Tuesday, February 28

1:00 PM


1:30 PM

CBS: Evolution of a Hit Show

Everyone knows that creating a hit show can be like trying to capture lightning in a bottle. From the pilot process to getting on the schedule, from season one and beyond, producers are constantly tasked with keeping plots and storylines fresh while staying true to their original vision.Here's your chance to hear directly from an expert panel of top CBS Showrunners the secrets to their shows’ longevity and successes in an extremely crowded marketplace.


Michael Schneider
Executive Editor Indiewire & Editor At Large


R. Scott Gemmill
Executive Producer/Showrunner, NCIS: Los Angeles

Peter Lenkov
Executive Producer and Showrunner, Hawaii Five-0 & MacGyver

Erica Messer
Executive Producer, Criminal Minds, and Executive Producer/Creator, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Nicholas Wootton
Executive Producer, Scorpion

2:30 PM

Feature Interview with The Onion

Join the the Onion’s CEO and President, Mike McAvoy, in an exclusive Feature Interview where he discusses what it’s like to run a news satire organization in this alt-fact world and current political climate.


Debra Birnbaum
Executive Editor


Mike McAvoy
CEO and President
The Onion

3:30 PM

Networking Break

Take a break from the exciting afternoon of programming and mingle with fellow attendees.

4:00 PM

Running the Show: The Women Behind Disney | ABC's TV Hits

BANFF's 2017 Company of Distinction recipient, Disney|ABC, will showcase a panel discussion between the female writers, producers, and showrunners of some of its most popular programming. "Running the Show: The Women Behind Disney|ABC's TV Hits" will feature the key players behind American Housewife, The Real O’Neals, The Fosters, Descendants, and Descendants 2, as they speak on their creative process, the development of a hit, and what it's like to be powerful woman in the entertainment industry.


Coleen Sullivan
General Assignment Reporter and Anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News


Sarah Dunn
Creator, American Housewife
Disney ABC Television Group

Wendy Japhet
Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2
Disney ABC Television Group

Joanna Johnson
Executive Producer, The Fosters
Disney ABC Television Group

Josann McGibbon
Writer and Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2
Disney ABC Television Group

Sara Parriott
Writer and Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2
Disney ABC Television Group

Stacy Traub
Executive Producer, The Real O’Neals
Disney ABC Television Group

5:00 PM

Creative Partnerships with Lionsgate and YouTube

Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television, and Susanne Daniels, YouTube's Global Head of Original Content, will discuss YouTube's first big-budget, Hollywood-produced television drama, which will be based on the "Step Up" film series, popularized by Channing Tatum.

This deal signals a momentous change in the entertainment industry, as YouTube gears to cement itself as a major player in scripted content buying. Beggs and Daniels will discuss how this deal came into play, the future of YouTube Red, and Lionsgate's eagerness to partner with streaming services on high-end content.


Kevin Beggs
Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group

Susanne Daniels
Global Head of Original Content

6:00 PM

Closing Cocktail Reception Presented by Entertainment One

Cheers to a day of enlightening sessions & newfound connections while we celebrate the successes of the global storytelling industry!


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