The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is thrilled to announce an exclusive ‘In Conversation With’ session featuring Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner Bill Hader and Amy Gravitt, EVP of Programming at HBO. The Festival will take place June 9-12, 2019 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Bill Hader made the switch from being a master of impressions on “Saturday Night Live” to creating, directing, writing, producing and starring as a burned out assassin trying to break into the LA theater scene in HBO’s “Barry.” With its second season about to conclude, the series only got darker, funnier and more addictive. In 2018’s first season, “Barry” garnered 13 Emmy nominations, with victories for Best Actor and for co-star Henry Winkler for Best Supporting Actor. Hader, a member of the unofficial “Four Guild Club,” was bestowed awards from the Directors Guild (DGA), Writers Guild (WGA) and Producers Guild (PGA) and was nominated for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe Awards. “Barry” also received AFI and Peabody Awards.

Hader is also co-creator of IFC’s “Documentary Now!”, which was named one of the best TV shows of 2015 by The New York Times. Hader spent eight seasons on “Saturday Night Live” and received four Emmy Award nominations for his work on the series.

He has starred in such films as Trainwreck, Superbad, Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder. He segued to show his versatility with a dramatic role in 2014’s critically-acclaimed feature film The Skeleton Twins opposite his former SNL castmate, Kristen Wiig. He will next be seen in IT: Chapter Two, the sequel to the 2017 hit IT, which will be released in September.

Amy Gravitt is EVP of Programming at HBO, responsible for developing and overseeing the production of original comedy series. She was named to this position in May 2016. She currently oversees “VEEP,” “Insecure,” “Barry,” “Silicon Valley,” “Ballers” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She also oversaw the hit series “Vice Principals,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Entourage,” “Extras,” and “Flight of the Conchords”. Her upcoming projects include “Avenue 5” with Armando Iannucci and Hugh Laurie, “The Righteous Gemstones” with Danny McBride and John Goodman, “Mrs. Fletcher” with Tom Perrotta and Kathryn Hahn, “RUN” with Phoebe WallerBridge and Vicky Jones, “QualityLand” with Mike Judge, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” with Robin Thede and Issa Rae, and “Los Espookys” with Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen. Gravitt joined HBO in 2004 and prior to that served in the U.S. Navy. She began her career in entertainment at Section Eight, George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s production company.

“Amy’s strong, creative vision and keen intuition have helped bring some of the world’s biggest and brightest comedic voices to HBO, including Bill Hader,” said Randy Lennox, Chair of the Board of Directors for BANFF and President, Bell Media. “Redefining the dark comedy genre, his work on “Barry” is absolutely groundbreaking, and we’re proud for Crave to be the exclusive Canadian home of this acclaimed series.”

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