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THIS morning’s session One TV Year In The World: Cracking Audience Trends (09.15, Esterel) offers exclusive insights from Eurodata’s One Television Year in the World Report, which provides an annual review of certified audience data covering 4.1 billion viewers and 7,000 channels across 120+ territories. “This session will present the new ways of watching TV content and the best performing series across Eurodata’s Avril Blondelot genres,” Avril Blondelot, head of content insight, Eurodata, said. “It will also highlight current trends as well as provide a deep dive into content, in partnership with Tape Consultancy.”
SHOWCASING THE FRENCH TOUCH IN CANNES FROM deep-sea exploration to natural history epics, to serious history — the MIPTV Country Of Honour’s presence was everywhere to be seen at the MIPDoc French Touch showcase. Featured projects included Castro’s Revolution Vs The World: Fighting The Giants (distributed by ARTE Distribution) — a Cuba documentary that “will allow the audience to hear the inside stories from the people who led the revolution, and those who opposed it”, said filmmaker Gilles Cayatte, who was presenting the session on behalf of the French authors’ rights agency La Scam. In France: A Journey Through Time (France TV Distribution), modern French monuments are transported via CGI into landscapes of ancient scenery, swamps and lagoons. My Life In Hitler’s Germany (Roche Productions) used stunning archive to examine life for Germans under the Nazi regime, while Hitchcock Confidentiel aimed to present a new picture of the famous director using testimony from his wife. More MIPDoc reports inside.
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The stars of comic series Perfect Life: Celia Freijeiro (left), Aixa Villagran and Leticia Dolera
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France in the spotlight
Seven top executives from leading French companies and broadcasters offer their insight in a series of Game Changers Keynotes as part of the France Country Of Honour series of events, today in the Debussy Theatre
Delphine Ernotte Cunci has been CEO of France Televisions since 2015 following 26 years at Orange, previously known as France Telecom. She also holds roles at entities including Suez Environnement Group, and the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie in Arles.
Regine Hatchondo has been director general of ARTE since August 2018. Before that she was culture and media advisor to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, followed by a period as head of artistic creation for the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Gilles Pelisson was named as chairman and CEO of the TF1 Group in early 2016. Before that he worked in managerial roles in a variety of sectors including the hotel industry, theme parks, telecoms and finance.
Maxime Saada is chairman and CEO of the Canal+ Group, which he initially joined as senior vice-president in 2004. He is also president of Studiocanal, CEO of Dailymotion, and a board member of Gameloft. He started his career at French state inward investment agency DATAR.
Stephane Courbit (left) is chairman of the Banijay Group, currently the world’s largest independent content producer and distributor operating across 16 territories with a portfolio of 62 production companies. Courbit will be joined by company CEO Marco Bassetti (centre), and Francois de Brugada, CEO of Banijay France. The trio will be outlining both current and future strategies for the group. MIPTV News 1 • 12 • 8 April 2019
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DUTCH CHINA SERIES SOLD TO ARTE/ZDF DUTCH Public Broadcaster VPRO, producer De Haaien and Dutch Core/NPO Sales have sold the series Along The Banks Of The Yangtze to ARTE/ZDF. The series profiles how the average Chinese person lives and works, and what their ambitions and fears are. Dutch photographer Ruben Terlou took his camera along the banks of the River Yangtze, talking to the people about the impact of China’s economic progress. This six-episode series takes the viewer from Shanghai to Shangri-La to discover the real China.
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SALES FLOW IN FOR MIGHTY RIVERS INDEPENDENT UK production company Icon Films has announced several sales for its documentary series Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers (6 x 60 mins) in deals brokered by ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE). The show, which aired on ITV in the UK in January 2019, sees River Monsters star Jeremy Wade examine and explore some of the planet’s largest waterways. Sales include to Seven Network in Australia, Chinese online entertainment service iQIYI and Canal Evasion in French-Canada.
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Tencent Video fosters growing young audience for global docs “OUR DOCUMENTARY channel is the number one doc platform in China,” Stephanie Sun, international producer for the Chinese online video platform Tencent Video, told a Content Strategy session at the Producers Hub. “We’re looking for programming in all genres, including natural history, culture, arts and religious programming,” she said. Tencent Video is a subsidiary of multimedia online giant Tencent. Set up in 2011, it now attracts 150 million users a day, most of them young, Sun said: “About 70% of our documentary viewers are 1829, and 20% are 30-40.” “Big natural-history titles are popular on our platform, and young audiences love adventure and science,” she said, adding: “Lifestyle and reality are drawing larger audiences. Our viewers see their own changing lives reflected in this content.”
Tencent acquires about 700 hours of documentary content a year, as well as co-producing more with world-class documentary makers such as the BBC, Nat Geo and Discovery. “We have worked with the BBC on major documentary series like Planet Earth and Dynasties,” she said. “We discuss ideas and editorial issues with them, and they re-edit a version for China.” Sun said Tencent’s investment
varies, but could be up to 50%: “It’s the content first,” she said. “Then we talk about money.” Tencent Video also produces its own content through its production subsidiary, Tencent Penguin Pictures. Among their documentary output is 72 Hours, a localised version of the successful NHK format; and Once Upon A Bite, a series showcasing Chinese cuisine. This year sees the release of a series about Chinese festivals. Tencent Video’s Stephanie Sun: “It’s the content first. Then we talk about money”
A+E aims high-end with new series
SATURDAY’s Keynote Showcase featured the leading commissioners from A+E Networks as they introduced some of the latest high-profile shows. The panel reinforced the company’s 360-degree approach to content creation for the multiplatform world, which is rooted in the context of A+E’s commitment to premium-quality fare. Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice-president of A+E Networks, introduced Alex Gibney’s latest series. In The Clinton Affair (7 x 60 mins) Gibney examines whether the furore that followed President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was part of a right-wing take-down of the Clintons, a misogynistic West Wing smear campaign, or conservative reaction to a powerful man’s exploitation of a vulnerable young woman.
Mary Donahue, senior vice-president, development and programming at History, presented Jesus: His Life (8 x 60 mins), from Nutopia, which creates a portrait of Christ through the perspectives of his parents, friends and followers. Richard Tulk-Hart, managing
director of international distribution, formats and co-productions at A+E Networks, introduced Damien Lewis: Spy Wars (8 x 60 mins), the new series from Alaska TV looking at real-life double agents, covert missions and spy swaps.
On stage for the Keynote Showcase: A+E Networks’ Patrick Vien (left); A+E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant; History’s Mary Donahue; and A+E’s Richard Tulk Hart
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A NEW distribution partnership between PBS International and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios will bring a seam of premium science content to the international marketplace. Under the deal, announced at Saturday’s MIPDoc Networking Lunch by Germaine Deagan Sweet, managing director of co-productions and drama acquisitions at PBS’s global co-production and distribution arm, the company will distribute Tangled Bank’s science films, including The Serengeti Rules. This multi-award-winning film follows a band of visionary scientists from their first forays into the world’s wildernesses in the 1960s to their discovery of a single set of rules that govern all life on the planet. “The Serengeti Rules is a beautiful film that speaks to the vital work that Tangled Bank is doing to shine light on groundbreaking scientific stories,” said Tom Koch, vice-president of PBS International. Tangled Bank’s executive director Sean B Carroll said the studio selected stories on their ability to “inspire curiosity and wonder about the world”. Also on show at the PBS International Lunch were excerpts from the feature-length Woodstock and Robert Stone’s landmark fourhour Chasing The Moon — both docs celebrating 50-year anniversaries — and Country Music, a history of the music genre by director Ken Burns.
Gunton: the natural selection for Factual Trendsetter prize FROM jousting tortoises to amorous rhinos to subjecting David Attenborough to thousands of termite bites under a threeton termite hill — Dr Michael Gunton has brought some of the most memorable moments from the natural world to our screens over the past 30 years. Now creative director of the Natural History Unit and factual at BBC Studios, he explained his storytelling style through series including The Trials Of Life, Life, Planet Earth 2 and Dynasties, before accepting his World Screen Factual Trendsetter award at MIPDoc. “I’ve been obsessive about telling stories not about animals, but about a particular animal. Not about rhinos, but about
that particular rhino and what he’s doing on a particular day,” he said. Gunton’s skills were honed in the early days of shooting on the limited resources of film: “It forced you to be decisive about what you did. You edited in your head,” he said. “The myth is you sit and film hours and hours, but to do good stuff you have to think very hard about the story you want to tell.” He said the Natural History Unit had begun production on Planet Earth 3, and would again be using cutting-edge technology: “I try to use the camera to show things the eyes can’t see,” he said. “The natural world is fantastic, it’s almost beyond the imagination.”
Dr Michael Gunton and his World Screen Factual Trendsetter Award
Jury over the moon for One Giant Leap IN THE 50th anniversary year of the first moon landing, it’s appropriate that this year’s MIPDoc Project Pitch: Science and Technology was won by a documentary about Farouk El-Baz, former secretary of the lunar landing committee. One Giant Leap (1 x 60 mins) explores El-Baz’s journey from Egyptian immigrant to celebrity scientist and is made by his daughter, Fairouz El-Baz. “My father’s story is not just about science. It’s about immigration, race and Islamophobia too,” said El-Baz, chief creative officer of P3 Media. The jurors congratulated El-Baz on combining the science with a very human father-daughter story, but also noted that she would need objectivity to make the film work. Fortunately she is assisted by award-winning director Adam Ciralsky. Four other projects were finalists in the contest: 2020: Space Beyond, pitched by Vanessa
Zerda of Beagle Media; 7 Wonders: Building Legendary Monuments, from Olivier Lemaitre of Sequana Media; Ariane, The Impossible Bet from Robert Salvestrin, chief operating officer of Lucky You and Global Science, pitched by Thibaut Martin of T2MP. The session was sponsored by DocuBay, the new SVOD platform for documentary launching in the third quarter of this year. “At present there’s a rush to sweep up lots of content and get it online as fast as possible,”
said DocuBay’s chief operating officer, Akul Tripathi. “We are taking a more curated approach.” Tripathi was a member of the jury, alongside Chris Hoelzl, senior vice-president program development, Smithsonian Channel, Nina Tuominen, acquisition executive, YLE, and Hiroaki Katayama, producer, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp. The host was Michael Bancroft, executive producer and co-host, Globalive Media’s Beyond Innovation.
Juror Akul Tripathi, pitch winner Fairouz El-Baz, and jurors Nina Tuominen, Hiroaki Katayama and Chris Hoelzl
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AWARDS BOOST FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATIONAL Geographic’s switch in programming strategy a couple of years ago is paying oﬀ, said Jules Oldroyd, the company’s senior vicepresident, programming and acquisitions. In the past year it has gained 18 Emmy nominations and ﬁve wins, as well as a BAFTA and the best documentary Oscar for Free Solo. Factual remains 85% of its original programming slate, but, she said, “with drama in the mix we’ve got a more even gender balance, and also are bringing in more viewers”. Her content goals also included increasing co-viewing among families and “upscaling the demographic” to match the value of the brand. She highlighted the forthcoming Hot Zone, starring Juliana Margulies, a drama about when the Ebola virus landed on US soil in 1989: “This is not content that would have been associated with the channel a few years ago,” she said. After the success of Free Solo, there is a solid pipeline of feature docs from directors including Kevin McDonald and Liz Garbus, she added. Host-driven series, highvolume docs, one-oﬀ specials and premium docs were also pillars of the content strategy. On the subject of Disney+, the forthcoming SVOD platform, she said: “We will be a content engine for the direct-to-consumer business, and that will mean more opportunities for commissioning.”
National Geographic’s Jules Oldroyd: “drama in the mix”
France Televisions’ strategy seeks out ‘lost’ millennials
Caroline Behar, France Televisions’ head of international co-productions and acquisitions
AMBITIOUS plans to expand and build on long-standing relationships with international partners and national producers were set out at yesterday’s France Televisions Content Strategy presentation. The brieﬁng was delivered by Caroline Behar and Thierry Mino, of the broadcaster’s new cross-channel factual arm.
“We are currently working on several shows including Lady Sapiens which is being produced by Little Big Story,” Behar said. “It traces the history of women’s place in the unfolding story of the human race from the point of view of the fact that the woman’s role is nearly always forgotten.” France Televisions is also developing Far Cry Primal, based on a Ubisoft game that has over 38 million players globally. “The graphics in the game were developed by anthropological experts and are scientiﬁcally correct,” Behar said. “And we use them in places in the documentary which charts humanity’s ﬁght for survival. The latter project reﬂects the fact that we are determined to attract more millennials and to make documentaries that appeal to a generation that is currently somewhat lost for traditional broadcasters.”
Other projects aimed at attracting a younger audience include shows featuring episodes between one-and-a-half and three minutes long. “These very short productions work by taking a speciﬁc angle which is part of a larger topic, for example the evolution of our skin through the ages. These are small modules that appeal to a different demographic as well as to our traditional audience.” The developments come against a background of major re-organisation at France Televisions aimed at bridging the gap between French and international factual producers: “By implementing a vertical management structure we can maximise the synergies between all our channels, allowing us to create complementary programming across France 2, 3, 4 and 5. It also means that we can be more sensitive to what our audience wants,” Behar said.
DocuBay delivers global doc platform HEADQUARTERED in Mumbai, DocuBay is a new VOD documentary platform being previewed at MIPTV before a full consumer launch in July. With the free beta DocuBay app already boasting a raft of premium international documentaries, the One Tribe global streaming documentaries concept aims to become an important platform for both documentary consumers and creators. “We see this platform as something that’s going to be very close to the documentary community,” Akul Tripathi, chief operating ofﬁcer of DocuBay, a subsidiary of IN10 Media, told MIPTV News. “We see them as the ﬁrst adopters of it.” Tripathi was at MIPDoc to
meet potential collaborators and co-production partners, and to secure more content for the diverse nature, travel, science, culture, biography, action and humanity categories on offer. “We are content-hungry,” said Tripathi, who is also looking forward to acquiring more content with a strong human dimension. “These are stories of universal human interest,” he said. He added that in a shrinking planet “people have similar issues and concern across the globe. We are essentially in that way one tribe.” DocuBay is not only showcasing factual content with global relevance, but is making it broadly accessible via a free mobile app that allows consumers to view and discover documentaries at
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leisure or on-the-go. The global consumer launch later this year will further see the streaming service become available on all relevant platforms and devices such as Apple TV and Hulu. Monthly and yearly subscription fees will be conﬁrmed ahead of the Q3 debut.
