Pitch & Play "LIVE" Lunch: Presented by NATPE, CEETV and TVBIZZ
Previously Held on Wednesday, 29 June, 12P - 1:30P

“Pitch & Play LIVE” is an all-new showcase format competition launching this year at NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit.  Presented by NATPE, CEETV and TVBIZZ, “Pitch & Play LIVE” showcases developed format ideas with international adaptation potential specific to the CEE region.  During this special live event, three regional producers (selected from a field of 10 finalists) present their formats one by one to our expert panel of reviewers, who will then present their opinions in a curated discussion. The producer(s) of the format deemed most successful will be awarded both recognition and a unique opportunity to take their project to the next level.  This inaugural competition-based session is poised to deliver unique insights on what it takes to successfully pitch in the CEE.

Finalist Selection Committee
1. Georgi R. Chakarov, CEO at CEETV, TVBIZZ Group
2. Jordan Ryder, VP of Domestic & International Programming, NATPE
3. Pascal Dalton, Regional Sales Director, Formats: CEE at Endemol Shine Group
4. Nick Smith, SVP International Format Production at All3Media International
5. Noelia Nicolas, Director European Formats at CBS Studios International

All the essential info about PITCH & PLAY LIVE is online now here: http://ceetv.net/pitchplay

Amos Neumann - Confirmed PanelistAmos Neumann - Judge
Chief Operating Officer of Armoza Formats

Amos joined Armoza Formats in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer, where he manages the company’s ongoing activities. Formerly VP Programming at Israel's Reshet Channel 2, Amos is a media and TV Programming executive who has worked in the TV and media business for 20 years. Amos brings a vast experience in TV programming and scheduling, content development and all aspects of TV management, having held key positions including Programming Director at Channel 10 and Chief Producer at Tevel International Communications, Israel's largest cable company. His TV philosophy is "Show me the twist": create the next format that delivers something new, clever and unique, that has never been seen before. Amos lives in Tel Aviv, has a BA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University, is a proud father of three, and rides mountain bikes whenever he can.

Can Okan - Judge 
CEO/President of ITV Inter Medya

Beginning a career very early in Can Okan’s youth, he became an active operative in many levels of the family company Fono Film, assuming a wide range of responsibilities. This experience and accumulation culminated in the formation of ITV Inter Medya which he has founded in 1992. ITV Inter Medya started out as a film distribution company serving solely within the domestic market. Beginning with 2001, the company expanded its range to cover Central and Eastern European markets, Russia and the CIS countries, Central Asia and Baltic States. By starting distribution of Turkish dramas and feature films, eight years ago, the company started to draw broad interest from all markets as well as the Middle East and North Africa. As the next step ITV Inter Medya gained a foothold in North and South America and became a worldwide active player. The company has recently stepped into Game Show Formats business and diversified the product catalogue with its own creation.
Girts Licis – JudgeGirts Licis – Judge 
Head of CEE, Formats & Content Development, Modern Times Group

Girts Licis has been Head of CEE, Formats & Content Development at MTG (Modern Times Group) since 2014. He has worked in the television industry for over 20 years, in production and acquisition roles, and has extensive experience in local adaptations of international formats. In his current role based in MTG’s London office, he’s responsible for acquisitions of international format licences for MTG’s broadcasting platforms in Scandinavia and CEE, implementing the Group’s own production strategies on regional and national level for MTG’s CEE territories. He also runs the MTG’s Angel Fund initiative aimed at scouting paper format ideas for development and piloting on MTG’s CEE free-TV channels and online platforms. Prior to his current position and his previous role as Acquisitions Manager at MTG, Girts was running his own production company, producing such internationally acclaimed formats as “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”, “The Bar” and “The Blind Date” in the Baltic region and further afield. He has also been a key member of the production team behind the Eurovision Song Contest in Riga, hosted numerous entertainment shows, including “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” as well as headed the Acquisitions & Film department of Latvian TV.

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