Budapest Agenda

Monday, 24 June 2019

International Acquisition Summit

This special afternoon of education and information will provide both buyers and producers with business insights which will have immediate benefits at the NATPE Budapest International Marketplace. Hear the most up-to-date perspectives regarding the acquisition and monetization of content worldwide, then use that new acumen to help drive successful meetings.

16:00-16:45 OPENING KEYNOTE: A Chat With STUDIOCANAL’s Françoise Guyonnet

In this exclusive session we welcome the Executive MD TV Series of STUDIOCANAL – Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series – for a dynamic conversation.

Kristin Brzoznowski – Executive Editor, World Screen

Françoise Guyonnet – Executive Managing Director, TV Series, STUDIOCANAL

17:00-17:45 Data For Buyers


We encourage all buyers attending NATPE Budapest International to join us for this bespoke presentation which will provide a deeper understanding of content consumption from a global POV. Presented by TRX, this up-to-the-minute exploration of global media trends is sure to be invaluable to anyone in the business of acquiring the world’s best content.

Matthew Frank – CEO, TRX

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

9:00-10:00 International Co-Production Executives & Creators Forum

As more content companies extend their business into co-production and regional commissioning, the need for programming which finds broad and eclectic audiences has become paramount. Understanding the balance between creating shows for a regional versus global audience is part science, part art form. In this discussion leading executives who are innovating the way the world finds and consumes content share the perspective that can only come from a from 30,000-foot view of our industry.

Clive Whittingham – News Editor, C21

Jack Davison – Managing Consultant, 3Vision
Handan Özkubat – Director of Turkish Drama, Eccho Rights
Ben Goold – Executive Producer, Nutopia

12:00-13:30 China Pavilion Luncheon – Audio-Visual China

SPONSORED BY: China Radio & TV Convergence (Beijing) Media Development

July Yu – Copyright Cooperation Department Manager, 1905 (Beijing) Network Technology Co.
Ashlee Xiao – Director of Global Business, HANGZHOU IX MEDIA CO.

16:00-16:45 MENA Regional Overview

As international television has found new seamless and unrestricted distribution, the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) provides spectacular new business opportunities. OTT and streaming options offer new ways to reach viewers, and major international broadcast brands are leveraging these new avenues with vibrant and engaging multinational content. Learn from an expert panel of MENA television industry leaders how your business – and programming – can find these engaged new audiences.

Eric Y. Lapointe – President, And Now Global

Tony Saab – VP, Products & Content, Intigral
Nick Grande – Managing Director,

17:00-17:45 A World of Formats

The trend of local broadcasters and producers creating original content has emerged as world-wide phenomenon. What are the factors that drive the development and acquisition of successful local formats? What are keys to producing unscripted programs regionally that have global potential? Learn what to know, what to avoid, and how to move forward in this most dynamic of areas of the content creation business.

Kristin Brzoznowski – Executive Editor, World Screen

Andrew Sime – VP of Formats, Banijay Rights
Sumi Connock – Creative Director, Formats, International Production, BBC Studios
Crispin Clover – Director of Formats, A+E
Laura Burrell – Head of Format, Viacom International Studios

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

9:00-10:00 All the World’s a Stream

SPONSORED BY: Parrot Analytics

Following a bespoke data presentation from Parrot Analytics, NATPE welcomes streaming platform thoughtleaders to discuss the current paradigm. With global audiences now becoming savvy individual programmers, how do innovative platforms, networks and publishers engage them and foster viewing loyalty? Which formats and trends are pushing the boundaries? Hear from those who can see and guide you through the complete digital content universe in this forward-facing discussion of worldwide connectivity.

Eric Y. Lapointe – President, And Now Global

Courtney Williams – Head of Partnerships, Parrot Analytics

Joost Geurtsen – Head of Global Brand Partnerships, Insight TV
Chris Knight – CEO, Gusto TV
Paula McHarg – Head of Sales, YesStudios
Eva Kis Bocz – Managing Director, RTL Services Kft, RTL Hungary
Siddharth Kumar Tewary – Founder & Chief Creative, One Life Studios

12-00-12:45 Trends and Opportunities in Latin America

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion regarding the vibrant world of Latin American content and audiences. Learn about the opportunities for expansion of your business to include this ever-growing demographic. Now is the time for worldwide buyers and producers to learn from key industry leaders about the new value available in Latin America and create important business opportunities!

Rodrigo Cantisano – International Business Manager, Prensario International

Xavier Aristimuño – VP, Licensing, HBO
Esperanza Garay – CEO, MGE
Paloma Garcia – International Sales Director, Europe and Asia, Caracol
Junior Volpato – Market Manager, Globo

12:45-13:30 Latin American Luncheon & Networking

14:30-16:30 ZDF Showcase

16:00-17:45 Pitch & Play LIVE!

NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL, the most prominent global TV Marketplace, Screenings + Conference focused on the EMEA, CEE and worldwide content business, and CEETV, the leading media platform for regional TV intelligence, present the fourth annual PITCH & PLAY LIVE! Format Competition. This unique event showcases and recognizes original unscripted format ideas with international potential. Any non-scripted format created after June 1, 2018 can be submitted for consideration in the competition. From all entries, up to ten titles will be selected and reviewed by an international committee of global content industry professionals, who will select three finalists. These top three formats will be presented LIVE by their creators in front of a jury of highly respected TV professionals, and one format will be named the winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! For details and information on how to apply for possible participation, please see  

Eric Y. Lapointe – President, And Now Global

Javier Martinez – General Producer at Phileas Productions, Spain
Umay Ayaz – Head of Acquisitions at Global Agency, Turkey
Reema Patel – Head of Formats, Warner Bros, UK
Dann Novak – Content Executive, NATPE
Georgi R. Chakarov – President and CEO at TVBIZZ Group

Andrea Gavacova – Format Sales Director, Central and Eastern Europe, Fremantle UK
Peter Nunez – CEO Nunez SFE, Slovakia
Nick Smith – EVP Formats, alll3Media International, UK