The IBC Leaders Forum will return to IBC on Thursday 13 September at the RAI, Amsterdam. The exclusive, high-powered gathering is set to feature big names from the global media, entertainment and technology industry,
Designed for the most influential people at the top of the industry, the forum’s mixture of high-level discussion, thought-leading sessions and lively debate has created a reputation as the leading venue for debating crucial issues and shaping the future of the industry.
This year will see the Forum take place around the theme of 'The Search for Growth’ reflecting a time of unprecedented change in the broadcast ecosystem as increasingly footloose content competes for viewers on a multiplatform, global stage. The technology and media giants of the FAANG group are re-shaping the rules of the game at all levels, while there is a noted increase in M&A activity and huge new injections of finance that affect everyone in the value chain. VC investment is driving a continuous search for the next major disruptor, with disproportionate amounts of money pumped into technology start-ups.
As disruption accelerates across all broadcast and TMT sectors, it has never been more vital to bring together the industry’s leaders in an open and inspiring environment. Some of the key speakers at this year’s event include Erik Huggers, Former CEO, Vevo; Anders Jensen, EVP and CEO of Nordic Entertainment, MTG; JB Perrette, President & CEO, Discovery Networks International; Lindsay Pattison, Group Transformation Officer, Group M & WPP; and Martin Stewart, CEO, OSN.
OSN CEO Martin Stewart has been instrumental in striking a number of partnerships and launching regional OTT services, as the MENA pay-TV operator competes to retain customers in the rapidly changing broadcast ecosystem.
The Leaders' Forum will examine where the next stage of growth will come from across the broadcast media ecosystem and explore the vital topics of consolidation, partnerships, industry disruption, innovative finance models and brand safety in the digital age. Panel Sessions will include ‘Dealing with disruption & competing with giants – carving a niche with long-term survivability’ and ‘In conversation with JB Perrette, President & CEO, Discovery Networks International’.
“The level of upheaval we are witnessing across the broadcast and media industry is unprecedented,” comments Ben Keen, Executive Producer of the IBC Leaders’ Forum. “The market is increasingly fluid and dynamic, however, and organisations searching for winning collaborative partnerships must look beyond traditional players to new entrants and startups.”
“There are no reliable maps of tomorrow’s media landscape, but the debate and discussion at the Leaders’ Forum will at least provide its attendees with vital strategic insights to help plot their own compass headings for navigating the future.”
This year, the Leaders Forum sits alongside the Telco & Media Innovation Forum and the Cyber Security Forum to form the Executive Forum programme - a new initiative designed to attract 450 C-level experts to debate the industry’s biggest challenges and opportunities. The 150+ attendees are able to take advantage of its closed-door nature to truly speak their minds and energetically debate pressing industry topics and evolving strategies necessary to deal with multiple disruptors.