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Welcome! It’s great to be back in Cannes! Back with a new transformed MIPTV, that includes ... A transformed marketplace in the Palais and Riviera 7, with more than 150 stands and suites A beautiful networking and events space in Riviera 8 MIPDrama Screenings as a pre-opener on Sunday in the Debussy MIPDoc and MIPFormats taking place from Monday to Wednesday, with sessions, pitches, awards and dedicated meeting areas in the Riviera 8 networking lounge A dedicated kids track with sessions, workouts, insights and Fresh TV Kids A keynote line-up running on Monday and Tuesday featuring Kevin Mayer, Candle Media and René Rechtman, Moonbug; Wayne Garvie, Sony Pictures Television and Jane Tranter, Bad Wolf; wildlife filmmaker Patrick Aryee; and Johannes Larcher, HBO Max International The Variety International Achievement in TV Award with Cécile Frot-Coutaz, Sky Studios The third annual MIP SDG Award with the United Nations presented to The Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe (ACT) and Junk Kouture Market intelligence sessions led by The Wit’s Fresh TV; Glance; Ampere; Dubit, The Insights Family, K7 Media, and more A look to the future with a track on esports, web 3.0, the metaverse and NFTs CANNESERIES Season 5 with an incredible line-up of screenings and events And the inaugural MIP x CANNESERIES Connection curated creative summit featuring the creators of Squid Game
We are also pleased to be inviting industry colleagues from Ukraine with the National Ukrainian Stand in Riviera 7 and a panel on Monday at 15.40 in Riviera 8. The personal side of our business has never been so missed. So do make the most of meeting up with your friends and partners, having a glass of rosé overlooking the sea at Monday’s Opening Night Party — organised in partnership with TV5Monde and TiVi5 — in Riviera 8 and hopefully experiencing some kind of serendipitous meeting on the Croisette or in the Palais! There is so much to enjoy, learn from and be enriched and hopefully surprised by, I wish you a great market.
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CONTENTS MIPTV NEWS
TV5 Monde’s Yves Bigot
THE MIPTV OPENING NIGHT PARTY MIPTV welcomes you back to Cannes for the first time in two years, with the return of the traditional Opening Night Party. This year the event is held in partnership with global French-language network TV5 Monde, which is celebrating the recent launch of its kids channel, TiVi5, in Arab-speaking countries. Ahead of MIPTV, TV5 Monde chairman Yves Bigot spoke of the company’s almost 40 years which have seen it grow to over 400 million households around the world in 2021. Around one third of the company’s programming is acquired.“We are always looking for that special programme that we hadn’t thought about ourselves,” Bigot said. The MIPTV Opening Night Party, in partnership with TV5 Monde and TiVi5, is at 19.00 on Monday, April 4, in Riviera 8. All MIPTV delegates are welcome.
HBO Max International’s Johannes Larcher
Wildlife filmmaker Patrick Ayree
SPT’s Wayne Garvie and Bad Wolf’s Jane Tranter
The Bridge’s Amanda Groom
Dubit’s David Kleeman
Documentary filmmaker Peter Hamilton
Candle Media’s Kevin Mayer and Moonbug’s René Rechtman
Factual Trends with K7 Media
Sky’s Cécile Frot-Coutaz
The MIPDOC International Pitch
NFTs and web 3.0
MIPDoc Product News
The MIP SDG Awards
The seventh MIPDrama Screenings
MIPFormats International Pitch
The Wit: Fresh TV Fiction
K-Formats: The Next Big Hits from Korea
Canada at MIPTV
The FRAPA Summit
The Wit: Fresh TV Formats
Glance: One TV Year In The World
MIPFormats Product News
Diversity & Inclusion Mentoring sessions
Women’s Mentoring sessions
The Insights Family’s Future Forecast
The Wit: Fresh TV Kids
101 Kids Product News
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‘We will be in every country where it is legal to launch…’ NETFLIX and Disney+ have established themselves as the ones to beat in the fast-growing SVOD streaming business. But Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, believes WarnerMedia’s heavyweight rival service has what it takes to gatecrash their party. He told MIPTV Magazine that “the top end of the streaming market is turning into a three-horse race. With due respect to our colleagues at the other studios, WarnerMedia has such a broad array of amazing franchises that HBO Max can give Netflix and Disney+ a run for their money.” Larcher will be giving a much-anticipated keynote at MIPTV during which he will report on the platform’s progress to date. Launched in Latin America last year, HBO Max is now in 61 countries. In March 2022, it added 15 new territories including the Netherlands, “which was actually a very significant launch for us. A lot of the markets we’ve entered to date are places where we already had some kind of