Thursday, February 19th, 2015

This week NET-WORK-PLAY announces the continuation of its partnership with the national public broadcaster ABC TV for its 2015 event.

This long and fruitful association with ABC TV - known for championing original Australian content creation as well as its recent and distinct forays into digital programming and platform providers- underpins the current aims of NET-WORK-PLAY, to build extensive collaborations and opportunities for factual content creators in a new era of media convergence. This major partnership demonstrates how traditional business models are creating new digital innovation opportunities for all those involved in producing, distributing and consuming factual-screen content.

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 very pleased to be continuing our partnership with ABC TV. The broadcaster has always been a great advocate for creating new opportunities for content creators in Australian television, particularly now in new online and digital spheres, which aligns perfectly with the aims of our 2015 event NET-WORK-PLAY.”

Richard Finlayson, ABC Director of Television said: “The digital media revolution continues in 2015, as does ABC TV’s commitment to entertain, inform and educate our audiences. Equally important, is understanding the needs of our audience and growing opportunities for them to connect with Australian content where and when they want”.

“We’re planning to build on the great success of ABC iview - now attracting more than 20 million program plays each month - by offering more Australian-made digital-first commissions and iview exclusives. This continuing strategy provides great opportunities for filmmakers, creators and providers to join ABC TV in shaping the future of how we experience and share Australian stories and ideas with audiences.”

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 industry 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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