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In Riyadh, the Saudi International Media and Broadcast Expo opens for three days on on February 9, and will present a range of additional new features, technology demonstrations, knowledge exchange platforms and themed exhibiting zones such as the Content Delivery Hub, a sector focused on Over The Top (OTT) technologies delivering instant and on-demand digital and video content. Reportedly, Saudi Arabia’s Media industry is is in a growth phase, with the government offering initiatives to jumpstart growth in the country’s television and media sector. Offering a hint at the participatory profile, more than 200 exhibitors from 22 countries have already committed to participation, coming from industry sectors including social media and networking, operating equipment and supplies, technology, camera and photography, and news media. It also provides an interdisciplinary forum for radio and TV channels owners, management teams to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of media and networking.

SIMB Expo’s conference program reflects topics set to explore recent advancements in the delivery and continuity of the visual and audio media industries. There will be reviews on the changing landscape of broadcast media in MENA through particular topics: Promoting the digital experience by leveraging on existing services without undermining traditional business models; Driving Cross-Platform Measurement: Bridging the Audience Measurement Gap Across Viewing Screens; Developing a Winning Strategy for the Future of Visual Effects and Post-Production; State of the Industry Report Presented by Frost and Sullivan Is the Middle East Aboard the Flying Carpet for TV-Everywhere Yet; The Digital Content Revolution: A World of Opportunity; TV S.M.A.R.T. — Anytime, Anywhere — The Evolution Continues; The Impact of Multiplatform Content Delivery in Live Sports Production.

SIMB Expo exhibitors at the convention will represent many industry categories, including: Camera Equipment Providers, Studio Equipment Suppliers, Media Educational Institutes, Culture and Information, and Media Authorities, Radio Channel Agencies, News Channel Agencies, Cinematography, Studio Accessories, Media and networking Software Solution, Publishing, Media Management Solutions Agencies, Information Technology Companies, Marketing Companies, Media Lab Equipment, Online media storage and retrieval, Online Media Services, Image Enlargers, Media and Advertising Companies, Media Equipment Suppliers, Film and Media production houses. The Saudi International Media and Broadcast Expo aims to bring together leading media & networks, channels and TV and Radio equipment suppliers to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Media and Network Technology.

World Radio Day 2019 organized through UNESCO

The month of February will host several global event dates (between at least two separate organizers) spotlighting the vitality of radio in present day media culture. World Radio Day 2019 organized through UNESCO will celebrate the theme of “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace” and the power of radio in promoting understanding and strong communities. UNESCO has outlined on its website “10 Ideas” for celebrating World Radio Day for anyone, anywhere in the world: “Embrace Differences, Engage Your Audience, Empower the Voiceless, Inspire Your Listeners, Foster Partnership, Reflect, Celebrate Community Spirit, Put Words Into Action, Participate, Listen and Respond.” On January 14, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming February 13, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.

World Radio Day was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters. There is a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

In other events, from February 12-15, EBU, a global association of national broadcasters staging events from Geneva, will stage European Broadcasting Union Digital Radio Week consisting of industry and public events, including: RadioHack 2019, from February 11-12, RadioDNS Update, on February 12, Automotive Workshop, on February 12, Digital Radio Summit 2019, on February 13, and Radio Archive Workshop 2019, on February 14. In particular, the two day RadioHack 2019 will brings together coders, solderers and thinkers to collaborate and innovate together. This includes broadcasters, device manufacturers or just those with a passion for radio and technology. For two days, hackers are invited to work on new ideas and technologies or explore how existing ones can be linked together to create something of use to broadcasters and content makers. And Digital Radio Summit will examine topics for the future of Radio, as well as showcasing a range of projects. Sessions will cover insights from outside of Europe, including Australia and the US, as well as a discussion on Radio in 5G alongside broadcast. Other invitation-only events take place during this week, including the EBU Strategic Program for Radio meeting, and the WorldDAB Technical Committee.

