Banff World Media Festival


The highlight of Wednesday’s Banff World Media Festival was the “In Conversation” session, conducted virtually from Los Angeles, with Simu Liu. The 32-year-old Chinese Canadian is set to star this September in theatres everywhere in Marvel’s upcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” All but ten minutes or so of the 45-minute session,

The Banff World Media Festival hosted, albeit virtually, their 42nd annual Rockie Awards Tuesday. Some quick impressions. The best window to the awards was on YouTube, which provided a glitch-free way to view the festivals’ trophy binge. Find the YouTube link here. As a viewer, I appreciated the swift way each award was presented. Clips

Hey, I get it. Attending the Banff World Media Festival without actually going to Banff is like driving to Las Vegas but then never getting out of your car. What’s the point? Banff, more than any other film and TV festival, is all about the destination itself. It’s the allure of those stunning mountain vistas,

LeVar Burton’s first TV acting job was playing Kunta Kinte on the smash hit 1977 miniseries Roots. His second was participating in the original Battle of the Network Stars. He’s done several acting jobs since then, including hosting Reading Rainbow for 23 years. Then there were those Big Bang Theory episodes where he appeared as himself. There’s

A reminder for those registered for the Banff World Media Festival, on-going this month on a remote basis: There’s a virtual session this afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. It’s hosted by Nelvana and is titled, “Redefining the new animated partnership model.” As in pretty much all TV ventures these days, international production deals are as

One of the true nice guys in television has just received the nation’s top civilian honours: the Order of Canada. Jay Switzer, co-founder and Executive Chair, Hollywood Suite, and former President and CEO of CHUM Limited, received the distinction from the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in a private ceremony Monday in Toronto. Switzer built