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Joan Jenkinson

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Black Screen Office

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Kelly-Ann Jones

Senior Manager, Audience Research

Canada Media Fund

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Thea Loo

Producer

No More Productions Inc

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Alexis McLaren

Development Executive, Original Programming, Scripted & Unscripted

Bell Media

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Sina Sultani

Writer | Director | Producer (p.g.a.)

Photocell Productions

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Tonya Williams

Founder & Executive Director

Reelworld Screen Institute

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1:30 PM

Home reno-ssance: what’s hot in property (1:30pm - 2:15pm)

In Partnership With

Mount Stephen Hall

What is it about renovation shows that we love so much? Join top property series buyers and producers as they discuss what it takes to “build” a home reno hit in today’s landscape, where the genre is headed, and why getting a sneak peek into people’s homes is so captivating.


Moderating:


Vibika Bianchi

Executive Producer

Catalyst

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Featuring:

Josie Crimi

EVP Development and Production

Scott Brothers Entertainment

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Lauren Frasca

SVP, Content

Magnolia Network - Warner Bros. Discovery

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Scott McGillivray

CEO

MEM Inc

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J.C. Mills

President and Head of Content

Cineflix Productions

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CJ Yu

Founder

Amazon Studios

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Meet a Decision Maker (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

*Advance sign up was required, see networking page for more details

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Decision Maker should arrive at the session room 20-30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late will result in losing your spot to the wait line. 

If you did not secure a spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 20-30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

These 30-minute sessions are informal affairs designed to connect delegates with broadcasters, streamers, producers and development executives in a small-group setting. These sessions are not about pitching. They are opportunities to network, discuss trends and spark potential partnerships.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Julie Bristow

Founder

Catalyst

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Valerie Creighton

President & CEO

Canada Media Fund

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Bart Fisher

VP, Development - Programming

Hallmark Media

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Chris Fry

Joint Creative Director of Scripted

Sister Pictures

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Kelly Garrett

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Brenda Gilbert

Co-Founder and President

BRON Media Corporation

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Lea Marin

Director of Development, Drama

CBC

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Lisa Meeches

Founder and Executive Producer

Eagle Vision

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Angela Polk

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Stefania Scarfo

Head of Content Strategy & Planning

Paramount+ Canada

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Brad Schwartz

President of Entertainment

The CW Television Network

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Benjamin Tappan

President, Production

Walden Media

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Melanie Windle

Executive Director

Sustainable Entertainment Society

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Speed Meetings with Buyers (1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign-up iwas required via lottery, see networking page for more details. 

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Speed Meetings should arrive at the session room 30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late for your scheduled time slot will result in losing your spot to the wait line.

If you did not secure a Speed Meetings spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Speed Meetings with Buyers is in a NEW LOCATION, on the Conference Centre side. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the Hotel side so that you are not late for your scheduled meeting.

BANFF’s Speed Meetings with Buyers are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading program buyers and funders. This is your opportunity to connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, with a 2-minute transition time between meetings, this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Aubrey Clarke

Commissioning Executive | BBC Children’s 7+

BBC

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Greig Dymond

Director of Development, Comedy

CBC

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Sarah Fowlie

Head of Production, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Laura Gaines

Director, Development & Programming

Hallmark Media

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Beth Iley

Senior Development Executive

Amazon Studios

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Jennifer Kramer

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Table host

Marianne Lambert

Director,
Co-Productions

TFO

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Nick Lee

Commercial Director, Drama & Comedy

Channel 4

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Jennifer Liang

Acquisitions Executive

Topic

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Jodi Mackie

Sr. Director, Content Sales & Co-Productions Kids & Family

BBC Studios Canada

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Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc

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Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama

CBC

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Cara Nye

Director, Content Development & Production

Accessible Media Inc.

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Juan Ponce

SVP & General Manager for Telemundo Streaming Studios

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

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Polly Scates

Head of Acquisitions

Channel 4

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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Tara Woodbury

Director, Content-Canada

Netflix-Toronto

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2:00 PM

Summit Series: Jennifer Mullin, CEO, Fremantle (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

One of the most powerful women in global content, Jennifer Mullin oversees a business that achieved revenues of €2.3 billion (US$2.44 billion) in 2022. Fremantle (part of the RTL Group), is one of the biggest production companies in the world, the creative engine behind iconic entertainment franchises such as Idol, Got Talent, and Family Feud as well as high-end global drama and film output, producing the likes of Bones and All, My Brilliant Friend, The Responder and Academy-award nominated The Hand of God. Fremantle has grown its global footprint through strategic M&A activity and high-profile creative talent partnerships with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Edward Berger, Paolo Sorrentino and Michael Winterbottom, and under Mullin’s leadership as Fremantle’s first American head, ambitious plans are also afoot to continue growth in the documentary space. 

