LATE APPLICATION DEADINE FOR MEGA PLUS 2015 EDITION!

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The Media Business School will be accepting applications for MEGA Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management, until August 31st for producers interested in fast track their career.

Mega plus is a postgraduate course that combines 10 weeks of residential training with 6 months of internship in European companies from the sector. During the 9-month master, participants will develop a business plan for a project or a company. In order to do so, they will count with the support of a network of experts, all of them key players in the media industry.

The residential period of Mega Plus 2015 edition will start on September 21st in Ronda, Spain.

mega plus has been a stepping stone in my career, opening the door to exciting and unique opportunities”. Albert de Azpiazu · Sales Director · Warner Bros. Spain

The Media Business School has introduced MEGA PILOTS, a new initiative in the programme of Mega Plus. Participants of the 2015 edition will produce a 12-minute audiovisual piece acting as creative producers. The implementation of Mega Pilots portrays the MBS’ aim to adapt its training offer to the current requirements of the audiovisual industry, in which the role of creative producer has become a key figure.

Download the MEGA Pilots flyer

Don’t miss this opportunity and remember that Benjamin Franklin said: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”.  

For more info about the programme and how to apply to the course, please contact us.

mega@mediaschoo.org

+34 952 87 39 44

www.mediaschool.org

 

Mega Plus Spotlight: Monika Stöhr

Participant European Master in Audiovisual Management · MEGA Plus organized by Media Business School.

Monika is a 2004 Mega Plus graduate. She is now a Counsel in the Media, Communications & Technology group of the international law firm Olswang

Monika is German. She studied law and holds a PhD in copyright law from the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich. After working in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group of Linklaters, Monika joined Olswang in 2008.

Monika has deep knowledge of the sector and of all the issues facing companies from development to production and distribution including financing. She advises on all contractual issues (rights acquisition agreements, international co-productions, output deals, sales and distribution agreements, merchandising agreements, security agreements, etc) as well as on financial structuring, subsidies and other soft money schemes. In addition, Monika advises on general copyright issues and collecting society issues. She also advises on litigation on copyright and infringement of rights. In addition, she has extensive experience and expertise in insolvency law.

More info http://www.olswang.com/people/m/monika-stoehr/?section=overview&lang=EN or www.olswang.com

Mega Plus Spotlight: Alberto Marini

Alberto Marini · European Master in Audiovisual Management, MEGA Plus  Alberto is a former Mega Plus from the 1999 promotion. Born in Turin (Italy) in 1972, he is executive producer, screenwriter and director. He is also involved as expert in the development module of Mega Plus.

After completing European Master in Audiovisual Management · Mega Plus, Alberto moved to Barcelona and worked for Filmax Entertainment (Spain). This experience  gave him the opportunity to be involved in the developement process of various projects such as  “Darkness” (Jaume Balaguero, 2002), “The Machinist” (Brad Anderson, 2004) or “Transsiberian” (Brad Anderson, 2008) to name a few,  and also to act as executive producer of the “[REC]“ franchise and numerous productions such as “Paintball” (Daniel Benmayor, 2009), “The Way” (Emilio Estevez, 2010) or “Mientras Duermes” (Jaume Balaguero, 2011).

In 2012, he founded his own production company Rebelión Terrestre and move on to produce “Los Últimos Días” (the Last Days) directed by Alex and David Pastor. He has recently finished his first feature film as director, the slasher revival “Summer Camp” and has also written the upcoming “El Desconocido” produced by Vaca Films, Atres Media and La Ferme Productions.  He’s also the author of the screenplay of “Extintion”, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas produced by Vaca Films and Ombra and distributed by Sony Pictures.

Here’s the trailer to his directorial debut, “Summer Camp”

 

 

Sign up now to the European Master in Audiovisual Management and get a 20% discount

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The Media Business School is currently accepting applications to Mega Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management. Participants who enrol before 15th July will benefit from a 20% discount in their course fee (8,000€).

Mega Plus is a project-based master’s programme that provides specialised training in audiovisual company management and content production. The 2015 edition will kick off in Ronda (Málaga, Spain) on 21st September with a 10 week residential training. During this period participants will attend plenary sessions, group tutorials and one-on-one meetings with experts who will also support them on their course projects (an audiovisual project or a company business plan).

The residential training is followed by two internship periods, the first one will run from January to March and the second one from April to June. Through the internships participants have the opportunity to apply their recently acquired knowledge and skills.

The mix of residential training and internships has proven to be very effective to fast track participants’ careers. This master’s programme has a 90% job placement rate.

Mega Pilots, a new feature of this Mega Plus edition…

The new Mega Pilots feature will be an inherent part of the upcoming Mega Plus 2015 and will involve its participants in the development and production of a short audiovisual project (12 minutes). This feature will allow participants to gain direct and hands-on experience on a production of their own choice, while also challenging their creative skills.

Set as a complement to the existing Mega Plus’ modules, company internships and business planning work, Mega Pilots represents a unique opportunity for participants to act as “creative producers”.

In order to produce their 12-minute Mega Pilots, participants will receive a production support fund of 5,000€ and they will be backed up by highly experienced professionals all through the process.

Download the Mega Pilots Brochure here

The Media Business School will be accepting applications to Mega Plus until 14th August. If you wish to learn more about the master, please contact Ana Laguna (Course Coordinator).

what alumni say…

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Sales Director · Warner Bros. Spain

“mega plus has been a stepping stone in my career, opening the door to exciting and unique opportunities”.

 

 


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Patricio Serna · Mega Plus 2013
Director · Pakidermo & Movic Films

“It’s the experience of a lifetime and a great networking opportunity”.

 

 

Click here to read more feedbacks of former Mega Plus graduates

Presentation of Mega Plus in Valencia

mega plus valenciaThe Media Business School will be presenting today (22th June) the 2015 edition of Mega Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management, during the Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove. The presentation will take place in the frame of the informative session for Screenwriters and Directors that the Creative Europe Spain organises with SGAE.

The event will take place from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Sala SGAE · Centre Cultural de Valencia (Blanquerías 6, 46003 Valencia).

Hugo Lasarte (Mega Pilots Supervisor) will explain the ins and outs of the upcoming edition of Mega Plus with special focus on Mega Pilots, a new initiative in the Master’s programme through which participants will produce a 12-minute audiovisual piece acting as creative producers.

We look forward to meeting you there. However, if you can not assist and you wish to learn more about Mega Pilots and/or Mega Plus, please feel free to contact us here!

Mega Plus participants will produce their own short audiovisual projects with the new Mega Pilots initiative

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The Media Business School has introduced a new initiative in the programme of Mega Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management. Participants of the 2015 edition, that will kick off after the summer, will produce a 12-minute audiovisual piece acting as creative producers. The implementation of Mega Pilots portrays the MBS’ aim to adapt its training offer to the current requirements of the audiovisual industry, in which the role of creative producer has become a key figure.

With a complete “hands-on” approach, Mega Pilots has been designed to allow participants put in practice what they have just learned in the Master and to give them the opportunity to showcase their creative management skills.

In order to produce their Mega Pilots, participants will receive support from the Media Business School on different levels. Each one of them will be allocated a production support fund of 5,000€ and they will be backed up by highly experienced professionals all through the process.

Download the Mega Pilots Brochure here

Mega Plus is currently accepting applications for its 2015 edition. If you wish to learn more about Mega Pilots and/or Mega Plus, please feel free to contact us!

New dates for the Media Business School 2015 courses

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The Media Business School (MBS) has rescheduled the 2015 edition of Mega Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management, and M&ID, Marketing and International Distribution.

The MBS training initiatives are well known for driving forward the careers and projects of those who participate, and for granting them access to the wide professional network that the school has built in over twenty years.

megaplus_logo-icono-webMega Plus is a project-based master’s programme that provides specialised training in audiovisual company management and content production. It will kick off in Ronda (Málaga, Spain) on 21st September with a 10 week residential training. During this period participants will attend plenary sessions, group tutorials and one-on-one meetings with experts who will also support them on their course projects.

The residential training is followed by two internship periods (January to March and April to June) in which participants have the opportunity to apply their recently acquired knowledge and skills. The mix of residential training and internships has proven to be very effective to fast track participants’ careers. This master’s programme has a 90% job placement rate.

Mega Pilots, a new feature of this Mega Plus edition…

The new Mega Pilots feature will be an inherent part of the upcoming Mega Plus 2015 and will involve its participants in the development and production of a short audiovisual project. This feature will allow participant’s to gain direct and hands-on experience on a production of their own choice, while also challenging their creative skills.

Set as a complement to the existing Mega Plus’ modules and business planning work, Mega Pilots represents a unique opportunity for participants to act as “creative producers”.

Mega Plus 2015’s participants will have to develop and produce a 12 minutes audiovisual project within the following eligibility requisites:

•Feature Films within a selected film database. Participants will use existing film concepts by referencing public domain features or films belonging to the catalogue of the MBS’ collaborating production companies.

•Projects based on Public Domain (or free of rights) literary works.

•Original TV formats such as: Quiz Shows, TV series, Factual Programmes, Comedy and Entertainment shows, new formats, fiction or documentaries.

Click here for more info about Mega Plus.

 

mid-logo-iconM&ID course will take place from 19th to 23rd October and it will also be held in Ronda. The 5-day project-based training initiative has been conceived to optimise the visibility and maximise revenues from the exploitation of audiovisual projects across markets.

During the five days, participants will work hand in hand with top industry professionals that will guide them through the complex process of creating the marketing and distribution plans for the projects they are attending with.

At the end of the training cycle participants will have gained the ability to make informed choices on market positioning and the real distribution potential of their future projects, as well as an understanding of the tools, skills and collaborators needed to devise and execute compelling marketing campaigns.

Click here for more info about M&ID.

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Both courses, Mega Plus and M&ID, are currently accepting applications. If you wish to learn more about them, our course coordinators are at your disposal to answer any questions you may have:

For Mega Plus: Ana Laguna · mega@mediaschool.org ·  T: +34 952 873 944

For M&ID: Laura Almellones · mid@mediaschool.org ·  T: +34 952 873 944

Paola Sáinz de Baranda (Mega Plus 2014) tells us about the big winner in Málaga ‘A Cambio de Nada’

pic Paola Sainz de Baranda webA Cambio de Nada‘ (In Exchange For Nothing) is the undeniable winner of the recently-concluded Málaga Spanish Film Festival. Daniel Guzmán‘s first feature film has been awarded with the Golden Biznaga to the Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.

The film is being  distributed by Warner Bros and it will be released in Spain on 8th May.

Paola Sainz de Baranda, participant of the 2014 of Mega Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management, is part of the production team. We have interviewed Paola to learn more about her experience and future plans.

Paola graduated in Law and and, after seven years working as a lawyer, she decided to change her career to the audiovisual production. Since 2010 she has been working in Spanish and international projects such as ‘El mundo es nuestro’, ‘Anochece en la India’ or ‘Libertador’. In 2013 Paola joins Seville based production company La Mirada Oblicua and after completing Mega Plus she has been appointed Executive Producer.

MBS · First of all congratulations for the success of ‘A Cambio de Nada’ at the Málaga Film Festival. How do you feel about it?

Paola · Thank you very much. I feel very happy and excited with the success in Málaga. This festival is becoming the most important appointment for Spanish cinema, so the awards got in Málaga with our film are invaluable for me.

MBS · Daniel Guzmán has spent many years getting this project off the ground, at what stage did you enter the project?

Paola · Daniel Guzmán spent 5 years writing the script and then two years on development. The company where I work, La Mirada Oblicua (based in Seville), came on board at the end of the development to complete the financing as Andalousian coproducers. The film was shot mainly in Madrid and, ending the production, all the crew and talents travelled to Seville to finish the shooting here.

MBS · ‘A Cambio de Nada’ has been coproduced by El Niño producciones, La Competencia Tv, La Mirada Oblicua, Telefónica Studios, Ulula Films and Zircocine. What has been your role in it?

Paola · Well, as I said before, I work in La Mirada Oblicua. My role in the film was helping the CEO of the company (Álvaro Begines – writer, director and executive producer) to get the financing in Andalousia and coordinate the production of the film and the shooting in Seville.

MBS · You have recently graduated from Mega Plus, how has the masters programme helped you in your career so far?

Paola · ’A Cambio de Nada’ was the first film where I worked more approached to the executive production (before I was used to work on shooting as location scout/manager, line producer, production manager, etc). During the film I used to work in La Mirada Oblicua as line producer and after this film, I decided to jump to the executive production, so the Mega Plus course was the perfect tool to acquire the knowledge required to have “an adequate jump”. I attended to the Mega Plus in 2.014 and after finish my studies there, I was ready to work as executive producer, so the company contracted me to perform those functions in the next projects.

MBS · What do you expect to happen in your career now? What are your projects?

Paola · I’m expecting to continue on the executive production, working both on international and national productions. I’m very interested in international coproductions, trying to export the Andalousian film industry around the world. I think the Mega Plus course is perfect to learn how the industry works worldwide and I’m sure it will help me to achieve my professional goals. Nowadays, I’m working on the development of my first feature film as executive producer, entitled “Calls” (working title). This thriller will be shot in English, in coproduction with Germany and USA. I’m also working as executive producer in the documentary films “Le Toreographer” (in post-production) and “The Other kids” (in production). All of these projects are promoted from La Mirada Oblicua, but we are also looking for interesting national or international projects to coproduce.

MBS ·  Any tips for the participants of Mega Plus 2015?

Paola · Sure! Enjoy the course as much as you can. Pay good attention to every single lecture you will receive during the course. Learn from the excellent experts that will attend during the three months. Ask for help every time you need it. And, when you feel that the intensity of the course will kill you, just think it lasts a while in your life and it will be the perfect platform for your career in the audiovisual industry.

