US broadcasters plan Collaborative Global Series for 2015: Aussie creatives invited

THE National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in the US has announced it will again present NAB Show Collaborative, a global initiative designed to support and strengthen innovation, growth and opportunity in the digital media and entertainment industry.

As part of the initiative, NAB will partner with leading events around the world to host conferences and sessions for Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, CABSAT in Dubai and SET Expo in São Paulo. In all, NAB will present more than 40 sessions featuring industry leaders and best-in-class educational programming. 

The 2015 series will kick off with Mobile World Congress 2015, where NAB Show Collaborative will host a one-day symposium on Monday, March 2 in Barcelona. The event will bring together industry leaders to share their insights on the ‘Future of Media and Entertainment in a Multi-platform World’.

NAB president and CEO, Gordon Smith will provide opening remarks, and BBC Research and Development director of operations Jon Page will give the keynote address.

The program will also include presentations and interviews with leading technology and entertainment companies including Ovum, Qualcomm, Google, Technicolor, ESPN, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Piksel and Ericsson. The interviews will be conducted by international producer and presenter Saleha Williams of Clarity Creative.

NAB Show Collaborative will continue with CABSAT in Dubai, March 10-11, with programming focused on ‘Connecting Live Content Opportunities’.

The conference will cover the latest disruptive and convergence trends in filmed entertainment and digital media, as well as developments in live video content production in the MEASA markets.

Highlights will include presentations from ITV (UK), Huffington Post (UK), ESPN, the NBA, The Creative Grid, Frost & Sullivan, PayWizard, Ericsson Media Room and Coca-Cola.

Corey Bridges, the CEO of LifeMap Solutions and former CMO to movie director and deep-sea explorer James Cameron, will provide the keynote address.

CABSAT will also feature the Middle East Post-Production Conference (MEPPW), showcasing state-of-the-art tools and training for global distribution of professionally created content.

“We are pleased to expand our relationships with these world class events and to extend globally NAB Show’s brand and educational programs to convention goers around the world,” said NAB executive vice president for conventions and business operations, Chris Brown.

“Together with our partners, we will uncover the best ideas, leaders and technologies and provide a forum that serves media and entertainment communities world-wide,” Mr Brown said.

NAB Show Collaborative supports the advancement of a global industry by collaborating with leading regional events to build a global network of learning and innovation and to provide a forum to serve the broadcast, media and entertainment communities. Current NAB Show Collaborative partners include Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, CABSAT in Dubai and SET Expo in Brazil.

The 2015 NAB Show itself, being staged on April 11-15 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550-plus exhibitors, NAB Show is a leading marketplace for digital media and entertainment.

A versatile show that covers creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and nationalities, NAB Show demonstrates solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.



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