This 12 months’s Banff World Media Festival is ready to be one of the worldwide but and can transcend TV tendencies to deal with among the globe’s greatest matters, in response to Executive Director Jenn Kuzmyk.

Speaking to Deadline within the lead-up to the annual occasion, which takes place in-person after two years on-line from Sunday 12 June to Wednesday 15 June, Kuzmyk pointed to a flurry of non-North American delegates journeying to the attractive Rockie Mountains from the likes of Netflix, Warner Bros Discovery, Amazon, the BBC and manufacturing firms based mostly in Nigeria, France, Sweden and Korea.

“Going digital in the course of the pandemic has widened our attain and that’s positively represented within the breadth of participation,” she added. “We’ve all the time been represented properly internationally however maybe a bit extra this 12 months.”

She pointed to massive worldwide hits in line for the distinguished Rockie Awards corresponding to BBC comedy Motherland, Jack Thorne’s Help and Denmark’s Kamikaze for HBO Max.

There have been entries from round 45 international locations for this 12 months’s Rockies, with greater than 150 jurors from quite a lot of nations.

The 2022 competition can be headlined by keynotes from among the greatest names on this planet of TV together with Netflix Head of Global TV Bela Bajaria, Universal Studio Group Chair Pearlana Igbokwe and Participant Media CEO David Linde, to gether with a wealth of panels speaking showrunning, distribution, children’ content material and spotlighting numerous networks and streamers.


Delegates are already numbering greater than 1,500, which might be a report, though Kuzmyk burdened “this isn’t the most important occasion on this planet, we’re not Mipcom, however we prefer to say ‘the precise individuals are at Banff’.”

Panel periods will cowl the likes of content material tendencies, consolidation and “level to alternatives and pathways for future enterprise,” however Kuzmyk added that the competition will transcend TV matters to consider among the greatest points dealing with the world at this time.

To that finish, a day one keynote from Lionsgate founder Frank Giustra and White House Coronavirus Response Co-Ordinator Ashish Jha will focus on the accountability of the media to fight disinformation and misinformation.

“The competition will kick off with one thing that attendees can get actual depth from,” added Kuzmyk. “We don’t solely wish to discuss tendencies however I believe at Banff we’ve all the time touched on points which have a larger that means. We wish to study the accountability and energy that we because the media have to alter minds and coverage all over the world.”

With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic tentatively consigned to the previous, Kuzmyk has been impressed with the way in which through which society and the enterprise world has “obtained on with it.”

In phrases of the competition she has overseen for 5 years, she “realized that Banff is greater than only a place” when it operated nearly.

“We realized in regards to the power of the competition [when it was virtual] and have been in a position to facilitate hundreds of conferences leading to new reveals being commissioned.”

Banff’s “level of distinction” can also be in range, added Kuzmyk, who pointed to a concentrate on Black and Indigenous-led firms over the previous couple of years, together with the the BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women within the Business of Media, designed to deal with the systemic hole in gender equality and illustration.

This 12 months’s first day will kick off with a pitching session for 15 Indigenous producers to current their reveals to a panel of patrons and an business viewers.

“So many festivals all over the world are embracing the chance [to commission more diverse content] and I believe we’re main on that entrance,” she added. “This can solely lead to extra fascinating content material and higher companies all over the world.”

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