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Darío, a 16-year-old teenager, enjoys life with his friend and neighbour Luismi. Their friendship is unconditional, they know each other for as long as they can remember. Together, they have discovered everything they know about life. When Darío’s parents separate he escapes from home running away from his family’s hell. He begins to work in a garage owned by Caralimpia, an old delinquent who teaches Darío the job and the benefits of life… Darío meets Antonia, an old woman who collects abandoned furniture and, with her, he dicovers another way of seing life.

Luismi, Caralimpia and Antonia become his new family during a Summer that will change their lifes…

The MBS will be presenting its 2015 courses in Zagreb this Saturday

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The Media Business School (MBS) will be presenting its 2015 courses in Zagreb this Saturday in the frame of Croatian Film DaysPere Roca, Director of Mega Plus, will be available to answer any questions the audience may have.

This year the MBS is organising the 16th edition of MEGA Plus · European Master in Audiovisual Management, a ten month, project-based, master’s programme geared to young professionals wishing to “fast track” their careers in the entertainment industry through specialised training in audiovisual company management and content production.

The 2015 training offer of the MBS also includes M&ID · Marketing and International Distribution, a five-day course for film industry professionals wishing to develop smart, engaging and innovative international marketing and distribution strategies for Film & TV projects.

If you wish to learn more about this event and to RSVP please contact Ana Laguna · MEGA Plus course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.org • T: +34 608 617 464.

Venue:
Saturday 25th April · 14:00
Müller Hall · Varšavska 3, 1000, Zagreb

 

About the MBS…

The MBS was founded in 1991 by leading Spanish producer Andrés Vicente Gómez as a non-profit  organisation offering training, research and development  to the audiovisual sector, and focusing on the business of the industry. The organisation is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Creative Europe-Media, and industry leaders such as Lord Puttnam and Francisco José Pereira Pinto Balsemão.

With the invaluable support of the mbs’s partners and experts, the MBS has built a global reputation for delivering training excellence in Europe and beyond. By providing an immersive, dynamic, innovative and interactive training experience – delivered by world class professionals - mbs training provides a tangible impact on careers and projects

Game Over will premiere tomorrow in Málaga

The documentary Game Over will be screened tomorrow in the frame of the Malaga Film Festival (official documentary section). Game Over has been directed by Alba Sotorra and produced by Carles Pastor (Gaia Audiovisuals), who attended the 2012 edition of MPBS · Multi Platform Business School with this project.


Venue:

18th April at 19:30
Teatro Echegaray (C/ Echegaray, 6 · 29015 · Málaga)

 

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Game Over tells the story of Djalal, a young man obsessed with war games since his childhood. He enrolls in the Spanish army to make his passion come true and he is sent to the Afghan War where he will discover that reality is far from his boyish dreams. On his return to Spain he will have to face a very different war, the impact that the economic crisis is having in his family.

 

 

The documentary has also been selected for the Panorama section at Documenta Madrid.

At the MBS we want to wish Carles and Game Over every success!

 

What alumni say about Mega Plus

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We can say many things about our flagship Mega Plus · the European Master in Audiovisual Management, but what really matters is what participants think about it and the impact that the masters programme is having in their careers. Today we are bringing you the feedback from some recent graduates.

The 2015 edition of Mega Plus is currently open for applications. Please get in touch with Ana Laguna (Course Coordinator) at mega@mediaschool.org if you want more details about how Mega Plus can boost your career!

 

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Alaa Alasad · Mega Plus 2014
Producer of Marketing & Distribution · Integracast

“Mega Plus is not only located in a great town like Ronda, it gave me a new perspective of how the Business works. It widens your eyes to all the secrets in the industry, and gives you the opportunity to meet new and interesting people from all over the world!”

 

 

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Johanna Enäsuo · Mega Plus 2014
Producer · Matila Röhr Productions & The Beagle Productions

“Mega Plus offered me a distinguished and unique opportunity for further developing my producing abilities. I believe that the current economical climate, competitive market and rapidly evolving distribution platforms are challenging the film producer to take a more active role in exploiting the film, therefore I was fortunate that Mega Plus helped me to understand the commercial identity of films, the end of the value chain and it strengthened my understanding of the business side of filmmaking.

I also see networking as an essential part of a producer’s competence and through Mega Plus I was able to build up my own contacts to European film producers with whom I wish to cooperate in the future”.

 

 

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Claire Gao · Mega Plus 2014
Production Intern · Lolafilms

“knowledge, amazing friends, mindblowing landscape… everything came to me within 3 months”.

 

 

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Markus Mühlberger · Mega Plus 2014
Production · Lucky Bird Pictures

“Mega Plus has been the perfect starting point for me to change my career from distribution to production. The network that you build is perfect for everyone new to the industry as well as for established producers.”

 

 

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Ravi Muppa · Mega Plus 2014
Head of Development · D2R Films

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! This is quite true of Mega Plus as well. The intensive 3 months in Ronda coupled with 6 months of industry internships is exactly the kind of reality check young creative producers need before they step into the professional world.

 I was told that I was the first ever participant from India. I’m certain I won’t be the last as I highly recommend this program to up and coming producers from India.

It’s so hard to boil down the amazing MEGA experience into one line. But I’ll try. It’s simply THE BEST!”

 

 

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David Lee Leader · Mega Plus 2014

CEO & Producer · Leader Films

“Mega Plus is an amazing, intensive program loaded with extensive network of international experts, and best of all is the close-knit personal connections that you develop during the program”.

 

 

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Paola Sáinz de Baranda · Mega Plus 2014
Executive Producer · La Mirada Oblicua

“Mega Plus is an excellent training for people involved in the audiovisual industry. You have the opportunity to learn from experts from all over the world in different fields (production, distribution, marketing, sales, etc). The wide programe of the course let you learn in-depth how the industry works and to be updated on the new trends”.

 

 

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Sandra Peters-Westermann · Mega Plus 2013
Senior Product Manager Video
Burda Studios, a Hubert Burda Media Company

“Working as an TV Production Manager my expectations were to fill my gaps concerning any content and story related topic, as well as I wanted to learn everything about the new Media, transmedia storytelling, crossmedia projects and the digital Business… And what I became on top was an amazing summer, and friends for a lifetime all over the world. I would do it again!”

 

 

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Patricio Serna · Mega Plus 2013
Director · Pakidermo & Movic Films

“It’s the experience of a lifetime and a great networking opportunity”.

 

 


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Gunhild Oddsen · Mega Plus 2013
Producer & General Manager · GOfilm

“The 3 months in Ronda were packed with really useful knowledge and really good times. The course made me ready for starting up my own company and start producing. And I met some wonderful people and made new friends”.

 

 

 

Sign up now to Mega Plus and get a 20% off your fee

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We have good news for the candidates to the 2015 edition of Mega Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management. The Media Business School (MBS) will be applying a 20% discount to a limited number of applications.

Mega plus is a ten month postgraduate course that offers specialised training in Audiovisual Business Management and Content Production.

During the course, participants develop a business plan for a project or a company with the support of over forty international experts of the entertainment industry. Through this process, they understand how to manage an audiovisual project from inception to exploitation, including how to: choose; develop; finance; produce; package; sell and distribute a project; develop and implement an audiovisual project business plan; position a business plan to exploit and maximise IP value and revenues across the value chain.

The Master’s programme is based on the combination of residential training (3 months), online tutorials and internships (6-7 months). This mix has proven to be the best method to develop participants’ professional skills and to optimise the project proposal they participate with. Some of the companies where recent Mega Plus graduates have interned are Luckybird, Hanway, Avalon, Chouchkov Bros. or Zentropa.

Mega Plus 2015 is structured as it follows:

Residential Training June to September 2015:
The residential training takes place in Ronda (Malaga, Spain) and it is composed of 12 weeks of plenary sessions, group tutorials and individual meetings with experts, case studies, etc… During this period, participants also access and broaden an international business network that the MBS has built over more than twenty years and that is key to their professional future.

Click here to see the course content


First Internship Period  
September to December 2015:
Participants are immersed in a professional environment where they are able to apply their recently acquired knowledge and skills. During these three months they are assigned additional tasks and they work on their project proposal with online support from the MBS and tutors.


Final Evaluation Week
End of November 2015:
Participants return to Ronda to pitch their projects’ business plans to the Mega Plus Evaluation Committee, formed by international key professionals and decision-makers. Before presenting their projects, participants are trained in personal communications and presentation techniques. The week also includes several leadership and management skills workshops.


Second Internship Period
January  to March 2016:
This second internship period in a professional environment is the final gateway to the industry for Mega Plus participants. This master’s programme has a 90% job placement rate!

 

The MBS will be accepting applications to Mega Plus 2015 until  20th April 2015 (20% discount applicable to a limited number of applications).

 

What they say about Mega Plus…

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Mega Plus graduate
Angel Films Finland · CEO
Angel Films Estonia Ltd · CEO
Dagsljus group · Manager
NSR Scandinavia Ltd · President

“I have been appointed president of NSR Scandinavia group from 1st of May 2014. This would have not been possible without me participating Mega Plus 2011. And this is what our chairman of the board said me loud. It´s kind of funny how things just sometimes happen in your life. One thing leads to another. It´s like a chain. I´m very proud to say I´m Mega Plus 2011. When managing our day-to-day rental business I´m benefiting every day at work from what I learned at Mega Plus.”

 

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Mega Plus graduate
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Rebelión Terrestre · Founder, Producer and Screenwriter

“Nowadays it is extremely important for schools to offer theirs attendants a real vision of the industry and the marketplace, moreover in a field such as cinema where it is not easy to keep our feet on the ground.

These are hard times. We know it. And, a student coming out of a master will be given no time to learn from experience. Apprentices do not exist anymore. Young professionals now need to show practice from the very beginning. 

 What I like most of Mega Plus is the strict contact this master has with the industry and the reality. It is the best value a school could offer to its students right now… because there is a difference between dreaming and creating dreams”. 

 

Click here for more details and to download the application form or contact Ana Laguna, course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.org • T: +34 952 87 39 44

Wednesday 04:45, a project developed at Mega Plus, will premiere at Tribeca Film Fest

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Greek producer Maria Kontogianni attended the 2011 edition of Mega Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Managament. During the 10-month course she developed a feature film project: Wednesday 04:45 (GR-DE-IL). The film has now seen the light and it has recently been selected to premiere at the international competition section of Tribeca Film Festival 2015.

When asked about her experience at Mega Plus, Kontogianni explains that “Attending the Mega Plus in 2011 has been an amazing experience which helped me get a deep insight in the world of Film Production and not only. Adding my Greek background into an intense 3-month fermentation with tutors and students coming from different countries has definitely made the world become smaller”.

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“Wednesday 04:45 was the project that accompanied my Mega Plus studies and through which I acquired important knowledge on all stages of production. Happily, I worked on the side of Twenty Twenty Vision in Berlin who turned this project into a successful international co-production”, has added the Production Supervisor of the feature film.

Wednesday 04:45 tells the story of Stelios, a jazz club owner. His life’s work becomes a prison when a shady Romanian gangster calls in his debts. This gripping, underworld drama is a parable on the perils of accumulated debt, and a depiction of the descent of a mostly decent man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Director Alexis Alexiou has perfectly balanced the complex emotions that drive a man to take the most drastic measures available.

Click here to watch the trailer (in Greek).

For us, at the MBS, it is a great pleasure to witness how projects brought to Mega Plus get produced and how participants progress in their careers. We want to wish Maria every success with Wednesday 04:45 and with other future projects!

 

The Pixel Lab is now open for applications! Power to the Pixel’s leading business & project lab

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Explore how interactivity and new media tools can add value to your film, TV or new media project and engage new audiences

• Build your story and media brand across platforms
• Find new sources of finance and distribution for your project
• Understand how to utilise emerging technologies
• Develop your audience engagement strategy
• Form invaluable partnerships across the media industries

Who is it for?
Producers from film, TV, games, interactive and the arts, Writers, Directors, Interactive Designers, Financiers and Distributors from anywhere in the world.

Whether you are working on a feature film project, a TV series or new media project, The Pixel Lab will demonstrate how a strategic cross-platform approach to story development will help develop your project, brand and audience.

Where?
Taking place in the beautiful Highlands and Islands of Scotland, 28 June – 3 July and in London, at Power to the Pixel’s centerpiece event this October.

Who will you meet?
During Workshop One, participants receive training and advice from the world’s leading figures in media innovation including Eleanor Coleman, Indie Sales (FR/US); Rob Crossen, formerly Xbox LIVE (AU/UK); Loc Dao, NFB Canada (CA); Nick Fortugno, Playmatics (US); Nathaniel Hill, McCann (UK); Eric Huang, Made in Me (UK); Lance Weiler, Reboot Stories (US); Jennifer Wilson, The Project Factory (AU).

Plus participants also engage in 1-2-1 business meeting with executives from companies such as ARTE, BBC, beActive, BuzzFeed, Canada Media Fund, Creative Europe, Creative England, Danish Film Institute, Film Agency Wales, Film- und Medienstiftung France Télévisions, NRW, McCann, Hyper Games, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, MFG Media and Film Fund, NFB Canada, Nordisk Film and TV Fond, Penguin Random House UK, Reboot Stories, SODEC, The Space, Tribeca Film Institute, Wellcome Trust, ZDF and many more!

Want in? Head to the PttP website for full details and to apply! Applications close Thursday 26 March 2015, 18.00 BST.

www.powertothepixel.com | @powertothepixel | lab@powertothepixel.com

The Pixel Lab is supported by Creative Europe – the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Highlands and Islands Enterprises, Creative Skillset as part of a Bigger Future 2, Creative Scotland, SDI and BBC ALBA.

Cross Video Days Content Market is open to submissions until 16th March

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Digital interactive producers and creators,
find new opportunities to co-finance and co-produce your innovative projects in
Paris · June 11-12, 2015!

