November 7, 2016
By Thanussha Priyah
Bangkok – With 300 industry professionals from 36 countries (including 18 Asian nationalities) in attendance and the 40 exhibiting companies on hand, ASIAN SIDE OF THE DOC 2016 held in Bangkok (October 31- November 3) proved to be very effective in efforts to reach key players in the ASEAN region. The annual pitching forum and programmes sales market enjoyed an excellent 2:1 producer-to-broadcaster ratio with 90 international decision makers present, that fostered an invaluable networking and deal-making environment for delegates.
Additionally, close to 165 one-to-one meetings were arranged over four days between independent producers and buyers to get straight into creative and financial discussions.This 7th edition had the objective to build in Bangkok the ASEAN regional hub for documentary coproduction and knowledge exchange as the Asian content business becomes a bigger industry. Co-organizers Sunny Side of the Doc and Wishtrend Thailand counted on the support of Diamond partners, Thai pubcaster MCOT and its production structure Panorama Worldwide, to cater to this growing trend to generate more business leads. The first full coproduction partnership between Thailand (MCOT) and the UK (UKTV) were concluded this week at Asian Side of the Doc to bring the new food series, “A Taste of Thailand” (working title 10×60’) to a global audience.