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Indian media professional to speak at the Olympics of television<br><i>Bhuvan Lall to address delegates at Banff TV Festival in Canada</i>

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Indian media professional to speak at the Olympics of television<br><i>Bhuvan Lall to address delegates at Banff TV Festival in Canada</i>

Indian Media entrepreneur Bhuvan Lall, President and CEO of LALL Entertainment and former Executive Director of Indian Broadcasting Foundation, will deliver a paper titled, "Audience & Industry: Does TV Reflect the Diversity of Its Audience?" at the Banff Television Festival also known as the "Olympics of International Television" to be held from June 13 - 17 in Canada.

A content-rich conference agenda for was unveiled today by Festival CEO Robert Montgomery at a special media conference held at the CBC/Radio-Canada headquarters in Toronto. The conference agenda will celebrate the Festival's 25th Anniversary with a special Salute to Canada as well as strands including the celebrated Banff Masters, prize winning pitching competitions, plenary sessions, a multitude of networking opportunities as well as the traditional host of industry meetings surrounding the Festival.

The Banff Television Festival is an annual celebration of excellence in international television programming and an exploration of the issues, challenges, creative and business opportunities in television and new media.

The 25th Anniversary Banff Television Festival takes place June 13 - 17 at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta, Canada. It is expected to draw over 1,800 producers, broadcasters, commissioning editors, content creators and other industry stakeholders from around the world who will take part in an array of plenary sessions, seminars, Banff Masters, pitching and networking opportunities.

"The 2004 Banff Television Festival is one of the world's most important gatherings of industry players and is critical to the functioning of the Canadian television industry," commented Robert Montgomery, CEO of the Banff Television Festival. "I am absolutely thrilled to be playing host to such an illustrious group of people and to be presenting our action-packed agenda.

On behalf of the Banff team I look forward to welcoming everyone to five exciting days in June. "The conference will begin in earnest with the Opening Ceremonies and CBC/Radio-Canada Keynote Address Media Responsibilities in an Age of Terror, presented by renowned Canadian author Michael Ignatieff. Directly following will be the CBC/Radio-Canada Opening Reception a traditional favourite for delegates. Culminating the day's events will be the 25th Banff Rockie Awards, celebrating excellence in 15 program categories, the NHK President's Prize of $25,000 honouring the best production in HDTV, as well as the Global Television Grand Prize awarding $50,000 for the Best Program of the Festival.

Indian Media entrepreneur Bhuvan Lall was earlier invited to speak at, Montreal Film Festival 2004, NATPE 2005 in Las Vegas and at the Media Summit in New York City in February 2005. He also spoke at the India International Centre in New Delhi in March and at the exchange 4 Media conclave held in Mumbai in May.

Lall is also the founder and convener of Animation Producers Association of India and the Indian Documentary Forum. He is also the author the animation industry report on training entitled 'From Superman to Hanuman'.


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