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Coming to NATPE Budapest: Sarah Hemar, Director of Audiovisual, Unifrance

Next up in CEETV's ongoing interview series, Unifrance's Sarah Hemar talks about bringing one of the largest delegations to the event, representing the French audiovisual sector in strength. Read more here.

Our global distributors panel will dial into CEE market potential for content

Join us at NATPE Budapest for an in-depth discussion with leading global distributors about new content opportunities taking shape in the CEE market.

PANEL: Outside In

We’re flipping perspectives to check in with these leading international distributors selling broad catalogues of content into Central and Eastern Europe. They'll offer insights into what these countries are most receptive to, what they've learned from doing deals with buyers there, and where they see potential for new business developing.

OUP, ICEX and IFTA signed on as official NATPE Budapest delegations

Delegations from the Organization of Ukrainian Producers (OUP), Spain’s ICEX and the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) in the US will be attending this year’s most prominent global TV market focused on the CEE and EMEA regions, taking place from June 19 to 22.

Created in March 2022 in response to the Russian army’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, OUP’s mission is to create documentary and fiction projects about Russian military aggression in Ukraine, supporting movie professionals in hard times and bringing personal stories of living through this conflict to the world.

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) supports, protects and advances the global independent film and television industry. Its membership includes more than 140 companies from 23 countries.

ICEX Spain Trade and Investment promotes foreign investment in Spain and provides services to help Spanish companies internationalize their businesses.

Our legendary boat party is back

All event attendees are invited to join us after dinner on Tuesday, June 20 from 8:30pm to 11:30pm on board the Europa, the same Danube River cruiser that has always hosted NATPE Budapest’s epic boat parties. Newly refurbished from head to toe, this impressive vessel has three decks—one of which will feature a live DJ and dance floor—plus plenty of seating for enjoying some conversation and taking in all of Budapest’s historic sights by night.

An open bar and a delicious menu of appetizers will keep you fuelled for your evening on the water, and our total cruising time will be two and a half hours. You won’t want to miss this amazing highlight of the event!

We’re up to 10 hours of US studio screenings, WBITVD and WBITVP are attending as exhibitors!

The event will continue its longstanding tradition of presenting screenings hosted by some of the global TV industry’s biggest players. US studios including A+E Networks InternationalParamount Global Distribution and Sony Pictures Television are already on board to showcase their newest programming, and discussions are underway with several others. Don’t miss out on this prime opportunity to discover and follow up on the market’s next big hits before all the rights are taken. 

NATPE Budapest will also be home to a growing contingent of exhibitors with content to sell and new projects to finance. More than 60 are already signed up to do business on our market floor and meeting suites, including our newest exhibitors StudioCanalWarner Bros. International Television Distribution and Warner Bros. International Television Production, joining other industry heavyweights such as Entertainment One, FOX Entertainment, Fremantle, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal Global Distribution, Paramount Global Distribution and Sony Pictures Television. Check out the full exhibitors list here!

Authentic regional focus shines through in the session lineup

In addition to providing a vibrant marketplace where leading content producers and media companies from the CEE region and the global industry can come together to do business and socialize, NATPE Budapest is also offering a three-day conference program of can’t-miss keynotes, presentations and panel discussions. Check out the full event conference program online here!

Coming to NATPE Budapest: Pavel Stantchev (CEO, TV2 Media Group)

NATPE Budapest keynote speaker and TV2 Media Group CEO Pavel Stantchev shares his perspective on the CEE market in the latest CEETV interview series. Click here to read more!

Major studios confirmed to exhibit and host screenings!

NATPE Budapest is excited to announce major studios including Entertainment One (eOne), FOX Entertainment Global, Fremantle, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal Global Distribution, Paramount Global Content Distribution, Sony Pictures Television are confirmed as exhibitors at the most prominent global TV market focused on the CEE and EMEA regions, taking place from June 19 to 22 at the InterContinental Hotel. In addition, Paramount Global Content Distribution and Sony Pictures Television are confirmed to host screenings.

Attendees will get a first look at weCAN’s biggest research project of the year, plus an exclusive takeaway report

NATPE Budapest is happy to announce the addition of a first-look research presentation from a leading media market tracker operating in the CEE region to the event's growing conference program.

Deeply embedded through its network of media agency partners located in 16 key countries, Hungary-based weCAN is an undisputed leader when it comes to authoritative data and analysis of the region's media markets.