streaming presence. But this was our first wholly new territory.” Larcher cited four reasons why HBO Max has what it takes to challenge the SVOD sector’s royalty: “The first is amazing content — with HBO series like Game Of Thrones and the upcoming prequel House Of The Dragon; recently-launched movies like The Batman; the DC multiverse, including Wonder Woman; and all the other iconic content in the WarnerMedia portfolio.” In addition to that, the merger with Discovery means the platform will also be able to draw on a wealth of non-scripted and live-sports content. Next, is its pricing strategy: “At a time when Netflix is increasing its prices, we’re joining the market with an aggressively cost-effective proposition,” Larcher said. “In the Netherlands, we’re running a promotion where anyone who signs up in the first few weeks can get 50% off the regular monthly price for the life of the subscription; €3.99 or €2.99 depending on the tier. There’s a similar 30% off promotion running in Central & Eastern Europe.” In addition, HBO Max is a world-class product in terms of its technical features — from discovery to recommendation. “And finally, we put a lot of emphasis on curation. HBO Max is definitely more about quality than quantity — and it is designed to reflect the nuances of each local market it enters.” As part of its localisation strategy, Larcher said the company is “stepping up its local content investment. We’re already committed to 12 scripted series a year in Europe, for example, and now we are adding 12 unscripted as well.” HBO Max hit 73 million subscribers at the end of 2021 and markets like Turkey, Greece, the Baltics and Southeast Asia are near-term targets. But one key question is when the platform will arrive in Western European markets like the UK, Germany, Italy and France — any of which would boost its numbers. “Right now, our content is tied up in important relationships with trusted partners like Sky and Orange, which run until 2025,” Larcher said. “But there’s no question that eventually we will be in every country where it is legal to launch — and on every platform.” Keynote: HBO Max
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‘Our order book has never been as big’ At the end of 2021, global studio giant Sony Pictures Television (SPT) acquired a majority stake in Wales-based producer Bad Wolf. The deal, estimated to be worth around $80m, brings the high-end scripted studio into the same family as feted companies including Left Bank (The Crown) and Eleven (Sex Education)
“IN THE blink of an eye, Bad Wolf has established itself as one of the world’s most admired drama producers,” president, international production, SPT, Wayne Garvie said. “The quality of work, breadth of imagination and boundless ambition make it one of the great emerging production houses of our time. Bad Wolf has built a tremendous business and established Wales as the home of
‘We are exploring shows on a different scale — and the diversity of our slate in every way’ Jane Tranter
some of the most fantastic tales of the age.” Founded in 2015 by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, Bad Wolf ’s key titles to date include His Dark Materials, A Discov-
ery Of Witches and I Hate Suzie. The company is also making its mark in the US, where the it’s first series commission is an adaptation of Laura Lippman’s novel Lady In The Lake. From Bad Wolf ’s perspective, Tranter said the deal makes sense because “SPT shares our vision for the company, and their immediate understanding and belief in the ethos of Bad Wolf make them perfect partners. With a forward-looking, global corporation like Sony investing in the future of Bad Wolf and Wales, it gives us the ability to reach greater heights in the years to come.” Hot on the heels of the deal, Garvie and Tranter are at MIPTV to discuss their new alliance in a keynote session on Monday. Speaking to the MIPTV Magazine ahead of the market, Garvie expanded on the rationale for the acquisition. “There are three things that particularly attracted us to Bad Wolf: firstly, the talent within the company and their ambition; secondly, the projects, both made and in development; and thirdly, their commitment to social mobility in Wales. In simplest terms, they’re just a very excit-
Bad Wolf’s Jane Tranter
ing company with an unbelievably bright future.” Aside from their shared vision, Tranter explained that another key reason for signing with SPT was “independence — enabling us to go everywhere, and find out who is the best partner for a project. We do still have a firstlook deal with HBO but will continue to produce with other broadcasters and networks.” In terms of the kind of content that Bad Wolf will produce as part of the SPT family, Tranter said: “We are focused on scripted series because we like the volume of real estate they offer.
