Thursday, February 12th, 2015

This week NET-WORK-PLAY announces a partnership with Australian major broadcaster SBS for its 2015 event.

This continued and rewarding association between the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) - Australia’s multicultural national public broadcaster - underpins the current aims of NET-WORK-PLAY to create extensive collaborations and opportunities for the creation of traditional factual content in a new era of media convergence.

AIDC’s 2015 event, NET-WORK-PLAY, marks the start of a search for new business models to complement the traditional documentary financing models that have been a focus of the organisation’s previous events. By opening up the fold to startups and entrepreneurs working on technology-focused or customer-facing products or services, NET-WORK-PLAY is set to break ground with new creative collaborations that defy traditional industry models.

NET-WORK-PLAY Executive Director Joost den Hartog said; “We are truly excited to be partnering with SBS once again. SBS is doing a great deal to help create opportunities for content creators in television, as well as new online and digital spheres, which aligns perfectly with our current goals here at NET-WORK-PLAY”.

SBS holds a long history and commitment to journalistic integrity as well as original and diverse programming from Australia and all over the world, championing multicultural and multilingual content which reflects the diversity of Australia and the multiplicity of global storytelling via its vibrant TV, radio and online channels such as SBS ON DEMAND. As a content provider offering cutting edge material addressing current events and issues affecting Australia and the world, this commitment to what is new and innovative makes the network a mutually beneficial major partner for NET-WORK-PLAY 2015.

SBS Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said: “At SBS, storytelling is at the heart of what we do, and we are continually looking for new and innovative ways to tell stories that reflect our diverse culture. With the current state of media convergence at a point where the lines between traditional broadcasting and digital media are blurred, we are delighted to continue our partnership with NET-WORK-PLAY to provide an opportunity for filmmakers, creators and providers to shape the future of how we experience and share our stories with new original Australian content.”    

NET-WORK-PLAY is presented by AIDC Ltd, a 27-year-old peak organisation for the factual film and television industries. AIDC’s annual events have a strong reputation for bringing the Australian and international factual content industries together for an extensive conference program and marketplace. AIDC defines ‘content’ as television and streaming product, with an emphasis on documentary, specialist factual, unscripted programs and factual entertainment.

For further information about NET-WORK-PLAY contact Spencer Scholz on +61 8 7324 9987.

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