Top CBS Execs to Deliver Master Classes at Banff World Media Festival
TORONTO – Top executives from hit CBS shows are to deliver master classes at the Banff World Media Festival, organizers said Tuesday.
Gary Glasberg, executive producer of NCIS, House of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan, and Peter Lenkov, executive producer of Hawaii Five-0 will be on hand in Banff as CBS receives an inaugural company of distinction tribute.
“Banff has a reputation for the high caliber of presenters in our master classes, and this year we are delighted to have top executives from some of the most successful shows in the industry share their insights with us,” said Banff executive director Ferne Cohen in a statement.
No word on whether longtime network boss Leslie Moonves will trek to the Canadian Rockies to receive the tribute award on behalf of CBS as network execs and talent feature at the four-day Canadian festival.
Banff in 2006 gave CBS Television an outstanding achievement award, with Armando Nunez Jr., then president of CBS Studios International and now president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, in town to accept on behalf of Moonves.
CBS already sees the bulk of its studio output, including the CSI and NCIS franchises and Showtime fare, sold to Canada.
The CBS tribute also comes as the big four U.S. networks display an increasing appetite for shows pitched by foreign producers, including Canadian players.