We don’t have any immediate plans to make movies, but never say never. With Sony’s help, we will be looking to increase volume and produce more contemporary work. We’re also exploring shows on a different scale — and the diversity of our slate in every way.” The SPT production chief said that during the keynote he will talk about “what a good marriage this investment has been between Bad Wolf and Sony. Bad Wolf has already produced series with a scope, scale, and ambition which competes with the best in the world. Hopeful-
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ly with SPT behind them, Bad Wolf can take more risks for even bigger and bolder shows. I’ll also explain how Bad Wolf is part of SPT’s wider ambitions in drama in the UK and Europe.” While Bad Wolf ’s content to date has tended to be commissioned by broadcasters, the streaming platforms are firmly on the agenda. “We are in conversation with all of the SVODs,” Tranter said, “and have a number of developments in with them. But we are also working with Sony on other funding models. The freedom with Sony is that you are driven by what the project demands and finding the right partners. With Sony we have choice.”
Garvie underlined this point, stressing that SPT “is an independent studio and we sell to
‘In simplest terms, they’re just a very exciting company with an unbelievably bright future’ Wayne Garvie
everyone. We love the streamers, but we also love our free-to-air
friends, so we expect to continue operating a mixed portfolio.” Right now, there are no plans to encourage Bad Wolf to work with other SPT labels. “They all know one another,” Garvie said, “and if the right project came along, I’m sure they could work together. But that’s not why we acquired them.” Tranter’s assessment is that “Sony’s other indies have very different styles and signatures, but we are always open to ideas. One key motivator for joining Sony was that we are in such good company with Left Bank and Eleven.” One of the most distinctive points about Bad Wolf is its strong connection to the Welsh production market — illustrat-
SPT’s Wayne Garvie
ed by the fact that it has its own studio base, Wolf Studios. This is a factor that clearly excites Garvie: “Jane and her team have built a tremendous business and established Wales as the home of some of the most fantastic tales of the age and now we can help them build further. Wolf Studios is an incredible resource, a vast studio that can accommodate enormous productions, but there are opportunities for further studios, maybe more compact square-footage, or green-screen stages.” He added: “One of the advantages of having a permanent base is that “you can give people jobs 52 weeks a year — and it makes sense in terms of crew training and development.” For Tranter, “The talent base in Wales is one of the major factors behind us locating ourselves there; plus the variety of landscapes and locations that the country offers means we keep overseas locations to a minimum.” Meanwhile Tranter sees no sign of a fall in demand for scripted content: “Wolf Studios Wales has been permanently full for the last five years and we have worked in two other studios during that period. Demand for scripted content is as strong as it’s ever been, if not stronger.” Garvie agrees with that bullish sentiment: “Our order book has never been as big and everyone is very excited about the next few years.”
In Conversation with Wayne Garvie and Jane Tranter 16.00, Monday, April 4 Debussy Theatre
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The metaverse: ‘Don’t try to be everywhere at once’ MIPTV delegates would need to have been living under a rock for the last year not to be aware of the buzz surrounding the metaverse. But they could easily be forgiven for not knowing how this much-hyped concept is likely to impact on content creation and distribution ANYONE looking for genuine insights into what the metaverse means for the TV business, should check in on David Kleeman’s keynote session in Cannes. Kleeman is senior vice-president of global trends at Dubit, a USbased firm that makes games for the metaverse, kids and esports — and also provides strategic consultancy. He said: “Dubit has been working in gaming and virtual worlds for over 20 years. This has given us a lot of insight into how kids and young adults are likely to play, build, hang out and communicate in the metaverse as it develops.” Kleeman acknowledges it is early days in terms of articulating what the metaverse is going to be — but that’s no reason for TV companies not to explore. “We’re at that stage where TV executives coming to MIPTV are trying to work out if the metaverse is good or bad,” he said, “and whether they should invest. So I want to address questions such as: ‘Can I afford to be there? How will young people use it? What does it really mean when we talk about TV in the metaverse?’” Jeremy Banks, CEO of Coolabi, will join Kleeman to present a case study of Warrier Cats on Roblox — an example of how fans’ desire to engage with the brand led to a new platform and partnership.
