NEM Zagreb has unveiled the full programme for the event, which will take place at the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel from December 7-9.
Taking as its theme All about content creation, its confirmed participants already include Viaplay Group, Antenna Studios, Lionsgate, Mediawan, Sky, Big Light Productions, Windlight Pictures, Beta Film, Firefly Productions, Lumière, Bulgarian National Television, Croatian HRT, Nova TV, RTL Hrvatska, 24sata and Drugi plan as well as European Broadcasting Union and Sarajevo Film Festival.
World-renowned professionals will discuss current topics of the industry during various panel discussions:
Low-production countries are encouraged to co-produce in general while high-production countries prefer to choose bigger countries. What do large production companies look for in partners from countries where production is not that developed?
Being a good leader is not an easy task, especially in situations of higher production costs and reduced budgets, implementation of new technologies and dynamic business trends. What are the biggest challenges leaders face?
Titles based on true events are very popular. How much can screenwriters and producers deviate from the facts, but still have their content fit into the category “based on a true story”?
Writers create stories, write scripts, and help determine what the episodes will look like. What does that creative process entail, what are the challenges and why do good scripts sometimes underperform?
A Scandinavian model of co-production in Adria region – a real possibility or completely impossible? Can Adria region adapt to Scandinavian business practices?
The conversation about the TV industry will continue during several Q&A interviews through the following topics:
The impact of streamers on non-English content
Originals from Bosnia and Herzegovina producers
During the central part of the program called Content Showcase, top original content in various stages of development will be presented. The programme will consist of several presentations by the largest European and regional companies such as Viaplay Group, Firefly Productions, 24sata and RTV Slovenia. Also, CineLink Drama will present the original content of BH Telecom and hold a showcase of selected projects.
NEM Zagreb is also organising a special programme called Co-production Business Practice during which Big Light Productions and Lumière will present their successful business practices.
Thew event will close with an awards ceremony for the winners of the TV Writing Contest. More than 50 submitted works in scripted and unscripted categories are currently being evaluated by a jury from the companies Beta Film, Rai, Zig Zag Productions, Script Angel, Joyrider, Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), Radio Televizija Srbije (RTS), Telekom Srbija and CineLink Industry Days, the creative branch of Sarajevo Film Festival.
In the days leading up to the event, there will be a workshop under the leadership of Script Angel and lecturer Hayley McKenzie. Elements of the workshop are screenwriting, creating an original script, story development, character development, ideas, creating a story world, various exercises and assignments and pitching.
NEM says that as an event focused on the CEE region and countries with lower production capacity within the region, it is aiming to bring together regional audiovisual professionals and key decision makers from the rest of the Europe. Knowledge exchange and a unique opportunity for networking with TV industry experts are essential parts of every New Europe Market (NEM) edition.
Further details can be found on the official NEM Zagreb website.