Agenda

Monday, March 22

12:30pm

Spark Pitch: Children & Youth Projects (12:30pm - 1:15pm)

Discover some of the most exciting new TV and digital media projects in the children and youth genre. 

In this real-time pitch session, five producers will present their projects and receive questions and comments from leading industry executives. 

Immediately following the pitch session, join us in the Spark Lounge to network with these presenters and other senior industry professionals.


Featuring:

Rebecca Campbell

Producer

Catapult Pictures

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Maria Kennedy

Owner, EP

Little Engine Moving Pictures

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Rennata López

Co-CEO

Lopii Productions Inc.

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Nicolette Saina

President

Animated Film Gardens, Inc.

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Virginia Thompson

CEO, Executive Producer

Verite Films Inc

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Nancy Kanter

President

Available Light Productions

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Expert Commentator

Lucy Murphy

Director of Kids’ Content–UK & Ireland

Sky TV

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1:15pm

Post Children’s Pitch Social in the Spark Networking Lounge (1:15pm - 4:00pm)

Come for a half hour or stay for the afternoon!

After the Spark Pitch: Children & Youth Projects, join the pitch presenters, other amazing BANFF Spark companies, and the session's expert commentators in the Networking Lounge. Move freely between tables for video chats in a dynamic virtual environment.

To enter the Spark Lounge, follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure you’re on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and mic.

  2. Use the most recent version of Google Chrome.

  3. High-speed internet connection will provide the best experience.

  4. Click on the Enter button below.

  5. Allow the platform to access your computer’s camera and microphone.

  6. Provide your credentials OR register if it’s your first time on Airmeet. Use the same email address that you used to register for Spark Showcase so the system recognizes you. 

  7. Enter the venue and follow the prompts from there.

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussions: Entertainment law, Strategizing your project pitch, Business operations (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required. 

Join our senior industry hosts for small interactive video discussions about the issues that matter to your business. These are not presentations, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with one (1) host in a small group setting with up to 7 other participants.

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) roundtable discussion session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST. 

Featuring:

Erin Finlay

Partner

Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP


TOPIC: Entertainment law
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Pippa Lambert

Founder

Hellcat


TOPIC: Strategizing your project pitch
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Blair Powers

Executive Producer & Partner

Sinking Ship Entertainment


TOPIC: Business operations & innovations during COVID
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2:30pm

Meet an Expert: Co-Production Partners (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required.

Designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top co-production partners and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your projects. This is not a presentation, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions in an interactive video setting.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with up to three (3) featured hosts in small roundtable groups (*please note: hosts will be rotating in 20-minute increments).

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) Meet an Expert session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST. 

Featuring:

Tecca Crosby

SVP, Scripted Programming, Canada

eOne Television

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Jane Rimer

Senior Vice President, Canada

Banijay Rights

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Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

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Benjamin Thornton

Creative, Non-Scripted Development Associate

Warner Bros.

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Tuesday, March 23

12:30pm

Spark Pitch: Factual & Unscripted Projects (12:30pm - 1:15pm)

Discover some of the most exciting new factual and unscripted TV and digital media projects.

In this real-time pitch session, five producers will present their projects and receive questions and comments from leading industry executives. 

Immediately following the pitch session, join us in the Spark Lounge to network with these presenters and other senior industry professionals.


Featuring:

Alysse Glick

Chief Operating Officer

Pigeon Row

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Emilia King

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Pink Moon Studio

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Joanne Loton

Executive Producer/Creative Producer/Director

GarageGirl Media Ltd.

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Lauralee Sheehan

Chief Creative Officer

Digital 55

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Katy Tooth

Producer/Director

Tooth Pics

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Harjeet Chhokar

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 4

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Expert Commentator

Lynne Kirby

Executive Producer

Nutopia

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1:15pm

Post Factual Pitch Social in the Spark Networking Lounge (1:15pm - 4:00pm)

Come for a half hour or stay for the afternoon!

After the Spark Pitch: Factual & Unscripted Projects, join the pitch presenters, other amazing BANFF Spark companies, and the session's expert commentators in the Networking Lounge. Move freely between tables for video chats in a dynamic virtual environment.

To enter the Spark Lounge, follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure you’re on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and mic.

  2. Use the most recent version of Google Chrome.

  3. High-speed internet connection will provide the best experience.

  4. Click on the Enter button below.

  5. Allow the platform to access your computer’s camera and microphone.

  6. Provide your credentials OR register if it’s your first time on Airmeet. Use the same email address that you used to register for Spark Showcase so the system recognizes you. 

  7. Enter the venue and follow the prompts from there.

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussions: M&A strategies, Commissioning during COVID, Literary rights (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required. 

Join our senior industry hosts for small interactive video discussions about the issues that matter to your business. These are not presentations, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with one (1) host in a small group setting with up to 7 other participants.

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) roundtable discussion session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST. 

Featuring:

Lauren Bull

Senior Manager, Deal Advisory

KPMG


TOPIC: M&A strategies
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Chris Regina

Director, Original Series, Drama Development

Netflix


TOPIC: Commissioning during COVID
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Brent Jordan Sherman

Literary Agent

The Characters Talent Agency


TOPIC: Navigating literary rights
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2:30pm

Meet an Expert: Commissioners (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required.

Designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top commissioners and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your projects. This is not a presentation, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions in an interactive video setting.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with up to three (3) featured hosts in small roundtable groups (*please note: hosts will be rotating in 20-minute increments).

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) Meet an Expert session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST. 

Featuring:

Taylor Callobre

Scripted Development Executive

Amazon Studios

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Sarah Fowlie

Head of Production, Original Programming

BCE Inc.

