Industry Keynote

TIFF Kids - Industry Programming

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A new addition to the schedule, the keynote speaker will form the framework for industry programming, providing insight into children's content, its culture and its potential.
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Guest Biography

    • Paul DeBenedittis
    • Paul DeBenedittis is Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide and is currently responsible for over 300 hours of televised programming for kids across multiple platforms, including the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and ABC Kids. DeBenedittis' scheduling purview covers all originally-produced series, movies, on-air promos and interstitials, as well as the sourcing, negotiation and acquisition of long and short-form kids' programming content for Disney-ABC Television Group, including Disney Channel's learning-focused preschooler block, Disney Junior and Disney XD. He joined the company in 2008 after 10 years at MTV Networks in New York, where he distinguished himself as a leading programmer, having developed some of the most successful scheduling strategies for the teen and young adult demographic. During his expansive career, he has held the positions of Executive Vice President, Multiplatform Programming, Content Strategy and Scheduling for MTV, MTV2, MTVTR3, MTV On-Demand and MTVu; and programming consultant for Joost and BET Network. Previously he was Director of Programming, Acquisitions and Scheduling at USA Networks and Lifetime Television. He began his career as a Senior Research Analyst at MMT Sales Incorporated after graduating from St. John's University, New York, with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Marketing. DeBenedittis is a former member of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Radio and Television Society.