Moderating:


Jenn Kuzmyk

Executive Director - BANFF, Publisher - Playback

Brunico Communications Ltd.

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Featuring:

Jennifer Mullin

Chief Executive Officer

Fremantle

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2:30 PM

Spotlight: Blue Ant Media (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

Mount Stephen Hall

BANFF’s Spotlight sessions are designed to give executives at the world's most exciting content platforms the stage to reveal their programming priorities and needs. Executives will reveal everything producers need to know – what they are looking for in content, what's working and what's not and how best to engage with them – and delegates can participate in a Q&A at the end.

Moderating:


Manori Ravindran

Executive Editor, International & Senior Writer

Variety

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Featuring:

Solange Attwood

CEO & Co-Founder

Blue Ant Media Inc

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Laura Michalchyshyn

Chief Creative Officer Blue Ant Media

Blue Ant Media

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Jamie Schouela

President, Global Channels and Media

Blue Ant Media Inc

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Virtual Production Demo: Interior Office (Alberta Film Commission Virtual Production Volume, Conference Centre) (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

3:00 PM

Trends in scripted programming (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

In a world of nonstop premieres and ever-increasing competition, how do you produce a show that creates a cult following and sets up for a second season? Hear from major producers, studios, streamers and agents on how they are strategizing to navigate change, how to get noticed in an era of great series, and where the opportunities lie for new stories, new approaches and new IP that has the capacity to break out.

Moderating:


John Elmes

International Editor

Broadcast

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Featuring:

Chris Fry

Joint Creative Director of Scripted

Sister Pictures

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Barry Jossen

President, A+E Studios

A+E Studios

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Teza Lawrence

Executive Producer/Co-Owner

Amaze

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Jacqueline Sacerio

Executive Vice President & Co-Head, Development, Scripted Television, U.S.

Entertainment One Television

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Bryan Seabury

EVP, Drama Development

CBS Studios

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30 minutes with... Jessica Schmiedchen, CBC Factual Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand and participate in live Q&A. No advance sign-up required. Space will be filled on site, on a first come, first seated basis until we hit room capacity. Sessions are closed to press.

Featuring:

Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Meet an Agent (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

*Advance sign up was required, see networking page for more details

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet an Agent should arrive at the session room 20-30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late will result in losing your spot to the wait line. 

If you did not secure a spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 20-30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

These 30-minute sessions are informal affairs designed to connect delegates with top agents in a small group setting. These sessions are not about pitching. They are opportunities to network, discuss trends and spark potential partnerships. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Kerry Ball

Literary Agent and Head of Development

Meridian Artists Inc

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Michael Gordon

TV Global Scripted Agent

CAA Creative Artists Agency

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Jennifer Hollyer

Agent

The Jennifer Hollyer Agency

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Tiauna Jackson

Agent, Producer, Distributor

The Jackson Agency

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Adam Levine

Co-Founder/Partner

VERVE

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Sohrab Merchant

Literary Agent

The Characters Talent Agency

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Dan Norton

Agent

CAA Creative Artists Agency

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Tyler Reynolds

Partner and Head, Television Directing

VERVE

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Kulbinder Saran Caldwell

CEO & Founder

Reallife Pictures Inc.

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Larry Shuman

President/Literary Manager

The Shuman Company

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4:00 PM

In Conversation With: Killing It’s Craig Robinson and Claudia O'Doherty (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join this year’s Rockie Awards Gala Host Craig Robinson to discuss all things comedy with his castmate Claudia O’Doherty from Peacock’s hit comedy series, Killing It.

From the creative minds behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici, Killing It is a comedy about class, capitalism, and one man’s quest to achieve the American Dream. But first he has to overcome vicious criminals, nature run wild, and worst of all, corporate America.

Moderating:


John Elmes

International Editor

Broadcast

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Featuring:

Claudia O'Doherty

Actress and Comedian

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Craig Robinson

Star and Executive Producer, Killing It

Universal Studio Group

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Global partnerships: we’re all in this together (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

In Partnership With

Mount Stephen Hall

Hits spanning a global scale are at an all-time high. But how do you strategize financing and creative development to achieve success?  These leading producers and distributors from around the world reveal their take on creating innovative and productive international partnerships. How have approaches evolved to meet current market realities?


Moderating:


Richard Middleton

Editor

TBI Magazine

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Featuring:

Elise Cousineau

VP Development, Scripted English Content

Sphere Media Toronto

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Simon Cox

EVP Content & Acquisitions

Banijay Rights

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Deniese Davis

Founder and CEO

Reform Media Group

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Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Tavake Ltd

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Carlyn Klebuc

General Manager, Original Programming

Bell Media

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30 minutes with... Tom Hastings, Katrina Kowalski and Stefania Scarfo, Paramount+ Canada (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand and participate in live Q&A. No advance sign-up required. Space will be filled on site, on a first come, first seated basis until we hit room capacity. Sessions are closed to press.

