Carlos Bustamante

Entertainment Reporter

Carlos has leapt at every opportunity to entertain his audience, literally dangling off the CN Tower, bobsledding down an Olympic track, and nervously hopping into a cage with a 700 pound tiger. As former host of Canada’s favourite after-school program The Zone on YTV, Carlos is no stranger to the spotlight.

Born in Manila, Philippines, Carlos moved to Canada as a young child and has lived in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. After graduating from high school, Carlos attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and landed his first big gig with The Zone in 2002. He later went on to become the host of YTV’s Big Fun Movies.

With a love for the performing arts from a young age, Carlos watched a lot of late-night talk shows and Entertainment Tonight with his parents, and always knew that he wanted to be in the entertainment biz, so becoming a part of the ET Canada team in September 2017 was a dream realized.

Throughout his career, Carlos has interviewed the biggest and brightest stars of today, including Chris Pratt, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr., Col. Chris Hadfield and Star Wars’ Mark Hamill. He also had a re-occurring role in YTV’s hit series Make it Pop, and in 2014 won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program for his work hosting The Next Star Season 6.

With the opportunity to give back to charity Carlos sponsors a hope child through World Vision, and has worked with Corus Feeds Kids, Dreams Take Flight and the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.


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Thurs, Sept 26


03:10pm - 03:35pm

New Media

Video Revolution – Levelling the Playing Field Through Online Video with Rebecca Glashow of Awesomeness in Conversation with Carlos Bustamante of ET Canada

For millennials and Gen Z, the path to fame and fortune is no longer created by an elite group of Hollywood. The onus is no longer on the studios or representatives to make someone a star as online platforms have democratized the path to fame and fortune. The Internet is dictating who will become the next big thing, born and propelled to fame by consumers and fans. Millennials and Gen Z are looking for more diversity and more authenticity than ever before. The new model is that talent needs to be engaged on social media and with their audience and it is then up to the studio to work in conjunction with the talent to harness that power.

Rebecca Glashow is the Co-Head of Awesomeness, is a media company focused on creating original content for Gen Z through its digital publishing, film and television studio divisions. Awesomeness has become a destination for youth culture, cultivating a loyal audience with hit programming on the world’s biggest streaming services along with the company’s immensely popular short-form programs on YouTube that garner hundreds of millions of views.

In this session, Rebecca will share her insights on how social media enables today’s youth to connect quicker than ever before, how these new platforms have helped to democratize the path to fame and fortune and how companies need to better engage and create a level of authenticity to ensure that their brand is trusted by their audiences.

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