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Banff Rockie Awards: Channel Four’s ‘Help’ Wins Grand Jury Prize

Channel Four’s Help, starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Banff Rockie Awards after the British pandemic drama won the best feature length film prize at the Banff World Media Festival’s international TV competition on Monday night. The film from The Forge, Channel 4 and All3Media International is […]

Banff: Participant’s David Linde Says He’s “Energized” by Film, TV Content That Inspires Social Change

Participant CEO David Linde sees viewers of his studio’s movies and TV series as potential agents of social change. “People are beginning to understand the value of engagement. That’s what we’re trying to do, to give people a way of engaging on multiple fronts, that has value for the commercial success of a movie and […]

Bela Bajaria on How Much Netflix Is Rethinking Its Business Model: “We’re Not Doing Some Radical Shift”

As Netflix rethinks its streaming business model after losing 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, TV boss Bela Bajaria insists no major shift in focus is in the works. “We’re not doing some radical shift in our business. We’re not merging. We’re not just having a big transitional phase,” Bajaria told the Banff […]

Banff Rockie Awards: HBO Max’s ‘Friends: The Reunion,’ BBC’s ‘Vigil’ Among Winners

HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion, BBC’s Vigil and Peacock’s We Are Lady Parts were among the winners at the 2022 Rockie Awards. Prize-giving at the Banff World Media Festival got underway on Monday night, with Friends: The Reunion winning for best comedy or variety series, Vigil  for best English language drama and We Are Lady Parts picking up the […]

Universal Studio Group Chief Pearlena Igbokwe Talks Peak TV, Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling

Hollywood may be grappling with the volume of TV content being made these days for established and emerging streaming platforms, but Universal Studio Group boss Pearlena Igbokwe sees that surge in programming as only good news for TV lovers. “Can there ever been too much TV? I don’t think so. Obviously all of us can’t […]

From New Media Players to Masking Up: Banff World Media Festival Makes In-Person Return to the Rockies

TV loves a comeback story, and so does the Banff World Media Festival. For its 43rd edition, it will return to the Canadian Rockies. A crowded program of keynotes, master classes and awards will take place (under stringently planned measures that include masks and outdoor meeting areas with firepits). Executive director Jenn Kuzmyk talked with […]

Netflix’s Bela Bajaria to Receive The Hollywood Reporter’s Impact Award at Banff World Media Festival

As Netflix global head of TV, Bela Bajaria is responsible for curating of hundreds comedies, unscripted series and more, and most notably for bringing blockbusters like Bridgerton and Squid Game to collective screens. To honor her achievements, THR editorial director Nekesa Mumbi Moody will present Bajaria with the magazine’s Impact Award at the 2022 edition […]

Banff Fest Sets Tribute Awards for Ana Gasteyer, Vivica A. Fox, Late Jean Marc Vallee

The Banff World Media Festival has added to its star power by unveiling Rockie Gala award recipients for its upcoming in-person event next month. Saturday Night Live former cast member and American Auto actress Ana Gasteyer is set to receive the Sir Peter Ustinov comedy award on June 14 at the Canadian Rockies industry retreat. […]

‘Umbrella Academy,’ ‘Starstruck,’ ‘Rutherford Falls’ Master Classes Added to Banff Fest Lineup (Exclusive)

The Umbrella Academy actor Elliot Page, Starstruck creator and star Rose Matafeo and talent and creatives from Peacock’s Rutherford Falls and Amazon Prime Canada’s The Lake comedy are set to take part in master classes at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival. Page, Umbrella Academy creator and showrunner Steve Blackman and Netflix’s head of scripted […]

Banff Rockie Awards: ‘Yellowjackets,’ ‘Pose’, ‘Starstruck’ Among Nominated Series

The nominations for the Banff World Media Festival’s Rockie Awards have been announced, with American and British TV producers set for their usual competition shoot-out in the Canadian Rockies. U.K. TV shows earned 59 nominations, followed closely by American series with 54 nominations. The Banff Rockies prize-giving will be streamed live June 13 as part […]

Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, David Linde to Keynote Banff World Media Festival

The Banff World Media Festival has tapped Bela Bajaria, head of global TV for Netflix, and David Linde, CEO of Participant to give keynote addresses at the upcoming TV industry retreat in June. Bajaria joined Netflix in 2016 and four years later was promoted to oversee all English language and local language scripted and unscripted […]

Banff World Media Festival Plans In-Person Event for Summer

The Banff World Media Festival will run as a physical event from June 12-15, 2022, organizers said Tuesday. Those plans follow two years of virtual programming for the annual TV industry retreat as the COVID-19 crisis saw high infection rates in Alberta. And Banff will return to the Banff Springs Hotel as the host of […]