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MEDIA MASTERMIND Fullscreen’s George Strompolos explained how his multichannel network evolved into a global media company, at a Media Mastermind Keynote yesterday page 18
MEDIA MASTERMIND Hollywood producer Mark Gordon gives a Media Mastermind Keynote today. Grand Auditorium, 11.00 page 12
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NEWS 8 Conferences; stars; deals made at MIPCOM
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MEDIA MASTERMIND KEYNOTES Monday 5 October, Grand Auditorium
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Social media and human drama fuel Turkey’s LatAm success
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TRT COCUK AIMS TO GO GLOBAL WITH CHILDREN’S ROSTER “WE HAVE a lot to offer the global market, so we are launching TRT Cocuk globally,” Mehmet Demirhan, acquisitions, sales and co-production co-ordinator at Turkey’s TRT, said at Sunday’s Snack And Screen to present the company’s new kids shows. Launched in 2008, TRT Cocuk produces 75% of its own content and prioritises education. Key shows that show TRT’s expertise across a range of genres include: Mat Mat For Mathematics; 30-minute live show My Friend Bidi, to promote language skills and imagination; and Maysa And Bulut, which tells classic Turkish stories with beautiful designs to give them universal appeal. “Our drama sells globally and our animation is doing well,” Demirhan said. “We are now looking for co-production opportunities and pre-buys in children’s programming too.”
URKEY’s prolific social media has been a key factor in the success of Turkish programming in the US over the past three years, Pelin Distas Yasaroglu, general manager of Turkey’s Kanal D, told the Dialogue With The Americas Megasession. “If you’re at a restaurant, you can still follow what’s happening on TV. Each programme is in the top tweets on Twitter. And even if you’re eating dinner in Chile or New York, you can still follow, because Turkish shows are world trending topics.” Turkey was very powerful in social media, Yasaroglu said, because it is a young country. “The average age is 28 or 29, I think, this year.” Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions spoke of the US reaction to recent Turkish drama. ”When we saw Son, which we turned into Runner, we knew it would attract a big star,” she said.
In fact, it attracted two: Paula Patton and Adam Rodriguez. “The themes at the centre were very accessible to the United States,” Moses added: “Female empowerment, thriller sensibility, family drama, and a mystery that unfolds with a conspiracy underneath.” Kerem Catay, CEO of Ay Yapim in Turkey, said that international success was firmly based on success in the home market. “We don’t aim to produce for other markets. The main focus is domestic. If it’s not successful in Turkey, nobody will care. The main focus is to tell a good story.” Personal relationships and politics form an important crossover between Turkey and Latin America, and in particular the link between Turkey’s ITV — Inter Medya and Megavision of Chile. Following on the success of Thousand And One Nights in Chile, Megavision picked up ITV’s What Is Fatmagul’s Fault.
Important to both is “the kissing part”, Megavision’s director of international content, Juan Vicente, said. Can Okan, CEO/president of ITV said: “In Latin America, the kiss is very important, it’s always in the first or second episode. But in Fatmagul it was, like, in the 113th episode. So much sexual tension.” But Fatmagul also starts with abuse, a prominent social issue in Chile — though Kerim, one of the abusers becomes the love interest. It was a theme that resonated with the 70% female audience, Okan explained. “The role of the woman, how she overcomes the rape, finds a new place in society, values herself again, and re-finds love. It’s a love story about recovery,” he said. The Americas success means that “Turkey is the new Israel”, Moses concluded, with a reference to the impact of Homeland on Israeli production.
Anna Carugati (left) of World Screen moderates the Megasession with panelists Pelin Distas Yasaroglu of Kanal D, Kerem Catay of Ay Yapim, Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions, Can Okan of Inter Medya and Juan Vicente of Megavision
NEWS Controlling scripted rights is key in global marketplace
IK E HOPK I NS, CEO of SVOD platform Hulu, and Jim Packer, president, worldwide television and digital distribution at Lionsgate, shared the Grand Auditorium stage on Monday to deliver a Media Mastermind Keynote. Each executive quizzed the other about his respective strategy, with both stressing the importance of controlling the rights to great scripted content that can stand out from the competition. Hopkins said: “Original content is now a very important part of our portfolio because defining shows can set up your brand for years. Just look at what shows like The Shield, The Sopranos, South Park and Mad Men have done for FX, HBO, Comedy Central and AMC. That’s what we want to achieve.” From Lionsgate’s perspective, Packer agreed that the emphasis has to be on content that can
break through the clutter of competition. But he also stressed that, as a content creator, “Lionsgate needs to be flexible, getting its content on to as many different platforms as possible. Because you never know which of those platforms will cause that breakHulu’s Mike Hopkins
through.” He added that the rights market was “incredibly complicated now, so that we can be tracking 15 different kinds of right to content at any one time.” While the huge volume of scripted content in the international market is clearly a challenge for Lionsgate, Hulu’s Hopkins welcomes it — pointing out that the structure of SVOD platforms Lionsgate’s Jim Packer
Rafati: ‘I wanna be like you, Disney’ BROADBANDTV (BBTV) ,
the Canadian online video and YouTube multichannel network (MCN), has aspirations to be the next Disney. And that is only for BBTV’s kids and family entertainment business. That ambition emerged yesterday at a Media Mastermind Keynote with BBTV founder/ CEO Shahrzad Rafati and Jimmy Maymann, executive vicepresident and president, AOL Content & Consumer Brands. Earlier this year, BBTV acquired Mumbai-based kids YouTube MCN YoBoHo to boost its library of children’s and family entertainment along with its international reach. “We want to bridge the traditional and the digital. And in the kids and family verticals, we
means they can pick up new audiences for shows that have already been in the market for a number of seasons. Asked whether Hulu was interested in foreignlanguage series, he said it could work for the company in two ways. “Firstly if we think there is a big enough expat population for us to cater for. Secondly, if an individual show looks like it has the potential to breakthrough — based on what we know about our audience,” he explained. Asked about Hulu’s international plans, Hopkins said: “We have no expansion plans at present but we are always evaluating it.”
want to do that to create the next Disney,” Rafati said. She also added that “our strategy is to combine strong brands with communities and you need to leverage mobile and social technologies to be smarter about content promotion and marketing”. BBTV, which delivers 420,000 videos and records 5.7 billion views every month, is 51% owned by German TV giant RTL Group. AOL was recently acquired by US telecoms giant Verizon and Maymann explained that the acquisition will accelerate AOL’s ambitions to be a more mobilecentric content distributor. During his tenure as CEO of The Huffington Post (one of AOL’s media companies), May-
mann said that mobile subscribers grew from 18% to 70% of total users in an 18-month period.
“We need to accelerate a similar shift to all our media brands, including aol.com and TechCrunch, and Verizon’s acquisition of AOL will make that happen,” he said. BBTV’s Shahrzad Rafati
NEWS Debate emphasises women’s key role in content creation
ITH the explosive growth of mobile creating millions of new viewers by the month and the escalating demand for content to feed the new digital platforms, there has never been a more exciting time to be a content-maker. “The challenge now is to make sure that women are part of this renaissance,” said moderator The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie, setting the scene for yesterday’s Women In Global Entertainment debate, hosted in partnership with Lifetime Networks and The Hollywood Reporter. The session, held after the annual Woman In Global Entertainment Power Lunch, saw five senior executives explore the challenges and opportunities confronting women in the media industry. Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy — the first Pakistani to win an Oscar, with her film Saving Face about acid attacks on women — said she liked to “jump start difficult
Women In Global Entertainment panel: The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie (left), FremantleMedia China’s Vivian Yin, filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Kanal D’s Pelin Distas Yasaroglu, Lifetime/BBC’s Sarah Phelps and Fox International Studios’ Sharon Tal Yguado
conversations” with her work. “Social media’s power to disseminate information is phenomenal,” she said. “I can get a following and traction, so it’s very powerful because I don’t need anyone else now.” A controversial figure in the
Muslim world — “I talk about things that people don’t want to talk about” — Chinoy said she continued to live and work in Pakistan despite regular death threats “because if people like myself don’t live in the countries that are going through tumultu-
ous times, how is change going to come about”? In Ay Yapim’s Fatmagul, Pelin Distas Yasaroglu, general manager of Turkey’s Kanal D, also tackled a highly sensitive subject in the Muslim world — the gang rape of a young girl. It was the first time that “such a taboo” had been tackled on Turkish television, Yasaroglu said. “But everybody sympathised with the story of how Fatmagul recovered her soul and rebuilt her life. It was the highest rated drama in Turkey and went on to sell into 109 countries. It never failed us.” On a lighter note, TV writer and Cannes first-timer Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None; EastEnders; Great Expectations) said the dynamism and energy of MIPCOM had been a revelation to a writer who mostly “sat around in pyjamas in a room that could really do with a good clean”. In the somewhat hidebound TV culture of the UK, there was “a real struggle between cultures” going on, she added, with many traditional broadcasters shocked to the core by the bold voices coming out of the digital platforms. “It’s very exciting,” she said. “There are now so many more avenues out there for the creators of authored content.”
Gordon joins Entertainment One family JOHN Morayniss, CEO of En-
tertainment One, is moving the company up a gear by taking a 51% stake in the Mark Gordon Company, producers of Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS) and Benched (USA Network), as well as the recent Steve Jobs movie. “We’re increasing the level and quality of our content by not just acquiring content, but setting up a new studio brand with Mark,” said Morayniss. “We are looking to create a flow of very significant high-end content, and Mark has the ability and consistency to develop these kinds of show, get them ordered and get them renewed.”
In a crowded market where it’s hard to cut through, Morayniss wants high-end, must-have, event programming and smaller niche shows that understand their audiences. Gordon’s output is firmly in the former category. “His studio is prolific, he’s a strong creator beyond procedural and serialised drama, and he is an independent mind who works outside the US studio system and can work abroad,” said Morayniss. Morayniss says there will be more such deals, and not all in the US. “We entered into a partnership with Creative England in the UK to nurture emerging drama talent, and we did the
John Morayniss (left) and Mark Gordon
same with the Canadian Film Fund,” he said. “We’re nurturing fledgling TV talent through Hopscotch in Australia.”
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NEWS Turner Laing pinpoints key to TV’s true multiplatform future
ORMING partnerships with different types of media creators for true multiplatform distribution will enable the global TV industry to prolong one of the most exciting times in the business’ history, said Sophie Turner Laing during her Media Mastermind Keynote speech. Sp e a k i ng ye st e r d ay t o a packed Grand Auditorium, the CEO of the global production house Endemol Shine Group referred to the formation of Icon, a joint venture with YouTube superstar Michelle Phan, earlier this year. “Collaboration is the new world order for engaging fans, viewers and customers,” Turner Laing said about the TV business. “Working with new creators from different media and dis-
ciplines are the new types of partnerships that will make us successful.” This MIPCOM represents Turner Laing’s 33rd year in Cannes and, she said, this made her excited about the future of TV as a mass medium. “It is the Golden Age. TV has never been in better health. We talk about it as an industry past its best when it is in its prime. I’ve heard of the death of TV too many times. I don’t share that view. I genuinely believe content creators have never had it so good,” she said. Forming direct relationships with viewers is the other type of collaboration Turner Laing encouraged. Making sure viewers see the shows at the right time in the right place is crucial. “When a show finds the right home on the right channel, that’s when magic happens,” she said.
Endemol Shine’s Sophie Turner Laing: “new types of partnerships”
‘The internet would love what we have’ ADAM Crozier, CEO of UKbased producer/broadcaster ITV, used his Media Mastermind Keynote to describe how his company has transformed itself into one of the world’s leading international content businesses. With half of the company’s content revenues now coming from outside the UK, he said: “We are now a genuine global business.” “We are the biggest independent producer of non-scripted programmes in the US and the third biggest distributor in Europe. We have gone from having just three drama teams five years ago to having 15.” Crozier cited two key factors in the company’s growth. The first is that: “We have taken advantage of the fact we are an integrated producer/broadcaster. Because we are a broadcaster we have an instinct for what other
broadcasters want. We have also backed creativity. The key differentiator between companies in this business is people and talent.” Crozier also made an impassioned defence of traditional TV: “Channel brands are not dead and the 30-second ad is still vitally important,” he said. “TV is the most powerful medium in the world — the internet would love to have what we have.” One area of the business that Crozier thinks has become more important, however, is promotion and marketing: “Channels have a part to play in that and also in highly-visible programme brands. In addition, we use social media strongly and are experimenting with new ways to get content to people, such as online previews of episodes that can drive word of mouth.”
ITV’s Adam Crozier: “we use social media strongly”
NEWS Fullscreen founder backs new creative class of filmmakers
ullscreen’s founder & CEO George Strompolos used his MIPCOM keynote address to highlight the advent of “a new creative class” and to emphasise the company’s role in developing and supporting 70,000 of the next generation of filmmakers. Strompolos identified four elements that have driven these new creators — better tools, smartphones, fast internet and social media. Fullscreen, which Strompolos defined as a “global media company that develops online creators and produces multiplatform entertainment experiences”, has expanded in the last year through major initiatives including its
strategic content studio, Fullscreen Films and Fullscreen Live, and the acquisition of companies such as Rooster Teeth. “Rooster Teeth is one of the few examples where you have a studio that is also a brand, which also has a really strong network community approaching 20 million subscribers and followers across social media,” he said. “They’ve really captured that male demographic that loves video games, loves comedy, loves goofing off and being silly.” One of the creators developed by Fullscreen is Grace Helbig, who he described as one of the most important personalities in the online video space today. Strompolos also highlighted a number
of successful formats, including Jack And Jack — “a brand somewhere between comedy and music” — and Pretty Little Teens — “a spoof on all the teen dramas we’ve grown to love,” he said. Strompolos honed in on the shifting demographic for premium OTT content. “Fullscreen will be in the 13- to 30-year-old demographic with the sweetspot in the late teens and early twenty-somethings,” he said. “What we’re going after in the Fullscreen perspective is producing as well as licensing original premium OTT content. “Strompolos pointed to findings that suggest 60% of OTT content is viewed by a female audience. He also referenced a survey that
Fullscreen founder and CEO George Strompolos
signalled a profound shift in the number of hours spent watching traditional TV per month, which concluded that the viewing of traditional TV is down 37% among the 18- to 24-year-old demographic.
ATF predicts a record year WITH two months to go before the opening of the Asia Television Forum in Singapore, December 1-5, the region’s leading television event is anticipating attendance at an all-time high.
ATF’s Yeow Hui Leng: “record attendance”
“We are expecting record participation again at this year’s ATF, the must-attend event for international players seeking to do business in one of the fastest growing markets in the world,” said Yeow Hui Leng, Reed Exhibitions’ (RX) senior project director. “As part of the global RX group — that organises MIPCOM and MIPTV — ATF will be creating new synergy with the MIP portfolio of events to help meet the growing content demands from TV audiences throughout Asia,” said Reed MIDEM’s director of entertainment division, Jerome Delhaye. This year’s conference highlights will reflect the growing traffic in quality formats between East and
West, and Asia’s dynamic, youthskewed online content offering. The conference programme will consist of three streams — business trends, junior content and formats — with a focus on digital strategies running throughout the event. Key sessions include an insight into the changing requirements of Asia’s top buyers and how digital can be harnessed to enrich the viewing experience, drive engagement and loyalty, and boost ratings. Setting the tone for Junior@ATF will be writer and director Danny Stack (Thunderbirds Are Go; Octonauts), who will give a masterclass in how to engage children through storytelling. In The Ultimate Audience, meanwhile, the
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panel will share tips on how best to satisfy Asia’s hunger for kids’ content. Taking centre stage at Formats@ ATF will be ITV Studios’ Dave Winnan, who will explain how to create the perfect format bible.