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Rachel Nelson

VP, Original Content, Scripted, Factual and Kids

Corus Entertainment Inc

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Wednesday, March 24

12:30pm

Spark Pitch: Scripted Drama Projects (12:30pm - 1:15pm)

Discover some of the most exciting new scripted TV and digital media projects.

In this real-time pitch session, five producers will present their projects and receive questions and comments from leading industry executives. 

Immediately following the pitch session, join us in the Spark Lounge to network with these presenters and other senior industry professionals.


Featuring:

Lauren Corber

Executive Producer

LoCo Motion Pictures Inc.

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Alison Duke

Co-Founder/Producer

OYA Media Group

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Michelle Melanson

President/Executive Producer

Headspinner Productions Inc.

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Marylou Mintram

Co-CEO

Rainy Storm Productions

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Sarah Timmins

President & Producer

Black Birds Entertainment

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Samantha Thomas

Executive Vice President, Television, BRON Studios

BRON Media Corporation

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Expert Commentator

Trish Williams

Executive Director, Scripted Content

CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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1:00pm

Post Scripted Pitch Social in the Spark Networking Lounge (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Come for a half hour or stay for the afternoon!

After the Spark Pitch: Scripted Drama Projects, join the pitch presenters, other amazing BANFF Spark companies, and the session's expert commentators in the Networking Lounge. Move freely between tables for video chats in a dynamic virtual environment.

To enter the Spark Lounge, follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure you’re on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and mic.

  2. Use the most recent version of Google Chrome.

  3. High-speed internet connection will provide the best experience.

  4. Click on the Enter button below.

  5. Allow the platform to access your computer’s camera and microphone.

  6. Provide your credentials OR register if it’s your first time on Airmeet. Use the same email address that you used to register for Spark Showcase so the system recognizes you. 

  7. Enter the venue and follow the prompts from there.

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussions: Raising capital, Signing with an agent, Project financing (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required. 

Join our senior industry hosts for small interactive video discussions about the issues that matter to your business. These are not presentations, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with one (1) host in a small group setting with up to 7 other participants.

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) roundtable discussion session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST. 

Featuring:

Victoria Hirst

Executive Producer

Amaze Film + TV


TOPIC: Project financing strategies
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Jennifer Hollyer

Agent

The Jennifer Hollyer Agency


TOPIC: Signing with an agent
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Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator

Techstars


TOPIC: Raising capital for your business
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2:30pm

Meet an Expert: Distributors (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required.

Designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top distributors and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your projects. This is not a presentation, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions in an interactive video setting.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with up to three (3) featured hosts in small roundtable groups (*please note: hosts will be rotating in 20-minute increments).

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) Meet an Expert session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST. 

Featuring:

Solange Attwood

EVP, International

Blue Ant Media

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Rebecca Barnett

Commercial Manager–Unscripted

BBC Studios Distribution Limited

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Lauren Jackson

Scripted Content Executive

all3media International

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Thursday, March 25

12:30pm

Spark Pitch: Business (12:30pm - 1:15pm)

Hear from some of the most innovative businesses in the media space.

In this real-time pitch session, five entrepreneurs will present their companies and products and receive questions and comments from leading experts. 

Immediately following the pitch session, join us in the Spark Lounge to network with these presenters and other senior industry professionals.


Featuring:

Tanya Gough

Founder

StoryBilder

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Leena Minifie

CEO/Owner

Stories First Productions / Cool World Technologies Inc.

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Jennifer Pun

Producer

Edge Entertainment

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Fiona Rayher

CEO

Hoovie

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Moyra Rodger

CEO

Magnify Digital

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Nabeela Merchant

Investor

Relay Ventures

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Expert Commentator

Lori Pantel

Chief Marketing Officer

Fandango

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1:00pm

Post Business Pitch Social in the Spark Networking Zone (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Come for a half hour or stay for the afternoon!

After the Spark Pitch: Business, join the pitch presenters, other amazing BANFF Spark companies, and the session's expert commentators in the Networking Zone. Move freely between tables for video chats in a dynamic virtual environment.

To enter the Spark Networking Zone, follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure you’re on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and mic.

  2. Use the most recent version of Google Chrome.

  3. High-speed internet connection will provide the best experience.

  4. Click on the Enter button below.

  5. Allow the platform to access your computer’s camera and microphone.

  6. Provide your credentials OR register if it’s your first time on Airmeet. Use the same email address that you used to register for Spark Showcase so the system recognizes you. 

  7. Enter the venue and follow the prompts from there.

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussions: Producing for streamers, Growing your business globally (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required. 

Join our senior industry hosts for small interactive video discussions about the issues that matter to your business. These are not presentations, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with one (1) host in a small group setting with up to 7 other participants.

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) roundtable discussion session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST.

Featuring:

Carrie Mudd

President

Peacock Alley Entertainment


TOPIC: Producing for streamers
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Shabnam Rezaei

Co-Founder

Big Bad Boo


TOPIC: Growing your business globally
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2:30pm

Meet an Expert: Funders (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

*Only available to BANFF Spark companies. Advanced sign-up is required.

Designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top funders and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your companies. This is not a presentation, rather a fantastic opportunity to meet, network, and ask questions in an interactive video setting.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with up to three (3) featured hosts in small roundtable groups (*please note: hosts will be rotating in 20-minute increments).

You may pre-book a seat at up to one (1) Meet an Expert session throughout Spark Showcase Week on a first-come, first-serve sign up. Sign ups open in BANFFXchange on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:00pm EST and close on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00pm EST. 

Featuring:

Elaine Kunda

Founder

Disruption Ventures

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Andrew Spergel

Chief Investment Officer

Boat Rocker Media

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Julie Venerus

Interim Deputy Director – CMFPA

Canada Media Fund

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