FICCI Frames 2007, the forum where business meets entertainment, is scheduled to be held from 26 – 28 March, 2007 and is expected to be attended by scholars in respective fields. The year’s theme, ‘The Way Forward for the Indian Entertainment and Media Industry’, clearly illustrates the path chosen by Frames for the event. FICCI’s point of view on this would be presented by Amit Khanna, Chairman, Reliance Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, on the opening day.
This year Frames has scheduled four topics of discussion covering all the debatable issues, including a plenary session on the second day. Ferhan Cook, President, Any Screen Production, UK has been appointed to moderate the discussion on the topic, ‘Revenue Streams in the Converging World’.
Commenting on the topic, Amita Sarkar, Director and Head Entertainment Division, FICCI said, “As the converging world offers tremendous opportunities for creation and monetisation of content across various platforms, we decided to explore the exciting world of new media and understand how it can be innovatively utilised.”
While the keynote address will be given by Richard Anderson, IBM Global Digital Media Industry, IBM, USA, the speakers for this discussion include Kanwalinder Singh, President India and SAARC, Qualcomm, Marcel Fenez, APAC leader, Technology, Info-Comms and Entertainment, PwC, HK, Marc Petit, Vice President Media & Entertainment Autodesk, Inc, Canada, Neeraj Roy, CEO, Hungama.com and Neol Matthews, CTO Group – VP of Global Business development, Tandberg Television.
The other topics of discussion over the three days under the digital track include ‘Mobile Entertainment (Mobile Gaming + Mobile Video)’ and ‘Cinema of the Future – India Going Digital’ on the opening day, and ‘User Generated Content (UGC) & Showcase’ on the second day.
Stefan Rust, MEF Asia Chair, HK will moderate the Mobile Entertainment topic while Ajjay Bijli, Mg Director, PVR and Satya Prabhakar, Founder and CEO, Sulekha.com, USA will be the moderators for the topics of Cinema of the Future and UGC respectively.
Some of the speakers in the mobile entertainment discussion include Prof Dr. Clauss Sattler, Executive Director, Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum, Germany and Pawan Gandhi, Head - Mobile TV & Video Experiences, APAC, Nokia, Singapore among others.
The topic of ‘Cinema of the Future’ will feature speakers including Bill Jasper, CEO and President, Dolby Laboratories, USA, Shravan Shroff, Mg Director, Sringar Cinemas and Ritesh Sidhwani, Film Producer.
The final topic of discussion in this track, ‘User Generated Content & Showcase’, will have a diverse array of speakers including George Zacharias, MD, Yahoo India and Jaspreet Bindra, Country Manager, MSN India and Windows Live, MSN India.
With such a varied selection of topics in the digital track this year visitors can be assured of participating in some of the most interesting debates in the country.