Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg will be bringing his mobile-first gospel to the Canadian Rockies.
Katzenberg, co-founder of mega-studio Dreamworks and founder of fledgling mobile entertainment platform Quibi, is the first keynote speaker announced for the Banff World Media Festival and its new content strand, the Banff Summit Series.
The veteran executive is also the managing director of WndrCo, a company that invests in, acquires, develops and operates consumer tech businesses. Quibi, which intends to provide premium mobile content to subscribers in both unscripted and scripted, is said to have such talent as Lena Waithe, Justin Timberlake and Kobe Bryant attached to assorted non-fiction projects.
Katzenberg will take part in a keynote conversation that will kick off the fest on June 9. The event runs until June 12 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the fest will be announcing more speakers for its Summit Series, which intends to feature the global players shaping the future of the media industry, in due course.
“Jeffrey’s well-earned reputation as a world-class content leader presents such an exciting opportunity for all of us attending the Banff World Media Festival. We are honored to have him join us,” said Randy Lennox, president of Canada’s Bell Media chair of the board of directors for Banff, in a statement.
“We are excited to welcome Jeffrey to our home in the Rockies,” added Banff executive director, Jenn Kuzmyk. “His monumental career and ability to sense what’s next makes him an ideal speaker to launch the new BANFF Summit Series, which will examine our industry’s most important and pressing issues.”