Winner to be Revealed 29 June During NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit

LOS ANGELES/BUDAPEST, June 22, 2016 – NATPE announced today the three (3) finalists for the inaugural “Pitch & Play LIVE” competition, a new initiative presented by NATPE in partnership with CEETV and TVBIZZ, which will showcase original non-scripted format ideas possessing international potential from across the CEE region. The winner will be revealed at the forthcoming “Pitch & Play LIVE” event 29 June from noon–1:30 pm. The session is part of NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit in Budapest, 27-30 June.

The finalists will present their formats to the following international panel of judges: Amos Neumann, Chief Operating Officer of Armoza Formats; Can Okan, CEO/President of ITV Inter Medyaand Girts Licis, Head of CEE, Formats & Content Development, Modern Times Group.

The three finalists are:

  • “Best Offer” (Osakond, Estonia) – a show where celebrities offer unique personal items in a real-time online auction with the proceeds going to charity.
  • “Crack Them Up. Kids” (Kvartal-95, Ukraine) – an entertaining comedy gameshow where young participants win a prize if they can successfully get two acclaimed and popular comedians to laugh at their skit.
  • “Pick the Right Box” (Kvartal-95, Gaudi Studio, Ukraine) – a show where ordinary, yet unique, people compete with celebrities in four categories: science, sports, singing and dancing.

Each format was evaluated by members of an esteemed blue-ribbon jury, which includes: Pascal Dalton, Regional Sales Director, Formats: CEE at Endemol Shine Group; Nick Smith, SVP International Format Production at All3Media International; Noelia Nicolas, Director European Formats at CBS Studios International; Jordan Ryder, VP of Domestic & International Programming, NATPE; and George R. Chakarov, CEO at CEETV, TVBIZZ Group.

In addition to media coverage by CEETV, TVBIZZ and NATPE, the winning format will be awarded a development meeting. 

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