Oscar winner highlight of Cabsat Conference
MEASA: The Cabsat Conference in partnership with NAB Show will see a 20-hour conference programme supporting the 2014 show’s governing theme: Transforming Broadcasting in the Always Connected Digital World. One of the major highlights of the conference will be Academy Award winner Mark Sanger who will present: What it Takes to Make a Blockbuster. The two-day conference programme will cover the latest trends, technologies and innovations in the global broadcasting and media market.
‘Much like its reputation as a tourism and leisure hot-spot, Dubai is increasingly viewed as a destination of choice for international broadcasters and the entertainment industry,’ said Mr Sanger. ‘Cabsat is recognised in professional circles as the entry-point for international companies looking to penetrate establishing markets across the Arab world, Africa and Asia – I’m really excited to be participating in my session.’
The conference will gather a stellar cast of global and regional experts for a series of daily keynote speeches, technical programmes and specialist panel discussions exploring business opportunities in immersive IPTV, video, mobile, online and interactive entertainment experiences and Over-The-Top strategies.
‘This innovative new conference concept underlines Cabsat’s importance as the region’s leading platform in accelerating the adoption of new media platforms across MEASA and will provide globally-recognised, best-practise tutelage to 200 leading content creators, managers and distributors of entertainment and news content from across the region,’ said Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, exhibitions and events management, DWTC, organiser of Cabsat. ‘The programme’s engaging sessions will explore customised, market-leading solutions to help regional companies capture – and subsequently monetise - audiences which are “plugged in” to an increasingly diverse array of connected digital devices and smart phones.’
The keynote address at the Cabsat Conference in partnership with NAB Show will be delivered by Iranian-Canadian, Shahrzad Rafati, president of BroadbandTV Corp. With BroadbandTV content currently generating 1.2 billion monthly views, Ms Rafati will discuss the innovations and strategies which have established her company as one of the world’s largest entertainment networks on YouTube.
Other high-profile participants at the conference include: Sam Nicholson, CEO, Stargate Studios, Sanjay Raina, GM, FOX International Channels; David Sternberg, head of media, Manchester United FC; Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, director of media, European Broadcast Union (EBU); Carlos Salim Tibi, founder and CEO, icflix; Raffaele Annecchino, EVP for Viacom International; Chris O'Hearn, GM, Emirates Media Measurement Company; David Hanson, director of digital, OSN; Nick Grande, MD, Channel Sculptor; Dennis Lehtinen, head of pay TV, Abu Dhabi Media; Atul Phadnis, CEO, WhatsOn Group; Sumo Dutta, country head - Middle East, Africa anjd Pakistan, Star Group; Jeff Youssef, associate partner, Oliver Wyman and Jamal Al Sharif, chairman, Dubai Film and TV Commission; Paul Baker, executive director, Intaj twofour54; and Francois Quereuil, senior director, worldwide marketing, Aspera.
Additional headline conference topics include Challenge & Opportunities with New Media, Taking on the 4K Challenge, The Convergence of Telecommunications and Entertainment, Impact of Multiplatform Content Delivery in Live Sports Production, Data storage and Anlaytics, Maximising Your Viewership & Commercial Return with Video and Shifting Revenue in a Big Data World, while a ‘State of the Industry Report’ - commissioned exclusively for Cabsat - will also be delivered by Frost & Sullivan.