Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, has been confirmed as the first keynote speaker at the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) Summit Series, June 14-17.
Sarandos will appear at the festival on Monday, June 15 in a fireside conversation format at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Sarandos started out in video retail, managing the Arizona Video Cassettes West chain, and later moved into distribution and merchandising. He’s been with Netflix since 2000 overseeing the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix content including original series and films. Sarandos led the company’s transition into original content production, which began in 2013 with the launch of House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black, among other productions.
“Ted’s contributions to global media have been astounding and revolutionary,” said BANFF Executive Director, Jenn Kuzmyk, in a release. “It’s almost impossible to quantify the impact that Netflix and its content has had within the entertainment business as well as the daily lives of people around the globe. Ted continues to support new voices and champion groundbreaking work, raising the bar for creative excellence. The festival is thrilled to welcome him back to beautiful Banff for what is sure to be an inspiring keynote, outlining his vision and tackling some of the big questions in the industry and where it’s headed amid continuing seismic change.”
Launched last year in conjunction with the Festival’s 40th anniversary, the BANFF Summit Series is a curated, future-focused lineup of keynote sessions featuring global players shaping the future of the media industry. Previous keynote speakers featured include Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of Dreamworks, and currently Managing Partner of WndrCo and chairman and founder of Quibi; Paula Kerger, CEO of PBS; and Sarah Barnett, President, Entertainment Networks, for AMC Networks.
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