Fantastic Fireside Chats Taking Place at Content Canada

Set in front of the grand fireplace in the CBC Lounge (Modern Lobby of the Drake Hotel), Content Canada’s Fireside Chats are a special part of this year’s packed program.  Not your typical conference panels…our Fireside Chats offer unprecedented access to esteemed thought leaders in an intimate and interactive setting – making them sure to be a delegate highlight.

Content Canada starts next week and runs from September 11 – 13.  Check out the fantastic Fireside Chats taking place at the event:

Professional Development for Canadian Producers

Tuesday, September 12 at 11:00 am

Professional development is critical for producers aiming to stay ahead in today’s rapidly evolving industry; however it can be difficult to identify and compare offerings. To help producers navigate the wide range of professional development opportunities, the CMPA has carried out extensive research into more than 200 programs on offer for producers in Canada, and has identified opportunities, gaps, and some interesting trends. Join our panel of industry experts, where the CMPA’s research will underpin a discussion about how producers can get the most out of professional development opportunities to propel their careers and projects forward.

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Liz Shorten

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Navigating the Future: The State of the Canadian Content Industry

Tuesday, September 12 at 1:15pm

Grab your lunch and join us for an insightful exploration of the challenges, opportunities, and trends shaping the landscape of the Canadian screen industry. This thought-provoking Fireside Chat will bring together an esteemed group of media leaders to share their insights and expertis.

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Moderator: Zaib Shaikh

Reelworld: Creating Nuanced Women on Screen

Tuesday, September 12 at 3:30pm

The Reelworld Screen Institute advances opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, and People of Colour in the Canadian screen industries by reducing barriers and fostering authentic stories. In advance of the release of their highly anticipated HerFrameMatters protocol guidelines, join Tonya Williams, Reelworld Executive Director and Founder, as she leads a significant conversation with some of the most dynamic women in our industry. These women have played a crucial role in crafting more genuine and intricate portrayals of diverse women on screen, with an eye on how audiences are embracing these nuanced portrayals and guidance on how you can make your content have more authentic depictions.

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Moderator: Tonya Williams

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The Origins of BlackBerry

Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00am

Every era has its visionaries, and BlackBerry, co-written by director Matt Johnson and producer Matthew Miller as an adaptation of the book Losing the Signal by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, investigates the brilliance of the individuals that invented the world’s first smartphone. Recounting the Canadian company’s humble yet chaotic rise to market dominance, BlackBerry is a darkly comedic telling of the tragic tale of a Canadian company that revolutionized the way we communicate, before swiftly plummeting into obsolescence. Hear from Johnson and Miller about their journey from page to screen, and how over the course of five years, they brought their vision to life as a successful and acclaimed film, and upcoming extended three-part series for CBC with exclusive never-before-seen footage.

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Moderator: Chandler Levack

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The Magic of Mr. Dressup

Wednesday, September 13 at 2:00pm

Join the Canadian Amazon Original “Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe”, recently announced as an Official Selection at TIFF 2023, for an intimate and exclusive fireside chat. Discover the heartfelt dedication that went into bringing the beloved CBC TV icon’s life to the screen. Uncover the magic that made this Prime Video documentary a touching tribute to a beloved Canadian mainstay.

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Mark Bishop
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Rob McCallum
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Only a Few Rooms Left at The Drake Hotel!

We can’t wait to see you at Content Canada!  For information about the few remaining rooms at The Drake Hotel, please contact: [email protected].

More detailed delegate information will be shared later this week!

Content Canada would like to acknowledge its Founding Partners: