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Saturday, June 8

3:30 PM

Sunday, June 9

7:00 AM
8:00 AM

Indigenous Screen Summit: Networking Breakfast + Opening Ceremonies (8:00am - 9:30am)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

9:30 AM

Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #1: Unscripted/Documentary Pitches (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:

Pitcher

Kerriann Cardinal

Producer

Sweetgrass Stories Inc.

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Pitcher

Jim Compton

Executive Producer

Wabung Anung Films Ltd.

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Pitcher

Kira Doxtator

Producer

Senklip Harvey Productions

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Pitcher

Moniquea Marion

Writer, Producer, Comedian

Moniquea Marion

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Pitcher

Tera McDonald

Ms

Kalawikk Diversity Inc

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Chris Irvine

Head of Commercial & Production

SBS

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Expert Commentator

Jean La Rose

General Manager

Animiki See Distribution

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Expert Commentator

Mike Omelus

Executive Director Content & Strategy

APTN

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Expert Commentator

Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Expert Commentator

Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Walt Disney Television Alternative

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10:45 AM

Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #2: Drama Pitches (10:45am - 11:45am)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

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

Featuring:

Pitcher

Ryan Atimoyoo

Writer

Gear Room Productions

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Pitcher

Gerald Auger

Director, Producer, Writer, Actor

4 Directional Studios

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Pitcher

Berkley Brady

Writer & Director

Nika Productions Inc.

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Pitcher

Rylan Friday

Producer, Director

Terror Fox Productions Inc.

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Pitcher

Mike Gosselin

Creative Producer

Really Good Stories Inc.

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Adam Garnet Jones

Director of TV Content and Special Events

APTN - Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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Expert Commentator

Rachel Goldstein-Couto

Head of Development, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Expert Commentator

Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Expert Commentator

Georgina Lightning

Filmmaker

Tribal Alliance Production

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Expert Commentator

Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama

CBC

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12:00 PM

Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #3: Comedy Pitches (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

In Partnership With

Van Horne Ballroom

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

Featuring:

Pitcher

Norm Coyne

Producer, Writer, Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Participant

Barker Street Cinema

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Pitcher

Marshall Leigh George

Director

Kettle Point Productions

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Pitcher

Stephen Gladue

Creator

Luksilyoo Productions

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Pitcher

Ryan Moccasin

CEO

The Feather Entertainment Inc.

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Pitcher

Jeremie Wookey

Producer

Wookey Films Inc.

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Tavake Ltd

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Expert Commentator

Brent Haynes

Head of Originals, Canada

Amazon Studios

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Expert Commentator

Carlyn Klebuc

General Manager, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Expert Commentator

Cody Lightning

Actor, Writer, Director

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Expert Commentator

Sarah Quan

Executive in Charge of Development, Comedy

CBC

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1:00 PM

Spotlight: Universal Studio Group (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Take the opportunity to hear directly from the presidents of Universal Television, Universal International Studios & UCP and Universal Television Alternative Studio, as they outline their vision for 2024 and beyond, and share intel on how best to do business with them.

Universal Studio Group is the umbrella brand that houses NBCUniversal's four powerhouse television studios. Collectively, the four premium studio brands produce over 100 projects across 27 platforms, including Law & Order, Hacks, Girls5eva, Chucky, Dr. Death, That's My Jam, Hollywood Game Night, Everyone Else Burns and We Are Lady Parts.

Moderating:


Michael Schneider

TV Editor

Variety

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Featuring:

Toby Gorman

President

Universal Television Alternative Studio

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Beatrice Springborn

President, UCP & Universal International Studios

Universal Studio Group

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Erin Underhill

President

Universal Television

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2:00 PM

30 Minutes With: Sam Mackie, Netflix (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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 Mackie

Manager, TV Content Acquistion

Netflix

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2:45 PM

BANFF 2024 Opening Ceremonies (2:45pm - 3:00pm)

Cascade

Join us as we officially open the 2024 edition of the Banff World Media Festival, featuring special guests and important announcements.

Featuring:

Kevin Beggs

Chair and Chief Creative Officer, Television Group

Lionsgate Entertainment

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Jenn Kuzmyk

Executive Director - BANFF, Publisher - Playback

Banff World Media Festival

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3:00 PM

In Conversation With the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join us for a conversation with the Hon. Minister of Canadian Heritage as she discusses issues affecting Canadian content

Featuring:

Hon. Pascale St-Onge

Minister of Canadian Heritage

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3:45 PM

International Media Leaders: Charting the Course Forward (3:45pm - 4:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join our esteemed international media leaders as they delve into the currents reshaping the media landscape. From technological convergence to the imperative of diversity and inclusion, they'll navigate the challenges and opportunities of an ever-evolving industry, sharing innovative strategies driving success in the face of disruption.


Moderating:


Elaine Low

Staff Writer

The Ankler

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Featuring:

Bing Chen

CEO & Co-Founder

Gold House

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Sandra Dewey

Chief Operating Officer

Media Res Studio

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Lisa Kramer

President, International TV Licensing

Paramount Global Content Distribution

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Asif Sadiq

Chief Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Cori Wellins

Partner, Scripted TV

WME

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4:45 PM

In Conversation With the A+E Inclusion Award Winner, Robin Roberts (4:45pm - 5:30pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Featuring:

Robin Roberts

Co-Anchor, Good Morning America

President, Rockin' Robin Productions

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5:30 PM

Monday, June 10

7:30 AM
8:30 AM

Partner Presentation - In Conversation With Julie Roy, Telefilm (8:30am - 9:00am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join us for an insightful discussion with Julie Roy, Executive Director and CEO of Telefilm Canada, as she delves into the organization’s strategic plan for the next three years. After comprehensive meetings and consultations, Telefilm is proud to present their priorities for the next strategic action cycle. The plan was built with the goal of maximizing Telefilm’s impact for the greatest benefit of the industry while strengthening the mobilizing power of Canadian and Indigenous cinema as it adapts to the ever- evolving means of distribution and consumption.

