IPO hosts inaugural producers' conference

Press release

The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), will host its 20/20 Vision Conference on Thursday, 6 October 2016.

Taking place at the SABC Auckland Park, the 20/20 Vision Conference is the first event of its kind to be hosted by the organisation bringing together all IPO producer members.

"The Independent Producers Organisation exists to serve film and television producers, and one of its key mandates is to represent, promote and protect the specific needs and interests of producers," said IPO Chairperson Akin Omotoso.

"To properly represent them at all levels, it needs to be very clear about what the needs and interests of the community are, and then work to address them through clearly laid out policy and strategies."

In order to have a successful event, the IPO engaged with film and television industry professionals in general regarding other pertinent issues affecting the industry and impacting on its growth - issues that will form part of the discussions at the conference.

"The engagements were motivated by the reality that we are in the process of shaping a new IPO, an organisation that we envisage working with stakeholders including the SABC, DTI, NFVF and IDC towards a growing industry," Omotoso added.

Speakers at the event will include an SABC representative, GFC CEO Mr Andile Mbeki, IPO Executive Marvin Saven, Harriet Gavshon and Michael Auret.

"Partnering with the IPO on this important occasion is the beginning of a solid relationship that would see home-grown talent and stories being further appreciated by the public and other stakeholders," Mbeki said.

The conference will be attended by the majority of Johannesburg producers. In addition, regional producers will have the opportunity of participating from SABC regional offices through the SABC's rediffusion facilities.

Issued by: Independent Producers Organisation

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