Speakers announced for Natpe Budapest in June

Speakers announced for Natpe Budapest in June
NATPE Budapest, the premier global TV market focused on the CEE and EMEA regions,  unveiled its lineup of distinguished speakers who will lead discussions on the latest trends shaping the future of television and content consumption. This year's event will also offer new curated networking opportunities.

Confirmed hosts for screenings include Antenna Studios (part of the Antenna Group), Sony Pictures Television, and ZDF Studios. With over 300 buyers from nearly 60 countries and 100 exhibitors already confirmed, NATPE Budapest will take place from June 24th to 27th at the InterContinental Budapest Hotel.

"We're delighted to announce this year's roster of visionary speakers, poised to ignite compelling discussions and unveil insights ranging from cutting-edge technologies to industry challenges," said Claire Macdonald, Executive Director of NATPE Budapest.

CEO Insights from CEE

Top executives from leading broadcasters across Central and Eastern Europe will convene for an insightful discussion on trends, challenges, and innovations in the region's media landscape. Topics will include the state of Linear TV and investment in local content.

Stella Litou, CEO, CME Adria; CEO Pro Plus; and President of the Management Board of RTL Croatia
Ralf Bartoleit, CEO, bTV Media Group
Pavel Stantchev, CEO, tv2 Hungary
Moderated by Stewart Clarke, SVP, Content, International at Deadline.

AI & Technology: Redefining Entertainment in a Connected World
Keynote Speaker: Elif Dagdeviren, Managing Partner and Producer, Calinos Films
Elif Dagdeviren, a Producer, Tech Entrepreneur, and Journalist, will deliver a thought-provoking presentation on the pivotal role of AI in shaping the entertainment business. The keynote will explore the intersection of technology and entertainment, both now and in the future.

CEE Breakout Hits
Keynote Speaker: Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO, TVBIZZ Group
Georgi R. Chakarov will present the most successful premieres from the past TV season across the CEE region, analyzing the factors contributing to their success and their impact on programming strategies and acquisition policies.

This year, NATPE Budapest introduces a special track dedicated to non-fiction and unscripted screen entertainment, curated by Realscreen. Attendees can expect panels and networking sessions focusing on opportunities for unscripted producers in CEE and beyond.

Enhanced curated networking opportunities include a Media Leadership Breakfast and Meet an Expert sessions, aimed at fostering connections and driving business growth.

Delegations from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Ukraine Content Club, and Unifrance will join industry professionals at NATPE Budapest, facilitating international collaborations.

The Pitch & Play LIVE competition will return, showcasing the region's best format concepts. The competition, which has seen previous winners achieve global success, is open for submissions until May 24th. For more information, click HERE.