This discussion will explore how they intend to drive collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity, shaping the future of the Canadian cinematic landscape to ensure that it thrives nationally and internationally. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in Telefilm’s vision to continue to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous path for the audiovisual industry.


Moderating:


Kelly Townsend

Editor

Playback

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Featuring:

Julie Roy

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Telefilm Canada

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8:45 AM

Topic Tables (8:45am - 9:30am)

Alhambra

Drop-in on site - no sign up required.

These popular 45-minute informal sessions are a great way to add to your network by connecting with the right people. Hosted by industry experts, join these guided conversations to gain insight into topics including treaties and co-productions, financing, AI, sustainability and more! Up to six delegates can join a Topic Table at one time and are invited to move from one table to another as space allows. Space is filled and managed on a first come first served basis until we hit capacity.


Featuring:

Table host

Fraser Ash

Producer

Rhombus Media Inc

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Table host

Catherine Casey

Senior Creative Executive Global Unscripted Formats

Amazon Studios | The Culver Studios

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Table host

Simon Faber

Founder & Producer

Taiga Pictures

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Table host

Dan Fill

President

Dark Slope

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Kirsten Hurd

Commissioning Editor

TVOkids

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Table host

Richard Jean-Baptiste

Vice President, Business Innovation, Executive Producer

Attraction

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Table host

Kevin Krikst

Producer

Rhombus Media Inc

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Table host

Saleena Lockett

Executive Director of Scripted Programming

The CW Television Network

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Table host

Vanessa Loewen

General Manager

Animiki See Digital Production Inc.

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Table host

Cori Wellins

Partner, Scripted TV

WME

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Table host

Melanie Windle

Executive Director

Sustainable Entertainment Society

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Table host

Jay Carolyn Wu

Head of Development

LaRue Entertainment

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Table host

Li Yeh

Director, Strategic Planning, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Table host

David B Zitzerman

Partner

Goodmans LLP

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9:00 AM

Session TBD (9:00am - 9:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Speed Meetings: Scripted (9:00am - 10:00am)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign up is required via lottery, see networking page for more details. There will also be a wait line on site if any openings become available.

BANFF’s Speed Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading development executives, distributors, programmers and funders in eight-minute meetings. 

Connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage - this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.

Attendees who secured a meeting or stand by 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 or a stand by 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 are on the Conference Centre side of the hotel. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the main lobby of the hotel so that you are not late for your scheduled meetings.

*This session is for SCRIPTED pitches only. Please research each meeting host to be sure your pitches fit their remit. 


Featuring:

Table host

Kim Ball

Chief Content & Communications Officer

Super Channel

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Jolise Beaton

Director, Original Content Canada

Audible Inc.

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Table host

Chris Bell

Manager, Content - Netflix Canada

Netflix Services Canada ULC

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Table host

Warren Campbell

Founder

JOIN TV Network

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Table host

Sarah Fowlie

Head of Production, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Table host

Danelle Granger

Development, Scripted Production Executive

APTN

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Table host

Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Table host

Chris Irvine

Head of Commercial & Production

SBS

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Table host

Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama

CBC

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Table host

Sarah Quan

Executive in Charge of Development, Comedy

CBC

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Table host

Ali Roland

Vice President, Drama Development

Sony Pictures Television

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Table host

Sharon Stevens

VP Programming

Hollywood Suite Inc

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Table host

Kale Stockwell

Head of Original Programming

Rogers Sports & Media

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Table host

Grace Tran

Director of Global Scripted Programming

NBCUniversal International Studios

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10:00 AM

Navigating Global Co-Financing: Strategies for Premium Content (10:00am - 10:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

In an increasingly challenged industry environment, securing greenlights for premium content is a critical endeavor.  Top players in international financing will unveil their strategies for tackling big-budget projects: from navigating territory interests to leveraging pre-sales and exploring the rise of non-English content, how are these experts crafting deals and driving innovation and getting global content made?

Moderating:


John Elmes

International Editor

Broadcast

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Featuring:

Javiera Balmaceda

Head of Originals, Latin America, Canada & Australia

Amazon MGM Studios

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Janet Brown

President, Content Distribution, North America & LatAm

BBC Studios Americas Inc.

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Prentiss Fraser

President, TV Distribution

Fifth Season

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Jack Oliver

Head of Co-Productions

Sky TV

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Patrick Vien

Group Managing Director, International

A+E Networks

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More than a Great Playlist: The Business of Music Supervision (10:00am - 10:45am)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Join these top-tier Music Supervisors who have shaped the sonic landscape of your favourite films and shows. Yes, Music Supervisors have great taste in music, but there’s much more to it. There is a dynamic collaboration between music supervisors, producers, directors and showrunners. Let’s discuss the art of soundtrack selection, licensing hurdles, keeping budgets and timelines in check and the influence of emerging technologies – all the while working to enhance the storytelling and creating memorable moments that have the audience hitting “Shazam” and “download."

Moderating:


Kathleen Newman-Bremang

Deputy Editor - Global of Refinery29 Unbothered

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Featuring:

Natasha Duprey

Music Supervisor

Must be Nice Productions


The L Word, The Terror, Continuum, The Order, Tiny Pretty Things
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Andrea Higgins

Music Supervisor

AHA Sound & Vision


Workin’ Moms, JANN, Coroner, Wynonna Earp, Heartland
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Michael Perlmutter

Music Supervisor

Instinct Entertainment


Fellow Travelers, FROM, Wild Cards, Billy the Kid, Degrassi
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Lindsay Wolfington

Owner, Music Supervisor

Lone Wolf Music Supervision


Theater Camp, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Virgin River, Sullivan’s Crossing
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10:30 AM

Meet an Agent (10:30am - 11:00am)

Alhambra

Advance sign up is required, see networking page for more details. There is a wait line on site if any openings become available.

