Content Canada set to to define the future – REGISTER NOW

Content Canada, which takes place in Toronto on September 10/11, has a screenings and conference line-up designed to showcase the best new programming and examine the issues that will determine the future of your business in the entertainment industry.
Don’t miss this event.

•Find out what Netflix wants from the Canadian market
•Uncover the latest global content trends
•Network with key development executives
•Pitch your shows to channels, financiers, coproducers
•Screen the latest primetime shows
•Plan your future content strategy

Don’t miss this amazing event at the Four Seasons Hotel.
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September 10
DAY 1: Content Canada Screenings

The first day of the two-day Content Canada is devoted to screenings of some of the hottest upcoming shows.


10.45am - 11.00am

11.00am - 12.30pm
Content Canada Screening: Departure
Global's new original event series Departure will have its North American premiere at the inaugural Content Canada screenings. Join stars Archie Panjabi and Christoper 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.

12.30pm - 1.30pm

1.30pm - 3.00pm
Content Canada Screening: Tallboyz
The 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.

3.00pm - 3.30pm

3.30pm - 5.00pm
Content Canada Screening: Dublin Murders
Bell 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

5.00pm - 7.00pm


September 11
DAY 2:
Industry Conference


8.45am - 9.00am

9.00am - 9.45am
OPPORTUNITY: The New Streamers
With 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

9.45am - 10.30am
TRENDS: Podcasts as the new pilots
Podcasts 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

10.30am - 11am
SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Wheelhouse Entertainment
Join 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

11am - 11.30am

11.30am - 12.15pm
TRENDS: Family co-viewing programming
Many 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

12.15pm - 1pm
BUSINESS BUILDER: International brand building
What 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

1pm - 2pm

2pm - 2.45pm
PROGRAMMING: Creating international hit formats
As 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

2.45pm - 3.30pm
To 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

3.30pm - 4.00pm

4pm - 4.30pm
Our SPOTLIGHT series continues, featuring progressive companies and executives making innovative changes to the content industry.
Moderator: Michael MacLennan, Screenwriter and producer

4.30pm - 5.30pm
OPPORTUNITY: National and International Buyers
Come hear from top content buyers about their priorities, strategies and programming needs.
Moderator: David Zitzerman, partner and head of Entertainment Law Group, Goodmans

5.30pm - 7.00pm
That’s a Wrap Networking Cocktail
Mix with delegates and speakers from the domestic and international market.

About Content Canada

Content Canada is an annual event, taking place this year on September 10 and 11, 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, offering a diverse program celebrating and exploring trends facing today’s content industry.

For all Content Canada inquiries please contact:
Ferne Cohen [email protected]