Buyer and acquisition executive registrations are currently outpacing last year’s figures for NATPE Budapest International.
The marketplace and conference will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Budapest from June 25 to 28. NATPE Connect, the bespoke concierge service that allows buyers and sellers to organize meetings ahead of time, is already seeing a record number of pre-arranged connections in Budapest with four weeks to go before the market kicks off. Screenings from studios and global distributors are lined up with CBS, NBCUniversal, KOCCA, Warner Bros. and STUDIOCANAL.
The event also offers business intelligence sessions, which this time will focus on topics such as international drama production and maximizing cross-regional partnerships, new opportunities and new audiences in MENA, distribution insights and strategies for formats, game-changing OTT platforms, and an in-depth look at the current advantages of Latin America. The first session on June 25 will kick off the event with a global content business forum, designed to provide buyers and sellers with an overview of the latest international trends and data at the start of the market. The third edition of Pitch & Play Live!, which highlights original format ideas with international potential from the CEE and MENA regions, will take place on June 28.
JP Bommel, NATPE’s president and CEO, commented, “NATPE Budapest International continues to grow and build on its extremely solid foundations. It remains the pre-eminent content marketplace for CEE and by extending our remit to include EMEA we have been able to encourage even more of our clients to attend making it a truly international event. NATPE Budapest International has always offered a robust learning and networking opportunity with a series of specially devised and relevant sessions alongside screenings, receptions and parties which unite the content and platform communities in one place in the center of Europe.”