The Drake Hotel, Toronto • 11-13 September 2023

Douglas Smith
SVP, Streaming and Content Licensing, Canada
Paramount Global
Doug Smith is an accomplished executive in the media industry serving as the Senior Vice President of Streaming and Content Licensing for Paramount Global, Canada.  Based in Toronto, he plays a crucial role in monetizing Paramount’s extensive library, including Paramount+, Canada’s fastest-growing premium SVOD service, and Pluto TV, the leading FAST platform in Canada. Additionally, Smith oversees programming on popular linear services such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.   Leading the Global Content Distribution team, Smith is responsible for sales activities across all Canadian media platforms. His portfolio includes globally successful network series like CSI, NCIS and FBI on CBS and premium streaming titles like Yellowstone, South Park, and Ray Donovan. Iconic blockbuster franchises such as Mission Impossible, Top Gun, Star Trek and Transformers also fall under his purview.  Prior to joining CBS Studios International in 2011, Smith built a successful consulting business, advising prominent Canadian media companies, such as Cineplex Entertainment, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Communications. From 2006-2008, he served as Executive Vice President at Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution Income Trust, overseeing operations in Toronto, Montreal, London and Madrid. His journey in the industry began in 1997 when he joined Alliance Releasing and eventually became Senior Vice President while representing major U.S. television and film studios in Canada, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy.    Smith’s expertise in international distribution dates back to 1994 at Ellis Entertainment in Toronto. In this role, he was responsible for importing programming from top international broadcasters while also exporting original Canadian series to the U.S., Europe and Asia.     In addition to his corporate achievements, Smith has made significant contributions to charitable initiatives. In 2014, he became the President of the Entertainment Industry Foundation Canada, where he played a pivotal role in bringing the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecasts to Canada.  Four years later, he assumed the position of Chair of the Canadian Board. SU2C is an organization that funds and develops cutting-edge cancer treatments by facilitating collaborations among top scientists.    Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He received multiple scholarships during his studies in Television Broadcasting at Fanshawe College and furthered his education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Queen’s University and becoming a Certified Management Accountant under the Society of Management Accountants.   

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