Among these events we can’t mention the documentary focused market Sunny Doc (La Rochelle, June 19-22) and the glamorous appointment with The Monte-Carlo Television Festival (Monaco, June 16-20) and its red carpet with actors and celebrities.
Nem Dubrovnik has been one of the most anticipated events of the year as it takes place in the beautiful setting of the Palace Hotel right in front of the seafront, which is which it’s also called “The Market with a view”. In particular, this year New Europe Market (NEM) was celebrating its 10 anniversary.
During the panel 10 years of NEM sponsored by Mediavision, Sanja Božić-Ljubičić, CEO of Pickbox, Mediatranslations, Mediavision and creator of the NEM, explained how this market is totally different from other international events: “NEM takes place in a friendlier and more relaxed atmosphere in which professionals (not only from the CEE world) can meet, do business, and attend training conferences about the chance and transformation of the TV landscape. This 10th edition offered 12 keynote speakers with 60 panels”. And I can admit that this edition was really pleasant and productive at the same time with a special focus on Fast Channels and trends not only in the CEE, but internationally.
The first event held in Hungary marked the return of old and new players at the InterContinental with the new organization of Brunico who late this year bought the brand. The participation was good and there was an imponent presence of the Turkish delegation (Kanal D, Inter Medya, ATV Distribution, Calinos Entertainment, Global Agency, Madd Entertainment, Mistco, OGM Universe and TRT). As we all know, this is a clear representation of how important Turkish content is for the region and the growing appetite for daily dramas novelas.
Also, two large delegations joined the Market Floor: the Spanish companies (Atresmedia Internacional, Filmax, Mediterráneo Mediaset España Group, Motion Pictures Entertainment, Movistar Plus+, Onza Distribution, DeAPlaneta Kids & Family and RTVE) through the umbrella of ICEX: Audiovisual From Spain, and Unifrance, through a large participation of French companies.
There were also other delegations, such as Pact (the delegation of independent producers and distributors of the United Kingdom) and OUP (Organization of Ukrainian Producers), who also participated in the event, although their presence has been more diluted within the market. And then there were Hispanic companies also in attendance, such as Televisa, RCN, Caracol Internacional, Dori Media Distribution, Latin Media Corp, VIP2000 or We Love, among others. Natpe Budapest marked also the retur of Pitch & Play competition the traditional contest organized by CeeTV was won by the format Camper from TVP Poland.
After eight successful year in Munich, Seriencamp moved to Cologne doubling the presence of its participants. According to the organizers this year the presence was very strong with 700 participants as confirmed by the management trio Malko Solf, Simone Schellmann and Gerhard Maier.
On the first day, the event opened in a significantly expanded form: the grounds of the Cinenova in Cologne-Ehrenfeld with panels and conferences for the professionals and the Seriencamp Festival with its free screenings of new series that are open to everyone.
Among the conferences on the fist day on Wednesday, June 14 the case study This is not Sweden hosted by Victor Sala, Festival Director presented the big challenge experience of a series conceived as a coproduction between Spain (RTVE), Sweden (Anagram) and Germany (NDR).
C21 has organized the event a week after Natpe Budapest and confirmed its brilliant capacity to gather the world’s leading analysts such as K7 Media, Ampere Analysis, Parrot Analytics, Mediametrie offering interesting presentations about trends and contents in the Eastern European Regions. At the Kempinski Hotel there was also space for the Ukrainian delegation composed by the Kyiv Media Week organiser and for the Content Budapest Pitch Competition that was won by the Hungarian prodco Proton Cinema. Rumbarumbamm was announced during the Content Budapest Boat Party, with creator Ágota Benedek and producer Anna Závorszky on board to receive US$20,000 worth of marketing to support development and pre-sales promotion of the winning show.
Conecta Fiction & Entertainment
The seventh edition of Conecta in Toledo was definitely a success for Géraldine Gonard:"with a total of 1,031 accredited professionals (around 30% more than last year) from 41 countries from both continents, the seventh edition broke all attendance records to date. In terms of participation by country, she mentioned that 68% of the participants were Spanish, while the presence of European and American executives was very balanced, with the United States, France, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Poland, the United Kingdom and Germany being the countries with the largest number of delegates. Announced also the 8th edition in Toledo for 2024 with Portugal and Brazil as countries of hounour.