President & CEO, Bristow Global Media
Julie Bristow has been influencing how Canadians watch television for the past 20 years.
She has created over 1500 hours of original content, built entire entertainment divisions from scratch, innovated new and exciting ways to reach new audiences, and garnered multiple industry and business awards for her contributions and leadership.
In her previous role with CBC Television, Julie was Executive Director of Studio & Unscripted Content, including sports (Hockey Night in Canada, 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio) and many of CBC`s most successful and original programs (which she created) including Dragons Den, Battle of the Blades, and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. Over her career, she has also directed and refreshed many of CBC’s flagship properties including CBC News, Marketplace, and Midday.
But television is also a business, and in that Julie has excelled, making the business decisions that have added tens of millions in revenue and forged international partnerships with the New York Times, PBS Frontline and Discovery Times Channel.
In a turbulent time in television, Julie manages to maintain a uniquely relevant pulse on what's emerging, what viewers want to see and how they prefer to see it. She has revitalized CBC’s digital platform, successfully bridged social media with traditional programming, and relentlessly challenged the status quo to bring new and exciting changes to how we consume media content.
Recognized globally as a fresh and influential voice in the industry, Julie speaks at events around the globe, from Banff to Cannes, sharing her vision and insights with the world’s programming elite.
Julie sits on the Board with many of the most influential domestic and international media associations, and volunteers her time to charitable organizations focused on addiction and mental health.
President & CEO, Heavy Iron Studios
A 24-year industry veteran, Lyle Hall oversees Heavy Iron Studios, Inc.
Before joining Heavy Iron in early 2002, Lyle created and produced original and licensed properties while working at DreamWorks SKG, Crystal Dynamics and Virgin Games.
Highlights include the first 32-bit character action game, GEX; Westwood Studio's original RTS, Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty; RoboCop vs. The Terminator, Cool Spot and Global Gladiators, SEGA’s1992 Game of the Year. During his time at Heavy Iron, Lyle has also served as Executive Producer on Disney*Pixar titles, The Incredibles, its video game sequel Rise of the Underminer, Ratatouille, WALL-E and UP and as well Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob’s Truth or Square, directing production and development of these franchises across multiple studios and directly managing the relationships with these illustrious media companies.
In mid-2009, Lyle single handedly took Heavy Iron independent and since then has shepherded the release of UFC Personal Trainer on the Xbox360, PS3 and Wii, Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout for the Xbox360/Kinect and Wii and was most recently Executive Producer on Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two on the Wii U and Disney Infinity for the Wii U and Wii and Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes on PC and iOS.
Senior Vice-President CTV Sales, Bell Media
Perry MacDonald is Senior Vice-President, English Television and Local Sales.
He is responsible for CTV and English Specialty sales revenue, along with sales revenue for Bell Media’s local television and radio operations across the country.
Perry has more than 20 years of media sales experience. Prior to the CTV-CHUM TV transaction in 2007, he spent 17 years with CHUM Television, holding various positions of increasing responsibility.
Perry serves as Vice Chair, Board of Directors of ThinkTV, and is a board member of the Numeris Television Executive Committee. He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a BA from Mount Allison University.