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NEWS Great characters at the heart of successful programming
THE WORLD is getting smaller as a result of the internet, but great characters are still at the core of everything we do,” Russell Hicks, president of content and development and production at Nickelodeon,
told Sunday’s MIPJunior keynote. And it is to the characters of his co-keynoter — scriptwriter and showrunner Dan Schneider (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101) — that Nickelodeon owes 10 hit shows and much of its success. Schneider’s skill is in creating compelling characters, putting them in an authentic world and surrounding them with physical comedy and “now” technologies. In iCarly, the protagonist made her own socialmedia show, and in Schneider’s new show Game Shakers two tween girls create an app and take it to market with the help of two underling boys and an aging rapper played by Kel Mitchell. Nickelodeon is also pressing forward with shows that can be stripped five days a week and that can come from — and be produced
— in any territory. “House Of Anubis launched four years ago and it showed us the success of dailies,” Hicks said. “Our new one is Grachi, and we’re shooting Every Witch Way and spin-off W.I.T.s Academy and others in the US, the UK and Canada.”
Hicks noted that research shows co-viewing is on the rise. “Today’s parents watch alongside their kids, and share their music, their fashion sense and their sense of humour. And the kids like it. They don’t want to get away.” “I don’t feel television is threatened by mobile,” Schneider said. “The more screens the better. I shoot tighter now because it’ll be watched on small screens.” And as Hicks added: “The kids call it all ‘TV’.”
Nickelodeon’s Russell Hicks
Dan Schneider: “Mobile no threat to TV”
Mapping a strategy to maximise digital THREE leading executives talked strategy at Sunday’s MIPJunior session on maximising digital opportunities. Richard Goldsmith, executive vice-president of global distribution for The Jim Henson Company, described windowing. “The goals are to maximise revenues and to build brand awareness to grow L&M,” he said. “And the challenge is to negotiate platforms’ requests for multiple rights, exclusivity and limits on others.” Goldsmith mapped how he licenses different types of content, to which category of platform and in what order, depending on whether the property is a current TV series, a library show, or an original digital series, such as Lily The Unicorn for Amazon or Word Party for Netflix.
Paul Nunn, managing director of the UK’s Outfit7, described the challenge of taking hit mobile game Talking Tom to television in the form of Talking Tom And Friends (52 x 11 mins) in full CGI HD. “The turning point for us was when we released My Talking Tom in late 2013,” Nunn said. “Views were increasing without us doing anything. Users were creating their own content, showing the demand.” Guilherme Coelho, CEO of Brazil’s Ø1 Digital, spoke of how his company combats the high attrition rates in apps by creating, building and scaling them for the long term. “Mobile fragmentation is never ending,” he said. “Analytics are important.”
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‘I love being Angela Merkel’ The Tracey Ullman show is back, again, and the ever-popular British comedian is launching the new show this week in Cannes. She spoke to Julian Newby
T was in 1983 when Tracey Ullman was propelled to an extraordinary level of stardom, and fast. In that year she was Nº1 in the UK charts with the wonderfully lush pop song They Don’t Know; she was on primetime TV in the hit comedy sketch show Three Of A Kind; she was starring nightly at London’s Royal Court Theatre in the Snoo Wilson play The Grass Widow; and filming Paul McCartney’s musical feature film Give My Regards To Broad Street. You’d expect many to fall fast from such heights, but from that point her star shone brighter and brighter. Girls On Top, a sitcom with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders followed, and then it was off to LA — with producer-husband, the late Allan McKeown — for her own sketch series The Tracey Ullman Show. It was unusual at that time for a British woman to enjoy such a high profile as a lone comic actor, and even more unusual for a British woman to enjoy success in the US. But Tracey Ullman did both, winning a number of Emmy awards along the way, and has rarely been off the screen since. Last year she played alongside James Corden and Meryl Streep in the cinema version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods; and this year she’s back with The Tracey Ullman Show — and this time for the BBC. As the BBC’s comedy commissioner Shane Allen put it: “It’s about time the Americans gave her back. Tracey has been the missing gem in the British comedy crown for too long.”
The main difference Ullman found on her return to the BBC after so many years is that now she is no longer alone. “There are a lot more women,” she said. “Great ones.” Single women in their own sketch shows are still a rarity in the UK however, an exception being Catherine Tate. “Yeah! Oh she’s brilliant!” Ullman and a team of writers started work on the six-part series in January of this year and 10 months on she’s in Cannes to sell it. “Some of the writers on the show were on downtime from [hit HBO comedy series] Veep, so they know what they’re doing,” Ullman said. Typically Ullman’s sketches feature her in a number of guises, demonstrating her extraordinary talent for making ordinary people seem hilarious. This show includes a few people who we will all recognise: “I tell you who I love being? I love being Angela Merkel! I wanted to be Angela Merkel because I admire her so much. I have a fantastic makeup artist called Vanessa White and its some of the best makeup I’ve worn in years. Angela Merkel’s amazing. And Judy Dench, she makes an appearance a lot. I love being Judy Dench and I have quite astonishing makeup with her.” She added: “I love being multiple characters. It’s my strength and what I love to do. And to be asked by the BBC to come and do something after all these years I just wanted to play to my strengths and give the British public something again.” The Tracey Ullman Show is distributed internationally by DRG.
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ZDF Enterprises greets record amount of guests at its Sundowner Event draws media VIPs bringing and buying high-gloss product
More than 400 guests mingled at ZDF Enterprises’ Sundowner, one of MIPCOM’s most prestigious and coveted events. Poised to become a TV sensation in spring 2016 is the 3-part KU’DAMM 56, the story of a conservative and ambitious woman in 1950s Berlin and her three very different daughters. Introduced by the UFA Fiction producers Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict, the trailer drew raves from everyone attending the event. Another surefire ZDF Enterprises favorite is BRON/ BROEN III, the third season of the internationally popular Danish-Swedish thriller. A fascinating documentary poses an intriguing premise: HOW CLIMATE MADE HISTORY. For younger children there’s COCONUT, THE LITTLE DRAGON. And show format THE GAME BEGINS, which is already developing positively in several territories.
Celebrating the first international presentation of KU’DAMM 56: Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises (second from left), with Nico Hofmann (Producer and Co-CEO of UFA Group), Wolf Bauer (CEO UFA Group) and Benjamin Benedict (Head of High End Drama).
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Vanessa Chapman (Brighter Path), Ben Butterworth (Snapper Productions), Michael Dee (Coolabi) and Jacky Edwards (BBC Children’s).
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Fred Burcksen, ZDF Enterprises’ Executive VP and COO, with Finnish YLE’s Jarmo Lampela (Head of Drama), Pekka Ruohoranta (Senior Producer) and Maria Kivinen (Sales Executive).
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Proud to be launching COCONUT, THE LITTLE DRAGON at MIPCOM: Gabriele Walther, Owner and Managing Director of Caligari Films, Arne Lohmann, VP ZDFE.junior at ZDF Enterprises and Barbara Biermann, Head of ZDF’s Department of Children and Youth.
Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, with Sean Cohan (Executive VP, International for A+E Networks) and Joel Denton (Managing Director, International Content Sales & Partnerships for A+E Networks).
ZDF Enterprises’ Executive VP and COO Fred Burcksen (second from right) with Swedish Tre Vänner’s Johan Hedman, Tomas Tivemark, Michael Hjorth and William Diskay.
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ZDFE.entertainment’s VP Sylvia Brucker (right) with Ina Eck (Creative Producer Bavaria Entertainment), Barbara Biermann (Head of ZDF’s Department of Children and Youth, ZDF) and Oliver Fuchs (Managing Director Bavaria Entertainment).
Ralf Rueckauer, VP ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises (center), with Maria Kivinen (Sales Executive, YLE), Steffen Philipp Schmidt (Commissioning Editor GEO Television, RTL), Nelsa Gidney (Gidney International) and Tracy Beckett (Director of Program and Media Acquisitions, PBS International).
NEWS DISNEY DRAWS DEALS FOR PBS BOSTON-based PBS International has sold new documentary Walt Disney (2 x 112 mins/4 x 54 mins) to a raft of major broadcasters including ARTE, Tele-Quebec, SBS, NHK and NRK. The series covers Disney’s complex life and legacy, including rare archive footage and interviews with biographers, historians, animators and designers. The distributor is also highlighting: two award-winning documentaries from Frontline, two-parter United States Of Secrets and Firestone And The Warlord; Through A Lens Darkly; Seven Wonders Of Brazil; Are You Smarter Than Your Pet?; Ebola: Death In A Village; and Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies. “We’re honoured to be representing some of the finest 2015 documentaries from PBS,” said Betsy LeBlanc, director of PBS International. “These contribute significantly to the calibre of docs we already represent from public broadcasting and from independent producers around the world.”
MEDIASET AND COMAREX SEAL PARTNERSHIP
ITALIAN Media Group Mediaset has extended its existing and longstanding partnership with international distribution company Comarex. Under the terms of a new distribution agreement Comarex will continue to represent Mediaset’s catalogue in Latin America. Additionally it has included exclusive distribution rights for its full programming portfolio for Asia and Africa.Mediaset and Comarex have been working together under a strategic arrangement for over 12 years and this agreement further solidifies the companies’ partnership and commitment to offering quality programming to Latin America, Asia and Africa.
A&E Studios comes to Cannes with a murderous masterpiece
+E STUDIOS International is at MIPCOM with And Then There Were None, a TV adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most critically acclaimed works. Set in 1939 while Europe teeters on the brink of war, it follows 10 strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to Soldier Island, just off the coast of England. Cut off from the mainland, with their hosts mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a crime, and when members of the party mysteriously die, the survivors realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number. Also in Cannes is Sarah Phelps, writer and executive producer of the show. Phelps, whose credits include Great Expectations, The Crimson Field and EastEnders, told the MIPCOM Daily News:
“Until I read this, I was a complete Christie novice. I knew about Marple and Poirot so thought of her work as a camp treat. Then I was sent this and it took my breath away. It wasn’t what I expected at all. The coldness and toughness and savagery surprised and shocked me. But I found it thrilling.” For Phelps, the genius of the story is the way it seems to foreshadow the horrors of the Second World War. “It was published in 1939 on the eve of war. Every character is the product of the First World War. They all have secrets they think they have got away with. But the certainties of their life, like what is happening to Europe, are about to disappear. The veneer of respectability is stripped away and replaced by chaos. Judgement, when it comes, has a blind fury — sparing nothing.”
Sarah Phelps: “toughness and savagery”
9 Story bags Irish animation team 9 STORY Media Group acquired award-winning Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films in August, and the new partners are at MIPCOM to present their united offer to the international market. Under the deal, Brown Bag has retained its brand and senior management, led by co-founders Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell, but has integrated its development slate, technological
back-end and accounting operations with its new owner. “Our combined mission is to be a high-quality, creatively-driven content producer for kids and families,” said Vince Commisso, 9 Story’s president and CEO. “In terms of our market-facing activities, both 9 Story and Brown Bag have done a fantastic job of delivering on their brand promises, so it made sense for us
9 Story’s Vince Commisso (left) and Brown Bag’s Cathal Gaffney
to keep our separate identities.” Brown Bag, whose MIPCOM priorities include Bing Bunny and Octonauts, is 9 Story’s first acquisition following a privateequity injection from media entrepreneur Neil Court and Zelnick Media Capital last year. “We were looking for a company that shares our culture, produces high-quality work and does things that we don’t do, like CG,” said Commisso, whose MIPCOM slate includes Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat and Camp Lakebottom. “Three seconds into our first conversation with Cathal, we knew we had found the right partner.” For Brown Bag, 9 Story brings global reach, along with distribution and marketing clout. “We wanted to get into our own IP, having been mainly a service studio,” Gaffney added. “With 9 Story, we felt there was a very strong hand-in-glove synergy.”
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NEWS IN BRIEF STUDIO 100 MEDIA, the media sales division of the global family entertainment company Studio 100, has concluded a deal with Al Jazeera Media Network, for both the new CGI versions of the worldwide well-known classic brands Vic The Viking and Heidi, and the CGI pre-school series Trains.
VIACOM has confirmed three more international production deals for Spike TV’s multiplatform sensation Lip Sync Battle, which launched earlier this year at MIPTV. Resulting from the incredible success of the show’s debut season — which averaged an audience of more than three million viewers a week across its 18-episode run in the US before lighting up the schedule of the recently launched Spike UK channel — the format is now licensed across 23 international territories with more than seven confirmed locally produced adaptations.
CHILE’S CANAL 13 has entered into an agreement for international distribution of its portfolio of television series and fiction formats with international distributor Comarex. Canal 13’s catalogue includes the series Machos, Papi Ricky, Brujas, Primera Dama, and Las Vegas.
ALL3MEDIA INTERNATIONAL continues to secure global success for its portfolio of award-winning formats from Studio Lambert, as Undercover Boss and Gogglebox go into production for new territories in Latin America, and new formats The Fear and The Travel Guides make their debut at MIPCOM.
SundanceTV and Touchpaper sign up for Zodiak’s Rebellion
ODIAK Rights has announced a coproduction deal with US network SundanceTV and Touchpaper Television to produce RTE’s new fivepart 1916 drama series Rebellion, starring Brian Gleeson (Snow White And The Huntsman, The Bachelor Weekend) and Ruth Bradley (Humans, Grabbers) who are attending the market. The historical drama begins with the outbreak of the First World War and continues to chart the violent birth of modern Ireland, set over three weeks during Easter 1916. “Rebellion is a compelling drama rich with complex and inspiring characters, whose lives and homes are in the direst state of upheaval,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “Sharing this story about the history of Ireland and its people is so important to SundanceTV not only because it underscores our commitment to showcasing unique voices from around the globe, but also because we believe the struggles and triumphs seen throughout the series will resonate strongly
Rebellion (Zodiak Rights)
with audiences today. We’re looking forward to partnering with Zodiak and RTE on bringing Rebellion to life.” Rebellion heads up Zodiak Right’s scripted slate at MIPCOM and will air on SundanceTV and RTE One early next year.
Borglund’s 30 years and Beyond MIKAEL Borglund, managing director and CEO of the Beyond International Limited Group of companies, is in Cannes to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. “When we started the company it was purely to produce Beyond 2000, there were five of us and the series needed a company behind it, so we formed Beyond,” he said. “The show came out of Towards 2000 which was on ABC, but they cancelled it. Then Beyond 2000 proved to be a major success, and the show ran for 15 years.” Borglund and his colleagues had no game plan, but the show’s growing global success led to further series such as Extra Dimensions, featuring hippy activist Richard Neville. “It was when our now chairman Ian Ingram joined us that the company really became more business focused, as he came from the business world,” he added. “When Discovery took Beyond 2000 was also a major boost to Beyond, leading to further series including: Invention with The Smithsonian Institution; The Great Wall Of Iron, about China, which won a Peabody Award; and Submarines – Sharks Of Steel,
which was directed by Scott Hicks and won an Emmy.” These days Mythbusters is both a hugely popular show and one that, according to Borglund, typifies the Beyond ethic: “It ticks all the boxes of what we aim to achieve,” he said. “And as for the future, we’ll be announcing some very big SVOD deals in the near future. It’s a very exciting area because the SVOD platforms have gone straight for the high-end of the market.”
