CEETV and NATPE announce winner of third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! #PitchPlay
 
 
Los Angeles/Budapest, 21 June - CEETV and NATPE have announced the winning format of the third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE!, which took place on Wednesday during NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL, as: IN THE DARK (LNK, Lithuania) - in which seven sighted people are selected to tackle an extreme challenge – to survive ten weeks in complete darkness.
 
The winning format was chosen from three finalists, which also included THE COMMUNITY (Pink, Serbia) - a format in which contestants deal with real issues and everyday situations; and TWINS (Pyatnitsa, Russia) – where each episode tells the story of one pair of twins who decide to change their look and become different.
 
IN THE DARK was announced as the winner after the three finalist formats were presented live by their creators in Budapest during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! session on Wednesday, 27 June. The jury, consisting of Manuela Caputi, Head of International Sales, Mediaset; Marietta Temesvari, Development and Content Strategist, Sony Pictures Television, CE, and Kateryna Vyshnevska, Head of Development & Co-production, FILM.UA, then deliberated and selected the top format.
 
Also, RTV PINK received CEETV's Special Award for Most Elaborate Reality Production as the biggest scale reality format production taking part in PITCH & PLAY LIVE in the past three years. The award was presented to Pink's CEO and THE COMMUNITY Format Creator, Mr. Zeljko Mitrovic.
 
This year, PITCH & PLAY LIVE's three finalists were selected from among 14 formats from Lithuania, Serbia, Hungary, Russia and Turkey, following the vote of a selection committee which included Damien Porte, VP International Sales, Vivendi Entertainment; Nelly Feld, Head of Sales, Acquisitions and International Relations, Reshet TV; Andrew Sime, VP of Formats, Banijay Rights; Dann Novak, Content Executive, NATPE and Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO of TVBIZZ and CEETV.
 
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 14 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.
 
 
CEETV and NATPE announce finalists for the third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! #PitchPlay
 
 
Los Angeles/Budapest, 21 June - CEETV and NATPE are proud to announce the three finalists for the third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! which will take place during the NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL market and conference between 25-28 June 2018.
 
Following a very close pre-selection vote, the three finalists this year are: THE COMMUNITY (Pink, Serbia) - a format in which contestants deal with real issues and everyday situations; IN THE DARK (LNK, Lithuania) - in which seven sighted people are selected to tackle an extreme challenge - to survive ten weeks in complete darkness; and TWINS (Pyatnitsa, Russia) - where each episode tells the story of one pair of twins who decide to change their look and become different.
 
The three finalist formats will be presented live by their creators in Budapest during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! session on Wednesday, 27 June. The jury, consisting of Manuela Caputi, Head of International Sales, Mediaset; Marietta Temesvari, Development and Content Strategist, Sony Pictures Television and Kateryna Vyshnevska, Head of Development & Co-production, FILM.UA will review the top finalists and vote for one winner of the competition which will be announced in front of NATPE Budapest International attendees.
 
This year PITCH & PLAY LIVE's Top 3 formats were selected from among 14 formats from Lithuania, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Romania, following the vote of the selection committee which included Damien Porte, VP International Sales, Vivendi Entertainment; Nelly Feld, Head of Sales, Acquisitions and International Relations, Reshet TV; Andrew Sime, VP of Formats, Banijay Rights; Dann Novak, Content Executive, NATPE and Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO of TVBIZZ and CEETV.
 
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 14 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.
 
Here is the full ranking following the vote of the selection committee:

The Community - 59 points

In the Dark - 59 points

Twins - 58 points



Triviador (Show & Game, Hungary) - 57 points

Everything but Ordinary (TV3, Russia) - 57 points

Soyuz Studio (TNT, Russia) - 55 points

Rehab (TV3, Russia) - 54 points

The Heritors (Pyatnitsa, Russia) - 45 points

DNA (NTV, Russia) - 44 points

Brides are in the Kitchen (BES Yapim, Turkey) - 43 points

100 Seconds to a Million (NTV, Russia) - 43 points

Cash or Crash (TNT4, Russia) - 40 points

Makeuppers (Pyatnitsa, Russia) - 39 points

Songs (TNT, Russia) - 38 points
 
 
GLOBAL AGENCY PICKS UP PITCH & PLAY LIVE! WINNING FORMAT FOR INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION #PitchPlay #MIPTV
 
In an exclusive interview for TVBIZZ Magazine, Izzet Pinto, CEO and Founder of Global Agency, revealed that his company will be distributing the format Sounds of the Nation which was born after several new elements were added to Pitch & Play LIVE winner The Land is Singing.
 
