Format Opportunities in Asia to be Discussed at Shanghai Conference

Leading Western TV executives including the BBC’s director of international production Norman Lockhart; AMC Global’s Bruce Tuchman; Nadav Palti, CEO of Dori Media; Lionsgate’s Marc Lorber; and FremantleMedia’s Asia MD Paul O’ Hanlon will take the podium at Formats Asia.

The two day conference is a sidebar event to the Shanghai Television Festival in China, which holds its 21st edition next week (June 8-12). Variety is a media partner.

They join top Asian names including Molly Mei Nie, VP of Hunan TV and executive director of Mango Media; Song Binghua of Youku Tudou; and Korean TV producer Go Sejun. They are also joined by maverick investor William Bao Bean.

The sessions span the growing trade in international TV formats and local programming trends, through to content funding and the more macro issues of piracy, and the challenges faced by China as it tries to go global.

“Business is really picking up, with growing possibilities for trade in both directions,” said James Ross, CEO of Lightning International, the conference organizer. “Chinese companies are very interested to know how to reach the rest of the world – and formats may have more opportunities than Chinese finished programming – while within China we are seeing the emergence of an online market for formats too.”

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