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Love Nature? Blue Ant Media aims to improve your view
Bomanbridge Media’s Sonia Fleck with Dave Gunson of Imagine Group Entertainment
BOMANBRIDGE TO DISTRIBUTE FIT FOR FASHION BOMANBRIDGE Media of Singapore has signed a deal with producer Imagine Group Entertainment to distribute its successful Fit For Fashion show to the international market. The second season of the reality show, which sees ordinary people put through fitness regimes and catwalk training by experts, is due to air on Fox Channels Asia in January 2016, after a successful launch last year. Bomanbridge Media’s Sonia Fleck said the show was a “great hybrid between fitness and fashion”, which encourages contestants — who are chosen from a pool and then put on a 10-week intensive course — to “get fit and feel great about themselves”. The format has been produced by Singaporebased producer Imagine Group, which has a long track record of producing shows for both Asian audiences and further afield in the US, Europe and Australia. Commenting on the deal with Bomanbridge, Imagine Group head of production Dave Gunson said: “We are truly excited about our partnership with Bomanbridge and are looking forward to working together with them to make Fit For Fashion an international success story. Imagine Group trusts Sonia and her team to take our format to the next level.”
ANADA-based Blue Ant Media, the independent media group operating a series of multiplatform TV channels, is at MIPCOM to establish its credentials in 4K content production and distribution, Raja Khanna, CEO, television and digital, Blue Ant International, said. The company’s offerings include its Love Nature network, a dedicated natural history and wildlife platform that includes shows shot exclusively in 4K format. The worldwide rights are available for linear and subscription video-ondemand (SVOD). “We’re committed to producing more than 300 hours of 4K wildlife and natural history content a year, and the first 50 hours are already delivered,” Khanna said. “This has positioned us as a global leader in this field.” In Cannes, Blue Ant will be selling content and seeking SVOD
partners for the 4K content, as well as its HD titles. Love Nature is already available in Canada and New Zealand, and is scheduled to launch soon in the UK. Khanna said the technology for 4K production and distribution is still in the early stages, but that demand is growing. The 4K format will influence how nature programmes are now shot, he added. “A lot of nature programmes are still human characterdriven. But many viewers want the animals and the environment to be the stars. Blue Ant Media’s Raja Khanna We want to commission 30, 40, 50 hours of natural hisLove Nature comes with two tory, giving producers more companion channels: Love Natime with the animals,” he said. “You get completely different ture Baby Wildlife comprises stories. For example, you are able unscripted footage of baby anito follow a pride of lions and de- mals set to music only; and Love velop a more compelling relation- Nature Vistas is a catalogue of videos focusing on landscapes. ship with them.”
Small World has hopes for Eternal Glory SMALL World IFT has been unearthing great formats in unusual places for 10 years this year — including Better Late Than Never from South Korea, The Kitchen Musical from Singapore, Rescuing Santa from Finland and Miss Country Girl from Romania. “Identifying virgin format territories is probably the thing I’m most proud of,” said Small World president Tim Crescenti, who cofounded the UK-based distributor with his wife Colleen in August 2005. “But it’s one thing to identify a great show in, say, South Korea or Finland or Romania — it’s another thing to build trust in markets with no knowledge or culture of formats and to educate them in how the global business works.” Small World is celebrating its 10th birthday with a party this
Small World, big smiles: Morgan Krajewski (left), Colleen Crescenti, Tim Crescenti, Luci Burnley and Henny Adolfsdottir
evening — the night, coincidentally, that one of its formats, Belgian celebrity sports competition Eternal Glory — debuts on ITV in the UK. “That’s been a truly landmark deal for us,” Crescenti added. “With Better Late Than Never set to air on NBC in the US, we
now have great shows on air or in production for two of the world’s most influential networks.” Small World’s MIPCOM line-up also includes two more Korean formats — comedic entertainment format Abnormal Summit and mystery game show Crime Scene, both from Korea’s JTBC.
Content Television & Digital deal to spread Shaftesbury’s horror story Content’s MacGregor (left) and Shaftesbury’s Jennings
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BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD HEADS FOR SKY VIACOM International Media Networks (VIMN) has confirmed a deal with British broadcaster Sky for the Comedy Central scripted series Big Time In Hollywood, FL — produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions. The 10 x 30 mins series — which launched at MIPTV in April — centres around two delusional brothers and self-proclaimed filmmakers Ben and Jack Dolfe, who are kicked out of their family home and stage an elaborate ruse to maintain their financial dependence on their mum and dad. The series will air on one of Sky’s leading entertainment channels in early 2016. Big Time In Hollywood, FL has been a popular addition to Comedy Central schedules around the world with deals signed across the network in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, New Zealand, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
K-BASED distributor Content Television & Digital has signed a deal to represent the international rights to Slasher, a horror series from Canadian producer Shaftesbury Films. Speaking about the series, Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings said: “It’s an eight hours series that we’re producing for Super Channel in Canada and Syfy sister channel Chiller in the US. It’s Chiller’s first original series. Created by Aaron Martin, it’s about a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself caught up in some copycat murders based on the widely known, grisly killings of her parents.” Jennings said: “There has been a bit of a revival in the horror genre that hopefully we
Turkey greets animated adventurers LONDON-based distributor Media I.M., specialising in premium animation and family entertainment, has just closed its biggest 360-degree international deal yet — with Turkey’s Dusyeri Animation Studios, best known for its hit pre-school series Pepee. Under the deal, Dusyeri has acquired the TV rights to two of Media I.M.’s most popular animation series — Kikoriki and Pin-Code — for Turkish children’s channel Planet Cocuk. Dusyeri will also serve as Media I.M.’s licensing and merchandising (L&M) partner in Turkey, developing and driving an ambitious L&M strategy around both properties. “With Turkey being the MIPCOM 2015 Country Of Honour, it’s particu-
larly satisfying to be in Cannes with a major Turkish deal under our belt,” Maria Ufland, co-founder of Media I.M., said. “We are very excited to be launching our shows on Planet Cocuk backed by the deal with Dusyeri, one of the biggest and most respected names in Turkish animation, with a creative track record that is matched by its skill in building and growing brands. We couldn’t be in safer hands as we enter one of the world’s most dynamic markets.”
Planet Cocuk’s Ayse Sule Bilgic (left), Nazli Guney of Dusyeri, and Maria Ufland and Irina Nazarenko of Media I.M.
will benefit from. But that wasn’t our intention when we set out. We wanted to work with Aaron and asked him what he was most passionate about. This is what he showed us and we were delighted to get involved.” The production has been set up as an anthology series, so if it returns it will have a different cast and storyline. Although production on the first series is not quite wrapped, Jennings is optimistic that the show has a good chance of renewal. The deal was overseen by Jennings and Saralo MacGregor, Content Television & Digital’s executive vice-president acquisitions, development and sales. Content has built up a strong reputation in recent years as a distributor of English-language drama.
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NEWS Academy reveals 2015 Emmy award nominees at MIPCOM
OMINATIONS for the 2015 I nter national Emmy Awards were unveiled yesterday at MIPCOM by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There are 40 contenders across 10 categories and 19 countries. Winners will be announced next month in New York. “Every year, the international television community competes to be recognised for excellence
International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ president and CEO Bruce Paisner
on the International Emmy’s global stage,” said Bruce Paisner, Academy president and CEO. “We congratulate the 2015 nominees for their outstanding programmes and performances.” As well as the awards for programming and performances, the Academy will present two special awards. Downton Abbey writer and creator, Julian Fellowes, will receive this yea r’s Inter national Em my Fou nders Awa rd. R icha rd Plepler, HBO’s chairman and CEO, will receive the 2015 International Emmy Directorate Award. This year’s Gala partners are Phoenix Satellite Television, TV Globo, Semba Comunicacao, Dori Media Group, Ernst & Young, Deluxe Media, MIPCOM, Sofitel Hotels and Variety.
The nominees are: Arts programming: Buenaventura No Me Dejes Mas (Buenaventura, Don’t Leave Me) Caracol Television/Laberinto Cine y Television, Colombia; Illustre & Inconnu: Comment Jacques Jaujard A Sauve Le Louvre (The Man Who Saved the Louvre) Ladybird Films, France; Messiah At The Foundling Hospital, Reef Television, United Kingdom; Trial Of Chunhyyang – A Girl Prosecuted By Feudalism, KBS, South Korea. Best actor: Engin Akyurek in Kara Para Ask (Black Money Love) Ay Yapim, Turkey; Emilio de Mello in Psi (Psy), HBO Latin America, Brazil; Maarten Heijmans in Ramses, De Familie Film & TV, Netherlands; Rafe Spall in Black Mirror White Christmas, House of Tomorrow/Endemol Worldwide Distribution, United Kingdom. Best actress: Anneke von der Lippe in Oyevitne (Eyewitness) NRK/SVT/DR/YLE Fem/Nordvision Fund, Norway; Fernanda Montenegro in Doce De Mae, Globo TV, Brazil; Sheridan Smith in Cilla, ITV Studios/GroupM Entertainment, United Kingdom. Comedy: Doce De Mae (Sweet Mother) Globo TV, Brazil: Fais Pas Ci, Fais Pas Ca (Don’t Do This, Don’t Do That) Elephant Story/France 2/AB Distribution, France; Familia en Venta, Fox International Channels/Fox Telecolombia, Colombia; Puppet Nation ZA, Both Worlds, South Africa; Sensitive Skin, Rhombus Media/Baby Cow Productions/Bell Media’s The Movie Network/ Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central/Tricon Films & Television Canada/Media Fund (CMF)/Rogers Cable Network Fund, Canada. Documentary: Africa’s Wild West – Stallions of the Namib Desert, Interspot Film/ORF/ARTE/NDR/ORF-Enterprise, Austria; Antes de que Nos Olviden (Before We Are Forgotten), HBO Latin America, Mexico; Growing Up Down’s, Maverick Television
& Dartmouth Films, United Kingdom. Miners Shot Down, Uhuru Productions, South Africa. Drama Series: Engrenages (Spiral), Son et Lumiere/Canal+ Creation originale, France; MOZU Season 1 – Night Cry of the MOZU, TBS Television/WOWOW/ROBOT, Japan; My Mad Fat Diary, Tiger Aspect Productions/Drama Republic, United Kingdom; Psi (Psy) HBO Latin America, Brazil. Non-English US primetime programme: Arrepentidos US – El Infierno De Montoya, National Geographic Channel/Fox Telecolombia, US; El Mejor De Los Peores, Fox International Channels/Fox Toma 1, US; Narco Tec, Mazdoc/Zodiak Latino/Univision, US; La Voz Kids, Talpa Media USA, Inc., Warner Horizon Television, US. Non-scripted entertainment: 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy, Burning Bright Productions/Brown Bread Productions, United Kingdom; Barones De La Cerveza, National Geographic Channel Latin America/Nippur Media Argentina; Flying Doctors, Geronimo, Belgium; Master Chef South Africa, Quizzical Pictures/Lucky Bean Media, South Africa. Telenovela: Ciega A Citas (Date Blind), Dori Media International/ Rosstoc/Mediaset Espana/Big Bang Media/Cuatro, Spain; Império (Empire) Globo TV, Brazil; Jikulumessu, Semba Comunicacao, Angola; Mulheres (Women), Plural Entertainment Portugal, Portugal. TV movie/mini-series: La Celebracion, Underground Producciones, Argentina; Common, LA Productions, United Kingdom; Soldat Blanc (White Soldier), Breakout Films/Canal+ Creation originale, France; Storytelling Of Hostages, WOWOW/Twins Japan, Japan.
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NEWS Stars are out in Cannes Top actors and entertainers from around the world have been at MIPCOM to promote their new programmes and projects Canadian comedian and actor Rob Schneider, who stars in Real Rob, a comedy series loosely based on his own life
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Spain and France join forces to tell thrilling Spanish Inquisition story
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PERFECT PARTNERS IN ART CRIME SHOW OVATION TV and 3DD Productions are to reprise their co-production partnership for Raiders Of The Lost Art (12 x 30 mins), announced Scott Woodward, Ovation’s executive vice-president of programming and production, and Patricia Hickey, 3DD’s head of sales and co-productions, this week. The series, which premieres on Ovation early in 2016, uses archive footage, re-enactments and expert interviews to examine some of the world’s greatest art crimes and mysteries, from the repeated thefts of The Scream to the deal struck to recover Turner’s Light And Colour after its theft in 1998, and from the way Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring was overlooked for centuries to the search for Cezanne’s stolen Boy In The Red Vest. “Season One was an unequivocal hit with our viewers, and 3DD are real pros in this genre,” said Woodward. “We are delighted to partner with like-minded arts enthusiasts to offer up more tantalising mysteries of the art world.” This week Lori Hall, Ovation TV’s newly elevated vice-president programme planning, scheduling and acquisitions, also acquired Rachel Hunter’s Tour Of Beauty (13 x 30 mins) from Zodiak Rights, and Idris Elba’s documentary Mandela, My Dad And Me from Content Television.
PAIN’s indie drama producer Plano a Plano — which has three primetime shows on Spain’s three main free-toair networks — is in Cannes to showcase its first international co-production: an epic thriller series set at the height of the Spanish Inquisition’s witch-hunting frenzy in the early 17th century. The Madrid-based producer has teamed up with France’s MakingProd (Makever) to coproduce Salazar, which will be distributed by Eccho Rights. Maria Cervera, Plano a Plano’s director of international, described the partnership as an “organic fit” for a real-life story that played out on both sides of the SpanishFrench border. “It’s an amazing but little-known story,” Cervera said. “It centres on a young inquisitor called Salazar, who tried to stop the terrible witch-hunting hysteria that struck the Basque Country in the early 17th century. It’s a story that deserves to be told in the right way and on the right scale. MakingProd, which is as engaged and committed as we are to the project, will help us to do that.” Plano a Plano has grown far and fast since it was founded in 2010 by veteran producer Cesar Benitez and writer-producer Aitor Gabilondo. The second and final season of its award-winning thriller El Principe is presently airing on Mediaset’s Telecinco, pulling
Plano a Plano’s Maria Cervera: “Storytelling is the key”
in a 24% average share. Its fish-out-of-water romantic comedy Alli Abajo (Down Below), meanwhile, is Antena 3’s most-watched new series in over a decade. In the production pipeline are: couplecoaching show Mejor Llama A Pilar, Plano a Plano’s first foray into entertainment which is set to air on Cuatro; El Caso, a primetime crime-drama series for Television Espanola (TVE); and thriller La Verdad, which is in pre-production for Telecinco. Cervera added: “Storytelling is the key. We not only aim for high entertainment and production values, but also stories that connect with people emotionally.”
