How time flies! BroadcastPro Middle East will be nine this July and SatellitePro seven. I thought this would be a great opportunity to look back on the years gone by.
We started off with just a magazine and a website in 2010; in 2011, we announced the ASBU BroadcastPro Summit and Awards, which has become one of the most attended events for the MENA broadcast industry; our anniversary parties became an excuse to get the industry together for a networking evening; our social media accounts have grown slowly but steadily; we have done exclusive roundtables and speed dating exercises for some of our clients; we have hosted golf days for the industry annually; and more recently, we have managed large-scale events for our clients in other parts of the MENA region.
We have had the exclusive privilege of attending launches and showcases around the world and interviewing some of the biggest names in TV, whether back in 2011 when Canon launched its first video camera in Hollywood, with Martin Scorsese sharing how digital cameras would change the face of filmmaking; more recently, with David Attenborough at the BBC World Showcase; covering remote production at the Australian Open; or interviewing Oscar-nominee Nadine Labaki.
Being on the judging panel of the much-coveted IBC Innovation Awards since 2013 has been another honour, and an opportunity to see how the industry is innovating globally. It’s a role I cherish. To celebrate our milestones and the industry, let’s get together at The Plantation Lounge at Sofitel JBR in Dubai on June 24. Please do register to attend.
Last month, SatellitePro ME had the opportunity to visit the satellite show in Washington, DC for the first time. We travel extensively with the intention of ensuring that the stories from this region travel with us and that MENA becomes an important region for both manufacturers and service providers worldwide.
It’s the reason we will be at ConnecTechAsia in Singapore again this month, as we have been for the last five years.