DISCOP 06, the only television content & formats market strictly targeted at central & eastern European marketplaces, will open to record numbers in all categories this week, it was announced by Patrick Jucaud, gm, DISCOP; and Rick Feldman, president/ceo, National Assoc. of Television Program Executives (NATPE), DISCOPs joint partner.
Now in its 15th year, the market will open in Budapest on June 22 at noon in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution.
Registered individual participants, 1,325, are up 36% from 2005. Some 786 buyers/visitors representing 370 companies from central and eastern Europe will attend, including 54 companies from Hungary, 30 from Russia, 35 from Romania, 26 from Ukraine and 23 from Serbia-Montenegro.
There are 422 sellers representing 280 international content sales organizations, including 45 companies from the U.S. and 28 companies from central and eastern Europe.
DISCOP 06 will kick off with special screening of one of the years most talked about documentaries, FREEDOMS FURY, which recounts the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the Bloodiest Game in Olympic history. The story is told about the fateful moment when Hungary exploded in a people power revolt. It climaxes with the infamous water polo showdown between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the Melbourne Olympics. Now known as the Blood in the Water match, the documentary follows the journey of the Hungarian Olympic water polo team who find themselves the unwitting focal point of the most politicized sport match ever played.
Founded in 1991, DISCOP (www.discop.com) is the only television content & formats market strictly targeted at Central & Eastern European marketplaces. After 15 years of operating independently, DISCOP was acquired last December by NATPE, the Los Angeles-based National Assoc. of Television Program Executives, which is a global non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms, across all mature and emerging media platforms.