Canadian Network Heavies Set for Banff TV Panel

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Top execs are to discuss how to beat back Netflix Canada and their audience's appetite for online video content at the Rockie Mountain media festival.

TORONTO – Bulking up with more industry consolidation and vertical integration to deal with Netflix Canada and other U.S. digital platforms and making Canadian dramas more globally relevant -- those are some of the hot-button issues to be debated by a panel of Canadian broadcast toppers at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival.

Bell Media president Kevin Crull, Rogers Media president Keith Pelley, CBC executive VP Kirstine Stewart and Shaw Media president Paul Robertson will discuss the industry issues as part of a feature panel to kick-off the festival on June 10.

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The gathering will be the first for the Canadian TV execs after they return from brisk shopping for new U.S. shows at the Los Angeles Screenings.

“This is a unique opportunity for Banff delegates to hear Canada's top decision makers in conversation about the issues that matter most in media today," said Ferne Cohen, executive director of the festival.

The 33rd Banff World Media Festival is set to close on June 13.