These 30-minute informal networking sessions are designed to connect delegates with top agents in a small group setting. These sessions are an opportunity to connect and network with agents and fellow festival delegates. Up to six delegates can sign up in advance to meet with each agent at one table.

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet an Agent should arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. If you show up late, you risk losing your spot.  

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.


Featuring:

Table host

Anna Archer

Literary Agent

Lucas Talent Inc

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Kerry Ball

Literary Agent and Head of Development

Meridian Artists Inc

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Table host

Jennifer Hollyer

Agent

The Jennifer Hollyer Agency

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Table host

Jennifer Irons

Agent

META Talent Agency

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Table host

Dan Norton

Agent

CAA Creative Artists Agency

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Table host

Brad Pence

Talent Manager

Atlas Artists

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Table host

Sanj Rattan

Agent

Ambition Talent Inc.

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Table host

David Ritchie

Agent

Ambition Talent Inc.

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Table host

Ben C. Silverman

Manager and Producer

Integral Artists/Timeless Pictures

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Table host

Andrew McCann Smith

Lit Agent / Director of Content

Play Management

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11:00 AM

Summit Series: Rob Wade, Fox Entertainment (11:00am - 11:45am)

Cascade

Rob Wade is responsible for FOX Entertainment’s growing portfolio of businesses, including FOX Network; in-house unscripted studio FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE); scripted content creator FOX Entertainment Studios (FES); Studio Ramsay Global in partnership with Gordon Ramsay; Emmy Award winning animation house Bento Box Entertainment; entertainment platform TMZ; independent production studio MarVista Entertainment; and worldwide content sales and distribution unit FOX Entertainment Global (FEG).

In this keynote conversation, Wade will discuss FOX Entertainment's global growth story and the strategies that are driving their content business.


Moderating:


Michael Schneider

TV Editor

Variety

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Featuring:

Rob Wade

Chief Executive Officer

FOX Entertainment

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30 Minutes With: Stephanie Wilson Chapin, YouTube Canada (11:00am - 11:30am)

In Partnership With

Theatre

The future of storytelling is changing and studios, media companies and creators are tapping into digital platforms to expand the footprint of their projects. Hear from YouTube’s Stephanie Wilson Chapin on how entertainment companies are supercharging their digital presence with new formats to meet audiences where they are. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.

Space will be filled on site, on a first come, first seated basis until we hit room capacity. Sessions are closed to press.

Featuring:

Stephanie Wilson Chapin

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

YouTube

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12:00 PM

Moving Mountains: Canadian Producers Tackle the Rocky Landscape (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Canada’s indie producers face a litany of challenges when it comes to producing film and TV, including high interest rates and uncertain regulatory conditions at home, and a fast-changing content buying market abroad. So, how exactly do you get a show off the ground in Canada these days? Our panel of producers unpack the current obstacles indie production companies are contending with, and what they’re doing to overcome them.

Moderating:


Jordan Pinto

North American Editor

C21 Media

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Featuring:

Erin Haskett

President

Lark Productions

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Lisa Meeches

Founder and Executive Producer

Eagle Vision

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Carolyn Newman

Executive Vice President, Global Scripted

Blink49 Studios

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Jordy Randall

Executive Producer

SEVEN24 Films

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Richard Speer

President

Attraction

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Speed Meetings: Unscripted/Factual/Doc (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign up is required via lottery, see networking page for more details. There will also be a wait line on site if any openings become available.

BANFF’s Speed Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading development executives, distributors, programmers and funders in eight-minute meetings. 

Connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage - this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.

Attendees who secured a meeting or stand by 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 or a stand by 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 are on the Conference Centre side of the hotel. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the main lobby of the hotel so that you are not late for your scheduled meetings.

*This session is for UNSCRIPTED / FACTUAL / DOC pitches only. Please research each meeting host to be sure your pitches fit their remit.


Featuring:

Table host

Jolise Beaton

Director, Original Content Canada

Audible Inc.

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Table host

Samantha De France

Senior Production Executive

Amazon MGM Studios

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Sarah Fowlie

Head of Production, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Table host

Lyle Gamm

SVP, Original Series, CNN

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Table host

Michael Gelman

Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions

A+E Networks

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Aneka Hylton-Donelson

Director of Development

Nat Geo / Disney

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Table host

Marianne Lambert

Director Co-Productions & Acquisitions

TFO

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Table host

Felicia Litovitz

VP, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

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Table host

Sandra Murphy

Vice President of Content Sales & Co-Productions, Canada and Latin America

BBC Studios Canada Limited

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Ava Mustos

Associate Director, Acquisitions

FIFTH SEASON

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Natasha Negrea

Head of Programming

TVO

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Jack Oliver

Head of Co-Productions

Sky TV

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Table host

Mike Omelus

Executive Director Content & Strategy

APTN

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Table host

Sitarah Pendelton

Head of Unscripted Series

MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks

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Stefania Scarfo

Head of Content Strategy & Planning

Paramount

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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Justina Wójtowicz

EVP, Acquisitions Co-Productions & Sales

Rive Gauche Television

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1:00 PM

Dealmaking and Investment Post-Correction: Implications for M&A, Private Equity, and Value Creation in Content Businesses (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

Theatre

For several years, the general entertainment streamers had seemingly endless content budgets, we saw massive growth in license fees and the number of shows produced - great for content sellers and for those that invested in them. However, now this era is over and as new platforms compete for consumers' attention, what is the future for investment in the IP and production space? Have investors cooled? Or are the savvy ones recognizing there are more opportunities now than ever before? Hear from our panelists, who have been active dealmakers in this robust environment.