Istanbul International Film-TV Forum & Exhibition (IFTV)

The Istanbul International Film-TV Forum & Exhibition (IFTV) provides the regional broadcasting industry with insights into the Turkish Media Market, and foresight to uncover new opportunities in the EMEA region while building global partnerships. IFTV brings professionals of broadcasting and content industries together under four main events: Forum, Film TV Market, Exhibition. Organised by CEO Event and supported by RATEM, and Professional Union of Broadcasting Organisations, the Istanbul located event stretches from February 14-16. For the event iTVF wants to bring together a select profile of professionals, and play host to an important cultural gathering with visitors from 75 countries participating in the event. Like the previous year, the expo in 2019 will consist of presentations about the broadcasting industry, TV channels, new technology and media companies, film production suppliers, film and series production companies, international distributors of film and series and film locations. Additionally, there will be planned exhibitions for services and products, from sectors including audio and lighting equipment and accessories, animation, data storage, IPTV , mobile TV, VR and other advanced technologies.

Reportedly, the Turkish media industry has caught up with the pace of global progress that have realized transformations brought about by technological advancements. Turkey exports TV series, shows and original formats to approximately 140 countries and yields an annual revenue of 250 million dollars. With more than 600 TV and 1000 radio channels, Turkey has proven its unusually large and rich broadcasting capacity. As a result of such developments, RATEM (the Association of Radio and TV Broadcasters), the largest non-governmental organization in the Turkish media industry, organizes the international IFTV with the help of Turkey’s leading events organization company, CEO Event. IFTV speaker discussions aim at developing and presenting a road map based on the anticipated global trends and advances as well as the communication and cooperation channels in the broadcasting industry. Through invited speakers their goal is to discuss the international agenda of broadcasting and content and to come up with ideas for a common future. Based on the main theme chosen according to the advancements of the year, the forum will include national and international visionaries and opening speakers.

In Turkey, there are 178 television companies, including 16 national, 10 regional and 152 local companies, as well as 902 radio companies, including 30 national, 79 regional and 793 local companies, which have applied to the Radio and Television High Council to obtain a license for terrestrial broadcasting.Currently, 798 of these radio and television companies are members of RATEM. RATEM (Professional Union of Broadcasters), was established in 2001 to produce permanent solutions for Radio and Television Broadcasting, and to follow and protect rights based on the 5846 Numbered Law of Intellectual Property Rights. The Istanbul TV Forum and Fair aims to provide the regional broadcasting industry with opportunities to discover the Turkish Media Market, exploit new opportunities in the EMEA region and build global partnerships in Istanbul, a promising hub for international business. Embracing the full broadcasting ecosystem, iTVF will continue its mission to gather all professionals, companies and institutions which serve the entertainment and media industry. In other areas of development and enrichment, iTVF supported its comprehensive forum program and broadcasting technology fair, ensuring its participants a unique event in 2014 with the ‘100th Year of Turkish Cinema Awards’, ‘The BAK Short Film Awards’ (Documentary-Animation-Fiction) and an enthralling bosphorus tour.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – Grammy

Grammy statuette

In February there are highly anticipated film and music award ceremonies honoring great film and music talent in the USA and UK. Set for February 10, the Grammys, administered by The Recording Academy’s voting membership, are a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. The Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 20:00-23:30 (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook. Current nominees that will also perform at the 2019 Grammys include, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves. Singer-musician Alicia Keys will host the 61st Grammy Awards.

Nominees for the category of Record of the Year include: I Like It, from Cardi B; The Joke, Brandi Carlile; This Is America, from Childish Gambino; God’s Plan, from Drake; Shallow, from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; All The Stars, from Kendrick Lamar and SZA; Rockstar, from Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage; The Middle, from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. Nominees in the category of Album of the Year include: Invasion Of Privacy by Cardi B, By The Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile, Scorpion by Drake, H.E.R. by H.E.R., Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone, Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe, Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone, Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By (Various Artists). Nominees for the category of Song of the Year include: All The Stars, Boo’d Up, God’s Plan, In My Blood, The Joke, The Middle, Shallow, This Is America. Nominees for the category of Best New Artist include: Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – BAFTA

BAFTA trophy

BAFTA is an independent charity with a mission to “support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.” Situated in Kensington, it is a membership organisation comprising approximately 7,500 individuals worldwide who are creatives and professionals working in and making a contribution to the film, television and games industries in the UK. In addition to its annual awards ceremonies, BAFTA has an international program of learning events and initiatives offering access to talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the United Kingdom and the United States. BAFTA’s annual film awards ceremony on February 10 is known as the British Academy Film Awards, or “the BAFTAs”, and reward the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year.

