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May 2018

Preliminary two-day conference to be organized in concert with the sponsor(s) to be attended by MENA media professionals on the state of media in the region. Goals and needs. Resulting White Paper will be distributed to attendees two weeks before the conference.

Thursday, September 14

8:00 PM  

Welcoming dinner

Friday, September 15

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Buffet breakfast

Main Conference Room

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Plenary Session. Description of the Forum menu and goals; kind of like a three-ring circus. Many events going on concurrently. Most will be filmed with the exception of breakout sessions. Synopsis of findings of the two-day conference on the state of media in the Region.  

11:05 AM – 1:15 PM

Regional Overviews. The State of the media in the US and 5 other Regions. Narrative and business.    

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM




2:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Anatomies of Success. Panels of participants on four successful series.


7:30 PM

Dinner event.

Saturday, September 16

Main Conference Room

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

Next. Successful show creators talk about their next projects and more broadly about their interests and development trends. 9 speakers. Three hours.  

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Narrative Models and story forms, then now and in the future. Two hours. Many speakers.  

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Development and Market Trends.

The Business

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Thom Schatz: The Genius of the System.  How it works pro and con.  

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

The art of the deal.  Ownership and creative rights.  

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Intellectual Property.  

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Management and Agency Representation.  

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

The Guilds.  

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Training and education.

07:00 PM

Gala Dinner Event

Sunday, September 17

Main Conference Room

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Lessons and evolution of American Television; phases, successes and failure- and things to be avoided. Two hours.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Summary of day long program on the business.


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

Summaries of breakout sessions and idea presentations

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Next steps.

Breakout Sessions

Women. Patti Jenkins

Music Videos. Mary Lambert

Indigenous stories.

Reality and Documentary. Allison Gorelik; Aaron Fishman; Jerome Gary

Entrepreneurship Science. Matthew Chapman

Gaming and Apps. Danny Bilson

Family Game Shows

Recurring Series

Limited Series





3:30 PM – 5:30 PM


11:00 AM -12:30 PM ; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM



10:00 AM – 12:00 PM