2013 Entertainment Content Summit Program
12:00 – 12:50 ICFLIX Fulfills an OTT Market Gap
ICFLIX [pronounced i-see-flix] has created a unique service for MENA region and global audiences interested in streaming content online ranging from Hollywood, Bollywood and Jazwood (Arabic content). CEO Carlos Tibi will discuss how the company has become a success story by following five key steps: differentiating its service, partnering with the right companies, keeping up with the most up-to-date technology trends, leveraging social media and making the platform a convenient and user friendly experience. By positioning ICFLIX as a service, this business model fills a prominent gap in the OTT industry.

Carlos Tibi, CEO – ICFLIX
13:00 – 14:00 Break
14:00 – 14:50 Current Trends in Drama Production in the Arab World
The innovation and quality element in drama production is becoming a necessity as it is making a major impact on viewing habits. Budget constraints, shortage of resources and lack of creativity remain key drawbacks in the course of creating quality and innovative production.This session will highlight and discuss in depth the major challenges in the drama production scene, the competition to deliver quality production, meeting TV stations requirements and needs and the opportunities lying in co-production.
Dr. Ghassan Al Katheri – Actor and TV and Radio Presenter
Khulud Abu Homos
SVP Programming and Creative Services – OSN
Hassan Assiri
Saudi Producer and Actor
Safwat Ghattas
Owner and CEO – Spot 2000
15:00 – 15:50 IPTV vs. OTT
There are countless forecast claims, debates and discussions about whether IPTV or OTT is going to dominate and deliver a better user experience. Will converging IPTV and OTT be the ultimate key to build an enhanced value proposition to viewers?This session will discuss how telecoms and broadcasters face the challenges of each service while ensuring the right action is taken to leverage opportunities and deliver quality service.The session will also highlight ROI strategies, and will tackle OTT piracy challenges.
Andre Popov, Partner – Peppers & Rogers Group
Ben Kinealy
VP – IPTV & OTT – Intigral
Ali Ajouz
Managing Partner – Sawa Media
Ghassan Saad
Senior Manager Content Acquisition – du
16:00 – 17:00 Real-time Content for a Real-time World
By Scribble Live MENA
Connected technologies have changed the way people can access information and knowledge forever. The World is gone live and people are expecting not only to access but to participate to events. The Audience wants now to actively contribute to our living history in all areas from sports to politics, from private to public. But what does really mean Real-Time Content? What is the difference between Real-Time Content and Real-Time access to content? How can we secure that Real-Time Content is trusted premium content? How can professional content creators and aggregators embrace and leverage on social media engagement?
11:00 – 11:50 Local Content and the Infrastructure and Support System Dubai has to Offer
By Dubai Film & TV Commission
The number of productions for film, TV, still shoots and commercials shot in Dubai has grown exponentially over the past few years, with over 6,000 productions completed since 2005.The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC), plays a major role in promoting Dubai as a production location by serving as a one-stop shop for producers, crews and filmmakers, making Dubai an ideal hub for both international and local content production. This session explores what it takes to increase Dubai’s local content output and analyses the city’s potential to become a global media production hub.
Mr. Jamal Al Sharif
Chairman, Dubai Film and TV Commission
Ms. Anne K. Sim
Head – Strategy and Policy, Dubai Film and TV Commission
Jeff Youssef
Head of Media Practice Middle East – Oliver Wyman FZ-LLC
12:00 – 12:50 Animation in the Arab Countries: Where are we at now?
The region has witnessed in recent years a great demand for animation production, and it has seen a growth in the use of animation media in many different forms despite the shortage of talent and the competitive costs of production.This session will discuss the current industry challenges that affect industry growth, and key elements that will shift the future of the industry in the region.
Chris Newbould, Editor – Digital Studio
Nathalie Habib
GM and Executive Producer – Blink Studios
Zaidoun Karadsheh
Co-Founder /Partner – Media Plus, Sketch in Motion & BeeLabs
Ayman Jamal
Managing Partner / Filmmaker – Barajoun
Samer Hamarneh
Project Manager of Al Muktashef Al Sagheer and Animation Studio Manager Rubicon Group Holding (RGH)
13:00 – 14:00 Break
14:00 – 14:50 Spotlight on Malaysia: Digital Content Business Opportunities
By Creative Content Association Malaysia
Introduction to Malaysian Market
Datuk Kamal Khalid
Chief Operating Officer, Group Shared Services Media Prima Berhad
The Malaysian Film Industry
Dato’ Mahyidin Mustakim
Chief Executive Officer Creative Content Association Malaysia
Malaysian Content for the International Audience
An overview of Malaysian produced content namely animations, dramas, feature films, documentaries. Examples of content which attract international audiences. On riding the next Asian wave coming from Malaysia.
Mr. Farid Khaleeque Ahmad
Managing Director Nafalia Corporation Sdn Bhd
Johan Mohamed Nawawi
Director, HudHud Media Sdn Bhd
Film In Malaysia Incentive (FIMI)
Ms. Suzanie Adina Mat Saat
Assistant Director, Film in Malaysia Office National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS)