The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is making plans to return in-person for the 43rd edition of the event, June 12-15.
Among the speakers confirmed for this year’s BANFF Summit Series are Universal Studio Group (USG) Chairman Pearlena Igbokwe, the first woman of colour to hold the role, responsible for all aspects of creative affairs and production for NBCUniversal studios: Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP), Universal Television Alternative Studios and Universal International Studios.
An exclusive In Conversation With session is also planned featuring global health and pandemic expert Dr. Ashish K. Jha and philanthropist and entrepreneur Frank Giustra discussing the impact of mis- and disinformation and the responsibility of the media and entertainment industry to combat it.
The Rockie Awards International Program Competition is also set to return with the Grand Jury Prize, Francophone Prize and other awards to be announced during the festival on June 13.
“BANFF is back, bigger and better than ever,” said BANFF Board Chair and Lionsgate Television Group Chair Kevin Beggs, in a release. “We couldn’t think of more fitting speakers to kick off the festivities than the head of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, a visionary leader who has given useful and politics-free advice to millions during the pandemic; Frank Giustra, founder of Lionsgate which has grown from a start-up in 1999 to a leading content, distribution, and platform studio today, and who was recently named Co-Chair of the Crisis Group; and Pearlena Igbokwe, Chair of Universal Television Group, one of the most prolific television studios operating in Hollywood today.”
The international conference and marketplace has historically drawn delegates from 50+ countries, attracting top creators, producers, showrunners, talent, networks, studios, streamers, press and media companies.
BANFF has also revealed this year’s cohort for its BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media, which empowers and trains Canadian women entrepreneurs to launch and grow their own businesses within the screen-based industries.
The 100 entrepreneurs selected to take part in the 2022 cohort are:
|Sholeh Alemi Fabbri
|Minae Stella Park
|Maia Jae Bastidas
|Kulbinder Saran Caldwell
|Ana P. Castillo
|Laura Heath Potter
|Tia Taurere Clearsky
|Loretta Sarah Todd
|Kik Di Nino
|Teresa M Ho
|Rime El Jadidi
|Kahstoserakwath Paulette Moore
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