1 October 2005
The recent MIPCOM television festival in Cannes provided a suitable launch pad for the FOCAL International Awards 2006.
"With so many production companies and sales agents promoting their latest programme catalogues, there was no shortage of interest in submitting programmes across all the main award categories: history, current affairs, sports, entertainment and natural history," reported Julie Lewis, General Manager FOCAL International, "So we are expecting another bumper crop of entries to the next Awards."
"We also found that in talking with these companies, many were actively selling footage or wanted to develop that side of their business, so they were keen to learn about how FOCAL could help," continued FOCAL's Commercial Manager, Anne Johnson."
Hosting the FOCAL Reception
It was also a valuable opportunity for existing FOCAL library members to get together informally with others who are about to join, and this was made possible due to the generosity of Matt White, Executive Vice President Digital Markets of National Geographic TV & Film Library who hosted the FOCAL International drinks. Seen here with Melissa Rice.
(Above) Representing the main sponsors Veronique Foucault, APTN Library (left) (from left to right) Annie Beljean, TSR - Television of the FOCAL International Awards 2006 with Clara Fon-Sing, Ina (right) Suisse Romande, Bertrand Loyer, MD Saint Thomas Productions and Victoria Metzger, RTBF
TI Com Net represented here by Taking a well earned rest, existing FOCAL Barry Florin, MD British Movietonews
Toshie Yoshida, President and libray members: Derek Blades, Images of War (left) with Bill Rudgard, CCTV Archive
Mark Hamilton, International Producer (left) with David Hooper, Espresso TV
(Left to Right) Lauren Roberts, Greenlight Television,
Jayne Thuraisamy, Film Australia with Jon Quayle,
reputed to be the Intergalactic Media Player for Duke International!
ABOUT TO JOIN
On behalf of the United Colette Forest and Claude (Left to right) Charlie Wu and Harley Paivi Moore,
Nations, Caroline Petit, Ouellet from CBC Radio-Canada Alexander of APTN with Adrian Johnson Head of YLE Export
Head of Promotion of Mr Footage - hopefully soon to
and Distribution become another new member!
Details of all these companies and those mentioned above, plus the services they offer, can be found on the FOCAL web Directory and also, soon, in the FOCAL International Members Directory 2005-06.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE ABOVE PLEASE CONTACT:
Anne Johnson or Julie Lewis - Tel: +44 (0)20 8423 5853 firstname.lastname@example.org