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Global lineup for this month’s emerging cinema markets conference

DCS Events announces industry speakers at its Emerging Cinema Markets conference (ECM2019).

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DCS Events, organisers of the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference ECM19 at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul (19th – 21st November) have announced further details of the speakers and programme at the ECM2019 conference.

The Emerging Cinema Markets in Turkey, Central Asia, the Middle East, New Europe and Africa are at an early stage in their growth and development, but in combination they offer a significant opportunity for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and the specialist supply chains to the industry.

The three-day conference will focus on the Turkish, Middle East, Central Asia, New Europe and the African markets and includes key speakers and presenters who will outline the current issues facing emerging markets.

The Emerging Market Pioneers recognise the extent of the challenges as well as the opportunities, such as government policies, piracy, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the lack of highly valued relationships within the industry at large – challenges which are shared by counterparts across other Emerging Markets.

“Transparency, Integrity, Trust and Compliance are key areas which will enable the development of cinemas in Emerging Markets. We’ve assembled a group of International, highly regarded, world class speakers who know the industry and most importantly can impact change and growth.” Rob Arthur, Founder Member of DCS Events

The ECM2019 extensive programme includes:

Rob Arthur - The Big Picture & DCS Events - opening session from EC2018
Rob Arthur – The Big Picture & DCS Events – opening session from EC2018
Visionary Speeches and In-depth Panel Sessions

Emerging Cinema Markets Overview with Trends and Opportunities

Dedicated Africa programme including Nigeria and West Africa

The ValuePlex and how to create the “wow factor” in Emerging Markets

Film Marketing and Distribution in Emerging Markets

The Big Picture Focus on Saudi Arabia and the GCC

Celluloid Junkie – 21st Century Shopping Centre Tour – CGV Mars Cinema Group demos and visit to the FITAS E-Sports Arena

Cinema Technology Community and International Cinema Technology Association Hosted Sessions

In Depth Turkey Cinema Industry Focus Panel


“Transparency, Integrity, Trust and Compliance are key areas which will enable the development of cinemas in Emerging Markets. We’ve assembled a group of International, highly regarded, world class speakers who know the industry and most importantly can impact change and growth.” Rob Arthur, Founder Member of DCS Events

ECM2019 speakers confirmed include:

Kene Mkparu - KOMWORLD - presentation on Nigeria ECM2018
Kene Mkparu – KOMWORLD – presentation on Nigeria ECM2018
Adedayo Thomas, Director General / CEO, National Film & Video Censors Board Nigeria

Adnan Akdemir, President, Sifisian Investments, Turkey

Alessandra Pavan Bernacchi, Senior Manager, Theatre Development – Europe and Africa, IMAX Corporation

Andrew Cripps (video message), President International Distribution, Warner Bros Studios

Arturo Guillén, SVP & Global Managing Director, Comscore Movies

Asim Hakan Askar, Director – Foreign Trade & Digital Cinema Operations, CJ CGV Mars Entertainment and Cinema Group, Turkey

Avi Alkas, Country Chairman, Jones Lang LaSalle, Turkey

Bakytzhan Mussatayev, Chief Executive Officer, Chaplin Cinemas

Cameron Saunders, EVP EMEA, Paramount Pictures International

Charlotte Jones, Principal Analyst, Associate Director, Cinema IHS Markit Technology (Informa Tech)

Christopher Gaunt, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce – Turkey

Claudiu Tanasescu, Chief Executive Officer, Cinema Intelligence

David Wallace, Director, Chapman Taylor

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas

Emrah Oz, Chief Executive, British Chamber of Commerce – Turkey

Eric Marti, General Manager, Comscore Movies, France

Erkin Yilmaz, Director General, of Cinema, Minister for Culture & Tourism, Republic of Turkey

Firuzan Kocak, Content Sourcing & Acquisition Manager, CGV Mars Cinema Group

Harish Anand Thilakan, Founder & CEO, Influx Worldwide

Hon. (Sen) Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Zimbabwe

Ijeoma Onah, Founder, Nigeria International Film Summit

Isabel Lima, Marketing Manager, NOS Audiovisuais

Jared Murray-Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, Silverbird Distribution

Jean-Marie Dura, Founder, NXNW Management & Conseils

John Trafford-Owen, Managing Director EMEAR, RealD

Kene Mkparu, Group President & Chief Executive Officer, KomWorld

Khalil Staily, General Manager, Morocco and West Africa, Ymagis

Lucy Jones, Executive Director, ComScore Movies

Luis R Mota, Executive Director – Cinemas, NOS Cinemas

Mariam el Bacha, Chief Executive Officer, Cinepax, Pakistan

Mark Hirzberger-Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Park Circus Group

Mark Kendall, Business Development Manager, Cinema Products – EMEA, NEC

Mark Waldman, Worldwide Director of Sales, POSitive Cinema

Mike Thomson, Director, The Big Picture

Moses Babatope, Co-Founder & Group CEO, Filmhouse Cinemas

Moses Musa Comertpay, Managing Director, Blackwood Global Brands

Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross

Oliver Pasch, Sales Director Europe, Sony Digital Cinema

Olivier Dock, International Film Adviser

Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie

Paul Higginson, Consultant (Former-Executive Vice President – EMEA, 20th Century Fox)

Paul Hudson, Business Development Director, Aures

Peter Knight, Editor, Cinema Technology

Raghav Thiyagu, Editor-Publisher, Theatre World

Sarah Lewthwaite, Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Movio EMEA

Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic

Susanna Hermida Barbato, Executive Director, NOS Audiovisuais

Till Cussmann, SVP Sales & GM Europe, Vista

Tim Potter, Vice President Sales, Cinema Next

Tolga Akinci, Founder, BoxOffice Türkiye

Bakytzhan Mussatayev - Chaplin Cinemas - presentation ECM2018
Bakytzhan Mussatayev – Chaplin Cinemas – presentation ECM2018
Alongside the esteemed speakers, the conference will also provide an informal trade show featuring the ECM2019 Gold and Retail Exhibition Sponsors and many networking opportunities at the welcome receptions, coffee breaks, lunches and a drinks reception on the evening of the 20th November.

Rob Arthur, Co-Founder at DCS Events said “We are really excited about this conference – it will give suppliers, exhibitors and content providers from the region a unique chance to come together at #ecmistanbul to explore, discuss and learn about the key developments, technical challenges and innovations that are central to the cinema industry today and looking ahead to the future.
With so many people committed to attending, this is going to be a very informative and that provides a special chance to network with industry experts and professionals. We have had an outstanding response from all collaborators underlining both the relevance and potential of the Emerging Cinema Markets.

Julie Harriss, Co-Found of DCS Events added “ECM2019 is a platform for the Emerging Cinema Markets to meet the international stakeholders who are able to share their in depth their and experience. Bringing the event together is a mammoth task and we are extremely grateful for the support of all of the ECM2019. We look forward to welcoming all participants from across the globe to Istanbul very soon”.

Please note that all speakers and timings are subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of DCS Events.

Source: DCS Events press release

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