Eugene Levy to Be Honoured at BANFF 2011!

Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Eugene Levy is one of the most funny comedian and character actor in the world, he will be honoured with an Award of Excellence at Banff World Media Festival 2011! Eugene will also be giving a Master class which I will look forward to attend.

You can register for the June 12 – 15 Banff event here.

Howie Mandel to be Honoured at BANFF 2011

Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

Banff World Television Festival (June 12-15, 2011)

Howie Mandel to be honoured at Banff 2011

Howie Mandel is a cool Canadian actor and I am looking forward to seeing him at BANFF 2011. Here is the press release,

Howie Mandel, veteran actor, comedian, author and game show host, will be honoured at BANFF 2011 with the prestigious Award of Distinction. As part of the Banff World Television Awards, the Award of Distinction recognizes an outstanding Canadian whose body of work has set the standard for excellence in the country’s entertainment industry.

With an impressive career encompassing virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, Howie Mandel has been selected as emblematic of the influential role Canadians play in the global entertainment industry.

Previous Award of Distinction winners include Eric McCormack, Kim Cattrall, Paul Gross, Colm Feore and Paul Haggis.”

NETFLIX to be honored at BANFF 2011

Thursday, 9 December, 2010

NETFLIX to Be Honored at BANFF 2011

I’ve attended Banff World Television Festival (BWTF) for many years now and I always find lots to learn and few must attend sessions. BWTVF has just announced that NETFLIX will be honored at BANFF 2011 and Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, will accept the award and give a feature interview and give people a chance to hear Netflix’s strategy and vision for the future.

You can find more info on how to register for the 2011 Banff World Television Festival here.

Here is the press release text. Read the rest of this entry »

Highway overpasses for wildlife

Sunday, 24 October, 2010

Here is an excerpt from Calgary Herald article, “Bridging the killing field in Banff” – Banff’s controversial wildlife overpasses have become a runaway success in reducing wildlife deaths on the Trans-Canada highway. Now, the world is starting to notice.

“This summer, more than 20 motion-activated cameras were set up throughout Banff National Park as part of a long-term wildlife population monitoring project.

Strapped to trees and hidden in rocks along hiking and game trails, the cameras have captured intriguing and sometimes comical images of elusive species like grizzlies, wolves, cougars, goats and wolverines. Researchers will analyze the images for “occupancy modelling” that will help shape management decisions on trail use, species reintroduction and the timing and location of prescribed fires.

Park officials have also found another use for the photos — they are posting the images on the Banff website to prove to visitors that wild animals really do exist in Banff. The national park has done such an effective job of reducing human-wildlife conflicts that visitors are becoming disappointed at what they perceive as a wildlife-sterile environment.

“We want people to actually see that we do have wildlife out there and that they are acting as we want them to,” says Michelle Macullo, a park spokesperson. “It’s like our family photo album, except that we’re showing off pictures of animals instead of showing pictures of the kids.”

The images are updated on a “wild images gallery” on the Banff park website. One shows a grizzly standing and scratching its back on a tree.”

Make sure you check out Parks Canada’s wild images gallery. In the June-July 2010 set, you will see a grizzly bear scratching its back on a tree, a lynx crossing at night, and more. In the August 2010 set, you will see a cougar, some mountain goats, and more.

Dick de Rijk, “Deal or No Deal” creator, interview at Banff World TV Festival 2010

Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Dick de Rijk, "Deal or No Deal" creator, at Banff 2010

Dick de Rijk, creator of the international sensation Deal or No Deal, attended 2010 Banff World TV Festival and I interviewed him to talk about the inspiration and process of how he created the successful TV format Deal or No Deal. Dick and I also chatted about the different international versions of the show including the Italian version and the highly rated Hong Kong version of Deal or No Deal known as “一擲千金” where the models were prominently featured on TVB’s website.

Here is my video interview with Dick de Rijk, creator of “Deal or No Deal“.


The following is Dick’s bio at Banff.

Dick de Rijk
Deal or No Deal

After working as a creative executive in the advertising and gaming industries, Dick partnered in 1999 with Joop van den Ende, creating some instant TV-successes in Holland. A year later he formed a creative team with John de Mol specializing in “global TV-formats”. In 2004, de Rijk signed an exclusive partnership with Endemol International that resulted in numerous worldwide format successes. In 2007, three of Endemol’s top-5 format properties were created by de Rijk, including their number one blockbuster – on air in some 150 countries – Deal Or No Deal. Under his new alliance with ProSiebenSat.1, Dick will be based out his offices in Hilversum, Netherlands.

Ian Brennan, creator/writer Glee (19 Emmy nominations) @ 2010 Banff World TV Festival

Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Ian Brennan, creator/writer Glee (19 Emmy nominations) @ 2010 Banff World TV FestivalThe wildly popular TV show Glee (imdb), with 19 Emmy nominations, has become a favourite show of mine. Emmy nominees for best actress (Lea Michele as Rachel Berry), best actor (Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester), and in particular Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch as the mean and nasty Sue Sylvester) were a ton of fun to watch.

It was my great pleasure to meet, listen, and learn from Ian Brennan, creator/writer of Glee at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival. The following are video clips of Ian‘s Master Class and press conference.

Press conference


The following is Ian’s bio from Banff.

Ian Brennan
Writer, Glee
“Glee marked Ian Brennan’s first foray into television writing. Brennan began his acting career in Chicago working with the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres. He later moved to New York to pursue other opportunities in television and film, and has been involved with off-Broadway plays at the Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theatres. Brennan is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. He was inspired to write Glee – a television show about a high school show choir – after participating in his high school’s show choir that never won anything and whose director later spent time in prison.”

An intro about the session,

“Brennan was inspired to write Fox’s smash hit show “Glee” – a television show about a high school show choir – after participating in his high school’s show choir that never won anything and whose director later spent time in prison. Read the rest of this entry »

The Good Wife (David Zucker, executive producer @ 2010 Banff World TV Festival master class)

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

The Good Wife, co-created by the husband and wife team Robert King and Michelle King, is a great TV series that I quite enjoy. It was my pleasure to attend an insightful master class by David Zucker, executive producer of The Good Wife, at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival.

David Zucker, executive producer of The Good Wife 2010 Banff World TV Festival master class


The following is David’s bio at Banff

“David W. Zucker is President of Television for Scott Free and Executive Producer of both the hit CBS drama, THE GOOD WIFE, starring Julianna Margulies, as well as the Friday night stalwart, NUMB3RS, which will wrap its sixth season in March. He is also Executive Producer of the eight-hour limited series, THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, based on Ken Follett’s international best-seller. Read the rest of this entry »

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