Fighting for a free press with CNN’s Jim Acosta at Content Canada

Content Canada is proud to present a Fireside Chat with CNN's Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta.

Come and hear a most important and timely conversation with Jim Acosta about combatting claims of "fake news", his role covering the White House and President Trump, and the dangers of attacks on the free press around the world.

Covering some of the most significant political and breaking news events of the last 15 years, Mr. Acosta currently serves as CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent reporting on the Trump Administration and issues impacting the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.

Mr. Acosta's resolve to ask the real tough questions to government officials has made him a personal target for Donald Trump's ire, and has thrust him into the international spotlight as a standard-bearer for a free and open press.

Prior to his reporting on the Trump Administration, Mr. Acosta covered the 2008 presidential election, covering the campaigns of then Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain and then Senator Barack Obama. He went on to cover the Obama administration as well as covering the 2016 campaign trail following then Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

Designed to help the Canadian content industry develop a progressive relationship with the global business, other speakers and sessions include:

Keynote - Catherine Tait
President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada

Newly-appointed president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, Catherine Tait, will make her first industry address at Content Canada on September 12, 2018. The first woman to lead the broadcaster will take part in a fireside chat to discuss her vision for the CBC and thoughts on Canada’s role in the global content industry.

The globalisation of TV and the implications for content creators
Mark Oliver
Chairman of Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates Ltd.

This keynote session will provide data and perspective for anyone aiming to understand the future of content creation, distribution and broadcast in the rapidly changing world. It will address the scale and opportunities within the global content market, the pace and direction of growth, how it is fragmenting and where the major trade flows are located. Oliver, the BBC’s first head of strategy, will also provide perspective on how the content sector is likely to change over the coming five years by region, genre and business model. He will also outline where Canadian content creators sit within the global market.

Spotlight on YouTube Premium
Jon Wax
Head of drama series & movies, YouTube Originals

Jon Wax, head of drama series and Movies at YouTube Premium Originals will discuss YouTube Premium's originals strategy, content and platform, and how they are helping to define the future of content in a fireside chat at Content Canada. 
Presented in partnership with Lionsgate, come hear from Jon as he discusses YouTube Premium's originals strategy, content and platform, and how they are helping to define the future of content.

Canadian Premiere Screening: Showtime's New Original Series, Kidding
Content Canada is thrilled to present a screening of the premiere of Showtime's new original series, Kidding.
CCKidding centres around Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, played by Golden Globe® winner Jim Carrey in his first series regular role in more than two decades. The story follows Jeff, an icon of children’s television, as he faces a slow leak of sanity when his beloved family begins to implode, which is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking to watch. The series also stars Oscar, Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Judy Greer (Married) and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Catherine Keener (Get Out).
Presented in partnership with CraveTV, Content Canada is proud to feature an exclusive screening of Kidding, followed by an exciting Q&A with Judy Greer, who stars as Jeff's estranged wife in the series, along with creator, executive producer and showrunner Dave Holstein (WEEDS).

The Future of Content Leaders Debate
As competition overflows with digital giants in the fray, how are broadcast, cable and studio leaders thinking globally to ensure their content is consumed? What partnerships and strategies are working to get content developed, distributed and monetized to balance domestic needs and a global market? Hear from industry leaders as they discuss their global approach to today's world of television.

Hot Properties Case Study - Baroness von Sketch Show
ErikThe hilarious and award-winning Baroness von Sketch Show is enjoying international success, including with IFC in the US, and is moving to fall prime time on CBC. Created by and starring Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, the all-female series exemplifies how content can succeed across digital and conventional television platforms. Content Canada is proud to present a fantastic comedy showcase with a sneak peek preview of the new season. This exciting session will feature key executives from IFC, CBC and Frantic Films, along with all four fabulous Baronesses! The session also features Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen.

Content Canada 2018 takes place during TIFF, with TIFF as an event collaborator.

The day will be focused on exploring the evolving business of television and celebrating exceptional content.

Further participants and partners will be announced in the coming weeks.

It takes place on September 12, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

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