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