Vegas Part 2: NATPE

Early up to attend Natpe Mobile, the mobile congress of the Television industry. NATPE stands for National Association of Television Programming Executives, and it’s quite comparable to Europe’s Mipcom. A cool dinner, where speakers of the conference are invited by the Natpe Board, PwC and KornFerry. I learned quite a lot about the television and studios view, methods and way forward on mobile productions, be it via sms, DVB-H or others. Very international participants: mainly US, but Asia and Europe well represented. Interesting!


Today I spoke on a panel, to discuss IDTV and digital media in general in Europe. Over 20 questions from the audience, that’s always a good sign. I attended this one together with the VP innovation of Telefonica, the person in charge of content from Microsoft, and the marketing director of Thompson – while the moderation was done by Marcel from PwC who lives in Hong Kong since over 20 years. Afterwards got invitations to speak in Hong Kong, Spain, NY – but I declined to avoid having a full time job doing speeches. Time to do some work.


Overall, very good conference, and some sessions were real eye openers, such as the TV network bosses explaining first run series, vertical integration, syndication and digital distribution. Although I’ve been dealing with the media industry to launch services across different media, I’m now looking from inside the industry towards the world of movies and its different windows, series, programming, platformed distribution and the challenges they are facing. Interesting to see that the Media industry doesn’t quite know how to deal with, or what to expect from, telecom companies and internet companies. And vice versa. I’m happy I understanding one somehow, and getting to understand the second.


Half of the conference was about online, interactive television, mobile tv, user vs professionally generated content, etc. Europe is a lot ahead of mobile and IPTV, US is clearly leading on online streaming, on demand services and other models. Interesting period coming up, cool to be part of it.





My longest birthday ever!

De laatste jaren probeerden Femke & ik steeds een feestje te organiseren bij onze verjaardagen. Reden uiteraard om een beetje te vieren, maar nog belangrijker om onze verschillende vriendengroepen samen te brengen. Vlamingen en Walen, Limburgers en Antwerpenaars, Skynetters en EDS’ers, werk en privé, oude en nieuwe vrienden, familie en nieuwe kennissen – yep: vanalles.


Dit jaar kon het om praktische redenen niet deze week, so it’ll be for a later time. Maar ... net terug van Amsterdam, en we gingen voor 1 drink in de Archiduc, maar dan toch maar langs AB Café en Daringman. Toch fijn en grappig gevierd, gelachen met Eric en serieus gebabbeld met Arno, en dus maar afgesproken om allemaal samen naar zijn concert in Amsterdam te gaan.


9u ’s morgens: vliegtuig naar LasVegas over Atlanta. Zowat 18h onderweg, maar lokaal nog steeds maar 18h. So birthday celebration again! Ons vriendenfeestje is pas binnen een paar weken, maar this was pretty cool. Blij dat het gedaan is though...


en dank u voor alle lieve berichten allemaal... was er niet goed van.