Broadcast deals take Mattel’s Little People across the globe PRE-SCHOOL entertainment company Mattel Inc has announced a sequence of new broadcast deals for the forthcoming CG animated series of Little People. These include contracts with Cartoonito (UK), TV Cultura (Brazil), Televisa (Mexico), Discovery Kids (Latin America) and E-TV (South Africa) beginning next year. The animated pre-school series highlights the positive impact that group play can have on discovery and critical thinking skills by featuring themes that include working together, empathy and sharing. Each of the 52 x 11 mins episodes also includes catchy songs for youngsters. Sean Gorman, director, kids programming, Turner Broadcasting UK, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the first CG animated series of Little People to Cartoonito and we can’t wait to share the episodes with our au-
Little People: “fantastic addition to roster”
dience. The show promises to be a fantastic addition to our roster.” Mattel is also unveiling a raft of other new titles for 2016 at MIPCOM, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fireman Sam, Monster High, Thomas & Friends, Bob The Builder and Fisher-Price brands.
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NEWS Fairytale collaboration from AB Groupe and Method Animation
Leila Jolene stars as Snow
WHAT if…?’ and ‘Once upon a time…’ were the starting points for Method Animation and AB Groupe’s new international production Seven And Me. It integrates CG animation and live action in what the team say is a pioneering fashion. It stars a modern 11-year-old New Yorker called Snow who receives seven parcels by post — each containing a (CG-animated) dwarf — and discovers she is a direct descendent of Snow White. The dwarves have arrived in the present day to make sure that Snow lives up to the legacy of her famous forebear. Method Animation and AB Groupe led the celebrations with an international coalition of partners at MIPJunior.
“All our ‘classic’ partners — France Televisions, ZDF, Rai — the ones that always follow us in our big adventures, came on board, and of course our friends from Al Jazeera, RTBF and DQ Entertainment,” said Method Animation’s Cedric Pilot, the series producer. “It was obvious for Method and AB to work together,” said AB International Distribution’s Valerie Vleeschhouwer. “Method has a very strong expertise in animation, and we have the expertise in sitcoms.” The producers believe the hybrid can occupy a new space, as a kids-oriented show that provides safe, fun entertainment for younger audiences but has the live-action edge to keep those closer to their teens engaged. “For me it was interesting because we were pushing the boundaries and making a new format,” Aton Soumache, Method’s co-founder and president, said.
Method Animation’s Aton Soumache (left); France Televisions’ Tiphaine de Raguenel and Pierre Siracusa; ZDF’s Arne Lohmann and Nicole Keeb; Nexus Factory’s Sylvain Goldberg; Method Animation’s Cedric Pilot; Rai’s Luca Milano; DQ Entertainment’s Tapaas Chakravarti; Al Jazeera’s Manoj Mishra; Rai’s Anita Romanelli; and Coralie Pastor (RTBF OUFtivi)
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NEWS World premiere for The X-Files reboot
OVER 20 years after the first
run of the original series, the next chapter of The X-Files is a six-episode event series directed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson back together as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The X-Files remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. It premiered in September 1993 and over the course of its nine-season run, went from a cult sci-fi favourite to a massive global hit, becoming one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show follows FBI special agents Scully and Mulder as they investigate unexplained cases — X-Files — which
X-Files’ Scully and Mulder continue search for the truth
Billions gets Cannes screening and Showtime talks expansion DAVID Nevins, president of Showtime Networks, and Armando Nunez, president and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group, will give a joint keynote today at 16.00 in the Grand Auditorium. “We will be discussing the expansion of the Showtime brand internationally, including the groundbreaking deal with Bell Media in Canada and the rising demand for Showtime’s premium content on multiple platforms around the world,” Nevins said.
“We’ll also talk about how Showtime continues to attract worldclass talent, both in front of and behind the camera.” Alongside that, the duo will be talking about the highly anticipated, upcoming series Billions — starring Emmy and Golden Globe winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis — and Twin Peaks-starring Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan. As a complement to their joint keynote, CBS Studios International will be hosting the international
Showtime Networks’ president David Nevins
Armando Nunez, president and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group
premiere screening for Billions earlier in the day — at 08.30 in the Grand Auditorium. The Showtime series is a bold, contemporary drama that melds the worlds of ultrawealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious
expose them to paranormal phenomena. The X-Files is brought to MIPCOM by Fox International Studios, whose heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman will be named MIPCOM 2015 Personalities Of The Year tomorrow night. Newman said: “Dana and I began our careers working on the The X-Files, and bringing the show back for this event series was incredibly exciting. We’re pleased to share the first episode with everyone at MIPCOM. It’s the perfect spot for the world premiere of this truly global phenomenon.” T he World P rem iere T V Screening of The X-Files is in the Grand Auditorium tonight at 18.30. Doors open at 18.00.
opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically-connected US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedgefund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. Billions is created, written and executive-produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin.
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NEWS ITV Studios aims for monster hit with epic Beowulf fantasy
T V S T U DIO S G lo b a l E n t e r t a i n m e n t ( I T VS GE) is at MIPCOM with Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands, a 13-part epic fantasy adventure series based loosely on an iconic Old English poem. Also in Cannes to promote the show are key cast members Kieran Bew, Edward Speleers and Joanne Whalley.
Created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, the series is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger, populated by humans, fantastical creatures and a monster called Grendl. Speaking to MIPCOM Daily News after the world premiere screening of the first episode, Haines said: “We were looking
for something that could deliver a wonderful, strange, escapist fantasy and Beowulf seemed like a great starting point. He is a very famous hero who hasn’t been brought to TV before.” The biggest challenge, aside from a massive set-build in the North East of England, was creating a mythology that was deep and compelling enough to engage
Tim Haines (left), ITVS GE’s Maria Kyriacou, Katie Newman, James Dormer, Kieran Bew, Joanne Whalley and Ed Speleers
viewers, said Newman: “Unlike Game Of Thrones, we didn’t have books to base the series on. So we had to create characters, a world, costumes, everything. That was very ambitious on a TV budget.” Dormer said one priority was “to create a story that addresses the themes of today. We tend to have a skeptical view of heroes these days, so I wanted us to have rounded characters.” Whalley, who plays female Thane Rheda, said: “I loved the spectacle of the show. But it’s not just about trolls and monsters. There is very real emotional content. My character is intelligent but learns a lot about herself in her role as Thane.” Speleers plays Slean, Rheda’s son: “Slean appealed to me because he is a complex character, hot-headed at the start. It’s an important role for me because I’m at a stage in my career when I need to show I can do as many things as possible.” Bew, as Beowulf, comes from a theatrical background and was immediately attracted to the way the show was rooted in such a strong literary heritage. “I loved James’ writing the moment I was shown the script. It’s very rich and dramatic. I knew the original poem and could see how it had inspired the show.”
Riley relishes Girlfriend Experience ACTRESS Riley Keough, bestknown for her roles in Magic Mike and Mad Max: Fury Road, is in Cannes to promote her first TV project, The Girlfriend Experience — an original production for US pay-TV channel Starz. Based on the 2009 film of the same name, Keough plays a law student who becomes intrigued by transactional relationships and then gets involved in an escort service known as a GFE (Girlfriend Experience). The original film was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who is also executive producer of the 13-part series. That, said Keough, was a key factor in her decision to get involved: “I
think Steven is brilliant,” she said. “I read four of the scripts and talked to him and the directors. I liked the idea this was a non-judgmental story of this girl’s life — she didn’t have to come from a tortured background to explain her motivation. She’s a smart, driven, funny character.” Soderbergh was heavily involved in the project — and made the experience more like a film production than TV: “He’s not someone who would just put his name to a project,” said Keough: “I had heard that TV was very structured and different — but they wanted to shoot a TV series like a film so it wasn’t that
different. It was very free.” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht added: “I worked with Steven a few years ago and he was great fun. So when he said he would only be making TV from now on I asked him to make TV for me. I think he agreed because he knew he could talk me into letting him do exactly what he wanted.” Albrecht is thrilled with the end result. “It doesn’t do the expected. When film or TV approaches a controversial subject without judgement or guile, you can end up with something thought-provoking and attention-grabbing. Riley delivers a brilliant and brave performance,” he said.
Starz’ Chris Albrecht and actress Riley Keough
Gould in new Pact to serve American indie producers
HE NEWLY launched PactUS, the American counterpart of Pact, the UK trade organisation representing British independent production companies, is making its MIPCOM debut to help improve its members’ international reach. Matt Gould, executive vicepresident of PactUS, said his mission in Cannes includes getting to know international buyers and distributors, and introducing them to the US scripted and unscripted production companies it represents. “We’re bringing a successful platform from the UK to the US,” he said. “And having worked for UK-based Zigzag Productions, I have felt the benefits despite being in the US. We’re speaking with a unified voice for the US production community and the idea is to make our office more American in its mission.” Launched in June, PactUS is a non-profit body filling a gap in the US independent sector.
PactUS’ Matt Gould: American mission
While the Producers Guild of America tends to represent individuals, PactUS is serving the sector as a whole, Gould said. If anything, PactUS will be doing for the independents what the Motion Picture Association of America does internationally for the Hollywood studios. This includes informing members of best practices, sponsorship opportunities and digital opportunities while offering business and legal support, and sharing the latest news on deal structures. There are differences between the UK and US markets that need to be considered, Gould noted. “The government and regulatory systems are totally different from those in the UK. Many of the victories that Pact won in Britain were with legislation; in the US, we must win them with business strategies.” PactUS’ advisory group includes leading executives from Endemol Shine North America, Electus International, and Conde Nast Entertainment.
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NEWS SCHOOLS DOC MAKES GOOD KOREA MOVE PLUS Media Partner president Doyoung Oh (left) and Henry Gagnon, founder of HG Distribution, mark the signing of a deal that will see Plus Media take over the rights to successful documentary Schools Like No Others in Korea. The Eureka! Productions show, to which HG retains worldwide rights outside Korea, is a factual programme documenting the lives of extraordinary people who are pursuing their dream careers.
Plus Media Partner’s Doyoung Oh (left) with HG Distribution’s Henry Gagnon
AFRICAN VOD GOES MOBILE ORANGE Digital Ventures has invested in SVOD service Afrostream as part of an ongoing mission to support startups in the digital and communications sectors. The company, part of global telecommunications giant Orange, has backed Afrostream as it seeks to capture a growing demand in Africa for video-on-demand and reach new international audiences. Afrostream chief executive Tonje Bakang said: “The future of television is mobile. With this strategic investment from Orange, Afrostream now brings together the best of the mobile internet and the best of African content. This new alliance will enable us to revolutionise the entertainment industry and to reach all audiences.”
Pavilion showcases Japanese riches for worldwide buyers
IROSHI Inoue, president of The Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association, officially opened the reception of the first Japan Regional Pavilion yesterday at MIPCOM, highlighting the nation’s diverse and culturally rich programming available to global buyers. The Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association is represented by eight regional broadcasters this year, but Inoue emphasised that all participants were united in their efforts to promote Japanese content featured across all 127 terrestrial channels currently operating in the country. Presenting traditional trainee Geisha, or Maiko, performers at the ceremony, Inoue said: “We are incredibly proud of our nation’s history and local culture. “We are also watching the struggle of our local stations to survive in the face of the digital age — the internet has forced everyone to start looking at alternative ways to create revenue.
Maiko performers and Hiroshi Inoue, president of The Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association officially open the first Japan Regional Pavilion
“Our local stations offer excellent versatile content and exposure to parts of Japan international viewers might never see otherwise — and the advantage is that many of these programmes, unlike Tokyo key productions, do not have complicated copyright issues that occur
when major series feature Japanese stars.” Quick to embrace new technologies and trends, Inoue believes the Association will be able to find innovative ways to support the evolving industry by helping to export more content worldwide.
Bright future as Nigeria goes digital THE NIGERIAN National Broadcasting Commission is promoting the national digital switchover at MIPCOM: on November 1 a pilot begins that could eventually see set-top boxes in 26 million TV households countrywide — potentially creating the biggest free-to-air platform in the world. Launching with around 32 channels, the interactive system is capable of supporting considerable future expansion, including the provision of internet and additional pay-TV propositions from third-party operators. “MTN, the biggest mobile phone company in Africa, just paid $171m to provide pay-TV services on this platform. For a company like that to spend al-
most $200m shows the size of the market,” Emeka Mba, director general of the Commission, said. Mba added that the move to digital opens the country’s TV up to new possibilities: “In the past the biggest challenge we’ve had in the advertising market is measuring audiences and getting data. The opportunity to collect and use data better is a much better proposition for international brands.” He continued: “With this new platform and the ability to get some credible audience measurement in place, I think that the future is going to be bright for anyone claiming a stake in the Nigerian TV market.”
Emeka Mba: “the future is bright”
Mba also said that the recent elections in Nigeria pointed to a new stability and maturity in the country’s political and business situation.
Global Agency: ‘Without Cannes we wouldn’t be in this position’ Turkey’s Global Agency is the perfect example of how to use Cannes to grow a company. The company’s CEO Izzet Pinto explained how he uses MIPCOM to the max
ratings records. On the formats side, our biggest success has been for Shopping Monsters.
hat are the origins of Global Agency? I set up the company at MIPCOM 2006. At that time we were only two people with a single format titled Perfect Bride. Over the years, we grew to 25 people representing 130 selective projects from all around the world. When did you decide to start using the stunts that you organise in Cannes? In the second year of our establishment, I decided to invest heavily in marketing. One of the most effective tools was using stunts and matching them with the correct project. Back then our motto was ‘Content that creates buzz’. We were trying to find projects which people would talk about and that would also attract big press coverage. One of the most controversial formats we launched was Choosing My Religion. In this show, 10 atheists live together in a house and an Imam, Rabbi, Monk and a Priest help them to choose a religion. In order to promote this format, we hired four people and dressed them in religious leaders’ clothes. People in the Palais were laughing and everyone was taking pictures with them. Another stunt promotion we organised was for the format Rent A Mama. In this show, couples search for potential surrogate mothers. To promote this show, we hired four models made up as pregnant women. The third successful stunt promotion was for a reality show named Ocean Models. Top models were walking around in swimsuits and this distracted everyone and created a big buzz. When was the company’s first international breakthrough?
What are your expectations for the next five years? We’ve had a fantastic nine years. Each year we have grown between 100% and 300%. Last year we became the leading independent distributor in Turkey. We license thousands of hours of programming to primetime and access-primetime slots in almost 100 countries. Our goal is to continue this growth and keep adding strong titles to our catalogue. On the other hand, my latest passion has been creating formats. I hope to create the next big thing soon.
Global Agency CEO Izzet Pinto
Even our first market was a success for us. We closed dozens of option deals and two licensing deals for our one and only show Perfect Bride. But in terms of an international breakthrough, it was 1001 Nights, the Turkish drama series which we launched in 2008. So far over 60 territories have licensed the series and aired it in primetime. What has been your biggest hit so far? Our biggest success is Magnificent Century, an Ottoman costume drama produced by leading Turkish production company, Tims Productions. We licensed the series to over 70 territories and in each country it broke
What role has Cannes played in the company’s development? Without Cannes, we wouldn’t be in this position. MIPCOM and MIPTV have played a big role in our growth. At each market we make around 700 meetings and close hundreds of deals between each market. We have grown our stand almost every market too. We started with 10 sq m which was one of the smallest stands in the market; we now have one of the biggest stands at the Palais. Our goal is to have an even bigger presence in these markets and hopefully one day to have our own tent outside the Palais.
