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NextMEDIA executive producer hired

BANFF - Jim Byrd, executive vice-president and COO of the Banff Television Foundation, has announced the appointment of Prince Edward Island native, Berni Wood, as executive producer of nextMEDIA, the International New Media Festival.

"We are delighted to have attracted Berni as our executive producer. Her media background and organizational skills will ensure that the future of nextMEDIA will be world-class and will reflect the potential of the industry," said Byrd.

The 2003 nextMedia Festival will take place at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort in Brudenell, Prince Edward Island from October 16 to 18, 2003. nextMEDIA is a three-day forum which attracts industry visionaries, new media producers, artists and innovators from around the world. The goal of the event is to provide an annual international creative retreat for new media producers to focus on creative process and content development and to help foster an innovative, vibrant and productive new media industry world-wide.

Berni Wood is a member of national associations including Canadian Women in Communications, Canadian Public Relations Society and a past board chair of the Atlantic Canada Film Partners. She is the recipient of several International Marketing Excellence Awards from the Association of Film Commissioners International.

Ms Wood owns and operates Reel Media, a company which provides a wide range of services including project and event management, meeting planning, public relations, and television/video production. She has held positions such as regional vice-president for the Canadian Television Fund, director of film and new media for Technology PEI (the leading sponsor of this event), and film commissioner at Prince Edward Island Business Development Inc.

NextMEDIA, is owned and managed by the Banff Television Foundation,

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