The Banff World Media Festival And Shaw Media Announce 2015 Market Access Programs

TORONTO, April 2, 2015 /CNW/ -- The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) today announced the 2015 Shaw Media Market Access Programs – the Shaw Media Drama & Comedy Showrunner Training Program and Shaw Media Writer's Apprentice Program – that will take place at the annual Festival from June 7-10 in Banff, Alberta. Both the Shaw Media Drama & Comedy Showrunner Training Program and Shaw Media Writer's Apprentice Program attract experienced producers, directors, and writers from across Canada each year to participate in instructive training programs that provide insights into the demands of writing, producing and programming successful television programs.

Successful applicants of Shaw Media's mentorship programs will be invited to attend BANFF on a full-access pass and benefit from the extensive networking, pitching, and business-building opportunities. Participants will also have the chance to meet with showrunners, agents, producers and funders from leading broadcasters from North America and around the world. Moreover, the participants of the Shaw Media Writer's Apprentice Program will be placed in a two-week internship in the writer's room of a current Canadian comedy or drama series.

"These programs represent our commitment to the future of great television production in Canada," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "We need to ensure that bright, talented and enthusiastic artists like these have an outlet to advance their skills and achieve their dreams. On behalf of Shaw Media, we wish the best of luck to all applicants."

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About the Banff World Media Festival
The Banff World Media Festival is the world's largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 36th annual Banff World Media Festival will take place June 7-10, 2015 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.

About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, serving 3.2 million customers through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw serves consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video products and services. Shaw Business Network Services provides business customers Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services. Shaw Business Infrastructure Services offers North American enterprises colocation, cloud and managed services through ViaWest. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit


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