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In Conversation With Alexander Rodnyansky: opportunities between Hollywood and CEE

Join us for an intimate and revealing one-on-one conversation with Alexander Rodnyansky, an acclaimed producer and director who was forced to flee Russia in 2022 after speaking out against the war in Ukraine. This session will zero in on the burgeoning opportunities between Hollywood and Central Eastern Europe, highlighting how creatives can leverage these connections. Alexander will also explain why he is compelled to bring to life stories rooted in truth in today’s globalized entertainment industry.

KOCOWA's CEO KunHee Park to keynote at NATPE Budapest!

Join us for a special keynote presentation with the CEO of KOCOWA/wavve Americas as he discusses the recent expansion of KOCOWA+, the Korean Entertainment streaming platform into Europe and Oceania. He’ll share insights into the platform’s growth, successes, content offerings, and its potential impact on the European & global entertainment landscape.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Keeping the format fresh after a quarter of a century.

From the first question to the final answer, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? took the gameshow world by storm when it first debuted in 1998 and now, 25 years later the ground-breaking format shows no signs of slowing down! Join us for this expert panel to learn about the challenges, opportunities, and the enduring popularity of the format.

Exclusive screenings – discover the latest content from industry leaders

Join us for a series of exclusive content showcases, designed specifically for buyers across the CEE region. Here's what we have in store:

A+E Media Group: Monday, June 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Escape with us for an hour of great content. Get a sneak peek of A+E’s hottest new shows and be the first to know what’s coming.

ZDF Studios: Tuesday, June 25, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Get ready for an hour of captivating content that will ignite your curiosity and leave you wanting more! And of course, no screening is complete without popcorn and beverages—come enjoy both while you experience our award-winning lineup firsthand.

Antenna Studios: Wednesday, June 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shake off the boat party and start your morning with an unforgettable screening session featuring two of Antenna’s most gripping series: "The Witch" and "Soul Daughters".

GOQuest MediaWednesday, June 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Unveiling “Kuma” (The Other Wife): How did an Indian and Latin American company come to produce a Turkish series?

These shows promise suspense, drama, and depth that will resonate with audiences in the CEE market. These showcases are designed to inspire and equip you with the best new content to meet the demands of your audience. Be sure to secure your pass and join us for these unmissable events.

Dive into unscripted with a curated Realscreen track!

Discover innovative formats and connect with industry leaders at NATPE Budapest through a curated unscripted track produced by Realscreen, the premier resource hub for unscripted and non-fiction executives .

CEE's Unscripted Outlook: What Buyers and Audiences Want
Get the buyers' perspective on audience viewing and content trends within the region, as well as practical info on how to partner with them.

Formatting Success: Taking 'The Floor' And 'The 1% Club' Across Europe
Tune in for a deep dive on how these successful formats are being adapted for new territories as the execs behind the hits share their strategies to ensure "can't-miss" status translates and travels.

110+ exhibitors, 400+ buyers AND the one and only boat party on the Danube

Against the backdrop of the majestic Danube River, the media industry will once again converge for an evening of celebration during the NATPE Budapest legendary boat party. Fused with relaxed networking and unforgettable moments, the cruise will foster partnerships that will last long after the magical experience.

You won’t want to miss this amazing highlight of the event - get your pass today, and we’ll see you on board!

Kim Poder joins as a keynote speaker. Agenda is live!

Join us for an intimate Fireside Chat with Kim Poder, where he will share some of the insights, strategies and innovations that have solidified Antenna Group's position as a pioneer in the region. This discussion will explore the intricate balance between FTA, Pay TV, OTT and radio with emphasis on the group's assets across platforms, plus highlight the ambitious digital expansion, plans and strategic investments on the horizon for the media powerhouse.

PLUS, discover a three-day conference program filled with dynamic keynotes, engaging panel discussions, exclusive networking opportunities, content showcases, unforgettable social events, and so much more.

