The 2013 Taipei TV Festival kicked off in Taipei on Sept. 25, with nearly 100 exhibitors from Taiwan and abroad participating in the three-day fair, according to the Ministry of Culture.
A total of 95 domestic and overseas businesses, including the Taiwan branch of BBC Worldwide, the French Film Commission, Al Jazeera, South Korea’s KBS Media, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and PHOENIX Satellite Television Company, will take part in the fair that runs until Sept. 27 in Exhibition Hall 3 of the Taipei World Trade Center.
Now in its 10th year, the annual fair has attracted many buyers from such countries as Turkey, Greece, the United States, France, Britain, Japan and Thailand.
To aid the development of the local film and TV industry, the Ministry is planning to set up a mechanism to foster the TV industry’s creativity and marketing strategies, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said at the opening ceremony on Sept. 25, adding that she also encourages Taiwan’s TV stations to collaborate with foreign businesses in order to gain entry into the international market.
During the first two days of the fair, the organizer invited Justus Verkerk, Chief Commercial Officer of the Dutch media supplier FCCE, and Franck Priot, Chief Operating Officer of the French film comission Film France, to deliver speeches on “Successes in Cross-boundary Matching of TV Formats” and “How to Enhance the Chinese TV Market Competitiveness on Oversea Sales,” respectively.
Starting last year, the event organizers have organized a Chinese-language publishers’ matching zone, with the aim of creating synergy by introducing resources from the publishing industry into the TV industry.
High-level managers of 15 major TV stations in Taiwan, including TVBS, Formosa TV (FTV), Sanlih E-Television Inc. (SET), Taiwan Public Television and DaAi TV, also attended the opening of the event to explore opportunities for cooperation.