Slovak format The Land is Singing wins Pitch & Play LIVE #NATPE #PitchPlay
 
 
The second edition of Pitch & Play LIVE had its big finale at NATPE Budapest yesterday as the three finalists presented their original non-scripted formats in front of the jury and attendees of the conference.
 
 
The three finalists were Slovenia’s Start Up Slovenia from POP TV, Russia’s SuperYou from NTV and Slovakia’s The Land is Singing from Nunez NFE. Each of the presenters had 15 minutes to pitch their format and impress the jury and the industry players in the hall. Each of the formats impressed the jury with its originality, high production values and huge success in their markets.
 
The jury, consisting of Levina Negi, VP, Global Acquisitions & Development, FremantleMedia; Ökrös Gergely, Program and Creative Director, TV2 Hungary and Bence Trunko, Chief Creative Officer, Paprika Latino Studios, had a tough choice to make and choose between three very strong formats with great potential for international roll-out. But there could be only one winner and that was The Land is Singing – a Saturday night folklore entertainment show, produced for Slovakia’s public broadcaster STV1.
 
NATPE President & CEO JP Bommel congratulated producer Peter Nunez for his win and announced that the format will be presented during the upcoming market in Miami where the official award ceremony with the Pitch & Play trophy will be held.
 
Following the pitching event, all three formats attracted the interest of buyers attending NATPE Budapest and talks over possible deals will continue after the market.
 
CEETV and NATPE announce finalists for the second edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE #PitchPlay
 
 
CEETV and NATPE are proud to announce the three finalists for the second edition of format pitching event PITCH & PLAY LIVE which looks for the best new format in the CEE region.
 
The three finalists were selected among 11 formats from 7 countries following the vote of a selection committee which included Samantha Ferguson, Format Sales Executive at Banijay Rights; Jonathan Tuovinen, Head of International for Rabbit Films; Elwin de Groot, Senior Creative Director in Armoza Formats' Development Department; Georgi R. Chakarov, CEO at CEETV, TVBIZZ Group and Dann Novak, Programming Producer, NATPE.
 
Each format was evaluated based on three criteria: originality (how original is the idea for the format), universality (does the format idea show flexibility for changes and development) and internationality (does the format have the potential to be sold internationally). The selection committee members reviewed each of the ten selected formats and voted in all three criteria with scores from 1 to 5. The final ranking was determined from the accumulated sum of all scores of the five selection committee members.
 
And so, the three finalists are: Start Up Slovenia (POP TV, Slovenia) - a format looking for the best new locally developed product by young entrepreneurs; SuperYou! (NTV, Russia) - a show looking for the most talented little singers without parents; and The Land is Singing (STV1, Nunez NFE, Slovakia) - a talent format looking for folklore talents.
 
The 3 finalist formats will be presented live by their creators in Budapest during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE session on Wednesday, June 21. The jury, consisting of Levina Negi, VP, Global Acquisitions & Development, FremantleMedia; Peter Kolosi, Deputy CEO, Director of Programming, RTL Hungary and Bence Trunko, Chief Creative Officer, Paprika Latino Studios, will review the top 3 finalists and vote for one winner of the competition that will be announced in front of the NATPE Budapest attendees.
 
Here is the full ranking following the vote of the selection committee:
 
Start Up Slovenia - 57 points
SuperYou! - 53 points
The Land is Singing - 52 points
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Psychics vs Detectives - 51 points
Secret for a Million - 45 points
The Dowry Call - 43 points
Dirty Dancing - 42 points
Love Survivors - 41 points
The Big Rock Break - 41 points
Everybody Dance! - 41 points
Summer Flirt - 34 points
 
UPDATE: 11 original formats from 7 countries compete for Best New CEE Format in Pitch & Play LIVE; jury announced #PITCHPLAY
 
 
CEETV and NATPE today announce that 11 formats will be competing for the title of Best New CEE Format in the second edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE which will be held at NATPE Budapest (June 19-22).
 
The titles come from seven different countries in Central and Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. This year Russia has the biggest number of submissions with a total of 4 entries.
 