DocuBay’s Akul Tripathi (left) and Aditya Pittie, managing director of IN10 Media
Rise of Netflix eroding budgets for docs, Co-Pro summit told THE FIFTH MIPDoc International Co-Production Summit united producers, distributors and commissioners to discuss the challenges and opportunities in co-production. “It’s like speed dating for people already in the co-production market,” The Bridge’s Amanda Groom, one of the moderators, said. Among the key insights she gained were the idea that co-productions only work for truly global content ideas, and that a harmony of editorial vision among the different players was vital. “There have to be shared goals and editorial agreement,
The ﬁfth MIPDoc International Co-Production Summit
OVER the MIPDoc weekend, buyers and commissioners from companies including NHK, France Televisions, Tencent, Al Jazeera Media Network and DocuBay held matchmaking meetings, giving producers the opportunity to pitch projects and forge relationships. Sabine Pollmeier, a producer at Munich’s Parnass Film, had brought a project examining timber architecture around the world. “It’s a chance to meet responsible people from all over the world who you wouldn’t otherwise meet,” she said.
because you want to do one version and not two,” she said. Consultant Peter Hamilton highlighted the increasing presence of Netﬂix, which is eroding global documentary budgets and leaving little value in second-window rights. Ruth Berry of Terra Mater Factual Studios, however, noted the enthusiasm among the commissioners in the room for co-pros. Manjyot Sandhu of Zee Entertainment helped to present the case study for The Life Of Earth From Space, a big-budget CGI series that examines the ancient history of the planet as seen from outer space. It was produced by Talesmith for the Smithsonian Channel and distributed by Zee. “This is a great forum, it gives us a broader perspective on what is happening worldwide rather than just sitting in our siloes,” he said.
FRESH TV Factual was presented by Virginia Mouseler, the chief executive of The Wit, on Sunday in the Debussy. The showcase of some of the best and brightest new factual shows featured The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds, Grandpas Over Flowers, Seven Year Switch, You Can’t Ask That and Buying Blind. Mouseler will also be presenting Fresh TV Formats and Fresh TV Kids on Tuesday, and Fresh TV Fiction on Wednesday.
New view of Churchill in Arrow series MIPDOC audiences were treated to the unexpected sight of Winston Churchill losing his swimming shorts during a sneak peek screening of footage from the Smithsonian’s forthcoming Britain In Colour. Produced by Arrow Media, which is behind the America In Colour series, the 3 x 60 mins Britain In Colour will take three internationally appealing themes – Royalty, Empire and Churchill – and present them as audiences have never seen before using
newly colourised footage. “When you see something in black and white it feels old. When it’s colourised, the veil of time is swept away and suddenly it feels new and emotionally engaging,” Arrow executive producer Sam Starbuck said. The oldest footage in the series is of Queen Victoria with her favourite granddaughter in 1899. Churchill loses his shorts after sliding down a waterslide while relaxing in his swimming pool with his family, though it
may not make the ﬁnal cut. “The aim was to show Churchill the man behind the famous British Bulldog persona,” Starbuck added. Smithsonian launched as a freeto-air channel into 20 million homes in the UK in February 2019. “History is one of our most important categories,” said Smithsonian’s executive vice-president and chief programming ofﬁcer, David Royle. Britain In Colour is being distributed for international sales by Off the Fence.
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Sam Starbuck, Arrow Media
Game show guru Apploﬀ on the art of picking a winner JEFF Apploff, president and CEO of Apploff Entertainment, delivered a keynote at MIPFormats on Saturday in which he discussed the creative process that has enabled him to deliver hit shows including Don’t Forget The Lyrics and Beat Shazam. According to Apploff “it all starts with me asking what people are doing every day that I could blow up into a game show. Beat Shazam really started with the fact that people love listening to music and there are 350 million of them using Shazam to work out what they just heard.” Great shows, said Apploff, all have a “secret sauce — a mechanic — that catches the audience’s interest. But to get a show
Jeﬀ Apploﬀ: “there are no short cuts”
Opposites attract MIPFormats jury MIPFORMATS’ International Format Pitch has been won by a concept pitting individuals with vastly different beliefs against one another in an intimate, 48hour confrontation. Change My Mind, the brainchild of Kristy Fuller and Amy Parks of Australia’s 1440 Productions, is a “fresh and challenging format, capable of tackling contemporary ideas in a new way”, the jury ruled. With potential topics ranging from gun laws and veganism to sex education, each week the show follows the emergence of unlikely sympathies between a pair of diametric opposites. The Peoples’ Choice award, meanwhile, went to Turkey’s Nilufer Kuyel of Lucid Dream Entertainment for The Wall, an international city contest to ﬁnd the most compelling street art in the world, judged on levels of public interaction with
the piece via a proprietary app. The annual International Format Pitch is open to all creators and producers from around the world to present their new and original, non-scripted entertainment formats. The other ﬁnalists included a live manhunt from Portugal, with cash prizes for the public for ﬁnding the fugitives; an online-inspired show from Spain to create the next viral YouTuber; a love experiment format, asking if 36 questions can make two strangers fall in love; and an after-death experience show from China, inviting viewers to sing with a hologram of their deceased relative. This year’s cash prize of €5,000 was given by French production house La Fabrique des Formats and French investment bank Natixis. La Fabrique also offered format ﬁnancing to Portuguese youngsters Tia-
go Soares and Vitor Marques for their manhunt/road-trip mashup, The Van.
on air there are no short cuts — you really have to try and poke holes in it. You can’t make believe problems don’t exist, you have to ﬂush them out. Apploff praised Fox’s The Masked Singer as a breakthrough show but said he wouldn’t choose to imitate it. “My advice is look in a different direction — create your own magic, don’t clone, it doesn’t work. The format creator has worked a lot with Fox in the US, but is not exclusively tied to the network. He is pitching several new shows to a range of partners, and has already agreed a deal with NBC network in the US for That’s My Jam, to be hosted by Jimmy Fallon. He is also trying to “crack the code” with digital. His company is poised to launch a platform called Fuego with play-along and live-streaming games, “with a new revenue model including branded partnerships”.
The selection jury included the BBC’s Jo Wallace, MTV International’s Craig Orr, Gena McCarthy of Lifetime Unscripted & A+E Networks, Thierry Ventouras of Radio Television Suisse, and RTBF’s Francois Tron.
Philippe Chazal (left), CEO La Fabrique des Formats; Amy Parks and Kristy Fuller, 1440 Productions; with Antoine Bodet, partner, Nataxis
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Treasure Box lifts the lid on best new Japanese formats THE NINTH edition of Treasure Box Japan unveiled some innovative and surprising new formats from eight Japanese terrestrial broadcasters. “It’s kind of rare,” said TBS Television’s Makito Sugiyama of the annual collaboration between Japanese broadcasters, many of which are also rivals.
TBS Television’s Makito Sugiyama: “Japan’s formats always stand out”
But the broadcasters have again come together to showcase their latest, greatest formats. “Japan’s formats always stand out. They are full of creativity and new ideas,” Sugiyama added. Sugiyama presented TBS’s Bukkomi Fake Busters, a new reality format that sees stewards of Japanese cultures, such as mas-
ter sushi chefs, venture out into the world to investigate phony imitations and teach foreigners how it’s really done. Meanwhile, Francois Grosjean, manager of Fuji Creative Corporation, introduced Endless Pranks, in which Japan’s best pranksters create hidden-camera gags, including the “face-
The Treasure Box Japan presenters
Formats can also be good on paper JUST because a format idea exists only on a piece of paper does not mean it will be of no interest to commissioners, panellists told the MIPFormats audience at Saturday’s session, Paper Formats: More Opportunities Than Ever. “Some countries are more open to paper formats than others,” said Izzet Pinto, CEO of Turkey’s Global Agency. “You need to convince just one key person, who will then convince his or her team — and it’s on air.” Looking at successful paper-format case studies, Pinto cited The Legend, a singing format that took a while to get on to TV but, once it did, proved to be a sensation. “No one wanted it in-
less taxi driver”. Sweet Kiss Bitter Kiss is a bold new format from TV Asahi. Mayumi Nakamura, head of format development and sales, described it as a new twist on the dating-show genre inspired by on-screen romances that have migrated into real-life affairs. Naoko Morioka, TV Tokyo’s senior sales manager of international business department, presented reality format High School 3-C!. During 30-minute episodes stripped over ﬁve nights, viewers follow new recruits into a school class like no other.
itially,” he said. “But after countries including Nigeria and Turkey used it, Lionsgate has closed
a deal for the US.” Pinto said paper-format deals can take between six months to
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two years to make it on air. “You have to be patient,” he said, adding: “It’s also a lottery. You can win big or you can win nothing.” An investment fund at the UK’s BBC Studios ﬁnanced the pilot of Dating Detectives, a paper format by UK independent ZigZag Productions, before it was picked up by Korean entertainment group CJ ENM, said Sumi Connock, BBC Studios’ creative director of formats. Fotini Paraskakis, executive vice-president of entertainment at The Story Lab, said talent format Street Star started out as a two-line idea from India. Meanwhile, Nathalie Wogue, a partner at Ascendo TV, advised producers to take their production bible along to talks with potential commissioners because artistic directors ﬁnd it useful.
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SALLING SAYS ‘FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS’ TOO MANY content-makers are unaware of the IP protections available to them to avoid having their formats ripped off, the joint chair of an international rights specialist has said. Addressing delegates at a special MIPFormats session on Sunday, Jan Salling, co-chairman of the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) said there was a mistaken perception among producers that IP infringement protection is not available universally. “People think that in certain markets it’s impossible to protect IP,” Salling said. “That’s not the case. You can protect IP anywhere in the world. Some markets are more advanced than others but you can still protect IP anywhere.” Salling’s comments came at the start of the Format Ripoffs session staged by FRAPA to raise awareness of the issues involved in copyright and IP infringement. He was joined on stage by fellow FRAPA co-chairman Phil Gurin, and Marc Shuler, IP specialist solicitor and partner in the Paris office of law firm Taylor Wessing. Delegates were invited to visit the FRAPA site for guidance on protection against IP infringement, and practical steps to avoid lengthy, costly legal battles over content. Salling said that despite many preconceptions “you don’t need to spend millions on lawyers” to settle copyright disputes. “At the end of the day it’s about the business,” he added. “It’s not about pride, it’s about the business. The sooner you learn and accept that the better off you will be.” FRAPA’s Jan Salling
China’s top content pioneers share their format know-how THE SECOND edition of Wisdom In China: New Opportunities For Chinese Formats confirmed that Chinese format-makers are producing original ideas that reflect their country’s rich cultural heritage and huge talent pool. This was amply demonstrated by seven of China’s leading content innovators, who showcased some of the original formats to have emerged from China in re-
cent months. First up was Heroes, presented by TV host and producer Sarah Chen of Dragon TV. The format combines factual and drama to re-create the key moments in the lives of extraordinary people — such as the Tibetan wildlife official who was killed fighting a gang of poachers. “The format is really a tribute to the excellence of the human spirit,” Chen said, explaining that, in the
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retelling of the wildlife ranger’s story, the show featured family members, as well as a top actor who closely resembled the murdered man. “The emotional impact was extraordinary,” Chen said, adding that season two of Heroes would feature VR sequences to increase the immersive nature of the show. Chinese talent of a different order was on display in Super Vocal, presented by Shen Xin, creator and executive producer, production centre, at Hunan TV. In the pop-meets-opera format, 36 male singers compete as solo singers, as well as in duos, trios and larger groups. Over a three-month period, the field is reduced to six finalists — but the twist is that no one is eliminated definitively and can redeem themselves at regular intervals. “It’s a deliberate ploy to increase the intensity of the competition,” Shen said.
Diversification’s the name of the game EXPLORING other revenue streams and becoming “commercially smart” is an essential part of the formats industry, delegates heard at a MIPFormats event tackling diversification. “It’s difficult to make a lot of money out of TV shows these days, so you have to think about how else you can generate revenue through merchandising, live events and apps,” said Sarah Edwards, creative director, unscripted formats at Sony Pictures Television. Edwards explained how far the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire game show had travelled, with its proprietary app and live shows on cruise ships. Co-panellist Ben Barker, commercial director of Monterosa, meanwhile, said that Love Island merchandise including washbags and personalised water bottles had proved a huge hit.
“For me the thing is trying to understand the audience,” Barker said. “There are a lot of people who are ready, willing and able to buy merchandise associated with their favourite shows.” Tim Hammond, managing director of Wisebuddah, said podcasts were another avenue worth exploring. The Greatest Dancer
podcast, for example, helped deepen engagement with the show. “There are myriad examples of great radio turning into great TV,” he said. “So, the idea of looking at audio for originating ideas is interesting.” He added: “The world of originating formats in podcasting is now a really exciting space to be.”
Host Mikko Silvennoinen (left), senior commercial director, Viacom International Media Networks Nordics; Monterosa’s Ben Barker; Sony Pictures Television’s Sarah Edwards; and Wisebuddah’s Tim Hammond
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KOREA’S NEW ASIAN FORMAT POWERHOUSE THE UNIQUELY global appeal of Korean formats is making local production houses leaders in Asia, according to Young-jun Kim, CEO of KOCCA, the Korean Pavilion organiser. “KOCCA has been a strong supporter of Korean formats for 20 years, which is really bearing fruit now,” Kim said. “Compared to Chinese and Japanese programmes, they have proved more popular with international audiences.” Korean formats have shown their strength both in scripted and unscripted formats, Kim added, with MBC’s unscripted show King Of The Masked Singer being snapped up by Fox in the US. The Good Doctor, a scripted success, is now in its third season of production. “Traditionally, K-formats were sold largely in southeast Asian countries, including China,” Kim added, “but they’re growing a lot in Europe, where the UK and the Netherlands have become important markets.” As the geographical reach changes, the formats are evolving, Kim said. “Typically, Korean formats were dominated by family themes, but that’s becoming more nuanced. The latest shows tackle communication diﬀerences across generation gaps, and also look thoughtfully at ‘silver generation’ issues,” he added.
