BANFF Names Disney|ABC Television Group 2017 Company OF Distinction

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Senior executive team to deliver multiple keynote addresses at BANFF 2017. The organizers of the 38th edition of the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) proudly announce Disney|ABC Television Group (Disney|ABC) as its esteemed Company of Distinction for the annual event, taking place June 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta.

The juggernaut media company Disney|ABC manages all of The Walt Disney Company’s, Disney and ABC-branded television properties, including ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, Disney Channels Worldwide and Freeform.

With an unprecedented line-up of senior executives set to attend, BANFF announces that as part of the Company of Distinction program it will feature keynote presentations from across Disney|ABC, including Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment; Patrick Moran, President ABC Studios; Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide; and Tom Ascheim, President, Freeform.

As 2017’s prestigious Company of Distinction, Disney|ABC Executives, Showrunners and talent will be featured throughout BANFF. The Company of Distinction program began in 2013 with CBS Corporation, followed by Lionsgate Entertainment in 2014, A+E Networks in 2015 and HBO in 2016.

“BANFF is honored to be featuring Disney|ABC as its Company of Distinction in 2017,” commented John Morayniss, CEO of Entertainment One Television and Chair of the Banff Foundation Board of Directors. “Disney|ABC is an undisputed world leader in content creation and storytelling, demonstrating quality, excellence and success across their many brands and channels. I know BANFF delegates will share in our excitement to hear from their executives and celebrate such a deserving company.”

"At Disney|ABC we are dedicated to producing content that entertains and delights audiences around the globe," added Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC Television Group. "The Company of Distinction designation is an opportunity to showcase the bold creativity and quality that are hallmarks of our platforms. We are grateful to BANFF and look forward to being a part of this esteemed event."

About the Disney|ABC Television Group
Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business. This includes ABC Studios, a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and on-demand platforms; the ABC Owned Television Stations Group; and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment and news programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 116 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform, which targets Millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.

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 development, 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 nearly 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 38th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.

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