Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.
After last night’s crashing thunder storms that woke the city Dubrovnik could be in for a wet weekend. If you were planning a day on the beach you might want to think again.
According to the weather forecast Dubrovnik will see heavy thunder storms with downpours throughout the day, and temperatures will drop to around 24 degrees. The Croatian Meteorological Centre has released a bad weather warning for the weekend and dark skies are expected.
The weather should improve slightly on Sunday, but showers look certain. Highs on Sunday will reach 28 degrees but it will feel very humid as the summer storms look set to continue for a few more days at least.
NEM's sixth edition, taking place in Dubrovnik from June 11 to 14, brings you interesting topics that are key to the media industry, with an emphasis on content which has been undergoing major changes in the past few years with regard to the way in which the audience watches TV.
With 7 panels, 8 presentations and over 160 companies participating at NEM, the most prominent ones being Eutelsat, Fox Networks Group, AMC Networks International, Comcast Technology Solutions, BBC Worldwide, Warner Bros, Global Agency and Viasat World, NEM is an ideal opportunity for networking, with coffee breaks and attractive evening parties.
Don't miss intriguing panel discussions
Numerous dynamic discussions await you with renowned media experts, top speakers and panellists, the most notable ones being John Rossiter, General Manager of Sony Pictures Television Networks for Central Europe, Katharina Behrends, Managing Director of NBCUniversal International Networks for Central and Eastern Europe, Pete Smith, Managing Director of Antenna International, Salim Mukaddam, General Manager and Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe at BBC Worldwide, Daniel Reszka, Vice President of Youth & Emerging brands for CEEI, and Anette Schaefer, Vice President of TV Business for Europe at Deutsche Telekom AG.
The opening panel – “Pay TV: Keeping up with... the digital content game” – will be dealing with the future of TV channels in the face of the omnipresent digitalization. Advertising will be the topic of the panel “Advertising: When is it too much?” in which renowned experts from the industry will touch upon profit, audience, content and new tools in the world of advertising.
“The risk has never been greater for the emergence of a viewer base with no tolerance for advertising. This is particularly so among the youngest demographic whose experience of viewing often centres on an SVOD service”, said Guy Bisson, Research Director at Ampere Analysis, about advertising in the media industry.
The panel “Little bosses: children's demands” will conclude the second day of NEM. With the football world cup just around the corner, the third day of NEM will start with the panel “Football: who's keeping the price so high?”, whereas the second panel of the day – “Can local production make a difference?” – will try to solve the problem of viewership and high-quality content and programs.
“How to make great local production?” is another panel dealing with local production, where you will have the chance to hear Lars Lundström, the producer of Humans, one of the most popular Scandinavian series. The last day of NEM will be dedicated to a rather tricky topic – “Fighting pirates in CEE region”. This panel will address various questions concerning online piracy: what sanctions need to be introduced to the market and what can we learn from other countries?
Presentations – success stories of successful brands
“What does success look like? – 30 minutes around our CEE markets” is a case study by Anette Schaefer, Vice President of TV Business for Europe at Deutsche Telekom. “Old pirate” and young entrepreneur Arash Pendari, CEO and founder of Vionlabs, will give a presentation on the development of artificial intelligence in the film and TV industry. Håkon Moslet, the producer of Skam, will also give an interesting presentation in which he will tell you in detail all about the global success of this Norwegian teen series.
How has the 130-year-old National Geographic brand been modernized? This will be explained by Christian Brent, SVP of Global Research & Audience Strategy, Fox Networks Group.
The new television era will be discussed by Erik Yoon, TV Business Director, and Gyorgyo Takacs, Home Entertainment Technical Specialist, Central South Europe Subsidiary, LG. IBM’s presentation will outline how companies are replacing existing and often cumbersome content sharing techniques with Aspera’s high-speed content transfer products.
Opportunities for new business opportunities, new acquaintances and exchange of experience will be available during coffee breaks made possible by Viakom, Comcast, A1 Broadcasting and Turkish Airlines. Enjoy happy hour on the Palace Hotel terrace with Irdeto.
As for the welcome drink, it belongs to NBCUniversal, which will together with NEM participants watch the sunset at the exclusive NEM rooftop welcome drink. Evening relaxation with a drink in hand and good music in background on the second day of NEM will take place on Dubrovnik Palace Hotel’s Vala beach, thanks to the courtesy of Eutelsat, whereas Fox Networks Group’s party will conclude the third day of NEM 2018 in the very heart of Dubrovnik.
The capital’s airport has seen a strong start in 2018 with more and more passengers travelling through the Zagreb Airport.
Figures just released by the busiest airport in Croatia show that in May this year the airport handled 300,676 passengers, this is an increase of 11.8 percent over the same month from last year.
