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Thursday 25th June 2020
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XpoNorth Trans-Atlantic Sessions: From NBCUniversal to the Canada Media Fund

Digital Shorts: Transatlantic Sessions with Barrie Kelly (NBCUniversal) & Valerie (Canada Media Fund)

XpoNorth is bringing the world of film and tv production to you without you leaving home. We start in the UK, where Barrie Kelly, VP of International Format Production and Development at NBCUniversal, is at the forefront of bringing the formats we know and love to an international stage. We then take a short trip across the Atlantic to visit with Valerie Creighton, CEO and President of Canada Media Fund, as she shares her insights and strategies into media production in the time of Covid.

Barrie Kelly: VP of International TV Format Production and Development, NBCUniversal Formats
Suits in Japan, Top Chef Brazil, the world is closer than ever before thanks to the shows we share and the common stories we watch. Barrie Kelly is at the forefront of bringing the formats we know and love to an international stage, and chats to XpoNorth about co-production and co-development that goes beyond borders.

Inside the Canada Media Fund with Valerie Creighton
There are so many reasons we love Canada but one of them is Valerie Creighton, CEO and President of Canada Media Fund. Join us as she shares her insights and strategies into media production in the time of Covid, their impressive slate of projects and what the future of production may look like; proving why we should all hope to follow in Canada's footsteps.

These episodes have been pre-recorded.

Speakers: Barrie Kelly, Valerie Creighton
Chair: Jessica Fox

Chair

    Jessica Fox
    XpoNorth Film Specialist, formerly storyteller at NASA

    Jessica Fox is a director and author. Her directing credits span film, theatre and TV. She was a storyteller for NASA and tour documentarian for the Dresden Dolls. Her first novel is in development with Annapurna Pictures. She is XpoNorth’s Film sector specialist.

Speakers

    Barrie Kelly
    VP of International TV Format Production and Development, NBCUniversal Formats

    Barrie Kelly began his production career at BBC Radio 1, going on to launch the acclaimed Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Zoe Ball. Barrie then crossed over into television and spent ten years at the BBC developing and producing several iconic shows and formats for BBC One, Two and Three including Top of The Pops, The Eurovision Song Contest, Sport Relief and The Queen’s Jubilee Concerts. During his time at the BBC, he also served as Executive Producer, Content & Brand Innovation for BBC Worldwide, where he developed new global brands and produced shows such as Junior Doctors.

    In 2012, Barrie joined NBCUniversal and now oversees the international TV productions of some of the most successful formats on the planet, including Top Chef, The Real Housewives, Saturday Night Live and Hollywood Game Night.

    Valerie Creighton, C.M., S.O.M.
    President and CEO, Canada Media Fund

    Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognised for reenergising some of the country’s most important organisations in the sector over the last 30 years. Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms. Most recently she was named one of 2016’s 20 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter, was recognised in 2017 by Women in Television and Film – Vancouver for her major contribution to promoting gender equality in media and was awarded as the Honorary Maverick for the 2017 Female Eye Film Festival.

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