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MIPFormats session serves up Korea’s latest must-see shows KOREA’s best format makers came out in force on Sunday during the MIPFormats session, K-Formats: The Next Big Hits From Korea, to present some of the country’s most exciting new titles. Yen Cho, MBC’s global business department/sales manager, introduced King Of The Masked Singer and Mystery Ranking Show 123. The former, a singing competition recently remade for Fox in the US, features panellists guessing the celebrities behind mask-wearing performers. “It has captured global attention,” Cho said as she revealed that a second season has been commissioned in the US, with sales in several Asian and European countries. MBC’s other presentation was for Mystery Ranking Show 123, a variety show with celebrity judges ranking contestants based on who has achieved the most in a given themed task. The two formats offered by
Seungha Heo, global production business department manager at TV network SBS, were singing competition Fan Wars and treasure-hunt reality game show Village Survival, The Eight. Heo said the concept for Fan Wars was developed after SBS “worked with Banijay to analyse
trends in the global music industry, and the key word that came up the most was fan-centric”. Other new formats were unveiled by entertainment group CJ ENM, pay-TV group JTBC, broadcaster EBS, production/distribution venture Koen Media, and interactive-media company KSeek.
MBC’s Yen Cho
KBS showcase ups global ambitions KOREAN broadcaster KBS is in high proﬁle at MIPTV to increase its presence in the international markets and showcase two major new formats. KBS Media president ChongTaek Woo, who is leading a large team from the company, said: “Korean content has been gaining a lot of popularity, especially in Asia, and it is changing and becoming more diverse. Now we want to take the content to the world so we have to come to the international markets. We are really excited to be here.” The broadcaster is highlighting two of its most recent format productions. My Fellow Citizens! tells the story of a conman who runs for congress after a series of fateful
incidents and twists. Woo said the show was set in Korea but was a satire on corrupt, mendacious politicians all over the world. The second format is a reality show, Oops! We Forgot Your Order, which sees elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease working as a team to run a restaurant, with the help of a well-known celebrity chef and a Korean comedian. The show, which made its debut in Korea last year, is intended to dispel myths around the condition. Woo said that the show’s universal appeal means it has strong potential for international adoption. An adapted version of the format is set to debut in China this summer.
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If you create the right conditions formats will grow, Fincham says
Peter Fincham: Expectation Entertainment is “a greenhouse where things can grow”
FOCUSING on the ideas behind great programmes is the secret to format success, keynote speaker Peter Fincham told MIPFormats delegates yesterday. The former BBC One controller and director of ITV has recently returned to indie programme-making as co-CEO of the UK’s Expectation Entertainment, which he set up with former Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks in 2017. Fincham described the move as “the only deliberate thing I have done in television” after “falling into” senior roles at the BBC and ITV following successes at Talkback and Fremantle. “There was a voice in my head that said this wasn’t really me,” Fincham added, describing how he resigned from ITV to create his new production house in a shed at the bottom of the garden. “A production company is an environment, like a greenhouse, where things can grow,” he said.
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CBS Global Distribution Group’s Armando Nunez: honoured today with Variety’s International Achievement in Television Award
ARMANDO Nunez, president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group, is a veteran MIPTV alumni who first attended the event in 1982 and was honoured with the Medaille d’Honneur in 2013. This afternoon he is delivering a keynote to the content-industry faithful, during which he will also be presented with Variety’s International Achievement in Television Award. The award acknowledges Nunez’s contribution to building a dynamic global marketplace for television content over nearly four decades. Since 1999, he has overseen the licensing of CBS-owned programming to domestic and international distribution partners
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“If you create the right environment, formats will emerge in that world.” He added that Expectation launched quite deliberately as a multi-genre house to showcase the ambitions of Fincham and Hincks in the wake of their industry-defining careers. Fincham, who executive produced many of Talkback’s biggest shows, including The Day Today (BBC Two), I’m Alan Partridge (BBC Two) and Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two), said he was pleased with the feedback from his latest formats. “We have 13 series in production at Expectation and potentially more in the works,” he said, noting that The Big Narstie Show won the award for best entertainment performance at the 2019 Royal Television Society Awards, while Superkids and In My Skin are also making waves. The Brigade, a new six-part format for BBC Two that follows a team of kitchen underdogs across Europe, “feels like something different”, Fincham said. He added that being back in programme-making kept him in touch with “how the big tectonic plates of TV production are shifting”.
across all platforms, including cable, broadcast and streaming services. Nunez is also credited with helping to successfully monetise a fast-expanding portfolio of original content produced for, among others, the CBS Television Network, CBS All Access, Showtime and nonCBS platforms, such as Network 10 in Australia, as well as a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. Having previously worked in international sales for Universal, New World Television and Viacom, Nunez is adept at keeping pace with a fast-changing industry. “We’ve produced and licensed content to a number of different broadcast and cable outlets in the US,” he said. As for the arrival of the SVOD giants, he added: “The more the merrier!”
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CELEBRITIES GO DUTCH UNDER GRB/RTL DEAL GRB STUDIOS has sold two celebrity documentary series to RTL Netherlands. Irreconcilable Differences looks at the celebrity couples — Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — who have taken splitting up to a whole new level. In the show, industry insiders reveal the inner workings of Hollywood’s most controversial break-ups. Cashed Out, meanwhile, shows how extreme wealth brings pitfalls, and examines why some celebrities are able to hold on to their millions, while others end up penniless. Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and George Michael are some of the superstars featured in the series. In other news, GRB has sold the 13th season of Untold Stories Of The ER to Discovery for TLC in the US. The latest series is currently in production and scheduled to air in July. Multiple seasons of Untold Stories Of The ER, which has now been broadcast in 126 countries, have also been renewed by Discovery Europe for Italy, and Zoom TV and WP Group for Poland.
Lou Ferrigno in Irreconcilable Differences
Entertainment with a purpose and comedy top NBCU’s slate ANA LANGENBERG, senior vice-president of format sales and production at NBCUniversal (NBCU), is at MIPTV to pitch a broad suite of factual and scripted content. Non-scripted format Dating #No Filter airs daily on the E! network in the US and sees comedians commentate on two blind dates, amplifying the cringeworthy moments in “very addictive” episodes, Langenberg said. “It does very well for E! in the young demographics,” she added. “Dating being a universal theme, we feel this could travel very easily.” Several options for Dating #No Filter are already in negotiation. Factual entertainment show My Kid Would Never Do That is also being presented at MIPTV, following several years on Dateline NBC. The show looks at
NBCUniversal’s Ana Langenberg
the way children make difficult decisions about everything from
guns to drugs, as their parents furtively look on. “We know that the market really wants factual entertainment with a purpose, so we thought it was a great opportunity,” Langenberg said of My Kid Would Never Do That. She added that the format is produced in a “positive and constructive way”. NBCU is also re-introducing Titan Games, for which it is establishing an EU production hub, and Songland, which was co-developed by Eurythmics co-founder and producer Dave Stewart. NBCU’s other MIPTV priorities include sitcom Superstore, a workplace comedy from the producers of The Office. Already in its fourth season on NBC, the format is “easy to translate in any territory”, Langenberg said.
Hedges puts value before volume EONE Entertainment has established itself as a leading production studio with series including The Rookie and Designated Survivor. So when Noel Hedges came on board as executive vice-president of acquisitions two years ago, his priority was to find shows that complemented what eOne was already doing. “My focus has been on getting the right shows and the right deals, not just acquisitions for acquisitions sake,” he said. A big part of that has involved beefing up eOne’s factual credentials. “We produce a lot of factual in-house, but were not really synonymous with the genre, so we’ve increased our involvement in premium history, science and nature,” Hedges said. Examples include Fyre Fraud, which aired on Hulu, and American Style, which debuted on CNN. “We’re not looking at
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high volume,” Hedges added. “We’re focused on high production-value shows that stand out, maybe through access. Another
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example on our slate is Spun Gold’s Inside The Crown.” In scripted, eOne’s in-house strength in mainstream procedural-style dramas means Hedges has focused more on international shows with a limited-series feel to them: “We’re launching Upright, a comedy series from Tim Minchin commissioned by Foxtel and Sky Atlantic. That’s the kind of show that could work well on any platform.” Hedges’ emphasis to date has been on English-language drama. “But we are exploring non-English series and are close to signing on two,” he said. And he sees no evidence that there is a shortage of strong content coming through: “The streamers have changed the rights landscape and become a part of the content ecosystem but, in many ways it’s business as usual.
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‘I wanted to do something with the scale of Downton’ BEECHAM House was Sunday night’s MIPTV World Premiere Screening in association with CANNESERIES. The epic new drama is written and produced by Bend It TV’s Gurinder Chadha. Beecham House is an ambitious drama series for ITV UK from Gurinder Chadha, the writer, director and producer responsible for Bend It Like Beckham, and her company, Bend It TV. Distributed worldwide by FremantleMedia International, the drama is set at the turn of the 19th century in Delhi and
follows the fortunes of John Beecham, a former soldier turned trader, and his family. Written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Shahrukh Husain and Victor Levin, the six-part series was ﬁlmed in India last year. Superﬁcially, it continues a UK tradition that includes ﬁlms and series like Jewel In The Crown, Far Pavilions, A Passage To India and Gandhi. But Chadha said: “Those productions were from a British point of view. Here the opportunity was to tell the story of the British in India from the perspective of a British Asian. So we are giving the audience something they’re familiar with, but a bit different.” Chadha said one interesting dimension to the project is that
“there are no heroes and villains. I try to create complex characters that you come to understand through their actions and their conﬂicts. I feel the best dramas are where you think you know someone is a good person and they turn out to be the opposite.” For Fremantle, a key question is whether the show will sell well — perhaps even on the scale of another ITV show, Downton Abbey. “People love dramas set in India,” Chadha said. “I wanted to do something with the scale of Downton — a handsome show where you care about an ensemble of characters, but at the same time the politics of the time affects them. So in that respect the two come together.”
‘In Japan women’s sexuality is not really free’
women are feeling very lonely.” Kitahara said that Junichi represented a step forward in the debate over gender roles and sexuality in Japan. Speaking to MIPTV News, he said: “This story is about women’s relationship with themselves. In Japan women’s sexuality is not really as free as it is in Europe. In Japan women are more repressed. He added: “Women traditionally don’t talk about their sexuality. But it’s changing now.” Junichi is among a stellar line-up of series to be nominated in the ﬁnals of the CANNESERIES competition, now in its second year. Running alongside MIPTV, the CANNESERIES festival includes screenings and events open to members of the public.
THE STAR and directors of a company Bun-Buku and written groundbreaking new series, and by Mami Sunada. ﬁnalist in the prestigious CAN- Visiting Cannes for the ﬁrst NESERIES competition, were time, Shison said: “The charin Cannes yesterday to attend the world premiere of the show. Lead actor Jun Shison and directors Eiji Kitahara and Nanako Hirose spoke to MIPTV News ahead of the screening of Junichi, a powerful drama challenging conventional attitudes to women’s sexuality in Japan. The series sees Shison, a rising star in Japan, play the main role of Junichi Ito, a mysterious young man who visits downtrodden women trapped in dull, unhappy lives. The six-part series was produced by Japanese Junichi star Jun Shison
acter has a very whimsical relationship with six different women. He suddenly appears and disappears at times when the
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PITCH DOCTOR TO WELCOME NEW MIPTV DELEGATES THIS MORNING sees “Pitch Doctor” Paul Boross deliver his traditional First Timers’ Presentation, designed to help MIPTV newcomers to make the most of their first experience of Cannes. And on Wednesday at 11.00, the award-winning keynote speaker and communications specialist will also be moderating the inaugural MIPTV Student Pitch Challenge, which aims to spot emerging talent and next-generation ideas. The MIP Campus initiative challenged media students from around the world to create a format, the best of which will be pitched on Wednesday to a jury of top entertainment executives. But before the winning students present their concepts, Boross will give them a training session in the physical and psychological skills needed to pitch ideas successfully. “Young people coming into the business need to understand that nerves are normal and most of us are terrified of public speaking,” Boross said. “So I’ll be giving the students the coping mechanisms used by the best in the business. For example, your physiology dictates your psychology — so if you stand up straight, put your shoulders back and smile, it’ll not only make you look and feel more confident, but you’ll also inspire more confidence in your message.” As for the optimal mental mind set, Boross said: “Remember it’s not about you — it’s about them. If you remove the attention from yourself, you remove the reason to be self-conscious.”
Pitch Doctor Paul Boross: “nerves are normal”
Peaky Blinders’ creator Knight on how to create high-end drama DELEGATES at In Development, The Cannes Drama Creative Forum, will be given a rare chance to hear insights from UK showrunner Steven Knight. The in-demand creator of Peaky Blinders and Taboo will share his experiences of making high-end TV series in a Creative Masterclass, to be held in the Drama Creative Room on Monday, April 8 at 16.20. Knight, who hails from the UK, established his credentials as a movie scriptwriter. However, he rapidly rose to the front rank of international showrunners with Peaky Blinders, a stylish post-WWI gangster series that is now gearing up for season five. Along the way, he teamed up with actor Tom Hardy on period drama Taboo, a BBC, FX, Sonar co-pro. A prolific talent, Knight has found time to direct the movie Serenity and is in development
on Netflix’s The Helicopter Heist. The success of his shows in SVOD has made him a key target for the streamers, with an Apple production starring Jason Momoa in the works, called See. The 10-episode is set in a future when humanity has lost the sense of sight.
A passionate supporter of his home city Birmingham, Knight is also directly involved in a project to bring a state-of-the-art studio to the Midlands powerhouse. Due to open in two years, the £100m studio will target domestic and international productions via a six-stage offering.
Picture Perfect lands Sisi novel rights PICTURE PERFECT Federation, the company launched by Patrick Wachsberger’s Picture Perfect Entertainment and Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment, has acquired adaptation rights to multiple New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki’s novels, The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress On Her Own. The two novels portray the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, a well-loved character across Europe, and known as Sisi. In many ways she was the Princess Diana of her era. Picture Perfect will handle worldwide distribution. Michael Shamberg’s MAS Production (Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction) is executive producing the series with author Pataki. The female-driven period piece
has a modern spirit as it is the story of a woman’s journey to accept and embrace her power in order to make her mark and live on her own terms in a male dominated world. The drama spans the period
from 1853 up to and including WWI, and the high production values of the series will offer a glimpse into the world of one of history’s most intriguing periods, as well as Europe’s most powerful royal family.