A total of 4,023 airplanes used the airport in May, again an increase over 2017 and this time by 7.2 percent. Since the beginning of the year until the end of May the nation’s capital airport saw 1.1 million passengers, meaning that the airport broke the one million passenger mark a full thirteen days before last year.
Has Croatia’s population fallen below 4 million. The State Bureau of Statistics publishes annually the estimated population of the country, based on data on the difference between the number of deaths and the number of births and the official data on the number of displaced people and immigrants.
And according to this estimate, Croatia had 4,125,700 inhabitants in the middle of last year - about 155,000 less than during the 2011 census, which counted 4,280,600 inhabitants.
Given that hundreds of thousands of Croatians have left the country to work in other European Union members, such as Germany and Sweden, the total population of Croatia is very likely under 4 million.
Doing a three point turn across a busy road would be bad enough, but doing a multi-point turn on the only road from Dubrovnik to the airport in a bus, well that’s just madness.
A reader of The Dubrovnik Times sent us this photo of what appears to be a tourist bus attempting to turn around right in the middle of the main coastal road. Needless to say the illegal manoeuvre caused huge tailbacks both to and from the city.
Traffic jams to the airport
Orlando Furioso is a cycle of baroque music organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and it kicks off tomorrow with a concert in the Rector’s Palace in the heart of Dubrovnik.
The Musical Director of this cycle is Dmitry Sinkovsky, one of the leading baroque violin stars in the world star as well as being a conductor. This multitalented Russian virtuoso is well-known for performing baroque music.
Sinkovsky has prepared Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, then Songs of British Isles with Antiphonus Ensemble and famous luteist Edin Karamazov, as well as many other baroque pieces.
Tuesday – 5th June
Atrium of Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik @ 9.00pm
String composition of DSO
Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin and art director
A. Vivaldi Four Seasons
Friday – 8th June
Rector’s Palace @ 9.00pm
The Antiphonus Ensemble
Elisa La Marca, lute (Italy)
Songs of The British Isles
Saturday – 9th June
Rector’s Palace @ 9.00pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
The Antiphonus Ensemble
Tomislav Fačini, conductor
G. F. Handel, A. Sorkočević, J. S. Bach
Tuesday – 12th June
Rector’s Palace @ 9.00pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Sinkovsky, artistic director, violin
Vladislav Pesin, violin
J. S. Bach Brand New Concert no. 3 in G major
G. F. Handel
J. S. Bach Concert for two violins in d minor
G. F. Handel Water Music Suite no. 1 in F major
The panoramic views from the top of the Srđ Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik are always impressive, but on a sunny Sunday they just seem even more glorious. Rising 432 metres over sea level the Srđ Mountain offers views over the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum and out to the Elpahite Islands.
The Dubrovnik Cable Car is the fastest way to reach the top of the mountain and a return ticket for the three-minute ride costs 150 Kunas for an adult and 60 Kunas for a child. You can also walk up to the peak, and it will take you around 45 minutes, although avoid doing this in the middle of the day as there isn’t any shade.
At the top the Panorama Restaurant (aptly named) is a good spot to have lunch or dinner, although if you want a table with a view you’ll need to reserve one.
A six-bedroom luxury apartment in New York, known as “Tito’s Apartment” has been sold for $12 million. The Serbian government have confirmed that the Manhattan apartment is in the process of being sold and that the proceeds will be divided among the former Yugoslav countries.
In 1975 the Yugoslavian government bought the apartment for $100,000 and it was mainly used by Yugoslav ambassadors, although Josip Tito also stayed there on several occasions. However, since 1992 the apartment has been empty with the Serbian government paying for running costs and maintenance, believed to be around $14,000 a month, therefore they will receive 40 percent of the sale price with the remainder being split between Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The initial asking price for the Manhattan address was $20 million.
The Park Avenue address has certainly fallen into disrepair since its golden days and the cost of rebuilding the apartment are likely to run into millions. With six bedrooms, five bathrooms, three balconies and a library there is certainly plenty of space for the new owner to spread out.
Future owners will have a stunning Manhattan view
The mansion built in 1904 was first owned by Robert Livingston Beeckman, the governor of Long Island. Later in 1912, the home was sold to George Grant Manson, whilst Vanderbilt’s granddaughter Emily Thorn Vanderbilt Sloane White and her husband, Henry White, bought it in 1925. When the rich heirless died in 1946, her estate was bought by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1947.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, which landmarked the property in 1966, called it a “superb example of the French classic style of Louis XV.”
When Yugoslavia took possession of the property, the New York Times reported, “It is considered one of the finest private homes remaining on Fifth Avenue”.
Plenty of work for the new owner - Photo Douglas Elliman Agency
After an assassination attempt against the Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in 1963, the mansion, with its bulletproof windows overlooking the Central Park, was also used as a temporary hiding place for Tito.
The new owner has yet to be revealed, although reports suggest that a businessman from Vietnam has paid the asking price.