Featuring:

Tom Hastings

Head of Original Programming in Canada, Paramount+

Paramount

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Katrina Kowalski

Senior Vice President, International Content Programming & Acquisitions, Pluto TV

Paramount

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Stefania Scarfo

Head of Content Strategy & Planning

Paramount+ Canada

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4:30 PM

Alberta Film and Television Meet and Greet (Alberta Film Commission Virtual Production Volume, Conference Centre) (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Join the Alberta Film and Television industry to make connections! Alberta creators, regional film commissions and key industry partners will gather to celebrate and showcase the growth and development of the industry in Alberta.


5:00 PM

Rockie Awards International Program Competition cocktails + show (Van Horne Ballroom) (5:00pm - 7:00pm)

Please note there will be limited seating. Guests will be seated on a first come, first seated basis.

Join us for cocktails and snacks! Meet and celebrate this year’s nominees representing the best in global content. Winners from around the world will then be revealed during the live show.

All BANFF delegates are welcome. Attire: Business casual.

Featuring:

Host

Henry Andrade

MC RedCloud

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Crystle Lightning

Actor

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9:00 PM

Paramount+ Lodge Party (9:00PM - 1:00AM) (Location: Mount View BBQ) (9:00pm - 10:00pm)

In Partnership With

The legendary BANFF BBQ is being transformed into Paramount+ Lodge for an epic late-night party! Join us for “A Mountain of Entertainment” featuring open fire pits, food, drinks, and dancing at the foot of the Canadian Rockies.

Buses will depart for the Paramount + Lodge starting at 8:30 pm from the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. There will be a second pick up location downtown at the commercial parking lot behind the Mount Royal Hotel (the Corner of Beaver Street and Caribou Street). Buses will run continuously on a loop every 10 minutes from 8:30 pm until 1:00 am.

DRESS TO IMPRESS/DECOMPRESS: Wear your best plaid ensemble to the lodge.

Tuesday, June 13

8:00 AM
9:00 AM

Master Class: Robyn Hood (9:00am - 9:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

From Corus Entertainment and Boat Rocker, Global original scripted series, Robyn Hood, is a contemporary reimagining of the Robin Hood legend co-created by director Julien Christian Lutz pka Director X and writer Chris Roberts. Featuring a dynamic panel including Director X, series star Jessye Romeo (Robyn Loxley), Corus Entertainment and Boat Rocker, don’t miss this engaging conversation as they preview the retelling of the heroic tale coming to Global this summer.


Moderating:


Kathleen Newman-Bremang

Deputy Editor - Global of Refinery29 Unbothered

Refinery29 Unbothered

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Featuring:

Kerry Appleyard

Senior Vice President, Scripted & Unscripted

Boat Rocker Studios

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Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc

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Jessye Romeo

Actress and Writer

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Director X

Founder

Creative Rain

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Topic Tables (9:00am - 9:30am)

Alhambra

*Drop in on site - no previous sign up required 

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

These 30-minute informal sessions are a great way to add to your network by connecting with the right people. Join these guided conversations to gain insight into topics including co-productions, financing, sustainability and more! Up to 5-6 delegates can join a topic table at one time and are invited to move from one table to another as space allows.

NOTE: We acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.


TOPIC: Accessing Virtual Production

Käroli Grenman (Virtual Production House) 


TOPIC: Creative Collaboration in Development and Pre-development

Jay Wu (Bell Media) 


TOPIC: AI Fake Drake and the Fallout for Copyright and Creatives

Gregory Pang (Red Frame Law) 


TOPIC: Unscripted Co-Production Trends

Benjamin Thornton (Warner Bros. Discovery) 


TOPIC: Sustainability & Decarbonization

Andrew Robinson (Green Spark) 


TOPIC: Mentorship

Ashley Williams (Hallmark Media) 


TOPIC: Canadian Funding

Susan Makela (Paramount+ and Pluto TV) 


TOPIC: Canadian Funding + the Global Audience

Simon Faber (Taiga Pictures)


TOPIC: Content Collaboration in Scripted Television

Chris Bell (eOne)

 

TOPIC: Adapting IP

Andrew Kelly (eOne)


TOPIC: Budgeting for Diversity

Safia Abdigir (Reelworld Screen Institute) 


TOPIC: International Co-Productions

Rob Aslett (Avalon Television)


NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Safia Abdigir

Program Director

Reelworld Screen Institute

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Rob Aslett

Company Director, Artist Manager and Executive Producer

Avalon Television

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Chris Bell

Scripted Content

Entertainment One Television International

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Simon Faber

Founder & Producer

Taiga Pictures

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Käroli Grenman

Head of Operations, Producer

Virtual Production House by The Other End

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Tiara Johnny

Program Manager

Reelworld Screen Institute

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Andrew Kelly

Vice President, Scripted Development

Entertainment One Television Productions Ltd.

