Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has been set as the first keynote speaker at this year’s Banff World Media Festival Summit Series. 

Sarandos will feature in a June 15 ‘fireside conversation’ at the TV event, which this year runs from June 14 to June 17 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada. 

The Summit Series is a curated lineup of keynote sessions whose previous participants have included Quibi’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, PBS chief Paula Kerger, AMC Networks’ Sarah Barnett and director-producer-writer Paul Feig. 

Sarandos commented: “Great stories can come from anywhere, and many have had their beginnings at Banff World Media Festival. Netflix is proud to be a part of Banff, working with our incredible partners and deepening our commitment to a vibrant Canadian creative community whose work is seen and loved by the world.” 

Festival executive director Jenn Kuzmyk added: “Ted’s contributions to global media have been astounding and revolutionary. The festival is thrilled to welcome him back to beautiful Banff for what is sure to be an inspiring keynote, outlining his vision and tackling some of the big questions in the industry and where it’s headed amid continuing seismic change.”