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A DRAMA highlight for Zodiak Rights is Rebellion (5 x 60 mins), a series beginning at the outbreak of World War One, about the emergence of a new state in Ireland during one of the most disruptive periods in history. Events are portrayed through the lives of men, women and children from Dublin, Galway, Belfast and London. Also on the Zodiak priority list are: cookery format Humble Pie (8 x 60 mins), in which four cooks compete for money. If they fear the judge — Marco Pierre White — will rate their dish the worst, they can chose self-elimination for a smaller cash prize; and SAS: Who Dares Wins (5 x 60 mins), in which a group of former special-forces soldiers puts 30 civilians through a series of physical and psychological tests. Rebellion (Zodiak Rights)
BASED on the book The Run Of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, mini-series American Crime Story looks at the O J Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers, exploring the deals and maneuvering on both sides of the court. The series stars Cuba Gooding Jr, John Travolta and David Schwimmer. Also on the slate are: supernatural drama Lookinglass; family comedy starring Colin Hanks, Life In Pieces; single-camera legal comedy The Grinder; science-fiction crime series Minority Report; drama set in the world of pathology Rosewood; comedy Guide To Surviving Life; and fantasy series The Bastard Executioner.
Cuba Gooding Jr, American Crime Story (20th Century Fox Television)
US DISTRIBUTOR Splash Entertainment has secured distribution rights to family film Tellur Aliens from Kazakhstan-based Frame One Animation. The 1 x 66 mins animated family film, set in a beautiful and mysterious universe, follows the adventures of three school friends in their mission to overcome obstacles while working to save their beautiful planet Telluria and defeat the evil Lord Singulord. The film was developed with the participation of child psychologists and pediatricians and is targeted at six- to 11-year-olds.
PRE-SCHOOL series Dream Street, brought to MIPCOM by the UK’s Platinum Films, has been recreated for a new generation of kids using Rotomorphing techniques and CG enhancement whilst preserving its original characterisation and stopmotion feel. Dream Street follows the adventures of Buddy the magic truck, Daisy the police car and their toy-box friends, as they embrace everyday challenges and share enriching life lessons.
BRB INTERNACIONAL’s headline title at MIPCOM is Minchi’s Adventures (50 x 3 mins), about a pet lizard, belonging to a seven-year-old boy, who from its terrarium, which is connected to the outside world via the internet, explains nature and ecology to kids in a simple and fun-filled way. Produced by CTV Media and TVG, it combines marionettes, real images and animation.
Dream Street (Platinum Films)
LOS ANGELES-and London-based Raydar is in Cannes with more than 75 new epsodes of children’s content, including: ABC Kids’ pre-school animated CGI series Sydney Sailboat (52 x 11 mins) — known as Bubble Bath Bay in Australia; Teacup Travels (25 x 15 mins), a live-action pre-school series set in an adventure storybook landscape, in which two children go on adventures in ancient civilisations around the globe; Olive The Ostrich (104 x 5 mins); Mouse And Mole At Christmas Time (1 x 30 mins); Magic Hands (30 x 5 mins); Girl Vs. Boy (21 x 30 mins); and Reservoir Hill (16 x 10/1 x 90 mins). Minchi’s Adventures (BRB Internacional)
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FOLLOWING the success of its prequel, Tohokushinsha Film’s Garo The Animation 2 (25 x 30 mins) is at the final stage in post production and scheduled for broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo network. The first season was set in a location that resembled medieval Europe, Garo The Animation 2 is set in ninth-century Japan. Same as before anime producer Mappa co-produces this title and Masakazu Katsura created the character design for the second season and veteran voice performers Daisuke Namikawa and Romi Park feature in new roles.
CANADA’s Incendo holds a catalogue of movies, TV series and documentaries. This year Incendo is producing five new made-for-television movies, as well as the Versailles TV series, in co-production with Capa Drama and Zodiak Fiction. Titles include: series Versailles (10 x 60 mins), Ice (in development) and Los Juniors (in development); and films Amber Alert, First Response, Swept Under, Crossfire and Brace For Impact. Amber Alert (Incendo)
COLOGNE, Germany-based New Docs brings its new line-up to MIPCOM. Among the highlights is investigative current affairs programme Nemtsov (1 x 90/52/45 mins), about the assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, produced by Saxonia Entertainment for ZDF/ARTE. History documentary Jeff Carney: US Airman Turned Stasi Spy (1 x 52 mins) tells the story of betrayal by the NSA intelligence specialist who was stationed in West Berlin but became the Eastern Bloc’s most important agent after 1983.
Garo The Animation 2 (Tohokushinsha Film Corporation)
SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE
SCRIPPS Networks Interactive brings a range of 4,000 hours of content to MIPCOM. The food category includes: Cake Wars (8 x 60 mins); Cake Wars Christmas (6 x 60 mins); Chopped: Impossible (4 x 60 mins); Craziest Restaurants In America (6 x 30 mins); Dinner At Tiffani’s (26 x 30 mins); and Kids Baking Championship (12 x 60 mins). Lifestyle titles include: Junk Gypsies (34 x 30 mins); Beachfront Bargain Hunt (130 x 30 mins); Rescue My Renovation (52 x 30 mins); and The Treehouse Guys (15 x 60 mins). In the travel genre comes: Bert The Conqueror (31 x 30 mins/7 x 60 mins); and Only Happens In… (Alaska, Japan, Russia, Dubai/4 x 60 mins). PBS INTERNATIONAL
PBS INTERNATIONAL’s new HD slate for MIPCOM includes American Epic (3 x 60 mins/1 x 150 mins), a threeepisode documentary and a performance film, that profiles the birth of modern music, using previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era. Performances include Alabama Shakes, Beck, Elton John, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Other titles include: Blood Lions (1 x 54 mins), following environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler looking into breeding farms to witness lions reared in battery cages; archaeological investigation Vampire Legend (1 x 55 mins); and new profile Walt Disney (2 x 112 mins/4 x 54 mins).
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, American Epic (PBS International)
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FLORIDA-based TVS’ MIPCOM slate includes: On The Trail Of Shackleton (1 x 55 mins/HD), celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic voyage, featuring explorers retracing the expedition and original video and pictures; Spirit Of The Marathon II (1 x 115 mins/HD) showcases seven runners on their arduous journey to the Rome Marathon; and distributed in cooperation with Network Ireland Television, Both Worlds (26 x 30 mins/HD), tells the stories of a group of conflicted young people from migrant backgrounds.
On The Trail Of Shackleton (TVS)
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BUBBLE Marin (52 x 11 mins) is a preschool animation series brought to Cannes by Korea’s Redrover. Marin’s family wants to move to Pipe City, but they end up in QuaQua Village due to a mistake made by the movers. They decide to stay after seeing the beauty of the village and experiencing the friendliness of its people. The little submarine Marin quickly develops friendships as he explores his new underwater town.
ALBATROSS WORLD SALES
MIPCOM priorities for Germany’s Albatross World Sales include: Monopoly Of The Oceans (1 x 52 mins), looking at some of the world’s most powerful scientists and their research around the global fight for ocean territories; Mystery In Yellowstone (1 x 52 mins), looking at the disappearance of elks and the complex connections between grizzly bears, lake trouts and elks; travel series Wanderlust! Europe’s Most Beautiful Hiking Trails (10 x 52 mins); and Project Gold – Highteching It To Olympic Victory (1 x 52 mins), following engineers, scientists and coaches in the build-up to the 2016 Games in Rio.
MY ENTERTAINMENT gained unprecedented and exclusive access to the Las Vegas District Attorney’s office for one-hour documentary series LVDA. The show offers a ringside seat to where The Strip’s most high profile and compelling cases are decided, fought and won. DA Steve Wolfson heads a team of more than 160 deputy district attorneys and manages a $65m budget with over 500 diverse employees, who handle approximately 60,000 cases annually including human trafficking, celebrities gone wild, violent gangs and fraud schemes.
Mystery In Yellowstone (Albatross World Sales)
OPTOMEN INTERNATIONAL LVDA (MY Entertainment)
MUNICH-based Beta Film brings an extensive series slate with nine fresh shows as well as a catalogue from its new Kids & Family label to MIPCOM. Series include: The Valley – In The Mist Of Silence (6 x 60 mins), a psychological thriller set in a misty autumn vineyard; Professor T (26 x 60 mins), about a police psychologist in Antwerp; Imperial (12 x 60 mins), set in a Victorian-style hotel; and Jan Hus – The First Protestant (3 x 120 mins). A Kids & Family highlight is Patchwork Pals (26 x 4 mins); Beta’s extended NRK-slate features English-language documentary Message In A Bottle (13 x 12 mins) about a Norwegian family who moved to the Pacific; and the feature-film section is headed by Enid Blyton’s Famous Five IV and The Pasta Detectives.
KATIE Piper’s Extraordinary Births (1 x 60 mins) looks at some of the most extraordinary choices women are making for their birth plans, following women through pre- and post-natal preparations, supporting mums through their ‘perfect’ birth plans and finding out what risks they are really taking. Included are mums getting Botox for their first baby photo, a woman who is seasoning her placenta with lavender in a bid to give her newborn the best start in life, and profiles of a lotus, fruitarian and tropical dolphin birth.
Katie Piper’s Extraordinary Births (Optomen International)
LITTLE AIRPLANE PRODUCTIONS
US PRODUCTION company Little Airplane Productions has teamed with Japanese broadcaster NHK, NHK Enterprises (NEP) and US licensing company Big Tent Entertainment (BTE) to create Domo Rock! (1 x 24 mins) the first original production by a third-party studio for online character Domo. The furry animated monster first appeared in 1998 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of NHK’s satellite broadcasting. Domo Rock! premiered on NHK in March, and NEP has retained the Asian broadcasting rights while Little Airplane holds the distribution rights for the rest of the world.
Domo Rock! (Little Airplane Productions)
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BBC WORLDWIDE is launching two new factual entertainment titles at MIPCOM. The Big Catch, presented by Ben Fogle, is produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit and sees eight enthusiasts compete in a fishing contest around the world. Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week, presented by ex-professional cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, follows 29 super-fit men and women for 12 days of physical and mental endurance masterminded by some of the world’s toughest military units. From the kids catalogue comes Go Jetters, which follows four characters as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn, a disco-grooving unicorn.
MEDIA I.M., the London-based distributor brings animated children’s series Flying Animals (26 x 6.5 mins), aimed at children aged six to 12, and the spin-off pre-school series Kids And Flying Animals (26 x 1.45 mins) to MIPCOM. Media I.M. has also joined forces with UK-based charity Hope For Children. The partnership will see Media I.M.’s distribution profits from Flying Animals invested into the charity. Flying Animals was developed by the St Petersburg-based animation studio DA, whose activities include animationtherapy sessions to teach children suffering from cancer how to create cartoons. The idea for the show came as a result of this project. The children inspired the concept of a country of musical animals who are given wings to reward them for trying to change their lives for the better. But the animals can only fly when they are truly happy, sending out the message that what makes us happy gives us wings and helps us to overcome the most difficult situations. Season two is in production (26 x 6.5 mins), with nine episodes scheduled for the end of this year. A further 10 episodes will be available in 2016, with another seven delivered by Flying Animals (Media I.M.) September 2017. STARLINE ENTERTAINMENT
The Big Catch (BBC Worldwide)
MONTPELLIER, France-based Videomenthe is at MIPCOM to present Eolementhe, its cloud-based service for workflow creation. Eolementhe is a portal that lets users easily create file-based workflows, ensuring fast and secure IP transfers and offering transcoding, media quality control, loudness analysis and correction and subtitle insertion. Videomenthe has announced new features including editorial metadata management, an integrated streamer and support for Orad’s technologies.
THE UK’s Starline Entertainment brings world rights for feature film Radiator to MIPCOM. The film stars the late Richard Johnson with Gemma Jones as an eccentric couple struggling to cope with old age, and Daniel Cerqueira as their son who tries to bring order to their lives. Another priority for the company is documentary Little Angels. Produced by Annemiek van der Hell for Windmill Film, the documentary is a deeply personal family portrait, exploring the effects of the Holocaust through the troubled relationship between a 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor and her one remaining daughter born just after the emancipation of the camps.
KOREA’s Anyzac brings ZombieDumb to MIPCOM (60 x 3 mins/ HD), a new non-verbal 3D animation series starring zombie kids and a lone human survivor, Hana. When the moon rises Zombiedumbs crawl up to Moon Street to have fun. One day, they find Hana and eventually build a friendship.
FEDERATION Entertainment is at MIPCOM to highlight the 10-episode second season of The Bureau, bringing the total number of episodes to 20. The series, which is in production, is shooting on location in Morocco and the Paris region. Mathieu Kassovitz stars as a member of the clandestine intelligence bureau operating within the French Secret Service, and Eric Rochant reprises his role as showrunner. ZombieDumb (Anyzac)
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PRODUCT NEWS GRB ENTERTAINMENT
KESHET INTERNATIONAL (KI)
PROGRAMME highlights from US distributor GRB Entertainment include: FBI Takedowns (6 x 60 mins), following FBI manhunts; Angels Among Us (4 x 60 mins), about people who believe they were saved by angelic intervention; This Is Hot 97 (8 x 30 mins), about the New York radio station; viral video show Ain’t That America (13 x 30 mins); football documentary All Eyes On Brazil (1 x 90 mins); reality series My Big Redneck Family (13 x 30 mins); Showdown Of The Unbeatables (9 x 60 mins), in which inventors and entrepreneurs compete with their products; sitcom For Better Or Worse (100 x 30 mins); food competition Eat Your Words (14 x 30 mins); and reality courtroom series Judge Jenkins (145 x 30 mins).
A CO-development from Keshet Broadcasting and Flare Media International, new game show Who’s On Top? is brought to MIPCOM by KI. In the show three contestants are suspended in “air pods” which are scaling studio-based towers, and are faced with trivia questions. If answered correctly, the pod ascends to the next level of the tower accumulating money as it goes, but if wrong, they plummet all the way to the basement level, leaving only their head peeking above the floor until the next round. The Israeli company also brings: espionage thriller False Flag (8 x 45 mins); workplace-dating format When Do You Get Off? (10 x 45 mins); and prankshow format Knockout, in which two celebrities compete to pull of a prank.
FBI Takedowns (GRB Entertainment)
Hacker’s Game (100% Distribution)
SSOCIATED TELEVISION A INTERNATIONAL
THE MIPCOM line-up for LA-based Associated Television includes: Laura McKenzie’s Traveler (144 x 30 mins/HD), featuring the travel expert presenting advice and information; The Hollywood Christmas Parade, a two-hour spectacular from Hollywood Boulevard featuring performers and celebrities; gourmet show Robert Earl’s Be My Guest; and Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World, presented by the teenager and featuring her friends and celebrities. Laura McKenzie’s Traveler (Associated Television International)
BROUGHT to MIPCOM by France-based 100% Distribution, Hacker’s Game (1 x 90 mins) is a techfocused thriller that tells the story of Soyan, a computer prodigy who works for a firm that runs covert activities for high-profile clients around the world, and Loise, a cyber-detective who investigates war crimes for a human rights organisation. RTE GLOBAL
NARRATED by actor Liam Neeson, documentary series 1916 (3 x 60 mins/1 x 75 mins) examines the Easter Rising in Ireland and the subsequent events that led to the creation of an independent Irish state and, indirectly, to the start of the break-up of the British Empire. The documentary uses rarely seen archive and features interviews with the leading experts and historians, and is a Coco Television production in association with the University of Notre Dame.