Moderating:


Sam Sniderman

Senior Consultant & Advisor

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Featuring:

Xavier Kochhar

CEO & General Partner

XKE Capital

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John Morayniss

Chief Executive Officer

Blink49 Studios

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Kerry Tucker

Strategic Advisor & Board Director

Vice Media

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1:15 PM

In Conversation With: Jasmeet Raina (1:15pm - 1:45pm)

Cascade

Moderating:


Sonia Mangat

Reporter, eTalk

Bell Media

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Featuring:

Jasmeet Raina

Creator & Star

Late Bloomer

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1:30 PM

Meet a Board Member (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

Alhambra

Advance sign up is required, see networking page for more details. There is a wait line on site if any openings become available.

These 30-minute informal sessions are designed to connect delegates with members of BANFF’s Board of Directors and Content Advisory Board. Here’s your opportunity to network with industry leaders spanning broadcast, streaming platforms, and international production and distribution companies to discuss trends and spark potential partnerships in a small group setting. Up to six delegates sign up in advance to meet with a board member.

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Board Member should arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. If you show up late, you risk losing your spot.  

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.


Featuring:

Table host

Janet Brown

President, Content Distribution, North America & LatAm

BBC Studios Americas Inc.

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Sally Catto

General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports

CBC

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Valerie Creighton

President & CEO

Canada Media Fund

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Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Tavake Ltd

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Brenda Gilbert

Co-Founder and President

BRON Media

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Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Cynthia Kennedy

President

Carillon Consulting

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Carlyn Klebuc

General Manager, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Lisa Kramer

President, International TV Licensing

Paramount Global Content Distribution

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Lisa Meeches

Founder and Executive Producer

Eagle Vision

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Table host

Justin Stockman

VP Content Development and Programming

Bell Media

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Victoria Valius

VP Marketing & Co-Country Manager

Sony Pictures Television

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Patrick Vien

Group Managing Director, International

A+E Networks

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2:00 PM

Summit Series: Channing Dungey, Warner Bros. Television Group (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Moderating:


Peter White

Executive Editor, Television

Deadline Hollywood

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Featuring:

Channing Dungey

Chairman

Warner Bros. Television Group

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2:30 PM

30 Minutes With: Paige Murray, Sarah Quan & Jessica Schmiedchen, CBC (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

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:

Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama

CBC

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Sarah Quan

Executive in Charge of Development, Comedy

CBC

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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3:00 PM

Who Runs This Mutha: Showrunner Superpanel (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

Cascade

Formats, IP, renewals, AI and strikes: join this powerhouse panel of creators - each boasting decades of writing on and helming some of the biggest shows - as they discuss the craft and business of making hit series in 2024.

Moderating:


Elaine Low

Staff Writer

The Ankler

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Featuring:

Tassie Cameron

Showrunner & Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures

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Anna Fishko

Showrunner & Executive Producer

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Barbie Kligman

Showrunner, Executive Producer

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Nkechi Okoro Carroll

Showrunner, Executive Producer

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Meredith Scardino

Showrunner, Executive Producer

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ALBERTA SCREEN INDUSTRIES MIX & MINGLE (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

In Partnership With

Ivor Petrak

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

Meet a Distributor (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Alhambra

Advance sign up is required, see networking page for more details. There is a wait line on site if any openings become available.

These 30-minute informal networking sessions are designed to connect delegates with top international distributors in a small group setting. These sessions are opportunities to network, discuss trends and to spark potential partnerships. Learn from and connect with industry experts. Up to six delegates can sign up in advance to meet with each distributor at one table.

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Distributor should arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. If you show up late, you risk losing your spot.  

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.


Featuring:

Table host

Chrystine Girard

Head of International Distribution

Encore Television Distribution

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Noel Hedges

EVP, Acquisitions

Lionsgate

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Kim Hobbs

Vice President, Canada

Lionsgate Canada

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Alex Inoue

Unscripted Formats & Anime Licensing

Nippon Television Network Corporation

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Jean La Rose

General Manager

Animiki See Distribution

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Brook Peters

SVP, Sales & Business Development

FOX Entertainment Global & NESHAMA

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Kathleen Préfontaine

Director, Distribution & Development

Aetios Productions Inc.

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Table host

Mary-Anne Taylor

Head of Content Distribution, Canada

Roku Inc

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4:00 PM

Beyond the Backlash: Addressing the Retreat of DEI in the Entertainment Industry (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

Cascade

In 2020, many businesses expressed public statements against racism and injustice, and voiced a desire to boost support by creating DEI leadership roles in response to the movement ignited after George Floyd’s death. Cut to 2024 and we’ve witnessed the mass exodus of Black women executives from major Hollywood studios and DEI efforts in the entertainment industry are waning. Were the promises for inclusive hiring practices, diverse partnerships, and financial commitments sustainable or performative? How do we do more than increase awareness and change attitudes, but change behaviors and decision-making to improve entertainment studio bottom-lines? Hear from some of the Black women executives who led the change – their wins and losses, and why they ultimately left - and other DEI executives and practitioners who continue to champion a more inclusive culture, including increased representation in their storytellers and content at their entertainment companies.

Moderating:


Elita Fielder Adjei

Vice President, Communications, CBS Stations/Paramount

CBS

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Featuring:

Jeanell English

Founder and CEO

Elizabeth, LLC.

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Karen Horne

Founder

The Karen Horne Company

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TV Soundtrack Stories with Award Winning Music Supervisor: Nora Felder (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

Theatre

Dive into the world of music supervision with one of Hollywood’s most sought-after music supervisors, the multi-nominated Grammy and Emmy award-winning Nora Felder, known for her work on Stranger Things, Yellowjackets, Ray Donovan, Californication, Better Things, to name a few. In this exclusive intimate and interactive session, join Nora as she shares her creative approach from ideation to execution, offering insights into how she helps select the ideal musical accompaniment  for her filmmakers. 