Take a chance to present your A/V digital projects in development to key International Commissioners during 6th edition of Cross Video Days Content Market in 2015. You can submit your projects before March 16, 2015 under 8 different categories of the call for projects: Cinema & Transmedia, Interactive Documentary, Webseries & Web fiction, Cross-media TV show, Interactive Animation, Youth and Education, new category – Video Game and Other – for all the projects “outside the box”.

 

About the Cross Video Days

Out of 500 projects submitted last year, 58 got selected and invited to the market, 21 was publicly pitched for digital industry professionals on spot and livestreamed online. Selected participants had 500 meetings with 60 Commissioning editors present, such as Tribeca, POV Digital, Youtube, Dailymotion, Base79, VICE, Channel 4, BBC, RAI educational, YLE, DR Denmark, ZDF, Arte, France Télévisions, RTVE, RTBF, ORF, RTS and more.

 

New opportunities for 2015

This year again, Cross Video Days continues its mission to foster project circulation at international stage and offers multiple opportunities for selected projects to be featured, financed, and co-produced at international level.

Second year partnership with Le Marché du Film in Cannes offers finest projects under the category “Cinema & Transmedia” opportunity to be selected and take part both in Le Marché du Film in Cannes in May as well as at Cross Video Days in June.

For 2015, Cross Video Days is introducing wider project exchange opportunities with the new partners: Power to the Pixel (UK), MIFA (France), Filmteractive (Poland), the Financing Forum for Kids Content (Sweden) and I Doc Workshop (Switzerland).

 

Key advantages for the selected projects:

  • Pre-organized one-to-one meetings with multiplatform Commissioners from leading international TV channels, Online broadcasters, Funding Bodies or MCNs.
  • Public pitch opportunity for the best 20 projects (also live-streamed online).
  • Full and free access to all other sections of the 2-day event: all conferences, pitch sessions, workshops, keynotes, content market, IT Market and exhibition hall.

 

Submissions are free of charge and unlimited. Applications are open until 16th of March

 

If you are not selected, you could then register your project and participate in half day speed dating with the Commissioners assuring you 5 one-to-one 15mn meetings per project for € 240 including tax / project.

 

You can apply here:  and get more information on Facebook and Twitter.

Call for applications for m&id is now open

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The Media Business School is now accepting applications for m&id · Marketing and International Distribution, a 5-day project-based course designed to optimize the visibility and maximize revenues from the exploitation of audiovisual projects across markets.

m&id will take place in Ronda (Málaga, Spain) from 20th to 24th July 2015 and it is open to participants from around the world. Call for applications will be open until June 19th. The course is geared to entertainment sector entrepreneurs, producers and company executives with experience in production, marketing, distribution, exhibition sales or acquisitions.

This training initiative creates a practical environment for participants to understand, devise and apply traditional and digital-driven marketing and distribution strategies to their course projects, as well as identify audiences and understand consumer behavior, identify new and niche markets and business models, and devise market and festival strategies.

click here to access the course structure and content

m&id has been designed and it is delivered by top industry professionals that will guide participants through the complex process of creating the marketing and distribution plans for the projects they are attending with.

At the end of the training cycle participants will have gained the ability to make informed choices on market positioning and the real distribution potential of their future projects, as well as an understanding of the tools, skills and collaborators needed to devise and execute compelling marketing campaigns. They will have also extended significantly their international professional network.

If you whish to learn more about Marketing and International Distribution, please contact Laura Almellones · Course Coordinator at mid@mediaschool.org · T +34 952 873 944.

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Presentation of MEGA Plus 2015 and MEGA Club during Berlin International Film Festival 2015 at Villa Kult

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On Monday 9th of February 2015, the official presentation of the 2015 edition of MEGA Plus, the European Master in Audiovisual Management took place in the framework of Berlin International Film Festival. The event was hosted at Villa Kult by Renate Roginas, President of MEGA Club and Pere Roca, Director of MEGA Plus.

presentation renate + pere smallDuring the cocktail party, Renate Roginas invited the members of the MEGA Club to contribute with ideas about the association’s future activities, which should foster the network among the alumni of the MEGA Plus Master.

Pere Roca explained MEGA Plus 2015 with greater emphasis in creative production. The 2015 edition of the course is expected to confirm the globalization of the geographical origin of the participants and the consolidation of MEGA Plus as the reference of European industry in the audiovisual management training.

The event gathered former participants and collaborating experts of MEGA Plus among who Emmy awarded Christine Camdessus, Oscar nominated Mohamed Samir and Director of the Creative Europe Desk Spain Peter Andermatt.

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For full information about MEGA Plus 2015, please contact Ana Laguna · MEGA Plus course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.org • T: +34 608 617 464.

logo media kultVilla Kult is a meeting place for international creative professionals where multidisciplinary activities are organized combining artistic inspiration, development and necessary business issues.

The MBS presents its 2015 training activities and the MEGA Club in Berlin

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The Media Business School will be presenting its 2015 MEGA Plus edition in Berlin next Monday. The event will be hosted by Renate Roginas, recently appointed President of MEGA Club, and Pere Roca, Director of MEGA Plus, at Villa Kult.

This year the MBS is organising the 16th edition of MEGA Plus · European Master in Audiovisual Management, a ten month, project-based, master’s programme geared to young professionals wishing to “fast track” their careers in the entertainment industry through specialised training in audiovisual company management and content production.

The 2015 training offer of the MBS also includes M&ID · Marketing and International Distribution, a five-day course for film industry professionals wishing to develop smart, engaging and innovative international marketing and distribution strategies for Film & TV projects.

The event will also include the introduction of MEGA Club, an initiative aiming to gather those former students and current experts that have contributed to make the course what it is today.

If you wish to learn more about this event please contact Ana Laguna · MEGA Plus course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.org • T: +34 608 617 464.

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Call for applications for Mega Plus 2015 is now open

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The application call is now open for the sixteenth edition of the European Master in Audiovisual Management. MEGA Plus is a ten month postgraduate course that combines 12 weeks of residential training (June 2015 – September 2015) followed by a 6 month internship in one or two industry companies (September 2015 – March 2016).

Mega plus is aimed at 25 young professional producers, offering specialised training in Audiovisual Business Management and Content Production. During the course, participants will develop a business plan for a project or a company.

During the residential training in Ronda (Málaga, Spain), participants will attend plenary sessions, group tutorials and meetings with active professionals of the international media industry. The pedagogical breakdown of the course reflects this objective and includes the following modules: development and script analysis, management, business planning, financing strategies: both for project and company, legal aspects, budgeting, production planning, multiplatform marketing, distribution, cross-media, TV industry, international markets, sales and acquisitions. The course concludes with a final evaluation week at the end of November where pitching and leadership will be taught.

In addition, participants will get the opportunity to create a network to develop their own professional career with the support of over 50 international experts. The course will provide more than 1,000 hours of theoretical and practical training.

Participants must be able to speak English in a competent level, considering that this would be the official language of the course.

The Media Business School also offers scholarships to cover maintenance and accommodation costs.

Click here for more details and to download the application form or contact Ana Laguna, course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.org • T: +34 952 87 39 44

Interview with Rafa Lis, producer of La Ropavejera

La ropavejeraRafa Lis completed Mega Plus -European Master in Audiovisual Management- in 2012. Since then he has opened his own production company Ryu Media and he has produced two successful short films.

The last one -La Ropavejera- has received numerous awards: Best Short Film at MAC 2014, second prize at FESCIGU 2014, Best Short Film Fantastics 2014, third prize at Villa de la Orotava Short Film Festival 2014 and Best Short Film at Spanisches Filmfest Berlin 2014.

We have interviewed Rafa to learn more about La Ropavejera, about his experience in these two prolific years and about his future plans.

 

rafa lisLa Ropavejera is based on the same story than La Dona Fosca, the project you brought to Mega Plus 2012, what are your plans for La Dona Fosca?
La Dona Fosca is now named En las Raices del Mal (Blood Nip). It is a feature film with a budget of €2.5 million and we are on the development stage. The script by Joan Marimon and Nacho Ruiperez is on its advanced version of and we have signed a coproduction agreement with two powerful production companies. This mystery film is set in Barcelona in the Sixties and tells the story of Catalan murderer Enriqueta Marti in a very original way.

We are currently looking for investors and we have received a grant for development from the Valencia Film Institute.

How would you describe the production process of this short film? Has it been challenging?

Getting a short film starring Ana Torrent and with a budget of €45.000 off the ground has been an odyssey. We obtained grants from ICAA (Spanish Film Institute) and IVAC (Valencia Film Institute) and we also had private funding. It took us two years of hard work. The pre-production was vital, it helped us optimising resources and plan everything in detail. The shooting was really intense. Having a team of 70 people shooting during 10 days requires a lot logistics. I keep great memories of this unforgettable experience and of the passion and dedication of a team that has left their mark in every aspect of the film.

The postproduction got complicated. Luckily, we could complete it in one of Spain’s best studios, Apuntolapospo (Barcelona). Personally, and as a new producer, it was a magic experience to see their work in a movie theatre with the DOP, the Director and the colorist as it happens with big productions.

Please tell us about the Transmedia aspects of your project.

Creating a community around the project is a key element to grow it, to test the audience and to analyse their priorities and prefferences. We have created a transmedia universe based on murderer Enriqueta Marti that intends to raise interest towards this figure and bring the audience to watch the film.

We began with the production of the short film La Ropavejera, directed by Nacho Ruipérez. At the same time we worked on the creation of the documentary Los Niños de La Ropavejera, directed by Avelina Prat.

There is a comic that, as a prelude, tells the story of the kidnapping of the little girl who is also the main character of the short film. It has been drawn by Miguel Fuster and written by Nacho Ruipérez.

We have also published La Ropavejera: el Génesis del Mal, a 400 page novel that works like a biopic. It is the most complete novel that has been published about Enriqueta Marti up to date.

It is nearly 2 years since Mega Plus 2012, tell us about you since you completed the Master’s programme.
When I had completed the programme it was very clear to me that I wanted to develop and produce my own projects. I was aware of the difficult situation in Spain but I followed my heart and it led me to opening our production company Ryu Media together with my brother. Our first production was the short film Sinside, directed by Miguel Angel Font. In less than one year of distribution it has been selected in over 100 international festivals and it has obtained 12 awards, the last one being the prestigious Melies D’Argent. Sinsinde and La Ropavejera have allowed us to gradually find our place in the industry.

How do you see yourself and your company Ryu Media in the future?
I would like to keep working as a creative producer. My real passion is the project development, working hand-in-hand with the screenwriter and the director.

This is a tough profession but you get great rewards specially in terms of personal communication. Lifelong learning is vital and it makes me value this work more every day.

There is plenty to learn. We would like Ryu Media SL to become a reference within the genre in Spain as Filmax or Vaca Films.

Do you have any tips to share with future participants of Mega Plus?
Believe in yourselves and work each day harder than the previous one. Create a solid network that will help you to co-produce or simply advise you on the different problems that you will find as you go on. There is strength in numbers and Mega Plus is the most powerful talisman you could have found in your way.

Write to every expert and teacher you have met because they love the industry as you do and you have nothing to lose.

MBS participants among the candidates for the Goya Awards

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The race for the 2015 edition of the Spanish Film Academy Awards has already begun. Among the candidates we have found numerous participants of the MBS in production roles and we want to wish them all the best of luck.

The list of finalists is expected to be published during the second week of January.

Best Film
Dos a la carta · Robert Bellsolá (Mega Plus 1997). Also nominated to Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Anochece en la India · Álvaro Alonso (Mega Plus 1999) and Álvaro Suárez (Mega Plus 1999)
Os fenomenos · Rubén Zarauza (Mega Plus 2002)
2014. Nacido en Gaza · Olmo Figueredo (Mega Plus 2004)
321 días en Michigan · José Carmona (Mega Plus 2004)
2 francos, 40 pesetas · Jaime Gona (Mega Plus 2009)
En tierra extraña · Lina Badenes (Mega Plus 2012)

Best European Film
Casse-tête chinois · André Logie (Mega Plus 2000)
A Most Wanted Man · Rhodri Thomas (Mega Plus 2001)
Night train to Lisbon · Daniel Baur (Mega Plus 2001)
100% Cachemire · Genevieve Lemal (Mega Plus 2002)
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared · Maria Dahlin (Mega Plus 2003)
The Lunchbox · Benny Drechsel (Mega Plus 2005)

Best Documentary Film
2014. Nacido en Gaza · Olmo Figueredo (Mega Plus 2004)
En tierra extraña · Lina Badenes (Mega Plus 2012)

Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language
La Distancia más Larga · Claudia Lepage (FBS-La 2009)

Mega Plus participants receive their diplomas

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Mega Plus Final Evaluation Week (Mega FEW) took place in Ronda, Malaga last week and it gathered participants, experts and evaluators.

The 2-day event began in Santo Domingo Convent with course director Pere Roca introducing Mega FEW to the participants. The introduction was followed by a series of tutorial meetings with Álvaro Alonso, Alex Marshall and Renate Roginas and with a pitch training with Leena Pasanen. The day continued with lectures from Christopher Borde (What Investors Want), Alex Marshall (Business Models: Warp Films) and Francisco Jiménez and Álvaro Alonso (Project Management).

On the second day, the participants pitched their business plans, in which they have been working since the European Master in Audiovisual Management began in June, to the evaluation committee composed of Peter Dally, Mads Peter Ole Olsen, Pere Roca and Al de Azpiazu.

According to Leena Pasanen, the expert who has been working with the participants on their pitching techniques, the results have been quite positive. “I met them earlier this summer when they were developing the way of pitching their stories. I am very happy to see the development in their pitchings”, Pasanen said.