Even though the metaverse still smacks of sci-fi speculation, he says there is good reason to pay attention now. “We do a lot of work on gaming platform Roblox, which many view as a kind of proto-metaverse. What we know from that, is that there are around 1,700 Lego games in there — none created by Lego. In the month after Squid Game launched, around 100,000 games were launched off the back of the show. Some were very basic, but it tells me that TV executives wanting to control and shape their own IP need to watch this space.” With advice to content creators, Kleeman says “it’s pretty inexpensive to build a game on a platform like Roblox, and it’s a great way to test how audiences interact with your brand.” Kleeman’s main focus at MIPTV will be on kids through to young adults, with planned takeaways including how to attract and retain young audiences and how to deepen fan connections. But he says the messages are also relevant to IP owners outside the kids space: “If you look at a show like MasterChef, which I love, there is a sense in which it is analogous to a kids unboxing channel — because of the element of surprise and excitement. So I think the keynote will contain clues about what
Dubit’s David Kleeman
genres and titles lend themselves to the metaverse.” In terms of key advice to content creators, Kleeman said “It’s important at this stage not to cut off any possibilities. But at the same time, don’t try to be everywhere at once. Be strategic about where your audience is, where your brand and storytelling fit best and go there first.” There are lots of questions yet to be resolved about the nature and usage of IP in the metaverse, but right now, Kleeman identifies another pressing issue: “The industry has got
to make sure kids don’t wander into inappropriate spaces where they are not safe. The BBC, for example, recently ran a story about kids getting into metaverse stripclubs. If the new meta world isn’t made safe and ethical, it will be killed before it even gets off the ground.” Ready Player MIP: Making Youth TV Brands Metaverse Ready 10.30, Monday, April 4 Hi5 Studio
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Candle-Moonbug teaming aims for the dizzy heights of Disney MIPTV has welcomed many next-generation studios to its stages. Some have gone on to be industry game-changers while others have turned out to be ideas before their time. This week in Cannes it’s the turn of Candle Media co-founder Kevin Mayer to set out his vision to delegates in a keynote presentation. Alongside Mayer on stage will be René Rechtman, founder of kids studio Moonbug Entertainment, which Candle recently acquired for $3bn. Mayer, a former Walt Disney
high-flyer who was one of the architects of the Burbank-based studio’s aggressive pivot to streaming, told the MIPTV Magazine that the core of Candle’s strategy is “content, community and commerce. Our mission is to identify audiences and superserve them with traditional film and TV content or social-media storytelling. In the process, that will unlock related commercial opportunities.” Right now, Candle is building its business rapidly through acquisition, backed by the deep
pockets of private equity giant Blackstone. Aside from Moonbug, the company has already acquired Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine for $900m and Israeli scripted producer Faraway Road (Fauda) for a reputed $50m. With more acquisitions likely in the near future, Mayer said: “It doesn’t really matter where the centre of gravity of our acquisition targets is located, as long as they have the potential to deliver against the three core pillars.”