Who’s On Top? (Keshet International)
NPO SALES returns to Cannes with a broad range of shorts, films and series. Youth-skewed content includes: New (1 x 19 mins), about a young Congolese refugee arriving in the Netherlands; Penguins And Pastry (8 x 25 mins), about a father and son finding their way; detective club series Caps Club (3 series of 8 x 25 mins); and reality series Fame Academy (28 x 20 mins). Entertainment shows include: illusionist series Mindf*uck (8 x 30 mins); Satudarah – One Blood (1 x 83 mins/52 mins), a documentary about a notorious motor-cycle gang; Just Listen (1 x 50 mins), about suicide counselling; and psychological thriller series Betrayal (34 x 50 mins).
New (NPO Sales)
1916 (RTE Global)
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NEW AND returning series at MIPCOM from NBCUniversal include: Heroes Reborn (13 x 60 mins), about a fresh crop of heroes who take on the struggle between those with extraordinary abilities; Shades Of Blue (13 x 60 mins), in which a New York detective and single mother falls in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops; The Last Kingdom (8 x 60 mins), set in England in 866; Mr. Robot (10 x 60 mins), about an anti-social man who can only connect through hacking; mystery series Game Of Silence (10 x 60 mins); medical dramas Chicago Med (13 x 60 mins) and Heartbreaker (13 x 60 mins); and comedies Hot & Bothered (13 x 30 mins), Superstore (13 x 30 mins) and You, Me And The Apocalypse (10 x 60 mins). Heroes Reborn (NBCUniversal International Television Distribution)
TORONTO-based documentary distributor, Octapixx Worldwide is highlighting pre-school series Five (88 x 2 mins/HD) at MIPCOM. Available in English and French, each episode highlights five fantastic facts, a blend of entertainment and education, and is narrated by a child. The company has also launched docu-drama series True Nordic Crimes in partnership with Iceland’s Purkur Productions. The 16 x 30 mins HD series includes stories featuring illegal smuggling, armed robbery, large scale prostitution and murders. Each episode contains re-enactments and interviews with victims, witnesses, investigators, police officers and criminals.
ESPRESSO MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
THE UK’s Espresso brings 4K music magazine series Jazz @ Metropolis to MIPCOM, which looks at the influence of Jazz across popular culture. Other titles include documentary 100 Seconds To Beat The World: The David Rudisha Story, which recently broadcast on the UK’s BBC4, which profiles the world’s greatest 800-metre runner; and 27 new films. ELECTRIC CIRCUS Five (Octapixx Worldwide)
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Abnormal Summit (Small World IFT)
LOS ANGELES- and London-based formats company Small World IFT is debuting reality format Abnormal Summit at MIPCOM. The format features comedic hosts who explore some of the accepted truths in their country by inviting a group of young people to their Abnormal Summit. In a parody of the political G12 summits, the ex-pat delegates, well immersed in the host country’s culture, offer observations from their home nations. The delegates are joined by a celebrity guest. The delegates get to vote on whether they think the traditions and viewpoints of the country are normal or abnormal. More than 60 episodes of Abnormal Summit have aired in South Korea, and the series also airs in Turkey and China.
BASED on an educational comic book that has sold 30 million copies internationally, Jungle Survival is a 52 x 11 mins adventure comedy for six- to 10-year-olds, an international co-production headed by Electric Circus. Currently airing in EBS Korea primetime, toys and other merchandising based on the series are launching in Korea. There are also plans to produce a feature film with investment partially acquired. Electric Circus had also produced G-Fighters (26 x 22 mins), globally distributed by Cyber Group Studios, CJ E&M and Electric Circus.
TCB MEDIA RIGHTS
CHANGING Faces (6 x 30 mins) is a medical format brought to Cannes by the UK’s TCB Media Rights. The format, from 412 Entertainment, follows people who consider surgery in order to live their life to the full with greater confidence. Dr Zacharia and Dr Penn are experts in their field of cosmetic and dental surgery and they counsel the patients and perform the transformations in their Sydney clinic.
Changing Faces (TCB Media Rights)
Jungle Survival (Electric Circus)
MARVISTA Entertainment has acquired international distribution rights to The Inspectors, a family drama series set in Washington, DC, that’s inspired by crime cases handled by the US Postal Inspection Service. The series debuts to the international market at MIPCOM. Teenager Preston, who is doing well at work after being paralysed in a car accident, works as an intern alongside single mother Amanda, and together they solve crimes involving internet scams, identity and mail theft, and consumer fraud. The US Postal Inspection Service, which is the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the US, provides unprecedented resources and true stories for the series.
RUSSIA’s Igmar has added two new feature films to its catalogue. In Yaroslav the lands under the reign of Yaroslav suffer from tribal wars, barbarian invasion and a slave trade. The prince has to unite local tribes and in the curve of the Volga river he establishes the fortress, a city which would later be named in his honour. In contrast Treasures OK is a love story mixed with dangerous adventures in search of ancient buried treasure. DORI MEDIA GROUP (DMG)
The Inspectors (MarVista Entertainment)
IT GIRLS is a reality show brought to MIPCOM by Switzerland’s DMG. The show follows four girls in their early twenties that share every detail of their lives with their thousands of followers on social networks. They join forces in order to build a fashion and lifestyle site, blogging the coolest trends for young people in Israel. The company also brings: romantic comedy series Mila (250 x 30 mins); scripted comedies His Wife (10 x 30 mins) and Mario (40 x 30 mins); and kids’ series Doctor Libi (10 x 15 mins), about a doll physician who fixes the toys’ problems before the kids arrive at kindergarten.
NEVISION‘s documentary The World’s Fattest Man - A Love Story (1 x 50 mins), a co-production with Hakuna Productions, is to be followed up by with a new show The World’s Fattest Man – The Journey Continues (1 x 50 mins) shot in UHD. The first show tells the story of Paul Mason, once the world’s fattest man, who fell in love and went to the US to get surgery, after which he lost two thirds of his body weight. In the new show his relationship begins to suffer but he becomes a mentor for other super morbidly obese people, making TV chatshow appearances and having further major surgery.
It Girls (DMG)
The World’s Fattest Man - A Love Story (Nevision)
MONTREAL-based producer and format agency Media Ranch is bringing Vraies Histoires De Sexe (True Sex Confessions) to MIPCOM for the first time as a finished show and format. The show features everyday people talking about their most passionate, disastrous, funny or romantic sexual encounters, including discreet dramatic reconstruction.The show broadcast on Canadian French-language lifestyle and entertainment channel MOI&cie. SINKING SHIP ENTERTAINMENT
FOUR titles head the MIPCOM roster for Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment. In Playdate (52 x 5 mins) Jacob and his friends love to play with stuffed animals in his playroom, but what they don’t know is that when they leave the animals come to life. Chirp (52 x 11 mins) is an animation series following the adventures of friends Chirp, Squawk and Tweet; live-action Dino Dana is a sequel to Dino Dan, with six new pre-historic creatures; and Odd Squad (40 x 30 mins/80 x 11 mins) is a live-action comedy about two kids who work for a government agency run by kids equipped with advanced and unpredictable gadgetry.
Playdate (Sinking Ship Entertainment)
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PRODUCT NEWS Filly Funtasia (Dracco)
SPAIN’s Dracco returns to MIPCOM to showcase its top brand aimed at young girls. Filly is a successful toy and licensing brand and Dracco is producing a CGI animation featuring the characters. Filly Funtasia (26 x 30 mins) follows the Filly friends at an academy for magic. The series is planned to be launched internationally in 2016. Dracco will also launch a YouTube channel as a platform for sharing music videos, DVD, and TV content, and there is already a website and app available.
PRIORITIES for German documentary distributor Autentic include: Wolfgang Schauble - Facing The Euro Crisis, from filmmaker Stephan Lamby who followed the German Minister of Finance for six months; Jihad - War Without Borders, following religious fighters from the Ukraine and Chechnya and documented how these equally radical groups admitted other religions into their network; Mothers Fighting Jihad, following a Viennese sociologist, feminist activist and founder of Women Without Borders on her travels to explore how Islamic women are aware of the dangers of radical extremism; motor-sport series Legends Of Speed; and natural history shows King Of The Seas – Sea Eagle and King Of The Mountains – Golden Eagle.
CANAL 13 SUDMEDIA
A LINE-up of new Chilean films is brought to MIPCOM by Canal 13 Sudmedia. Port Hunger (1 x 105 mins/4 x 50 mins), follows a settlement of people in Patagonia towards the end of the 16th century who struggle to thrive after disease, hunger and disaster befalls them. The Chilean distributor also brings: Perfidy (1 x 72 mins), about a couple who spend a weekend away from the city when scary events increasingly threaten them; and Genesis Nirvana (1 x 74 mins), the story of a mother taking justice into her own hands when her former boyfriend kills her daughter.
My Side Of The Sky (Foothill Entertainment)
FOOTHILL Entertainment and its London affiliate Foothill Europe is highlighting My Side Of The Sky (6 x 30 mins), a sports reality series for tweens, at MIPCOM. Part of its partnership with distributor Content Media, My Side Of The Sky follows six students at Windells Academy, the only school where skaters, skiers and snowboarders can come to live, learn and ride on the same turf that launched professional snowboarders Shaun White, Nick Goepper and Ryan Sheckler. Other Content Media titles include Young Dracula, Even Stevens, The Cut and newly acquired Stepping Up.
Port Hunger (Canal 13 Sudmedia)
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY
THE JIM Henson Company debuts animated series Dot (52 x 11 mins) at MIPCOM, based on Randi Zuckerberg’s picture book. Targeting four- to sevenyear-olds the new series follows the inquisitive and exuberant tech-savvy Dot, who embarks on adventures to satisfy her imagination, curiosity or latest passion. Each episode ends with Dot giving the viewers a call to action to explore digitally and practically what excites them.
Dot (The Jim Henson Company)
HASTA Que Te Conoci is a series (13 x 60 mins) that traces the life of Mexican singer-songwriter Alberto Aguilero Valadez, aka Juan Gabriel. Florida-based distributor Somos is also highlighting: musical Il Primo Papa (1 x 120 mins), which follows the story of Peter as told by Jesus; drama series Infidels (42 x 60 mins); fantasy mystery 11-11 En Mi Cuadra Nada Cuadra (75 x 45 mins); faith-based series Milagros (20 x 45/60 mins); sports series MMA UFA (18 x 45 mins; and two shows for which Somos holds rights in Latin America, cooking series A Bite Of China and Turkish drama Mercy.
Hasta Que Te Conoci (Somos Distribution)
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PRODUCT NEWS PORTFOLIO ENTERTAINMENT
PORTFOLIO Entertainment brings its latest animated series Freaktown (26 x 30 mins/52 x 11 mins) to Cannes. The series, aimed at six- to 11-year-olds, follows the adventures of skeleton Ben Bones and his freaky friends as they protect their town from Princess Boo Boo the Bouncy of Sweetlandia. The Canadian distributor also brings: the fifth season of food and travel series You Gotta Eat Here! (26 x 30 mins), accompanied by 16 Best-of compilation episodes; pre-school series The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! (4 x 60 mins); and Doki (3 x 30 mins), and kids’ show packed with music and pirate adventures.
ON THE HD slate from London’s Scorpion TV are: Mayan Revelations (1 x 80 mins/52 mins), a film that aims to dispel the myths and conspiracy theories surrounding Aztec and Mayan calendars; Cannabis To Save My Life (1 x 80/56 mins), following a woman’s search for a cure for her brain cancer; There Is Many Like Us (1 x 87/52 mins), the true story of a couple who met in a prison camp during the Holocaust, then thirty years later they get married; Dirty Gold War (1 x 52 mins), about the continuing gold rush; and Who Is Saving Whom: The Financial Crisis As A Business Model (1 x 58 mins), looking at how fiscal rescue packages only rescued the creditors, banks, hedge funds and insurance companies.
Mayan Revelations (Scorpion TV)
Freaktown (Portfolio Entertainment)
A+E NETWORKS launches a format slate at MIPCOM, headed by three titles from History and FYI channels. Alone debuted in the US on History and places 10 competing survivalists in a wilderness with their own cameras. The one who stays alone longest wins a cash prize of $500,000. Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown, from FYI, is a culinary competition series in which young cooks compete with professional adult chefs. Seven Year Switch, also from FYI, places couples whose marriages are under pressure with alternative partners with qualities they believe are missing from their spouses. After two weeks, with the help of psychologists, they re-asses their relationships.
UKRAINIAN producer Kvartal 95 makes its first visit to MIPCOM to present Cartoon Remake, its technology that creates 3D animated versions of TV content. Kvartal 95 has developed and patented a system that allows characters and stories to be re-imagined in a new animated world costeffectively and with quick turnaround. The studio produces more than 50 minutes of 3D animation per week.
TORONTO-based Breakthrough Entertainment brings TV movie Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool! to MIPCOM, a coming-of-age story produced by Canadian broadcaster YTV and Aircraft Pictures. The film is based on a book series that follows Bruno Walton and Melvin “Boots” O’Neal, troublemakers at boys school MacDonald Hall. Bruno has always managed to convince Boots to tag along on his countless pranks. This film sees the duo try to thwart rival York Academy’s plan to lure fellow students to transfer after defeat at the swim meet. The company also brings new crime series, Blood & Water (8 x 30 mins/4 x 60 mins), which is making its international debut at MIPCOM. The series tells the story of a homicide detective as she confronts her own past while trying to solve a murder. To track down the killer Jo is not only forced to compromise her own morals, but to uncover long-lost family secrets.
Kvartal 95’s Cartoon Remake technology
FRENCH distributor Planet Nemo highlights Super Builders (52 x 11 mins) at MIPCOM, a new series from Beijing-based Uyoung. The CGI animation, aimed at three- to six-year-olds, features a team of young construction trucks who transform towns and cities in need of regeneration. A 1 x 80 mins feature is currently in production and will be distributed by Uyoung. 031_DOG TV_N2_COM
CANADIAN producer marblemedia, and LA-based music-focused and online entertainment company Popmania have partnered on the development of a new TV series to find teen talent. Popmania: Life Under The Mic (10 x 30 mins) follows three gifted teen girls as they pursue their dream of having a career in pop music, with the help of producer/ label head/ A&R executive Ron Fair. The winner will receive further mentoring from the Popmania team.
