Two hours of Richard Plepler, HBO Chairman & CEO before his Banff World Media Festival visit in 7 days

Tuesday, 7 June, 2016
RICHARD PLEPLER - Chairman and CEO, HBO - interview pix

RICHARD PLEPLER – Chairman and CEO, HBO – Company of Distinction Keynote

Richard Plepler, HBO Chairman & CEO (named to this position in January 2013), will be coming to Banff World Media Festival in 7 days to participate in a feature conversation (Company of Distinction Keynote) with etalk’s Ben Mulroney in the morning of June 14th to to discuss all things HBO and its place as the home of some of the best entertainment of the past 30 years. And then in the evening, he will accept, on behalf of HBO, the Banff World Media Festival Company of Distinction.

Plepler has a long career at HBO and as co-president from 2007 to 2012, he was responsible for green-lighting of successful series including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones, as well as first season Emmy® Award-winners Girls and Veep.

Given the international success of HBO and the insights Plepler can impart, it is a rare opportunity for entertainment industry participants in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and in fact anywhere in the world to attend Banff 2016 and learn from the likes of Plepler in person.

In anticipation of Plepler‘s conversation at Banff, this reporter has done some research and found the follow video presentations (six clips totalling over 2 hours) to help readers and viewers familiarize with some of the ideas he may discuss or share at Banff.

1) HBO CEO Richard Plepler: Full Discussion @The Paley Center for Media (published May 6, 2016) (57 minutes)

2) Richard Plepler: Stick with the Optimists – commencement speech Franklin & Marshall College Class of 2015 (21 minutes)

3) HBO’s Richard Plepler on the transformation of television (Washington Post published on Oct 15, 2015) (29 minutes)

4) HBO’s Richard Plepler and Jimmy Iovine on Dreaming and Streaming – FULL CONVERSATION (Vanity Fair, published Oct 8, 2015) (31 minutes) (Plepler talked about his first encounter with Iovine re “fuck the police” in a song at time code 1:04).

5) CEO calls HBO NOW a ‘Millennial missile’  (Apr 7, 2015) (3 minutes)

6) Why Snowden chose John Oliver  (Apr 8, 2015) (2 minutes) (Here is that 2015 April show with ~12 million views, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)“)

Note: This article is cross posted to by this reporter.

Paul Lee, President of ABC Entertainment Group, at 2012 Banff World Media Festival

Thursday, 21 June, 2012

It was my pleasure to listen to Paul Lee’s, President of ABC Entertainment Group, opening keynote at 2012 Banff World Media Festival. Here is a video.

Here is Paul’s Banff official opening keynote description.

“CBC Opening Keynote: Paul Lee, President of ABC Entertainment Group
Paul Lee has had an illustrious career in the entertainment industry. Spending several years at BBC as CEO and founder of BBC America before becoming President at ABC, Lee has shepherded in 13 new series, working with some of the industry’s biggest names, including Tim Allen, Darren Star, Ashley Judd and Steven Spielberg. He is the head of all creative and business operations for ABC Studios and Times Square Studios. As head of all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC Entertainment, Lee will deliver the CBC/Radio-Canada opening keynote at BANFF and will discuss the exciting future of the entertainment broadcast industry.”

ZDF wins Best Interactive Award at 2012 Banff World Media Festival

Thursday, 21 June, 2012

Congrats to ZDF for winning Best Interactive Award for Wer Rettet Dina Foxx?” (German) at 2012 Banff World Media Festival. Here is a video of ZDF’s Ralf-Peter Piechowiak accepting the award at 2012 Banff.

Jeanne Beker, Queen of Fashion TV, speaks at 2012 Banff World Media Festival

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Jeanne Beker, Queen of Canadian Fashion TV

Jeanne Beker, Queen of Fashion TV host, received a Canadian Award of Distinction at 2012 Banff World Media Festival. I managed to capture a few words by Jeanne. And she also shared her Banff experience in a touching TorStar article.

Here is the official Banff bio,

Jeanne Beker
Bell Media’s FashionTelevisionChannel
Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry, both here in Canada and around the world. Jeanne is currently host of Bell Media’s FashionTelevisionChannel – Canada’s first and only 24-hour channel dedicated to fashion, beauty and design. Host of Canada’s leading fashion series FASHION TELEVISION for 27 years, Jeanne is also a contributing editor for The Toronto Star, a columnist for Metro, a published author of five books (the latest two released in Spring 2011 – Finding Myself in Fashion and Strutting It: The Grit Behind The Glamour) and a regular style correspondent for CANADA AM and ETALK. Jeanne also added a dose of style to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with regular fashion segments for CTV and launched an exclusive clothing line titled “Edit by Jeanne Beker” available at The Bay stores across Canada. Last year, Jeanne travelled to London, England as a CTV Royal expert covering all things fashion as the world tuned in to watch William and Kate tie the knot at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011.”

P.S. As a big fan of fashion, I want to mention the insightful fashion reporter Tim Blanks is the King of Fashion TV to me and I had been a big fan of Fashion File until CBC cancelled it.

