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, organize the format initiative PITCH & PLAY LIVE for NATPE Budapest International.
PITCH & PLAY LIVE's goal is to showcase and distinguish original format ideas from the CEE/EMEA region with international potential. All non-scripted format ideas created after June 1, 2019 can take part in the competition. Out of all entries, up to 10 titles will be selected and reviewed by a committee of five TV industry professionals who will pick three finalists. These top 3 formats will be presented live by their creators in a special session during NATPE Budapest International. A jury of highly respected TV professionals will vote for one format winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE that will be announced at NATPE Budapest International.
Non-scripted formats created in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) no earlier than June 1, 2019. Only developed formats will be considered - concepts that are either fully developed and registered and/or have already been picked up/aired by a broadcaster/media outlet.
No consideration for participation: formats other than non-scripted, formats created earlier than June 1, 2019, formats created outside the CEE/EMEA region, formats that have already been picked up for international distribution.
Required materials for submission:
1/ Format description - up to 1 page in English including complete creators' and producers' credits (A4 size, font min. 10)
2/ Trailer – promo video of the format (up to 5 minutes) with English subtitles
3/ Episode – video of at least 1 episode with English subtitles (2 episodes will also be accepted)
4/ Proof of payment of USD 89.00 (no VAT) registration fee, payble to NATPE
Additional format information (air dates, ratings, promotional initiatives, technical details) - up to 1 page in English (A4 size, font min. 10)
All submissions are electronic; no other forms of submissions will be accepted.
Each format is registered separately for participation and considered a sovereign entry in the competition. Participants can submit more than one format for participation with each format registered separately. All materials must be uploaded in the REGISTER section at www.pitchplay.tv/live
Submissions are accepted until July 31, 2020.
This year's participation fee has been set to USD 89.00 (no VAT), payable to NATPE. This fee includes one free registration for NATPE Budapest International 2020 and gives Producers access to the full NATPE Budapest virtual agenda. The top 3 finalist titles must be presented live and virtually by their creators during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE session on Monday, August 24, 2020, at the InterContinental Hotel. In addition to media coverage by CEETV, TVBIZZ and NATPE, the winning format will receive a registration and hotel accommodation for NATPE Miami 2021 as well as development meetings with leading distributors during the market in the US.
By sending their submissions the Entrants accept and agree to all rules of the competition and its outcome as described on this page. Entrants will receive a confirmation email that the submitted materials are accepted for consideration. CEETV, TVBIZZ and NATPE are released of any liability for the origin, content and copyright of the submitted materials. Entrants take sole responsibility for the property of the submitted content and all associated copyrights, including those of third parties when entering the competition by sending their submissions.
Each Entrant understands and acknowledges that NATPE, CEETV and TVBIZZ (the Sponsors) have wide access to ideas, designs, and other materials, and that new ideas/Scripts are being developed by its own employees, suppliers, and/or business partners. Each Entrant also acknowledges that many ideas may be competitive with, similar or identical to the Submission and/or each other in theme, idea, format or other respects. By submitting a Script for Sponsor's consideration, Entrants agree to the following:
Sponsors, by virtue of its position in the entertainment industry, may receive or may have already received submissions of ideas, formats, stories, scripts, screenplays, synopses, treatments, suggestions and the like, whether as part of the Contest or not. Furthermore, many such submissions received by Sponsor may be similar to or identical to those developed by the Entrant. In furtherance of this acknowledgement, Entrants agree that they will not be entitled to any compensation based on the use by Sponsors or any party affiliated with Sponsors of materials that contain similar or identical ideas, formats, storylines, etc. as those contained in the Script submitted by the Entrant.
Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship exists between them and the Sponsors, and Entrants further acknowledge that no such relationships are established between the Entrant and Sponsors by reason of Entrant's submission of a Script to Sponsors.
Entrants acknowledge and agree that the Released Parties do not now and shall not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of copyright, trade secret, or other intellectual property rights in and to a Submission.
Entrant will be responsible for securing any and all necessary licenses or consents for (a) any performances, displays or other uses of copyrighted works, trademarks or patented inventions or designs and (b) any use of any name, likeness, signature, voice or other impression, or other intellectual property owned by others at the Show. Entrant agrees not to allow any musical work protected by copyright to be staged, produced or otherwise performed, unless Entrant has previously obtained written permission from the copyright owner, or the copyright owner's designee (e.g., ASCAP, BMI or SESAC) for this use. Entrant accepts full and complete responsibility for the performance of all obligations under any agreement permitting the use of the music, including but not limited to, all obligations to report data and to pay royalty fees. Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless NATPE, CEETV and TVBIZZ and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, and representatives from and against any claim of liability and any incident or resulting loss, cost or damage, including but not limited to, reasonable attorney and expert witness fees, and all other associated costs of lawsuits, for failure or alleged failure to obtain these licenses or consents or for infringements of copyright, patent or the unauthorized use of a registered trademark or service mark or other violations of the property or proprietary rights, or the rights of privacy or publicity of any third party.