Glee co-creator to speak at this year's Banff World Television Festival

Banff World Television Festival is delighted to announce that Ian Brennan, co-creator and writer of Glee, will be speaking during the festival. He will be sharing his story of success on Wednesday, June 16th from 3-4 pm  at the Banff World Television Festival being held June 13-16 at the Banff Springs Hotel.

“Glee has become a television phenomenon, and we’re so excited that Ian will be joining us to discuss this show that has taken television audiences by storm,” says Peter Vamos, Executive Director of the Banff World Television Festival.

Glee, a musical comedy-drama about a high school glee club, marked Brennan’s first foray into television writing. He was inspired by his high-school show choir experience.

The series won the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy and received three additional nominations for Best Actress (Lea Michele), Best Actor (Matthew Morrison), and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch). The show won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy in 2010, and its first season earned a Peabody Award. The music of Glee has also been a commercial success, with over two million digital sales.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Brennan began his acting career in Chicago working with the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres. He later moved to New York to pursue other opportunities in television and film, and has been involved with off-Broadway plays at the Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theatres.

The Banff World Television Festival is the world’s premiere television content creation event and annual forum for business and creative opportunities for those in television and new media. For the first time, the festival will run concurrently with nextMEDIA Banff, bringing together the television and digital media communities for a truly unique cross-platform event, offering unprecedented networking, face-to-face meetings, keynote speeches and pitching opportunities that reflect the growing convergence of television and digital media.

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