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Among the Notables are Jon Cassar, Director, Co-Executive Producer of 24 and Jeremy Podeswa, Director of The L Word

2005-04-06 - Banff, Canada
A global hub for those hoping to network with television’s hottest commodities, the Banff World Television Festival has announced a stellar lineup of presenters for its famed master sessions and case studies. The Festival-which takes place June 12 - 15 - will welcome directors Jon Cassar and Jeremy Podeswa among its growing list of noteworthy participants. Though Cassar’s credits include La Femme Nikita and Mutant X, he is perhaps best known for his work as Director/Co-Executive Producer of FOX’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama, 24. Podeswa’s credits include Showtime’s wildly popular series, The L Word, and HBO hits, Carnivàle and Six Feet Under.

Attendees will also have the chance to get up close and personal with Academy Award and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Lionel Chetwynd, FOX Reality Channel COO and General Manager, David Lyle, accomplished director, producer and writer, Patricia Rozema and celebrated producer Peter Raymont, among others. From pulse-pounding thrillers and edge-of-your seat dramas to poignant documentaries, hit reality series and beyond, each of these television industry heavyweights contributes his or her own unique expertise, all of which add up to the dynamic spectrum of conference programs for which BANFF is famous.

“For the past 25 years, our goal has been to get attendees face-to-face with executives whose experience can provide a compelling, timely and relevant insight into the world’s television climate,” said Robert Montgomery, CEO of Banff World Television Festival. “This year is no different. BANFF will celebrate its 26th Anniversary with a very well-rounded compendium of TVs’ greatest thinkers, movers and shakers.”

Banff World Television Festival’s master sessions and case studies consist of hour-long programs in which VIP guests engage in lively moderated question and answer dialogues before an audience. For the full current breakdown of master sessions and case studies, please see below:

Monday, June 13
3:15pm Directing Master: Jeremy Podeswa (The L Word, Carnivále, Six Feet Under)
4:30pm In Conversation with David Lyle, COO/General Manager, Fox Reality Channel

Tuesday, June 14
9:00am Case Study: Peter Raymont, Producer (Shake Hands with the Devil, Killer Cure)
10:30am Directing Master: Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing)
1:30pm Writing Master: Lionel Chetwynd (Ike: Countdown to D-Day, The Hanoi Hilton)
2:45pm Case Study: Corner Gas - 40 Kilometres From Nowhere and Way Beyond Normal

Wednesday, June 15
10:30am Writing Master: Alibi Unplugged
11:00am Directing Master: Jon Cassar, Director/Producer (24, La Femme Nikita)
2:45pm Case Study: Robson Arms - An Extraordinary Development
4:00pm Aiming for the Stars: Atomic Betty

The Banff World Television Festival will take place June 12 – 15, 2005, at the Fairmont Banff Springs amid the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. For complete details and to register, go to www.banff2005.com.

About The Banff World Television Festival
The Banff World Television Festival is owned by the Banff Television Festival Foundation and is produced by Achilles Media Ltd. on behalf of the Foundation's Board of Directors and Board of Governors. The Foundation's Board of Governors is international in scope and represents the crème de la crème of producers and broadcasters. Achilles Media is a management organization for some of the world's leading television and new media industry events including the Banff World Television Festival, the World Congress of History Producers and nextMEDIA - The International Interactive Media Festival scheduled for June 10 - 12 also in Banff, Canada.


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Sarah Pearson
Communications Manager, Achilles Media
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