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ON THE UP DOWN UNDER FOR ACORN MEDIA ACORN Media International (AMI) has sold the rights in Australia for Finding Joy and the second-window rights for Keeping Faith to ABC TV. “Our varied content is helping us to develop successful partnerships with Australian broadcasters,” said Darrien Puddy, AMI’s general manager, Australia. “With lots more quality programming in the pipeline this year and beyond, we expect to be announcing more sales soon.” Keeping Faith, starring Eve Myles, took audiences by storm last year following an AMI deal for premiere rights with BBC First in Australia and UKTV in New Zealand. A second series is in production and will be available later this year. The thriller tells the story of a woman who has it all as a successful lawyer, loving wife, and devoted mother, until, one day, her husband leaves for work and doesn’t return. AMI is also showcasing Queens Of Mystery, a playful spin on the classic murder mystery; Straight Forward, billed as Nordic noir meets blue-sky drama; London Kills, featuring an elite murder squad; dark psychological whodunit Blood; and heartwarming holiday drama Pitching In.
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FilmRise forms global distribution pact with Electric Entertainment FILMRISE and Los Angeles-based Electric Entertainment have formed a distribution partnership, under which Electric Entertainment will handle the international distribution for all FilmRise’s newly acquired films and libraries, as well as the FilmRise new-feature catalogue. “Electric Entertainment’s worldwide distribution channels will enable our immense library of titles to reach a wide array of international audiences,” said Melissa Wohl, head of sales FilmRise. Electric Entertainment head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska said the proliferation of streaming and digital platforms made this “an exciting time” for TV and films. She added: “FilmRise has a tremendous amount of content, which we are eager to offer to our international partners.” The deal comes on the heels of
Electric Entertainment’s Sonia Mehandjiyska (left) with FilmRise’s Melissa Wohl
two feature-film acquisitions by FilmRise — drama Change In The Air, starring Rachel Brosnahan and Aidan Quinn, and documentary Wildland, which aired
on PBS’ Independent Lens. The latter centres on the young men and women who help fight the wildfires plaguing our climate-challenged world.
Naked Beach dares to bare the truth MAGNIFY Media has closed a string of option deals for one of its headline MIPTV formats, Naked Beach, the original 5 x 60 mins version of which was produced by Argonon-owned indie Barefaced TV for the UK’s Channel 4. The series, which turns to science in a quest to make us feel better about our bodies, rolls out this Thursday in a primetime slot. Among the European producers to have optioned the format ahead of the show’s UK launch are Keshet International-owned Tresor TV Produktions for Germany, Vincent TV Producties for the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium, and Pernel Media for France. Andrea Jackson, managing director of Magnify Media, said: “Naked Beach is a make-over
format that doesn’t seek to change the way we look, but rather how we think about ourselves. It’s an example of how bold and intelligent development can produce brilliant entertainment to address one of the biggest social issues of our time — how social media and television is causing a profound
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crisis of confidence about our own bodies.” Jackson added that it was also significant that Naked Beach would air on Channel 4 at 20.00, in a pre-watershed slot. “It’s intended to be something that can be watched by families. We all need to see what normal bodies look like.”
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DORI GUIDES SHEPHERD ONTO GLOBAL MARKET DORI Media Group heads into MIPTV on the back of a distribution pact with Russia’s NTV for primetime crime series Shepherd. Under the deal, Dori has the free-TV, pay-TV and internet-broadcasting rights to the hit Russian procedural, which centres on a once-successful police officer who, after losing his wife and job, teams up with a German shepherd dog to investigate the suspicious death of a relative. Shepherd is the second NTV project to be distributed by Dori — in 2017, the pair teamed up on The Road To Calvary, based on Tolstoy’s classic novel, which is now available on Netflix, has aired in Greece and is set to launch in Thailand. “Shepherd is a solid procedural and a primetime leader,” said Timur Weinstein, general producer of NTV, which is one of Russia’s largest broadcasters and rights-holders. “The Russian audience’s interest in the show has remained steady for three seasons and the number of online views has approached 100 million.” Dori president and CEO Nadav Palti said that Shepherd’s high production values, international relevance and touching storylines had “tremendous potential to deliver excellent ratings across the globe”.
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Historic Games footage on offer from Olympic Channel THE OLYMPIC Channel is at MIPTV to connect with producers interested in developing documentaries and series by leveraging the vast IOC (International Olympic Committee) archives. “There is footage going all the way back to the Berlin Olympic Games in 1939, and in total there are 50,000 hours,” said Olympic Channel general manager Mark Parkman. “The channel’s mission is to bridge the gap between each edition of the Olympic Games using that incredible archive to inspire and entertain viewers. As part of the IOC, we can offer producers working with us access to that material and the incredible stories that happen at the Games, free of charge.” The Olympic Channel is currently funded through partnerships with Alibaba and Bridgestone: “They are our founding partners, and now we’re looking forward
to the next funding round in 2020, when we will be working with all 14 companies who partner with the IOC,” added Parkman. “Since the channel started in 2016 we have been working with Frank Marshall’s Mandalay Sport Media (MSM) on the Five Rings Films series, and currently we are working on two new productions including one that recounts the incredible story of American wrestler Rulon Gardner who beat Olympic Channel’s Mark Parkman Alexander Karelin. will join colleagues Lee Essner Karelin had won his previous 200-plus bouts and by and Jeff Nathenson on stage in beating him, Gardner caused one Auditorium A at 16.00 to talk of the biggest upsets in Olympic about how to transform content history.” Tomorrow Parkman to create value.
Toei’s mighty Power Rangers turn 25
TOEI is at MIPTV with 3,500plus movies, 40,000 TV episodes and a big anniversary — the 25th birthday of its global super-brand Power Rangers. “Power Rangers is our big success story,” said Satoshi Shinohara, Toei’s managing director of international sales and acquisitions. The US series was adapted from Toei’s long-running TV show Super Sentai, which features masked super-heroes. “It was made for Japanese audiences so, when we sold it overseas, we had to address local issues [such as US children’s programming regulations],” he added. However, the first challenge with Power Rangers was “selling Asian characters to American viewers”, Shinohara said. “That isn’t a problem any more, especially with much of Toei’s over-
seas business going to Asian markets, which traditionally buy Japanese product. Our strong point is character programming for children, which is not only vital for remakes but also for ancillary merchandise.” For Shinohara, the secret to localisation is to look closely at Toei’s Satoshi Shinohara: “Power Rangers is our big success story”
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‘They’ve written Jenny as a really complex character’ INSPIRED by the best-selling books by MR Hall, Coroner is a character-driven episodic drama about Dr Jenny Cooper, a recently widowed coroner who investigates suspicious deaths in Toronto. Distributed by Cineﬂix Rights, Coroner lead Serinda Swan is at MIPTV to help promote sales for the eight-part series that has already been picked up internationally by NBCUniversal. With a second series shooting later in 2019, the scripted drama that debuted on CBC is winning plaudits, and more than one million viewers per episode in Canada, where it was the highest-rated CBC drama in more than four years. It was also Universal TV’s highest-ever rated series in the UK. “You get to see the growth of several characters over its eight-episode arc, which I love,” Swan told MIPTV News about Coroner’s approach, adding that it combines a strong episodic crime procedural element. “But you also have the procedural drama and you get the cases, so it’s a nice little blend of the two,” she said. “Coroner has struck a chord with viewers in Canada and the UK, which is a testament to the series’ outstanding cast and creative team, and the authenticity of its themes and characters,” Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC, said. Swan said that she knew she wanted to join the production “as soon as the script came in”. “This is amazing content as an actor,” she said of the Jenny Cooper character, who taps into her intuition, intellect and heart to solve cases with the help of homicide detective Donovan McAvoy. “I knew that if we were able to tap into the humanity of this character that people would really resonate with it.” Having aired in the UK and Australia, US rights for Coroner are now being negotiated for a series with long-term potential. “They’ve written Jenny as a really complex character, so there’s a long way to go for her,” Swan said. Coroner’s Serinda Swan
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The Devil hides behind the cross THE NAME OF THE ROSE limited series
OCS is exclusive to mainland France and French overseas territories. OCS is currently available on Orange, CANAL, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Freebox, Playstation, Fransat, Molotov, Monaco Telecom, Vialis, VideoFutur, Wibox, and on ocs.fr - Terms and conditions may vary depending on your supplier. Check our website at www.ocs.fr for further information. THE NAME OF THE ROSE Â© 2019 TMG
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Cathy Verney and Romain Duris
Rock and a hard place: Vernon Subutex makes Cannes debut BASED on an acclaimed series of books by French novelist Virginie Despentes, Vernon Subutex is a Canal+ original series that centres on a Parisian record-store owner who has fallen on hard times. Screened out of competition at the start of CANNESERIES 2019, it stars Romain Duris (All The Money In The World) in the title role, and the nine-part adaptation is directed and co-written by Cathy Verney. Speaking to the MIPTV Daily News, Verney said she was attracted by “the chance to tell the story of a forgotten generation, people in their 40s who are at a stage of their lives where things
haven’t worked out as expected. The heirs of the 1960s, they have experienced economic difficulties and family problems.” At the heart of the story, is Vernon, now homeless after the wealthy friend who paid his rent dies suddenly. “He is no longer able to fulfil his passion because of the end of the vinyl industry,” said Verney. “He doesn’t have a role anymore.” Duris said the troubled store owner “is exactly the kind of character you want to play as an actor. He has such a rich past and despite his problems hasn’t really changed internally. The music is amazing as well — it really adds another level of in-
terest and feeds you as an actor.” Duris is best known to international audiences as Cinquanta in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World. But he is just as happy taking on TV roles: “I am not influenced by form. I’m more focused on story and characters. When you have a strong character like Vernon, you can enter into a special relationship with viewers.” On co-writing the series with Benjamin Dupas, Verney said: “The hardest thing about the adaptation was that the novel has so many different points of view, which is the hallmark of the way Virginie Despentes writes. It was also a challenge to create dia-
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logue when so much of the novel is internal monologue.” While the books have been a phenomenon in France, does she think a story about mid-life crisis can appeal to a younger audience on TV? “I think so; this is a universal story about how to age and not betray your ideals. Vernon’s rise and fall could happen to anyone, it’s not specific to any generation.” The show is distributed by Studiocanal. For international viewers, Verney said another compelling dimension of the show will be its insider view of the French capital. “This show doesn’t just take a touristic journey through Paris.”
SCORPION TV SIGNS REP DEAL WITH IPC IN THE run-up to MIPTV, UKbased distributor Scorpion TV closed a representation agreement with indie producer The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), led by CEO Eli Holzman. Under the deal, Scorpion TV is launching two 10-part series at MIPTV — Fortune Fights and Notorious — both of which premiered this month on US cable net Reelz. Fortune Fights examines the careers, personal lives and legal battles of famous stars, including Johnny Depp, Britney Spears and Madonna. In the series, husband-andwife attorneys Danielle and Andy Mayoras shed light on celebrity ‘fortune fights’ from a legal perspective, examining issues such as pre-nuptial agreements. Notorious, meanwhile, chronicles the lives of infamous US criminals, including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and cocaine godmother Griselda Blanco. David Cornwall, founder and CEO of Scorpion TV, said: “We set ourselves apart from the pack by hunting down quality. Anything from the IPC stable is smart, extremely well made, compelling television.” Scorpion TV works with a global network of more than 50 independent film and television producers. Its broadcast clients include the BBC, Channel 4, NBC, CBC, Discovery, ZDF and Sweden’s TV4.
Fortune Fights (Scorpion TV)
Blue Ant’s slate proves natural choice for French broadcasters
Into The Wild India (Blue Ant International)
BLUE Ant International has sold 435 hours of nature, wildlife and documentary content to five French broadcasters in a string of pre-MIPTV deals. The sales point to “the diversity, vol-
ume and quality” of the Canadian distributor’s 3,500-plus hour slate, said Solange Attwood, Blue Ant International’s executive vice-president. France — MIPTV’s 2019 Country of Honour — is “a prestigious and lucrative market”, Attwood added. Mediawan Thematics has taken a 400-hour package of 4K natural-history titles, including Into The Wild India, Colombia’s Wild Coast, Zambia Untamed, Ocean Parks and Wildest New Zealand. TF1 Group’s Ushuaia TV has picked up Animal Empires and Extreme Africa, along with four of Blink Films’ Secret Life… strand, examining the private lives of the wombat, kangaroo, koala and Tasmanian devil. The Monkey Diaries, Life’s Journey, Wild Survivors and Valley
Of Flood And Fire are headed for France TV, while French/ Germany broadcaster ARTE has picked up Rooted and Blue Ant original production Alaskan Summer. Finally, RMC Decouverte has licensed The First World War: The People’s Story, commissioned by the BBC.
Blue Ant International’s Solange Attwood: “diversity, volume and quality”
TCB Originals land at Viasat World TCB MEDIA Rights starts MIPTV 2019 with a deal totalling 32 hours of premium content. Under the agreement with Viasat World, four of TCB’s best-selling titles — Plane Reclaimers, Wild Tube, Mythical Beasts and Private Lives — will air on the European pay-TV operator’s services across Central and Eastern Europe, CIS and the Nordic territories. Plane Reclaimers, a TCB Original produced by Monster Films, looks at where airplanes go to finally die. Exclusive access to one of the world’s busiest aircraft end-of-life yards shows how these giant machines are dismantled and 95% of their parts recycled. Also fully funded by TCB is Wild Tube, produced by Spark TV. The blue-chip series combines documentary techniques with spectacular UGC content to bring alive the real
world of animals. TCB sales manager, Holly Cowdery, said: “Viasat World is one of the key members of our ‘coalition of the willing’, so a deal with one of the most influential TV operators in Europe for 32 hours of programming is a great start to MIPTV. Viasat
Plane Reclaimers (TCB Media Rights)
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World’s choice of TCB Originals Plane Reclaimers and Wild Tube is particularly satisfying. It’s the clearest possible proof that our ‘mini-commissioner’ strategy is working and generating fresh, original content that broadcasters want to buy and viewers want to watch.”
TIME FLYING FISH (TFF)
BEIJING-based TFF has signed a recent distribution deal for China with Luxembourg’s Zeilt Productions for the newly completed slapstick animated comedy Quirkistador (Barababor). The 52 x 2 mins animation is about a team of explorers navigating the oceans in search of fame and fortune.
THE UK’s Orange Smarty is highlighting Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome (3 x 45 mins) at MIPTV, a CTVC production for BBC2. In the series eight celebrities walk the 1,000 km ancient Via Francigena pilgrimage, starting in the Swiss Alps and ending in St Peter’s Square, Rome. The famous faces include TV personality Les Dennis; comedian Katy Brand; Olympic athlete Greg Rutherford; actress Lesley Joseph; Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole; comedian Stephen K Amos; TV presenter Mehreen Baig; and Eurovision Song Contest winner and former politician, Dana.
