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Canada – UK Audiovisual Business Development Days

  • Panels and presentations: March 23-25, 2021   |   11 AM – 1 PM ET  / 3 PM – 5 PM GMT

  • Business to business meetings: March 26, 29, 30, 31


The CMPA and Pact invite producers for a series of online events aimed at facilitating market intelligence gathering and business partnership opportunities. The programming will consist of  expert panel discussions, rountables and business to business meetings.

Panel discussions are open to all interested parties. Business to business meetings are reserved for CMPA and Pact member companies.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Susanne Vaas, VP, Corporate & International Affairs (1-613-688-0950 / 1-800-686-7440 ext. 337 or or Sarolta Csete, Director, Development & Corporate Affairs (1-613-688-0952 / 1-800-686-7440 ext. 338 or

Access the session recordings

Tuesday, March 23

11:00 AM – 12:10 PM EDT | 3:00 PM – 4:10  PM GMT – Introduction and panel discussion on UK/Canadian co-production

We’ll provide a bite-sized overview of the current state of the UK and Canadian production sectors and how each is managing in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Following on, our panel discussion will explore what makes for a successful co-production, as well as look at the specificities of putting together a UK/Canadian collaboration. Experienced producers will share their insights and highlight any pitfalls to avoid.

  • Lucie Ridout, Executive Producer, Arrow Media
  • Nick Godwin, Creative Director & Co-founder, Britespark Films
  • Melissa Williamson, SVP Scripted, Blue Ant Media
  • Christina Fon, Vice-President & Executive Producer, Rezolution Pictures
  • Alan Handel, President, Executive Producer, Handel Productions
  • Moderator: Kate Beal, CEO, Woodcut Media
MediaXChange presents: Concurrent session: 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM EDT | 4:10 PM – 5:10 PM GMT – 10 Challenges Facing Producers in 2021, with Angus Finney


Angus will explore and analyse the Post Covid challenges facing content producers in their bid to take advantage of new opportunities and to reach the wider international markets beyond home borders.

Concurrent session: 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM EDT | 4:10 PM  – 4:40 PM GMT – Roundtables: Session 1 – Broadcasters: Factual with Jo Clinton Davis, Head of Factual, ITV
  • Moderator: Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, Managing Director of Business Development & Global Strategy, Pact
Concurrent session: 12:40 PM – 1:10 PM EDT  |  4:40 PM – 5:10 PM GMT – Roundtables: Session 2 – Incentives with Anna Mansi, Head of Certification, BFI
  • Moderator: Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, Managing Director of Business Development & Global Strategy, Pact


 Wednesday, March 24

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM – 4 PM GMT – Panel discussion on Entertainment formats

The global appetite for entertainment formats shows no sign of waning, but what new opportunities are there for exploitation, and how can production hubs be used to streamline the making of a global hit? This session will explore the current state of entertainment formats, with a focus on the UK and Canada, and ask where next from here?


  • Derek McLean, Managing Director, Bandicoot TV
  • Kieran Doherty, CEP & Co-Founder, Stellify Media
  • Erin Brock, Senior Vice President / Executive Producer, Insight Productions
  • Matt Hornburg, Co-CEO/ Partner and Executive Producer, marblemedia
  • Moderator: Danny Fenton, CEO, ZigZag Productions


MediaXChange presents: Concurrent session: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT | 4:00 PM – 5 PM GMT – Beyond Your Local Market, with Julien Leroux


The last 12 months have led to big shifts in the international distribution landscape. Change can lead to opportunities, so what potential possibilities lie ahead for content in 2021


Concurrent session: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT | 4:00 PM  – 4:30 PM GMT – Roundtables: Session 1 – Broadcasters: Entertainment with Steven Handley, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment & Live Events, Channel 4
  • Moderator:  Nick Shearman,  Nations & Regions Production Development Consultant,  Pact
Concurrent session: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT  |  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT – Roundtable: Session – Film production (closed session)

Thursday, March 25

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM – 4 PM GMT – Panel discussion on the state of scripted

The global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant that even more audience eyes were drawn to drama in 2020, with high quality scripted content proving to be a tonic in turbulent times. The SVODs may still be leading the way, but traditional broadcasters are fighting back, creating an exciting marketplace for drama producers. This session will explore what scripted trends we are likely to see accelerate in 2021 and what key opportunities and challenges that throws up for indies.

  • Marc Lorber, Senior Vice President, International Co-productions and Acquisitions, Lionsgate
  • Chris Curling, Owner/Producer, Zephyr Films
  • Floyd Kane, Freddie Films
  • Kyle Irving, Partner, Head of Production, Executive Producer, Eagle Vision
  • Alexandra Finlay, Senior Director, Creative & Co-productions, Shaftesbury
  • Moderator: Pat Younge, Non-Executive Director, ITV & Managing Director, Cardiff Productions
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT | 4:00 PM  – 4:30 PM GMT – Roundtables: Session 1 – Broadcasters: Scripted with Philipa Collie-Cousins, Commissioning Editor, Drama, UKTV
  • Moderator: Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, Managing Director of Business Development & Global Strategy, Pact
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT  |  4:30 PM – 5:00 PM GMT – Building connections in a virtual world

It’s 2021. We’re one year into remote working, conducting pitches and conferences via Zoom. How do we maintain real connections and build new international relationships in this brave new world? Led by Deb Day, CEO and Chief Strategist of Innovate By Day, this session will look at how to build the path forward for your business in an increasingly virtual world.