NATPE Budapest has been renamed NATPE Budapest International in a move that reflects the market and conference’s extended global focus beyond the CEE and EMEA regions.
The third annual Pitch & Play Live! event, co-hosted with CEETV, will extend it entry criteria to include independent producers from the wider EMEA region in order to reflect the change. Any non-scripted format created after June 1, 2017 may be submitted for consideration in the competition. Up to ten titles will be selected and reviewed by an international committee of global content industry professionals, who will select three finalists. The top three formats will be presented by their creators in front of a jury during NATPE Budapest International. CEE and EMEA producers who taking part in the showcase will be offered a special discounted registration fee.
NATPE President and CEO JP Bommel commented, “NATPE is about bringing people together to learn from one another; the more we engage and find common ground, the better we are able to navigate the evolving TV ecosystem. CEE is burgeoning with innovation and vibrancy, but as the world becomes a smaller place, we need to capitalize on the wider, growing talent pool present in the EMEA region. Last year’s Pitch & Play Live! event was a huge success, with the added bonus of a significantly reduced registration fee we look forward to seeing some even more creative, culturally and geographically diverse format ideas in 2018.”
NATPE Budapest International will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Budapest from June 25 to 28.