‘Our mission is to identify audiences and superserve them’ Kevin Mayer
Candle Media co-founder Kevin Mayer
Citing Moonbug as an example, Mayer said: “Moonbug identified the Cocomelon YouTube channel as an opportunity and acquired it. Then they doubled the number of subscribers. After that, they reshaped the content and licensed episodes to Netflix, where the show has been a huge performer. It then went on to be a global licensing and merchandising hit. All of that is the perfect bullseye in terms of what we are doing.” Applying a similar logic to the Hello Sunshine acquisition, Mayer said: “Their centre of gravity is film and TV, but Reese is a prolific social-media publisher. She also has a book club with three million subscribers that can feed into the
development of new series. In addition, Hello Sunshine has a Netflix TV show called Get Organised With The Home Edit, which is about helping people get organised using the expertise of The Home Edit team. Hello Sunshine has just acquired The Home Edit, which opens them up to a more direct commercial opportunity.” Moonbug had reportedly been on track to launch an IPO before Candle proposed its acquisition deal. Explaining why it made sense to join the Candle adventure, Rechtman said: “Well it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Kevin and his co-founder Tom Staggs are highly-respected media executives. But more than that they shared the same vision as us.” Aside from being “a perfect fit,” Rechtman said “it also made sense for us to be part of a bigger portfolio of content companies. To sustain our position as a leader in the one-to-seven-year-old category, we need to have very big muscles. The beauty of this match is that we can concentrate on being category leaders without trying to enter a different area like teens or family entertainment. That is up to Candle.” Moonbug’s valuation probably comes as a surprise to those who have analysed other kids acquisitions like Mattel/Hit, Hasbro/eOne and NBCU/ DreamWorks. So what is it about Moonbug’s model that sets it apart? The answer, said Rechtman, is that “we are a data-led company. Our superpower is that we have a data team constantly scouring all platforms for the next big thing. When we find something with potential, we take full control of the IP and work on developing more and better animation and improved music.” Off the back of Cocomelon,
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Moonbug now has “pipes into 120 different platforms and relationships with 1,000 L&M partners. So when a concept hits the right level of awareness and affinity the L&M team can work on transforming it into a global franchise. Because we are a data-led company we can make all this happen very quickly, unlike the traditional life cycle of developing a property and getting it to merchandising.” While IP ownership is core to Moonbug’s model, Rechtman says there are times when it makes sense for the original creators to come on the growth journey with Moonbug : “If it’s created and owned by a couple of young kids straight out of animation school then it probably makes sense for them to stay on board because we need their creative energy and vision. They know the DNA of the IP we are in love with. But they don’t want all the hassle of rights and distribution.” For anyone who is reserving judgement, there will soon be an opportunity to see if Moonbug can replicate its success with Cocomelon. “We’ve just acquired Little Angel, a YouTube network with 88 million subscribers,” Rechtman said. “It’s loved by families across the globe, and has an irreverent humour and relatable world that make it a strong addition.” With young kids and women covered, what areas is Candle targeting next? Mayer isn’t too prescriptive, but says: “We don’t have a great boys brand and we are interested in men and young adults. We’re also looking at Latin America and the Spanish-speaking market. But there are lots of options.” While the track record of Candle’s key stakeholders can’t be
faulted, content remains a ferociously competitive market. So what makes Mayer think the company can thrive? “Four reasons. Firstly, the backing from Blackstone, a company that really understands the potential of the content market. Secondly, the sector’s growth. Currently it is on a trajectory of double-digit growth as far as the eye can see. Thirdly, our independence. The studios are all pursuing a streaming strategy that prevents them acquiring IP from each other. So that gives independent providers like us an incredible advantage. Finally, there’s the fact that we’ve been configured for the creator economy. We’re not tied by the legacy concerns that have slowed other companies.” Both executives are ex-Disney and each, in his own way, acknowledges a debt to their former employer. For Rechtman,
‘We don’t have a great boys brand and we are interested in men and young adults’
Moonbug Entertainment founder René Rechtman
Disney is the “world champion of content creation and exploitation, and in our own humble way we are building a similar machine”. Mayer adds that there is a cultural parallel: “Everyone at Disney is fully aligned to the vision — and that is something we prioritise, by making sure all key executives have a vested interest in Candle’s success through stock.” In terms of the future, Mayer
says there’s lots to be excited about in the shape of web 3.0, NFTs and the metaverse, with the latter potentially upending the current walled-garden model preferred by streamers. “We are not being too precise about the way things may develop,” he says. “For me the crucial way to futureproof a company like Candle will be digital IP ownership. Companies that have undeniable, identifiable, verifiable
IP ownership will thrive in any new model.”
