Entertainment marketers report lack of professional development and training amidst budget cuts and rapid industry change

PromaxBDA Europe, the essential entertainment marketing event, introduces The Academy to close the ‘training gap’

LONDON – March 13, 2016 —Only 18 percent of entertainment marketing professionals report that they have access to training and development programs despite the rapid evolution of television viewer habits and growth of social media platforms, according to a new industry survey released today by PromaxBDA, the global media marketing association.

In addition, 45 percent reported that what’s on offer isn’t tailored to them, and 35 percent said that tight budgets rendered training and professional development programs a luxury at their companies.

The results come from a survey of marketing executives and professionals attending the upcoming PromaxBDA Europe Conference 2016, 14-15 March in Barcelona.

To address the professional development needs of the industry, PromaxBDA in Barcelona is launching The Academy, a track dedicated to professional development designed specifically for entertainment marketers and creatives.

"Every year PromaxBDA provides its members opportunities for inspiration, education and connection to grow and succeed. With the addition of The Academy, our goal is to help fill the "training gap" that we’ve identified through our member pulse survey," said PromaxBDA President & CEO Steve Kazanjian. "We also see that the traditional foundations of strategy and creativity remain intact in the face of new demands and we’re delighted to have keynotes from Facebook and Maker Studios who will shed light on the world of new types of content."

The PromaxBDA Academy is designed to give marketing and creative executives a full day of leadership and master classes in writing, design and creativity. Paul Boross, the "Pitch Doctor," will kick off The Academy.

Other sessions feature: Joel Beckerman, Founder and Lead Composer, Man Made Music; Søren Anderson – Owner, Supercreative; Linda Button – Brand Personality Expert, Tooth + Nail; Patalia Tate – VP, Marketing & Creative Strategy, Scripps Networks; Steve Brouwers – Creative Director, SBS Belgium, and many more.

For more information and the full conference lineup, visit promaxbda.org

Event Tickets & Venue
Ticket price €​1295 + VAT The event takes place at Hotel Arts Barcelona, Marina 19-21, 08005, Barcelona, Spain from 14-15 March, 2016.

Awards Information
Details of awards and judging are available here. The full list of last year’s winners is available to view here.

For further information please contact:
Lester Mordue, European Director of Conference and Relations, PromaxBDA lester@promaxbda.org + 44 (0) 7769 650306

Eva Keogan, Home of Social, eva@homeofsocial.com + 44 (0) 7790 841538

About the Survey
Attendees of this year’s PromaxBDA Europe Conference were invited to complete the survey ahead of the event, with one-fifth of attendees responding.

About PromaxBDA Europe Conference and Awards 2016
PromaxBDA Europe Conference is the annual two-day summit where Europe’s leading media companies and agencies gather for two days of industry-leading insight, strategy, creativity and professional development. It will be held in Barcelona, Spain on 14-15 March, 2016 this year. The two day conference culminates with the PromaxBDA Europe Awards, the annual celebration of the best marketing and design created for European audiences.

About PromaxBDA
PromaxBDA is a member association representing more than 10,000 companies and individuals from major media organizations, marketing agencies, research companies, strategic and creative vendors, and technology providers around the globe. PromaxBDA leads the global community of those passionately engaged in the marketing of television and video content on all platforms: on-air, online, and on-the-go.