Banff 2011 Video Interviews: Tom Perlmutter, NFB Chairperson; Tony Lacavera, Chairman Globalive/WIND Mobile; Michael Hennessy, SVP TELUS; Mike Farah, President of Production, Funny or Die; Ariel Garten, CEO InteraXon; Harmony Wagner, Creative Producer BunnyBop; Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto, Siobhan McCarthy, Actress & clown

Monday, 20 June, 2011

The following are links to my video interviews conducted at Banff World Media Festival 2011 (more to come):

* Tom Perlmutter – NFB Chairperson & Government Film Commissioner;

* Tony Lacavera, Chairman & CEO, Globalive (WIND Mobile);

* Michael Hennessy, Senior VP, Regulatory and Government Affairs, TELUS;

* Mike Farah, President of Production, Funny or Die;

* Ariel Garten, CEO InteraXon;

* Harmony Wagner, Creative Producer, Periscope Pictures (preschool series BunnyBop)

* Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto.

* Siobhan McCarthy, Actress & clown, blyssful productions.


Mike Farah, President of Production, Funny or Die, interview @ Banff World Media Festival 2011

Saturday, 18 June, 2011

Mike Farah, President of Production, Funny or Die

I had a great time and learned a lot from attending Mike Farah, President of Production Funny or Die, and his teammates director Jake Szymanski and producer Chris Bruss’ Banff World Media Festival 2011 panel discussion. Afterwards, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike.

Here is my video interview with Mike.

The following are a few highlights of my video interview with Mike.

* 0:00 In terms of making money, I asked Mike about the “game show idea” with Billy Eichner which the panel talked about and showed a bit of footage. [Kempton’s note: Here are some clips of Billy Eichner doing other things on Funny or Die.]

* 1:04 Mike talks about the television and online opportunities of the Billy Eichner game show.

* 1:31 In the beginning of Funny or Die, how small or big was the creative team?

* 2:15 How many writers did Funny or Die start with in the beginning?

* 2:54 In terms of the branded entertainment (or shows that featured products prominently), how does Funny or Die make money? Revenue sharing? Or more like a traditional advertising campaign?

* 3:52 In terms of big stars (e.g. Oscar winning Marion Cotillard) that appear on the show, do they get “paid”? How do you guys get the stars?

* 4:40 So the stars see Funny or Die as something that gives them additional internet presence?

* 5:00 What is the next big thing for Funny or Die?

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June 19th update: Following is an official festival chat with Mike Farah,  director Jake Szymanski and producer Chris Bruss.


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For all other Banff 2011 related interviews, please see here.

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Aug 10th, 2011 update: Funny bit from Funny or Die with Paul Rudd and Harvey Weinstein.


Mike Farah, President of Production, Funny or Die, interview @ Banff World Media Festival 2011

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

Mike Farah, President of Production, Funny or Die

I had a great time and learned a lot from attending Mike Farah, President of Production Funny or Die, and his teammates Jake and Chris’ Banff World Media Festival 2011 panel discussion. Afterwards, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike.

It will take me some time to write the article and process & upload the video after Banff. Stay tune.

June 18th update: Done! Check out my article and video interview with Mike here.


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