DCS Events, organisers of the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference ECM19 at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul (19th – 21st November) have announced further details of the speakers and programme at the ECM2019 conference.

The Emerging Cinema Markets in Turkey, Central Asia, the Middle East, New Europe and Africa are at an early stage in their growth and development, but in combination they offer a significant opportunity for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and the specialist supply chains to the industry.

The three-day conference will focus on the Turkish, Middle East, Central Asia, New Europe and the African markets and includes key speakers and presenters who will outline the current issues facing emerging markets.

The Emerging Market Pioneers recognise the extent of the challenges as well as the opportunities, such as government policies, piracy, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the lack of highly valued relationships within the industry at large – challenges which are shared by counterparts across other Emerging Markets.

The ECM2019 extensive programme includes:


Visionary Speeches and In-depth Panel Sessions

Emerging Cinema Markets Overview with Trends and Opportunities

Dedicated Africa programme including Nigeria and West Africa

The ValuePlex and how to create the “wow factor” in Emerging Markets

Film Marketing and Distribution in Emerging Markets

The Big Picture Focus on Saudi Arabia and the GCC

Celluloid Junkie – 21st Century Shopping Centre Tour – CGV Mars Cinema Group demos and visit to the FITAS E-Sports Arena

Cinema Technology Community and International Cinema Technology Association Hosted Sessions

In Depth Turkey Cinema Industry Focus Panel





“Transparency, Integrity, Trust and Compliance are key areas which will enable the development of cinemas in Emerging Markets. We’ve assembled a group of International, highly regarded, world class speakers who know the industry and most importantly can impact change and growth.”  Rob Arthur, Founder Member of DCS Events


ECM2019 speakers confirmed include:


Adedayo Thomas, Director General / CEO, National Film & Video Censors Board Nigeria

Adnan Akdemir, President, Sifisian Investments, Turkey
Alessandra Pavan Bernacchi, Senior Manager, Theatre Development – Europe and Africa, IMAX Corporation
Andrew Cripps (video message), President International Distribution, Warner Bros Studios
Arturo Guillén, SVP & Global Managing Director, Comscore Movies


Asim Hakan Askar, Director – Foreign Trade & Digital Cinema Operations, CJ CGV Mars Entertainment and Cinema Group, Turkey


Avi Alkas, Country Chairman, Jones Lang LaSalle, Turkey
Bakytzhan Mussatayev, Chief Executive Officer, Chaplin Cinemas
Cameron Saunders, EVP EMEA, Paramount Pictures International
Charlotte Jones, Principal Analyst, Associate Director, Cinema IHS Markit Technology (Informa Tech)


Christopher Gaunt, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce – Turkey


Claudiu Tanasescu, Chief Executive Officer, Cinema Intelligence


David Wallace, Director, Chapman Taylor
Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas

Emrah Oz, Chief Executive, British Chamber of Commerce – Turkey

Eric Marti, General Manager, Comscore Movies, France

Erkin Yilmaz, Director General, of Cinema, Minister for Culture & Tourism, Republic of Turkey

Firuzan Kocak, Content Sourcing & Acquisition Manager, CGV Mars Cinema Group
Harish Anand Thilakan, Founder & CEO, Influx Worldwide


Hon. (Sen) Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Zimbabwe


Ijeoma Onah, Founder, Nigeria International Film Summit


Isabel Lima, Marketing Manager, NOS Audiovisuais


Jared Murray-Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, Silverbird Distribution


Jean-Marie Dura, Founder, NXNW Management & Conseils


John Trafford-Owen, Managing Director EMEAR, RealD


Kene Mkparu, Group President & Chief Executive Officer, KomWorld


Khalil Staily, General Manager, Morocco and West Africa, Ymagis


Lucy Jones, Executive Director, ComScore Movies


Luis R Mota, Executive Director – Cinemas, NOS Cinemas


Mariam el Bacha, Chief Executive Officer, Cinepax, Pakistan


Mark Hirzberger-Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Park Circus Group


Mark Kendall, Business Development Manager, Cinema Products – EMEA, NEC


Mark Waldman, Worldwide Director of Sales, POSitive Cinema


Mike Thomson, Director, The Big Picture


Moses Babatope, Co-Founder & Group CEO, Filmhouse Cinemas


Moses Musa Comertpay, Managing Director, Blackwood Global Brands


Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross


Oliver Pasch, Sales Director Europe, Sony Digital Cinema
Olivier Dock, International Film Adviser


Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie


Paul Higginson, Consultant (Former-Executive Vice President – EMEA, 20th Century Fox)

Paul Hudson, Business Development Director, Aures


Peter Knight, Editor, Cinema Technology


Raghav Thiyagu, Editor-Publisher, Theatre World


Sarah Lewthwaite, Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Movio EMEA


Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic


Susanna Hermida Barbato, Executive Director, NOS Audiovisuais


Till Cussmann, SVP Sales & GM Europe, Vista


Tim Potter, Vice President Sales, Cinema Next
Tolga Akinci, Founder, BoxOffice Türkiye


Alongside our esteemed speakers, the conference will also provide an informal trade show featuring the ECM2019 Gold and Retail Exhibition Sponsors and many networking opportunities at the welcome receptions, coffee breaks, lunches and a drinks reception on the evening of the 20th November.

Rob Arthur, Co-Founder at DCS Events said “We are really excited about this conference – it will give suppliers, exhibitors and content providers from the region a unique chance to come together at #ecmistanbul to explore, discuss and learn about the key developments, technical challenges and innovations that are central to the cinema industry today and looking ahead to the future.

With so many people committed to attending, this is going to be a very informative and that provides a special chance to network with industry experts and professionals. We have had an outstanding response from all collaborators underlining both the relevance and potential of the Emerging Cinema Markets.

Julie Harriss, Co-Found of DCS Events added “ECM2019 is a platform for the Emerging Cinema Markets to meet the international stakeholders who are able to share their in depth their and experience. Bringing the event together is a mammoth task and we are extremely grateful for the support of all of the ECM2019. We look forward to welcoming all participants from across the globe to Istanbul very soon”.