Selection Committee Announced Highlight Event at Central Europe’s Premiere Content Marketplace

Los Angeles, CA and Budapest, Hungary – June 8, 2022 –  NATPE Budapest International, the most prominent global TV Marketplace and Screenings focused on the EMEA, CEE region while reaching the global content marketplace, along with CEETV – the most comprehensive professional source on television in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), are preparing the 6th edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! following a two-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 5th edition in 2020 was organized online as part of NATPE Virtual Budapest.   

The format pitching contest will be one of the main highlights of NATPE Budapest International  continuing the tradition to find the best formats from the Eastern European Region with the biggest potential to travel internationally. Previous winners have successfully got their shows picked up globally.

Today, NATPE and CEETV are proud to announce the members of the Selection Committee which will choose the three finalists of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! These are: 

Andrew Sime, Head of Format Sales at NEWEN; Dan Thunnel, Director, International Acquisitions, Distribution & Co-Productions at PROPAGATE; Nilufer Kuyel, CEO at LUCID DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT; JP Bommel, President and CEO at NATPE; and Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO at TVBIZZ Group which operates CEETV and TVBIZZ. 

The Selection Committee will evaluate each format based on three criteria: originality (how original is the idea for the format); universality (does the format idea show flexibility for changes and development) and internationality (does the format have the potential to be sold internationally) and the three shows that collect the most points will take part in the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! Final, which will take place on June 28th in the Intercontinental Budapest.

This unique event showcases and recognizes original unscripted format ideas with international potential. Any non-scripted format created after Jan 1, 2020 can be submitted for consideration in the competition.  Evaluation of the materials by the committee will start by June 10th. The finalists will be announced by June 16th.  

The following CEE countries have submitted their entries Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Bulgaria and Hungary. The content will be screened on

For details and information on how to apply for participation, please see

About NATPE: 

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

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About CEETV: 

CEETV is the most comprehensive professional source on television in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), founded in 2009 and part of TVBIZZ Group. We are a network of television experts and reporters united by the goal to provide an extensive outlook on the media markets in the CEE region.

CEETV supplies exclusive news and market intelligence on 20 countries, covering more than 100 leading terrestrial channels. Our service gives TV professionals the opportunity to actively monitor developments in the markets: the latest news and deals, ratings, market analysis and profiles of local channels and producers. Our clients can access current channel schedules and manage an On Air list, which includes air date information for international formats, local shows, acquired series and acquired non-scripted shows. Our extensive archive provides show descriptions and broadcast history of over 6.000 local shows, including 760+ international formats.For more information, please visit


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