The event concluded with a closing ceremony in which the 2014 Mega Plus participants received their diplomas. They are now beginning a second internship period until March 2015 that will complete their Mega Plus training.

Mega Plus Keeps focused on the evolution of the media industry, paying special attention to emerging territories –in 2014 we have had participants from China, India and Middle East– as well as to the renovation of the pedagogical contents. The digital marketing and distribution and the interactive contents modules are fully integrated in Master’s programme“, has declared Pere Roca.

Now that we have concluded the final evaluation and besides all the changes and the inclusion of new contents, we can say that the academic results are excellent“, added Roca.

Mega Plus final evaluation week (MEGA FEW) will take place next week

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The participants of the 2014 edition of Mega plus • European Master in Audiovisual Management, who are currently interning at different media companies across Europe, India and UAE, will come back to Ronda (Malaga, Spain) to attend MEGA FEW, the final evaluation week. The meeting will be held in the Andalusian city on 27th and 28th November.

It is now time for them to present their business plans to an evaluation committee that will assess their progress since Mega Plus 2014 kicked off back in June. During these months they have been working on their projects with the support of over sixty top industry professionals of the media industry.

Before pitching their projects -on the second day-, the participants will attend a series of lectures on strategic planning, tutorial meetings and a pitch training that will allow them to put the final touches to their work.

The evaluation committee will be composed of Peter Dally, Mads Peter Ole Olsen and Christophe Vidal. The tutors and experts will be Álvaro Alonso, Alex Marshall, Renate Roginas and Leena Pasanen.

After attending MEGA FEW, the participants will leave Ronda to begin a second internship period until March 2015 that will complete their Mega Plus training.

Participating projects:

Alaa Alassad • On The Edge (feature film)

Gemma Cantador • A Mess of Kidnapping (feature film)

Johanna Enäsuo • Ice Princess (feature film)

Claire Gao • The Far Road (feature film)

David Leader • Eriksen Sagas (TV series)

Markus Mühlberger • ReelFilm Entertainment (distribution company)

Ravi Muppa • Red Band Society (TV series)

Nadira Murray • Waxing and Afghanistan (feature film)

Nastassia Roulin • ReConstruction (feature film)

Paola Sáinz de Baranda • Beauty (animation feature film)

La Claqueta among the finalists of the Alas Awards

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La Claqueta, Olmo Figueredo’s production company, has been selected as finalist to represent the province of Seville in the Alas (wings) Awards in the category of Export Initiation. La Claqueta will compete with the representatives of the other seven Andalusian provinces for the award.

The Alas Awards are organised by Extenda –Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia– and their main objective is to showcase the success of Andalusian companies in the international market and to promote the internationalisation of the region’s productive fabric. The Export Initiation category is aimed at acknowledging companies that have begun to operate internationally within the last three years, and that have demonstrated a special dynamism in the process.

Olmo Figueredo took part in the 2004 edition of Mega Plus –European Master in Audiovisual Management- and he considers the course as an important step in his career: ‘10 years have passed since I studied Mega Plus in Ronda. I learned a lot, much more than I had imagined. But mostly I met great teachers and top students that a decade later have become the best network of professional contacts anyone may have’.

The international dimension of La Claqueta does not prevent Figueredo to keep focused on the Andalusia media industry. His production company granted a 3,000€ scholarship to a participant from this Spanish region to take part in the current edition of Mega Plus.

La Claqueta is a production company nominated by the Spanish Film Academy Awards and recognized as one of the four upcoming young international production companies at MIPTV’12. It works for big corporations such as HeinekenArmaniOriflameSony and Red Bull as well as for TV Stations such as ARTEDiscovery ChannelCanal+ or History Channel.

Specialised in animation, factual entertainment and documentaries, the company also gives professional and high quality services for international companies in Spain under his brand Tito Clint Movies

Short film Oasis wins two awards at Seville European Film Festival

Oasis, a short film directed and co-written by Carmen Jiménez has obtained two awards at the Seville European Film Festival that has closed its 11th edition this weekend. Carmen took part in the 2004 edition of Mega Plus · European Master in Audiovisual Management.

The short film has received the Andalusian Panorama Best Short Film Award. According to the ASECAN (Andalusian Film writers association) jury, Oasis is “a short film, well directed, edited and set that maintains the rhythm and interest with a subject matter, equality, that is treated with special sensitivity”.

Oasis has also won the award from the distribution company MARVIN & WAYNE for which it will get strategy and promotion services at 60 festivals, both national and International.

Logline: After her husband dies, Nieves inherits his job as the super of a decaying apartment complex in New York City. But the job becomes more difficult than she anticipated when she discovers a young girl who’s kept captive in one of the units.

CAST
Nieves      Aida López
Tony       Juan Carlos Pinedo
Girl       Scarlett Sperduto

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Directed by Carmen Jiménez
Written by Carmen Jiménez in collaboration with Chris Boyce
Produced by Chris Boyce
Director of photography Sean Porter
Production design Neslihan Arslan
Edited by Javier LoarteCarmen Jiménez and Ferran Mendoza
Wardrobe design Rocío López
Music Julia Kent
Production sound Brian Flood
Sound editing Kiyoshi Osawa
Trailer edited by Luke Malone

East Doc Platform calls for documentary projects in development, production and post-production

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The fourth edition of the biggest documentary event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, East Doc Platform, organized by Institute of Documentary Film in association with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in March 2015 in Prague will, apart from the traditional meetings of documentary professionals, workshops, lectures, pitchings, networking events and other activities, offer 7500 EUR prize for the best participating project in development.

East Doc Platform 2015 will welcome more than 400 guests, including 70 key international festival programmers, commissioning editors, buyers, distributors, sales agents, film fund and organization representatives who will be able to choose from some of the most promising films and projects in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as 120 East European filmmakers and producers who seek creative, financial and distribution support. This event will feature three staple activities:

East European Forum · 2nd – 8th March
The region’s largest presentation of documentary projects to international commissioning editors, distributors, buyers and film fund representatives. Read more

Project Market · 5th – 6th March
2-day meeting point with prearranged one-on-one meetings with our accredited decision makers: international commissioning editors, distributors, sales representatives, funders and festival programmers. Read more

Doc Tank · 4th – 6th March
2 days of deep consultations and brainstorming for projects with cross-media and social engagement potential and 1 day of one-on-one meetings of socially and politically engaged documentary projects with cross-media and campaign potential. Project consultations, development and individual meetings with decision makers at Project Market. Read more

The MBS extends the application deadline for ASBP

Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning course, edition 2014

The Media Business School has extended the application deadline for ASBP · Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning until 10th November 2014.

ASBP  is a project-based course designed to give participants professional business advice and planning, while enabling them to devise a company strategy or ´investor ready´ business plan.

During the course, a team of experts, all key players in the media industry, will work with the participants on their projects improving their market reach and positioning.

At the end of the cycle, participants will have an attractive business proposal ready for investors. ASBP’s main goal is that your original idea will finally see the green light.

ASBP residential training will take place in Ronda (Málaga, Spain) from  26th to 28th November.

For more information about the course and scholarships, please fill in this form or contact Laura Almellones, course coordinator, at asbp@mediaschool.org • T: +34 952 87 39 44

Two weeks left to obtain one of the scholarships available to take part in Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning

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If you are about to start or expand a business, or if you are simply looking to improve your business planning skills in the media industry, now you can benefit from one of the four scholarships (50% of the course fee) the MBS is offering to the four best ASBP participating projects.

The four scholarships we are now announcing come on top of other existing grants available to participants of ASBP. Some examples of organisations supporting ASBP participants are the MEDIA Programme (UE), Northern Ireland Screen and Creative Skillset (UK).

What is ASBP?

ASBP · Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning is a project-based course designed to give participants professional business advice and planning, while enabling them to devise a company strategy or ´investor ready´ business plan.

The programme is structured around a three day intensive residential training and a comprehensive online module.

During the course, a team of tutors and experts, all key players in the media industry, will work with the participants on their projects improving their market reach and positioning.

At the end of the cycle, participants will have an attractive business proposal ready for investors. ASBP’s main goal is that your original idea will finally see the green light.

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Why do you need a business plan?

According to Erica Motley, Head of International Acquisitions for K5 International and asbp Course Director, “A business plan is helpful for people running the company and a guide for investors. It is crucial in communicating with them, and to remind you that you are on a path to various stakeholders. It reminds you to say no to ideas that do not fit your focus”. (click here to read the full interview)

ASBP residential training will take place in Ronda (Málaga, Spain) from  26th to 28th November. The MBS will be accepting applications until 3rd November 2014.

For more information about the course and scholarships, please fill in this form or contact Laura Almellones, course coordinator, at asbp@mediaschool.org • T: +34 952 87 39 44.

 

Kills on Wheels, a film produced by Judit Stalter (Mega Plus 2010)

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Attila Till’s second feature Kills on Wheels is currently being shot in Budapest until the end of October. Kills on Wheels is a thriller involving a crippled young man who finds excitement in joining a gang of hitmen working for the mafia.

The film is produced by Mega Plus 2010 former graduate Judit Stalter (Laokoon Filmgroup) and it is supported by the Hungarian Film Fund and A-Company Hungary. Kills on Wheels is budgeted at 1,390,000 EUR, of which 980,000 EUR is coming from the Hungarian Film Fund.

A-Company Hungary will distribute the title domestically with the Hungarian Film Fund handling international sales.

Credits:
Director: Attila Till
Scriptwriter: Attila Till
Cast: Zoltan Fenyvesi, Szabolcs Thuroczy, Ádám Fekete, Monika Balsai, Dusán Vitanovics

Only three weeks left to get your early bird discount for asbp!

Only three weeks left to get your early bird discount to improve your business planning skills with Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning.

If you wish to start a new business, expand an existing one, or simply improve your business planning skills in the media industry, then asbp is your course.

asbp practical approach gives you the opportunity to improve your market reach and positioning. Through professional advice and follow up, you will be assessing the viability and competitiveness of your proposal, facilitating access to potential sources of finance and investors.

 

Erica Motley

Why is business planning so fundamental?

“A business plan is helpful for people running the company and a guide for investors. It is crucial in communicating with them, and to remind you that you are on a path to various stakeholders. It reminds you to say no to ideas that do not fit your focus”.
Erica Motley, Head of International Acquisitions for K5 International and asbp Course Director

 

Dates & Venue: 26th November – 28th November 2014 · Ronda, Málaga (Spain)

Early bird discount: 20% off (until 3rd of October). Find out more about all discounts available and grants.

Find out about asbp structure and content here.

Bring your idea, you will shape it into a business plan that will finally see the green light!

Contact us here with all your queries!

Interview with Erica Motley, ASBP course director

As asbp · Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning approaches, we have interviewed Erica Motley to know more about the course, and we have asked her to share her thoughts about the current state of the media industry.

Erica is Head of International Acquisitions for K5 International and she has large experience at senior managerial positions in other areas of the business such as development, financing, production and transmedia. Her professional track record includes top companies Universal Studios, Paramount and Pure Grass among others (click here to read Erica’s bio).

MBS: How healthy is the market right now in terms of investments?

Erica: Extremely healthy in terms of merger acquisitions and strategic investments. We are seeing larger production companies buying smaller companies so they can have leverage against digital distributors (Google and Apple). Look at Amazon squeezing out Hachette publishing. A good example of this is Fox’s attempted bid to buy Time Warner. The goal is to control as much of the best content as possible.

MBS: How has the industry evolved over the last 5 years and what do you expect for the years to come?

Erica: The industry is veering away from reality formatting in favor of scripted content, with an emphasis on the strait-to-series model for TV – more compelling and with greater returns. Media Rights Capital producing House Of Cards is an example of TV being funded independently like film, another trend on the upswing. I predict growth of big-data being used in the commissioning process. Digital networks have an advantage in this because Nielsen ratings can’t compete with Amazon and Netflix’s access to direct data about their viewers. Social Media will continue to play a part in marketing. Shows will grow in popularity via word of mouth via social network. We will see more branded content (i.e. Red Bull) funding content creation.

MBS: What are the basic tools needed to create a competitive business proposal and facilitate access to investment?

Erica: A unique idea, a track record, and more importantly you need to help investors understand the scope and scale of the market, and how to put a value on what you are proposing. You need to show investors comparable deals, let them know what to expect in returns on investment and outline potential for growth. Forecast and identify exit strategies.

MBS: What kind of company is more likely to succeed in business within our industry?

Erica: A company should also have a simple and focused plan. A good example is Jason Blum – Blumhouse Productions – they do horror. Their transition to television is easy because people understand the type of product they will receive. A company has to respond to market changes and shifts in the industry, capitalize on a market opportunity. Companies like AMC, Netflix and HBO started taking ownership of content, and producing their own shows, for example. A successful company is valued by their speed to market, how they respond to disruption by digital technology, and understanding the need to get to scale while being aware of changes and unafraid to exit.

MBS: Why is Business Planning so fundamental?

Erica: A business plan is helpful for people running the company and a guide for investors. It is crucial in communicating with your investors, and to remind you that you are on a path to various stakeholders. It reminds you to say no to ideas that do not fit your focus.

MBS: Your involvement in the entertainment industry is not new and you have witnessed many new entrants. What do successful entrepreneurs have in common?

Erica: Again, a simple focus, a good story. Future companies moving into straight to series capitalize on assets including successful writer or director, and raise capital so that they are not beholden to distributors. Having a library, partnering with name talent (a star, a director), having an output deal, rights for a graphic novel with a built-in following, aligning with other brands, all gives people incentive to be in business with you and share of the upside.

 

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asbp will be accepting applications until 3rd October. For more information please fill this form or contact Laura Almellones, course coordinator, at asbp@mediaschool.org T: +34 952 87 39 44.