Quirkistador (Barababor) (TFF)
DARO FILM DISTRIBUTION DARO Film Distribution is showcasing the newest instalment in the Against The Wild family franchise. Against The Wild: The Journey Home, set in Northern Canada, tells the story of a blind father on his way home, who becomes stranded in the wilderness with a dog named Chinook, which is a returning character from previous instalments. His two young children search for their father, battling the elements, wild animals and other dangers. The film has recently entered production and delivery is expected in 2020. Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome (Orange Smarty)
EPIC MEDIA PROFESSOR (8 x 55 mins) is brought to Cannes by Russia’s Epic Media. In 1912 St Petersburg, when the metropolitan police can’t cope with another terrible murder, they call on Arkady Voskresensky, a professor of medicine. Other programmes from the catalogue include: Irresistible (8 x 51 mins), about a friendship between Irina and Julia, who work in a criminal investigation department; Ghost (4 x 52 mins), about a man who has lost his memory. His only clue is his tattoo with the co-ordinates of a hidden stash of weapons, money and fake passports; and Conclusion (8 x 52 mins), about a surgeon who becomes embroiled in a medical fraud.
WILD STORIES DISTRIBUTION
Professor (Epic Media)
Toad People (Wild Stories Distribution)
MADRID -based factual specialist Wild Stories brings a slate of documentaries to Cannes, including: Toad People (1 x 52 mins), about how in early summer a rural road in Ryder Lake, BC starts moving as juvenile western toads begin their migration; Learning To Be Wild (1 x 52 mins), about the Sarus Crane, the tallest flying bird in the world; Murder On The Reef (1 x 52 mins/26 mins), about the perils of the Great Barrier Reef; Barbacana (1 x 52 mins), about the Iberian wolf; Rhino Cup (1 x 52 mins), about rhino poaching in Mozambique; and Super Predators (10 x 52 mins), a 4K series looking at amazing predators around the world.
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MONDAY 8 APRIL
MIP GAMECHANGERS KEYNOTES
11.00-11.20 DELPHINE ERNOTTE CUNCI, FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS 11.20-11.40 RÉGINE HATCHONDO, ARTE FRANCE 11.40-12.00 GILLES PÉLISSON, TF1 GROUP 12.00-12.20 MAXIME SAADA, CANAL + GROUP AND DAILYMOTION
16.20-16.50 STÉPHANE COURBIT, MARCO BASSETTI, FRANÇOIS DE BRUGADA, BANIJAY GROUP 17.00-17.30 VARIETY’S INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN TV AWARD AT MIPTV: ARMANDO NUÑEZ, CBS GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION GROUP, CBS CORP.
DRAMA CREATIVE ROOM
14.45-15.30 DEEP DIVE INTO ‘THE SWARM’
DATA DOWNLOAD DRAMA - KIDS NON-SCRIPTED
9.15-10.00 ONE TV YEAR IN THE WORLD: CRACKING AUDIENCE TRENDS In partnership with Eurodata TV Worldwide 10.15-10.45 SCHEDULE WATCH 2019/20 CONTENT OPPORTUNITIES REPORT In partnership with C21Media
IN DEVELOPMENT THE CANNES DRAMA CREATIVE FORUM
Discover. Connect. Greenlight.
DRAMA MATCHING ROOM
10.00-11.00 IT’S A MATCH WITH BUYERS AND COMMISSIONERS By pre-selection 11.30-13.00 WRITERS WORKSHOP: POWERFUL STORIES, RESONANT THEMES & GLOBAL NARRATIVES By pre-selection
DRAMA MEETING ROOM
10.00-11.00 BELIEVE IN YOUR IDEA PITCH TRAINING BY SEAN By pre-registration
12.30-14.30 MIPTV INTERNATIONAL DRAMA LUNCH Supported by United Talent Agency By invitation
Discover. Connect. Greenlight.
KIDS CREATIVE ROOM
10.00-10.30 GET YOUR ANIMATION SHOW PRODUCED 10.45-11.15 10 TIPS TO GREENLIGHTING YOUR LIVE-ACTION SERIES
15.45-16.15 THE PRE-SCHOOLERS, THE SCREEN AND THEIR NEEDS In partnership with Dubit
14.00-15.00 ESPORTS BAR MEET & GREET
THE MAKING OF A HIGHLYANTICIPATED DRAMA SERIES
15.45-16.30 GLOBAL HOTSPOT: PRODUCERS TO WATCH FROM AFRICA
12.00-12.30 PURPOSE-DRIVEN SOCIAL BUILDS FOR PERSONAL AND NETWORK/MEDIA BRANDS
DRAMA MATCHING ROOM
14.30-15.30 IT'S A MATCH WITH FRENCH SCREENWRITERS In partnership with La Guilde des Scénaristes Priority given to pre-registered participants DRAMA MEETING ROOM
14.00-15.00 / 15.15-16.15 BELIEVE IN YOUR IDEA PITCH TRAINING BY SEAN By pre-registration
4K AND 8K ULTRA HD
DRAMA CREATIVE ROOM
15.40-16.10 CREATIVE MASTERCLASS: TAKING NON-ENGLISH DRAMA TO NEW DIMENSIONS 16.20-16.50 CREATIVE MASTERCLASS WITH STEVEN KNIGHT, WRITER & EP (PEAKY BLINDERS) 17.00-18.00 OH MY PITCH: DRAMA WRITERS’ PITCH
9.30-10.00 4K COMES OF AGE 10.00-10.30 AROUND THE 4K WORLD IN 30 MINUTES 11.15-12.15 4K TRACKS THROUGH CHINA, WITH LOVE FROM FRANCE 12.15-13.00 STAR-STUDDED ANIMATION FROM FINLAND/UK IN 4K
9.30-10.45 ‘HUDSON & REX’ Presented by Beta Film
18.00-19.00 KICK-OFF DRINKS
KIDS MATCHING ROOM
From 17.30 HAPPY HOUR WITH MIP MARKETS KIDS BUYERS ADVISORY BOARD
15.30-16.15 HOW TO REALIZE WIN-WIN CO-PRODUCTION WITH CHINA Presented by CARFT, Shanghai Media Group, iFormats
SONY 4K ULTRA HD THEATRE
14.00-15.00 4K/HDR ACTION PACKED DRAMA AND FACTUAL 15.15-16.30 4K/HDR EXPLORATIONS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
CHILL OUT CAFÉ
14.15-14.45 30 MINUTES WITH CECILIA PERSSON, TURNER 15.00-15.30 30 MINUTES WITH KAREN MILLER, UNIVERSAL KIDS 16.30-17.30 PRE-SCHOOL ANIMATION PITCH Supported by Hub City of Asian Culture Gwangju
SONY 4K ULTRA HD THEATRE
14.15-15.30 ‘INVISIBLE HEROES’ Presented by YLE and Eccho Rights 15.45-17.00 ‘WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS’ (EL DIA DE MAÑANA) Presented by MOVISTAR 17.15-18.30 ‘VICTOR LESSARD’ Presented by ZDF Enterprises
KIDS CREATIVE ROOM
IN DEVELOPMENT KIDS
KIDS CREATIVE ROOM
MEET-UP AREA ESTEREL
9.15-9.45 THE GAME OF PITCH: TIPS TO LEVELING UP 11.10-11.40 MASTERCLASS: FINANCING BLUE-CHIP CONTENT 11.50-12.20 INVESTORS: MONEY & CREATIVITY
16.15-16.45 HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MIP
INTERCONTINENTAL CARLTON HOTEL
KIDS CREATIVE ROOM
8.30-9.45 FIRST TIMERS' PRESENTATION & WELCOME BREAKFAST
18.30-20.00 MIPTV 2019 ‘MÉDAILLES D’HONNEUR’ By invitation 21.00-00.00 FRENCH TOUCH OPENING PARTY With France Country of Honour Banijay
Full programme available at www.miptv.com
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OFFICIAL CONFERENCE & SCREENINGS HIGHLIGHTS MIP GAME CHANGERS During Keynotes on MIPTV’s main stage, visionary leaders and creative masterminds reveal how they push boundaries to create compelling content and reach global audiences.
DEEP DIVE INTO ‘THE SWARM’
11.00-11.20, Debussy Theatre
16.20-16.50, Debussy Theatre
11.20-11.40, Debussy Theatre
16.20-16.50, Drama Creative Room
FRANK DOELGER Creative Director Intaglio EP (Game of Thrones)
STEVEN KNIGHT Creator & EP/Writer (Peaky Blinders)
OH MY PITCH: DRAMA WRITERS’ PITCH 17.00-18.00, Drama Creative Room
BLACK TIMES Written by Sabrina Amerell & Alexandre Manneville (France, Germany) DELPHINE ERNOTTE CUNCI CEO France Télévisions 11.40-12.00, Debussy Theatre
STÉPHANE COURBIT Chairman Banijay Group
REGINE HATCHONDO Director-General ARTE France 12.00-12.20, Debussy Theatre
HELLO DOLLY Written by Johnny Maginn (UK)
KINKS Written by Rachel Feldman (USA) THE TRIBE Written by Agata Koschmieder (Poland)
PRE-SCHOOL ANIMATION PITCH © Philippe Mazzoni, Canal+
16.30-17.30, Kids Creative Room
GILLES PELISSON Chairman & CEO TF1 Group
MARCO BASSETTI CEO Banijay Group
MAXIME SAADA Chairman and CEO CANAL + Group and Dailymotion
17.00-17.30, Debussy Theatre
THE COOP TROOP Produced by: Sixteen South (Ireland)
SHASHA Produced by: Pingo Entertainment (Republic of Korea) Presented by Hub City of Asian Culture Gwangju
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT Produced by: ERROL FILMS (Spain)
30 MINUTES WITH… 14.15-14.45, Kids Creative Room
ARMANDO NUÑEZ President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group, Chief Content Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation
18.30-20.00, Intercontinental Carlton Hotel By invitation ILENE CHAIKEN Writer/Executive Producer
Credits include: The L Word, Empire, and The Handmaid’s Tale
JANE MILLICHIP Managing Director Sky Vision
15.00-15.30, Kids Creative Room KAREN MILLER Senior Vice President of Content Universal Kids
CECILIA PERSSON VP, Programming & Content Strategy, Turner EMEA Kids, Acquisitions and Co-Production Int’l, Turner
FRANÇOIS DE BRUGADA CEO Banijay France
MIPTV 2019 ‘MEDAILLES D’HONNEUR’
STÉPHANE COURBIT Chairman Banijay Group
TIME OUT TESS Presented by: Buffalo Gal Pictures (Canada)
THE WEE LITTLES Produced by: Magpie 6 Media Entertainment (Ireland)
VARIETY’S INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN TV AWARD AT MIPTV:
MO ABUDU CEO EbonyLife Media
BOOMONS Produced by: ÁNIMA KITCHENT MEDIA (Spain)
HUDSON & REX
MIPTV INTERNATIONAL DRAMA LUNCH By invitation
PRESENTED BY BETA FILM 9.30-10.45, Auditorium K
PRESENTED BY YLE AND ECCHO RIGHTS 14.15-15.30, Auditorium K
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS (EL DIA DE MAÑANA) PRESENTED BY MOVISTAR 15.45-17.00, Auditorium K
12.30-14.30, Majestic Hotel Supported by By invitation
MICHAEL HIRST Founder, Green Pavillon Creator, Writer and EP (Vikings and The Tudors)
FRENCH TOUCH OPENING PARTY 21.00-00.00, Intercontinental Carlton Hotel
PRESENTED BY ZDF ENTERPRISES 17.15-18.30, Auditorium K
COMING NEXT TUESDAY 9 APRIL MORNING
14-15-14.30, Esterel FRANCE: MARKET OVERVIEW 14.30-15.10, Esterel FRENCH KIDS ON THE BLOCK 15.10-15.30, Esterel FRENCH ANIMATION: TALENT TO WATCH 15.45-16.25, Esterel DRAMATIC SAVOIR-FAIRE: LIBERTY, CREATIVITY & GLOBAL AMBITION 16.25-16.45, Esterel FRENCH DRAMA: TALENT TO WATCH 17.30-18.00, Kids Creative Room FROM ‘OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES’ TO ‘MOKA’: A MASTERCLASS IN SLAPSTICK COMEDY
10.40-11.10 ANDERS JENSEN, NORDIC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
FOLLOWED BY A CONVERSATION WITH ROLA BAUER, STUDIOCANAL TV
MIP GAMECHANGERS KEYNOTES
11.20-11.50 PASCAL BRETON,
FEDERATION ENTERTAINMENT AND PATRICK WACHSBERGER, PICTURE PERFECT ENTERTAINMENT 12.00-12.30 DAVID LYNN, VIACOM INTERNATIONAL
17.00-17.30 ILENE CHAIKEN, WRITER/ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
CREDITS INCLUDE THE L WORD, EMPIRE, AND THE HANDMAID’S TALE
FOLLOWED BY A CONVERSATION WITH REBECCA GLASHOW AND SHELLEY ZIMMERMAN, AWESOMENESS AND PEYTON LIST, ACTRESS
GRAND AUDITORIUM LOUIS LUMIERE
CHILL OUT CAFÉ
CHILL OUT CAFÉ
8.00-9.30 READY, STEADY, GO Morning fuel-up Breakfast served
14.00-14.30 TALENT SPOTTED: WRITERS MEETUP
9.00-10.00 Doors open at 8.30 FRESH TV FORMATS In partnership with The WIT
DRAMA - KIDS NON-SCRIPTED
KIDS CREATIVE ROOM
DRAMA MATCHING ROOM
IN DEVELOPMENT THE CANNES DRAMA CREATIVE FORUM
Discover. Connect. Greenlight.
