The Banff World Media Festival has invited Bela Bajaria, head of global television for Netflix, and David Linde, CEO of Participants to give keynote speeches at the TV industry retreat next June.
Bajaria joined Netflix in 2016 and four years later was promoted to oversee all scripted and unscripted series in English and vernacular, including Bridgerton, MAID, Strange Things, Lupin and Squid fishing game. Linde, another veteran Hollywood executive, joined The Participant in 2015 as CEO and has Oscar-winner credits like Blue Book, Spotlight, Rome and A wonderful woman.
Both Bajaria and Linde will deliver Summit Series keynotes in Banff, which will return with a live event as the pandemic breaks out. The 43rd edition will take place June 12-15, 2022 in the province of Alberta.
“Bela and David are two of the most accomplished and inspirational entertainment executives in the industry. We look forward to hosting them on the Banff stage as they provide what are undoubtedly insights into the future of the industry, their unique programming opportunities and content strategies,” said the director. Banff executive Jenn Kuzmyk said in a statement.
The festival previously announced the Summit keynote speech this June for the president of Universal Studio Group, Pearlena Igbokwe, who oversees Universal Television, Universal Content Productions, Universal Television Alternative Studios and Universal International Studios . Lionsgate founder Frank Giustra will participate in a “Conversation With” session with pandemic expert Dr. Ashish K. Jha to discuss media and entertainment businesses’ responses to the impact. of global misinformation campaigns on public awareness.
Additional keynote announcements, intimate chats, master classes, and meetings with industry executives, agencies, network buyers, and top streaming executives will follow. implemented in the coming months.