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Susan Makela

Sr Director, Acquisitions, Rights & Inventory

Paramount

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Gregory Pang

Lawyer

RedFrame Law

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Andrew Robinson

Principal, Sustainability Strategy and Engagement

Green Spark Group

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Benjamin Thornton

Development Executive

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Ashley Williams

Director

Hallmark Media

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Jay Carolyn Wu

Head of Development

Bell Media

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Calgary Economic Development announcement (Alberta Film Commission Virtual Production Volume, Conference Centre) (9:00am - 9:30am)

Join Calgary Economic Development’s Erin O’Connor and Tori Romano for a snapshot of the work being done alongside partners at the Edmonton Screen Industries Office to develop Alberta’s talent and grow the animation and VFX industry in the province.

10:00 AM

In Conversation With: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Co-Founders, World of Wonder (10:00am - 10:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato sit down to talk about the enormous, international success of Drag Race, WOW’s award-winning subversive documentaries including projects such as The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Party Monster, and Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and their owned-and-operated SVOD WOW Presents Plus. They will also discuss the cultural importance of drag and giving a platform to marginalized voices, and how World of Wonder is continuing toward total “world” domination.

*Join us in the CRAVE Lounge for a special book signing with Fenton Bailey immediately after the session. The first 100 people get a copy of his book ‘Screen Age’ How TV shaped our reality, from Tammy Faye to RuPaul's Drag Race.


Moderating:


Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Editorial Director

The Hollywood Reporter

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Featuring:

Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

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Randy Barbato

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

World of Wonder

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30 minutes with... Brent Haynes, Amazon Studios (10:00am - 10:30am)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand and participate in live Q&A. No advance sign-up required. Space will be filled on site, on a first come, first seated basis until we hit room capacity. Sessions are closed to press.

Featuring:

Brent Haynes

Head of Originals, Canada

Amazon Studios

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Production Partners (10:00am - 11:00am)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign-up was required via lottery, see networking page for more details. 

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Production Partners should arrive at the session room 30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late for your scheduled time slot will result in losing your spot to the wait line.

If you did not secure a Production Partners spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Production Partners is in a NEW LOCATION, on the Conference Centre side. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the Hotel side so that you are not late for your scheduled meeting.

Production company development execs will be taking one-on-one, 8-minute pitches. Similar in format to our Speed Meeting sessions, this is your chance to pitch to production companies and studios who are looking for great ideas and partnerships.

These meetings are all specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, with a 2-minute transition time between meetings. 

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Kerry Appleyard

Senior Vice President, Scripted & Unscripted

Boat Rocker Studios

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Vibika Bianchi

Executive Producer

Catalyst

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Elliott Brannon

Director, Acquisitions & Content Strategy

Lionsgate Entertainment

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Table host

Myiea Coy

SVP of Television

Confluential Films

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Table host

Marina Di Pancrazio

Chief Content Revenue Officer

Just For Laughs Group

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Simon Faber

Founder & Producer

Taiga Pictures

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Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Tavake Ltd

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Chris Fry

Joint Creative Director of Scripted

Sister Pictures

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Richard Jean-Baptiste

Vice President, Business Innovation, Executive Producer

Attraction

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Julie Lacey

VP, Creative

Shaftesbury

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Alex Lalonde

Chief Operating Officer

Amaze

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Graham Ludlow

Head of Development and Production

Incendo

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Bill Lundy

SVP Comedy

New Metric Media

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Quan Phung

SVP, Original Series, Topic Studios

Topic Studios

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Nataline Rodrigues

SVP of Development

Vortex Media

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Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Walt Disney Television Alternative

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Benjamin Tappan

President, Production

Walden Media

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Karen Tsang

SVP Creative Affairs/Executive Producer

Pier 21 Films

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Cyle Zezo

Program Lead, Executive Producer

Solarpunk Village

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10:30 AM

Meet a Showrunner + Director (10:30am - 11:00am)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

*Advance sign up was required, see networking page for more details

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Showrunner + Director should arrive at the session room 20-30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late will result in losing your spot to the wait line. 

If you did not secure a spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 20-30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

These informal, 30-minute networking sessions are designed to connect delegates with top directors and showrunners in a small-group setting. Talk inspiration, creative challenges and career advice with leading industry professionals.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Annie Bradley

Director & Producer & Writer

The Heat Mansion/DGC Ontario Chair

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Alexis Durand-Brault

Director

ALSO

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Wendy Hill-Tout

Producer, Writer, Director

Voice Pictures Inc.

