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August 1, 2016 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Israel will host the First International Television Format Conference in Tel Aviv/Jaffa from September 19-20, 2016. For the first time all the Israeli broadcasting and distribution entities will meet dozens of key people active in the international industry, and help the local market connect with the world’s leading media, broadcasting and distribution personnel.

This is a fabulous opportunity to meet the Israeli broadcasting and distribution entities, perhaps to discover the next “The Vault”, “The Greenhouse”, In “Treatment” or “Homeland”.

Among the notable guests expected at the conference are:

  • Adam Berkowitz, co-head of Creative Artists Agency, one of the top talent agencies in the United States, and the man who helped to sell the Israeli youth series The Greenhouse.

  • Gary Carter, currently Non-Executive Director of KLOK, the Helsinki-based creative content agency, and Senior Strategic and Creative Advisor to Minority VR, the Montreal-based Virtual Reality company.

Furthermore, buyers for many large broadcasting companies and representatives of TV channels – France’s TV1, the Netherlands’ Endemol, Germany’s ProSiben, Italy’s Mediaset, Germany’s ZDF, and Hungary’s RTL – are also expected to attend.

During the conference, guests from abroad will conduct previously scheduled business meetings with Israeli broadcasters and artists, and will participate in a special panel where the Israeli companies will, for the first time, reveal the new formats they intend to introduce at MIPCOM 2016.

Among the Israeli broadcasters and distributors expected to take part in the event are Keshet, Reshet, HOT, Yes, Armoza Formats, Dori Media Group, ANANEY Communications, Gil Formats, and more.

Writers and screenwriters are invited to send their innovative ideas to the competition, which will take place as part of the First International TV Format Conference

The Israel Export Institute has announced the launch of the “A Format Is Born” competition, which will be part of the conference. Creative artists are invited to submit TV format and series ideas that have never been tried before. The winner of this competition will gain free admission to the MIPFormats and MIP TV event in Cannes, France, scheduled for April 1-2 and April 3-6, 2017, respectively, and be able to take part in business meetings hosted in the Israeli pavilion.

Creative talents participating in the competition will present their format ideas before four distinguished judges, all senior personnel in the international TV industry:

  • Mr. Ludovic Attal, Head of Development and Format Acquisitions, France’s TF1 Productions, France.

  • Mr. Fabrizio Battocchio, Head of the Format, Reality and Documentary Department, Canale5 television channel/Mediaset, Italy.

  • Mr. Gary Carter, Non-Executive Director of KLOK, Creative Content Agency, Helsinki.

  • Mr. Bernhard Sonnleitner, Head of Formats Scouting, ProSibenSat.1, Germany.

According to Lior Konitzki, Vice Director General and Director of the Technology Industries Division at the Israel Export Institute:  “Israeli formats are innovative and attractive, and have in recent years been sold to dozens of TV networks and channels all over the world. It’s a relatively new export branch with an approximate turnover of $380 million a year and we expect to see growth in the years to come. The fact that the conference will be held in Israel, and that senior executives from all the important channels and networks in the world will be in attendance reflects the good name the Israeli formats industry has already made for itself globally in the short time it has been in existence, and the worldwide demand for creative ideas and high-quality, unique contents.”

The Ministry of Economy and Industry added that the formats industry is part of the growing contents industry developing in Israel. Every year the Ministry, in conjunction with the Israel Export Institute, carries out activities abroad designed to promote the Israeli contents industry, such as participating in the world’s leading exhibitions, bringing media buyers and producers to Israel, and more. In addition to the economic value of this new and growing industry to the country, the Ministry of Economy and Industry also notes the great marketing value that lies in connecting the international TV audience with Israeli culture in a way other than through the international media’s news reports.

The First International Television Format Conference is under the auspices of the Israel Export Institute, the Foreign Trade Administration in the Ministry of Economy and Industry, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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