HOT DOCS PODCAST FESTIVAL – CREATORS FORUM 

MASTERCLASSES & INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLES / CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION – ANNEX 


The Podcast Festival’s industry component expands with two new strands offering expert insights into the podcasting process. These intimate sessions grant passholders the opportunity to learn from and network with some of the industry’s leading decision makers.  Please note, capacity is limited. 


RSVP is now open to all registered All Access and Creators Forum passholders on a first come, first serve basis. You will be required to show your pass and sign in before each session, 15 minutes before the sessions begins, after which your spot will not be guaranteed.


Please RSVP for the sessions that you are interested in attending.  

 

 

Industry Roundtable Session 1 – Thursday, November 1 – 1:45pm

Get to know the festival’s leading podcast producers and executives at these dynamic micro-sessions. Gain expert feedback on your latest projects and pick the brains of world-renowned decision-makers before rotating on to the next table and expert in the room.


Featuring:
  • Sean Cole, Senior Producer at This American Life  
  • Stuart Coxe and Annalise Nielsen, eOne/Antica Productions 
  • N'Jeri Eaton, Senior Manager of Programming Acquisitions at National Public Radio 
  • Katie Jensen & Vicky Mochama, co-founders of Toronto’s Vocal Fry Studios   
  • Leda Marritz, Editorial and Partner Relations, Apple Podcasts 
  • Arif Noorani, Executive Producer of CBC Original Podcasts  
  • Elisha Sessions, Senior Commissioning Producer, BBC Podcasts  
  • Jeff Ulster, Chief Content and Technology Officer, The Podcast Exchange  

** This session has reached capacity **

We will inform passholders should new spaces become available.
Masterclass – The Sound of Europe – Thursday, November 1 – 4:00pm
Two of Europe’s most influential podcast producers discuss the award-winning original shows they are developing for national and international audiences. 

Featuring: 

    • Joël Ronez, founder and CEO of France’s Binge Audio
    • Elisha Sessions, Senior Commissioning Producer, BBC Podcasts

     

    Moderated by Hot Docs Industry Programmer Olena Decock.

    Industry Roundtable Session 2 – Friday, November 2 – 1:45pm
    Get to know the festival’s leading podcast producers and executives at these dynamic micro-sessions. Gain expert feedback on your latest projects and pick the brains of world-renowned decision-makers before rotating on to the next table and expert in the room.

    Featuring: 
    • Chris Bannon, Chief Content Officer at Stitcher 
    • Jesse Brown, Canadaland Podcast Network 
    • Arif Noorani, Executive Producer, CBC Podcasts 
    • Nazanin Rafsanjani, VP for New Show Development at Gimlet Media 
    • Joel Ronez (Binge Audio, France), and Thomas Baumgartner (LIVE Magazine, France)
    • Paula Szuchman, VP for On-Demand Content at WNYC Studios
    • Lisa Tobin, Executive Producer for Audio at The New York Times 
    • Dila Velazquez and Chris Duncombe, CORUS (Podcasting)

    ** This session has reached capacity **

    We will inform passholders should new spaces become available.
    Masterclass – Revealing Canada’s Darkest Stories – Friday, November 2 – 4:00pm
    An in-depth discussion on the making of CANADALAND’s new investigative series, Thunder Bay: a sprawling yet intimate study of the troubled town in Northern Ontario.

    Featuring:


    • Ryan McMahon, host (Thunder Bay), co-host (CANADALAND’s Commons) and founder of Indian & Cowboy, a listener-supported Indigenous podcast network
    • Jesse Brown, Executive Producer (Thunder Bay), Host and Publisher, CANADALAND

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