Tryst with destiny @ FICCI Frames in March

19 Feb,2013

By A Correspondent


Uday Shankar

Announcing the launch of the 14th edition of India’s foremost business conclave on media and entertainment, FICCI Frames 2013, Uday Shankar and Karan Johar, the Chairman and the Co-Chairman respectively of the Media & Entertainment Committee, unveiled the theme of the conclave, ‘A Tryst With Destiny: Engaging a Billion Consumers’.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shankar said, “While the industry has made spectacular progress in the last 20 years in increasing the intensity of engagement with the Indian consumer through superior content, there is still a gap in our ability to monetize the engagement and use the resources generated to advance both access and content. The year 2013 is one of many milestones in the media and entertainment industry and Frames will offer an opportunity for us to put these developments into perspective, look at the larger picture and engage on such a bold and important theme.”


Mr Johar said, “The M & E industry has the potential to become the catalyst for social change and a force of good for every niche of society. FICCI Frames has been the most eminent platform for the M&E sector and its initiatives over the past decade have improved the quality of content generation, skill development and stature of the industry. We believe that our new agenda will be the change agent for social and commercial development, connecting a billion people, while shaping and informing their opinions and getting influenced by their collective needs in turn.”


At Frames 2013, the aim is to deliberate on the growth of the industry and find ways to maximize both its creative and economic potential by engaging with the billion strong consumer base in our country. We have key international thought leaders, studio heads and academics lined up to speak on a range of topics covering the main objectives of the sector – digitization, making big budget films and being successful in Bollywood, censorship, marketing, exhibition, distribution, viability of the sports broadcasting business, the future of content consumption in an era progressively getting defined by the digital media, innovation and planning required in various policy issues within TV, cinema, animation and gaming.


The line-up of stalwarts includes Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International, Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair, Walt Disney International & President Disney ABC Television Group; Bob Bakish, CEO, Viacom Media International, Teri Schwartz, Dean, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),  Colin Maclay, MD, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, Andy Kaplan, President, International Networks, Sony Pictures Television, Mira Nair, film-maker, Dominic Proctor, President, Group M Worldwide, Seymour Stein, Vice President, Warner Bros Music, David Womart, the Producer of the Oscar-nominated Life of Pi, film maker Gurinder Chaddha, Jonathan Taplin, Director, Annenberg School of Innovation, The University of California school of communications and journalism, Andy Weltman, the international head of Pinewood studios, and Graham Broadbent, the British producer of the Best Exotic Marigold hotel.


Key stakeholders and regulators will also be present, from government to industry leaders. Attending for the first time will be the information ministers of SAARC countries, forming an exclusive panel on forging bilateral ties to augment growth amongst geographically and culturally connected countries.


FICCI Frames 2013 will be held from March 12 to 14 at Hotel Renaissance, Mumbai.


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