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Podcast Festival Creators Forum

November 1 - 2

Featuring an expanded lineup of panels, masterclasses, roundtables and more, the Podcast Festival’s industry conference invites professional and emerging podcast creators to deepen their skills and network with leading audio producers from around the world.

The inaugural 2018 edition featured participants from from BBC, Binge Audio (France), Canadaland, CBC, eOne, Gimlet Media, Stitcher, the New York Times, NPR, WNYC Studios, and more!

Banner: Sean Cole (This American Life), Kaitlin Prest (The Heart, The Shadows), Vish Khanna (Kreative Kontrol). Photo by Gabriel Li.



Thursday, November 1


9:00 AM

How Canada

Panel // How to Make it in Canada

  • STC

With Ryan McMahon, Vicky Mochama and Annalise Nielsen

Check in with three accomplished Canadian podcasters and learn what storytellers across the country are doing to create compelling content and get their podcasts made and heard.


10:30 AM

Nprcbc

Panel // NPR and CBC Original Podcasts in Conversation

  • STC

With N'Jeri Eaton and Leslie Merklinger

Hear two of North America’s top podcast execs discuss building high-profile shows for a national audience, and the stories and skills they are looking for from the next wave of podcasters.


12:00 PM

Invu Rev2

Panel // The Art of the Interview

  • STC

With Vish Khanna, Tobin Low and Kaitlin Prest

Join three of North America’s most dynamic podcast hosts for an in-depth discussion on the art and craft of great podcast interviews.


1:45 PM

Roundtable

Industry Roundtable // Session 1

  • STC

At the Centre for Social Innovation—Annex

Gain expert feedback on your latest projects and meet with executives from BBC, CBC, This American Life, NPR and more. 

This session has reached capacity. We will inform passholders should new spaces become available.


4:00 PM

Europe

Masterclass // The Sound of Europe

  • STC

With Joël Ronez and Elisha Sessions

Two of Europe’s most influential podcast producers discuss the award-winning original shows they are developing for national and international audiences. Accessible with a pass only. 


5:00 PM

Cocktail Rev

Networking Cocktail

  • STC

At the Centre for Social Innovation—Annex

Unwind and connect with Creators Forum participants and industry pros at our festival happy hour. Available to passholders only. 


9:00 PM

Assemblyhallseries

Opening Night Party

  • STC

Join fellow podcast lovers and toast the third edition of Toronto’s premiere audio storytelling festival. 

Open to festival passholders, or by invitation only.


Friday, November 2


9:00 AM

Nyt

Panel // How the News Should Sound — Original Podcasts at The New York Times

  • STC

With Lisa Tobin and Catherine Porter

Join Lisa Tobin, Executive Producer for Audio at The New York Times, and Canadian Bureau Chief Catherine Porter for an in-depth discussion of the paper’s acclaimed roster of podcasts.


10:30 AM

Pitch Podcast

Panel // From Pitch to Podcast — Developing New Shows at Gimlet and WNYC

  • STC

With Nazanin Rafsanjani and Paula Szuchman

Key decision makers at two of the world’s most innovative podcast studios discuss their experiences developing some of the most acclaimed shows in recent memory.


12:00 PM

Funny Biz

Panel // Funny Business — Comedy Podcasting at Stitcher and Earwolf

  • STC

With Chris Bannon and Matt Gourley

Join two creative minds behind some of the industry’s funniest shows for an in-depth discussion on the evolving landscape of comedy podcasting.


1:45 PM

Roundtable

Industry Roundtable // Session 2

  • STC

At the Centre for Social Innovation—Annex

**This session has reached capacity. We will inform passholders should new spaces become available**

Pick the brains of world-renowned decision-makers from The New York Times, Stitcher, WNYC Studios, and more. Accessible with a pass only. All Access and Creators Forum passholders will be invited to RSVP as of October 9. 


4:00 PM

Thunder Bay

Masterclass // Revealing Canada's Darkest Stories

  • STC

With Ryan McMahon and Jesse Brown

An in-depth discussion on the making of CANADALAND’s new investigative series, Thunder Bay: a sprawling yet intimate study of the troubled town in Northern Ontario. Accessible with a pass only.


5:00 PM

Cocktail Rev

Networking Cocktail

  • STC

At the Centre for Social Innovation—Annex

Unwind and connect with Creators Forum participants and industry pros at our festival happy hour. Available to passholders only. 

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