The selected shows are: Dirty Dancing from Just.tv in Lithuania, Everybody Dance! From WeiT Media in Russia, Love Survivors from Novy in Ukraine, Psychics versus Detectives, SUPERYOU! and Secret for a Million from NTV Russia, Start Up Slovenia from POP TV, Summer Flirt from Hidalgo Productions in Bulgaria, The Dowry Call from Kanal D Romania, The Big Rock Break from BNT in Bulgaria and The Land is Singing from Nunez NFE in Slovakia.
 
The selection committee consisting of Samantha Ferguson, Format Sales Executive at Banijay Rights; Jonathan Tuovinen, Head of International for Rabbit Films; Elwin de Groot, Senior Creative Director in Armoza Formats, Development Department; Georgi R. Chakarov, CEO at CEETV, TVBIZZ Group and Dann Novak, Programming Producer, NATPE will now review and cast its votes to determine the Top 3 finalists of the format competition.
 
The Top 3 finalist titles will be presented live and in person by their creators during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE session at NATPE Budapest in front of our respected jury: Levina Negi, VP, Global Acquisitions and Development, FremantleMedia; Peter Kolosi, Deputy CEO, Director of Programming, RTL Hungary, and Bence Trunko, Chief Creative Officer, Paprika Latino Studios.
 
Following the pitches in front of the NATPE Budapest attendees, the jury will vote and determine which show will be named Best New CEE Format 2017.
 
UPDATE: PITCH & PLAY LIVE: Deadline Extended #PitchPlay
 
 
Following the huge success of the inaugural edition of the event in 2016, CEETV, the leading media platform for TV intelligence in CEE and part of TVBIZZ Group, and NATPE, the organizer of the most prominent TV market and conference in Central and Eastern Europe, announced the second edition of their format initiative PITCH & PLAY LIVE for NATPE Budapest 2017. The global TV market and conference will take place between June 19-22 in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
 
NATPE and CEETV are proud to announce the members of the selection committee which includes: Samantha Ferguson, Format Sales Executive at Banijay Rights; Jonathan Tuovinen, Head of International for Rabbit Films; Elwin de Groot, Senior Creative Director in Armoza Formats’ Development Department; Georgi R. Chakarov, CEO at CEETV, TVBIZZ Group and Dann Novak, Programming Producer, NATPE.
 
The jury that will select the winner among the three finalists will be announced soon.
 
Participation is free. The selected formats will receive one free registration for NATPE Budapest, June 19-22. In addition to media coverage by CEETV, TVBIZZ and NATPE, the winning format will be awarded a development meeting. The winning format will also receive two registrations and two hotel accommodations for NATPE Miami 2018.
 
Submissions must include a one-page description of the format in English, a short trailer with English subtitles and at least one episode with English subtitles.
 
The deadline for submissions has now been extended until May 20.
 
Send all enquiries to pitch.play@ceetv.net


PITCH & PLAY LIVE: NATPE and CEETV are looking for the best new original formats from Central and Eastern Europe for the second year in a row! #PitchPlay
 
 
Following the huge success of the inaugural edition of the event in 2016, CEETV, the leading media platform for TV intelligence in CEE and part of TVBIZZ Group, and NATPE, the organizer of the most prominent TV market and conference in Central and Eastern Europe, announce the second edition of their format initiative PITCH & PLAY LIVE for NATPE Budapest 2017. The global TV market and conference will take place between June 19-22 in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
 
PITCH & PLAY LIVE's goal is to showcase and recognize original format ideas with international potential from the CEE region. Any non-scripted format ideas created after June 1, 2016 can take part in the competition. Out of all entries, up to ten titles will be selected and reviewed by an international committee of TV industry professionals who will pick three finalists. These top three formats will be presented live by their creators in a special session on June 21, as a key event of NATPE Budapest 2017, followed by a celebratory party. A jury of highly respected TV professionals will vote for one format winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE which will be announced at NATPE Budapest.
 
Participation is free. The selected formats will receive one free registration for NATPE Budapest, June 19-22. In addition to media coverage by CEETV, TVBIZZ and NATPE, the winning format will be awarded a development meeting. The winning format will also receive two registrations and two hotel accommodations for NATPE Miami 2018.
 
Submissions must include a one-page description of the format in English, a short trailer with English subtitles and at least one episode with English subtitles.
 
The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017.