Drawing from her extensive experience, Nora will shine a spotlight on some  of her personal favorite standout moments from two of her acclaimed series: the gripping drama Yellowjackets and the hilariously dark comedy What We Do In The Shadows. Through these case studies, you will gain a deeper understanding of the pivotal role music plays in enhancing narrative depth and emotional resonance within television.

Featuring:

Nora Felder

Music Supervisor and Producer

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4:30 PM

Meet a Showrunner or Director (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Alhambra

Advance sign up is required, see networking page for more details. There is a wait line on site if any openings become available.

These 30-minute information networking sessions are designed to connect delegates with top directors and showrunners in a small-group setting. Discuss creative challenges, learn about where to find inspiration and receive valuable career advice from leading creative professionals. Up to six delegates can sign up in advance to meet with a showrunner or director at one table.

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Showrunner or Director should arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. If you show up late, you risk losing your spot.  

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.


Featuring:

Table host

Tassie Cameron

Showrunner & Executive Producer

Cameron Pictures

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Anthony Q. Farrell

Creator

Canfro Productions, ULC

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John Fawcett

Director

Fleshshow Pictures inc

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Anna Fishko

Showrunner & Executive Producer

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Alireza Kazemipour

Writer, Director

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Barbie Kligman

Showrunner, Executive Producer

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Jules Koostachin

Filmmaker

VisJuelles Productions Inc.

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Table host

Sid Santiago Zanforlin

Director/Writer (Banff Diversity of Voices Recipient)

Goggle Boy Films

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5:30 PM

2024 Rockies Gala Cocktail Reception (Van Horne Foyer) (5:30pm - 6:15pm)

In Partnership With

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

2024 Rockies Gala (Van Horne Ballroom) (6:30pm - 8:00pm)

Celebrate in style at BANFF’s signature Rockie Awards Gala This 45-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.


Featuring:

Renee Elise Goldsberry

Actress & Singer

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Tom Green

Actor & Comedian

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Host

Allana Harkin

Writer, Director, Producer

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Robin Roberts

Co-Anchor, Good Morning America

President, Rockin' Robin Productions

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8:00 PM

Post Gala Video Dance Party (Cascade) (8:00pm - 11:30pm)

In Partnership With

Tuesday, June 11

8:00 AM
8:45 AM

Topic Tables (8:45am - 9:30am)

Alhambra


Drop-in on site - no sign up required.

These popular 45-minute informal sessions are a great way to add to your network by connecting with the right people. Hosted by industry experts, join these guided conversations to gain insight into topics including treaties and co-productions, financing, AI, sustainability and more! Up to six delegates can join a Topic Table at one time and are invited to move from one table to another as space allows. Space is filled and managed on a first come first served basis until we hit capacity.


Featuring:

Table host

Safia Abdigir

Program Director

Reelworld Screen Institute

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Pahull Bains

Communications Director

Reelworld Screen Institute

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Brad Bernstein

Chief Content Officer

Texas Crew Productions/Asylum Entertainment Group Canada

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Tanya Blake

Executive Producer

Cineflix Productions

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Vanessa Case

VP Content, Paramount+ and Pluto TV, Paramount Global

Paramount

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Nora Felder

Music Supervisor and Producer

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Alessandra Ferreri

Vice President, Content

Wattpad

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Table host

Erika Kumar

Director, Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Table host

Bill Lundy

SVP Comedy

New Metric Media

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Table host

Tom Miyauchi

Head of Formats

Nippon TV

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Table host

Nataline Rodrigues

SVP of Development

Vortex Media

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Table host

Lloyd Segan

Executive Producer

Piller/Segan

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Olivia Snyder-Spak

Director of Nonfiction Film & Series, Topic Studios

Topic Studios

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Mary-Anne Taylor

Head of Content Distribution, Canada

Roku Inc

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Catherine Warren

President

FanTrust

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9:00 AM

Fast Revolution: The New Era Of Ad-Supported Streaming (9:00am - 9:45am)

Cascade

Get up to speed on the rapidly evolving landscape of Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST) channels. This session will dive deep into the strategies that industry leaders are implementing to capitalize on this growing platform, the challenges they face, and the opportunities they foresee in the realm of digital streaming.

Moderating:


John Elmes

International Editor

Broadcast

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Featuring:

Sean Cohan

President

Bell Media

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Daniel Mekinda

EVP, Head of GroupM Motion Entertainment Canada

GroupM Canada Inc.

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Jim Packer

President of Worldwide Television Distribution

Lionsgate

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Speed Meetings: Kids & Family (9:00am - 10:00am)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign up is required via lottery, see networking page for more details. There will also be a wait line on site if any openings become available.

BANFF’s Speed Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading development executives, distributors, programmers and funders in eight-minute meetings. 

Connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage - this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.

Attendees who secured a meeting or stand by 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 or a stand by 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 are on the Conference Centre side of the hotel. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the main lobby of the hotel so that you are not late for your scheduled meetings.

*This session is for KIDS / FAMILY / YOUNG ADULT pitches only. Please research each meeting host to be sure your pitches fit their remit.


Featuring:

Table host

Lisa Cinelli

Executive in Charge of Production, Children & Youth

CBC Kids

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Aubrey Clarke

Commissioning Executive | BBC Children’s 7+

BBC

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Tommy Gillespie

Senior Director, Content Production

PBS Kids

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Kirsten Hurd

Commissioning Editor

TVOkids

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Marianne Lambert

Director Co-Productions & Acquisitions

TFO

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Mike Omelus

Executive Director Content & Strategy

APTN

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Table host

Diane Rankin

EVP Commercial Strategy & Content Financing

Blue Ant Media

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Neil Wade

Executive-In-Charge for Animated Current Series

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

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10:00 AM

Disrupt Or Be Disrupted: The Media Industry In The Age of Enshittification (10:00am - 10:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Enshittification, the gradual decline into irrelevance faced by media platforms that fail to evolve with their audience, is the sword hanging over every media owner's head. This era, characterized by rapid tech growth, domination and control, threatens to diminish your value, compelling an urgent shift from legacy approaches to innovative engagement. In this gritty guide, we challenge you to overhaul your strategy, placing the audience's preferences at the core. It's a clear call: disrupt your own models or be side-lined by those who will. For those daring to adapt, the future is bright; for the rest, irrelevance awaits.