Keynote speakers and programming announced. Antenna Studios, Sony Pictures Television and ZDF Studios to host screenings

We're excited to reveal key speakers to lead discussions on the latest trends shaping the future of television and content consumption as well as new curated networking opportunities available at this year’s event. In addition, Antenna Studios (part of the Antenna Group), Sony Pictures Television and ZDF Studios are confirmed to host screenings.

“We’re thrilled to announce this year’s lineup of visionary speakers, set to ignite engaging discussions and reveal insights ranging from cutting-edge technologies to the latest trends and challenges facing the industry,” said Claire Macdonald, Executive Director, NATPE Budapest.

CEO Insights from CEE
CEO-level executives from leading broadcasters across Central and Eastern Europe come together for an insightful discussion around the trends, challenges, and innovations shaping the region's media landscape with particular focus on the health of Linear TV & investment in local content.
Panelists: Stella Litou, CEO, CME Adria; CEO, Pro Plus; President of the Management Board, RTL Croatia; Ralf Bartoleit, CEO, bTV Media Group; Pavel Stanchev, CEO, TV2 Media Group Hungary and Planet TV Group Slovenia; Moderated by Stewart Clarke, SVP, Content, International, Deadline.

AI & Technology: Redefining Entertainment in a Connected World
Keynote: Elif Dagdeviren, Managing Partner, Producer, Calinos Films (pictured left)
In a world rapidly transformed by technology, boundaries are fading, and the global media community is becoming more interconnected than ever before. At the forefront of this evolution lies the entertainment industry, a dynamic force that has adapted and thrived in response to the changing landscape of production and distribution. Producer, Tech Entrepreneur and Journalist Elif Dagdeviren will lead a thought-provoking presentation that puts AI center stage as a powerful tool for molding the business. This keynote will focus on the intersection of technology and entertainment today, and how it will evolve in the future.

CEE Breakout Hits
Keynote: Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO, TVBIZZ Group (pictured right)
Every year, the CEETV team, led by Georgi R. Chakarov, sums up the past TV season by picking the most successful premieres across the CEE region. Georgi will once again present the CEE Breakout Hits of the year to the NATPE Budapest attendees, focusing on the factors for the success of the new hits and how those could affect the programming strategies and acquisition policies of broadcasters in their respective markets moving forward.

New this year, NATPE Budapest sister brand Realscreen, the foremost authority on global non-fiction and unscripted screen entertainment via a daily newsletter, and magazine, is programming a special track at the event dedicated to the genre. The team behind the world's premier unscripted market and conference, the Realscreen Summit, will deliver panels and networking sessions highlighting the opportunities for unscripted producers in CEE and beyond, including case studies of top formats currently traveling around the globe, and invaluable insights into the programming needs of top buyers.

Attendees can also look forward to enhanced curated networking opportunities with a Media Leadership Breakfast and Meet an Expert sessions aimed at fostering connections, exploring new partnerships and driving business growth.

Format pitching competition Pitch & Play LIVE! is now open for submissions

This format pitching competition will be a feature highlight at NATPE Budapest 2024, continuing the event's longstanding tradition of celebrating new format concepts from the CEE region with the most international potential. Previous winners have successfully financed, produced and sold their shows globally.

How to apply:

1. Collect all the required documents as outlined here
2. Send the materials to pitch.play@ceetv.net


• Media coverage by CEETV and TVBIZZ
• One full registration to NATPE Budapest 2025, including 3 nights accommodation at the InterContinental Budapest
• One full registration to NATPE Global 2025, including 3 nights accommodation at the InterContinental Miami
• Development meetings with leading distributors during the market

Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 24, 2024. Learn more about the competition here

Delegations from France, Turkey and Ukraine are coming to NATPE Budapest

Delegations from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Ukraine Content Club and Unifrance will be attending this year's edition of the CEE's most effective and trusted marketplace, taking place from June 24 to 27.

Representatives from these esteemed organizations will join a diverse array of industry professionals converging at NATPE Budapest, marking a significant step towards fostering international collaborations. 

