The fifth edition of one of the region’s most important TV industry conferences will be held, as always, in Dubrovnik, in the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel. The opening ceremony of the New Europe Market will take place at sunset and will include a welcome drink by Pickbox and a casual Q&A with the famous Hollywood actor Michael Weatherly conducted by the Croatian journalist Antonija Mandić. The media event will feature many interesting speakers, the most prominent of which are the Managing Director of Antenna International, Pete Smith; President of AMC Networks International for Central Europe, Michael Moriarty; General Manager and Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe, BBC Worldwide, Salim Mukaddam and Vice President of Content and Products at Viasat World Limited, Karin Heijink.
Media professionals from across the region and Europe are preparing for one of the most important events of the year, at which they will spend four days meeting their colleagues from the TV industry, networking and participating in dynamic panel discussions, presentations, a market and screenings for the upcoming television season. Their evenings will be spent at the already legendary parties at the Lazareti Club and on Vala Beach.
NEM will be held June 12th – 15th and the 2017 agenda includes a wide range of interesting topics directly pertaining to the key topics of the television world. The most prestigious of experts with extensive experience will be featured as panel speakers. For instance, the panel discussion Surviving It All: Things That FTAs Can Teach You will be centered on the survival of Free to Air channels, which are still able to survive the increasingly large market competition. The panel discussion You Can’t Stop Me: The Power Of TV Channels will focus on whether there is a place for new TV channels in the market, considering that viewers already have such a large number of channels to choose from. ESports: The Next Big Thing will be the panel discussion centered on the development of eSports as opposed to traditional TV media, while the panel Regulative Irregularities: Operators Vs Laws will focus on the law that prohibits telecommunication companies from owning TV channels. Speakers at the panel Customers First will discuss how companies contend with the rising expectations of their customers, whereas the panel Let Me Choose For You will be about making business decisions and whether the large amounts of data companies own are actually useful to them. The panel discussion Things Are Looking Better: Croatia’s Production Spring will be dedicated to the new increase in Croatia’s production due to more government funding being allocated in this year.
The second day of the NEM will begin with a presentation by Claire Harris, Commercial Lead for Nielsen’s Watch business in the Emerging Markets group. The presentation will be on video consumption out of home and the understanding of the consummation of media other than TV channels. The presentation will be followed by Akamai with the topic of how to improve the provision of high-quality video content without an increase in the budget. Izzet Pinto, the founder and President of Global Agency will present his case study about both the successes and the failures he experienced before the company developed into what it is today. On June 14th, Viacom will hold a presentation about licensing digital content, while the final day of NEM will be marked by a special presentation held by Thomas Ahrens of Aspera.
The special guest of this year’s NEM is the famous Hollywood actor Michael Weatherly, who will arrive in Dubrovnik on June 11th with his wife Bojana Janković and two of their children. The actor is best known for playing Tony DiNozzo on the television series NCIS. He currently stars in Bull, a drama TV series based on the early days of Dr. Phil McGraw’s career. All episodes of Bull can be seen on Pickbox in the Adria region.
“I am thrilled to be participating in NEM this summer”, says Weatherly. “Croatia is a beautiful country and I’m looking forward to sharing my incredible experience on ‘BULL’ in the wonderful city of Dubrovnik.”
NEM’s fantastic and relaxing parties will be the perfect complement to a wide variety of events during the days. NEM’s Diamond Sponsor Eutelsat will host the party at the beautiful Vala Beach and Fox will organize a party to remember at the Lazareti Club in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
This year’s NEM will yet again feature a substantial number of participants, who will have many opportunities to network and make business deals. Everyone in the TV industry, from national televisions, Pay-TV channels, cable and satellite operators, IPTV companies, the producing elite to marketing agencies and the media, will meet, for the fifth consecutive year, at NEM in Dubrovnik.