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Next Gen Conference | Keynote Panel Discussion: ​​​​​​​SPOTLIGHT ON THE MIDDLE EAST: THE STAYING POWER OF LINEAR TELEVISION IN A FAST-EVOLVING DIGITAL WORLD

How is digital media consumption affecting consumer viewing habits in MENA?

What are the most effective ways for broadcasters to adapt and make the most of changes in viewing habits?

Moderator: Nick Grande, Managing Director, ChannelSculptor (UAE)

Panelists:

  • Mukund Cairae, CEO – Middle East & Asia Pacific, ZEE Entertainment (UAE)
  • Martin Stewart, CEO, OSN (UAE)
  • Sanjay Raina, SVP & General Manager, Fox Networks Group (UAE)

Next Gen Conference | Panel Discussion - SPOTLIGHT ON THE MIDDLE EAST: CONTENT LOCALIZATION ESSENTIAL FOR STREAMING PLATFORMS COMPETING FOR AUDIENCES.

This discussion with high-powered Streaming/VOD executives will evaluate the impact of Streaming/VOD platforms on original content production shot in Arabic. High-quality localized content is on the rise in the Middle East and the competing platforms are searching for the next big programs to come out of the region in order to provide the best local content to their audience. What are they looking for? How much are the budgets? What are their buying strategies? How are the investing in the local growth in terms of content, facilities, knowledge and human resources?

Moderator: Heba Korayem, Head of Content, mena.tv

Panelists:

  • Nader Sobhan, Co-Founder & Global Strategy Advisor, iflix MENA (UAE)
  • Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, Principal Research Analyst, IHS Markit (UK)
  • Wesam Kattan, Vice President: Content & Marketing, Vuclip (UAE)
  • Tareq Abu-Lughod, Co-Founder, Istikana (Jordan)

Break

Arab Format Accelerator | PITCHING SESSION

Jurors:

Fadi Ismail, Director of Group Drama (Productions & Distribution) O3 Productions/MBC Group (UAE)

Yahya Sameh, CEO, PromOmedia (Egypt)

Justus Verker, CEO, FCCE (Nertherlands)

Jan Salling, CEO, Missing Link Media & co-Chairman, FRAPA (Denmark)

Mai El Khalifa, Head of Production and Business Development Senior Manager, Dubai TV (UAE)