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About Us

Pakistan's first and only Production & Entertainment Conference showcasing: Film, TV, Theater, Radio, Print & Digital Media.

Focus PK '16 is a multidisciplinary conference that offers professionals and students the unique opportunity to gain tremendous knowledge and in-depth understanding from the multi-billion dollar Pakistani entertainment industry. Focus PK '16 is here to bridge the knowledge gap that exists when it comes to the behind-the-scenes processes of music, film, television, theater, radio, print and digital media; with the goal of showcasing entertainment and production via a hands-on experience that demonstrates how to create masterpieces.

Through an unprecedented access to the industry’s decision makers: owners, CEOs, presidents, principals, producers, financiers, distributors and trade bodies;

and a rare opportunity to hear from the global thought leaders and experts, Focus PK '16 offers incomparable value to all.

With speakers from fields such as film, music, media and publishing, performance, visual and auditory arts, Focus PK '16 ensures a multifaceted, detailed and unparalleled insight into the entertainment industry. By providing this opportunity, Focus PK '16 aims to empower the entertainment industry to evolve and grow exponentially both locally and globally.

Meet The Team

The driving forces behind Focus PK '16.

Icons of Industry

Anwar Maqsood is a renowned and celebrated scriptwriter, television host, satirist, humorist, and actor. He is well known for his artists write ups for Pakistan Television Corporation in the late 1970s and where he also served as presenter for a variety of shows including Studio Dhai and Studio Paunayteen along with Show Sha and a many others. He has written TV shows Fifty Fifty, Show Time, Silver Jubilee Show and Loose Talk, alongside the series Aangan Terha, Talaash, Sitara Aur Mehrunnisa, Nadan Nadia, Aisa Bhi Hota Hai, Colony 52, Majoo Mian, Koi Aur Hai and Hum Pe Jo Guzarti Hai, teleplays Half Plate and Fanooni Latifey and theatre plays Pawney 14 August, Sawa 14 August, Anwar Maqsood ka Dharna and Siachen. He is also the lyricist for Nestlé Nido Young Stars. Anwar Maqsood has been awarded the prestigious Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Lifetime Achievement Honour at 4th Pakistan Media Awards.
Ghazanfar Ali has been in television since the mid-sixties when he worked with PTV. In 2000, he launched Indus Vision, the country’s first independent satellite channel. As such, he’s garnered the label of ‘pioneer.’ The man behind Indus Entertainment, Ghazanfar Ali is also the pioneer of private productions. Behind the success story of the new independent news channel was also the creative mind of none other than Ghazanfar Ali. Today, following in his footsteps are a bevy of new television tycoons who have made it big. He launched Indus Music and later MTV Pakistan, which was able to secure its place as a leader in music television on the Pakistani scene. At 1st Indus Drama Awards, his TV series Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat, Bheegi Palkain and Karachi Law were nominated for Best TV Series.

Ambassadors

Zhalay Sarhadi is a well-known Pakistani actress, VJ and model. She has appeared in magazines like Libaas, walked in several fashion shows, hosted the reality show Shaadi Online on Geo TV and has acted in different TV serials.

Zhalay Sarhadi - Face of Fashion

Humayun Saeed is a renowned film and TV actor and producer, who has starred in blockbusters Mein Hoon Shahid Afridi, Bin Roye, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, Actor In Law and Yalghaar and won the Lux Style Awards, ARY Film Awards and HUM Style Awards.

Humayun Saeed - Face of Film

Khalid Malik is a transformational coach and entertainer. He has worked in the serials Chand pay Dastak, Woh Chaar, Khandaan-e-Shughlia and Uraan, and as a VJ at MTV, in production at Dawn News, theatre plays and his claim to fame, ‘The Breakfast Show’ on City FM 89.

Khalid Malik - Voice of Radio

Yasra Rizvi is a playwright, actress and director. She has worked in theatre plays Hasan Kuza Gar, Goongi Joru, Can't Pay, Won't Pay, Roshni Ka Safar, Sail-e-Rewan, and Extra, TV serials Mi Raqsam, Virasat, Mann Ke Moti, Shaadi Mubarak and films: Manto, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Senti Aur Mental.

Yasra Rizvi - Face of Theatre

Zahid Ahmed is a Pakistani actor & former RJ. He has worked in plays Sawa 14 August, Pawnay 14 August, Bombay Dreams, Half Plate & Phantom Of The Opera, TV series Mehram, Jugnoo, Tum Mere Paas Raho, Sangat, Zara Yaad Kar, Besharam & Mor Mahal. He has won the Hum TV Award for Best Villain & had a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Zahid Ahmed - Face of Television

Jehan Ara is the president of the largest tech association in Pakistan: PASHA, runs a Google-funded incubation space TheNest i/o, and is an outspoken advocate for cyber freedom. She has come to be synonymous with developments in startups, technology, and entrepreneurship. Ara is a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of technologies, to empower and enable communities.

Jehan Ara - Face of Digital

Sessions

dec.03

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • 1. Scripting/Storytelling
  • The backbone of a production (Film/TV)
  • 2. Theatre
  • Popular vs. Serious Theatre
  • 3. The Rating Game
  • Numbers vs. Viewer Feedback

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

  • 1. Parallel Cinema vs. Commercial Cinema
  • The Difference
  • 2. Censorship Policies
  • Maalik - Udaari - PEMRA
  • 3. Marketing of IDEA
  • Promotion/Advertising

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • 1. Music
  • Background Scores, Piracy, Royalty, Copyrights
  • 2. Film Festivals & Short Films / Documentaries
  • The Need / Concept to Screening
  • 3. Audio Engineering
  • The Neglected Sector
dec.04

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • 1. Channel vs. Private Productions
  • Library Ownership International Law
  • 2. Investments & Discrimination/ News & Views
  • Banking Sector/Investors/GOV
  • Support/Cinema owners vs. Distributors
  • Who controls what goes on air - Checks and Balances
  • 3. Animation
  • A journey of Sheesha Ghar

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

  • 1. Foreign Content & Syndication
  • Background Scores, Piracy, Royalty, Copyrights
  • 2. Regional Language
  • Content and Programming
  • 3. Radio & FM Stations
  • To promote the radio
  • Talent & Technology

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • 1. Actors vs. Producers
  • Contracts / Payments
  • 2. Digital Activation & Marketing
  • Relevance & Growth
  • 3. Children's Programming
  • Quantity/Parental Ratings

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