International Broadcasting Convention, the world’s leading media, entertainment and technology show also known as IBC2019, will be held in Amsterdam RAI Fairground between the 13th to the 17th of September.

Inaugurated in 1967, IBC gathers broadcasters, content creators, manufacturers and associations from the entertainment and technology industry.

The event in numbers:

Each year, IBC enjoys record-breaking attendances. On its 50th anniversary in 2017, IBC had over 55,000 attendees from 150 countries, and more than 1,700 of the world’s key technology suppliers showcasing new tech and taking part in conferences. 

The 2018 edition of IBC hosted more than 55,000 visitors from 170 countries and over 1,800 exhibitors presenting the latest products and discussing current trends and innovations.

  • Date: 13 – 17 September
  • Topics: from Lounge Talks exploring diversity and sustainability in media and entertainment to Tech Talks on the latest tech trends and innovations.
  • Line-up: 300+ speakers including: Kate Russel (Journalist, reporter and author), Claire Hungate (Ex CEO Brave Bison Group PLC and Ex CEO Warner Bros, TV Production UK), Gary Shapiro (President and CEO – Consumer Technology Association), Dee Forbes (Director General – RTÉ), Noel Curran (Director General – EBU).
  • Exhibitors: 1,700
  • Venue: RAI Amsterdam

Hottest trends to watch for at IBC2019

Visiting IBC Conference is a unique opportunity for a complete immersion in the world of media and entertainment, and getting up to speed with industry trends. The conference is packed end to end with content, and the range of covered topics is really impressive: from so-called Lounge Talks on topics like diversity and sustainability to Tech Talks exploring the tech trends and innovations. Similarly, the presenters are coming from many different backgrounds: from big-shot business personas presenting their insights to youtubers talking about the consumption habits of the next generation.

We’ve created a quick rundown of the most important topics that will be discussed at IBC2019:

FKTG: Transformation of the media industry: new challenges for business and people

With linear television in decline and OTT, streaming and on-line services rising to prominence, business models are changing. Market research experts will join this session to discuss the market situation, share insights and recommendations for action for future enterprise decisions.


Gender equality: a media and business imperative

The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) group is moderating a steering group of 11 members to identify successful policies for media operators for embracing and implementing gender equality in house, as employers. The Gender equality: a media and business imperative panel describes the finding of this group, leveraging the experience, data and knowledge to deliberate on the indispensable elements of an effective gender equality policy and how to implement it successfully.


The ins and outs of Vimeo OTT

The streaming and monetization technology that was once the preserve of big studios is now at every creator’s fingertips, offering multiple flexible monetization options.

Vimeo’s  Megan Wright will showcase the ins and outs of Vimeo’s OTT product – white label apps, world-class streaming capabilities and monetization via the platform.


Creating Memorable Sports Moments on TV: Preparation or Luck?

This session will give a glimpse into how to make key choices during the live coverage of the game as a tool for powerful storytelling via the medium.

Not unlike the players, the TV teams also need to be prepared for the big moments in sports. The session’s members will also discuss the ways to craft great game coverage and make it better by doing some extra homework: studying the stories and themes that intensify the emotion on the pitch.


ASC 100 YEARS: Ground-breaking cinematography behind Lion King

Six-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel and three-time Oscar winner Robert Legato, renowned for their groundbreaking work on the Lion King reboot, are coming to IBC2019 to talk about their work on the film and how they used gaming technology to achieve the film’s life-like visual quality. They will be joined by Stijn van der Veken, the cinematographer behind world-acclaimed Starz TV series Outlander and president of the ASC Kees Van Oostrum


The next wave of TV advertising

A new generation of broadband-connected TV distribution platforms is rapidly gaining scale in the USA and Europe. Device manufacturers are moving up the value chain, aggregating content, selling ads and presenting new opportunities and challenges for broadcasters. At this session, we’ll hear from the new aggregators and explore the opportunities these platforms are unlocking – next-gen advertising and the new pay-TV.


Understanding the consumption habits of Gen Z

This panel will give some insights into how you can capture a younger audience and what we know about the media consumption habits of young people (gen z and gen alpha).


Beyond Conference

IBC proudly calls itself more than just an exhibition and conference and offers something for everyone. Over the years we have developed a series of events and free-to-attend features that are designed to enhance your IBC experience.

There will be special theatres set up, hosting demonstrations, presentations and briefings. Content Everywhere is a part of the conference specifically designed to get up to speed on the latest trends, strategies and developments in online TV and video.

Situated at the heart of IBC, with its 55,000+ attendees and 1,700 broadcast technology exhibitors, IBC’s Content Everywhere provides the most comprehensive overview of developments in this fast-moving field.

BSG at Content Everywhere

The panel session An introduction to app development will feature BSG’s own Gregory Trzonkowski. This part of Content Everywhere – Chaired by Carl Hibbert, associate director at Futuresource Consulting – will feature three representatives of the industry discussing how talk Apps define the user experience for video services consumed on mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs. The session will aim to explore the various approaches to app development, differences between developing for different device types and opportunities for innovation.

Last Words

Over the five-day conference, 1,700 delegates and guests from across the globe will hear from IBC’s impressive line-up of 300+ speakers, enjoy fantastic networking opportunities and be inspired to embrace the changes in our industry together. We will be there to keep you posted.


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