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Adele Lim

Writer-Producer and Director

Writer, Director

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Sophie Lorain

Producer/Showrunner

ALSO

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Nimisha Mukerji

Director

Shotglass Productions Inc.

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Sean O'Neill

President

Visitor Media

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Ryan Singh

Producer, Director

Ryan Singh Productions Ltd.

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Ashley Williams

Director

Hallmark Media

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11:00 AM

The power of music: in conversation with Nora Felder (11:00am - 11:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Stranger Things, Yellowjackets, What We Do In The Shadows, Californication, Better Things… get inside the brilliant mind behind the music that helped make these and so many more mega hits.  

We’ll sit down with four-time Emmy & Grammy nominated Music Supervisor and 2022 Emmy winner, Nora Felder for a talk on inspiration and collaboration, and her incredible career spanning from booking showcases and events for the Cure and INXS, to being VP of production for legendary music producer, Phil Ramone, where she worked on recording projects for artists ranging from Paul Simon, Sinead O'Connor, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Malcolm McLaren, and Iggy Pop.


Moderating:


Matt Cansick

Senior Director, Creative Licensing – TV North America

BMG Production Music

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Featuring:

Nora Felder

Music Supervisor

Picture Music Company

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11:30 AM

30 minutes with... Lea Marin and Greig Dymond, CBC (11:30am - 12:00pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Hear the programming needs and priorities of major content investors first-hand and participate in live Q&A. No advance sign-up required. Space will be filled on site, on a first come, first seated basis until we hit room capacity. Sessions are closed to press.

Featuring:

Greig Dymond

Director of Development, Comedy

CBC

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Lea Marin

Director of Development, Drama

CBC

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12:00 PM

Get in the sandbox with kids-biz experts (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Kids TV is one of the fastest-changing areas in entertainment. How kids play and use media is evolving at an unprecedented pace while digital migration continues to reshape the business. So where are the best and brightest opportunities for kid-facing IPs right now? How do you shape and launch new content in a way that grabs kids’ nano-sized attention spans? Grab a shovel and a bucket and join our industry experts for this can’t-miss discussion.

Featuring:

Aubrey Clarke

Commissioning Executive | BBC Children’s 7+

BBC

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Sara DeWitt

SVP & General Manager

PBS

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Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production, Kids

CBC

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Kate Sanagan

Head of Sales & Distribution

Sinking Ship Entertainment

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Partner Presentation: Telefilm - The Climate Cost of Production: Charting the Sustainability Path for the Screen Industry (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

In Partnership With

Mount Stephen Hall

Building on Telefilm Canada’s Action Plan on Eco Responsibility and the findings from a soon-to-be launched study charting the greenhouse gas emissions of film and television productions across Canada, this conversation will explore key findings from the study and explore best practices for productions to reduce their negative climate impact. Green storytelling is also a growing industry priority with more outlets calling for eco-friendly practices incorporated into worldbuilding, character and script development. The panelists will unpack the challenges and opportunities in going green on set and on screen.


Moderating:


Cyle Zezo

Program Lead, Executive Producer

Solarpunk Village

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Featuring:

Lisa Clarkson

Executive Director, Business & Rights and Production Sustainability

CBC

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Tyler Hagan

Producer

Experimental Forest Films

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Andrew Robinson

Principal, Sustainability Strategy and Engagement

Green Spark Group

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CREATOR CONNECTIONS WITH WILLIAM F. WHITE INT'L (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

In Partnership With

Calling all creatives, grab your lunch and network with diverse talent from around the globe. The team from WFW will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding production and how it relates to your creative journey.


* There are two places to buy your Grab & Go lunches: in the Oval Room beside the Crave Riverview Lounge and in the Alberta/New Brunswick Meeting Space. Available Monday & Tuesday 11:00AM - 2:00PM.

Virtual Production Demo: Winter Exterior (Alberta Film Commission Virtual Production Volume, Conference Centre) (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

Virtual Production Volume provided & powered by Northern Gateway Films. This demo uses real-time camera tracking to match the perspective of the camera lens to recreate parallax and depth of field on the LED volume. The environment is created in Unreal Engine which offers great flexibility and control over the elements. Come check us out in the Conference Center and chat with the techs and producers about what possibilities exist for virtual production in Alberta.


1:00 PM

Summit Series: George Cheeks, President and CEO, CBS and CCO, News and Sports, Paramount+ (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Sit down with a titan of the industry for an engaging, future-forward conversation spanning what it takes to lead a vast international powerhouse. With a focus on championing collaboration, ensure diverse casting and address work-life balance, George Cheeks leads all CBS-branded assets within Paramount Global: CBS Television Network, encompassing CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports, as well as CBS Studios, CBS Stations, CBS Media Ventures and CBS-branded digital assets. His global remit also includes extending the world-class content from CBS News and CBS Sports to the Paramount+ streaming super service, responsibility for BET, Paramount Television Studios and the company’s free-to-air networks in the UK, Australia, Argentina and Chile. 