Join us at NATPE Budapest to get an early look at the results from the company’s biggest research project of the year, touching on key dynamics such as ad spend distribution, media consumption trends and emerging digital technologies. As an added bonus, all registered attendees will also receive an exclusive takeaway report of info and intel shared in the presentation.

Propel your projects in development to the next stage!

NATPE Budapest has launched a Co-Pro Connections program to cultivate development partnerships! The program helps original film and television projects get established in the CEE region by pairing them with CEE-based co-production, acquisition and financing executives looking for first-look content opportunities. More details about the program and application process.

TV2 chief Pavel Stantchev to headline the conference program

NATPE Budapest is thrilled to announce that TV2 Media Group CEO Pavel Stantchev will take to the main stage at the event in June to give an unmissable keynote presentation. With market-leading channels and programming plus a two-year-old streaming platform in its portfolio, the local media conglomerate continues to be a powerful force not only in Hungary’s TV industry, but elsewhere in the CEE region as well. In his keynote, Pavel will talk about TV2’s next plans for expanding and engaging its audience, and the challenges and opportunities he anticipates navigating as he continues to set and implement winning business strategies for the company.

Calling all new format concepts from the CEE region!

NATPE Budapest and leading industry news platform CEETV are now accepting submissions for the seventh edition of their Pitch & Play LIVE! competition. Creators from the region with original unscripted format concepts are invited to enter for a chance to pitch them live at NATPE Budapest in June. And one standout project with international potential will win a grand prize that includes a pass to next year's NATPE Global in Miami to have key meetings with industry decision-makers.

Coming to NATPE Budapest: Dawn McCarthy-Simpson (MD of Business & Global Strategy, Pact)

Next up in CEETV's ongoing interview series, Pact's Dawn McCarthy-Simpson is gearing up to bring the first-ever UK delegation to NATPE Budapest in June. Read on to find out more!

Coming to NATPE Budapest: Izzet Pinto (CEO, Global Agency)

Leading industry news platform CEETV has launched a series of interviews highlighting some of the many companies and executives participating in NATPE Budapest 2023 (June 19-22). The feature kicks off with Global Agency CEO Izzet Pinto, one of the pioneers of Turkey's distribution business. Click here to read the interview!

Boat party tradition makes a comeback!

NATPE Budapest will once again feature a nighttime cruise down the Danube River, reviving a popular tradition that used to be a networking mainstay of the market. Registered attendees are welcome aboard for this can't-miss boat party taking place on Tuesday, June 20 from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Make plans to join us for a fun night of drinks and dancing on the water!

We are also thrilled to announce that Unifrance and Pact in the UK are on board as the event's first official delegations. Each organization plans to send and support a sizable group of attendees from their respective regions to participate in NATPE Budapest this year.

Victoria Elmacioglu joins the NATPE Budapest team to register and support buyers

Gearing up to welcome significantly more qualified buyers from the CEE region and the international marketplace to this year’s event, NATPE Budapest is thrilled to announce that Victoria Elmacioglu has joined the team and will head up buyer relations.

Based in Greece and with more than 20 years of experience in development, distribution and co-production strategy/planning, Victoria Elmacioglu has a rooted legacy in the CEE region’s TV market. Her family’s production company, Television Enterprises, is one of Greece’s most successful indie studios, and has produced content for channels and platforms operating throughout Europe and the Middle East. In 2017, Victoria established the Mediamixx Television Festival, an event and awards ceremony that celebrates television excellence in the CEE & SEE regions.

CEETV to give a keynote presentation and run its signature formats competition at the event

CEETV, the region’s leading industry news platform, has confirmed its commitment as a marquee media and market intelligence partner of NATPE Budapest in June.

Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO of TVBIZZ Group (which owns and operates CEETV), is lined up to kick off the NATPE Budapest conference program on Monday, June 19 with a keynote presentation entitled Switching On: A Look at the CEE Media and Content Landscape that will paint an illuminating picture of the current market trends, opportunities, challenges and power-plays likely to shape the TV market’s business year in the region.

In addition, CEETV will once again run its Pitch & Play LIVE competition at NATPE Budapest, showcasing the region’s best new original format concepts with international potential. The sixth edition of this important content discovery initiative will see three finalists pitch their projects live on the main stage at NATPE Budapest. The project submissions window for Pitch & Play LIVE 2023 will open in March.

"We are happy to continue our long-term partnership with NATPE. We see NATPE Budapest as the must-attend event of the year for the industry in the CEE region. We are looking forward to presenting some great new shows in our pitching contest, as well as our latest check on the state of play in CEE."

Georgi R. Chakarov
President & CEO

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