Early birds will benefit from a 20% discount and former MBS participants will have a 50% discount (offers can not be combined).

Click here to access more detailed information about asbp.

ASBP, a course that helps media companies succeed through accurate business planning

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The MBS has opened the call for applications for Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning (ASBP), a course designed to help entrepreneurs and executives who either want to start a new business or expand an existing one in the media industry.

According to Forbes, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. But don’t let these figures frighten you, many of the causes of this colossal amount of failure can be addressed. The MBS has put together a programme to help media companies draw the roadmap they need to achieve success.

Terms such as Audience Segmentation, Business Strategies or Financial Planning should be in the dictionary of every executive. asbp helps participants not only to master these and other tools, but also to use them to shape the specific business plans their companies need.

Our premise is “learn from the best” and it translates into a pool of experts, all of them key players in the entertainment industry, that will guide the selected group of participants through the whole process (click here to see the experts of asbp 2013).

The programme, led by Erica Motley (Head of International Acquisitions for K5 International), begins with a 3-day intensive residential training followed by an online module during which experts will work together with participants on their specific projects. At the end of the cycle, participants will have a business proposal ready to be financed and attract investors. The goal of the MBS is that our participants’ original ideas will finally see the green light.

The residential module will take place in Ronda (Malaga, Spain) from 29th to 31st October 2014. It comprises sessions dedicated to key industry areas, case studies, as well as workshops and “one to one” meetings aimed to articulate an investors’ ready business plan.

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asbp is geared to entrepreneurs and executives operating across the media industry, including production, distribution, sales, exhibition, television, platforms, brands and digital technologies; financial sector professionals; public and private investors ; lawyers and bankers.

asbp is delivered by the MBS in association with Deloitte and Innova.

Deloitte is leader in providing strategic, financial, operational, and information technology assistance to companies around the world.

The Innova group gathers a pool of over 140 consultant and experts with a long standing and consolidated knowledge in areas such as research and development and project financing.

asbp will be accepting applications until 3rd October. For more information please fill this form or contact Laura Almellones, course coordinator, at asbp@mediaschool.org T: +34 952 87 39 44.

Early birds will benefit from a 20% discount and former MBS participants will have a 50% discount (offers can not be combined).

Click here to access more detailed information about asbp.

 

Collaborating expert of the MBS, Per Neumann, launches new App for iOS

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European Film Bonds – (EFB) has recently launched Film Notes, an App for iOS destined to filmmakers.

per neumann“The idea was simply to offer all filmmakers a useful little tool or notebook to help them take notes from screenings meetings, festivals and alike”, has declared Per Neumann, EFB CEO and Co-Founder and collaborating expert of the MBS in the European Master in Audiovisual Management – Mega Plus

Film notes offers professionals the possibility of making film reviews through their iPhones and iPads and includes features such as:

  • A form that will guide you to note the primary points of interest
  • Take photos from the review form
  • Set premiere date
  • Save and edit notes
  • 2 templates: Film projects & Released films
  • Dashboard overview of your notes -Table or tiles view
  • Filter the view – Films and Projects
  • Send a note via email and allow them to open the note as a pdf

Film Notes can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store.

 

logoWith offices in Copenhagen, London, Stockholm and Melbourne, and affiliated offices in Cape Town and Madrid, EFB provides completion guarantees (“bonds”) to film and TV producers, financiers, distributors and government support agencies to guarantee the professional production, completion and delivery of feature films, TV productions, documentaries and computer games. Read more

Legal & Business Affairs Workshop

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What does an Entertainment Industry executive need to know about the legal implications of his/her activity? The MBS will bring to Ronda the New Media Law team to answer this question during the Legal & Business Affairs Workshop (28th July – 1st August).

NewMediaLaw_logo-webLondon based New Media Law is a firm that provides legal advice in the creative (entertainment and media) industries – with a niche focus on new media.

Their clients range from individuals to multi-national corporations in the music, film, broadcasting and media industries. They are well known for tailoring their services to suit the specific needs of each individual client.

The training course will cover the following topics:

  • Copyright and IP overview
  • Contract basics
  • Content Development:
    • Option agreements
    • Writing agreements
    • Design agreements
    • Director’s and content creators development agreements
    • Cross-platform Development finance
    • Chain of Title
  • Creative and production/technical teams and producer engagement agreements
  • Insurance, particularly E&O
  • Clearance procedures
  • Co-production:
    • introduction
    • Co-production treaties
    • Co-production agreements
  • Co-financing agreements
  • Legal aspects in digital media: DRM’s, piracy, windows, territories
  • Music
    • The different rights involved
    • Publishing and recording
    • Creating a soundtrack
  • Formats
  • Merchandising
  • Finance
    • Finance–overview
    • Finance – Distribution and Sales agreements
    • Completion guarantees
    • Loan agreements
    • Interparty agreements
    • Gross receipts/net profits
    • Distribution and Finance concluded

 

Experts: Peter Dally, Hannah Leader and Ian Penman

Dates & Venue: 28thJuly – 1st August, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

Contact: audiovisualfcm@mediaschool.org

Management Workshop with Pilar Benito and Luis Jiménez

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Acquiring managerial skills is a “Must” for anyone who wants to run a company. At the MBS we are well aware that this principle is also applicable to the Media Industry and we will bring two top players (Pilar Benito and Luis Jiménez) to Ronda to share their knowledge and experience during the 5-day workshop.

The training course will cover the following topics.

Pedagogical Breakdown:

•Business planning
•Company strategy and planning processes
•Corporate financing – seed money, start-up programmes and incentives, strategic partnerships, business angels
•Management models and styles. Leadership, values and competencies
•Risk: definitions and management
•Organisation structure of an audiovisual company, roles and responsibilities
•Financial strategies: company budget, investors & partners, public funding and incentives
•Financial reporting: balance sheet, profit and loss account and cash flows
•Financial structures (assets and liabilities, depreciation of rights, revenues, income and expenditure)
•Financial analysis
•Register of the acquisition rights and development costs of an audiovisual company
•Corporate branding, design, marketing and company positioning
•System applications most relevant in business management and corporate marketing
•Staff management and human resources (health & safety, insurance, employment legislation, etc.)

Experts: Pilar Benito – Morena Films and Luis Jiménez – Deloitte

Dates & Venue: 21st – 25th July, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

Contact: audiovisualfcm@mediaschool.org

Who said what Mega Plus Contest

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This year we have decided to check if our Mega Plus participants really pay attention to their lectures. In order to do so, we offer you a unique opportunity to show how much you have learned from your experts and, at the same time, get rewarded for it.

This is why we launch the “official” Who said what contest for Mega Plus 2014 participants. Good luck to you all!

Rules, Terms & Conditions

1. You must be a Mega Plus 2014 participant.

2. Twice a week, we will publish a post on our Facebook page which will show a quote from one of your experts that already lectured at Mega Plus.

3. You will have to tell us whose expert is the quote by commenting on that same post.

4. We will only accept correct answers published on the same day of the post.

5. We will reward each correct answer with one point.

6. We will reward the 3 fastest participants to answer correctly with 5 extra points to the first one, 3 extra points to the second and 1 to the third.

7. Each week we will publish an official leaderboard.

8. At the end of Mega Plus, the winner will receive a surprise reward to be discovered only on that same day.

9. If there should be a tie between two or more participants as leaders of the contest, we will organize a sudden death competition, because there can be only one winner…

10. The contest will start on Monday, July 7th , and will finalize on Thursday, August 21st.

Notes:

Even though you should recognize immediately who is the expert we are quoting, you can find important hints on our site and our social profiles.

Some of the quotes will be much easier to identify, others not so much. So pay close attention to the lectures and current news from MBS.

Please, make sure that you like our Facebook page

Who said what at the film marketing training?

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The 2014 edition of Marketing and International Distribution, a film marketing training programme, took place in Ronda (Spain) last week and it has left some headlines that are worth sharing. If you want to comment on them you can use our twitter @mbs_fcm


Mia Bays
@miafilms Mia Films
Change happens at the edges.

Fernando Evole @FEvole Yelmo Cines
My recipe: passion for movies, efficient operations, innovation, design and great customer service.

Exhibition is the key window in the value chain. Learn how movie theatres can help make a difference.

Marco Odasso @marcoodasso 709 Media Room
In the digital world, we don’t just compete for money when selling our products, but also for reputation.

Nowadays, it’s not anymore about Social Media, it’s about Digital Marketing.

Mathias Noschis @FilmMktg Alphapanda
It’s better to get bad reviews than not to get reviews.

For successful PR, get in the head of journalists, get to know them, they’re human after all.

Nawid Sarem • Eye on Films
Indie European films can make 40-50K in non-commercial rights internationally.

A film has to participate in the right festival, in the right territory, at the right moment.

Michael Gubbins @michaelgubbinsSampoMedia
Admissions in EU are going down, not because films are worse but because there are more things to do.

Top 1,5% of EU films make up 60% of all admissions in Europe.

Philipp Hoffmann @PHoff_cgn VoD Consultant
60 hours of new uploads on Youtube every minute. Massive competition!

Peter Buckingham @peterbuckinghamSampoMedia
Younger audiences are less likely to buy stuff, and more likely to experience stuff.

The entertainment space is very fluid due to consumption patterns & new technologies. We need to define it and claim it.

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Workshop about Physical Production with Marco Pugini

Marco Valerio Pugini will deliver the Workshop that the Media Business School has organised in Ronda (Spain) from 7th to 11th July.

The workshop will focus on Physical Production and it will cover the following topics:

•Introduction to Physical Production
•Development & Pre-Production
•Production & Post-Production
•Television Peculiarities / Budgeting
•VFX

Marco Valerio Pugini is the president of Panorama Films, a company that has provided production services for Angels and Demons (Sony-Columbia); Eat, Pray, Love (Sony-Columbia);   The Island (Dreamworks) and The Sopranos (HBO) among others.

Pugini will be accompanied by Virginia Cefaly, an expert in Visual Effects with a long track record in  TV movies, commercials and feature films including Romeo & Juliet (Amber Entertainment).

Dates & Venue: 7th – 11th July, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

Contact: audiovisualfcm@mediaschool.org

The Pixel Market is open for applications

Calling all cross-media producers and creatives
Subbmission deadline Friday 10 July

 

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Power to the Pixel is now accepting applications to The Pixel Market, the prestigious cross-media project finance market taking place during the annual Power to the Pixel: Cross-Media Forum 7-10 October, in association with the BFI London Film Festival.

  • Get your cross-media project financed
  • Hear what leading funders and commissioners are looking
  • for
  • Form new cross-industry partnerships
  • Win CASH prizes!
  • Get invited to exclusive networking events

At The Pixel Market: Day One (8 October) 8 out of 30 producer-led teams will present their projects to a 400 strong live audience and a jury composed of key industry executives (check out the jury of 2013 here) who will give direct feedback around new funding, distributive and co-production avenues available and will decide the winner of the €6,000 ARTE International Prize for The Pixel Market!

At The Pixel Market: Day Two (9 October) all 30 teams will engage in a series of 1-2-1 meetings with over 100 potential funding, distribution and creative partners from across film, TV, online, gaming, publishing, the arts and advertising.

Attending companies in 2013 included ARTE France; Arts Council England; BBC; Bell Fund; BFI; British Council; Canada Media Fund; CBBC; Channel 4; Dazed & Confused; Egmont UK; France Télévisions; Gaité Lyrique; Hypernaked; Indieflix; ITVS; Kickstarter; MEDIA; MediaCom Beyond Advertising; Microsoft Soho Studios; MSN; NFB Canada; OMDC; Penguin Books; Pulse Films; RTVE; The Guardian; The Harmony Institute; Tate Kids; Telefilm Canada; TorinoFilmLab; Tribeca Film Institute; VICE; Vimeo; Xbox Entertainment Studios; Yahoo! Studios and ZDF.

Deadline to apply: Friday 10 July, 18.00 BST!

Click here for more information and to apply.

For application questions, please email info@powertothepixel.com or call +44 (0)207 535 6720.

Adapt to stay relevant to changing audiences and the connected world!

The Pixel Market is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the BFI London Film Festival.

Development Workshop with Bobette Buster

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Bobette Buster will be delivering the Development Workshop that the Media Business School has organised in Ronda (Spain) from 30th June to 4th July.

The workshop will focus on the Art of Cinematic Storytelling and it is designed on the basis that people are more likely to engage and connect if you deliver a well-crafted story with an emotional core.

Many things can be said about Bobette Buster and her extensive work experience. For now we will just mention that she consults for Hollywood’s leading decision makers and creatives at leading studios including 20th Century Fox, Disney Animation, and Sony Animation. Bobette is also the author of DO STORY: How To Tell Your Story So The World Listens (Do Book Co., 2013).

Content:
•Script analysis
•Storytelling principles
•Concept-story editing
•Re-writing

Experts: Bobette Buster – Buster Films

Dates & Venue: 30th June – 4th July, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

Contact: audiovisualfcm@mediaschool.org

 


The Media Business School will organise refresher workshops during this Summer

In addition to the well-known mega plus, m&id and mpbs, the Media Business School has put together a complete range of 5-day workshops intended to update the skills and knowledge of professionals of the Media Industry.

According to Isabel Calle, General Director of the MBS, “The Media Industry is evolving very fast and we are aware that some of the contents that we dealt with a few years ago are now different”.

This initiative is open to everybody” has added Calle, “However, as a gesture of our commitment to our former participants, we will be applying very special rates for them”.

Each workshop will be about a different topic and all of them will be delivered by top industry experts.