Featuring:

Adam Cunningham

Chief Strategy Officer

Allied Global Marketing

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30 Minutes With: Carlyn Klebuc & Justin Stockman, Bell Media (10:00am - 10:30am)

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:

Carlyn Klebuc

General Manager, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Justin Stockman

VP Content Development and Programming

Bell Media

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10:30 AM

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

Alhambra

Advance sign up is required, see networking page for more details. There is a wait line on site if any openings become available.

These 30-minute informal networking sessions are designed to connect delegates with top distributors in a small group setting. These sessions are opportunities to network, discuss trends and to spark potential partnerships. Learn from and connect with industry experts. Up to six delegates can sign up in advance to meet with each distributor at one table.

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Distributor should arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed. If you show up late, you risk losing your spot.  

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.


Featuring:

Table host

Giuliana Benvenuto

Senior Manager, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

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Courtney Fitzpatrick

Vice President of Distribution & Content Strategy

Lionsgate

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Noel Hedges

EVP, Acquisitions

Lionsgate

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Alex Inoue

Unscripted Formats & Anime Licensing

Nippon Television Network Corporation

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Jean La Rose

General Manager

Animiki See Distribution

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Sandra Murphy

Vice President of Content Sales & Co-Productions, Canada and Latin America

BBC Studios Canada Limited

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Ava Mustos

Associate Director, Acquisitions

FIFTH SEASON

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Brook Peters

SVP, Sales & Business Development

FOX Entertainment Global & NESHAMA

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Kathleen Préfontaine

Director, Distribution & Development

Aetios Productions Inc.

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Justin Rebelo

Chief Executive Officer

Vortex Media

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Kate Sanagan

Head of Sales & Distribution

Sinking Ship Entertainment

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Justina Wójtowicz

EVP, Acquisitions Co-Productions & Sales

Rive Gauche Television

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11:00 AM

In Conversation With Amy Reisenbach, CBS Entertainment (11:00am - 11:45am)

In Partnership With

Cascade

Join CBS Entertainment’s President, Amy Reisenbach at a special In Conversation With session, as she speaks about the network's 2024/25 programming strategy, the art of building procedural franchises and CBS’ important role in the evolving TV ecosystem.

Moderating:


Peter White

Executive Editor, Television

Deadline Hollywood

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Featuring:

Amy Reisenbach

President

CBS Entertainment

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Empowering Human Creativity: Pushing the Boundaries of Expression with AI (11:00am - 11:45am)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Through online platforms like YouTube, the distribution playing field has been leveled and Canadian storytellers have thrived on the global stage. Now, countries, companies and creatives are grappling with the possibilities and impacts of generative AI. This panel will explore the real experiences of creators and producers in how they create today, how AI has influenced the creative process, and whether AI can push creative expression, and become the tool that gives rise to equal opportunities in production

Moderating:


Andrew Peterson

Head of Canada

YouTube

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Featuring:

Wayne Davison

Chief Revenue Officer

Little Dot Studios

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Charlotte Dobre

Actress, Comedian

YouTube

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12:00 PM

Working With Canada: Unscripted Buyers Go Cross-Border Shopping (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

Cascade

Bigger budgets, commissioning crunches and the need for global appeal mean collaboration between international networks and Canadian producers is essential. This panel of unscripted execs will reveal how cross-border partnerships can merge creativity, talent, and resources to get to greenlight.  Find out their programming needs and gain valuable insights into what it takes to become their ideal production partner.

Moderating:


Richard Jean-Baptiste

Vice President, Business Innovation, Executive Producer

Attraction

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Featuring:

Lyle Gamm

SVP, Original Series, CNN

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Kate Phillips

Director of Unscripted

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)

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Mike Stiller

Head of East Coast Development

A+E Networks/The HISTORY Channel

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Llinos Wynne

Head Documentaries & Specialist Factual

S4C

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Disrupting Racism: A Call to Action for Media Leaders and Industry Mentors (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Ivor Petrak

It’s 2024 - yet the fight against racism, particularly anti-Black racism, remains an urgent issue in the industry. While progress has been made, much work remains to embed anti-racism strategies deeply into organizational frameworks, production practices, and mentorship programs. This professional development session, led by Natasha Tony, an expert in combating anti-Black racism, offers practical insights for creating meaningful change within your organization and personal practice. Join to learn how to effectively challenge and transform the underlying structures perpetuating racism.

Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Featuring:

Natasha Tony

CEO

Elevate Inclusion Strategies

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Super Serving Kids Content (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

Some big questions have arisen in the post-pandemic era. Are we contributing to the wellness of kids through the content they are immersed in? How is content evolving to super serve young minds with positive messages, mindfulness and entertainment at its core? Join our panel of kids commissioners as we discuss how they are programming, how they are engaging audiences, and what they're commissioning.

Moderating:


Mark Bishop

Co-President, Blue Ant Studios

Blue Ant Media

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Featuring:

Lisa Cinelli

Executive in Charge of Production, Children & Youth

CBC Kids

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Tommy Gillespie

Senior Director, Content Production

PBS Kids

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Kirsten Hurd

Commissioning Editor

TVOkids

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Neil Wade

Executive-In-Charge for Animated Current Series

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

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Production Partners (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign up is required via lottery, see networking page for more details. There will also be a wait line on site if any openings become available.

Production company development execs will be taking one-on-one, eight-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.