8.30-9.30 IN THE HOT SEAT: ROUND-TABLE NETWORKING BREAKFAST By pre-selection DRAMA MEETING ROOM
9.30-10.30 BELIEVE IN YOUR IDEA PITCH TRAINING BY SEAN By pre-registration DRAMA CREATIVE ROOM
9.40-10.40 OH MY PITCH: DRAMA PRODUCERS’ PITCH 11.00-11.30 CREATIVE MASTERCLASS: COMEDY IN DEMAND 11.45-12.15 CANNESERIES INSTITUTE: THE CLASS OF 2019
DRAMA CREATIVE ROOM
14.45-15.15 30 MINUTES WITH LEE MASON, CHANNEL 4 15.30-16.00 30 MINUTES WITH SOUMYA SRIRAMAN, BRITBOX 16.15-16.45 DRAMA SHORT FORM (R)EVOLUTION 17.00-18.00 OH MY PITCH: DRAMA SHORT FORM SERIES PITCH
15.00-16.30 WRITERS WORKSHOP: POWERFUL STORIES, RESONANT THEMES & GLOBAL NARRATIVES By pre-selection
12.00-12.30 FRESH TV KIDS In partnership with The WIT AUDITORIUM A
10.30-11.10 CCTV PROGRAMS SHOWCASE Sponsored by China Media Group 11.30-12.10 CHINA TV SERIES SHOWCASE Sponsored by China Pavilion 12.20-13.00 EXCELLENT CHINA DOCUMENTARIES SHOWCASE Sponsored by China Pavilion Followed by a Snack Lunch in Verrière Californie
4K AND 8K ULTRA HD
9.30-10.45 INDIA: SPICING UP 4K 11.15-12.30 JAPAN: NHK‘S PROOF OF 4K/HDR
Discover. Connect. Greenlight.
KIDS CREATIVE ROOM
10.45-11.30 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® KIDS AWARDS NOMINEE SHOWCASE Followed by Networking with the Nominees 11.30-12.30, Meet-Up Area
16.00-16.30 FROM TV TO OTT – HOW TO TRANSFORM CONTENT TO CREATE VALUE Presented by Olympic Channel
SONY 4K ULTRA HD THEATRE
14.00-17.45 8K: THE MAIN EVENT. 8K MAKES ITS DEBUT AT CANNES AUDITORIUM K
CHILL OUT CAFÉ
18.00-19.00 CATCH UP DRINKS
KIDS MATCHING ROOM
IN DEVELOPMENT KIDS
SONY 4K ULTRA HD THEATRE
DRAMA MATCHING ROOM
11.45-12.30 GLOBAL HOTSPOT: PRODUCERS TO WATCH FROM INDIA
8.30-10.30 KIDS CO-PRODUCTION BREAKFAST By pre-selection
KIDS CREATIVE ROOM
15.40-16.10 PLAYMOBIL CASE STUDY: INTERNATIONAL GROWTH STRATEGY FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INTERACTIVE CONTENT 16.25-17.25 KIDS LIVE-ACTION PITCH
MIPTV WORLD PREMIERE TV SCREENINGS
In association with CANNESERIES
9.00-10.15 ‘INSTINTO’ Presented by STUDIOCANAL
15.45-17.00 ‘WILD DISTRICT’ Presented by ZDF Enterprises 17.15-18.30 ‘DEPARTURE’ Presented by Red Arrow Studios International GRAND AUDITORIUM LOUIS LUMIERE
From 19.00 ‘THE FEED’ Presented by all3media International INTERCONTINENTAL CARLTON HOTEL
19.30-22.00 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® KIDS AWARDS
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Top Billing for 4K/HDR. 8K Making its Debut at Cannes April 8 -11 2019 AUDI I: The SONY UHD THEATRE (level 4) Moderator: Chris Forrester, Journalist & Consultant
MONDAY 8TH APRIL 09.30 4K COMES OF AGE 10.00 Michel Chabrol, Director Marketing Innovation, Eutelsat, France; Yoshiaki (Joe) Nakata, Snr Producer, Corporate Technology Strategy, Technology Alliance Division, Sony Corp. Japan
AROUND THE 4K WORLD in 30 MINUTES
4K TRACKS THROUGH CHINA, with love from FRANCE
I H S will update delegates on the latest data on the popularity of 4K, and buying trends in terms of display equipment from around the world. Paul Gray, Research & Analysis Director, I H S Market, UK
Julia Schulte, SVP, International Sales, France TV Distribution, France
STAR-STUDDED ANIMATION from FINLAND/UK in 4K
Moominvalley is a Finnish-British co-production and produced by Gutsy Animations in association with Yle and Sky. Season one premieres in spring 2019 on Yle in Finland and Sky One and Sky Kids in the UK. A Sky/YLE co-production (produced by Gutsy Media) Marika Makaroff, Creative Director, Gutsy Animations; Jarmo Lampela, Commissioner, YLE
4K/HDR ACTION PACKED DRAMA AND FACTUAL
ZDFE will screen The Greatest Race (produced by Lion TV in cooperation with Smithsonian Networks, C4, Arte, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises) - China’s Secret Lands (produced by NHNZ and China Intercontinental Communications Centre for National Geographic, with ZDF Enterprises) - The Crimson Rivers (Storia Television, in co-production with Maza Pictures for France Télévisions and ZDF in cooperation with ZDF Enterprises) - Beyond Appearances which is a brand-new 6-part mystery mini-series (from KAM&KA, with participation from Fr3/France Televisions, and the CNC) Bill Locke, Director of Specialist Factual, Lion TV, UK ; Kyle Murdoch, MD NHNZ, NHNZ Productions, Zealand Samuel Kaminka, President & Producer, Kam&Ka, France Sarah Eichenlaub, Director, ZDFE drama & Nikolas Huelbusch, Director ZDFE unscripted NASA TV UHD will present HDR clips and details from the world’s first 24/7 UHD HDR video streaming service and the challenges encountered and the real-world demand for high quality 4K HDR content Joel Marsden, Exec. Producer, NASA TV UHD/Harmonic Video Network NASA TV/Harmonic Inc.
4K/HDR EXPLORATIONS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Delegates will view amazing footage from ARTE Germany, including ‘Equus’, which is an impressive journey into the history of mankind and the natural history of the horse - ‘The Art of Museums’ which blurs the boundaries between entertainment and high culture. The Explorers are just back from French Polynesia with fabulous footage, while K2 Studios will screen ‘Out of Bounds’ featuring extreme sports athletes and Olympic Snowborder Torah Bright. Wolfgang Bergmann, CEO, ARTE-Germany; Olivier Chiabodo, Producer, The Explorers, France; Mark Kresser, President, K2 Communications, US; Peter Chang, Director, Golden Gate 3D, US
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PROGRAMMES on the MIPTV slate from Cineflix Rights include: Coroner (8 x 60 mins), starring Serinda Swan as Dr Jenny Cooper, a recently widowed coroner who investigates suspicious, unnatural or sudden deaths in Toronto; the second season of Pure (6 x 60 mins), about Mennonite Anna, abandoned by her husband and excommunicated by the church, she and her children try to make a living; Inside The Operating Theatre (20 x 60 mins), profiling busy operating theatres at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Norfolk, UK; Legends Of The Deep (4 x 60 mins) with Celine and Fabien Cousteau; Deadly Disasters (10 x 60 mins); JFK Jr. & Carolyn Bessette: A Camelot Wedding (1 x 120 mins); and Secrets Of The Nazi U-Boat Bases (1 x 60 mins).
MGM RETURNS to MIPTV with two new drama series. Our Lady LTD follows James (Jimmi Simpson), a young grifter, as he tries to trick Pastor Byron Brown (Sir Ben Kingsley), who turns out to be dangerous — the pastor and his wife Lillian (Jacki Weaver) having cheated hundreds of innocent people out of their life savings. Four Weddings And A Funeral is a mini-series telling the story of four American friends who reunite for a fabulous London wedding. After a bombshell at the altar throws their lives into turmoil, they weather a Our Lady LTD (MGM Television) tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak. The series stars Zoe Boyle, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sophia La Porta , Nikesh Patel, John Reynolds, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Brandon Mychal Smith.
DYNAMIC TELEVISION DELIVER Us (8 x 60 mins) is a drama-thriller that follows five people in a small Danish town who join forces to plan the perfect murder of the local town psycho, only to realise that once you start playing God the consequences can be serious. Currently in production in Denmark, the series will premiere in primetime on DR later this year. Dynamic Television handles worldwide distribution.
Coroner (Cineflix Rights)
FEDERATION ENTERTAINMENT TWO PRIORITY titles for France’s Federation Entertainment are: Amsterdam Vice (8 x 60 mins), a prequel to the stories written by A C Baantjer, who wrote the police inspector DeKok novels, the most successful Dutch book franchise of all time. Set in the 1980s, Amsterdam Vice features a police detective duo investigating a murder case that leads to plans for an attack on the coronation day of Princess Beatrix; and mini-series Torn, co-produced by Elephant and AT-Productions, with the participation of France Televisions, about Victoire, a school teacher who with her husband and family moves to a small village in south-eastern France and unexpectedly comes across her first love from many years ago. When they decide to leave their respective spouses, her old flame’s wife suddenly disappears.
Amsterdam Vice (Federation Entertainment)
Deliver Us (Dynamic Television)
FILMRISE MIPTV priorities from FilmRise’s 15,000-title catalogue include Sprinter, about a Jamaican athlete who hopes to get to the US to be with his mother, who has supported the family while living as an illegal immigrant. However he is weighed down by turmoil at home. Other films include: Change Is In The Air, about a charming woman who moves into a neighbourhood and begins to upset the people living there; Tell It To The Bees, about a doctor who returns to her home town and strikes up a new friendship; and documentaries Wildland, about fire-fighters; and Bachman, about iconic Canadian musician Randy Bachman.
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DCD RIGHTS UK-BASED distributor DCD Rights is showcasing My Life Is Murder, a new 10-part investigative drama series at MIPTV, following the complex investigator Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless), who can’t help fighting the good fight — whether it’s solving murders or combating the small frustrations of everyday life in Melbourne. She is assisted by ambitious 20-something Madison (Ebony Vagulans) and Detective Hussy (Bernard Curry), who enlists Alexa on his trickiest cases on the understanding that he gets to keep an eye on what she’s doing. My Life Is Murder (DCD Rights)
AMONG the music titles from Paris-based GAD Distribution are: operas The Italian Girl In Algiers By Gioachino Rossini (1 x 144 mins/HD), Rimski-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride (1 x 150 mis/HD) and Faust By Charles Gounod (1 x 180 mins); and concert performance Sir Simon Rattle Conducts Philip Cobb And Gavor Tarkovi (1 x 87 mins/4K). Factual titles include: Moo! The Epic Horns (4 x 52 mins/4K), looking at the relationship between humans and bovines; Back To The Moon (1 x 54 mins), about the Apollo 11 mission; Louis Bleriot, The Impossible Crossing (1 x 52/90 mins/HD/4K), a recreation of the first flight over the English Channel; The Dark Side Of Green Energies (1 x 52/90 mins); and Tobacco, The Forgotten Drug (1 x 52 mins/HD).
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CANAMEDIA brings a touch of style to MIPTV with The Global Barber (10 x 30 mins/4K/HD). The Global Barber is a lifestyle/ travel series which looks at current trends in men’s grooming and fashion around the world. Host and master barber Cedric Small visits barbershops, performing cuts and shaves as a guest while chatting with other people from his trade.
The Italian Girl In Algiers By Gioachino Rossini (GAD Distribution)
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SUCCESS STORIES FROM CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA STAND Creative Europe MEDIA aims to strengthen competitiveness and diversity of the European audiovisual industry with the following support measures: training of professionals; development of film and video game production projects and companies; distribution of cinematographic works; support for cinematographic festivals, professional meetings and markets; audience development projects. It also includes measures to support cooperation between European and international audiovisual professionals.
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“The Creative Europe Media Umbrella Stand is essential for us and the productions we represent. It has been the launch pad for series like Maraton Man, an original production of Movistar in Spain, which has reached territories such as South Korea, Germany, France, Colombia or Canada. We have already distributed 4 seasons of this format and soon we’ll have the fifth season, brought to us again by Raúl Gómez, a presenter who never gets tired of running and meeting new friends around the world. ARTE, France Télévisions, RAI, TVE, CCTV or HRT are among the main buyers of our wildlife catalogue, which includes productions such as “Dehesa”, “Iceland, The Newborn Island” or “A Genet’s Tale”, viewed on many other channels of Europe and Asia. In recent years, our clients from VOD platforms have increased and some of our documentaries and series have reached platforms such as Curiosity Stream, Amazon, Xplore or Pluto TV. The stand is also an important meeting point with independent producers we represent and new producers with whom we hope to collaborate in the future”.
“I remember the first MIPTV that Balanga attended being an amazing experience! We were very lucky because we had barely launched the company 6 months prior and our first film was selected for the World Premiere Screening. It was “A Tale of Two Thieves,” a feature documentary about the Great Train Robbery. Then came another great news, Chris Long, the director of the film, at the time, finalizing the last season of “The Mentalist”, accepted to jump on a plane to Cannes, along with Erin Donovan, the screenwriter, and Simon Howley, the producer, to present the documentary. The day before the screening, the film was still on the editing table in L.A. I remember Chris arriving in Cannes, just one hour before the event with the film on an USB key. It was funny... The screening went very well, with a tremendous response from the audience and journalists! The film landed on several networks and digital platforms in Europe, USA, and Asia. We had a great plate of seafood and a few bottles of Pouilly Fumé. The next morning, we went for a jog. It was a fantastic MIPTV”.
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AMONG the highlights brought to MIPTV by Japan’s Nippon TV are four new hour-long drama formats: Without Family (25 x 60 mins), about a 12-yearold girl who is forced to be resourceful as she deals with a drunken father and her hospitalised mother; May Tomorrow Bring Sunshine (10 x 60 mins), about a single mother who gets the chance to work as a weather presenter; The Happy Prince (11 x 60 mins), a tragic love story of a young man who lets the love of his life slip away; and Love Of My Life (10 x 60 mins), about a boy and girl from opposite backgrounds who fall in love. Another priority is 60-minute game-show format Beat The Rooms. Created by Nippon TV and Red Arrow Studios, Beat The Rooms is a physical game show with quiz and puzzle challenges where players try not to do something, for example — don’t breathe, don’t get nervous or don’t fall. Two teams of four try and beat two rooms — each room hosting several missions.
SCRIPTED thriller series Departure (6 x 45 mins) is brought to Cannes by Red Arrow Studios International. The conspiracy thriller is about the shock disappearance of Flight 716, a mystery that brilliant aviation investigator Kendra Malley and her team must solve — and fast. She soon discovers that there are powerful people who want her investigation to fail, and who are determined to bury the truth at any cost. The cast features Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World), Kris Holden-Ried (Vikings) and Claire Forlani (Hawaii Five-O).