The Next Generation Entertainment Companies: Audience Driven Franchises 11.45, Monday, April 4 Debussy Theatre
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Speed is key to staying ahead in the race for great content 13 sound stages ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 square feet. The new venture will be home to Sky Originals as well as film and TV projects coming out of divisions controlled by Comcast’s NBC Universal subsidiary — such as Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Working Title and Universal Studio Group. There will also be room for the Elstree site to host third-party productions. At the time of her appointment, Frot-Coutaz said: “Sky is a company I have always admired as a content maker, as a partner and as a consumer. Like the rest of the industry I witnessed the launch of Sky Studios over two years ago
‘Sky is a company I have always admired as a content maker’ Sky Studio’s Cécile Frot-Coutaz
ONE OF the highlights of the MIPTV this year is a keynote session with Cécile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Sky Studios, the production division of Comcast-owned pay-TV/VOD platform Sky. The former Fremantle and YouTube EMEA chief took up her expansive new role in September 2021, so this will be one of the global TV industry’s first opportunities to gain insight into the new leader’s ambitious plans for the heavyweight European content creator. In her role, Frot-Coutaz oversees funding, development, pro-
duction, and commissioning for scripted Sky Originals. She also oversees Sky Studios’ production companies which include Blast! Films, Jupiter Entertainment, True North and Love Productions, creator of the globally successful Bake Off format. Of particular interest coming into MIPTV, Frot-Coutaz’s remit also includes Sky Studios Elstree, a new, state-of-the-art film and TV studios that is poised to go live in April. Set to be one of the world’s most sustainable studio complexes, the site will house
and have seen the ambition and speed by which the organisation has grown. I could not pass up the opportunity to lead the studio through its next phase of growth.” Although she has only been at Sky for a few months, Frot-Coutaz has wasted no time restructuring her team to deliver on its “significant ambition in original content.” Building on the success of series like Chernobyl, Gangs Of London and Brassic, the goal is to double investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Core to her strategy is a single leadership structure “that will
allow us to move quicker, streamline decision-making and foster greater collaboration.” One interesting early announcement since Frot-Coutaz took over was a ground breaking partnership between Sky and SVOD giant Netflix on blue-chip natural history series Predators. Produced by Sky Studios-backed True to Nature, the six parter will launch on Sky Nature in Sky’s core markets of the UK, Germany and Italy — while the streaming platform will take rights elsewhere. Also of interest is a creative partnership between Sky and NBC Universal-owned streaming service Peacock on a new drama about the 1988 Lockerbie air disaster. With Peacock now a presence in the European market alongside Sky, it’s a good example of the various Comcast divisions pulling together. While at Fremantle, Frot-Coutaz was instrumental in pushing the RTL-owned producer further into non-English language scripted content. This will also be a key responsibility at Sky, which has been increasing its investment in Germany and Italy originated dramas. Coming in 2022, for example, is The King, a prison drama starring Luca Zingaretti (Inspector Montalbano). The eight-part series is directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi, whose credits include 1992 and Non Uccidere. At MIPTV Frot-Coutaz will receive the Variety International Achievement in Television Award. The award recognises individuals who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in the international TV market.
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NFTs AND WEB 3.0
What will it take to move NFTs and Web 3.0 out of the warm-up phase? MIPTV delegates will be given a unique opportunity to get to grips with the subject of NFTs at this year’s conference. Leading experts in this fast-emerging field will explore key trends and developments in a
session on Tuesday, Can NFTs Really Revolutionise TV? The session is moderated by Marc Goodchild, independent consultant, Connected Ideas UK. He is joined by multiplatform storyteller Dan-
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Could this be ‘the biggest revolution since the internet’?
