DCS Events Announces Industry Speakers at the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference 2019

(November 7, 2019) – 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.

The ECM2019 extensive programme includes:
 

  • 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
  • ECM and COMSCORE Awards
  • “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:
     
    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

    Alongside our 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”.

    About ECM19
    This event is being organised by Digital Cinema Solutions Events (DCS Events) – an independent events company to the cinema industry. The event will be held at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul on 19-21st November 2019. Industry professionals Rob Arthur, Julie Harriss and Dan Harriss formed DCS Events in 2018. Full conference details and tickets are available at www.ecm19.com

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