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NEW SERIES Damian Lewis: Spy Wars (8 x 60 mins/working title) reveals the true stories behind international spy operations from the last 40 years. Other titles brought to Cannes by A+E Networks include: Jesus: His Life (8 x 60mins), which examines the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of those closest to him; Surviving R. Kelly (6 x 60 mins); Lost Gold Of World War II (8 x 60 mins), about the search for treasure buried by the Japanese in the Philippine jungle; Many Sides Of Jane (6 x 60 mins), about the nine personalities of a woman diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder; Paranormal Caught On Camera (16 x 60 mins); and The Clinton Affair (8 x 60 mins).
NEW SHORT film 3 Sleeps (1 x 19 mins) marks Pernel Media’s move into scripted. The co-production between France’s Pernel Media and the UK’s Fat Lip Films follows Casey, a nine3 Sleeps (Pernel Media) year-old girl, living on a tough estate in London with her mother and two sisters. When her mother leaves them for the weekend, her sister falls ill and she is caught between protecting her mother and saving her sister’s life.
Jesus: His Life (A+E Networks)
A NEW 45-minute format from BBC Studios is Couples On The Couch, in which real-life couples bring their sexual and emotional issues to a specially created clinic to take part in revealing therapy sessions. Can they Couples On The Couch (BBC Studios) save their relationships? Or is it time to go their separate ways? Another priority for MIPTV is drama series The Mallorca Files (10 x 45 mins), which features an ambitious young British detective Miranda and her laid-back German partner Max as a crime-fighting team on the island of Mallorca.
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APC KIDS, the children’s division of APC, brings new CGI series Pronto (52 x 11 mins) to Cannes, from its studio Zephyr Animation. The company is now seeking broadcast partners for the series, a co-production with Finland’s Gigglebug Entertainment, about a delivery service that takes pride in posting the impossible. APC also highlights the second season of drama Gigantes (6 x 52 mins). After betraying each other in season one, the Guerreros brothers now have to put their hatred aside and join forces.
ODA UPSIDE Down (10 x 10 mins) is a live-action pre-school series. The first children’s production from Danish producer SAM Productions, it features a charismatic good fairy and magic inventor who helps children use their imagination when confronted by a strict kindergarten teacher. Another title brought to Cannes by Studiocanal is thriller Sanctuary (8 x 60 mins), starring Matthew Modine and Josefin Asplund. Helena is invited to visit her estranged twin, Siri, at an exclusive sanatorium in the Italian Alps. Helena refuses Siri’s plea for help in taking care of some business by swapping places with her for a few days. And when Helena wakes, Siri is gone.
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CAKE CAKE and TT Productions are partnering on new CGI animation Treasure Trekkers (52 x 11 mins), which is launching at MIPTV with five episodes. Treasure Trekkers follows three heroic mouse-sized adventurers tasked with protecting the priceless treasures of the world. Mo, Mac and Mip embark on challenging quests to unearth rare and sometimes magical artifacts, while learning to navigate their differences and discovering that the most precious treasures — friendship, kindness and respect — are the ones that come from within.
RIKI GROUP RUSSIA’s Riki Group is in Cannes with its series Tina & Tony, which reached over 1bn views on the YouKu platform in China in less than four months since its launch last November. Riki Group has signed a deal with Alibaba Culture Group for distribution of the first season of Tina & Tony in mainland China. The second season is planned to go into production this year.
Tina & Tony (Riki Group)
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PICTURE Perfect Federation has acquired adaptation rights to author Allison Pataki’s novels, The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress On Her Own. The two novels chart the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who is still widely known throughout Europe as Sisi. The series will be a female-driven period piece with a modern spin, a drama spanning from 1853 up until the firing shots of World War I, offering a glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing periods and Europe’s most powerful royal family. Picture Perfect Federation will handle worldwide distribution, with MAS Production executive producing the series with author Allison Pataki.
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CANADA’s DHX Media is bringing a slate of new live-action and animated series to MIPTV. Up In The Air (15 x 22 mins) is a live-action series for tweens about 12-year-old Jenny, who struggles to follow her mother and grandfather into competitive gymnastics. Also on the slate is Bajillionaires (20 x 22 mins), a live-action kids’ comedy that follows fledgling entrepreneurs running a tech startup in one of their parents’ garages.
ONE CHILD Nation is a film that uncovers the history of China’s one-child policy and the generations affected by this policy. Other titles from Dogwoof include: Watergate; American Factory, about a Chinese billionaire opening a new factory in an abandoned General Motors plant; Meeting Gorbachev, featuring interviews between the former Russian leader and Werner Herzog; Resistance Fighters, about multi-resistant bacteria; Mike Wallace Is Here, featuring the career of the news anchor; and The Cult Of The Family, about Australia’s most dangerous cult.
One Child (Dogwoof)
Bajillionaires (DHX Media)
OUTFIT7 THE FOURTH season of Talking Tom And Friends, brought to Cannes by Slovenian video game developer Outfit7, is making its premiere on YouTube. The series kicks off mid-mystery as the group tries to find Talking Angela, who went missing at the end of the third series. In this series, the friends face monsters, go on an epic quest, take part in a crazy candy competition and blast off into outer space. And they get to know their super-cool, smart and snarky new friend, Becca.
BANIJAY Rights is launching Photos That Changed The World (6 x 60 mins) at MIPTV, profiling images that set social changes in motion. Another priority is The Making Of Me (3 x 60 mins), an up-close look at transitioning from one gender to another. Looking For Rembrandt (3 x 60 mins) unravels how the great painter ended up in a pauper’s grave. Abused By My Girlfriend (1 x 60 mins) is about a man who survived an abusive relationship. London: 2,000 Years Revealed (4 x 60 mins), looks at the rise of the UK’s capital. Banijay Rights also showcases Catch!, a new format in which four teams compete in games inspired by the traditional game of catch.
Catch! (Banijay Rights)
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Talking Tom And Friends (Outfit7)
DRIVE’s MIPTV priorities include: The Hunt For Ted Bundy (1 x 60 mins), a study of prolific serial killer Theodore Robert Bundy, featuring homicide detective Bob Keppel as he delves back into the 1974 case that unearthed the bodies of 30 murdered women; Tata – Escobar’s Widow (2 x 60 mins), which features revelations from gangster Pablo Escobar’s wife, who has been silent for more than 25 years; Busted In Bangkok: Thai Tourist Police (6 x 60 mins), which follows English-speaking Thai Tourist Police officers as they deal with tourists from around The Hunt For Ted Bundy the world; and (Drive Media Rights) Dressing The Part (1 x 60 mins), produced by the production arm of fashion retailer Mr Porter, which explores the world of designers and stylists. MIPTV News 1 • 70 • 8 April 2019
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THE UK’s Hat Trick International is debuting Warren (6 x 30 mins) at MIPTV, a comedy series about an obnoxious man who finds himself in his mid-50s with a job he doesn’t enjoy and a family he never asked for. Warren, played by Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), just wants an easy life, though he is not blessed with patience, empathy or any kind of paternal instinct.
ITALY’s D’Ocon Films is pre-launching the new version of The Fruitties (52 x 11 mins/4K), nearly 20 years after it debuted the original series in Cannes. The first animated show produced and painted with its own digital computer system, created and patented by Antoni D’Ocon, The Fruitties is about a community of peaceful and cheerful fruits that live in a volcano, work together as a team and learn the values of friendship and equality, regardless of shape, colour or gender.
The Fruitties (D’Ocon Films)
TRACE CONTENT DISTRIBUTION FRANCE’s Trace Content Distribution brings several new programmes to MIPTV, including documentary Underdogs (1 x 62 mins), which follows young French director Teo Frank who was 18 when he decided to try his luck at filmmaking on the other side of the Atlantic. After a series of encounters and experiences his dreams begin to take shape. Another highlight is I Am Serge Ibaka (6 x 13 mins), a new reality TV show featuring a beloved Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player who signed a multi-million-dollar contract with the Toronto Raptors. This first season follows Serge between Toronto, Paris, Kinshasa and Brazzaville.
Warren (Hat Trick International)
EBS A MIPTV highlight for Korea’s EBS is documentary The Male (2 x 50 mins/4K/UHD), looking at sexual selection and male desire for sex in the animal world. The Male closely investigates 20 rare species of sex-crazed male birds from around the world, exploring how sexual selection can be miraculous. The Male (EBS)
ZIG ZAG PRODUCTIONS DATING Detectives (6 x 60 mins), from Zig Zag Productions, IMTV and CJ ENM, is a format that mashes up elements of dating and detective shows. Real-life detectives are drafted in to help singletons find their ideal partner, using their investigation techniques (forensics, interrogation, psychological profiling) to test daters’ inherent goodness, which is all shown through hidden-camera filming. BBC Studios Distribution co-funded development and holds worldwide rights to the format in all territories, except the UK and South Korea.
Dating Detectives (Zig Zag Productions)
RAINBOW Butterfly Unicorn Kitty (52 x 11 mins) is a 2D series targeted at kids six to 11. The stories centre on a spirited kitten named Felicity who acquires magical powers. Part-rainbow, part-butterfly and part-unicorn, Felicity can shoot glow sticks from her paws, lasers from her horn, stretch and snap in rainbow mode and clap with her butterfly wings. Together with her best friend Miguel, an energetic puppy, she’s ready to take on every challenge that comes with living in the magical world of Mythlandia. The series launched on Nickelodeon in the US last month, and is rolling out on Nickelodeon’s international channels and branded blocks across 170+ countries and territories later this year.
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty (Jetpack Distribution)
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3BOXMEDIA presents Battle Of Social Networks (1 x 52 mins/4K) at MIPTV. Journalists and media experts including John Carlin (BBC, Financial Times), Claire Wardle of First Draft News, Jennifer Robinson (Julian Assange’s lawyer) and Adam Ellik, (New York Times) discuss how social networks could threaten democracy. The Spanish-German distributor also brings the second season of the science-travel series Children Of The Stars (10 x 50 mins/4K); World Heritage Spanish Cities (15 x 50 mins); Saliega’s Lineage, The Return Of The Iberian Lynx (1 x 48 mins/HD) ;and The Magic Forest Of Spain (1 x 50 mins). Battle Of Social Networks (3BoxMedia)
ENTERTAINMENT One is showcasing a number of scripted titles in Cannes, including Upright (8 x 30 mins), in which Tim Minchin (Matilda The Musical) stars as a gifted pianist who, when he learns that his mother has only days left to live, sets off in a rental car to drive the 4,000km to say goodbye, taking with him his only cherished possession, a battered upright piano. Along the journey he runs into Meg, a hilarious, tough-as-nails teenager. Nurses (10 x 60 mins) follows five young nurses working in a busy downtown hospital. The non-scripted slate includes: true-crime investigation Fyre Fraud (1 x 96 mins); Make It To The Moon: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo (1 x 90 mins/2 x 60 mins); and Inside the Crown (4 X 60 mins), a portrait of the British Royal Family.
LOOKING GLASS INTERNATIONAL TWO DOCUMENTARIES top the priority list for Australia’s Looking Glass International. In Save This Rhino (2 x 60 mins), former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen invites Matt Wright (The Outback Wrangler) to South Africa to investigate the problem of rhino poaching. Spiky Gold Hunters (6 x 60 mins) features a team of six courageous free divers as they battle the elements in southern New Zealand to deliver the gastronomic rarity, the sea urchin.
Upright (Entertainment One)
BARCROFT STUDIOS THE SLATE from London-based Barcroft Studios includes: Sleeping With The Far Right (1 x 60 mins), in which British broadcaster Alice Levine spends a week in a radical racist’s home; Too Fat To Dance, in which Charity Holloway sets up a dance troupe for plus-size women; Sickest Eats, featuring Big Lew who has gained notoriety for his online burger review channel Burger Gang; Love Don’t Judge, looking at couples in unusual relationships; and Homes On The Edge, about modern-day pioneers of wilderness living.
Save This Rhino (Looking Glass International)
BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL TORONTO-based distributor Blue Ant International highlights Mimi On A Mission: Sex Ed (5 x 22 mins) at MIPTV. The sex-education series from Peggy Pictures, originally commissioned by the BBC, sees YouTuber Mimi Misfit take seven British teenagers on a fact-finding mission to Holland, exploring online safety, pornography and what is normal when it comes to bodies, safe sex, love and relationships.
Mimi On A Mission: Sex Ed (Blue Ant International)
Homes On The Edge (Barcroft Studios)
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THE JIM HENSON COMPANY AT MIPTV, The Jim Henson Company is presenting The Kissing Hand, a series based on Audrey Penn’s picture books. The Kissing Hand is brought to life with puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and produced in partnership with Rehab Entertainment and 2 Friends Entertainment. The series features Chester the raccoon as he navigates going to school, making new friends and dealing with the daily anxieties of a pre-schooler, with the love and support from the comforting kiss Mama Raccoon leaves on his hand — in stories that reinforce the company’s mission to support and serve young children in families. The Kissing Hand (The Jim Henson Company)
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DISTRIBUTOR Mediaset brings a range of programming to Cannes, including: political thriller State Secrets (13 x 75 mins), about an assassination attempt on the Spanish Prime Minister, which unearths hidden secrets; black comedy Dangerous Moms (13 x 75 mins), about four mothers who unwittingly become involved in a crime; Monica & Sex (8 x 75 mins), a factual series featuring singer Monica Naranjo as she explores different sexual lifestyles around the world; reality show Crazy Trip (42 x 12 mins/6 x 50 mins), featuring a trip to Thailand; and Full House Swap (13 x 75 mins), in which families from different backgrounds experience each other’s lives.
PROSECUTING Evil: The Extraordinary World Of Ben Ferencz (1 x 52/82 mins) focuses on the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war”. Other shows on the roster include: Go-Boy!: Memories Of A Life Behind Bars (1 x 52/75 mins) about a bank robber who has spent 24 years in prison; The Reckoning (1 x 44/52/78 mins), about sexual harassment in Hollywood; Spaceman (1 x 52 mins), about a missing man who believed he was going to join an alien spaceship; Sickboy (1 x 52 mins), about a cystic fibrosis sufferer who hosts a controversial podcast; Laughing And Crying (1 x 52 mins), a scientific exploration of vocal human emotions; and series In The Making… (16 x 22 mins/5 x 52 mins), a showcase of creative visionaries.
