Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman and CEO Channing Dungey will return to the Banff International Media Festival this June as a keynote speaker.

Dungey, who once described herself as “a TV junkie who somehow scored a backstage pass,” has shepherded such shows as Ted Lasso and Abbott Elementary while at Warners. Prior to arriving at the studio in 2021, she was a Netflix and an ABC programming executive.

As ABC’s Head of Drama, she ramped up their programming with several hits, including The Good Doctor, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. She also made headlines in 2018 by boldly tossing Roseanne off her own sitcom (now The Conners) after the comedian went on a racist twitter tirade.

Hopefully Dungey may also address why the media giant chose to name its streaming service Max, bypassing such obvious branding as HBO+ or Warners+. To me, Max was what Agent 99 called Maxwell Smart.

Among the many other speakers named so far as participating at the 45th annual edition of the festival are Tassie Cameron (showrunner, Law & Order Toronto); Bell Media President Sean Cohan; New Metric Media CEO Mark Montefiore; and Jennifer Podemski, CEO of Redcloud Studios.

The festival will take place June 9 – 12 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta.


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