Now in its third year, the Taipei International TV, Film and Digital Contents Exhibition is set to attract bigger copyright deals this year, organizers said yesterday.
International and local vendors are expected to seal deals on copyrighted programs such as variety shows, "idol dramas" (TV vehicles for pop stars and other celebrities) and animation amounting to US$4.5 million this year, according to a press statement.
This will be up from last year's US$3.5 million, it said.
"The Taipei show has a bigger scale compared with three expos held in China, and our deal figures exceed those in Tokyo, Busan and other Asian countries," said Lai Kuo-chou (賴國洲), chairman of Taiwan Television Enterprise Ltd (TTV, 台視), one of the expo's organizers.
Organizers hope that the TV expo will establish a platform for various players to exchange views and share technologies in a bid to take regional productions to the next level.
Last year, exports of Taiwanese drama series earned NT$200 million (US$6.1 million), and the figure will be even higher this year considering higher production values and the use of high-definition technology, Government Information Office Minister Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said.
The exposition starts on Thursday next week and runs to the following Saturday at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1.