Sandra Dewey c WarnerMedia

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Sandra Dewey

HBO Max and Quibi will headline the second edition of Cannes Marché du Film’s Meet The Streamers event aimed at connecting streaming players with film industry professionals across the production, sales and distribution chain. 

Executives from both platforms will give keynotes for the initiative which has been reconfigured for the digital edition of the Marché du Film, running June 22 to 26 to replace the cancelled physical event.

For HBO Max, Sandra Dewey, president of productions and business operations of parent company WarnerMedia Entertainment, will share her experiences around the launch of the new platform.

“I am looking forward to discussing my insight into launching HBO Max. Our industry is facing never before experienced challenges, but also the tremendous opportunity that springs from the well of change,” said Dewey.

It will be the first international presentation for HBO Max following its scheduled launch on May 27.

Participants and details for the Quibi keynote will be announced at a later date. The short-form streaming service spearheaded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched in April in the eye of the Covid-19 storm.

“Today more than ever before, we need to offer film industry professionals and platforms opportunities to connect, bond and learn from one another. This is what we will offer with Meet the Streamers,” said Jérôme Paillard, executive director of the Marché du Film.

The programme will include a host of other online events including a conversation with Adam Lewinson, chief content officer of rising AVoD platform Tubi.

There will also be a panel on innovative independent streaming platforms featuring Jaume Ripoll, co-founder and editorial director of Spanish platform Filmin; Kino Lorber chief Richard Lorber, who created the Kino Marquee revenue-sharing platform in response to the Covid-19 lockdown; and Olle Agebro, head of acquisitions for Draken Film, the VoD platform of the Göteborg Film Festival which has also experimented with new models during the health crisis

There will also be a fireside chat on the new approaches to global distribution through combining traditional and new streaming supports between emerging talents Jean-Christophe J Lamontagne and Kyle Greenberg, respective presidents of Montreal-based aggregator H264 Distribution and Brooklyn-based artists-focused agency Circle Collective.