PAUL FEIG AND SARAH BARNETT JOIN KEYNOTE SUMMIT SERIES SPEAKER LINEUP FOR THE BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL

Paul Feig Renowned director, screenwriter, actor and activist Sarah Barnett President, Entertainment Networks AMC Network Entertainment   The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to ...

Paul Feig

Paul Feig

Renowned director, screenwriter, actor and activist

Sarah Barnett

Sarah Barnett

President, Entertainment Networks

AMC Network Entertainment

 

The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated director, producer, screenwriter and activist Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” Freaks and Geeks, The Office), and Sarah Barnett, President, Entertainment Networks, for AMC Networks as keynotes within the Festival’s 40th Anniversary Summit Series, a premium speaker lineup featuring the boldest voices and the world’s most influential media leaders. The Festival will take place June 9-12, 2019 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

“With the addition of Paul and Sarah to the Summit Series, excitement continues to build for this year’s festival,” said Randy Lennox, Chair of the Board of Directors, BANFF, and President, Bell Media. “We welcome Paul and Sarah and their unique and innovative perspectives to BANFF in what is shaping up to be an incredible lineup of top-tier speakers.”

The BANFF Summit Series is a curated lineup of keynote sessions being launched in honour of the festival’s four-decade legacy. This powerful speaker roster will feature the global players who are shaping the future of the media industry. As previously announced, other BANFF Summit Series participants include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Co-founder of Dreamworks, and currently Managing Partner of WndrCo and Chairman and Founder of Quibi and Paula A. Kerger, President and Chief Executive Officer of PBS.

Paul Feig, creator of the hit series Freaks and Geeks and director of Academy Award® nominated film “Bridesmaids,” was responsible for executive producing and directing Emmy® Award nominated episodes of the US version of The Office. He received two Emmy® nominations for writing Freaks and Geeks and was later named in Time magazine’s 100 Greatest Shows of All Time. His directing work spans some of the most acclaimed and beloved comedies and dramas of the past decade including directing on Arrested Development, Weeds and Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, as well as his numerous films including “The Heat,” “Spy,” “Ghostbusters: ATC” and last year’s “A Simple Favor.”

As President of Entertainment Networks for AMC Networks, Sarah Barnett is one of America’s leading television executives, with oversight of AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and AMC Premiere. Before her current role, Barnett was president and GM of BBC AMERICA. Under her watch, the brand rose to prominence as a programming powerhouse, with award-winning and critically-acclaimed hits like Orphan Black, Planet Earth and Killing Eve, winner of 2019′s Golden Globe®, Critics’ Choice Award and SAG Award for star Sandra Oh’s performance. A specialist in entertainment marketing and branding, Barnett also led a rebirth of SundanceTV starting in 2009, when she launched the network’s scripted strategy with critical hits like Top of the Lake, Rectify and The Honorable Woman.

More master classes, keynotes and panels to be announced.

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