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TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER RESHAPING THE CONTENT GAME
INTO THE STREAM
MEDIA Support to TV Series: How to Boost European Cooperation? 9.10-9.40 | Auditorium A
Carriage Deals: Map of Opportunities
9.10-9.30 | Esterel Introductory remarks by
Lucia Recalde, Head of MEDIA, Belgium
Speakers Mark Denessen, Managing Director, Zentropa Benelux, Denmark Petter Wallace, Head of Commissioning for Independents, NRK, Norway Derek Wax, Executive Producer, Kudos, UK Klaus Zimmermann, General Manager, DYNAMIC TELEVISION, France
Andrew Moss, Chief Commercial Officer, Oliver & Ohlbaum, UK @OliverOhlbaum
Territorial Expansion Show & Tell: Part 1 9.30-10.00 | Esterel Followed by Meet the Speakers.
Jacki Davis, Journalist, speaker and moderator, Meade Davis Communications, Belgium
Mo Abudu, Executive Chairman & CEO, Ebonylife TV, Nigeria @MoAbudu Caroline Beaton, Senior Vice President, Programme Sales, Viacom International Media Networks, UK @CarolineBeaton Ed Palluth, EVP, Global Distribution, AMC Networks, USA
European Drama: One Step Beyond 9.45-10.15 | Auditorium A
Moderator Nick Snow, Founder and Publisher, Advanced Television, UK
Speakers Alex Berger, Executive Producer & Managing Partner, TOP-The Oligarchs Productions, France @AyexBee Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky, UK Sammy Nourmand, Managing Director Keshet UK, COO Keshet Europe, UK
Moderator Michael Pickard, Editor, DramaQuaterly, C21 Media, UK
The Allure of Escapism: Engaging Millennials 10.20-10.50 | Auditorium A
Territorial Expansion Show & Tell: Part 2 10.15-10.45 | Esterel Followed by Meet the Speakers.
Speakers Anuj Gandhi, Group Chief Executive Officer, IndiaCast Media Distribution, India Dan Finch, Commercial Director, SimpleStream, UK Clémentine Tugendhat, SVP Content and Director Nollywood TV, THEMA, France
Moderator Paula Souloumiac, Consultant, Media & Telecom, France
Speakers David Cormican, EVP, Business Development & Production and Partner, Don Carmody Television, Between, Canada Hannah John-Kamen, Cast Member, Killijoys, UK Jennette McCurdy, Cast Member, Between, USA John Young, Managing Director, Temple Street Productions, Killjoys, Canada
Carriage Deal Networking Lunch 12.30-13.30 | Matchmaking Lounge Supported by
Moderator Kate Bulkley, Media Commentator / Journalist, UK
Carriage Deal Matchmaking 14.30-16.30 | Matchmaking Lounge Registration closed. Priority given to pre-registered delegates.
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE & SCREENINGS MEDIA MASTERMIND KEYNOTES 11.00-11.30 | Grand Auditorium
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Focus: Discover HDR 9.15-11.00 | Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre speakers Dr Giuliano Berretta, President, DBW Communication, Italy Maryline Clare-Charrier, 4EVER Project Leader, Orange Labs, France @4everprojet Stephan Heimbecher, Director Innovations & Standards, Technology, Sky Deutschland Fernsehen, Germany @sheimbecher Yutaka Imai, Chief Researcher in Service Development, SKY Perfect JSAT, Japan Andy King, Head of Technology, Television, BBC Engineering, UK Mickaël Raulet, Advanced Research Manager, ATEME, France
cHaIr Chris Forrester, Journalist & Industry Consultant, UK
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Focus: The HDR Proof Is In The Image 11.15-12.30 | Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre speakers
MARK GORDON CEO, THE MARK GORDON COMPANY
InterVIeWed by Nancy Tartaglione, International Editor, Deadline Hollywood.com, France @DeadlineNancy
‘OUTCAST’ Keynote Session 11.40-12.10 | Grand Auditorium FeaturIng David Alpert, Executive Producer ‘Outcast’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ Patrick Fugit, Lead Cast ‘Outcast’ Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Fox International Studios and EVP Global Scripted Entertainment, Fox International Channels @TigaTV
Maryline Clare-Charrier, 4EVER Project Leader, Orange Labs, France @4everprojet Stephan Heimbecher, Director Innovations & Standards, Technology, Sky Deutschland Fernsehen, Germany @sheimbecher Yutaka Imai, Chief Researcher in Service Development, SKY Perfect JSAT, Japan Andy King, Head of Technology, Television, BBC Engineering, UK
Andrew Davies, Screenwriter, UK Ben Donald, Executive Producer, International Drama, BBC Worldwide, UK Tuppence Middleton, Cast Member Faith Penhale, Head of Drama BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Wales, UK Stephen Rea, Cast Member Simon Vaughan, CEO, Lookout Point, UK Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company, USA @WeinsteinFilms
Chris Forrester, Journalist & Industry Consultant, UK
INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Music Rights (But Were Afraid to Ask) 11.00-11.30 | Auditorium K By
Elsa Keslassy, Foreign Correspondent, Variety, France
‘War and Peace’ Keynote Session 12.20-13.00 | Grand Auditorium FeaturIng
moderator Julian Newby, Editor in Chief MIPCOM News, Boutique Editions, UK
speakers Sahar Baghery, Head of Research and Content Strategy, Eurodata TV Worldwide, France Alexandre Mahout, Head of Music, EuropaCorp, France Simon Mortimer, VP Business Development & Media, Universal Music Publishing, UK Cécile Rap-Veber, Director of Licensing and International Collections, Sacem, France Guillaume Roussel, Composer, France
moderator Ben Costantini, Founder, Connectors, Instructor, Berklee College of Music, France
TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER
Turkish Public TV in Focus 14.00-14.15 | Auditorium A Featuring Ibrahim Eren, Deputy Director General, TRT- Turkish Radio and Television Corp., Turkey
Turkey: Home Of ‘Dizi’ Content
Insight: A Spectacular New 4K Ultra HD Channel Launch
14.15-15.00 | Auditorium A
14.00-15.15 | Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre
Tuba Büyüküstün, Actress, Turkey @TubaBustun Kerem Deren, Writer, Founding Partner, Writer’s Room / Yazı Odası, Turkey @yaziodasindan Halit Ergenç, Actor, Turkey Hilal Saral, Director, Ay Yapım, Turkey Timur Savcı, CEO & President, Tims productions , Turkey
Moderator Ed Waller, Editorial Director, C21Media, UK
The Power of Unscripted: Superpanel
Dennis Arnoldus, Managing Director, KIEM Media, The Netherlands René Delwel, COO, United, The Netherlands @bigreno Wolfgang Elsäßer, Managing Director, Astra, Germany Kartikeya Sharma, MD, iTV Network, India Martijn Wolff, Managing Partner, Cape Rock, The Netherlands @MartijnWolff Mariam Zamaray, CEO, Insight TV, The Netherlands
Presenter Thom Hunt, TV Presenter, Host of ‘Extraordinary Humans’ on Insight TV
15.15-16.00 | Auditorium A
Blue Ant Media: 4K Ultra HD Special Screening
15.30-16.00 | Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre
Idil Belli, General Manager, Sera Film Services, Turkey @SeraFilmService Jamie Lynn, Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Distribution, EMEA, FremantleMedia International, UK Izzet Pinto, CEO, Global Agency, Turkey Marina Williams, COO, International Operations, Endemol Shine Group, UK
Moderator Ed Waller, Editorial Director, C21Media, UK
Speaker Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International, Canada
SPI International: 4K Ultra HD Special Screening 16.00-16.30 | Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre Speaker Berk Uziyel, Executive Director, SPI International, USA
DRAMA SCREENINGS ‘Shadowhunters’ By Constantin Film
16.00-17.30 | Auditorium K Presenter Gary Marenzi, Senior Advisor & Head of Distribution, Constantin Film, USA
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE & SCREENINGS INTO THE STREAM
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FEATURE HIGH-END DOCUMENTARY
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Expensive, but worth it A great documentary can perform the same tent-pole function for a broadcaster’s schedule as a great drama — which is why demand remains strong for best-in-class factual content, writes Andy Fry
HEN digital media started to fragment TV audiences, there were fears that factual filmmakers would struggle to find adequate funding for high-end documentary productions. But the reality is that there are still numerous channels around the world that see blue-chip factual content as a crucial part of their programming line-up. Echoing the situation with drama, an outstanding documentary film or series can act as a schedule event that cuts through the clutter. Among the most committed supporters of blue-chip factual programming are public broadcasters, whose remits demand they find room in their schedules for natural-history, history, culture and science shows. But
if you look around the international market, you will also see plenty of pay-TV and SVOD platforms prepared to invest in quality. And it doesn’t end there. From commercial distributors to not-for-profit organisations, there are dozens of players willing to share the financial burden of getting amazing shows into production. The challenge, of course, is that factual filmmakers invariably have to pull blue-chip budgets together from a number of sources. While there are some occasions when global pay-TV channels such as Discovery or National Geographic will fully fund productions in order to air them across their various global feeds, a more typical scenario will see international partners club together to fund a co-production.
Drain The Titanic (Earth Touch)
An outstanding documentary film or series can act as a schedule event that cuts through the clutter A classic case in point is Hidden Kingdoms, a BBC Natural History Unit production that involved the BBC, BBC Worldwide, France Televisions, CCTV China and Discovery as partners. Then there is Congo – Deep And Dangerous, a recent wildlife production that brought together Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, Blue Planet Film, NDR, ARTE, ORF, WDR and National Geographic Wild. These are not isolated instances — which is why MIPTV and MIPCOM are so important to the dynamics of the blue-chip factual sector. On the one hand, the Cannes markets allow producers to open up a dialogue with potential co-production and pre-sale partners. On the other, they are the perfect setting for distributors to sell completed documentaries, thus recouping the heavy upfront investment that such programming requires. A good example of a co-pro alliance being formed in Cannes came at MIPCOM 2014, when BBC Worldwide and NHK announced a new deal to make Wild Japan, a 4K documentary series that explores the untamed regions of Japan. A three-parter, the production is due to air in late 2015/early 2016. A similar partnership was formed at MIPTV 2015 when ORF Austria, CCTV10 China, ARTE France and ZDF Germany came together behind Sky Rivers Of The Himalayas, a 3 x 52 mins series that will be delivered in early 2017. Produced by pre tv, DreiD.at and EOS Films, the 4K production tells the story of the river that flows through every climate zone on Earth and shapes
the lives of more than a billion people. Known by a variety of names, including Yarlung, Tsangpo, Brahmaputra and Jamuna, it rises in the Himalayas and ends in the Bay of Bengal. While a lot of deals are initiated at MIPTV and MIPCOM, blue-chip factual series are such massive undertakings that the Cannes markets can also play a key role at various stages of their development-to-distribution life cycle. At MIPCOM 2014, for example, filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand gave delegates an early glimpse of his epic project Human, which premiered on France 2 in late September. Earlier this year, meanwhile, PBS, the BBC and BBC Worldwide formed an on-going pact to create 20 hours a year of factual programming specials. Now BBC Worldwide is at MIPCOM to promote one of these titles: Skyworlds, a 3 x 50 mins production from the BBC Natural History Unit. The ground-breaking wildlife series will look at flight as the ultimate superpower, using cutting-edge technology to follow animals into the skies and fly alongside them. BBC Worldwide is also promoting titles that were introduced at MIPTV 2015. These include The Hunt, a series from Alastair Fothergill (Planet Earth; Frozen Planet) that explores the dramatic world of predation. Other key titles include Atlantic and Shark, the latter described as “the definitive series of shark natural history”. A three-part co-production between the BBC and Discovery, Shark employs the latest 4K and highspeed camera technology to film behaviour that has never been seen before. The first two programmes are wildlife films made by world-class underwater teams. The third film highlights the work of the leading shark scientists researching these mysterious animals. The beauty of co-production is that different partners can end up taking different roles depending on the project and their skillsets. So in one scenario, a partner might be the producer but, in another, it could come on
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FEATURE From distributors to not-for-profit organisations, there are dozens of players willing to share the financial burden of getting amazing shows into production
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board as distributor. PBS, for example, has no role to play in distributing Skyworlds. But PBS International will be in Cannes with an interesting slate of HD titles, including Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants and Walt Disney. The latter is a 4 x 54 mins production featuring rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, interviews with biographers and historians, and the animators and designers who helped to turn Disney’s dreams into reality. Billed as an unprecedented look at the man who built a media empire, the series will show how Disney came to have such a profound influence on family life. Given the importance of the Cannes markets, all the factual TV sector’s heavyweights are present in some capacity. Japanese public broadcaster NHK, for example, arrives at MIPCOM with a strong slate of high-end factual programming. One of its top titles is Leaps In Evolution, a 4K co-production with France Televisions and Curiosity Stream in the US. Using cutting-edge CGI and pioneering research into DNA, the ambitious series seeks to trace the origins of life on Earth all the way back to its beginnings four billion years ago. Among other titles, NHK is bringing Origins Of Land, The Great Asian Highway and The Pacific War In Color. For the latter, NHK has collected Japanese films
Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants (PBS International)
shot during the four years of the Pacific War, which give a rare insight into how people lived. Using current technology, NHK has also been able to bring back the colours of this fascinating era. Like the BBC, NHK prides itself on the use of technology as a way of pushing back the boundaries of factual television. In Ring Of Civilisations, it is using 4K, 8K and aerial laser scanners to generate new insights around historical marvels such as Angkor Wat and China’s Terracotta Army. In Deep Ocean, meanwhile, it displays an underwater filming prowess previously seen in Legends Of The Deep: Giant Squid. ARTE sales, the distribution branch of the French/ German broadcaster, also has a wide slate of shows on offer at the market. Among the one-offs dedicated to personalities are Buster Keaton: The Genius Destroyed By Hollywood; Alain Delon, A Unique Portrait; Warren Beatty, Hollywood Ambition; and The Worlds Of
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Philip K Dick. Also on ARTE Sales’ slate are Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs, an exploration of Egypt’s contemporary history (3 x 52 mins); The Silk Road (15 x 26 mins); Tree Stories (5 x 52 mins); and Jesus And Islam (7 x 52 mines). New documentary one-offs tackling contemporary topics include The Disappeared, an Invisible War; Quest For The Perfect Athlete; The Artificial Womb; and Inexorable Anorexia? Another broadcaster-distributor that invariably attracts interest in Cannes is Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE). Among its key titles this October is How Climate Made History, which looks at how extreme weather conditions had a role to play in the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the Thirty Years’ War and The Renaissance. It will also present Human Limits, which looks at people with extraordinary skills that go beyond what is ordinarily deemed humanly possible; and The Secret Garden, a wildlife special that reveals the many small creatures that go unnoticed in a typical family garden. Other key titles showing the range of ZDFE’s slate include Mammoths: The Giants Of The Ice Age and WWII In The Pacific. Featuring rare footage, often shot by the troops themselves, the latter tells the story of a war fought across vast stretches of ocean that would pioneer new forms of combat. Pay-TV players including Discovery, National Geographic and A+E come to MIPCOM as buyers, sellers and co-producers of factual programming. So it is no surprise that the market is also buzzing with independent producers and distributors. A leading light is Atlantic Productions’ CEO Anthony Geffen, who is taking part in a MIPCOM panel entitled The Blue-Chip Legacy: Aspirational Megasession, during which he will discuss some of the awe-inspiring co-productions with which his company is involved. Among the titles being presented by Atlantic is David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef (3 x 60 mins). From
the team behind First Life, the series uses pioneering camera technology and draws on the latest research to investigate the reef. It employs satellite scanning to show the 2,300-kilometre expanse of living coral, and revolutionary macro lenses to capture the reef’s tiniest life forms. Underlining the appeal of high-calibre programming to commercial distributors, Great Barrier Reef will be sold by eOne Entertainment outside the US and Australia, where the rights have already gone to the BBC and ABC Australia. Also on Atlantic’s slate is four-part political documentary Inside The Commons. Shot over 12 months, the filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the inner workings of the UK’s House of Commons. The series goes to the heart of British democracy and asks if a parliament founded 750 years ago is fit for purpose in the 21st century. Atlantic holds the worldwide rights to Inside The Commons, excluding the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Other indies at MIPCOM include Earth Touch, which is debuting Drain The Titanic and Drain The Bermuda Triangle, both of which are one-hour specials. Produced by Mallinson Sadler Productions and Northern Sky Entertainment, Drain The Titanic uses cutting-edge technology to create a realistic, detailed model of the shipwreck as if it were on dry land. Drain The Bermuda Triangle, meanwhile, investigates the strange natural phenomena that occur within this 500,000 square mile expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and explores features including the eight-kilometre deep Puerto Rico Trench, the submerged Bahamas Canyon and the sweeping Abyssal Plains. Blue Ant Media is in Cannes with 100 hours of new content, including 4K productions such as Baby Animals (7 x 30 mins) and Great Blue Wild. The former shows animals on the road from birth to adolescence and adulthood. From artic foxes and sea otters to tamarin monkeys and red pandas, it gives animal lovers a
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up-close look at new-born life. There is also a strong wildlife theme to Zed’s slate, which includes new in-house productions Lion Queens: Fighting For Survival, The Kill In African Dry Zone and Growing Up A Chimp. The last follows a young orphan chimpanzee as she learns the basics of survival in the wild. Balancing out the Zed slate are some highend history titles. After Hitler, produced by Cineteve and recently acquired by National Geographic Channel, explores the reality of the post-war years, while Hitler Versus Churchill: The Eagle And The Lion: (Roche Productions) tells the story of the two giants whose battle dominated the 20th century. Producer/Distributor Kwanza, meanwhile, has 40 hours of new high-end documentary titles on its slate. Among them is Creating An Ocean (2 x 52 mins), which follows the three-year-long construction of the world’s largest aquarium. Other priorities include Charlie Hebdo: Terror In Paris and Dolphins: The Sea People. The latter is a primetime 4K doc for CBC and France 3, in which a British athlete whose life was saved by dolphins travels around the world in an effort to understand more about the smartest creatures on Earth. As the above productions show, natural history, history, science and culture are all alive and well in the international factual market. But one area that has come to the forefront recently is survival and adventure. An interesting addition to this sub-genre is Pilot Productions’ Tough Boats (6 x 52 mins). Produced in HD, each episode focuses on a boat journey to one of the most challenging environments on earth and looks at how the technology of boat travel has been adapted. Journeys include crossing Borneo from East to West, exploring the Bangladesh delta and navigating the Amazon from Peru to the Atlantic. The technology behind how stuff works continues to be a big draw for buyers. One eye-catching title in this arena is Survival In The Skies (3 x 60 mins), which explores the breakthroughs, turning points, triumphs and disasters that led to the invention of the space suit, the ejector seat and the parachute. US cable channel Smithsonian greenlit the series from indie producer Arrow Media. It is being launched at MIPCOM by TCB Media.
