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Discop Asia closes on a mixed note

Discop Asia ’93 closed Friday, with buyers and sellers bidding the event a mixed farewell until next year’s event in September.

Many delegates said hassles with immigration officials and hotel problems created an unnecessary hardship for event participants.

But the news was better on the sales and acquisitions front. Most representatives reported considerable progress in their respective fields.

Most felt the Asia Pacific region is too important an area for most buyers and sellers to ignore, particularly those in the Central European and North American regions.

The region’s economic growth and high literacy rate, coupled with a stable political climate, should lead to an accelerated demand for quality feature films and television programs within the next few years.

Among those who feel that U.S. companies in particular can make inroads in the region are Mickie Steinmann, international sales and acquisitions director of Fox Lorber Associates Inc., and Bertha Pan, the company’s manager of international sales.

They closed deals worth close to $ 1 million and described the Asia Pacific area and future Discop markets as “prolific.”

Salih Zeki Ortac, vice president of sales and acquisitions for Ihlas Film of Turkey, said as a purchaser of feature film and television programs, he found the market useful and would participate again.

Ortac reported sales deals with a number of Far East companies and made inroads into Indonesia.

A.K. Gureshi, in charge of foreign programs for Bangladesh Television, also reported making a number of deals.

Philip Nelson, the program sales manager for Special Broadcast Service of Australia, said he also swung several deals and said his company found the market a useful link to the region.

Abdul Latiff Nasir, project director for the market, said a complete report on the event would be out this week.

Nasir was unable to tabulate the volume of business done during the market on Friday, but said the market had served a useful purpose.

He promised a better atmosphere, better facilities and fewer hassles for participants in next year’s event.

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