DIGITAL entrepreneur and investor Michael Amar believes the emergence of web 3.0, NFTs and blockchain is the biggest revolution in the digital landscape since the arrival of the internet. MIPTV delegates who want to know why, can attend the MIPTV Workout session — How Will Web3 Transform TV? Amar hosts one of the six discussions that come under this heading. His session will kick off a series of discussions that will explore the subject of web 3.0 from various angles: “They will focus on specific issues related to NFTs and web 3.0. Delegates will be able to explore a range of issues including the relationship between digital
and tangible goods, the role of NFTs in helping to finance new projects and the way you promote and advertise in the emerging metaverse.” Amar’s view is that web 3.0 “changes the whole dynamics of the content business. Creators no longer just get heard, they get compensated properly for their IP. One of the most amazing things is the potential to get something from the secondary sales market.” Amar said another important highlight is an appearance by Serena Williams’ tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who recently announced the launch of The Coach, a collection of 2,000 NFT cards designed to attract
ielle Lauren who said she is “looking forward to unpacking the metaverse, utility, fan engagement and community/world building with other creative leaders in the field”. Another highlight is the participation of Scott Greenberg, CEO of Blockchain Creative Labs (BCL). Launched in 2021, BCL is a new venture launched by Fox Entertainment and Greenberg’s Bento Box Entertainment, marking their entry into the fast-growing Non-Fungible Token (NFT) market. Designed to provide IP owners, advertising partners and the wide creative community with end-to-end solutions to create, manage and sell NFT experiences, tokens and digital goods, the company hit the ground running with a $100m creator fund. Speaking to MIPTV Magazine ahead of the session, Greenberg said:
a community of tennis fans and web 3.0 entrepreneurs. Alongside the digital goods provided by the programme, fans will be able to access real-world coaching sessions with Mouratoglou as well as other unique experiences. Sales of The Coach NFTs went live on March 26. Announcing his plans, Mouratoglou said: “For years, I’ve been dreaming of a club that would
“Fox has always been a very entrepreneurial operation. Together we see the emergence of NFTs and Web 3.0 as a completely transformational opportunity for content producers and distributors.” Greenberg said the NFT market is still in its very early experimental stages: “In sporting terms, we’re probably still in the warm-up phase. But BCL’s role is to give early Web 3.0 adopters the tools they need to make this next wave of digital commerce a reality.” Illustrating the subject’s relevance to TV, Greenberg pointed to recent work Fox Entertainment and BCL have done around the US version of The Masked Singer. The two companies launched an NFT marketplace and community for the series, called The MaskVerse. Can NFTs Really Revolutionise TV? 10.45, Tuesday, April 5 Hi5 Studio
bring together the world’s greatest tennis fans and web 3.0 enthusiasts to build a community.” How Will Web3 Transform TV? 10.30, Wednesday, April 6 Riviera 8 - Marguerite
Mip Workouts Factual: How To Get Your Project Commissioned In The Streaming Era 17.30, Tuesday, April 5
Tennis coach - Riviera 8 Marguerite Patrick Mouratoglou
Entrepreneur and investor Michael Amar
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THE MIPTV SDG AWARD
SDG Awards highlight recycling and fight against disinformation THE MIPTV SDG Award this year goes to two very different organisations: the Association of Commercial Television and VOD Services in Europe (ACT), and Junk Kouture, a company that encourages young people to create high fashion from recycled objects and materials. The MIPTV SDG Award is given annually by MIP markets and the United Nations, to a broadcaster or media company that shows leadership in the global quest to achieve the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). MIPTV is a member of the UN’s SDG Media Compact initiative. ACT receives the award in recognition of its work on combatting the spread of disinformation online. Director general Grégoire Polad is receiving the Award in acknowledgement of the work ACT has done to raise awareness so that networks are encouraged to provide proven and checked information to consumers. ACT’s Blueprint for media policy 2019-2024 sets out suggestions for what European policymakers need to focus on, in order to maintain “media plurality, quality news and cultural diversity in Europe” — and more specifically “tackling the role of online platforms and the vile spread of disinformation online”, Polad said. “It’s also about working more widely with consumer groups, academics, fact checkers and others, towards an understanding of what the issues are and how we can best tackle them in order to create a united front.” “This is a subject that’s very close to my heart — and in fact has become a professional passion,” Under-Secretary-General for
