The 2013 edition of the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) in Singapore will introduce a new three-day event called Animation Lab. The new program is created to help promote the region’s burgeoning animation industry, and seeks to bring together Asian animation producers, who are seeking investment and funding opportunities, with international broadcasters and financiers, who are interested in both the growing animation talent and market opportunity of the region.
According to organizers, program will be open to all individuals or companies that have new animation projects in the planning or production stage, and will give them a platform to engage in closed-door pitches to various participating international commissioners.
“The aim is always to try and grow the international CBeebies brand as well as our children’s portfolio worldwide,” says Henrietta Hurford-Jones, director of children’s programming at the BBC, who is one of the program’s participants. “I would be delighted to find creative partners in Asia to potentially develop exciting new children’s content with.”
Barbara Uecker, head of programming and acquisitions for children’s TV at Australia’s ABC TV, Nicole Keeb, head of international co-productions and acquisitions for children and youth programming at Germany’s ZDF Enterprises GmbH and Arne Lohmann, vice president of ZDFE.junior are among the other top-level small-screen animation execs attending the Animation Lab.
Asia TV Forum offers a wide variety of panels and opportunities for content producers and buyers to meet and do business at the Singapore Marina Bay Sands hotel and convention complex, December 3-6. To learn more, visit asiatvforum.com.