|Ottawa, ON - January 21, 2019 - The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today announced a stellar lineup of international speakers for its 24th edition of Prime Time in Ottawa. This year’s keynote speakers include EVP & MD, Content Distribution, Fox Networks Group, Prentiss Fraser; Senior Editor of The Atlantic and author of the bestselling book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction, Derek Thompson; Global SVOD Investor, Operator & Influencer and former Head of Strategy for Amazon Studios, Matthew Ball; and CEO of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment and CEO/Partner of Skybound North Entertainment, Catherine Winder. The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, will also appear in a keynote conversation with Reynolds Mastin, the CMPA’s President and CEO.
This year’s conference will take place January 30 to February 1 at The Westin in Ottawa and registration is now open at primetimeinottawa.ca.
Prime Time 2019 will cover a wide breadth of issues affecting the rapidly changing media industry and production landscape including: developing a framework for the future of the industry, the ins and outs of working with Netflix, diversifying content companies, innovation in audience building, anticipating the consumer of the future, negotiating distribution in a changing marketplace, and more. Delegates will have the opportunity to be fully immersed in conversations and presentations about the latest industry trends and participate in pitching and networking opportunities with thought leaders in the production and distribution of film, television and interactive digital media.
“In this dynamic and increasingly global media landscape, we have witnessed an explosion of innovative approaches to the creation of screen-based content,” said Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO of the CMPA. “We have brought together some of the most sought-after industry leaders to debate and discuss how to put these innovative ideas into practice. Prime Time 2019 is a must-attend event for those who are looking to the future of the screen-based media production industry.”
The growing list of speakers for the 2019 edition of Prime Time boasts esteemed leaders from all areas of the creative industries. In addition to Matthew Ball, Prentiss Fraser, Derek Thompson, Catherine Winder and Minister Rodriguez, some featured speakers include:
Anne Marie Maduri, President, Maduri and Assocs. Inc.
Amber Kanwar, Anchor, Reporter, BNN
Asha Daniere, EVP, Legal & Business Affairs, Blue Ant Media
Cara Buckley, Culture Reporter, The New York Times
Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
Chad Oakes, Co-Chairman, Nomadic Pictures
Chris Regina, Director, Scripted Co-License and Original TV, Netflix
Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada
David Kleeman, SVP, Global Trends, Dubit Limited
Deb Day, CEO & Chief Strategist, Innovate By Day
Doug Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Dennis Heaton, Writer, producer and director
Ernest Webb, Co-founder/Executive Producer/Director, Rezolution Pictures
Gave Lindo, Executive Director of OTT Programming, CBC
Glenn Cockburn, President, Meridian Artists
Guy Bisson, Research Director, Ampere Analysis Ltd
Irina Albita, Co-Founder, Big Couch & FilmChain
Janet Yale, Chair of Review Panel, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review
Joanna Miles, SVP, Theatrical Marketing Canada - Film, EOne
Jon Gisby, Managing Director, Wildbrain Studios
Kenyatta Cheese, CEO & Co-Founder, Everybody at Once
Lauren Corber, Founder and President, LoCo Motion Pictures
Lisa Meeches, Partner & Executive Producer, Eagle Vision
Marcie Hume, Senior Executive Producer, A&E
Marie McCann, Senior Director of Children’s Content, CBC
Matthew Graham, General Manager, Acorn TV
Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media
Neil Shah, VP of Strategic Analysis, BRON
Noah Segal, Co-President, Elevation Pictures
Noel Hedges, Executive Vice President of Acquisition, International Distribution, Entertainment One
Noreen Halpern, CEO, Halfire Entertainment
Paul Brennan, Founding Partner, Bruns, Brennan & Berry
Phil Breman, Vice President of Current Programming, NBC Entertainment
Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO of the CMPA
Richard Life, VP of Acquisitions, Cineflix
Sam Traub, Chief Operating Officer, Boat Rocker Media
Sandra Cunningham, President and Co-Founder, Strada Films
Sarah Fowlie, Director, Comedy, Original Programming
Scot McFadyen, Co-Founder, Banger Films
Stéphane Cardin, Director Public Policy, Canada, Netflix
Steve Hulford, CEO & Founder, Backyard Media
Tobias Queisser, Co-founder & CEO, Cinelytic
Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media
Val Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
Vince Commisso, President & CEO, 9Story
Zach Feldberg, Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals, CBC
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ABOUT PRIME TIME IN OTTAWA
The CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for some 600 of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries. Visit www.primetimeinottawa.ca for more details.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN MEDIA PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION
The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences. cmpa.ca