Moderating:


Peter White

Television Editor

Deadline Hollywood

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Featuring:

George Cheeks

President and CEO, CBS and Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+

CBS Entertainment

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Spotlight: CBC (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

Mount Stephen Hall

BANFF’s Spotlight sessions are designed to give executives at the world's most exciting content platforms the stage to reveal their programming priorities and needs. Executives will reveal everything producers need to know – what they are looking for in content, what's working and what's not and how best to engage with them – and delegates can participate in a Q&A at the end.


Moderating:


Kelly Townsend

Editor

Playback

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Featuring:

Jennifer Dettman

Executive Director, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Trish Williams

Executive Director, Scripted Content

CBC

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1:30 PM

Meet an Agent (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

*Advance sign up was required, see networking page for more details

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet an Agent should arrive at the session room 20-30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late will result in losing your spot to the wait line. 

If you did not secure a spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 20-30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

These 30-minute sessions are informal affairs designed to connect delegates with top agents in a small group setting. These sessions are not about pitching. They are opportunities to network, discuss trends and spark potential partnerships. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Courtenay Bainbridge

Agent

Meridian Artists Inc

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Michael Gordon

TV Global Scripted Agent

CAA Creative Artists Agency

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Tiauna Jackson

Agent, Producer, Distributor

The Jackson Agency

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Adam Levine

Co-Founder/Partner

VERVE

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Sohrab Merchant

Literary Agent

The Characters Talent Agency

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Ilana Miller

Literary Agent, Co-owner

The Jennifer Hollyer Agency

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Dan Norton

Agent

CAA Creative Artists Agency

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Tyler Reynolds

Partner and Head, Television Directing

VERVE

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Kulbinder Saran Caldwell

CEO & Founder

Reallife Pictures Inc.

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Larry Shuman

President/Literary Manager

The Shuman Company

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Speed Meetings with Buyers (1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign-up was required via lottery, see networking page for more details. 

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Speed Meetings should arrive at the session room 30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late for your scheduled time slot will result in losing your spot to the wait line.

If you did not secure a Speed Meetings spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Speed Meetings with Buyers is in a NEW LOCATION, on the Conference Centre side. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the Hotel side so that you are not late for your scheduled meeting.

BANFF’s Speed Meetings with Buyers are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading program buyers and funders. This is your opportunity to connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage.

Specifically designed to be 8-minute time slots, with a 2-minute transition time between meetings, this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Jessica Callahan

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Warren Campbell

Co-Founder

JOIN TV Network

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Lisa Ducharme

Director of Online Content

APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc.

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Kelly Garrett

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Brad Holcman

Senior Director, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

A+E Networks

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Beth Iley

Senior Development Executive

Amazon Studios

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Marianne Lambert

Director,
Co-Productions

TFO

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Sam Linton

VP, Production and Development, Global Media

Blue Ant Media Inc

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Lea Marin

Director of Development, Drama

CBC

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Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc

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Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production, Kids

CBC

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Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama

CBC

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Cara Nye

Director, Content Development & Production

Accessible Media Inc.

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Stefania Scarfo

Head of Content Strategy & Planning

Paramount+ Canada

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Kale Stockwell

Head of Original Programming

Rogers Sports & Media

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Kathryn Tyus-Adair

SVP Original Programming

STARZ

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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Michele Zatta

Commissioning Editor in Charge of International Co-productions

RAI Fiction - RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana

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2:00 PM

Master Class: Star Trek (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Star Trek, television’s longest-running franchise, has always been groundbreaking for its storytelling that not only entertains millions of global fans, but also addresses social, political, and cultural issues. Trek’s optimistic view of the future and reflection on what it means to be human has inspired generations of dreamers and doers. It’s been almost six years since Star Trek embarked into a streaming future on Paramount+ with new series including Star Trek: Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, Prodigy and Lower Decks, and the recently announced Section 31 and Starfleet Academy. Join cast and creatives from the Star Trek family in a discussion on ushering in the golden age of Trek, growing the franchise, and introducing a new generation to this universe all while staying true to what made it a cultural phenomenon 56 years ago.

Moderating:


John Elmes

International Editor

Broadcast

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Featuring:

Celia Rose Gooding

Actor, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds"

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Ethan Peck

Actor, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds"

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David Stapf

President, CBS Television Studios

CBS Studios

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Spotlight: Fremantle (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

Mount Stephen Hall

BANFF’s Spotlight sessions are designed to give executives at the world's most exciting content platforms the stage to reveal their programming priorities and needs. Executives will reveal everything producers need to know – what they are looking for in content, what's working and what's not and how best to engage with them – and delegates can participate in a Q&A at the end.


