Press release

Jan 24, 2023

Prime Time 2023 sells out with record demand

Excitement builds as Prime Time is set to return to Ottawa for the first time since 2020

OTTAWA, January 24, 2023 — The Canadian Media Producers Association today announced that passes for its annual Prime Time conference in Ottawa have sold out. The 2023 edition of the annual event will welcome a record 900 conference delegates to the nation’s capital this February.

Billed as Canada’s pre-eminent conference for leaders working in media production, broadcasting, distribution, and media policy, this year’s event will feature thought-provoking panels, interactive workshops, networking events, and a large market access program where content producers can pitch their newest projects to Canadian and international buyers.

“We’re thrilled to see such strong interest in the conference this year, particularly as Prime Time returns in-person, following two years of virtual pandemic programming,” said Andrew Addison, Vice-president Communications, Marketing and Membership, who leads the event for the CMPA. “Prime Time has always operated at the intersection of media policy and the business of production, and this year’s program reflects both the huge opportunities that lie ahead, and the national debate currently underway about how the domestic industry should position itself for future success.”

Speakers appearing on the Prime Time stage this year include:

  • The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage
  • Canadian broadcasters and media leaders, including: Monika Ille, CEO, APTN; Christina Jennings, Chairman and President, Shaftesbury; Michael MacMillan, CEO, Blue Ant  Media; Justin Stockman Vice-President, Content Development, Bell Media; Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Global executives including: David Eilenberg, Vice President and Head of Roku Originals; Magda Grace, Head of Prime Video Canada; Katrina Kowalski, Vice-President,  Content, Paramount+ Canada; Graeme Mason, CEO, Screen Australia; Andy Singer, Head of Content, Samsung TV Plus
  • Leaders from key Canadian industry organizations including: Francesca Accinelli Interim Executive Director and CEO, Telefilm Canada; Cameron Bailey, CEO, Toronto International Film Festival; maxine bailey, Executive Director, Canadian Film Centre; Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund; Kerry Swanson, CEO, Indigenous Screen Office
  • And many more…

Complete lists of conference speakers and all attending delegates are available on the Prime Time event site.

Panels will be recorded during the event and made available online, free of charge, in the weeks following the conference for those unable to attend in person.

Although the conference is sold out, media accreditation is available for journalists interested in covering the event. Please contact Gamiela Fereg to inquire.

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ABOUT THE CMPA
The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production, and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema, and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences. cmpa.ca

Media Inquiries:

Gamiela Fereg
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications, CMPA
gamiela.fereg@cmpa.ca

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