Lionsgate's Kevin Beggs to Deliver Keynote at Banff Festival
TORONTO – Kevin Beggs is to deliver a keynote at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival.
But the Lionsgate Television Group chairman will share the stage with CBS news veteran Dan Rather, who will interview Beggs about a fast-changing TV landscape.
Rather will be on hand to receive a lifetime achievement award in Banff, while Beggs' Lionsgate will be honored by the festival as the 2014 company of distinction.
"It is a great honor to be interviewed by Dan Rather, and I am grateful for the opportunity to sit down with a legend," Beggs said Monday in a statement.
Banff also is keen to spotlight Lionsgate's TV division, an industry legend on the strength of 34 shows on 22 different networks, built in part around a 10+90 episode business model.
Beggs oversees development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming at Lionsgate after his success with Mad Men, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Anger Management and Netflix's breakout show Orange Is the New Black.
"Lionsgate is an innovative and game-changing company, and the strides that the Lionsgate Television Group has made under Kevin's leadership have been exemplary," Banff festival executive director Ferne Cohen said in her own statement.
The Banff World Media Festival is set to run June 8-11 in the Canadian Rockies.