I spent a big chunk of today establishing that the Banff Worldwide Television Festival is hideously expensive ($2100 registration, $650+ airfare, say on the order of $600 in hotels), and probably not necessary for me to go to. While it seemed like a good idea to various people while I was in Toronto, the same people agreed that I could probably accomplish almost as much in another visit to Toronto. (Visit to Toronto: $400 in train fare if I go first class, stay at friends' places, no registration.) While at Banff you can hang out and get drunk with network execs, but I just met with four out of five networks, and it looks like my stuff will be going to some American cable nets as well.
So, not going to spend $3500 to fly to the mountains of Alberta after all.
I'm a little disappointed, but also relieved.
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