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IFTA to host panel event ‘Broadcast & VOD Evolution: The New Frontiers’
03 Dec 2020 : News Desk
Broadcast & VOD Evolution: The New Frontiers
The event takes place 9am-1pm online on Thursday, December 10th and is in association with the Broadcasting Authoirty of Ireland (BAI).

Following on from the success of last year's Academy event VOD & Broadcast Content - What are the Opportunities? IFTA, in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), are presenting the 2nd year of new frontier discussions 'Broadcast & VOD Evolution – The New Frontiers'. Featuring a unique series of Panel Discussions with international industry leaders on VOD and Content creation, this Online Event will provide an in-depth, 360° overview of the evolving VOD landscape and the opportunities for the Irish screen sector. 

The panels of industry experts will deconstruct the platform giving clearcut analysis on technology platforms, global trends to market drivers, the content commerce and international sales and pitch, VOD and broadcast platforms, audience development, consumer trends and much more.

Registration available here


Panel 1: Demystifying the VOD Sector
9:00AM - 10:00AM

  • Wendy Bernfeld (Founder, Rights Stuff)
  • Guy Bisson (Executive Director, Ampere Analysis)

Outlining the global trends, platforms and companies driving new content and audiences. (45mins + Q&A). Leading International experts present an overview of the recent trends of global streaming platforms as well as various others (TVOD/ SVOD/AVOD/OTT etc.), in the space  who buy and sometimes fund content; including aspects of aggregation, middlemen and/or dealing direct  In addition traditional streamers like Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney +, Hulu etc, our panel will also highlight  some other key players such as regional competitors and/or complementary "genre/ focused" VOD services, who are buying for specific niches, such as  horror, kids/animation, documentary, and Arthouse/International cinema.

Panel 2: Case Study: Irish Animation and VOD Success
10:00AM  - 11:00AM 


  • Paul Young (CEO, Cartoon Saloon)
  • Alix Wiseman (VP Business Dev. & Acquisitions, 9 Story Media)
  • John Rice (CEO, Jam Media)

What can we learn from Irish Animation’s success in the VOD arena? (45mins + Q&A) A Panel Discussion focussing on what the Iriish screen sectors can learn from Irish Animation’s success in the VOD arena, concentrating on the the work of companies such as Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag and Jam Media in working with Netflix, Amazon, Apple TVplus etc. in creating exclusive SVOD content. The panel will discuss recent trends and the practicalities of deals with VOD Platforms. 

Panel 3: Opportunities for the Independent Sector
11:15AM  - 12:15PM

  • Michael Gubbins (Founding Partner, Sampomedia)
  • Stephen Kelliher (Managing Director, Bankside Films)
  • Sofia Neves (Director of Sales WestEnd Films) 
  • John Gleeson (Head of Dublin Office, Saffery Champness)
  • Macdara Kelleher (Producer Wild Atlantic Pictures - The Green Knight, Foundation, Nightflyers)

A panel of industry leaders explore the opportunities for Irish content creators presented by the VOD Sector (45mins + Q&A). This Panel of producers, sales agents, financiers and industry experts explore the opportunities for content creators presented by VOD Platforms, including information on how to get your work to VOD Platforms and the roles sales agents, distributors and aggregators play in getting your work on streaming platforms.

For More Info and Panellist Bios Visit the IFTA Website 

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