Indian Broadcasting Foundation announces first Indian TV Fest ‘12

Mumbai: Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), the governing body for broadcasters in India, announced today the launch of India’s first ever Indian TV Fest ’12 scheduled to be held in Goa on November 2nd & 3rd.

The two-day fest, a celebration of the industry in the world’s largest democracy, is a unique platform for the Indian and global broadcasting industry to network and exchange ideas through engaging panel discussions and master classes. Renowned names from India and across the globe are expected to participate in the mega event. The festival will be held at the Baga Grounds, Goa.

The festival will play host to interactive seminars, key note sessions, events, content, business services technology and service pavilions, lounges for private meetings, performances and a plethora of sporting activities.

The core objective of the fest is to bring the television fraternity from India and abroad under one platform to network, exchange views, share ideas and present promising futures against the backdrop of charismatic Goa.

Uday Shankar, President of IBF, chaired a press conference that was also attended by core festival committee members, which included Mr. Sunil Lulla, Mr. Keertan Adyanthaya, Ms. Monica Tata and Ms. Lydia Buthello along with Punit Goenka, Treasurer, IBF.

Uday Shankar, President, IBF said, “This is more than just a festival. It’s an opportunity for Indian and global broadcasters to grow in a market that’s considered to be the fastest growing.”

“With a current reach of over 140 million homes, the market with a population of 1.2 billion holds a great opportunity and the event is an ideal platform to look at opportunities that lie ahead for augmenting this dynamic industry,” according to Mr. Uday Shankar.

The event boasts of an impressive line-up of visionary speakers including luminaries like Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International; James Murdoch, – Deputy COO, Chairman and CEO, International News Corporation; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Corporation of America; Hugh Johnson, Head Commercial Marketing & Research, Channel 4; and Subhash Chandra, Chairman, ZEE & ESSEL Group.

Announcing the key speakers for ITF’12, Punit Goenka, Treasurer IBF said, “The key speakers at ITF’12 will be coming together for a special master class to share their knowledge with the attendees. At an event of this magnanimous scale, there will be great networking, exchange of information, discussions which will benefit all present at the event. There will be other stalwarts from the Indian broadcasting industry sharing their experiences and discussing industry related topics. In addition, there will be over 60 stalls exhibiting content related to every spectrum of the TV industry. Never before has one seen an event of this scale being held in India.”

The IBF Office Bearers comprise of its 3 Board Members: Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India; Sunil Lulla, MD & CEO, Times Television Network and Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL). The ITF Festival Organizing Committee comprises of Sunil Lulla, MD & CEO, Times Television Network; Keertan Adyanthaya, MD, NGC Networks India; Monica Tata, GM, Entertainment Networks, South Asia, Turner International India and Lydia Buthello, Head of Events, Star India.

Although targeted at industry professionals, anyone with a keen interest in understanding the Indian television industry from Indian and international luminaries is encouraged to attend the fest. To motivate aspirant youth participation, the ITF has waived off registration fees for participants under-25 years.

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