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Virtual Festival Schedule

Monday, February 1, 2021
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Celebrating the Best in the Business: A conversation with Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max

Monday, February 1, 2021
A permanent fixture at the top of the charts and winner of the most in-demand show of 2020, HBO’s Game of Thrones has proven itself to be one of the most popular shows of all time. HBO & HBO Max’s Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys shares his take on the network’s past, present and future strategies to continue producing high-quality, in-demand content that fans love. Matthew Ball, Managing Partner at Epyllion Industries and entertainment strategist, offers an additional perspective as he interviews Bloys about the programming decisions he’s leading at HBO and HBO Max, including international expansion and the unprecedented film slate release model.

How a Warrior Nun Nearly Saved us from 2020

Monday, February 1, 2021
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
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.

Augmented Intuition: How CAA Supercharges Opportunity with Data

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
CAA’s Head of Data André Vargas sits with Parrot Analytics’ Rebekah Zabarsky to demystify how Hollywood’s biggest agents are utilizing data to maximize opportunities for their clients. The two discuss major takeaways and surprises from the CAA/Parrot Analytics’ 2020 white paper about measuring the impact of diversity in television and Vargas shares advice for executives eager to make sense of numbers that reveal what content people want to watch.
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
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.

Transforming Entertainment Experiences with Dolby

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
In this conversation with John Couling, Dolby’s SVP of Commercial Partnerships, Rebekah Zabarsky and Karina Dixon of Parrot Analytics discover the ways Dolby is working with some of the biggest names in TV and streaming – like Apple, Disney, HBO, and Netflix – to elevate their viewing experiences. Couling offers his advice on how new streamers can stand out and shares why leading creators have embraced Dolby’s latest innovations in audio and imaging – Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos – to tell their stories.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
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“Ordinary People, Extraordinary Food”: MasterChef Australia’s Recipe for Success

Thursday, February 4, 2021
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.

The Beautiful Horror of Hannibal

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Can the power of a fandom reach into ‘medicinal’ territory? Bryan Fuller, creator and show-runner of Hannibal, seems to think so. Parrot Analytics’ Rebekah Zabarsky speaks with Fuller in an intimate Q&A about his chart-topping horror TV show with a fan community that’s been called “TV’s most dedicated fandom.” Fuller shares his views on the healing powers of connecting with like-minded people as well as words of advice for storytellers looking to stand out.
Friday, February 5, 2021
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The “Heartwarming Humanism” of Good Doctor

Friday, February 5, 2021
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.

Exploring the World with Masha and the Bear

Friday, February 5, 2021
Animaccord’s animated family series, Masha and the Bear, is a certifiable global hit. Listen to Daria Katiba, former cartoon’s production manager and now Head of Marketing at Animaccord, share what makes Masha so special for children and adults in this short Q&A.