Nominees for Best Film category include: BLACKkKLANSMAN, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born. Nominees for Outstanding British Film category include: Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, McQueen, Stan & Ollie, You Were Never Really Here. Nominees for Leading Actress category include: Glen Close for The Wife, Lady GaGa for A Star Is Born, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Viola Davis for Widows. Nominees for Leading Actor category include: Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Christian Bale for Vice, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Steve Coogan for Stan & Ollie, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book. The public will be able to watch the BAFTA red carpet live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Broadcast stations such as ManoTV, BBC Worldwide, Hollywood Suite, Canal Plus, MNET and others will carry the ceremony worldwide. Joanna Lumley will return to host will host the 72nd British Academy Film Awards in 2019.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – Brits

George Ezra slated for the 2019 BRIT Awards

The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. Founded in 1973, BPI is the representative trade organisation of the UK recorded music industry, which include the UK’s four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. BPI also organizes the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classical BRIT Awards show. Featured artists in this year’s February 22 award show include Ms Banks, Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, Jess Glynne with H.E.R., The 1975, George Ezra, others. Pop icon P!NK will be honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s ceremony. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive this award. The award is in conjunction with a Special Recognition for War Child to mark the charity’s 20th anniversary.

At the 2019 BRIT Awards, nominees in the category of British Female Solo Artist include: Anne-Marie Florence + The Machine, Jess Glynne, Jorja Smith, Lily Allen. Nominees in the category of British Male Solo Artist include: Aphex Twin, Craig David, George Ezra, Giggs, Sam Smith. Nominees in the category of British Group include: The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Little Mix, Years & Years. Nominees in the category of International Group include: Brockhampton, The Carters, First Aid Kit, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Twenty One Pilots. Nominees in the category of British Single include: Anne-Marie – ‘2002,’ Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – ‘One Kiss,’ Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – ‘Solo,’ Dua Lipa – ‘IDGAF,’ George Ezra – ‘Shotgun,’ Jess Glynne – ‘I’ll Be There,’ Ramz – ‘Barking,’ Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore, Dan Caplen – ‘These Days,’ Sigala and Paloma Faith – ‘Lullaby,’ Tom Walker – ‘Leave A Light On.’

The 2019 BRIT Awards will be broadcast live from O2 Arena in London and will be broadcast live on ITV. Alternatively, the BRIT Awards will be live streamed internationally on YouTube for the sixth consecutive year, viewers in the UK can watch live on ITV/STV or via the ITV Hub. The BRITS will be hosted by Jack Whitehall, and Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running. YouTube Music is the official music app for The BRIT Awards 2019. YouTube Music on the web is at this link.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – Oscars

OSCAR statuette

The Oscars acknowledges the past year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by a body of voting motion picture enthusiasts. The Academy’s roughly 6,000 members vote for the Oscars using secret ballots, which are tabulated by the international auditing firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 91st Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network (20:00 ET/17:00 PT). Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss are producers for this years show. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. The show is presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. AMPAS was originally conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer as a professional honorary organization to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labor disputes. This 91st Academy Awards will be the first ceremony without a designated host since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.

In 2019, nominees in the category for actor in a leading role are: Christian Bale in Vice, Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate, Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, Viggo Mortensen in Green Book. Nominees in the category for actress in a leading role are: Yalitza Aparicio in Roma, Glenn Close in The Wife, Olivia Coleman in The Favourite, Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nominees in the category of best animated feature film of the year are: Incredibles 2, Isle Of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Nominees in the category of Directing are: Spike Lee for BlackkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, Adam McKay for Vice. Nominees in the category of best foreign language film are: Capernaum (Lebanon) Nadine Labaki, Cold War (Poland) Pawel Pawlikowski, Never Look Away (Germany) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Roma (Mexico) Alfonso Cuarón, Shoplifters (Japan) Hirokazu Kore-eda.

This year, on Oscar night, starting at 20:00 EST, the official Oscar Game will let fans engage with the award show with interactive, live play along experience. The Official Oscar Game will engage players with trivia, polls, and stories that highlight the great iconic moments of Oscar history. Eager Oscar fans can log in to Oscar.com or the ABC app to start playing. Red carpet coverage begins at 18:30 EST, followed by the awards ceremony. Live streaming of The Oscars award show is available with a participating TV provider in the following markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. Customers with a DirecTV subscription in the following markets will also be able to watch the ABC live stream of The Oscars: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach. Use this link for a for a full list of participating TV providers.