Attendees who secured a meeting or stand by 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 or a stand by 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 on the Conference Centre side of the hotel. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the main lobby of the hotel so that you are not late for your scheduled meeting.


Featuring:

Table host

Iris Bucher

Producer, CEO

Quad Drama

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Simon Faber

Founder & Producer

Taiga Pictures

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James Farr

EVP, Development

Cream Productions Inc.

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Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Tavake Ltd

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Sonia Hosko

Vice President of Current

Cineflix Studios

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Richard Jean-Baptiste

Vice President, Business Innovation, Executive Producer

Attraction

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Table host

Kevin Krikst

Producer

Rhombus Media Inc

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Anton Leo

Partner & Executive Producer

Counterfeit Pictures

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Marc Leonard

Chief Content Officer

Fuse Media

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Graham Ludlow

Head of Development and Production

Incendo

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Tom Miyauchi

Head of Formats

Nippon TV

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Nafisa Murji

Director, Development

Pier 21 Films

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Nick Nantell

EVP, Head of Scripted Creative

Boat Rocker Studios

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Desiree Single

Producer and Co-General Manager

Animiki See Digital Production Inc.

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Olivia Snyder-Spak

Director of Nonfiction Film & Series, Topic Studios

Topic Studios

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Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Walt Disney Television Alternative

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Jeff Vanderwal

Vice President, Scripted

Cineflix Productions

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David Way

CEO

Great Pacific Media Inc.

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Jay Carolyn Wu

Head of Development

LaRue Entertainment

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Arnie Zipursky

Executive Producer

NESHAMA Entertainment

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1:00 PM

In Conversation With TBD (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

Cascade

30 Minutes With (1:00pm - 1:30pm)

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.

1:30 PM

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

Alhambra

Advance sign up is required, see networking page for more details. There is a wait line on site if any openings become available.

These 30-minute informal sessions are designed to connect delegates with industry decision makers from studios, streamers and networks. These sessions are opportunities to network, discuss trends and spark potential partnerships in a small group setting. Up to six delegates sign up in advance to meet with a decision maker.

Attendees who secured a spot in advance for Meet a Decision Maker should arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes prior to the session start time to check in with the room monitor and get processed.  If you show up late, you risk losing your spot.

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.


Featuring:

Table host

Kerry Appleyard

Senior Vice President, Scripted & Unscripted, Television

Lionsgate Canada

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Chris Bell

Manager, Content - Netflix Canada

Netflix Services Canada ULC

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Lisa Cinelli

Executive in Charge of Production, Children & Youth

CBC Kids

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Aubrey Clarke

Commissioning Executive | BBC Children’s 7+

BBC

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Samantha De France

Senior Production Executive

Amazon MGM Studios

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Toby Dormer

EVP, Unscripted Television

Blink49 Studios

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Larry Grimaldi

SVP, Development & Production

MarVista Entertainment

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Aneka Hylton-Donelson

Director of Development

Nat Geo / Disney

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Natasha Negrea

Head of Programming

TVO

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Rachel Nelson

Vice President, Original Programming and Head of Corus Studios

Corus Entertainment Inc

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Sitarah Pendelton

Head of Unscripted Series

MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks

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Llinos Wynne

Head Documentaries & Specialist Factual

S4C

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Table host

Li Yeh

Director, Strategic Planning, Original Programming

Bell Media

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2:00 PM

Alberta’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

In Partnership With

Ivor Petrak

The Government of Alberta Film and Television Tax Credit Program team will provide an overview of the exciting changes to the Alberta FTTC Program.

Spotlight: The CW (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

Theatre

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 Montefiore

Founder & CEO

New Metric Media

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Featuring:

Saleena Lockett

Executive Director of Scripted Programming

The CW Television Network

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3:00 PM

Beyond the Frame: The Pink Paper’s Blueprint for 2SLGBTQ+ Representation (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

In Partnership With

Cascade

How do we cultivate environments where trans and non-binary individuals feel a true sense of belonging on set? How do we guarantee that queer stories are not just told, but told authentically? And how do we empower 2SLGBTQ+ creatives to be the architects of their own narratives? These pressing questions lie at the heart of the first-ever 2024 Pink Paper, which will be unveiled exclusively at the Banff World Media Festival by Pink Triangle Press. This pioneering report offers a comprehensive analysis of LGBTQ2S+ representation within the Canadian media landscape, spanning film, television, gaming, and streaming services. It encapsulates the lived experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ professionals and evaluates the community’s depiction in leading screen productions. Join our all-star panel of Canadian industry luminaries—from celebrated actors to influential broadcasters, writers, and producers—as they unpack the report’s findings and discuss the strides and challenges toward a more inclusive media world.

Moderating:


Michael Serapio

Anchor, PrimeTime Politics

CPAC The Cable Public Affairs Channel

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Featuring:

Emily Hampshire

Actor, Writer, Producer

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Cassandra James

Actress

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Michelle Mama

Co-Founder

GAY AGENDA

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Alexander Nunez

Writer, Actor, Producer

Border2Border Entertainment

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Research Presentation

David Walberg

Executive Director

Pink Triangle Press

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3:30 PM

Orphan Black: Echoes - Screening and Master Class (3:30pm - 5:00pm)

In Partnership With

Theatre

From Boat Rocker and AMC, Orphan Black: Echoes, takes a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence. Set in the near future, it follows a group of women as they weave their way into each other's lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal. Join us for the Canadian premiere screening of episode 101 and a dynamic panel featuring creator/showrunner/executive producer Anna Fishko, series star Amanda Fix, Orphan Black co-creator and Orphan Black: Echoes director/executive producer John Fawcett, executive producer and Boat Rocker EVP Nick Nantell, and AMC Networks EVP of Streaming Courtney Thomasma. Don’t miss this engaging conversation as they preview the much-anticipated new series premiering on AMC, AMC+ and BBC America on June 23rd.