For more information please contact us at audiovisualfcm@mediaschool.org

REFRESHER WORKSHOPS

Workshop 1 • Financing Strategies

Content:
•Toolbox to run an audiovisual company
•Value Chain – Revenue Waterfall
•Project Financing
•Introduction to Cash Flow

Experts: Laurence Clerc – Alcatraz Films and Christophe Vidal – Natixis Coficiné

Dates & Venue: 16th – 21st June, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

Workshop 2 • Development – The Art of Cinematic Storytelling

Content:
•Script analysis
•Story – telling principles,
•Concept-story editing,
•Re-writing

Experts: Bobette Buster – Buster Films

Dates & Venue: 30th June – 4th July, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

Workshop 3 • Physical Production

Content:
·Introduction to Physical Production
·Development & Pre-Production
·Production & Post-Production
·Television Peculiarities / Budgeting
·VFX

Experts: Marco Pugini – Panorama Films and Virginia Cefaly – Metaphyx

Dates & Venue: 7th – 11th July, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

Workshop 4 • Management

Content:
·Organisation, functions and process of an audiovisual company
·Managing an audiovisual company (I)
·Management of an audiovisual company (II)
·Management of an audiovisual company (III)

Experts: Pilar Benito – Morena Films and Luis Jiménez – Deloitte

Dates & Venue: 21st – 25th July, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

Workshop 5 • Legal & Business Affairs

Content:
·Legal basics, Privacy, Format and Development I
·Development II, Legal aspects of social media, domain names
·Music and Prodution I
·Production II and CoProduction
·Finance / Exploitation

Experts: Peter Dally – New Media Law, Ian Penman – New Media Law, Hannah Leader – New Media Law

Dates & Venue: 28th July – 1st August,  Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

Workshop 6 • International Markets, Sales & Acquisitions. TV Industry

Content:
·Sales Agent – Acquisitions
·Sales Agent – Packaging/Positioning
·Sales
·Landscape or who matters

Experts: Oliver Simon – K5 Media Group, Rodolphe Sanzé – K5 Media Group, and Cristina Sala – E-One

Dates & Venue: 4th August – 9th August, Ronda, (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

Workshop 7 • The Art of the Pitch

Content:
·TV Series Development
·Creative Content Evaluation
·ALEGRIA. Company Case Study
·Development Strategies

Experts: Guy Meredith – Storyguy, David Pope – Advance Filmsk, Christian Routh – Four Corners, Ana Sanz – Script Editor, Christine Camdessus – Alegria Productions.

Dates & Venue: 18th– 22nd August, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

Workshop 8 • Financing Strategies

Content:
·Cash Flow / Financing
·Test Financing
·Branded Content
·Digital Channel Launch

Experts: Christophe Vidal – Natixis Coficiné and Erica Motley – K5 International

Dates & Venue: 25th– 30th August, Ronda (Spain)

Fee: 500€ (250€ for former MBS participants)

 

mpbs is accepting applications for its 2014 edition, a course that explores new ways of telling stories through Transmedia

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The Media Business School (MBS) is currently accepting applications for the Multi Platform Business School (mpbs), a project-based, tutorial and consultation driven course that focuses on the business aspects of creating cross-platform content.

The 5-day course is designed for participants to develop their skills in creating crossmedia strategies and building sustainable business models for projects with Transmedia potential. mpbs focuses on financing, production, marketing and international distribution, with an emphasis on how to appeal and engage audiences.

The mpbs saw the light in 2009 as a response to the need of training in this new-born discipline and, while others still see Transmedia as a sophisticated marketing tool, we believe in its potential to create real business opportunities”, has declared Isabel Calle, General Director of the MBS.

mpbs is led by Michel Reilhac, a Transmedia storyteller known for exploring hybrid forms of narration. According to Reilhac, who was elected Man of the Year 2012 in film by the French trade magazine Le Film Français, “The mpbs is a one of a kind opportunity for producers to transition towards interactive strategies for all kinds of content. It is also a very effective long term networking tool, which is crucial in our field in the making, where standards and norms are not yet in place”.

Selected participants will bring their projects to Ronda (Spain), where the residential training will take place from14th to 18th July. During the five days they will work on the business aspects of their projects together with the attending experts, all active players in the crossmedia sectors. An online consultation over 6 months will follow.

Last year, seven participants of mpbs attended the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM), where they took part in a co-production forum. This year, the Media Business School will grant scholarships to attend this kind of events subject to availability.

I was very happy with the course, it was very insightful and delivered on a high level”, says Uros Gorican, mpbs ex-participant and Content Director – Creative Director at Planet 9 / Saatchi & Saatchi, (Slovenia).

mpbs is currently accepting applications. For more information please contact Laura Almellones, course coordinator at mpbs@mediaschool.orgT: +34 952 87 39 44

Click here to access the course structure and content.

 

BFI-CS_LOT_FF_COL_LOGO_GLOWIf you are a UK based industry professional, you may want to apply to a scholarship from Creative Skillset. Click here for more info.

East of West, a documentary about the city of Sofia

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mega plus former graduate Jossif Zashev, together with Kalina Lukanova, are currently producing East of West, a 25 min documentary about the city of Sofia seen through the eyes of a foreigner.

Jossif, who attended the 2013 edition of the European Master in Audiovisual Management, expects the project to be released in September this year. “My experience in mega plus helped me to learn more about the film industry, to meet great people and to fulfil my lifetime dream of becoming a film producer“, has declared the young Bulgarian filmmaker.

At the MBS we want to wish Jossif and the rest of the team every success with this project.

Synopsis:
Ea3st of West is a short art documentary that traces the story of a trip to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. André Santos, a Portuguese film director, has never travelled in his life and decides to go on a journey to discover the atmosphere, taste, sound and heart of the beautiful Eastern European city. This trip would be a first in many respects for him- first time abroad, first flight, first thrilling and life-changing adventure.

Team:
Jossif Zashev · Producer
Kalina Lukanova · Producer
André Santos · Camera & Director

Interview with Michel Reilhac · mpbs course director

Michel-ReilhacIt is difficult to summarize Michel Reilhac’s experience in just a couple of lines. That is why we suggest you have a look to his bio in the mbs experts section. For now we will just say that, besides his role of mpbs (multi platform business school) course director, Michel is an independent transmedia storyteller who writes, directs and develops his own projects, and he is known for exploring hybrid forms of narration.

His work experience includes positions such as Head of Film Acquisitions at Arte France and Executive Director of Arte France Cinema, co-producing around 28 independent feature films from all over the world every year.

In 2012 Michel was elected Man of the Year in film by the French trade magazine Le Film Français.

MBS: What made you jump to Transmedia from other traditional ways of storytelling?

Michel: I have always been interested in innovative and even bold daring art forms. I find that inventing is always more interesting than walking the paths of established forms, in all fields. I started exploring participatory forms of art experiences in the early 90′s with participatory events like Les Arts Etonnants or Le Bal Moderne and the very first installations and dinner parties in full darkness with blind people as guides : Dark/Noir . So it was very natural to me when around 2006 I started meeting writers and directors who were showing me their first attempts at interactive stories. I immediately saw that there was a strong potential down the road there to renew the form of stories the way they were told traditionally and the established system to do independant films.

MBS: Can you share with us one or two examples of Transmedia projects that you consider specially interesting?

Michel: I find Fort Mac Money to be one of the most sophisticated interactive documentary, exploring the new concept of game documentary. I also recently saw the work of Rimini Protokoll , an immersive theater company based in Berlin with their show Situation Rooms that mixes live immersive experience with ipad interactive content. In this same vein I admire the work of danish company Signa.

MBS: How would you describe the relationship between Transmedia and other traditional formats?

Michel: The game industry is now fully embracing the notion of storytelling in its more traditional form to give stronger emotional and narrative arches to what they do. I expect that the most powerful interactive stories are now going to emerge from the very powerful game world. Game designers are now working more and more with script writers and storytellers. By comparison, the film world is still ignoring the resources of natively interactive stories. Broadcasters are seeing transmedia mostly as a sophisticated marketing tool , focusing on the possible uses of the second screen (smart phones and tablets). Documentary film makers and producers are becoming very savvy and creative in finding new ways to blend interactivity into their stories. Fiction lags behind.

MBS: Your project « Ultratrailer » is in pre-production stage, can you give us some hints about it?

Michel: It has a documentary dyptic component, based on the world of ultratrailers (runners who run very long races up to several hundred kilometers at one stretch, up to 50 hours non stop, in tough wild nature environments).  It will have a feature documentary and an interactive ipad app.

It also has a fiction component that springs from the documentary aspect, made of a feature film, a pervasive game, a graphic novel, and an overall web wrap around.

But to be honest, we are redesigning some of its aspects which appear to be almost impossible to finance at this point.

MBS: Your involvement in training activities is not new and you have witnessed many new entrants to this industry. What do successful Transmedia storytellers have in common?

Michel: They are humble, open minded, immersed in a sharing culture, they are not afraid of trying things and failing to learn and start again, they love risk, they are explorers, pioneers and not followers. They know how to work in teams . They do not state the existence of a proven business model as a prerequisite to trying .

MBS: How do you see Transmedia in… let’s say 5 years from now?

Michel: All contents will have interactive options built into them. We, as audience, will be able to choose whether we prefer to view the content in a traditional passive linear way, or interact and play with it if we have the time and desire. The level of interaction will range from light to deep.

MBS: Please describe the mpbs and how it helps Transmedia producers develop their projects.

Michel: The mpbs is a one of a kind opportunity for producers to transition towards interactive strategies for all kinds of content. It is also a very effective long term networking tool, which is crucial in our field in the making, where standards and norms are not yet in place.

MBS: How was your experience is last year’s edition?

Michel: Very effective with packed full schedule. Effective follow up in the weeks after the Ronda course. And the pleasure of spending a week with great people from all over in a stunning city.

MBS: Do you have any tips to share with new participants in order for them to get the most out of the course?

Michel: Soak in the information but not only: make friends, ask all the questions, do not miss the food, walk down to the river in the gorge…

mpbs is currently accepting applications. For more information please contact Laura Almellones, course coordinator at mpbs@mediaschool.org T: +34 952 87 39 44.

The MBS is recruiting a Coordination Assistant for this summer

The Media Business School is recruiting for this summer. We are looking for a Coordination Assistant (Logistics) to join our team in Ronda (Spain) for 3 summer courses: mega plus, m&id and mpbs.

Your main responsibilities will be:

· set-up of meeting rooms

· set-up of AV equipment

· logistics: liaising shuttle, hotels, restaurants, etc…

· support to the rest of the MBS team and experts

 This is the profile we are looking for:

· able to multi-task

· strong organizational skills

· fluent in English (a good level in French would be a plus)

· team player

· good social skills

· resourceful

· IT literacy

· Driving license

This is what we offer:

· contract: Coordination Assistant

· duration:  from 19th May to 9th September

- location: Ronda, Málaga (Spain)

 

If you would like to apply to this job please send your CV to Rocío Casado · admon@mediaschool.org

This year M&ID is open to participants from all around the world with the same fee as Europeans

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The Media Business School (MBS) is now accepting applications for Marketing and International Distribution (m&id), a course designed to help films reach their audiences by embracing the opportunities offered by digital media.

This year we expect more participants from beyond Europe” has announced Isabel Calle, General Director of the MBS. “The support received from MEDIA Mundus translates into bigger networking possibilities which, considering the direction the market is taking, are vital for the industry professionals”, adds Calle.

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MEDIA Mundus is a European Commission’s international co-operation programme which explores ways of reinforcing global cooperation between EU and non-EU professionals from the audiovisual industry.

m&id is led by Peter Buckingham, former Head of Distribution at UK Film Council and BFI. When asked about the challenges faced by industry professionals these days, Buckingham does not hesitate to place competition at the top of the list. “The New York Times reviewed 900 films last year”, he says.

m&id pedagogical breakdown has been conceived to help participants think creatively about the audience. By doing that they will have a chance of getting them into see their films”, adds Buckingham.

The selected film industry professionals will bring their feature films, before their commercial release, to the residential training period taking place in Ronda (Spain) from 23rd – 27th June. Online consultation for up to 6 months will follow.

At the end of the cycle participants will have identified their projects’ audience and market; developed their marketing, distribution and sales strategy and, most importantly, they will have gained the necessary skills to devise and execute compelling campaigns for future projects.

This was a great course where I both increased skills, know-how and expanded my network”, declares Marianne Hjerpseth, participant of  m&id 2011 and Commissioner National Promotion at The Norwegian Film Institute.

The call for applications is open until 30th May 2014.

For more information about m&id please contact Laura Almellones · Course Coordinator at m&id@mediaschool.org

Click here to access the course structure and content.

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A Mega Plus success story: Mission London (2010)

A few weeks ago we wrote about TILT, produced by 2 ex Mega Plus Students: Boris Chouchkov and Georgi Ivanov. Today it is time to remember another Bulgarian blockbuster produced by another Bulgarian mega plus graduate: Mission London and Ivan Doykov.

Ivan took part in the 2005-2006 of the European Master in Audiovisual Management. During the Master’s programme he developped the business plan of Mission London.

The project finally saw the light in 2010 and surprised everybody when it opened in Bulgaria with 46,291 admissions its first weekend, making it the third highest opener ever in its home territory. The comedy went on to sell 142,833 tickets in the first ten days on release, beating Avatar’s 130,770. The comedy became the highest grossing local film of all time.

Read more about Mission London

Three MBS ex-participants selected for the next edition of Producers on the Move

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The 15th edition of Cannes Producers on the Move has recently unveiled its line-up of emerging producers who will take part in the well-known melting pot.

Out of this year’s 24 participating producers, we are happy to congratulate 3 alumni of the Media Business School (MBS): Petter Lindblad · mega plus 2005, Olivia Musini · mega plus 2009  and Eszter Gyárfás · mpbs 2011.

Scheduled during the Cannes International Film Festival and organised by EFP (European Film Promotion), Producers on the Move will provide the selected participants with extraordinary possibilities of networking and additional visibility during the festival.