With over 300 buyers already confirmed, the market will serve as a dynamic platform for networking, exploring new partnerships, and discovering the latest trends shaping the future of television and content consumption.  

Introducing the industry leaders shaping NATPE Budapest 2024 programming

NATPE Budapest is excited to announce a distinguished group of industry leaders, representing a cross-section of the entertainment landscape, who will help shape the programming of CEE's most trusted and effective content marketplace:

Gabor Balogh, Head, Marketing, TV & HE Distribution, CEE, Sony Pictures Television
Ralf Bartoleit, CEO, bTV Media Group
Agata Borowiecka, TV Rights Acquisition Director, Telewizja Polsat
Georgi Chakarov, President & CEO, TVBIZZ Group
Alina FloreaInternational Television Consultant
Stella Litou, CEO, CME Adria; CEO, Pro Plus; President, Management Board, RTL Croatia
Iwona Pilgrim, Executive Director, Regional TV Licensing, CEE, Paramount Global Content Distribution
Balázs Szabó, Chief Content Management Officer, RTL Hungary
Andrea Zaras, Head, Content Management, TV2Media Group

Learn more about the advisory board here

Nearly 60 exhibitors, including major US studios, confirmed for the 2024 edition

Industry heavyweights A+E Media Group, BBC Studios, NBCUniversal Global Distribution, Paramount Global Content Distribution, Sony Pictures Television, TelevisaUnivision and Warner Bros. International Television Production are amongst nearly 60 exhibitors, including robust Turkish and LatAm contingents, already confirmed for NATPE Budapest.

"It’s wonderful that so many of last year’s exhibitors have made the commitment to return to NATPE Budapest so early on. We pride ourselves on offering a welcoming and efficient venue to do business, and are honoured that major studios and independent studios alike, have opted to reconvene in beautiful Budapest for the region’s most vibrant content market."

Claire Macdonald
SVP & Executive Director

Don't miss out on a chance to engage with key buyers, distributors and sellers from all over the world at the most prominent global TV market focused on the CEE and EMEA regions. Check out the list of sponsors and exhibitors here

NATPE Global & Realscreen Summit co-locating to Miami in 2025

The industry has spoken and Brunico Communications, parent company of NATPE Global and Realscreen Summit, is responding to the strong market appetite for an all-encompassing must-attend event that kicks off 2025 and brings together these two leading conferences in a single destination.

The 2025 editions of Realscreen Summit, the largest and most influential global unscripted industry gathering, and NATPE Global, North America’s premier content marketplace, will co-locate at the InterContinental Miami hotel.

Spanning the week of February 3-7, each event will retain its own discrete agenda and programs while providing attendees the option to seamlessly participate in both markets. Realscreen Summit will kick off the week, followed by NATPE Global, with a mid-week crossover day bridging the two events.

The co-location is designed to provide unmatched production and distribution dealmaking opportunities to attendees of both events, make attendance and exhibition more efficient, and allow delegates to conduct a broader range of business in one trip. Realscreen Summit brings the most important unscripted producers and buyers from the development side of the business, while NATPE brings significant breadth and strength across all genres as well as markets such as LatAm and Europe.

"In this challenging climate, clients and buyers alike have asked for a single market that meets the full scope of their business needs across their organizations. In response, we’re creating the most comprehensive North American-based content market available and an unbeatable value proposition.”

Russell Goldstein
President & CEO
Brunico Communications

Maddever adds, “Realscreen is known for its unparalleled curated networking and pitch experiences, which align perfectly with NATPE’s focus on creating a vital cross-industry space for cultivating domestic and international business relationships.

Our stakeholders are looking for the most efficient and cost-effective way to conduct business,” says Macdonald. “This provides an exceptional forum to maximize commercial opportunities on both the finished sales and commissioning ends of the spectrum.

The first NATPE x Realscreen collaboration kicks off in June at NATPE Budapest, with a Realscreen-branded format track as part of the agenda.


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