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    There have been plenty of developments over the past month, not least BeIN Media Group, the sports arm of Al Jazeera, acquired Digiturk.
    Roger Field is Editor of Digital Studio at ITP Business Publishing.
    Roger Field is Editor of Digital Studio at ITP Business Publishing.

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    While summer is still in full swing, the busy second half of the year feels a long way off. But when everyone returns from their mid-year sojourns by the end of August, IBC, the world’s biggest trade show for the production and broadcast industries, will be upon us. Which is exactly why we’ve included a handy guide (and timely reminder) for the show in this issue. This year, the IBC conference runs from 10-14 September, while the exhibition runs in parallel but starts one day later.

    As you’ll see from our guide, IBC is the ideal way to get back into the swing of things after the summer lull. Where else can you gain access to 1,700 companies all under one roof, and visit conference sessions with high calibre speakers who avoid any trace of marketing speak? In short, it’s a show not to be missed.

    At the risk of contradicting myself on the subject of summer lulls, I feel compelled to add that the industry has actually been remarkably busy in recent weeks. Perhaps it was the timing of Ramadan this year, which saw numerous locally produced comedies and dramas attain solid viewing figures.

    As you will also see from our news pages this month, there have been plenty of developments over the past month, not least BeIN Media Group, the sports arm of Al Jazeera, acquired Digiturk, the Turkish satellite network. Nick Grande, managing director of Dubai-based media consultancy Channel Sculptor, described the deal as “the perfect acquisition” for BeIN Sports and offered an interesting analysis of the deal.

    We also caught up with Ammar Al Khrisat, CEO of Alkatraz Production, and gained an insight into the importance of film production services to the smooth running of the region’s film and TV production industry.

    In our dedicated Digital Broadcast section, we spoke to Sherman Black, CEO of Qumu, a US company that helps all types of organisations use video more effectively, whether for internal broadcasts, training tools or other uses. Having opened up an office in Dubai, Qumu offers further evidence that whatever the future brings, video will feature prominently.

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