The programme includes working sessions, one-to-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to exchange knowledge and follow up discussions on future projects. In addition, EFP will be teaming up with the European cultural channel ARTE and the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages.

As in previous years, attending producers are expected to return home after the 3-day event with advanced film projects and, sometimes, with a co-production deals.

 

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What is mega plus?

mega plus is a postgraduate course that combines 14 weeks of residential training with 6 months of internship in European companies from the sector. During the 9-month course, participants will develop a business plan for a project or a company. In order to do so, they will count with the support of a network of experts, all of them key players in the media industry.

For more information please contact Ana Laguna, course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.orgT: +34 952 87 39 44

 

mpbs-logo-iconWhat is mpbs?

mpbs is a project-based, tutorial and consultation driven course, which focuses on the business aspects of creating cross-platform content. The training programme is structured as a 5 day residential training period and online consultation over 6 months.

For more information please contact Laura Almellones, course coordinator at mpbs@mediaschool.org T: +34 952 87 39 44

Benny Drechsel in the jury for the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize in Cannes

benny drechselGerman producer Benny Drechsel, Mega Plus former graduate (2005), will be a member of the jury for the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize, a short and mid-length film competition which has so far revealed such artists as François Ozon, Gaspar Noé, Andrea Arnold and James Franco.

The Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize takes place during the Semaine de la Critique, a parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival devoted to the discovery of new talent in the film industry.

Benny Drechsel, co-managing director of Rohfilm, will be back to the Media Business School this Summer to present two case studies in the upcoming edition of the European Master in Audiovisual Management. These  case studies will be Lunchbox and Lore.

Click here to access the line up of the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize 2014.

Interview with Laura Almellones · course coordinator of m&id, mpbs and asbp

Team_Laura Almellones_2014In her almost 10 years with the Media Business School, Laura Almellones has been involved in a long list of training activities such as Marketing & International Distribution, Film Business School, Mediterranean Film Business School, Multi Platform Business School, Film Business School – Latin America, International Markets Business School, Access to Markets in the Digital Era and Audiovisual Strategic Business Planning.

MBS: Laura, many people know you as you are the face they put in the courses you coordinate. How do you describe your role as Course Coordinator?

Laura: The course coordinator’s main role is to offer support to both participants and instructors. In other words, make their lives easier while participating in a MBS activity.

MBS: Being involved in so many MBS training activities provides you with a privileged overview of what the Media Business School has to offer. In your opinion, what is the common thread in the MBS courses?

Laura: In all mbs activities I’m always amazed by trainers’ generosity and high level of involvement. Bear in mind that all MBS experts are very active professionals in the audiovisual industry that have to make a great effort to leave their offices to travel to Ronda and share their time, knowledge and experience with our participants and they are always more than happy to do it!

MBS: Most of the courses you have coordinated are short and intensive, what is the relationship that establishes among the group?

Laura: The atmosphere in the courses is always very friendly and extremely professional so excellent personal and professional relationships start in Ronda during the course and last forever.

MBS: You are now accepting applications for 3 courses. Please explain what they have to offer and who they are designed for.

Laura: m&id is geared to experienced film industry professionals wishing to develop smart, engaging and innovative international marketing and distribution strategies for projects, which are determined by the audience for that project. The application deadline is May 30th.

mpbs offers content producers ways of maximising their projects’ intellectual property (IP) value by developing crossmedia financing, production, marketing and international distribution strategies with an emphasis on how to appeal and engage audiences and brands and maximise a project’s commercial value. The application deadline is June 20th.

asbp focuses on identifying trends and opportunities; maximising value across markets and platforms; promoting the creation of sustainable models; and positioning your company to be an attractive investment opportunity. The application deadline is September 5th.

Interview with Alex Marshall · mega plus tutor

Alex-MarshallAlex Marshall is one of these cases of mega plus graduates who, after having completed the Master and achieved great things in their careers, come back to the Media Business School flagship as expert or tutor.

Alex attended the 1999 edition of the European Master in Audiovisual Management together with other students that, years later, have become a reference in the Media industry such as Philipp Kreuzer, Johannes Rexin, Marta Baldó, Alberto Marini or Pedro Uriol.

Awards to films in which Alex has been involved include two BAFTAS (Four Lions and This is England), a Sundance jury prize (Tyrannosaur) and a President’s Award in Critics Week in Cannes (Snowtown).

MBS: Alex, when we have a look to the achievements of 1999 mega plus graduates we find a long list of success stories like yours. What do you think made 1999 such a good mega plus “vintage year”?

Alex: A mixture of good luck and great people. The same mixture that is the difference between success and failure in this industry. It was a really exciting time- film was on one of its many upswings and we just happened to be there. But also, the school had been running for a few years, built a reputation and attracted good people.MBS had started to really focus not only on the amazing experts but on ensuring that the cohort worked and played together.

Since then most of us have kept in touch and we keep on sharing information and, let’s face it, we are all quite competitive so we try and outdo each other…

MBS: 15 years have passed since you decided to invest a summer in Ronda and to complete mega plus. Was it a difficult decision? Do you remember what made you take this step?

Alex: For me the decision was simple. I was coming into film from another industry and I needed to shortcut into this world. I needed a network and I needed knowledge and I needed it fast. My choice was to go and knock on doors, work my way up from the bottom or just use the clout of the MBS to hammer down the doors. Everything I do now is thanks to sending that one email to the school to see if there was any chance….

MBS: Looking backwards, how has mega plus helped you in your career?

Alex: I still apply lessons learned on a daily basis. Most often the things I least expected to be useful- the lessons on pitching and management for example. Personally, I use less of the great technical information on a day to day basis- but only because my area of work does not require me to be in depth on things like scripts. But still, what I learned from great teachers like Bobette Buster is embedded in me. When I sit alongside the creatives, I understand their language and that is crucial for me. You don’t learn to be fluent but you learn enough of finance, development, production and exploitation to get by. And of course, there is the network.

You get 3 networks for the price of 1 at the Mega. First, the experts and the tutors. These people all come to Ronda to teach because they love doing it. They are all open to meeting the participant and having an ongoing professional relationship with them. Many of these people are at the top of their game- people you would never normally get to meet but here they are- coming to you! Taking a beer with these people in Ronda is the most relaxed way of meeting them and unparalleled access to their minds and experience.

Second, there is your cohort- your contemporaries, the people you will grow with, your friends in many countries. I guarantee some long term friends and colleagues will be met.

And finally the Mega family. Just about everyone who has spent the summer in Ronda has a shared experience with you. There are hundreds of former participants spread across the world and if you bump into them they are normally happy to help out with information and support- or at the very least to reminisce about their days in Ronda.

MBS: You have been collaborating with mega plus on a regular basis for 10 years now. How does it feel to come back as an expert / tutor?

Alex: For me, every year is refreshing. I love working with the new participants. The enthusiasm is contagious and that is a great thing. I can’t deny I am getting a bit older and more settled in my ways- so meeting the participants informs me about how the business is changing at the grass roots level. It helps to stop me getting stale and keeps me on my toes. Because the MBS has helped my career so much, it is great for me to be able to put something back too.

MBS: How does the tutorial system work and what does it provide to participants?

Alex: Each tutor has their own style and way of working. My aim is to be a sounding board- I want the participants to throw the ideas out at me and then I try my hardest to pull them to pieces. At this level, you should not be looking for a ‘teacher-student’ relationship. This should be a robust debate. I am always happy to have my assumptions challenged. I have probably read close to 100 project proposals, so I can help the participants to identify the weaknesses and strengths and to build on what they have. It is quite relaxed but I expect people to work hard- the harder you work in preparation for the tutorials, the harder the tutors work for you. We only get an hour or so face to face each time, so make the best use of it you can. If you don’t have questions, we sit in silence.

MBS: Have the participants profile and needs changed a lot since you started collaborating with the Media Business School back in 2003?

Alex: In many ways no- everyone needs help with cashflows and numbers! That remains a constant. The big change is the economy. It is tough out there and that means that the way projects are put together is a bit different. Budgets are more polarised on film, some countries are strong on TV, some are not.

Back in ’03, the way of putting things together was similar throughout most of Europe. Local idiosyncrasies but all manageable. Now it is more specific and there is more polarisation of budgets. This can make it feel more daunting but to me that just makes it so much more important that you have a great network of contacts to make sure that you don’t miss any possibilities for getting things made.

The profile of the participants is always varied- it is one of the things that makes the course so successful- I think the one change is probably that in years past, most of the participants were purely film focussed but now the types of content people are interested in has become much more diverse.

MBS: You have been tutor of over 40 participants. How would you describe the relationship that builds between a tutor and his student?

Alex: To me, the participants are not ‘students’ – they are my future colleagues. So from day 1 I treat them as this. I was walking down a street in London yesterday and bumped into Vivien, one of my former participants and now doing great things at the BFI here in London. Just seeing her put a big smile on my face- just like it does when I get to Cannes or Berlin and see everyone there- busy getting things done but always ready for a beer and a chat.

Many of the people I have worked with are good friends now. I feel quite proud of the ‘Megas’ as I see them progressing through their careers. Every day at Warp, I have the pleasure of working with Peter who works alongside me on business affairs. He came here as an intern and found a full time job- for me it was a no-brainer to take him on as I knew him through the Mega and knew that he had the attributes and training that would be perfect for us. I consider some of the gang from ’99 to be amongst my closest friends. A Mega is for life, not just for Christmas (only the Brits are going to understand that…)

MBS: What do you expect from mega plus 2014?

Alex: Blood, sweat and tears (and a few laughs too).

MBS: Do you have any tips to share with students in order for them to get the most out of the master and more specifically out of the tutorials?

Alex: Come with an open mind. This is not a course – it is privileged access to the heart of the industry.

Application deadline for mega plus extended to allow candidates benefit from last minute scholarship

roginasIt is not any breaking news that Renate Roginas, founder of Berlin based Villa KULT, is an active supporter of the creative industries and the people who work in them. Renate, who has been collaborating with the Media Business School (MBS) for over fifteen years, has now gone the extra mile offering her tutor fee as scholarship to one participant of the upcoming edition of mega plus. Thanks to her grant, the selected applicant will have access to the prestigious postgraduate course at a 40% reduced rate*.

In the past, other participants like Jorge Gonsalves (mega plus 2011) have benefited from Renate’s financial support to complete the Master’s programme.

In order to allow candidates to benefit from this last minute scholarship, the Media Business School has decided to keep the applications for mega plus open until 16th May.

Isabel Calle – General Director of the Media Business School – values Renate’s contribution and states that “I am very happy to see how the MBS network of experts and alumni is mobilising to help future generations access specialised training in these difficult times”, former mega plus graduate Olmo Figueredo recently offered another grant.

“We feel really lucky to count Renate among our collaborators. Her initiative is an example of their commitment towards the preservation of the industry”, has added Isabel.

The fifteenth edition of mega plus will kick off in Ronda (Spain) next June and it is still accepting applications.

*rate calculated for nationals of MEDIA programme participating countries.

 

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What is mega plus?

mega plus is a postgraduate course that combines 14 weeks of residential training with 6 months of internship in European companies from the sector. During the 9-month course, participants will develop a business plan for a project or a company. In order to do so, they will count with the support of a network of experts, all of them key players in the media industry.

For more information please contact Ana Laguna , course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.orgT: +34 952 87 39 44

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A mega plus success story: TILT (2011)

Boris Chouchkov took part in mega plus 2003 with this project. The film was finally produced with the collaboration of other mega plus (European Master in Audiovisual Management) graduate: Georgi Ivanov.

TILT participated in 37 festivals and won 14 awards, including best debut at Raindance, and best director at California Independent. It was also box-office #1 in Bulgaria for 4-weeks in a row.

The film was selected as the Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

Interview with Pere Roca · mega plus course director

Pere-Roca_linkedinAs the 2014 edition of mega plus · European Master in Audiovisual Management approaches, we have interviewed Pere Roca · course director to learn more about the current situation of the Media industry.

His extensive experience in the sector and his longstanding involvement in different training initiatives put Pere in a privileged position to design a programme that drives forward the careers and projects of participants.

MBS: Pere, you have a long career in the Media industry and you have been involved in all kind of projects (feature films, documentaries, TV series, etc…). Which one of these formats do you prefer and why?

Pere: I don’t a have a preferred format, I consider myself as a contents producer and each content requires a specific format. That is what I like to do.

MBS: In your opinion, which formats have the brightest future?

Pere: In terms of business, Feature with no doubts. From a novelty standpoint, I would say the blending of Feature and Documentary.

MBS: Your involvement in training activities for the Media industry is not new. You have witnessed new entrants developing their skills and achieving great things, and others who have failed. What do successful producers have in common?

Pere: They share an unbeatable sense of perseverance and a good understanding of the development process.

MBS: And how does mega plus help them develop these skills?

Pere: To the extent that I am the mega plus course director, the programme is designed on these principles: encouraging perseverance and stressing the importance of the development process.

MBS: The Spanish Film Industry is undergoing a rough patch. What is the springboard it needs?

Pere: The Spanish Industry has to redesign itself from top to bottom. It is obvious that the financing process of Media products is out-dated. It is now vital to redraw the relationship between broadcasters and independent producers. Broadcasters tend to limit producers to their interests in the local market. But if they supported producers to position themselves in the international market, at the end of the process, producers would also support the local interests of broadcasters.

MBS: How can producers adapt to these difficult times?

Pere: By resizing to a smaller version and resisting. If they survive it is important that they contribute to the redesign of the industry’s landscape.

MBS: How was your experience as course director in the last edition of mega plus?

Pere: After so many years devoted to teaching, being mega plus course director has provided me with an overview of the sector which has resulted much more beneficial and conclusive that I had expected. What mega plus offers to a professional like me is a privileged overview of the Media landscape.

