Content Canada . Wednesday September 12 . Four Seasons Hotel . TorontoIf you are in the content business don’t miss this one-day event focused on how to develop a coherent business strategy for success in the increasingly competitive global industry. A mix of keynote and ‘how-to’ sessions will prepare you for what comes next. Who should attend?: Producers, broadcasters, distributors, coproducers, financiers, analysts, and anyone serious about the content business. Content Canada 2018 also includes premiere screenings, a networking lunch, and evening cocktails. Come and meet your future in the content business at Content Canada. Review the schedule below and reserve your place today! For more information contact [email protected].
Defining next gen content
Content Canada is a two-day event dedicated to defining and delivering next generation content to screens across all platforms and territories. If you are in the content business don’t miss this two-day event focused on how to develop a coherent business strategy for success in the increasingly competitive global industry.
Insightful, smart sessions
This year’s conference program will feature fireside chats, keynotes and cutting edge sessions that explore the issues that matter most to the television industry, highlighting Canada’s role in the global marketplace. A schedule of insightful panels, case studies, screenings and interactive sessions will help to define the future creative and commercial models for creating, financing and distributing television content.
This year’s conference introduces the Content Canada Screenings, a showcase of the industry’s top programmes and talent.
Networking business agenda
The event will bring together the Canadian content industry with the global business to facilitate meetings across the day. Who should attend?: Producers, broadcasters, distributors, coproducers, financiers, analysts, and anyone serious about the content business. Content Canada 2019 also includes premiere screenings, a networking lunch, and evening cocktails. Come and meet your future in the content business at Content Canada.
Cocktail wrap party
A networking cocktail will provide access to speakers and partners at the end of the day.
Content Canada Screenings
REGISTRATION10.45am – 11.00am
OPENING REMARKS11.00am – 12.30pm
DepartureGlobal’s new original event series Departure will have its North American premiere at the inaugural Content Canada screenings. Join stars Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer at the screening of Departure’s first episode, and hear directly from the stars in the Q&A following the screening. Also featured will be series director T.J. Scott. and creator Vincent Shiao, executive producer Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury, and Rachel Nelson, director, original content, drama, Corus. Set to premiere on Global in early 2020, Departure is a thrilling six-part drama that follows the disappearance of a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate this exciting new original series. Hosted by: Sangita Patel, Entertainment reporter, ET Canada
LUNCH1.30pm – 3.00pm
TallboyzThe exciting and hilarious new CBC half-hour sketch comedy series Tallboyz will make its world premiere as part of the new Content Canada Screenings on September 10. In attendance will be the ‘TallBoyz’ – Guled Abdi, Vance Banzo, Tim Blair and Franco Nguyen, as well as executive producers Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall, Young Drunk Punk) and Susan Cavan (The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, Young Drunk Punk). In addition to the screening, there will be a Q&A with the TallBoyz cast and producers. Come enjoy some laughs and celebrate the premiere of Canada’s next great sketch comedy right here at Content Canada.
Hosted by: Odario Williams, Musician
COCKTAIL BREAK3.30pm – 5.00pm
Dublin MurdersBell Media presents the world premiere of the new original STARZ series Dublin Murders at Content Canada. Created by Sarah Phelps, starring Killian Scott and Sarah Greene, and from executive producers Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos, Dublin Murders depicts a contemporary world of psychological mystery and tension, with roots that reach down deep within Ireland’s past. Killian Scott, Sarah Phelps, and Noemi Spanos will be in attendance for the premiere and will participate in a Q&A following a screening of the first episode. Get a sneak peek of one of the most anticipated Crave TV series being released this fall at Content Canada.
*Photo credit BBC/Starz
Hosted by: Julia Sereny, Producer
OPPORTUNITY: The New StreamersWith a new breed of streaming entering the market we hear from emerging streaming services about their priorities, strategies and programming needs. How can you work with these exciting brands as they develop?
Moderator: Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
TRENDS: Podcasts as the new pilotsPodcasts are no longer a marketing companion to TV, but rather are a valuable core content product. In their hunt for original content, producers and broadcasters alike are racing to buy up hit podcasts which can serve as today’s pilots – proven audience-tested content. Come join our panel of experts as they discuss podcasts’ place in today’s industry from every angle. Moderator: Lon Hall, Owner, Hall Webber LLP
SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Wheelhouse EntertainmentJoin us for the launch of our SPOTLIGHT series, featuring progressive companies and executives making innovative changes to the content industry.
Moderator: Adam Benzine, Editor, Content Canada
TRENDS: Family co-viewing programmingMany broadcasters, producers and platforms across all genres are moving toward programming to a family co-viewing audience. Why are both traditionally older-skewing and younger-skewing channels/platforms steering their programming decisions to this broader audience strategy? Is the trend specific to North America? What is driving it: Discoverability? Broader advertiser appeal? Research that families are tuning in to more content together? Our panel of experts discusses this trend and the strategy and the opportunities for all players in the value chain. Moderator: Agnes Augustin, President and CEO, Shaw Rocket Fund
BUSINESS BUILDER: Content Strategies to Grow your BusinessWhat does it take to build a global content company? The rapid proliferation of streaming platforms and big media giants has created a very competitive landscape for developing and acquiring the best content. With so much content available across so many distribution alternatives, entertainment companies need to think of innovative strategies in order to futureproof their business. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how build content strategies that achieve success.
Moderator: Marguerite Pigott, Film Commissioner and director of entertainment Industries, City of Toronto
PROGRAMMING: Creating international hit formatsAs Canadian producers look to create global format brands a panel of successful content creators discuss the secret to creating global hit formats, making great remakes and developing formats that travel.
Moderator: Adam Benzine, Editor, Content Canada
BUSINESS BUILDER: Global TrendsTo compete in today’s market it’s essential to have up-to-date knowledge of the entertainment industry trends that are having the biggest impact. What is trending now and what trends are in store for 2020 and beyond? Join our media leaders as they reveal how they expect the business to change in the coming year and what you need to know to survive and prosper.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Managing director, C21Media
NETWORKING BREAKSponsored by: Frantic Films
SPOTLIGHT SERIES: NetflixOur SPOTLIGHT series continues, featuring progressive companies and executives making innovative changes to the content industry.
Moderator: Michael MacLennan, Screenwriter and producer
OPPORTUNITY: National and International BuyersCome hear from top content buyers about their priorities, strategies and programming needs. Moderator: David Zitzerman, partner and head of Entertainment Law Group, Goodmans
Meghan Hooper White SVP, original movies, co-productions and acquistions, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies