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Creators Forum | Nov 6 - 8, 2019

Featuring leading podcast producers and executives from Canadaland, CBC, Gimlet Media, Luminary, Slate, Stitcher, Vox Media and more!

The Hot Docs Podcast Festival’s Creators Forum is a meeting place for podcast insiders, audio pros and emerging producers to network, develop their skills, grow their business, and explore new trends shaping the ever-evolving industry.

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Registration Information

Creators Forum sessions and networking events are accessible by pass only.

All-Access Pass
One ticket to each live show and Creators Forum session
$219 (Members: $214)

Creators Forum Pass
One ticket to each Creators Forum session
$169 (Members: $164)

BUY A PASS

Due to limited capacity, certain sessions will require RSVPs starting October 8 (first-come, first-served).

Passes can be picked up at the Centre For Social Innovation—Annex from Wednesday, November 6 to Friday, November 8 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.

See our FAQs for more info.

9:00 AM // Everything But The Audio: What to Consider When Starting a Podcast

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From packaging and distribution to marketing and social media, there’s way more to producing a podcast than the audio. Dive deep into what it takes to launch and promote a podcast and manage a show’s digital presence.

With:

Ayesha Barmania, founder and managing director, Peterborough Independent Podcasters; host, Sounds Like Life podcast and Peterborough Currents

Fabiola Carletti, producer, digital content and strategy CBC Podcasts

Annalise Nielsen, digital editor, the Frequency Podcast Network, Rogers Media

Moderated by Amanda Cupido, professor, Seneca College’s School of Media; author, Let’s Talk Podcasting: The Essential Guide to Doing it Right.

9:30 AM // Upping Your Audio Game with Daniel Tardif & Brenan Galley (Shure Audio)

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Learn recording tips and tricks from two leading audio specialists as they showcase and demonstrate podcast related Shure products.

With:

Daniel Tardif and Brennan Galley, Shure Audio

10:30 AM // How to Get Your Podcast Started

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Turning a podcast idea into an actual podcast can happen in a variety of ways. This panel of professional podcasters will reveal how they got their shows off the ground and the unforeseen challenges of growing a show and managing a podcast.

With:

Nelu Handa, comedian; host and founder, the Yas Kween podcast

Anshuman Iddamsetty, essayist and podcast producer; former host and producer, Vanguard by Shopify Studios

Kristi Lee, creator and host; Canadian True Crime

Moderated by Kalli Anderson, audio documentary producer; Advanced Podcasting and Radio Documentary instructor, Ryerson School of Journalism


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12:00 PM // How to Survive as a Freelancer

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Being a freelancer comes with a list of challenges, from getting work and negotiating contracts to balancing projects and avoiding burnout. This panel of working freelancers will get frank about the day-to-day hustle and the strategies they use to succeed in an ever-changing market.

With:

Katie Jensen, producer, co-founder, Vocal Fry Studios

Andrew Norton, freelancer producer: co-creator and producer of Personal Best, CBC Podcasts

Phoebe Wang, artist and freelance audio producer; formerly of The Heart and The Moth

Moderated by Aliya Pabani, artist and freelance audio producer; former host of The Imposter.

1:30 PM // Getting to Know Your Audience with Jeff Ulster

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Join one of Canada’s leading podcast industry analysts and consultants for a comprehensive primer on the demographics, tastes and listening habits of the Canadian podcast audience. Drawing on his latest, comprehensive reports on podcast listening in Canada, he’ll break down the kinds of shows and listeners who are dominating the audio landscape, and the strategies he recommends to his podcast clients for growing and building their audiences.

With:

Jeff Ulster, Co-founder and Chief Technology and Content Officer, The Podcast Exchange (TPX)

1:30 PM // Shaping your Doc Structure with CBC's The Doc Project

You have your audio, now what? Learn how to make sense of your tape from the producers of CBC’s The Doc Project. In this session, they will be sharing essential documentary structuring techniques for beginners.

With:

Julia Pagel, Associate Producer, CBC's The Doc Project

Acey Rowe, host and producer of CBC’s The Doc Project

2:45 PM // Script Workshop with CBC's The Doc Project

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RSVP REQUIRED, SIGN UP AS OF OCT 8

Advanced registration is required for this workshop. If you're interested in participating, please fill out this application before Friday, October 18. Only successful applicants will be invited to attend.

Are you having trouble structuring your audio project? Sign up and get personalized advice from an expert. Sit down for a one on one session with Acey Rowe, host and producer of CBC’s The Doc Project.

2:20 PM // How to Gather Good Tape with Personal Best's Andrew Norton

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They say you’re only as good as your audio. This session is a practical guide to collecting better sound in the studio as well as in the field.

Led by Andrew Norton, co-creator and producer of CBC’s Personal Best.

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3:30 PM // Podcast Pitch Competition hosted by Vocal Fry Studios

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Presented in partnership with the Podcast Night School accelerator program from Vocal Fry Studios, this dynamic live pitch event will give pre-selected Canadian podcasters the opportunity to present their projects to a roundtable of leading producers from the country’s top podcast studios.

Watch fellow podcasters gain instant feedback on their projects from industry leaders and enter your name in the ring to win the opportunity to present your latest project before our panel of distinguished judges.

To participate, apply to the Podcast Night School.

4:15 PM // Close Up With... TVO

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Join Rob Farina, Head of Content for TVO, for an intimate micro-session on the work they are developing and the kinds of projects they are looking to collaborate on going forward.

5:00 PM // Creators Forum Happy Hour

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Unwind and connect with Creators Forum participants and industry pros.

9:00 PM // Hot Docs Podcast Festival Opening Night Party

  • ANNEX HOTEL—COMMONS (296 BRUNSWICK)

Hot Docs and CBC Podcasts invite you to kick-off the Podcast Festival in style! Join fellow passholders and podcasters for an intimate celebration with complimentary drinks and bites at the stylish Annex Hotel, only minutes away from the Hot Docs Cinema.

9:00 PM - Until Late

Open to All-Access/Creators Forum passholders only


9:00 AM // What’s Next for Canadian Podcasting with Leslie Merklinger (CBC) & Steve Pratt (Pacific Content)

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What moves are the country’s largest podcast studios making to capture more listeners? And what sort of opportunities can they offer emerging and mid-career podcasters? Kick off the Creators Forum’s new business development track with this candid assessment of the Canadian marketplace featuring top executives from two of the country’s most successful studios.

With:

Leslie Merklinger, Senior Director of Audio Innovation, CBC

Steve Pratt, Co-Founder, Pacific Content.

Moderated by Simon Houpt, Senior Media Writer, The Globe and Mail

10:30 AM // Building an Ad Strategy with Sarah van Mosel (Stitcher)

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Hear one of the world’s leading experts on digital audio sales and strategy offer her insights into a challenge that confronts podcasters at all levels of the industry: attracting advertising revenue.

With:

• With Sarah van Mosel, Chief Revenue Officer, Stitcher. Formerly chief podcast sales and strategy officer at Market Enginuity, where she managed sales for PRX's The Moth and TED Talks Daily as well as the Radiotopia network, van Mosel now leads Stitcher’s sales organization, Midroll, representing over 250 of the world’s top podcasts.

Moderated by Jeff Ulster, Chief Content and Technology Officer of The Podcast Exchange

12:00 PM // The Advantages of Podcast Membership with David Stern (Slate)

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Once your podcast has a strong and sustainable audience, paid ads and sponsorships are not the only way to keep doing what you love. From paywalls and exclusive content to merch and newsletters, join the architect of the popular Slate Plus membership program for a discussion of how direct membership can foster a community of your most dedicated listeners and create additional revenue streams.

With:

David Stern, VP of Product & Business Development, Slate, the acclaimed network behind hit shows like Dear Prudence, the Slate Culture Gabfest and Slow Burn.

Moderated by Takara Small, Tech Correspondent for CBC's Metro Morning; host of The Globe and Mail's startup podcast I'll Go First

1:30 PM // Close Up With... Canada Media Fund

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Join representatives from the Canadian Media Fund for an intimate micro-session on the work they are developing and the kinds of projects they are looking to collaborate on going forward.

1:30 PM // Building a Cross-Border Career with Chris Berube (99% Invisible) & Kasia Mychajlowycz (Canadaland)

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Join two accomplished podcasters, with experience working at top US (Radiotopia, WNYC, Slate) and Canadian (CBC, Canadaland) podcast outfits to discuss the creative advantages and disadvantages of working in the Canadian versus US podcast industries. Explore what can be done to get the labour pools in the two countries better connected, as well as the logistical constraints that podcasters in both countries must negotiate before taking their talents across the border.

With:

Chris Berube, producer, 99% Invisible

Kasia Mychajlowycz, senior producer, Canadaland

Moderated by Hannah Sung

2:15 PM // Close Up With... iHeartRadio

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Join a representative from iHeartRadio for an intimate micro-session on the work they are developing and the kinds of projects they are looking to collaborate on going forward.

2:45 PM // Building Women's Media Brands in Audio with Maria Blasucci & Kate Spencer

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While women's lifestyle content is saturated in many media, it's a relatively new frontier in podcasting—but the category is exploding as creators are connecting to listeners in droves, while advertisers are clearly taking notice. Hear from some of the most successful podcasters in this space about how they authentically speak to female audiences, and how that can translate to booming media businesses.

With:

Maria Blasucci, co-founder, EARIOS and co-host, The Big Ones

Kate Spencer, co-host, Forever35

Moderated by Veronika Taylor, Director of Content-US & Canada, Acast

3:00 PM // Close Up With... Rogers Media

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Join a representative from Rogers Media for an intimate micro-session on the work they are developing and the kinds of projects they are looking to collaborate on going forward.

3:45 PM // Close Up With... eOne

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Join a representative from eOne for an intimate micro-session on the work they are developing and the kinds of projects they are looking to collaborate on going forward.

4:00 PM // Crowdfunding 101 with Jesse Brown (Canadaland)

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Toronto’s Canadaland podcast network has been an industry leader in cultivating audiences who are willing to pay to keep the shows they love thriving. Join founder and executive producer Jesse Brown for an in-depth case study exploring the keys to successful Patreon campaigns, techniques for engaging listener support and how you can apply financial backing to meet the costs and expenses of a rapidly growing studio.

Moderated by Catherine Mathys, Director of Industry and Market Trends, Canadian Media Fund

5:00 PM // Creators Forum Happy Hour

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Unwind and connect with Creators Forum participants and industry pros.


9:00 AM // Breakfast Panel: Meet the Francophone Podcasters

Kick off day 3 of the conference with a scrumptious free breakfast in the company of leading French language creators from Québec and France as they assess the state of Francophone podcasting and the growing opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration in Canada and abroad.

With:

Marie-Helene Frenette-Assad, General Manager, Transistor Media

Catherine Mathys, Director of Industry and Market Trends, Canadian Media Fund

and more to be announced!

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9:00 AM // Making Politics Podcasts with Zach Young (First Look Media) & Kevin Sexton (Canadaland)

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Among the many podcasts that have sprouted in response to a roiling political landscape, the shows at Canadaland and The Intercept have stood out from the pack with their smart, provocative and fiercely independent coverage of power and institutions. Senior podcasters from the two networks will reveal the ins and outs of their production process, the unique legal and ethical challenges they face, and the role that podcasts today can play in holding governments accountable.

With:

Kevin Sexton, Managing Editor, Canadaland Media

Zach Young, Producer, Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

Moderated by Catherine Porter, Canada Bureau Chief for The New York Times

10:30 AM // The Art of Fictional Podcasting with Mimi O’Donnell (Gimlet Media)

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With hit podcasts like The Horror of Dolores Roach, The Two Princes and Homecoming, Mimi O’Donnell and her colleagues at Gimlet Media have reimagined the fictional audio drama for the 21st Century. Hear this creative luminary discuss the exciting new possibilities of this age-old form, the new audiences it is reaching and the unique production process that goes into making these unforgettable dramas.

With:

Mimi O’Donnell, Executive Producer, Scripted Content, Gimlet Media. The former Artistic Director of New York’s celebrated Labyrinth Theater Company, O’Donnell has cross-pollinated podcasting with the theater with thrilling results, bringing the talents of internationally celebrated artists and performers into the podcast space.

Moderated by Kate Evans, Producer, CBC’s Podcast Playlist

12:00 PM // Producing Masterclass with Mia Lobel (Lead Producer, Revisionist History)

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As the Lead Producer of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, and the Executive Producer overseeing Gladwell’s new podcast studio, Pushkin Industries, Mia Lobel has overseen the development and execution of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed podcasts in recent memory. In this rare glimpse into her editorial process, Lobel will walk you through through her day to day operations, illustrate the tough creative choices that her team makes, and discuss her success at turning cultural thought leaders like Gladwell, Michael Lewis and Rick Rubin into effortlessly entertaining audio storytellers.

Moderated by Vicky Mochama, co-founder Vocal Fry Studios; host Safe Space podcast.

1:30 PM // POC Podcasters Listening Party with the POC Audio Directory

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Discover and celebrate the work done by POC producers in the industry with Aliya Pabani, co-founder of the POC Audio Directory, a growing database of almost 500 people of color who work in audio around the world. Enjoy specially curated short excerpts from the work of some of the most talented audio storytellers at work today while kicking back with fellow delegates and enjoying light refreshments.

With:

Aliya Pabani, artist and freelance audio producer; former host of The Imposter.

1:45 PM // Close Up With... CBC Podcasts

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Join a CBC Podcasts' Tanya Springer for an intimate micro-session on the work they are developing and the kinds of projects they are looking to collaborate on going forward.

2:45 PM // Bringing Style and Substance to the Daily News Podcast with Irene Noguchi (Today, Explained) & Jayme Poisson (Front Burner)

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Amid the increasingly crowded field of daily explainer podcasts, Vox’s Today, Explained and CBC’s Front Burner have distinguished themselves through the style, substance and consistency of the outstanding work that they produce. Hear the creative forces behind these acclaimed shows discuss the practical challenges that face their production teams and learn how they've used distinct production and storytelling to put the day’s news into thrilling new context.

With:

Irene Noguchi, Executive Producer, Vox Media’s Today, Explained

Jayme Poisson, Host, CBC’s Front Burner

Moderated by Vicky Mochama, co-founder Vocal Fry Studios; host Safe Space podcast.

2:45 PM // Close Up With... Canadaland Media

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Join a representative from Canadaland for an intimate micro-session on the work they are developing and the kinds of projects they are looking to collaborate on going forward.

3:45 PM // Pod Doctor Workshop with Mia Lobel, Executive Producer, Pushkin Industries

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RSVP REQUIRED, SIGN UP AS OF OCT 8

Advanced registration is required for this workshop. If you're interested in participating, please fill out this application before Friday, October 18. Only successful applicants will be invited to attend.

Bring your creative and editorial ailments to this intimate group session led by the executive producer of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast. Ask a burning question, share a story you’re working on, and hear the dilemmas of fellow podcasters—all while receiving the expert feedback of an audio storytelling superstar.

4:00 PM // Podcast Crystal Ball: Forecasting Creative Trends with Ian Chillag (Everything is Alive), Arif Noorani (CBC Podcasts), Sean Rameswaram (Vox) &Kenzi Wilbur (Luminary)

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Close the 2019 Creators Forum with this roster of creative luminaries as they assess the podcast trends that will matter in the year ahead. What shows, genres and storytelling forms will captivate listeners and spark a thousand imitators? Will there be a creative disruptor on the level of Serial or The Daily? Bring your own smart questions and comments to this fun, informal session looking at the state of the art in 2020 and beyond.

With:

Ian Chillag, host, Everything is Alive

Arif Noorani, Executive Producer, CBC Original Podcasts.

Kenzi Wilbur, Director of Programming, Luminary

Moderated by Sean Rameswaram, host, Vox Media’s Today, Explained

5:00 PM // Creators Forum Happy Hour

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Unwind and connect with Creators Forum participants and industry pros.

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