The jubilee edition of NEM Dubrovnik opened with a record number of participants, exhibitors and sponsors.
Frank Spotnitz, CEO & executive producer, Big Light Productions and one of NEM’s favourite frequent visitors was introduced as the first of a record 11 keynote speakers. Commenting on the evert-changing TV industry, he said: “If we are to improve European television, then it seems to me that a good first step is having core values that we know we are striving to live up to. We need more practical, concrete strategies put into place – in all territories in Europe, but especially in smaller countries where resources are in shorter supply. That lack of economic power might may be seen as a handicap, but it can also be seen as an advantage – places where change is easier to embrace because of their size”.
Meanwhile, as reported elsewhere in Broadband TV News, Omdia’s Maria Rua Aguete, gave a presentation giving data predictions for FAST in Central and Eastern Europe. Although there is less consumer interest
since pay-TV is still growing and traditional FTA viewing is also strong, FAST revenues in the region will double in the next five years to reach $42 million.
During the panel 10 Years of NEM sponsored by Mediavision, Sanja Bozic-Ljubicic, CEO of Pickbox, Mediatranslations, Mediavision and NEM, gathered long-standing supporters and friends of NEM:
Sabrina Pluvinage, Video Sales Director Europe, Eutelsat
Branko Cakarmis, General Director, Pro Plus
Pavel Stantchev, CEO, TV2 Media Group and Planet TV
Adrian Jezina, CEO, Telemach Croatia and Telemach Slovenia
They reminisced over the past decade, remembering various anecdotes and unforgettable moments shared at the TV market to which they all gladly return each year. “It’s amazing to see how this event grew up. It is the only event where you can see your competitors and exchange ideas. This closed circle is so full of energy” said Pavel Stantchev and Branko Cakarmis added: “NEM started with a small idea which turned into a world class event for our industry”.