“Our Turkish production partner Ruyhan Durali (creator of Shopping Monsters, Lucky Room, etc.) added some new elements for this show, and it became a joint business with the Slovak producers, Ruyhan and us under the title Sounds of the Nation,” Pinto commented, noting that they discovered the format after it won the Pitch & Play LIVE 2017 edition.
 
 
The Land is Singing is produced by Nunez NFE for STV1.
 
Pitch & Play LIVE is organized by CEETV and NATPE which aims to showcase and recognize original format ideas with international potential from the CEE and EMEA regions. The application deadline for the 2018 edition is open till May 21. Any non-scripted format from the region, created after June 1, 2017, is eligible to take part in the competition.
 
 
CALL FOR ENTRIES ANNOUNCED FOR THIRD ANNUAL PITCH & PLAY LIVE! AT NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL 2018
 
 
Los Angeles/Budapest, 8th March -- NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL, the pre-eminent global TV market and conference focused on the CEE, EMEA and worldwide content business, and CEETV, the leading media platform for regional TV intelligence, have announced they will again be hosting PITCH & PLAY LIVE! in Budapest, Hungary in June 2018. NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL, which includes a robust content marketplace, top-level studio screenings and business-focused conference sessions, will take place at the InterContinental Hotel between June 25-28.
 
Welcoming the most innovative regional content producers, the goal of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! is to showcase and recognize original format ideas with international potential from the CEE and EMEA regions. Any non-scripted format created after June 1, 2017 can be submitted for consideration in the competition. From all entries, up to ten titles will be selected and reviewed by an international committee of global content industry professionals, who will select three finalists. The top three formats will be presented at a dedicated session by their creators in front of a jury of highly respected TV professionals during NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL. After deliberation by the jury one format will be named the winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE!
 
This year NATPE is offering producers the opportunity to attend NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL and participate in PITCH & PLAY LIVE! for a single participation fee of 100 EUR (or USD$125) + VAT. Producers can submit their content for the contest and also receive one full registration for NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL, providing complete access to the entire marketplace and conference. Participation/registration fees will be facilitated by NATPE, please see the link below. In addition to media coverage, the winning format will receive a registration and two (2) nights of hotel accommodation for NATPE MIAMI 2019 alongside development meetings with leading distributors during the event.
 
Submissions must include a one-page description of the format in English, a trailer of three minutes or less and at least one full episode, both with English subtitles. NATPE will review all registrations to ensure that all Producers are vetted and approved for participation.
 
The deadline for submissions is May 21, 2018.
 
TO REGISTER AS A PRODUCER FOR NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL AND APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN PITCH & PLAY LIVE! PLEASE CLICK HERE:
https://www.natpe.com/budapest/register
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PITCH & PLAY LIVE! EVENT, PLEASE CLICK HERE: http://www.pitchplay.tv
 
Successful presentation of P&P Live winner The Land is Singing at #NATPE Miami 2018
 
The Land is Singing was officially presented during the NATPE Miami 2018 market this January. Director and producer Peter Nunez, the owner of Nunez NFE - the production company-creator of the format, presented the format and was officially presented the Pitch&Play Live award which it won during last year's NATPE Budapest market. Part of the prize for the best non-fiction format from CEE was the initiation of numerous meetings with potential sales partners interested in the format. Medialne.sk quotes Nunez who commented that "It was a great feeling. I was really in shock. After the presentation, informal meetings with about twenty companies were organized, with people from Chile, USA, Japan, Turkey and other countries. If at least a ten of the negotiations are successful, it would be amazing". Slovak pubcaster STV1 is currently airing the second season of the format.