Moderating:


Mark Bishop

Co-President, Blue Ant Studios

marblemedia

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Featuring:

Michela Di Mondo

EVP Distribution and Sales, Canada

Fremantle

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Lisa Honig

Senior EVP Program Distribution, North America

Fremantle

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Jens Richter

CEO Commercial and International

Fremantle

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2:30 PM

Virtual Production Demo: 3D LED, Step Into the Screen (Alberta Film Commission Virtual Production Volume, Conference Centre) (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Virtual Production Volume provided & powered by Northern Gateway Films. This demo uses real-time camera tracking to match the perspective of the camera lens to recreate parallax and depth of field on the LED volume. The environment is created in Unreal Engine which offers great flexibility and control over the elements. Come check us out in the Conference Center and chat with the techs and producers about what possibilities exist for virtual production in Alberta.


3:00 PM

Comedies that travel (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

Cascade

Leading comedy execs and producers discuss the business of making local laughs explode globally. 

Moderating:


Bill Lundy

SVP Comedy

New Metric Media

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Featuring:

Kate Adler

Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, CBS Studios

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Rob Aslett

Company Director, Artist Manager and Executive Producer

Avalon Television

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Deniese Davis

Founder and CEO

Reform Media Group

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Marina Di Pancrazio

Chief Content Revenue Officer

Just For Laughs Group

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Stan Pham

Current Programming, CBS Studios

CBS Studios

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Spotlight: Hallmark Media (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

Mount Stephen Hall

BANFF’s Spotlight sessions are designed to give executives at the world's most exciting content platforms the stage to reveal their programming priorities and needs. Executives will reveal everything producers need to know – what they are looking for in content, what's working and what's not and how best to engage with them – and delegates can participate in a Q&A at the end.

Moderating:


John Morayniss

Chief Executive Officer

Blink49 Content Inc

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Featuring:

Suzanne Berger

VP of Production

NESHAMA Entertainment

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Charles Cooper

President

Front Street Pictures

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Jimmy Holcomb

VP of Production

Hallmark Media

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Randy Pope

SVP, Physical Production

Hallmark Media

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Meet a Decision Maker (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

*Advance sign up was required, see networking page for more details

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Decision Maker should arrive at the session room 20-30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late will result in losing your spot to the wait line. 

If you did not secure a spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 20-30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

These 30-minute sessions are informal affairs designed to connect delegates with broadcasters, streamers, producers and development executives in a small-group setting. These sessions are not about pitching. They are opportunities to network, discuss trends and spark potential partnerships.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Colin Bohm

CEO

Corus Entertainment Inc

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Catherine Casey

Senior Creative Executive Global Unscripted Formats

Amazon Studios

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Tom Cox

Executive Producer and Managing Director

SEVEN24 Films

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Tecca Crosby

Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming Canada, Television, eOne

eOne Television

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Greig Dymond

Director of Development, Comedy

CBC

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Erin Finlay

Partner

Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Heim Finlay LLP

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Darren Giblin

Senior Vice President, Current & Co-Productions

Entertainment One Ltd.

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Katrina Kowalski

Senior Vice President, International Content Programming & Acquisitions, Pluto TV

Paramount

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Vicki Liao

Director, Content Acquisition

Roku

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Robin Mirsky

Executive Director, Rogers Group of Funds

Rogers Communications Inc

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Jennifer Vaux

VP, Content Acquisition & Programming

Roku

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Llinos Wynne

Head Documentaries and Specialist Factual

S4C

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4:00 PM

An Inside Look at 10 years of Netflix Originals (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

Cascade

A discussion featuring Bobby Berk (Queer Eye, Blown Away: Christmas) and Noah Centineo (The Recruit, To All The Boys trilogy) looking at how groundbreaking Netflix series and stars changed the way people watched TV.

Moderating:


Peter Friedlander

Head of Scripted Series, U.S. and Canada

Netflix

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Featuring:

Bobby Berk

(Queer Eye, Blown Away: Christmas)

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Noah Centineo

(The Recruit, To All The Boys trilogy)

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Spotlight: Bell Media (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

Mount Stephen Hall

BANFF’s Spotlight sessions are designed to give executives at the world's most exciting content platforms the stage to reveal their programming priorities and needs. Executives will reveal everything producers need to know – what they are looking for in content, what's working and what's not and how best to engage with them – and delegates can participate in a Q&A at the end.

Moderating:


Karen Tsang

SVP Creative Affairs/Executive Producer

Pier 21 Films

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Featuring:

Sarah Fowlie

Head of Production, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Rachel Goldstein-Couto

Head of Development, Original Programming

Bell Media

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4:30 PM

Meet a Distributor (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

*Advance sign up was required, see networking page for more details

*Hosted in William F White Int'l group networking hub

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Distributor should arrive at the session room 20-30 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. Showing up late will result in losing your spot to the wait line. 

