At the 2019 Banff World Media Festival, CBC/Radio-Canada Made Two Major Announcements

“Everything I do, I have to find a personal way into it.” - Paul Feig talked about his creative process at #Banff2019. Photography by Kristian Bogner. Paul was all the rage at the festival. It was a great honor to have Paul attend and inspire everyone.


Now known for the magic he and brother Drew Scott work transforming homes as the Property Brothers, as a teen, Jonathan Silver Scott got his start performing magic tricks while waiting tables at BANFF's own home, the Fairmont Banff Springs! #TriviaTuesday #PropertyBrothers. Photos by Kristian Bogner Photography at the #BANFFRockies2019

The BBC and Canada’s CBC have struck a major co-production agreement to develop projects across genres including drama and documentaries. The two broadcasters struck the deal at the 82nd General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union in Oslo, Norway last week and it was signed by Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, and Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada


New diversity goal builds on the public broadcaster's gender parity progress

At the Banff World Media Festival today, CBC/Radio-Canada announced a new commitment to diversity for all English and French-language commissioned programs across scripted and factual genres. The public broadcaster made this announcement in the context of its new strategic plan, “Your Stories Taken to Heart,” which prioritizes giving underrepresented Canadians greater opportunities to build their skills, experience and relationships in the industry.

By 2025, CBC/Radio-Canada aims to ensure that at least one of the key creatives in all scripted and factual commissioned programs will be held by a person from a diverse background. Key creatives include producer, director, writer, show runner and lead performer.

In cases where the talent pipeline may not be as robust, the public broadcaster will expect a commitment from independent producers to mentor or train a diverse person in one of the key creative roles of a green lit production. For the purposes of this commitment, a diverse person includes members of visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2+ community.

“We are a remarkably diverse country and we need to reflect that diversity in the stories we tell,” said Catherine Tait, President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “As the public broadcaster, we want to be able to draw on the richness of Canada’s talent pool to better reflect the country we serve.”

This year, CBC/Radio-Canada surpassed its goal of gender parity across its commissioned programs. During the 2018/19 broadcast year across all original English and French shows, the public broadcaster supported 62% female-led projects where the majority of the key creative roles of producer, director, writer and show runner were held by women.

“I am so proud that we have reached our gender parity goal. It’s a testament to the ongoing work we have been doing for many years with our production partners. It’s also a commitment that we will maintain into the future and furthermore, we’ll take those learning to ensure that all Canadians see themselves on their public broadcaster,” added Tait.

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At the Banff World Media Festival, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) today announced a creative and commercial collaboration that will enhance the reach and impact of their content across both countries.

The two national public broadcasters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop English-language drama, comedy, factual, children’s and podcast content to maximize the value of their public funding for audiences. The three-year MOU will also provide further opportunities for co-financing and format sales of drama and children’s content.

“At a time when public broadcasters are competing with the best content in the world, partnerships like this will ensure we can nurture and develop more distinct storytelling and co-finance ambitious projects with greater global reach,” said Catherine Tait, President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “This agreement will offer new opportunities for producers in Canada and Australia, and bring our top creators, talent and stories to broader audiences at home and around the world.”

#BANFF2019 proudly partnered with Bell Fund, On Screen Manitoba, SMPIA, and Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) on the festival's Western Provinces Roundtable, which offered producers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba the opportunity to meet with key players in the digital space from REVRY, STARZ, and SundanceTV. Photo by Kristian Bogner.

“In a world of global media giants, the outstanding and accessible content produced by like-minded public broadcasters is more important than ever,” said David Anderson, Managing Director, ABC. “This collaboration between the ABC and CBC will drive our limited resources further, leveraging our strengths to create and share distinctive local content that connects with audiences at home and overseas.”

