The president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organisation which awards the coveted Oscars each year, will headline the first International Showbiz Expo in Abu Dhabi in October.
Held from October 21–23 at ADNEC Abu Dhabi, the inaugural International Showbiz Expo (ISBE) will host key industry leaders, including Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and Hollywood producer Edward R Pressman, who was the brains behind films like Wall Street and The Crow.
Local names on the list of speakers will include Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of the Dubai Film and TV Commission and managing director of Dubai Studio City and Pakistani actor and director Shaan Shahid
Other big names set to attend the event also include George David, general manager of Royal Film Commission – Jordan, Debbie Stanford Kristiansen, CEO of Novo Cinemas and Cameron Mitchell, CEO of VOX Cinemas, Majid Al Futtaim.
The ISBE will include several panels and discussion groups looking at a range of areas across the entertainment industry, such as production, distribution, financing, and other issues the sector is facing today.