If you did not secure a spot in advance, we recommend showing up to the session room 20-30 minutes early to join the wait line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

These 30-minute sessions are informal affairs designed to connect delegates with top distributors in a small group setting. These sessions are not about pitching. They are opportunities to network, discuss trends and to spark potential partnerships. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.

NOTEWe acknowledge there's an ongoing labour dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). If you are participating in meetings or planning on pitching, we encourage you to abide by the guidelines of any union or guild affiliations you may have.

Featuring:

Table host

Giuliana Benvenuto

Senior Manager, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

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Dylan Casella

Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Off the Fence

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Cathy Hare

Director of Acquisitions North America

Entertainment One Television International

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Jean La Rose

General Manager

Animiki See Distribution Inc

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Ryan Lowerre

President, Domestic Television & Digital Distribution

Lionsgate Entertainment

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Megan Nelles

Sales Manager

Fremantle

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Brook Peters

SVP, Sales & Business Development

Incendo

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Justin Rebelo

Chief Executive Officer

Vortex Media

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Greg Rubidge

President

Syndicado

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Nick Solowski

Senior Director, International Sales and Acquisitions

Blue Ant Media Inc

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Mary-Anne Taylor

Head of Content Distribution, Canada

Roku

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5:30 PM

Rockies Gala cocktail reception (Van Horne Foyer) (5:30pm - 6:15pm)

Red Carpet, cocktails and canapés!  Enjoy this celebratory mix-and-mingle in anticipation of BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala.

All BANFF delegates are welcome. Attire: Cocktail.

6:30 PM

Rockies Gala (Van Horne Ballroom) (6:30pm - 8:00pm)

Celebrate in style at BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala This 44-year legacy recognizes the achievements of outstanding talent and executives from around the world. 

All BANFF delegates are welcome to the Rockie Awards Gala. Seating is first-come, first-served. Attire: Cocktail.

*The Rockie Awards Gala takes place in the Van Horne Ballroom, located on the conference side of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel*


Featuring:

Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

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Randy Barbato

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

World of Wonder

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Garcelle Beauvais

Lifetime EP, Black Girl Missing and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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Celia Rose Gooding

Actor, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds"

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Sharon Horgan

Co-Founder

Merman

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Alanis Obomsawin

Cultural Attaché, First Nations, and Producer-Writer-Director

NFB The National Film Board of Canada

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Ethan Peck

Actor, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds"

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Host

Craig Robinson

Star and Executive Producer, Killing It

Universal Studio Group

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8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 14

8:30 AM
9:30 AM

Summit Series: Sharon Horgan, award-winning actress, writer, producer, director; co-founder, Merman (9:30am - 10:15am)

In Partnership With

Mount Stephen Hall

Moderating:


Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Editorial Director

The Hollywood Reporter

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Featuring:

Sharon Horgan

Co-Founder

Merman

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10:30 AM

Closing Bubbles & Bites - Launching “The Knix Catalyst Docs for Change Project.” (10:30am - 12:00pm)

In Partnership With

Mount Stephen Hall

Join Joanna Griffiths, Founder and President of Knix and Julie Bristow, Founder of Catalyst as they launch the “The Knix Catalyst Docs for Change Project.” By partnering with women-identifying filmmakers, this initiative will fully fund eye-opening feature documentaries about issues and stories that matter and speak to women, to ignite meaningful dialogue, break historical barriers, end stigma, and mobilize change.

*Bubbles and bites to be served while networking with the Knix and Catalyst teams celebrating a successful festival over Mimosas and breakfast hors d'oeuvres.


Moderating:


Hannah Sung

Co founder, Media Girlfriends

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Featuring:

Julie Bristow

Founder

Catalyst

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Joanna Griffiths

Founder & President

Knix

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12:00 PM

*PRIVATE* Co-Production Deep Dive: international financing and content trends (Diversity of Voices Program) (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

PRIVATE SESSION: As distributors are increasingly looking for content and formats with global appeal - how can local stories reach global audiences? Our panel of top international producers offer their insights on the innovative co-production and distribution trends that are shaping our industry.

Please note that this session is open only to invited guests.

Please note that this session is open only to Diversity of Voices participants.

Moderating:


Mark Johnston

President

RiverRock Real

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Featuring:

Brenda Gilbert

Co-Founder and President

BRON Media Corporation

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Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Cher Hawrysh

SVP Production

Walden Media

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Jennifer Liang

Acquisitions Executive

Topic

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Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Walt Disney Television Alternative

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Michele Zatta

Commissioning Editor in Charge of International Co-productions

RAI Fiction - RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana

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