NATPE Budapest announced Banijay Rights, MGM and Red Arrow Studios International amongst the first to confirm their presence as exhibitors at Central and Eastern Europe’s market, which is taking place June 19-22 at the InterContinental Hotel.
Additionally, a group of Turkish distributors including Kanal D, Global Agency, Mistco, Madd Entertainment, TRT, ATV, and OGM Universe have secured their exhibition suites. Daro Film Distribution, FilmRise, Gaumont, Newen Connect, RTI Mediaset, Vision Films, and IMPS have also joined the list of exhibitors.
With a legacy of more than 30 years, the marketplace is expected to have more than 400 buyers from linear TV channels, streaming platforms and distribution companies including AMC Networks, Antena TV Group, Blue Ant Media, Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), Cyfrowyn Polsat, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, Kanal D Romania, Kino Polska TV, MTVA, National Geographic Channel, Paramount International, RTL Hungary, RTV Slovenia, Telewizja Polska, TV2 Media Csoport Zrt. Urania s.r.o., Viaplay, and Zee Entertainment.
Furthermore, as previously announced, Unifrance and Pact have also signed on as event partners and will be bringing delegations from France and the United Kingdom, respectively, as they look to grow their reach in the CEE and beyond.
● PITCH & PLAY LIVE! IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
At the same time, NATPE Budapest and news platform CEETV announced that they are now accepting submissions for the seventh edition of Pitch & Play LIVE! This format pitching competition will be a feature highlight at NATPE Budapest 2023, continuing the event's tradition of seeking out and celebrating new format concepts from the CEE region with the most international potential.
The registration and application process for Pitch & Play LIVE! remains the same, and any original unscripted format concept created after May 1, 2022, can be submitted for consideration. A selection committee will evaluate each format based on three criteria: originality (how fresh and unique is the concept), universality (does it have flexibility for changes and development), and internationality (does the format have worldwide sales potential). The three entries that receive the most points will be selected to take part in the Pitch & Play LIVE! Final, which is scheduled to take place at NATPE Budapest on June 20.