Introducing Randy Lennox as BANFF’s Chair of the Board of Directors

The Banff World Media Festival is thrilled to announce that Randy Lennox, President of Bell Media, has been elected Chair ...

Randy Lennox

The Banff World Media Festival is thrilled to announce that Randy Lennox, President of Bell Media, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors, beginning his role as the Festival marks its 40th anniversary year. He succeeds John Morayniss, President JDM Media Inc. who served as Chair of the Board for three years.

“BANFF has a world-wide reputation for diversity, innovation and excellence and it is a distinct privilege to join the board as the Chair,” said Lennox. “The Festival has become a must-attend event for leaders and all industry stakeholders, and I’m looking forward to working with the talented members of the team to continue BANFF’s ongoing success, with some exciting announcements to follow shortly.”

“Randy’s authentic love of our industry coupled with his deep insight into where it’s headed will be invaluable as we mark four incredible decades and continue to grow all that the festival has to offer,” said Jenn Kuzmyk, BANFF’s Executive Director, adding: “Working with John Morayniss has been a true joy. We are grateful for his extensive contributions as our Chair which have ensured that the festival remains one of the most important international media industry gatherings in the world.”

“I’m incredibly proud and grateful for having the opportunity to Chair the Festival as well as working with the amazing group of board members, Executive Director Jenn Kuzmyk and the stellar team at Brunico led by Russell Goldstein,” commented Morayniss. “I can’t think of a better incoming Chair than Randy as someone who is passionate about content and talent and understands the opportunities and challenges that face our industry, not just in Canada but around the world. I’ll continue to be a champion of BANFF and look forward to seeing the festival grow under Randy’s leadership as Chair.”

As President of Bell Media, Canada’s leading broadcasting and content creation company, Lennox is responsible for all of the company’s businesses including TV, radio, digital, and out-of-home, as well as new ventures and partnerships. Lennox joined Bell Media in August 2015 as President, Production and Broadcasting. In February, 2017, he was elevated to the position of President of Bell Media and joined the BCE executive team.

Under Lennox’s leadership, Bell Media has announced several strategic partnerships, including purchasing a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios and becoming part of the ownership group of comedy enterprise Just For Laughs, the international producer of tours, festivals, and television specials. Other initiatives under the leadership of Lennox include a partnership between Bell Media’s BNN and Bloomberg Media; an exclusive alliance with Lionsgate to bring Starz to Canada; an international distribution arrangement with Sony Pictures Television for Bell Media’s original music format THE LAUNCH; the SnackableTV short-form video app, Canada’s home for Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud comedy network; and a joint venture to produce the international smash hit Bat Out of Hell The Musical. In addition, Lennox recently led the relaunch of the all-new Crave streaming service, home to current HBO and SHOWTIME® series and specials, Hollywood hit movies, programming from VICE and WOW! Unlimited Media, acclaimed television series, original programming, and more.

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