Moderating:


Eric Volmers

Journalist

Calgary Herald/Postmedia

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Featuring:

John Fawcett

Director

Fleshshow Pictures inc

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Anna Fishko

Showrunner & Executive Producer

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Amanda Fix

Actress

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Nick Nantell

EVP, Head of Scripted Creative

Boat Rocker Studios

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Courtney Thomasma

Executive Vice President of Streaming

AMC Networks Inc.

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Speed Meetings: Scripted (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Presidents Hall

Advance sign up is required via lottery, see networking page for more details. There will also be a wait line on site if any openings become available.

BANFF’s Speed Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading development executives, distributors, programmers and funders in eight-minute meetings. 

Connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage - this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.

Attendees who secured a meeting or stand by 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 or a stand by 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 are on the Conference Centre side of the hotel. Give yourself extra time to make your way over from the main lobby of the hotel so that you are not late for your scheduled meetings.

*This session is for SCRIPTED pitches only. Please research each meeting host to be sure your pitches fit their remit.


Featuring:

Table host

Kim Ball

Chief Content & Communications Officer

Super Channel

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Jessalyn Dennis

Vice President, Scripted

SEVEN24 Films

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Danelle Granger

Development, Scripted Production Executive

APTN

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Gwenllian Gravelle

Head of Scripted International

S4C International

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Chris Irvine

Head of Commercial & Production

SBS

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Andrew Kelly

Vice President, Scripted Development, Television

Lionsgate Canada

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Carlyn Klebuc

General Manager, Original Programming

Bell Media

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Table host

Saleena Lockett

Executive Director of Scripted Programming

The CW Television Network

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Sandra Murphy

Vice President of Content Sales & Co-Productions, Canada and Latin America

BBC Studios Canada Limited

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Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama

CBC

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Table host

Naveen Prasad

Co-President & CEO

Impossible Objects

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Sarah Quan

Executive in Charge of Development, Comedy

CBC

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Table host

Diane Rankin

EVP Commercial Strategy & Content Financing

Blue Ant Media

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Ali Roland

Vice President, Drama Development

Sony Pictures Television

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Kale Stockwell

Head of Original Programming

Rogers Sports & Media

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Grace Tran

Director of Global Scripted Programming

NBCUniversal International Studios

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Neil Wade

Executive-In-Charge for Animated Current Series

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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4:00 PM

Collaboration Station Cocktail (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

In Partnership With

Alhambra

Drop-in on site - no sign up required.

**New to BANFF** Are you a producer seeking a writer or director? What about a music supervisor? Drop by the Collaboration Station to find your creative matches! This lively, table-hopping format lets you spend a little time socializing with pairs of key industry creatives and execs from leading channels/platforms and production and media companies. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. 

We strongly encourage you to work your way around the room rather than staying at one table. Space is filled and managed on a first come, first served basis until we hit capacity.


Featuring:

Table host

Kerry Appleyard

Senior Vice President, Scripted & Unscripted, Television

Lionsgate Canada

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Steve Ascher

EVP, Head of Development

A+E Networks

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Nicole Butler

Co-CEO/Executive Producer

Pier 21 Films

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Catherine Casey

Senior Creative Executive Global Unscripted Formats

Amazon Studios | The Culver Studios

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Melanie Nepinak Hadley

Executive Director, Equity and Inclusion-Canada

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Andrea Higgins

Music Supervisor

AHA Sound & Vision


Workin’ Moms, JANN, Coroner, Wynonna Earp, Heartland
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Greg Jeffs

Client Services Coordinator, Emerging Filmmakers/Digital Content Creators

Sunbelt Rentals Film & TV

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Vanessa Loewen

General Manager

Animiki See Digital Production Inc.

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Elfred Matining

Program Consultant/Facilitator

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Michael Perlmutter

Music Supervisor

Instinct Entertainment


Fellow Travelers, FROM, Wild Cards, Billy the Kid, Degrassi
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Tug Phipps

Client Services Coordinator, Emerging Filmmakers/Digital Content Creators

Sunbelt Rentals Film & TV

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Desiree Single

Producer and Co-General Manager

Animiki See Digital Production Inc.

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Vanessa Steinmetz

Co-CEO/Executive Producer

Pier 21 Films

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Mike Stiller

Head of East Coast Development

A+E Networks/The HISTORY Channel

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Dayna Zipursky

SVP, Production Strategy, Post & Operations

NESHAMA Entertainment

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5:00 PM

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

In Partnership With

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

Jasmeet Raina

Creator & Star

Late Bloomer

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9:00 PM

Soundtrack Showcase: Live in Downtown Banff! (9:00pm - 2:00am)

In Partnership With

Join us Tuesday June 11th from 9pm - 2am at Melissa's Missteak featuring LIVE performances by Albertan artists. 

Note: Must have a delegate badge to enter.


Wednesday, June 12

8:30 AM
9:00 AM

Going Global (Netflix - BANFF Diversity of Voices Session) (9:00am - 9:45am)

Cascade

With an increased demand for content that has worldwide appeal, how can local stories access the international marketplace? Our panel of top producers and distributors offer their insights on the path from local to global including financing scenarios and production considerations to get to greenlight.  

Priority seating for DOV participants.


Moderating:


Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Tavake Ltd

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Featuring:

Brenda Gilbert

Co-Founder and President

BRON Media

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Chris Irvine

Head of Commercial & Production

SBS

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Ava Mustos

Associate Director, Acquisitions

FIFTH SEASON

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Jane Rimer

Senior Vice President, Canada

Banijay Rights

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Nichole T Roberts

Head of Unscripted

Hoorae Film & TV

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Grace Tran

Director of Global Scripted Programming

NBCUniversal International Studios

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10:00 AM

Bubbles and Bites Session TBD (10:00am - 12:00pm)

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