The MOU will enhance cooperation and collaboration between the ABC and CBC through initiatives such as: Children’s content: Co-development of children’s programs across television, audio and digital services, including two new proposed TV projects for 2 to 6-year-olds and 8 to 14-year-olds, and ABC’s acquisition of CBC Kids’ original commission Big Blue as well as CBC co-productions Kiri and Lou and the upcoming Sinking Ship sci-fi epic Endlings. Drama, comedy and factual content: Collaboration on comedy, drama and factual programs through co-development, finance or acquisitions that promote the core values of the public broadcasters. Educational content: Co-development of a media literacy initiative to equip schools and educators across both countries with the analytical skills and tools to combat misinformation and disinformation. Audio content: Expansion of radio program exchanges between ABC RN and CBC Radio, plus the sharing of creative ideas and expertise between ABC Audio Studios and CBC Podcasts to create new podcasts. News content: Sharing of technology and tools to improve tracking and verification of the accuracy of news content. Local and regional communities: Collaboration on initiatives to better serve local and rural communities, including local journalism projects.Employee exchange: To ensure the success of such initiatives, the ABC and CBC will facilitate employee exchanges where appropriate and feasible.

The MOU will build on an existing relationship that includes CBC’s acquisition of the broadcast rights to ABC programs Ronny Chieng: International Student, Mustangs FC, Hannah Gadsby's Nakedy Nudes, Hannah Gadsby's Oz and the format rights to the ABC’s original series You Can’t Ask That. CBC’sCanadian version of the award-winning format launches on the CBC Gem streaming service in June.

The broadcasters also have a strong history of sharing audio content such as CBC Podcasts Alone: A Love Story and Someone Knows Something and ABC podcasts Trace and Ladies, We Need To Talk, plus ABC RN programs All in the Mind and Off Track and CBC Radio’s Ideas and Out In The Open. With more than 20 million downloads each month, the CBC is Canada’s number-one podcaster. The ABC is Australia’s leading podcast producer.

Photos from the Banff World Media Festival

“Creatively, I feel like I have an impact on the show and that I’m telling a story about a person that I want to tell.” - Kristin Kreuk talks her dual role as actor and EP on Burden of Truth on CBC at #Banff2019 Photography by Kristian Bogner.

"The third season is a bit of a gauntlet. It's when people are either in or out." - Justin Simien talksDear White People - Show's upcoming third season at #Banff2019. Photo by Kristian Bogner

“I think from a casting point of view the thing we always hear from networks is they want characters who leap off the screen. So much of unscripted is all about characters.” - World of Wonder Productions' Fenton Bailey tells #Banff2019 . Photo by Kristian Bogner

“When people can come together for epic storytelling. Knowing your brands, talents, and wanting to work on different projects." - AMC's Sarah Barnett on how to approach a competitive market. Photo by Kristian Bogner.

Jed Mercurio talks audience demand for complex serialized storytelling like BBC's Line of Duty and #Bodyguard at #Banff2019.

"If you don’t take the shot, you don’t score. If you don’t score, you don’t win. Go for the impossible."

One of the entertainment industry’s most venerable executives, Jeffrey Katzenberg takes the #BANFF2019 main stage to discuss the future of entertainment and how Quibi and its parent company, WndrCo, will help shape it. Photo by Kristian Bogner

The new partnerships come a few months after imagineNATIVE’s report on the industry’s collaboration with Indigenous communities, which called for more meaningful creative input, instead of consultations.

This is the second Netflix partnership announced at this year’s BANFF. On the first day of the festival the global streamer officially launched a new professional development program to assist minority francophone creators, in partnership with Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada (APFC), Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).

Image courtesy of  Kristian Bogner

Read more: http://playbackonline.ca/2019/06/12/netflix-commits-funds-for-the-next-generation-of-indigenous-creators/#ixzz5tetzPEdG

Juno Rinaldi plays Franki Coyne in the International Emmy Nominated series Workin' Moms . A talent both on and off screen, Juno is the writer and star of #SuchaSmallThing, a short film set to be released later this year. Jann Arden and a handful of big stars came out to support and host the Rockie Awards. Fred Keating was the voice of God for the festival!

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