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Virtual Festival Schedule

Monday, February 1, 2021
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How a Warrior Nun Nearly Saved us from 2020

Monday, February 1, 2021 | 9am PST
A discussion with the creator and lead actor of one of Netflix’s breakout hits and finalist for the Most In-Demand Series Debut of 2020. Rebekah Zabarsky moderates this insightful conversation about bringing to life an unexpected heroine with global appeal.
Simon Barry is a Vancouver based Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Show-Runner, best known for creating the Saturn Award winning television series CONTINUUM which ran for seasons on Syfy and Showcase. Simon followed this up with VAN HELSING, BAD BLOOD, GHOST WARS and most recently, WARRIOR NUN a new Netflix original series.
Alba Baptista is Ava, the lead actor in Warrior Nun. The Portugeuse actor director is known for Warrior Nun (2020), Mrs Harris Goes to Paris and L’enfant (2021).
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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The Last Dance and a Big Win

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 9am PST
Jason Hehir, the director behind 2020’s most in-demand documentary series and series debut, The Last Dance, sits with Parrot Analytics’ executives Steve Langdon and Rebekah Zabarsky to discuss the global popularity of the series. Originally slated for release much later in 2020, The Last Dance was pushed up to a Spring 2020 launch and captured the hearts of global audiences staying at home, missing live sports action, commentary, and community.
Hehir talks about ‘de-iconizing’ Michael Jordan in order to showcase the humanity of the basketball legend as well as the supporting characters of the Chicago Bulls dynasty and gives advice to documentary creators of the future.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
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Challenging the Status Quo: Ubisoft’s Strategy for Delighting Audiences On Every Screen

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | 9am PST
In today’s attention economy, the video game/TV content crossover has proven to be a successful strategy for attracting new audiences. Video game giant Ubisoft leads the way for in-game TV integrations in its award-winning games like Rainbow Six Siege.
Ubisoft Film & Television creates original content set in the world, culture and community of gaming like Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet and leverages video game IP like Assassin’s Creed to reach global audiences. Listen and learn from Ubisoft executives as they share their strategy and discuss what’s next for gamers and viewers alike.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Food: MasterChef Australia’s Recipe for Success

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 9am PST
What’s the recipe of success for a cooking show already spanning 12 seasons? MasterChef Australia’s show-runner Marty Benson shares his thoughts with Parrot Analytics’ Steve Langdon in a candid Q&A about the ongoing demand for the Aussie take on the wildly popular format. Producing over 60 episodes per season, Benson skillfully connects the show to the audience by bringing together unlikely contestants with a knack for creating unexpected dishes.
Despite a worldwide pandemic, reality TV producers and fans will witness authenticity, passion, and perseverance in this insightful interview.
Friday, February 5, 2021
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The “Heartwarming Humanism” of Good Doctor

Friday, February 5, 2021 | 9am PST
The Korean drama Good Doctor has proven its longevity via a whopping three adaptations since its 2013 debut, signifying its global popularity and universal storytelling. Kee MinSoo, Chief Director of the original season, chats with Parrot Analytics’ Insights Analyst Lisa Pak about the reasons why he believes the series has continued to resonate with global audiences, including audiences in totally unexpected locales.
This interview is in Korean with English subtitles.