Budapest Agenda


**ALL TIMES IDENTIFIED AS C.E.S.T. (Central European Summer Time)

Pitch & Play Live! 2020

Monday, 24, August 2020, 15:00 C.E.S.T.

PITCH & PLAY LIVE! 2020 – the 5th year of this extraordinary format competition and event – will showcase and distinguish original format ideas from the CEE/EMEA region with international potential. (Previous winners have gone on to achieve worldwide distribution!) All non-scripted format ideas created after June 1, 2019 can take part in the competition. From all entries, up to 10 titles will be selected and reviewed by a committee of five TV industry professionals who will pick three finalists. These top 3 formats will be presented live by their creators in a special NATPE Virtual session on Monday, September 14th, as the opening session for during NATPE Budapest International 2020. A jury of highly respected TV professionals will vote for one PITCH & PLAY LIVE! 2020 format winner at the conclusion of our broadcast. Learn more at


TITLE: Children vs Adults
COMPANY: Art Pictures Distribution 
PRODUCER: Diana Yurinova, Executive Vice President


Eric Y. Lapointe, Founder, And Now Global


Adva Avichzer, Head of Distribution at Gil Formats, Israel
Darren Asamoa, Director of International Productions, SYCO Entertainment, UK
Angelos Karagiannis, Acquisitions Manager at Antenna TV, Greece
Dann Novak, Content Executive, NATPE
Georgi Chakarov, President and CEO, CEETV and TVBIZZ


Angelos Karagiannis, Acquisitions Manager at Antenna TV, Greece
Adva Avichzer, Head of Distribution at Gil Formats, Israel
Darren Asamoa, Director of International Productions, SYCO Entertainment, UK
Dann Novak, Content Executive, NATPE, USA
Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO, CEETV


Children vs. Adults
Winning Entry
Diana Yurinova, Executive Vice President, Art Pictures Distribution

Fashion Designers
Margus Sikk, Producer, 201 OÜ

Made in Quarantine
Emese Ács, Executive Producer, UFA Hungary/RTL Hungary

KEYNOTE: Indonesia – The New Frontier for Global Content

Tuesday, 25, August 2020, 9:00 C.E.S.T.

The first time the Indonesian public witnessed the demonstration of a television was in 1955, 26 years after the world’s first broadcast. Now the country contains more than 460 television stations. The future of traditional and digital content across Indonesia is one of expansion and opportunity. You’ll gain insight and information from our guest Mirwan Surwaso, Director of MOLA TV and a thought leader in the region, about this dynamic new audience for global content, and the Indonesian storytellers sharing their creativity with the world.


 Jeffrey Cole, Director, Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg


Mirwan Suwarso, Director, MOLA TV

Creating THE KING OF WARSAW: Roundtable and Exclusive Scenes

Tuesday, 25, August 2020, 11:00 C.E.S.T.

THE KING OF WARSAW is a gangster story set in 1937 Warsaw, about violence, lust for power and the struggle to hold on to it at any cost. Based on the bestselling novel by Szczepan Twardoch and directed by Jan P. Matuszyński, this series is cleverly set at a powerful turning point in history rarely seen on screen – right before the onset of WWII and the Holocaust. With contemporary issues such as nationalism and identity crisis, the series strongly resonates with our world today. Produced by Aurum Film, THE KING OF WARSAW is CANAL+ Poland’s biggest TV series production to date. Discover more about this prestigious gangster series with this roundtable including the lead actor, the director and the author of the book. Also featuring exclusive images of the series.


Szczepan Twardoch, Author, THE KING OF WARSAW
Michal Zurawski, Lead Actor, THE KING OF WARSAW
Jan P. Matuszyński, Director, THE KING OF WARSAW

The 2020 Latin Content Market: A Conversation with the Top Content Companies

Tuesday, 25, August 2020, 14:00 C.E.S.T.

Latin American content companies continue to be vibrant and forward facing, even in this time of disruption. In this virtual discussion we will hear directly from key industry executive stakeholders regarding what is “new, now and next” across this dynamic region. Your guide, Rodrigo Cantisano, Founder of Utópica Media, will host the gathering, and will share audience questions with the speakers during the broadcast.


Rodrigo Cantisano, Founder, Utópica Media


Melissa Pillow, Media Executive, Content & Format Sales, TV Azteca
Paloma Garcia, Int’l. Sales Director Europe & Africa, Caracol Televisión 



All3media International Showcase: Two New Dramas and a Gogglebox!

Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 09:00 C.E.S.T.

From innovative non-scripted formats with boundary-breaking global appeal, to the highest levels of excellence in scripted dramatic productions, all3media international is recognized as being on the leading edge of worldwide content creation. Join us for a look at all3media’s latest creative developments in this virtual showcase, featuring new factual and dramatic properties. 

MENA Regional Content Overview 2020
in Partnership with

Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 14:00 C.E.S.T.

MENA content audience growth and platform adoption both remain on an impressive upward trajectory. In the SVOD sector, revenues are projected to triple 2019 figures, reaching $2.97 billion by 2025. Concurrently, broadcasters and local pay television participants leverage their footprint, launching new OTT services. Of course, every MENA content purveyor continues to pursue premium content from the biggest studios in the world in to engage these growing audiences. NATPE Budapest, in partnership with, is honored that Nick Grande, CEO,, has made time to organize top content decision-makers from MBC, Turner Broadcast and Zee Network for a conversation around the incredibly dynamic growth of the MENA content marketplace.   


Nick Grande, CEO,


Manoj Mathew, Head of MENA, Pakistan and Turkey, Zee Entertainment
Darine El Khatib, Senior Director, MENA & Turkey, WarnerMedia
Carlie Goode, Director of Acquisitions, MBC Group and Shahid

A Globo Exclusive Session: Successfully Engaging Global Audiences

Thursday, 27 August 2020, 11:00 C.E.S.T.

The power of Globo and its Studio is their ability to read the local and global nuances, trends and differences of modern society to create and develop impactful stories for different content outputs, from free TV channels to digital platforms. Globo content has the capacity to travel through different targets, from the traditional broadcasters, with telenovelas for different slots and segments (but always maintaining the classic and exciting plots for which our content has been known worldwide) to powerful series with an OTT narrative, developed for modern audiences. Hear from Globo’s thought leaders in this unique conversation. 


Richard Middleton, Managing Editor, TBI Magazine


Angela Colla, Head of International Sales
Fabio Fernandes Mauro, Sales Manager

Content Leaders in the CEE: A Virtual Showcase

Thursday, 27 August 2020, 14:00 C.E.S.T.

NATPE Budapest is proud to bring you this inside look at some of the most dynamic content creation companies in the Central and Eastern European region. Some of the world’s most innovative and popular programming has originated in the territory, with many scripted series and unscripted formats being readapted for other global viewers and countries. What are the trends today in the CEE content universe? Find out during this fascinating journey through what is “new, now and next!”


Tibor Fórizs, Director of Content Acquisitions, RTL Hungary


Hamori Barbara, Producer and Showrunner, Scripted Productions
Rasťo Šesták, Producer, D.N.A. Production
Bogdan Nicolescu, Co-Owner, Zucchero Media