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2017 Panels
Vancouver Web Fest was honored to have the following Panelists for the 2017 festival:

Saturday March 18, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
So you made a web series, what's next? Join our Panel of Experts and find out everything you need to know about selling your series and landing that elusive distribution deal to show it to the world.

Eric Y. Lapointe
Senior Director, International Sales & Digital Development, Just for Laughs
Montreal, Canada

Eric Y. Lapointe joined Just For Laughs in 2015, after spending 15 years in international marketing and sales which included a prior role as Senior Advisor of Content Distribution at Cirque du Soleil.

As the Senior Director of International Sales and Digital Development at Just For Laughs, Lapointe is responsible for the global digital video distribution strategy for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other new emerging platforms. His role also involves licensing rights to television channels in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, while also partnering with foreign broadcasters and platforms interested in producing comedy specials at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the world`s largest by invitation only comedy festival attracting over 2 million people annually to Montreal.

Just For Laughs produces festivals and tours worldwide (including in Sydney, Vancouver, Toronto, London), over 50 hours of television programming annually including English and French language stand-up comedy productions, as well as the world`s funniest and most renowned non dialogue hidden camera program: Just For Laughs Gags which now includes 309 half-hour episodes and a YouTube subscriber base of 5.5 million fans.

Michael Lolato
Senior Vice President, International Distribution, GRB Entertainment
Los Angeles, United States

Michael Lolato brings two decades of experience in all facets of the television industry to GRB. He hails from Canada, where he started his career in TV advertising and marketing at Astral Television. Segueing into distribution and affiliate sales, he helped launch six networks for Canada's Bell Media before transitioning to international program sales at Canamedia. Michael has sold programs to almost every country and in a nearly every genre, expanding his sales efforts to multi-platforms, including mobile, digital and OTT, while continuing to grow linear channel sales.

George Reese
Co-founder and VP of Programming, Seeka TV
Minneapolis-St. Paul, United States

George Reese is an entrepreneur and filmmaker who is currently the co-founder and VP of Programming at Seeka TV. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Bates College, he began his career in television working on a variety of Hollywood TV shows in low-level roles. Thanks to the LA Riots and the recession of the early 90’s, his career took a detour into technology. He ended up writing several technology books and starting a few companies. Prior to Seeka TV, he sold enStratus to Dell and went back into filmmaking. His recent films include Reconquista and Therapy for the Unlawful. He is also an Executive Producer for the most recent seasons of the web series Theater People, BLEED, Lovers and Others, and Hat Trick Bitches.

CBC Comedy - Infused With Maple Syrup
Sunday March 19, 11:00am to 12:00pm
Join CBC for a one-hour panel discussion on how to make great content – that’s both funny and Canadian as maple bacon.

This CBC panel will ask the most important question from CBC execs and YouTube creators: What do Canadians find funny?

Panelists include Chris Harris, Executive Producer, Digital, Scripted, CBC and Zach Feldberg Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals, CBC. Joining the panel will be creators Matthew Clarke and David Milchard from the highly successful series Convos with My 2-Year Old.

Chris Harris
Executive Producer, Digital – Scripted, CBC
Toronto, Canada

Chris Harris is an Emmy-winning media professional and content leader with more than 15 years experience as a digital production executive, business leader, media strategist, interactive producer and journalist.

Before returning to CBC in 2015, Chris was Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at the Emmy Award-winning interactive content studio Secret Location.

Prior to that, Chris led the Digital Content teams at Shaw Media (via Canwest and Alliance Atlantis) as both Director and Head of Online Content, as well as being Shaw Media’s first ever Head of Social Media. During that time, Chris guided the creation of globally recognized award-winning work, which resulted in significant growth in audience, engagement, and revenue.

Prior to joining Shaw, Chris spent more than seven years as an award-winning interactive producer and journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, working in Sports, News and Kids.

Zach Feldberg
Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals
Toronto, Canada

With over a decade of experience at the crossroads of TV and digital, Zach has seen the creative media industry from many different angles. At CBC, he oversees the Digital Originals strategy for Scripted and Unscripted programming, developing and commissioning content for all platforms. Prior to starting that new role in late 2015, Zach spearheaded Shaw Media’s first digital-first programming slate, including Global TV special The Second City Project, comedy series But I’m Chris Jericho!, Food Network Canada’s Super Snack Bros., and others. He also delivered successful and award-winning digital products and content associated with the company’s priority linear series, including Big Brother Canada, Vikings, Rookie Blue, Remedy, Yukon Gold, Continuum, Kenny vs. Spenny and Endgame, the latter of which yielded an International Digital Emmy® win in 2012.

Matthew Clarke
Vancouver, Canada

Matthew Clarke, is a Vancouver based filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician. He is most well know as creator, director and star of the hit, award winning web-series, “Convos With My 2-Year-Old,” which has garnered over 100 million views and 770,000+ subscribers.

Over the past 15 years Matthew has worked in film, TV, theatre, toured North America with his band, Honey and the Money, created branded content for companies like Disney, Geico and Toyota, grown as a person, had numerous hair styles, owned two cars, joined a book club, and developed a habit of sharing things in bios that are completely irrelevant.

David Milchard
Vancouver, Canada

David is an actor and producer, best known for Convos with My 2-Year Old (2013), White Noise 2: The Light (2007) and The Eye (2008).

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