CABSAT 2024 wraps up with significant announcements and partnerships

The 30th edition of CABSAT, the premier conference uniting the broadcast, satellite, content creation, production, distribution, and entertainment industries, concluded successfully on May 23, 2024. Hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre, this year’s event saw a record-breaking turnout, with over 18,000 attendees on the final day. The conference featured a flurry of new partnerships, announcements, and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) among participating organizations, shedding light on emerging trends, technologies, and fostering engaging discussions.

Collaborations and initiatives

– Almanasa, Iraq’s OTT streaming platform, unveiled a strategic partnership with Roya Media Group, a provider of premium digital content. This collaboration aims to enhance the streaming experience for audiences in Iraq by leveraging the strengths of both platforms to offer a diverse and extensive library of entertainment options. The announcement took place at the CABSAT Co-Production Salon, a dedicated space for fostering business opportunities and investments in Arabic content.

Highlights from CABSAT 2024

– In addition to the Co-Production Salon, CABSAT 2024 showcased exclusive conference events such as the Content Congress and the SATExpo Summit, providing a platform for global industry leaders, government officials, and business stakeholders to network and share insights over three days.

Industry insights and innovations

– Majed Al Suwaidi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City at TECOM Group PJSC, emphasized the importance of nurturing local talent to drive the regional content creation economy. He highlighted Dubai Studio City’s role in facilitating over 358,000 minutes of unique storytelling in 2023, aligning with Dubai’s economic and creative strategies.

Cutting-edge sessions and product showcases

– The Content Congress concluded with impactful sessions like ‘How to Create a YT Channel with the Help of AI’ and ‘The Making of VFX for a Film with over 4,500 Visual Effects Shots,’ led by industry experts Arjun Radhakrishna and Asif Bhushan, respectively.

– Leonid Novoselov, Chief Product Officer at Carrot Broadcast, LLC, showcased their innovative solutions for real-time graphics production, emphasizing their expertise in delivering graphic content for TV shows and live broadcasts.

Unveiling of new technologies

– Ross Tanner, Senior Vice President-EMEA at Magnifi, introduced enhancements to the Magnifi platform aimed at revolutionizing content creation and audience engagement. The platform’s latest features include an intuitive video editor extension and a partnership with Adobe to streamline project construction in Premiere Pro.

– Pavel Potužák, CEO of Aveco, introduced the revolutionary Astra Media Factory at CABSAT 2024, a product that won the Best of Show 2024 award at NAB in the TV tech category. This platform offers a comprehensive suite of services covering asset lifecycle, studio production, playout, and distribution, with seamless integration across various environments and third-party products.

Interactive technology and recognition

– Attendees at this year’s CABSAT experienced interactive technology demonstrations, including the **GlamBot**, a high-speed camera attached to a robotic arm that captured dynamic images in a mirrored tunnel, adding a touch of Hollywood glamour to the event.

– The conference also featured a red carpet experience at the **BroadcastProME Manufacturer Awards**, honoring firms for their impactful contributions to the region’s broadcast sector.

With a blend of insightful discussions, innovative showcases, and strategic partnerships, CABSAT 2024 marked a significant milestone in the broadcast, media, and entertainment industries, setting the stage for future collaborations and advancements.

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