MediaCom’s Paul Chard and Yahoo's Brian Hunt Head to Banff as Contest Judges

They will join Sky's Rebecca Segal, Entertainment One's John Morayniss and Shaw Media's Christine Shipton in Deal Makers Live!, a market simulation in the Canadian Rockies.

TORONTO - MediaCom’s Paul Chard, Yahoo's Brian Hunt and Rebecca Segal of Sky Networks & Entertainment will be at the Banff World Media Festival to help steer indie producers toward cross-platform content deals in a fast-changing digital market.

The trio will be joined by Entertainment One TV’s John Morayniss and Shaw Media’s Christine Shipton as judges in Deal Makers Live!, a market simulation-as-contest where contestants give their best 60-second elevator pitch for digital projects to the five judges and a live audience.

The exercise, while using imaginary money and judging interest, will also employ audience voting and the gatekeeper feedback to discover what digital content works best today as content creators everywhere struggle to make the digital curve.

Canadian actor Jonathan Torrens will host Deal Makers Live!, now in its second year at Banff, with Rob Kenneally from talent agency CAA and Thom Beers of Original Productions helping the contestants as life-lines.

Eight content creators -- A.J. Dhalla, Daniel Oron, Jim Compton, Lisa Charleyboy, Jonelle Joseph, Jordan Gross, Andrei Vexler and Judi Handelman – will pitch the gate-keeper judges in Banff, organizers said Tuesday.

Deal Makers Live! was created by Allan Novak of AllScreen Entertainment.