MBS: What do you expect from the 2014 edition?

Pere: Keep learning.

MBS: The application period will be closing soon, what are the criteria to select mega plus participants?

Pere: Ambition, vision and a professional or academic track record at the height of the market requirements.

MBS: Do you have any tips to share with new students in order for them to get the most out of the course?

Pere: Get ready for the hard work and be open minded for all the new experiences and skills you will develop.

Interview with Ana Laguna · mega plus course coordinator

ana-web-okMany of you may know Ana from your summers in Ronda, as she has been working for the mbs and the mega plus for some time now… yes, summer time tends to be a very busy period for her!

MBS: Few people know the ins and outs of mega plus as you do, how has the programme evolved over the years?

Ana: Well, I think the programme has evolved as much as the market has; definitely, we are very lucky to count on our experts who help us foresee the changes in the industry and adapt them to the curriculum.

MBS: What do participants expect from the Master when they arrive to Ronda?

Ana: They expect to get the skills in management and producing, make a network of contacts in the industry and get a job when they finish… at the end of the day they get all of that combined with an unforgettable summer.

MBS: You have welcomed hundreds of mega plus participants to Ronda. How is their daily life in the city during the residential training?

Ana: Life is hard: tutorials, group works, deadlines, tests, more deadlines… although there’s a room to end up the day sitting at a terrace and sharing some Ronda tapas and the sunset with your MEGA friends.

MBS: mega plus is a long training course. Do participants and experts create a longstanding bond?

Ana: For sure! And also I have noticed through the years that this relationship between experts and participants goes beyond the academic, they’re on a professional level from the beginning perhaps thanks to the atmosphere created in Ronda…

MBS: The application period for the 2014 edition of mega plus will be closing on 7th April. Do you have any tips to share with applicants?

Ana: Go for it! You have nothing to loose and a lot to win. Bring your project, we have the springboard that will change your life!

Former mega plus graduate offers scholarship to future participant

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Seville based La Claqueta will grant a scholarship to one participant from Andalusia to take part in the upcoming edition of mega plus.

The Media Business School and La Claqueta have recently signed an agreement by which Olmo Figueredo’s production company will grant a scholarship of €3,000 to a participant from Andalusia to take part in mega plus, the European master in audiovisual management.

Olmo Figueredo took part in the 2004 edition of mega plus and he considers the course as an important step in his career: ‘10 years have passed since I studied mega plus in Ronda. I learned a lot, much more than I had imagined. But mostly I met great teachers and top students that a decade later have become the best network of professional contacts anyone may have’.

The founder of La Claqueta is the first former mega plus graduate to offer this kind of support to new participants. ‘La Claqueta has grown as a production company thanks to mega plus. Today we want to thank for everything we have learned with a €3,000 scholarship for an Andalucian student’, has added Figueredo.

The region’s film industry is undergoing a rough path. However, in the producer’s opinion ‘the economic situation should not deprive future film talent in Andalusia of the opportunity to study the best European Media Master’.

mega plus has acquired the rank of Specialization Degree (Master) within the Francisco de Vitoria University and it will hold its 15th edition in Ronda (Malaga, Spain) in the coming months.

 

What is mega plus?Pere Roca mega plus course director

mega plus is a postgraduate course that combines 14 weeks of residential training with 6 months of internship in European companies from the sector.

During the 9-month course, participants will develop a business plan for a project or a company. In order to do so, they will count with the support of a network of experts, all of them key players in the media industry.

The Media Business School will be accepting applications for mega plus until 7th April. For more information please contact Ana Laguna, course coordinator at mega@mediaschool.orgT: +34 952 87 39 44

La Claqueta

La Claqueta is a production company nominated by the Spanish Film Academy Awards and recognized as one of the four upcoming young international production companies at MIPTV’12. It works for big corporations such as Heineken, Armani, Oriflame, Sony and Red Bull as well as for TV Stations such as ARTE, Discovery Channel, Canal+ or History Channel.

Specialized on animation, factual entertainment and documentaries, the company also gives professional and high quality services for international companies in Spain under his brand Tito Clint Movies.

Interview with Peter Buckingham · m&id course director

Peter Buckingham, m&id course directorWe have interviewed Peter Buckingham to know more about what Marketing & International Distribution can offer to applicants and about his experience as course director. Peter is a partner in SampoMedia, dedicated to finding new thinking and new methods for artists and filmmakers to reach an audience effectively. He was Head of Distribution & Exhibition at the UK Film Council and the British Film Institute.

Who is m&id geared to?

This is for industry professionals who have a film project in any stage of development.

What are the challenges marketing and distribution professionals are facing nowadays?

Competition. Other films – The New York Times reviewed 900 films last year. time. people have many more possible distractions. Other forms of media and leisure – especially event based social activities.

How does m&id help industry professionals to address these challenges?

To think creatively about the audience. By doing that you will have a chance of getting them into see your film.

How was your experience directing the 2013 edition of m&id?

Awesome. Hugely talented bunch, and the sessions were consistently stimulating.

What do you expect of the 2014 edition?

More of the same, plus a deeper debate about the value system, and new techniques to get your film to its audience.

Any tips for participants to get the most out of the course?

Be open minded and creative.

m&id 2014 is currently accepting applications. If you want to apply you can contact us at mid@mediaschool.org

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MEDIA BUSINESS SCHOOL PRESENTS 2014 ACTIVITIES

Spain based Media Business School (MBS) has recently signed an agreement with the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV) by which, the prestigious European master in audiovisual management (Mega Plus), acquires the rank of Specialization Degree (Master) within the mentioned University.

UFV launched its academic activities in October, 1993, as a University Centre attached to the Madrid based Complutense University. Some years later, in virtue of Law 7/2001, 3 July, full recognition as a Private University was granted and therefore, the degrees taught there become official.

UFV is integrated in an international university system that comprises higher education institutions in Europe, Mexico and South America.

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Media Business School signs an agreement with Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV)

MEDIA BUSINESS SCHOOL SIGNS AN AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSIDAD FRANCISCO DE VITORIA CONSOLIDATING THE PROFESSIONAL CHARACTER OF THE EUROPEAN MASTER IN AUDIOVISUAL MANAGEMENT (MEGA PLUS)

Spain based Media Business School (MBS) has recently signed an agreement with Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV) by which, the prestigious European master in audiovisual management, Mega Plus, acquires the rank of Specialization Degree (Master) within the mentioned University.

Both MBS and UFV are very confident of this agreement which will allow participants to get the necessary skills to challenge the changing landscape of the audiovisual market.

UFV launched its academic activities in October, 1993, as a University Centre attached to Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Some years later, in virtue of Law 7/2001, 3 July, full recognition as a Private University was granted and therefore, the degrees taught there become official.

UFV is integrated in an international university system that comprises higher education institutions in Europe, Mexico and South America.

In its fifteenth edition, Mega Plus is a 9 months postgraduate course that combines 14 weeks of residential training (2nd June-4th September) followed by 6 months internship in one or two industry companies (September 2014-March 2015). During the residential training in Ronda (Málaga, Spain), participants will attend plenary sessions, group tutorials and meetings with active professionals of the international audiovisual industry. During the course, participants will develop a business plan for a project or a company. The pedagogical breakdown of the course reflects this objective and includes the flowing modules: development and script analysis, management, business planning, financing strategies both for project and company, legal aspects, budgeting and production planning, multiplatform marketing and distribution, crossmedia, TV industry, international markets, sales and acquisitions. The course concludes with a final evaluation week at the end of November where pitching and leadership skills will be taught.

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LA MEDIA BUSINESS SCHOOL FIRMA UN CONVENIO CON LA UNIVERSIDAD FRANCISCO DE VITORIA CON EL QUE SE CONSOLIDA EL CARÁCTER PROFESIONAL DEL MASTER EUROPEO EN GESTION AUDIOVISUAL (MEGA)

La Media Business School (MBS) ha firmado recientemente un acuerdo con la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, por el cual, el prestigioso máster europeo en gestión audiovisual, Mega Plus, adquiere el rango de Máster Título Propio de dicha Universidad.

La Universidad Francisco de Vitoria y la MBS se sienten orgullosos de este acuerdo que permitirá a los participantes del Mega Plus adquirir los conocimientos necesarios para enfrentarse con garantías al reto del cambio de modelo del mercado audiovisual.

La Universidad Francisco de Vitoria inició su trayectoria académica en octubre de 1993, como Centro Universitario adscrito a la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Unos años más tarde, consiguió la plena homologación como Universidad privada, a través de la Ley 7/2001, de 3 de julio, que confiere plena oficialidad a la totalidad de las titulaciones que imparte.

La Universidad Francisco de Vitoria forma parte de un sistema universitario internacional que integra instituciones de formación superior en Europa, México y América del Sur.

El Mega Plus, que celebra este año su decimoquinta edición, es un posgrado de 9 meses de duración que combina 14 semanas de formación teórica presencial (2 junio – 4 septiembre) con algo más de 6 meses de formación práctica en empresas europeas del sector audiovisual (septiembre 2014 – marzo 2015). Durante la formación intensiva en Ronda, Málaga, los participantes asistirán a sesiones plenarias y tutorías, impartidas por profesionales en activo de la industria audiovisual nacional e internacional. Durante el Mega Plus, los alumnos desarrollarán un plan de negocio para un proyecto o una empresa del ámbito audiovisual. El plan pedagógico refleja este objetivo e incluye los siguientes módulos: desarrollo y análisis de guión, gestión empresarial, elaboración del plan de negocios, estrategias de financiación empresarial y de proyectos, aspectos jurídicos, presupuestos y planes de producción, marketing y distribución multiplataforma, crossmedia, la industria televisiva y, el mercado internacional ventas y adquisiciones. El curso se cierra con una semana de evaluación en la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria a finales de noviembre durante la cual se impartirán clases de estrategias de comunicación y liderazgo.

m&id, at “Bits and bites of Media Training” in Cannes

Nadine Luque, Media Business School Director of Activities, presented the new m&id during Cannes Film Festival, at “Bits and Bites of Media Training” on May 18th.

The MediaBusinessSchool’s Marketing and Distribution course is now oriented to the global, digital-driven market, and will be led by Peter Buckingham, former Head of Distribution at UK Film Council and BFI, and an expert in connecting films to audiences.

This presentation of a small selection of European Union MEDIA-supported advanced training courses on marketing, distribution and exhibition, was organized by MEDIA Desk Italia and Antenna Media Torino, in collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà.

For further information on the event: info@mediadeskitalia.eu / www.media-italia.eu

Twenty-three participants from the South Mediterranean region took part in the first module of Access 2013

Access to Markets in the Digital Era (Access) is a project-based residential and online programme which is designed to deliver a tangible impact on the film and documentary projects being developed by Access´ participants by optimising the opportunities of digital technology across the value chain, particularly in the way that we market and distribute projects in an ´on-demand economy´. To achieve this, Access’ tutors and experts, all key players in the industry, addressed issues such as Positioning your Project & Branding for Films and Documentaries; Audiences Segmentation; International Digital Landscape and Developing Digital Strategies.

Participants at this first module held in Ronda, Spain, focused much of their tutorial time on defining their project and the audience for it. According to participant May Odeh, Palestinian filmmaker, what makes this course different from other training initiatives is that “Access gave us models from the Arab world, which are different from any other models in Europe. I’ve been to many producer workshops and everytime they give us the Western models as guidance, but with Access we have got experience, examples, professionals that actually work in the area”.

The next stage of the programme will be online, using podcast, audiocast, online presentations and an online discussion forum to work on the positioning of projects in the market. As Lebanese producer Dima Al-Joundi, an Access tutor, says “It is good we start first by meeting before doing the online module. Our culture needs verbal contact: meeting, interacting among each other is very important for us. Sometimes the project can really get to a different level by looking at the other person in the eye and asking him or her to go in this direction instead of this other”. The third and final module of Access will take place in the autumn.

Access is a Media Business School (MBS) initiative, implemented in collaboration with the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA), APIMED (International Association of Independent Producers of the Mediterranean), and Sud Ecriture/Nomadis, and funded by the EU’s Euromed Audiovisual III programme.

For more information about ACCESS 2013, please contact Laura Almellones – Course Director at access@mediaschool.org

Five broken cameras, produced by former Mega Director Christine Camdessus, nominated for best documentary at the Oscars® 2013.

Five broken Cameras, a documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army, was nominated together with The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War and Searching for Sugar Man, that finally won the Award.

Christine Camdessus produced the film with Serge Gordey -Mega expert- and the two co-directors, Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi, through her Production Company Alegria. Director of Mega from 2000 to 2010, and collaborating with the MBS since, Christine will be at Mega 2013 the this summer to talk about the development and business planning of documentaries.

New directors appointed for the MBS 2013 courses.

Pere Roca, Peter Buckingham, Michel Reilhac and Linda Beath will lead mega, m&id, mpbs and the new course asbp, respectively.

Pere Roca is a freelance Executive Producer, his major client being Focus Audiovisual. Pere Roca has been co-operating with the Media Business School since its inception in 1991 when he directed the Feasibility Study for PILOTS (Programme for the International Launch of Television Series) and from 1993-96 he was its Managing Director.

Peter Buckingham, with more than 30 years in the film business, started as a 35mm projectionist and has worked almost every possible role in cinema and film distribution. Former Head of Distribution & Exhibition at the UK Film Council and the British Film Institute.

Michel Reilhac, former executive director of ARTE France Cinéma and former head of acquisitions for Cinema with ARTE France, is an author, Transmedia consultant and producer, owner of the French production company Melange.

Linda Beath, film finance expert and founder of Italy-based Ideal Filmworks, works on corporate development, co-production and financing. She trains professionals in finance and Strategic Planning all over Europe.