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World Of Ben Ferencz (CBC & RadioCanada Distribution)
State Secrets (Mediaset)
9 STORY DISTRIBUTION 9 STORY Distribution International — which has offices in Toronto, New York, Dublin and Manchester, — brings The Hollow (10 x 22 mins) to Cannes, a series aimed at eight-year-olds and upwards. The series focuses on three teenage strangers who wake in an underground bunker with no memory and must fight through the challenges of this strange world. The first season of The Hollow premiered last year on Netflix.
The Hollow (9 Story Distribution)
TF1 STUDIO FRANCE’s TF1 Studio brings drama series Unfaithful (Infidele/6 x 52 mins) to Cannes. Produced by Storia Television and BBC Studios France, the thriller concerns Emma, a doctor who lives happily in a beautiful house by the beaches of Biarritz with her husband and son. For the 40- year-old, life couldn’t be better. However, one day Emma notices a long blond hair on her husband’s scarf and her family’s foundations are shaken.
Unfaithful (TF1 Studio)
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LONDON-based producer Nevision has joined Cinenord Drama and Beta Films’ World War II political thriller Atlantic Crossing, starring Kyle MacLachlan as US President Franklin D Roosevelt and Sofia Helin as Norwegian Crown Princess Martha. Currently in production for NRK, the 8 x 60 mins series focuses on the relationship between Roosevelt and Martha, who fled the Nazi occupation of Norway to become a key figure in world politics. Filmed in English and Norwegian, production is currently under way with delivery scheduled for 2020. Beta Film is handling worldwide sales.
THE BRIGADE is leading the formats slate for London-based DRG. The show centres on the Brigade de Cuisine, a 19th-century idea from Auguste Escoffier which is now used in restaurants worldwide. The chef acts as a mentor to 10 ambitious chefs as they travel to some of the world’s finest culinary destinations. Each week they immerse themselves in local culture and learn how to cook the local cuisine — before going head-to-head with a rival local kitchen. DRG is also joining forces with UKTV to co-commission Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen (8 x 30 mins), produced by Sweden’s Splay One. The British chef puts her own twist on traditional Swedish dishes in the kitchen of a ‘stuga’, an old-style wooden house. She also meets food producers and other local craftspeople.
Atlantic Crossing (Nevision)
ATRESMEDIA 45 REVOLUTIONS is a drama about the music world of the 1960s, following the rise of a rock star, the people who led him to success and the record label that changed the rules of the game. Other priorities from Spain’s Atresmedia include: Presumed Guilty, a drama about a man who returns to his fishing village after the death of his father; People Talking, a short series of comedy dialogues between two characters; and Slaughterhouse, a thriller series with a dose of black humour. 45 Revolutions (Atresmedia)
ITV STUDIOS GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT (ITVS GE) THE TOP priority for ITV in Cannes is World On Fire (7 x 60 mins), from ITV Studios’ Mammoth Screen. The drama series tells the story of World War II through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of the global conflict. Set amid the outbreak of war and its first year, World On Fire follows an ensemble cast as they face the challenges of loyalty and brutality, courage and fear, love and loss. The cast includes Helen Hunt, Sean Bean and Lesley Manville.
World On Fire (ITVS GE)
The Brigade (DRG)
ZDF ENTERPRISES (ZDFE) CHILDREN’s titles from Germany’s ZDFE include season three of live-action series The Worst Witch (13 x 28 mins), set in the magical world of Cackle’s Academy; pre-school animation Bobo (26 x 7 mins); and live-action series Buck (33 x 15 mins), in which Elias loves to play his favourite video game. Factual titles include: The Greatest Race (2 x 50 mins), about Roman charioteers; wildlife series Just Animals (10 x 50 mins); Planet Of Volcanoes (1 x 50 mins/4K/UHD); and Meet Your Ancestors (1 x 45 mins). Dramas include: thriller Victor Lessard (30 x 60 mins); mystery series Beyond Appearances (6 x 52 mins/4K/UHD); and Colombia-based Wild District (10 x 60 mins).
The Worst Witch (ZDFE)
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HIGH on the priority list for Germany’s Beta Film is six-hour series Bauhaus – A New Era, which follows Doerte, who becomes a disciple of the new and revolutionary Bauhaus movement. When she and founder Walter Gropius begin to fall in love, it adds fuel to the fire of a scandal threatening the existence of the school of art. Other titles include: Perfect Life, a dramedy following three very different women; What The Future Holds, about Justo Gil, who arrives with his ailing mother in late 1960s Barcelona; Norwegian drama series Atlantic Crossing; the third season of Babylon Berlin; mafia drama Gomorrah; and new acquisition The Pleasure Principle, a 10-hour series in which investigators from Ukraine, Poland and Czech Republic partner up for a serial murder case.
VIKING Warrior Women (1 x 51 mins/working title) is a drama-led history documentary brought to Cannes by the UK’s Urban Canyons. It tells the story of 20-year-old Viking woman Signe, who driven by revenge, sets out from 10th-century Sweden along Russian river networks, with her slave. After duelling her father’s murderer, Signe returns as successful warrior and trader. At the end of her life she receives the highest honour a Viking community can bestow on her, a warrior burial. The co-production partners are: Smithsonian Networks (US), public broadcasters SVT (Sweden), ZDF (Germany) and ORF (Austria), and Viasat History (UK). It is also supported by the Aland Islands Film Commission.
Viking Warrior Women (Urban Canyons)
Bauhaus – A New Era (Beta Film)
PLANETA JUNIOR THE LATEST series of Pucca, created by Korea’s Vooz in 3D/CGI, is brought to MIPTV by Planeta Junior. Pucca lives at the Gohryong Restaurant, and fights against Don King, who has opened 999,999 free restaurants and is trying to rule the world with fast food. Other titles from the Barcelona-based distributor include: 3D CGI series Gormiti (52 x 11 mins), a fantasy animation about four characters who fight the legendary Gormiti; and Squish (52 x 11 mins), a series featuring everyday school kids — their friendships, parents, and challenges — except they are amoebas, living in a single-cell world.
Pucca (Planeta Junior)
ZED RETURNS to Cannes with a special focus on science programmes, including: Pyramids: Solving The Mystery (6 x 47 mins), exploring archeological sites in Egypt by drone; and The Prehistoric Worlds (1 x 52 mins/90 mins/4K), a worldwide investigation exploring five powerful extinction events. Following the recent tsunami in Indonesia, Zed obtained exclusive access to a UN team of tsunami hunters and is producing an investigation for ARTE France that will reconstruct previous tsunamis to predict future ones. Tsunamis (1 x 52 mins/4K) is slated for completion later this year. The French distributor also brings Faberge, The Making Of A Legend (1 x 52 mins/4K), about the Russian creator of the Imperial eggs.
Faberge, The Making Of A Legend (Zed)
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FOUR new Harlequin Film Collection titles top the MIPTV roster for Brain Power Studio, all adaptations of romantic novels. In Art Of Falling In Love, an artist who paints a mural in a local hospital becomes close to the building’s architect and a heartbreaking secret is revealed. Baby In A Manger features a child protection officer and a police officer who must work together when a lost infant shows up in a church nativity scene. Christmas With A Prince: Royal Wedding follows Dr Tasha Miller and Crown Prince Alexander Cavalieri who plan to marry on the anniversary of their first kiss. Love, Alaska sees two childhood friends return home and experience a second chance at love.
RUSSIA’s Igmar brings a new feature to Cannes, A Girl With A Scythe, a thriller with black-comedy elements that follows a series of events leading up to New Year that has consequences for the residents of a Moscow condominium. A girl with scythe is on the move, will she follow her intentions, or will everyone celebrate the holiday safely?
A Girl With A Scythe (Igmar) Art Of Falling In Love (Brain Power Studio)
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FLAME DISTRIBUTION FLAME Distribution is launching over 240 hours of new content at MIPTV. The varied slate includes: documentary America’s Most Unusual Festivals; Only In Australia, following four young Australians as they travel the country; The Cat Report, following the everyday lives of lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards; Does It Fart?, a new fun-meets-science kids series; The Curious Mind, a science series featuring AI models; slow-TV show The Kimberley Cruise; Cooking Hawaiian Style; Outback Truckers; Outback Opal Hunters; and travel programme My Greek Odyssey.
America’s Most Unusual Festivals (Flame Distribution)
WHISTLEBLOWER (2 x 60 mins/1 x 90 mins) tells the story of Irish police sergeant Maurice McCabe who was catapulted into the limelight after he became a police whistleblower. For a decade McCabe shook the establishment — the police force, the media and government. This film, brought to Cannes by Irish distributor RTE Programme Sales, chronicles McCabe’s battle for vindication — a battle that would change the Irish police force forever.
Whistleblower (RTE Programme Sales)
GUSTO WORLDWIDE MEDIA DNA DINNERS (16 x 30 mins) leads the line-up for Gusto Worldwide Media. Tapping into genealogy, each episode features a DNA reveal, the exploration of diverse cuisines and ends with a heartwarming celebration where a family shares a meal that blends the flavours of two cultures. Shot in 4K, Bonacini’s Italy (30 x 30 mins) is a sophisticated cooking series hosted by celebrity chef and MasterChef Canada judge Michael Bonacini. Gusto’s flagship baking series Flour Power (26 x 30 mins) is a playful, retro-style show hosted by Jessica McGovern as she inspires viewers to create baked treats. DNA Dinners (Gusto Worldwide Media)
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A MIPTV priority for Amsterdam-based distributor Lineup Industries is boundary-pushing format Therapy (8 x 40 mins). The original version was produced by Panenka for Belgium’s VRT, with a second season already commissioned by the broadcaster. Therapy involves intimate discussions between therapists and their clients. Seven therapists, all highly regarded in their field, will feature during the series. Each episode focuses on three clients’ stories, with their sessions spanning several months. As well as highlighting clients’ emotional journeys, Therapy is also a study of the therapists themselves.
KEW MEDIA Distribution’s fiction slate is headlined by Clink (10 x 60 mins), the first drama from the recent partnership deal with the UK’s Channel 5, from production company LA Productions, for Channel 5’s 5Star. The drama is set in a women’s prison and focuses on the friendships formed there. The UK distributor’s MIPTV roster also includes: season five of Line Of Duty (5 x 60 mins + 1 x 90 mins), set two years after the events of series four, about a deadly organised-crime group, known to have links with corrupt police officers; The Dead Lands: The Series (8 x 60 mins), in which warrior Waka Nuku Rau strives for honour in a land ravaged by supernatural forces; and Itsy Bitsy (1 x 95 mins), a horror feature film from Strange Vision Productions.
TCB MEDIA BANGED Up (3 x 60 mins) is based on a unique real-life Florida programme of tough justice for teens deemed at high risk of offending. The scheme achieves astonishing results, with just 9% of graduates going on to be incarcerated for real. In the series — brought to Cannes by the UK’s TCB Media — a group of tough delinquents are sent to Florida for the most intense week of their lives, both physically and mentally.
Clink (Kew Media Distribution)
Banged Up (TCB Media)
AFTER a recent deal with TI Productions, London-based Scorpion TV is highlighting Inside The Real Saudi Arabia: Why I Had To Leave (1 x 45 mins) at MIPTV. Saudi-born British fashion stylist Basma Khalifa travels back to Saudi Arabia, a country she hasn’t been to since her parents moved to Northern Ireland when she was three years old. A few days after arriving, the news breaks of the murder of the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and her journey takes a darker turn.
GERMANY’s Autentic Distribution brings a range of programming to MIPTV. At Our Neighbour’s Table (130 x 30 mins) features culinary secrets from farmers, winegrowers, chefs, housewives and fishermen. In The Woodstock Bus (5 x 52 mins), celebrating the 50th anniversary of the festival, Autentic is working with the original artist to restore and repaint the VW bus that became a symbol of the event. The series Terrorism Close Calls (10 x 50 mins), uncovers the facts behind some of the world’s deadliest terror plots that have failed.
The Real Saudi Arabia: Why I Had To Leave (Scorpion TV)
The Woodstock Bus (Autentic Distribution)
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ANYTHING For You. Everything For You. (150 x 22 mins) is a story of a girl who is a boxer and a boy who is a classical singer. Both are passionate about their professions and do not have marriage on their mind. However, on the insistence of their families they decide to explore the idea of an arranged marriage. Other titles from Sony Pictures Networks India include: I Am A Star! (150 x 22 mins), about a boy who wins a dance reality show; Ladies Special (150 x 22 mins) a drama about city women; mother/daughter drama Patiala Babes (150 x 22 mins); and The Imperfect Couple (150 x 22 mins), about the relationship between a boy rejected by society and a girl rejected by family.
MONSTER Mansion (52 x 5 mins) is a slapstick horror 3D animation series aimed at a family audience. Monster Mansion is co-produced with Korea’s EBS, and is scheduled to air in 2020.
Monster Mansion (Xin Animation) Anything For You. Everything For You (Sony Pictures Networks India)
JANSON MEDIA NEW PUPPET series Mr. Mender & The Chummyjiggers is brought to the worldwide market by New York-based Janson Media. The pre-school series features Mr. Mender, the toy mender’s toy trunk, full of toys that come to life for adventures in their magical world. The show focuses on co-operation, sharing and problem solving, and was produced by Galway, Ireland-based Fibin Media.
HG DISTRIBUTION brings to Cannes new documentary Where’s The Craic? (1 x 77 mins), about the spirit of the small town of Sligo on the west coast of Ireland, exploring traditional music and local pubs. The Quebec-based distributor also brings: The Science Behind Arts (8 x 15 mins), looking at the ways that science and art interact; Surf Inc. (6 x 30 mins), the story of 10 entrepreneurs who created their own very different careers doing what they love; and The Sisters Of Nagasaki (1 x 52 mins), about a group of missionary sisters, who survived the bombing of Nagasaki, though years later some died of the longterm effects of radioactivity.
Mr. Mender & The Chummyjiggers (Janson Media)
MAGNIFY MEDIA NAKED Beach (5 x 60 mins), brought to Cannes by the UK’s Magnify Media, features Dr Keon West of Goldsmiths University whose studies show that body image, self-esteem and life satisfaction could be vastly improved by people seeing more ordinary naked bodies. In the series Dr Keon, with body-image and mental-health campaigner Natasha Devon, oversee a retreat where each week three people who suffer from a lack of body confidence join a returning cast of near-naked body positive Brits of varying shapes and sizes on a sun-soaked island.
Where’s The Craic? (HG Distribution)
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