Two-day convention bows June 24th in Munich
BERLIN — Exploring the myriad possibilities of financing animation fare in Europe, the two-day Cartoon Finance confab will kick off June 24 in Munich.Cartoon Finance will look at traditional and alternative ways of funding animated content, from international co-productions and partnerships with broadcasters to public and private financial schemes with emphasis on how producers can best exploit their content. The event’s growing roster of international speakers includes Steve Aranguren, VP of global original programming at Disney Channel Worldwide; Toei Animation’s Kenji Ebato, international department manager; and licensing manager Akira Yamaguchi. The Japanese entertainment industry is looking for co-producers in Europe, and this year’s Cartoon Finance offers Japanese players the opportunity to introduce their industry. Ebato and Yamaguchi will discuss co-production and funding opportunities in the Japanese market. Also on hand will be Mami Toyonaga, deputy managing director of the Japanese External Trade Organization. Arne Lohman, director of acquisition and co-productions at ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of pubcaster ZDF, will outline what German channels require from producers to invest in projects, including merchandising potential and international scope. He also will discuss the role the pubcasters’ commercial divisions, which include Bavaria and Telepool, can play in international co-productions. In addition, the event will focus on new financing opportunities provided by the growing number of TV players in Europe, and where to tap funding pools and revenue streams through licensing and merchandizing. Case studies will also highlight the evolving nature of contracts and budget management.