And, of course, factual continues to excel in telling compelling human-interest stories. Examples at MIPCOM include Looking Glass International’s documentary series The Eccentrics, which discovers and follows the most original and eccentric people on the planet and charts their exceptional lives. Also of interest is TVN Poland’s heart-wrenching film The Ghost People, which tells the story of Tanzania’s tormented albinos. Finally, and not to be forgotten, there are significant moves by Netflix and Amazon to build up their factual coverage. Netflix’s decision earlier this year to partner Leonardo DiCaprio on the creation of documentary and docu-series was a firm indication that blue-chip factual content has a place in the new TV landscape. The Ghost People (TVN Poland)
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FEATURE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
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Doing the right thing Whether it’s a reaction to geopolitical uncertainty, a backlash against the wealthier nations’ me-me-me culture or just the latest trend in reality TV, social responsibility is a talking point at this MIPCOM. Gary Smith reports
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know about the inner workings of hospitals, airports, police forces, emergency services, hotels, hairdressing salons and restaurants, it has been clear for some time that reality TV is in need of fresh impetus. Coinciding with that has been a certain amount of social and political instability. With terrorism, war and refugee crises dominating the headlines, perhaps it is no surprise that the warm glow that good deeds engender is the ﬂavour of the season among reality producers. Then again, how could you possibly go wrong a show about cricket-playing Maasai using the game to change attitudes to female genital mutilation (FGM) and AIDS among tribal elders? “We saw a rough cut of Warriors and started talking about distributing the show last year at MIPCOM,” says Jonathan Ford, the London-based executive vicepresident of sales and distribution at Content TV. “Since then, Warriors has been gathering huge support from some very credible people, including international
cricketer Jimmy Anderson, who is an executive producer, Emma Watson’s HeForShe Foundation, and the ONE Foundation in the US. The young Maasai had seen the need to change tribal values, which they were actively doing by refusing to marry women who had been mutilated, but they are also mad about cricket. As word spread in South Africa about them, some South African women cricketers offered to coach them. Then it snowballed thanks to local press coverage, which eventually resulted in them being invited to play in an amateur competition in the UK.” The Maasai’s trip to the UK reinforced their determination to the change outdated and cruel practice, especially as the process of FGM also regularly infects the victim with AIDS owing to the use of unsterilised surgical instruments. “In the UK, they saw how free women are, which strengthened their resolve,” Ford adds. “And it also helped make people in the UK more aware both of them and the issues they are fighting. It’s stirring and profound stuff and, unsurprisingly, we have a lot of major territories interested.”
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After the show, we fund three months of rehab for each person. Sixty per cent of the addicts stay sober during those three months, and 20% of them stay sober afterwards Sally Habbershaw
Covering another current big issue is the two-hour show Waste. And who better to tackle the amount of stuff we needlessly throw away than UK chef, TV personality, journalist and real-food crusader Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall? “You could say that Waste is a typical Keo Productions show because a lot of their productions involve some sort of social responsibility,” says Sarah Tong, director of sales at Hat Trick International. “It takes a close look at waste by both individuals and huge corporations, with Hugh door-stepping some of the companies to try to get to the bottom of why this continues to happen. It’s a big, serious topic and, because Hugh is not what you’d call a habitual campaigner, hopefully that will mean that people will be more inclined to listen to what he’s saying. And he does have a huge fan base — his shows typically sell into between 60 and 80 countries.” Tong adds that a follow-up to Waste is being made for broadcast next April, which will propose some serious and realistic solutions to the issue. Also on Hat Trick’s MIPCOM slate is Breaking Into Europe, which consists of intimate portraits of individual refugees as they make their way across Europe. Although social responsibility may be currently popular, the Discovery Channel has been producing series in the genre for years. “As a company, we don’t respond to trends, but it most definitely is a trend right now,”
Intervention (A+E Networks)
says Sally Habbershaw, vice-president of programming, production and operations, international, for A+E Networks. “The Intervention series, where family and friends confront an addict in order to get them to clean up, has been running for 10 years even though when it first launched it was heavily criticised. But it’s a powerful and highly emotional show that has both won and been nominated for numerous awards, mainly because it is absolutely not voyeuristic. After the show, we fund three months of rehab for each person. Sixty per cent of the addicts stay sober during those three months, and 20% of them stay sober afterwards.” These days, addiction is widely recognised as an illness, but hoarding less so. “We’ve produced 90 episodes of Hoarders since 2009,” Habbershaw says. “In that time, hoarding has started to be recognised as a genuine mental disorder, which it clearly is. In order not to be intrusive, we only use a very small crew. Hoarders has won a Critics Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show and been nominated for an Emmy.” In June, A+E launched Escaping Polygamy, which features three sisters who escaped from a polygamous cult called The Kingston Clan near Salt Lake City. “We are bringing that to market for the first time,” Habbershaw adds. Banijay International’s The Missionaries tells the story of five troubled teenagers who are taking part in a lifechanging experiment for both them and the community they visit. Their mission is to build a school in an African village in just 10 days. “The show was aired initially in France in 2010, and has since been versioned in Germany and Spain,” says Emmanuelle Namiech, managing director of Banijay International. “It’s an interesting case because there are two ways to watch it — the social-responsibility aspect on the one hand, and the dramas that the kids go through on the other.” The Missionaries has so far aired on commercial channels TF1 in France, Antena 3 in Spain and Kabel Eins in Germany. “In France, it got a 42% audience share on TF1, which is a phenomenal result for a show of this nature,” Namiech says. “I would describe it as a steady seller and a timeless concept, plus it’s a good fit with online platforms because it creates a big digital halo and sparks conversation.” Banijay is also bringing a new show to MIPCOM called Game Changers, which originally aired in
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FEATURE Egypt as El Mashroua (The Project). “The concept comes from the very high unemployment among young people in the country,” Namiech says. “Fourteen entrepreneurial young adults submit a social-responsibility project, which can be anything from recycling waste to renewable energy. It’s a bit like The Apprentice, but with genuine warmth. Ultimately, it’s about turning problems into opportunities, which is inspirational and
also creates phenomenal levels of engagement with the audience.” Secret Millionaires Club, created in partnership with and starring Warren Buffett, features a group of kids having adventures in business. It also helps them understand the world in which they live and teaches them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives. The series features A-list guests including Bill Gates, Jay-Z, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Cannon, Gisele Bundchen and Kelly Rowland. “We wanted to do something with real substance that would be enriching and also interactive, so the show includes 26 webisodes, a series of DVDs, a book titled Secret Millionaires Club: Warren Buffett’s 26 Secrets To Success In The Business Of Life, interactive play kits, and an online store,” says Amy Moynihan Heyward, president of Genius Brands International (GBI). “And of course, Warren is Warren. He’s a wise and funny man with a million one-liners. He provided us with the curriculum, then we set about making it fun and palatable for kids.” Current broadcast partners for Secret Millionaires Club include Finland’s MTV3, Thailand’s Workpoint, Singapore’s MediaCorp, Israel’s Imagine Media, Korea’s Asiana Licensing, Discovery Kids Asia and Globo in Brazil. GBI is also showcasing science show Thomas Edison’s Secret Club in Cannes. Custard’s World, from New Zealand’s Imagine Studios, is a unique blend of sets, miniatures, puppets, animatronics and live actors — an energetic adven-
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FEATURE ture comedy intended to teach children the important concepts of approaching challenges, dealing with selfdoubt and learning the concept of resilience. “The show is aimed at helping them to ‘get back up’ and ‘dust themselves off’ in the face of the difficulties that will inevitably come their way,” says David Sutherland, the show’s executive producer and creator. “And it looks amazing. Our sets and miniatures have been lovingly crafted by the people who made the sets for the Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, plus Oscar and BAFTA-winning writer Bob Baker [Wallace And Gromit], Oscar-winning local songwriter Bret McKenzie [The Muppets] and Peter Linz [currently playing Walter on The Muppets]. We’re also getting The Slo Mo Guys of internet fame to help with the bumbling villain scenes and, possibly, a huge international music star in an episode too.” Alongside teaching kids resilience, Custard’s World
also features a give-back initiative. “We’re committed to giving 50% of any show surplus to children’s charities in our region and around the world,” Sutherland says. “Despite all the good that kids’ programmes can do, there’s no doubt there is commerce behind them. So if we walk the talk by putting our money where our mouth is, I hope we can demonstrate there is more that the world can do to improve the lives of children. It’s a big task but, with some resolve from the industry to make the world a better place in as many ways as we can, I hope we can leave a legacy to the kids of today. And let’s not forget, they are the ones who will be the next heads of our global entertainment companies.” Taking a dramatic path to a more open and understanding society, Litton Entertainment’s The Inspectors focuses on teenager Preston, who is thriving after being
With some resolve from the industry, we can leave a legacy to the kids of today. And let’s not forget, they are the ones who will be the next heads of our global entertainment companies David Sutherland The Inspectors (MarVista Entertainment)
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Warriors (Content Television)
PICTURE THIS… SONY Pictures Television (SPT) Networks last week announced the launch of Picture This, a worldwide campaign across its channels in 177 countries, designed to engage viewers in environmental issues relevant to their local markets. “With the reach of our global networks and the passion of our storytelling, we will both engage the community and energise people to action by picturing a better environment,” Andy Kaplan, president, worldwide networks for SPT said. “Collectively we can make noise heard around the world on behalf of issues that are central to everyone’s well-being and do it in an entertaining way.” Picture This will feature on-air and online elements, events and viewer participation and will include information on: recycling in Russia and Italy; eliminating plastic bag use in Asia; waste disposal in India; saving the rhino in South Africa; urban gardening in Latin America; and deforestation in Romania. Participating channels include: AXN, Sony Channel, Sony One, AXN Black, AXN White, Sony PIX HD, Sony SIX HD, AXN Sci-Fi, AXN Mystery, Animax, Sony Sci-Fi, Sony Movie Channel, Canal Sony, Crackle, SET, Sony Turbo, getTV and CineSony.
paralysed in a car accident. Preston works as an intern alongside his US Postal inspector mother, Amanda, and together they solve crimes involving internet scams, identity and mail theft, and consumer fraud. The series strives to educate young people about making the right choices in life, encouraging open communication between kids and parents. It also delivers positive messages about living with disabilities, overcoming challenges and the power of perseverance. “Litton’s reputation for producing award-winning content that entertains and inspires is renowned, and we are thrilled to partner with a like-minded leader on what we hope to be the beginning of a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship,” says MarVista’s CEO Fernando Szew. “For some time, we’ve perceived an unfulfilled demand in the global market for programming that can be co-viewed and enjoyed by parents and kids alike, so when we first learned about The Inspectors we jumped at the opportunity to get involved. We are very confident that the series will perform very well with our traditional and digital international partners.” A Scandinavian format that is already performing
well internationally is Nordic World’s Dictator, which has been sold to Sweden’s SVT, NRK in Norway and Belgian commercial broadcaster SBS. “We Scandinavians like our reality with a socially responsible twist so that we can curl up on the sofa and vegetate with a clear conscience,” says Jan Salling, executive consultant at Nordic World. “Dictator was born out of the fact that young Swedes don’t care about voting or even democracy. There really are a lot of them who take democracy for granted. So Dictator is aimed at showing them what happens when you don’t protect freedom of expression.” The show’s participants are locked in a Big Brotherstyle environment. The only thing they are told is that there is a Kr 100,000 (€10,600) prize and that they have to obey the rules of a mysterious dictator. “They are given meaningless and repetitive tasks to do, like sorting paper clips into different colours for hours,” Salling says. “Then, when the curfew alarm goes off, they have to go to their rooms and stay there until the all-clear sounds. At that point, they might discover that one of the group has disappeared — these are all things that actually happen when you live under a dictatorship. Finally, at the end of an eight-day period, the remaining contestants have three minutes to decide how to split the prize money. Needless to say, after the show aired in Sweden, it stirred up a huge debate about the value of freedom and democracy.”
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