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Big deals getting done at Banff fest

The money seems staggering, even by show business standards.

A report by the Canada Sports Tourism Commission on the economic impact of the Banff World Media Festival in 2012 suggests deals struck during the five-day gathering totalled more than $800 million.

“It was a nice big healthy number,” says festival executive director Ferne Cohen as the event approaches.

William Shatner, Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, Lisa Kudrow and Kelsey Gram-mer are among the big TV names who have attended in the past.

This year has no shortage of stars, either.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, currently defying the so-called “Seinfeld curse” in HBO’s critically acclaimed political comedy Veep, will receive the festival’s first variety impact TV award.

Emmy-winning TV, film and stage actress Christine Baranski, who will return for a fifth season as lawyer Diane Lockhart in the legal drama The Good Wife, will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Comedian and talk-show host Craig Ferguson will receive this year’s Sir Peter Ustinov award.

Will Arnett, perhaps best known as Gob Bluth on the recently Netflix-revived cult comedy Arrested Development, will receive the Canadian award of distinction.

The honours will be handed out Tuesday night during the festival’s Rockie Awards, which celebrate television and digital content from around the world. This year, comedian and Let’s Make a Deal host Wayne Brady will host the gala event.

“It adds glamour and a lot of fun,” Cohen says. “But it is also an opportunity for the industry to celebrate the big names.”

Source: The Province

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Headline, Industry News

Big deals getting done at Banff fest

The money seems staggering, even by show business standards.

A report by the Canada Sports Tourism Commission on the economic impact of the Banff World Media Festival in 2012 suggests deals struck during the five-day gathering totalled more than $800 million.

“It was a nice big healthy number,” says festival executive director Ferne Cohen as the event approaches.

William Shatner, Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, Lisa Kudrow and Kelsey Gram-mer are among the big TV names who have attended in the past.

This year has no shortage of stars, either.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, currently defying the so-called “Seinfeld curse” in HBO’s critically acclaimed political comedy Veep, will receive the festival’s first variety impact TV award.

Emmy-winning TV, film and stage actress Christine Baranski, who will return for a fifth season as lawyer Diane Lockhart in the legal drama The Good Wife, will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Comedian and talk-show host Craig Ferguson will receive this year’s Sir Peter Ustinov award.

Will Arnett, perhaps best known as Gob Bluth on the recently Netflix-revived cult comedy Arrested Development, will receive the Canadian award of distinction.

The honours will be handed out Tuesday night during the festival’s Rockie Awards, which celebrate television and digital content from around the world. This year, comedian and Let’s Make a Deal host Wayne Brady will host the gala event.

“It adds glamour and a lot of fun,” Cohen says. “But it is also an opportunity for the industry to celebrate the big names.”

Source: The Province

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Headline, Industry News

Big deals getting done at Banff fest

The money seems staggering, even by show business standards.

A report by the Canada Sports Tourism Commission on the economic impact of the Banff World Media Festival in 2012 suggests deals struck during the five-day gathering totalled more than $800 million.

“It was a nice big healthy number,” says festival executive director Ferne Cohen as the event approaches.

William Shatner, Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, Lisa Kudrow and Kelsey Gram-mer are among the big TV names who have attended in the past.

This year has no shortage of stars, either.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, currently defying the so-called “Seinfeld curse” in HBO’s critically acclaimed political comedy Veep, will receive the festival’s first variety impact TV award.

Emmy-winning TV, film and stage actress Christine Baranski, who will return for a fifth season as lawyer Diane Lockhart in the legal drama The Good Wife, will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Comedian and talk-show host Craig Ferguson will receive this year’s Sir Peter Ustinov award.

Will Arnett, perhaps best known as Gob Bluth on the recently Netflix-revived cult comedy Arrested Development, will receive the Canadian award of distinction.

The honours will be handed out Tuesday night during the festival’s Rockie Awards, which celebrate television and digital content from around the world. This year, comedian and Let’s Make a Deal host Wayne Brady will host the gala event.

“It adds glamour and a lot of fun,” Cohen says. “But it is also an opportunity for the industry to celebrate the big names.”

Source: The Province

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