The Onion’s President & CEO Steve Hannah at 2012 Banff World Media Festival

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Steve Hannah, President & CEO of The Onion gave a very different presentation at 2012 Banff World Media Festival.Here is a sample, hope you enjoy it.

Here is his official Banff bio,

“Steve Hannah
President & CEO
The Onion
Had it not been for an incredible stretch of bad luck and an unfortunate series of largely unsubstantiated mishaps that resulted in a half dozen felony convictions, Steve Hannah would most likely be President of the United States today.

Instead, much to the eternal chagrin of his late mother, for the past seven years he has been President & CEO of The Onion: America’s Finest News Source and Relentless Self-Promoter.

Embarassing, really.

Nevertheless, The Onion is a multi-platform (VC’s like people who talk like that, right?) media company that reports the news to a largely gullible public in print (newspapers and magazines), on a strange thing called the Internet (10 million unique visitors), on all manner of mobile devices, by way of exceedingly fancy apps, via web video (its Onion News Network has collected more Webbys than any other legitimate news organization and in 2009 won the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting along with Saturday Night Live and Sixty Minutes) and most recently on television, where its Onion Sports Network debuted on Comedy Central and the Onion News Network show (and was renewed) launched on IFC.

Today, the Onion and its subsidiary organizations constitute the biggest, scariest, most powerful, most omniscient, most virulent, most vindictive news gathering organization in the world. For example, if he chose to do so-which he would not because he has learned to use his influence judiciously-he could wreck every single one of your personal and professional lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Duncan Fulton, SVP Canadian Tire, talks about cutting edge advertising/e-commerce technologies at #banff2012

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Duncan Fulton, SVP Communications & Corporate Affairs, Canadian Tire at #Banff2012

It was extremely insightful and illuminating for me to listen to and interview Duncan Fulton, Senior Vice President of Communications and Corporate AffairsCanadian Tire, at 2012 Banff World Media Festival. Before Duncan‘s presentation, I frankly would never had associated Canadian Tire with “cutting-edge” e-commerce (or as Duncan puts it in the presentation, simply “commerce”).

Duncan explains and share his experiences with using Sport Chek (a Canadian Tire owned and operated brand via FGL Sports) to experiment with new/cool social media, Google/YouTube and Facebook advertising/marketing campaigns. I agree with Duncan that the best way (when everything is so new) is simply by “trail and error” to figure what actually works and what doesn’t. Find out what contributes to the bottom-lines and makes money and what actually destroys shareholders’ equity. Once what works are found (via Sport Chek), then applying the lessons learned to Canadian Tire as a whole. Very interesting real world examples.

My interview with Duncan Fulton, SVP Canadian Tire, at #banff2012

Ducan’s talk at 2012 Banff World Media Festival

Here is Duncan’s official 2012 Banff World Media Festival bio,

Duncan Fulton
Senior Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs
Canadian Tire Corporation

Duncan Fulton is Senior Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Canadian Tire Corporation & Chief Marketing Officer of the Forzani Group, including mega sport retailers like Sport Chek and Sports Experts. Duncan is a member of the Canadian Tire and Forzani Group executive teams and works across all the company’s business areas, including Canadian Tire Retail, Automotive, Part Source, Petroleum, Mark’s, Financial Services and the company’s charity, Jumpstart.

Duncan currently represents the company as a board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is also on the Board of One X One,a non-profit foundation committed to supporting, preserving and improving the lives of children at home in Canada, Haiti and Africa.

Before joining Canadian Tire, Duncan was the General Manager and Senior Partner of the Toronto flagship office of international public relations company, Fleishman-Hillard Communications. During his seven years with Fleishman-Hillard, Duncan led and worked on the company’s largest accounts across multiple practice areas. As a key strategist within the Omnicom network, Duncan played an important role in multi-agency campaigns, bringing together experts in advertising, social, experiential, direct to consumer, and paid and earned media.

Prior to Fleishman-Hillard, Duncan was a communication advisor and press secretary for Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Duncan was also Communications Director for the Minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Press Secretary for the Hon. Dalton McGuinty – now Ontario’s Premier – and communication assistant for Premier Frank McKenna.”

Master class and Q&A with Glen Mazzara @glenmazzara Showrunner & Writer of The Walking Dead at #banff2012

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Glen Mazzara, Showrunner, Writer of AMC hit series The Walking Dead

Fans of AMC hit series The Walking Dead: I hope you will enjoy and learn as much from this master class with Glen Mazzara @glenmazzara, Showrunner & Writer of The Walking Dead, as I did at 2012 Banff World Media Festival.

update: Just realized that Glen was co-executive producer and writer of some of the episodes of “Life“, a show I LOVE.

Here is a Q&A with Glen Mazzara

Here is Glen’s official festival bio,

Glen Mazzara
Executive Producer
AMC – The Walking Dead
Glen Mazzara is currently showrunner and Executive Producer for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” He was most recently showrunner/Executive Producer of TNT’s medical drama, “Hawthorne.” Mazzara was previously a member of the core writing staff of Golden Globe®-winning “The Shield,” FX’s groundbreaking cable police drama, and has also written for “Life” and “Nash Bridges.” In 2008, he served as creator, executive producer, and showrunner of “Crash,” the first scripted drama on the pay-cable network STARZ”


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