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2019

Mobile World Congress organized and operated by the GSMA is set to get underway in Barcelona for a four-day run toward the end of the month, displaying the latest in mobile tech. CNN International joins Mobile World Live as a Global Media Partner for MWC19 Barcelona. Newly confirmed Official Media Partners include CBS Interactive, CNBC, Euronews, Tencent News, The Wall Street Journal, TIME and Fortune, and Ziff Davis. MWC Barcelona will again offer attendees focused Topic Tours. Led by industry experts, the 2019 Topic Tours programme includes: 5G & NFV; Cybersecurity; Internet of Things; Mobile Advertising & Apps; Retail & Digital Commerce; Sustainable Smart Cities; Transformative AI; and What’s Hot at MWC. The GSMA also offers unique Custom Experiences to address attendees’ specific business objectives and requirements. The convention’s opening February 25 Keynote will be in the form of a panel. Participating panelists include, Mats Granryd, GSMA; Chang-Gyu Hwang, KT Corporation; Stephane Richard, Orange Group; Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group; José María Álvarez-Pallete López, Telefónica S.A.; Nick Read, Vodafone. The topic for the Keynote is, “Intelligently Connecting the World.”

In 2019, several new exhibitors for MWC Barcelona, include CloudMinds, EY, Ford, Kazakhtelecom, Rakuten, Remade, Royole, Volkswagen and Wings Mobile. These companies will be among the more than 2,400 organisations participating at MWC19, including previously announced brands such as Accenture, Alibaba Cloud, ARM, AT&T, BMW, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, Lenovo, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Nokia Solutions and Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Ooredoo, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm Incorporated, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon, Vodafone, Xiaomi and ZTE. Mobile World Congress will offer attendees focused Topic Tours of the exhibition led by industry experts. The 2019 Topic Tours program includes: 5G and NFV; Cybersecurity; Internet of Things; Mobile Advertising and Apps; Retail and Digital Commerce; Sustainable Smart Cities; Transformative AI; and What’s Hot at MWC. The GSMA also offers unique Custom Experiences to address attendees’ specific business objectives and requirements.

Other new activities for 2019, YoMo will showcase a number of new activities. Among them, the Magma Exporecerca Jove Research Fair, featuring an award presentation for competing students at a gala on Saturday, 2 March; the Ciencia en Accción international competition for students, professors and researchers in the science community; the launch of the “choose your crew” career program; new Tech4Girls activities and a new Teacher Track from the Institute of European Design inclusive of speakers, immersive fashion and wearables. Confirmed Partner Programs include; China Unicom, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Huawei, Schools, Mobile World Scholar Challenge, Samsung, Tappy Technologies, Tanla, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Vertiv. While Dow Silicones, KLIX Media, NetNumber, Netsia, Tealium and Xilinx will host Power Hour Sessions. In addition, Salesforce will hold sessions in their Networking Garden. More information on these programs, and to indicate your interest in attending, is found at this weblink.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of programs in Hall 8.0 NEXTech – a place to gain insights from industry veterans who will conduct varied sessions during MWC19. Three types of facilities will be devoted to networking: networking events, networking lounges, networking gardens. The GSMA advocates on behalf of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in peripheral industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ a 2019 cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series ‘Gunnm,’ opens in North American movie theaters mid-February. It is directed by Robert Rodriguez, written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, and stars Rosa Salazar. Next, World Radio Day 2019 organized through UNESCO, Istanbul International Film-TV Forum, Grammy statuette, BAFTA awards, George Ezra at London’s Brit awards, Oscar statuette, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Moving forward, the calendar pace picks up. Now as we enter March here are some anticipated industry events to note on the calendar. The anticipated SXSW Convention returns to Austin, comic convention WonderCon will be back at Anaheim, Digital Media Strategies 2019 opens in London, the Eighth Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival will be in New York City, Cartoomics Movies Comics Games will be in Rho, Mobile Beat Las Vegas is in Las Vegas, CABSAT broadcast and content event returns to Dubai.

Digital Radio Week and World Radio Day, BRIT Awards, 91st Academy Awards, Mobile World Congress, are calendar highlights in February’s media and showbiz industry events

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