Los Angeles, 16 May – JP Bommel, President & CEO of NATPE announced
today the launch of several new initiatives for the forthcoming NATPE Budapest
Global TV Market and Conference, taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in
Budapest from June 19-22.
In addition to the robust conference program featuring
“Success in Co-Productions:
Maximizing Your Regional and International Business Partnerships”and “A World of Formats: Insights and Strategies for
Global Distribution”, the premier global content and membership organization will introduce
an expanded networking service, targeted buyers’ sessions and a regional
producers’ summit all designed to foster new business and stimulate creative
discussions and partnerships. NBCUniversal, MGM, Twentieth Century Fox TV
Distribution, Lionsgate, CBS and Warner Bros. will offer CEE acquisition executives
new content, fresh from the LA Screenings; and the popular Pitch and Play is
back for a second edition.
companies from broadcasters, cable, satellite and pay-tv services, and digital
networks across 70 countries are set to attend, and buyers’ participation is
already outpacing last year, with more than 415 confirmed to-date. To
facilitate buyer and seller introductions, NATPE is launching MyNATPE –
the organization’s proprietary, intuitive
match-making networking platform.
Also set to debut at the conference are key “Business
Intelligence”’ sessions – “Opening the Window on CEE” and “CEE
Market Overview: Regional Breakout Hits, Trends and Data” - outlining CEE buyers’
programming needs and unveiling current trends from across the region. These invaluable presentations will take
place on Monday June 19, ahead of the opening of the market floor which takes
place June 20.
JP Bommel commented, “We are very excited to build on
our successful return to Budapest and have the opportunity to not only showcase
fresh content from around the world, but also highlight the incredibly powerful
content from the CEE region. NATPE is proud to offer new initiatives designed
to ensure delegates get the most from the event - from setting the scene with
our opening Business Intelligence sessions to offering local producers the
chance to discover more about the international market. NATPE Budapest is also
a fantastic opportunity for networking with focused sessions and a number of
parties, bringing the content and platform communities together at the
epicenter of the CEE region.”
Featured Sessions include:
OPENING THE WINDOW
ON CEE This panel will consider the process of windowing
content around the world which has become increasingly complex, with new
platforms and opportunities springing up continuously. What do producers and
distributors need to know about buyers’ expectations, and what do buyers need
to know about the distributors’ approach to selling across the various existing
and new windows?A panel of experts will
discuss how the business process is evolving in the CEE region; what’s new, the
key battles over rights and where success has been found.
CEE MARKET OVERVIEW This multi-level,
interactive session will provide a comprehensive look at CEE television and
content, and support regional and global business acumen. Commencing with a
comprehensive review exploring the latest trends in the region, including a
look at the hits of the season, the presentation will be followed by a
moderated discussion among regional experts and attendees.
REGIONAL PRODUCERS’ SUMMIT This summit, curated to
engage emerging producers within the CEE region, will also take place at
Budapest’s Intercontinental Hotel on 20 June.The event will open with a “state of the union” keynote delivered by a
leading and respected senior executive.This will be followed by a panel of experts leading a discussion and
audience Q&A which will focus on the challenges and opportunities for
production success in the region.A
pitch feedback session will then take place, where, selected via a submission
process, four project reels from local production companies will be screened.
Each project, one from four distinct formats, and its creator will then receive
constructive comments and questions from our expert panel and their fellow
participants.The event will conclude
with an informal discussion.
PITCH & PLAY LIVE Following the success of the
inaugural edition in 2016, CEETV and NATPE will host the second edition of
their format initiative PITCH & PLAY LIVE, aimed at showcasing original format
ideas with international potential from the CEE region. Any non-scripted format
ideas created after June 1, 2016 can take part in the competition. The deadline
for submissions has been extended until May 20. Up to ten titles will be
selected and reviewed by an international committee of TV industry
professionals who will pick three finalists. These top three formats will be
presented live by their creators in a special session on June 21, as a key
event of NATPE Budapest 2017, followed by a celebratory party. A jury of highly
respected TV professionals will vote for one format winner of PITCH & PLAY
LIVE which will be announced at NATPE Budapest.
over 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE
continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of
its members and the industry. What has remained constant is NATPE's commitment
to encouraging the growth and supporting the success of video content
development, creations, production, financing, and distribution across all
platforms. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.
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