Content Canada • September 10-11 • Four Seasons Hotel • Toronto


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. This year’s conference programme 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.
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. For more information contact [email protected].


Content Canada . Wednesday September 12 . Four Seasons Hotel . Toronto

If 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.




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.

Moderated by

Tom Power Host, q on CBC Radio One


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.

Sean Cohan

Sean Cohan President, Wheelhouse

Mike Cosentino President content and programming, Bell Media

Barbara Williams Executive Vice-President, CBC

Carlo Dusi EVP commercial strategy, scripted, Red Arrow Studios International

Naveen Prasad President, VICE Media Canada

Moderated by:

Moderator: Adam Benzine Editor, Content Canada



Fireside Chat with Jon Wax, YouTube Originals

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.
Moderated by: Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund



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.

Sally Catto General manager, programming CBC English Television

Christine Lubrano Senior vice president, original programming IFC

Jamie Brown CEO & executive producer, Frantic Films

Moderated by:

Maggie Cassella Comedian


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.
Moderated by:

Moderator: Adam Benzine Editor, Content Canada



Focus on scripted television: women in power tell all

Canadian women are behind the scenes of some of the biggest dramas on television, being enjoyed by audiences in the U.S. and around the world. Women are increasingly creating, executive producing and showrunning television series that promote and solidify Canada’s place in the global market.
Join us for this exciting session, presented in partnership with Corus Entertainment, to hear directly from women in power behind the camera as they discuss their roles of running international series in today’s ultra-competitive industry, and why they think Canada should be proud of the opportunity it provides for women to walk the walk.

Ilana Frank Executive producer, ICF Films

Sheila Hockin Co-executive producer, The Handmaid’s Tale

Tassie Cameron Co-showrunner and executive producer, Mary Kills People

Julia Sereny Founder/Executive Producer, Sienna Films

Alexandra Zarowny Writer/Executive Producer

Moderated by:

Divya Shahani Entertainment Lawyer, Hall Webber LLP


Fireside Chat: Jim Acosta, CNN

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.



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).
Moderated by:

Ben Mulroney Anchor, CTV’s ETALK, Co-Host, CTV’s YOUR MORNING


Closing cocktail sponsored by Shaw Rocket Fund



Catherine Tait President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
Adam Lewinson Chief Content Officer, Tubi
Moderator: Valerie Creighton President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
Kevin Beggs Chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and Chief Content Integration Officer, Lionsgate
Katrina Kowalski Vice President, Content, Paramount+ and Pluto TV Canada
Danielle Woodrow Director, Canada Series, Netflix
CJ Yu Head of Unscripted Development, Global Formats, Amazon Studios
Jason Badal GM of Canada, Disney+
Lisa Hamilton Daly Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media
Brent Haynes Head of Originals, Canada, Amazon Studios
Lea Marin Director of Development, Drama, CBC
Moderator: Justin Stockman VP, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media
Mark Montefiore CEO & Founder, New Metric Media
Moderator: Amanda Parris Writer and TV/Radio Host
Tory Jennings Director of Content, Crave
Mary-Anne Taylor Head of Content Distribution - Canada, Roku Inc.
Moderator: Damon D’Oliveira Executive Producer
Joan Jenkinson Co-Founder and Executive Director, Black Screen Office (BSO)
Moderator: Agnes Augustin President & CEO, Shaw Rocket Fund
Dawn Wilkinson Film & Television Director
Clement Virgo Writer, Director, Producer
Jamie Schouela President, Global Channels and Media, Blue Ant Media
Andrew Irwin SVP of Content Distribution & Partnerships, Blue Ant Media
Catherine Casey Creative Executive for Unscripted Programming, Global Formats, Amazon Studios
Christina Summers Country Manager, Roku Canada
Rick Clodfelter Executive Director, Content Acquisitions and Partnerships, Disney Branded Television
Drew Robinson Vice President of Content Distribution, Corus Entertainment
Drew Buckley Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Propagate Content
Michela Di Mondo EVP, Canada, International, Fremantle
Andy Yeatman Managing Director, Americas, Moonbug Entertainment
Tara Woodbury Manager, Canada Series, Netflix
Robyn Alomar Actor, TERROR TRAIN
Scott Herbst EVP and Head of Scripted Development, Lionsgate Television Group
Moderator: maxine bailey Executive Director, CFC
Jocelyn Hamilton President, Canada, Television, eOne 
Moderator: Mike Cosentino President, CosMedia.Inc
Kadon Douglas Executive Director, BIPOC TV & Film
Moderator: Shaleen Sangha Vice President, Content, Kids & Family, Boat Rocker Studios
Laura Michalchyshyn CCO & Co-President, Blue Ant Studios
Tim Rozon Actor, TERROR TRAIN
Carolyn Newman Executive Vice President, Global Scripted Programming, Blink49 Studios
Vinay Virmani Partner & Chief Content Officer, Uninterrupted Canada
Doug Schwalbe Founder, The Co-Production Company
David Jenkinson Editor-in-chief & managing director of C21Media
Laurie Ferneau Senior Vice President, Development, Hallmark Media
Mike Beale Managing Director, Global Creative Network, ITV Studios
Hannah Pillemer EVP, Creative Affairs, MarVista Entertainment
Marie Ka Executive Producer
Noreen Halpern Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Halfire Entertainment
Richard Jean-Baptiste Executive Producer
Moderator: Prem Gill CEO, Creative BC
Rachel Goldstein-Couto Head of Development, Original Programming, Bell Media
Cathy Wong Vice President, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Official Languages, Telefilm Canada
Sophie Parizeau General Manager, Scripted Series, Bell Media
Marie McCann Senior Director, Children’s Content, CBC Kids
Christina Jennings Founder, Chairman and President, Shaftesbury
Greig Dymond Director of Development and Head of Festivals, Comedy, CBC
Deirdre Brennan Chief Operating Officer, WildBrain
Graham Ludlow Production and Development Executive, Canada, Incendo
Anne Loi Chief Content Officer, WildBrain
Mark Bishop Co-CEO & Executive Producer, marblemedia
Brenda Bisner Chief Content Officer, Kidoodle.TV
MOTION Writer/Supervising Producer, THE PORTER
Alexandra Clarke Co-Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer, THE WAY HOME
Ian Iqbal Rashid Writer/Director/Executive Producer, SORT OF and TOUCH OF PINK
Swin Chang Executive in Charge of Development and Production, CBC Kids
Andrew Burrows-Trotman Writer/Producer, THE PORTER
Moderator: Nataline Rodrigues Original Content Creator | Senior Entertainment Executive Creative & Business Affairs Media Specialist
Adam Pettle Story Consultant
Moderator: Jordan Pinto North American Editor, C21 Media
Marly Reed VP, Development, Neshama Entertainment
Melanie Nepinak Hadley Executive Director Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada
Athena Georgaklis Head of Development, Nelvana
Marc Hartlen Associate Development Executive, Nelvana
Karima-Catherine Goundiam CEO, Red Dot Digital Inc. & B2BeeMatch
Moderator: Natalie Osborne Chief Strategy Officer, 9 Story Media Group
Shabnam Rezaei Co-Founder, Big Bad Boo Studios
David Kleeman Strategist, Analyst, Author, Speaker, Connector
Stephanie Betts Chief Content Officer, WildBrain
Tope Babalola Writer / Director / Content Creator