Abu Dhabi Media Summit to Become Biennial Event, Move to April

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The UAE capital with the ultramodern skyline hosts its sixth film festival Oct. 11 to 20.

After the emirate scrapped its film festival, the summit won't return in the fall and instead will take place next spring.

The Abu Dhabi Media Summit will stop being an annual event and instead take place every two years, organizers said Wednesday. It will also move from November to April.

The Media Zone Authority of Abu Dhabi, twofour54, said Wednesday that the sixth edition of the summit, which has attracted media, entertainment and technology moguls as speakers, will be held April 5-7, 2016.

Speakers and topics of debate will be announced at a later date. Organizers said they "will be in line with the vision of twofour54 in promoting Abu Dhabi's position as a leading hub in the global media industry." They also said that the summit's goal would continue to be to "host a number of media industry leaders to build on Abu Dhabi's position as a center of innovation in the Arab world."

Abu Dhabi has been rejigging its media and entertainment events. It recently scrapped the Abu Dhabi Film Festival after eight years. The move provided more freedom to change the timing of the summit, which had been held around the same time as the festival.

Early editions of the summit had featured the likes of 21st Century Fox and News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Ari Emanuel and director James Cameron, who was interviewed by James Murdoch.

Last year's edition featured Mark Thompson, CEO of New York Times Co., Gerhard Zeiler, president of Turner Broadcasting System International and Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, among others.




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