Global Communications at the United Nations, Melissa Fleming said. “What is happening was made clear with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recognition that we weren’t just facing global health crisis, but a communications crisis as well. And why were we facing a communications crisis? Because the media landscape is polluted. It has good information, and it has very bad information and some of that bad information is deliberately produced — and that’s called disinformation, by actors who are trying to influence others.” Misinformation — also a problem — “is just kind of junk, that maybe just spreads because people don’t recognise it and don’t know what it is,” Fleming added. “And it raises their heart rate and emotions. So it’s easy to see how some people really don’t know how to navigate what’s out there.” For over the last decade, in Ireland, Junk Kouture has created “an engaged, active and inspiring community of young people working together to make a difference within climate change,” according to CEO Troy Armour, who is receiving the SDG Award on behalf of the company. Through a number of initiatives, including its televised fashion competition. “Junk Kouture is changing the way the youth of today view waste materials, showing them how previously unthought about or discarded everyday objects can be renewed and regenerated to bring life to a creative vision; it creates the circular engineers of tomorrow,” Armour said. “In 2021, Junk Kouture went global, with five launches — New York, London,
Abu Dhabi, Milan and Paris — with a goal of launching in 13 cities by the end of 2023 and a 10-year goal of impacting the lives of one billion young people across the globe by 2032.” “The clothing and the textile industries are major contributors to the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and so it is definitely a real target for UN advocacy,” ACT’s Grégoire Polad
Junk Couture’s Troy Armour
Melissa Fleming said. “It’s estimated that between two and 8% of the share of greenhouse gas emissions in the world comes from the fashion industry.” She added: “This makes recycling cool and it makes fashion made out of junk something to be proudly worn and displayed and described.” Armor said his team is “extremely honoured” to be recognised for its contribution towards the SDGs. “Having our impactful work recognised internationally, motivates each of us to continue empowering the world’s youth to make a difference to climate change.” For Polad, ACT is “humbled to receive this award. Generally, as
United Nations’ Melissa Fleming
a trade association, we prefer to see awards won by members. But this is definitely a way of raising awareness and making sure there is more pressure on governments and international bodies actually to do something that’s effective and actually protects people.” Grégoire Polad and Troy Armour will address the MIPTV audience after receiving their MIPTV SDG Awards from Caroline Petit, deputy director, United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe, and MIPTV director Lucy Smith, at 16.00 on Tuesday, April 5, in the Debussy Theatre
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Upcoming series showcased at MIPDrama MIPDrama is a showcase of some of the most anticipated drama series from around the world — in all genres, including comedy. It offers international buyers from broadcasting companies and VOD platforms an exclusive first look at a selection of upcoming drama series at the early stage of production.
The event took place on Sunday, April 3, on the eve of this the 59th MIPTV. The curated selection of high-end series was presented this year by journalist, author and content creator Rebecca Leffler. Here we present the 10 series introduced by Leffler in the Debussy Theatre on Sunday.
FACED by her boyfriend’s break-up Matilda seeks refuge in her friend Miron. Together with their new acquaintance Simon they become a triangle of dares, drugs and sexual tension. But Miron is playing a psychological game that is spiraling out of control; will Matilda see it in time? Format: 8 x 20-25 mins Genre: Teen/young adult Writers: Dandra Beijer & Maria Clauss Directors: Fanny Ovesson Producers: Erik McAllister for SVT and Lia Cederström for Baluba Distribution: SVT Sales Main broadcaster: SVT
ALL THAT IS LEFT, Sweden
PHAIM, a young Muslim of Bangladeshi origin, born in Italy 23 years ago, lives with his family in Rome, works as a museum attendant and plays in a band. At a concert, he meets Asia, his exact opposite: pure instinct and no rules. The attraction between them is immediate, and Phaim has to decide how to reconcile his love for Asia with one of Islam’s strictest rules: chastity before marriage. Format: 8 x 30 mins Genre: Comedy-drama Writers: Emanuele Scaringi, Phaim Bhuiyan, Vanessa Picciarelli Directors: Emanuele Scaringi, Phaim Bhuiyan Producer: Fandango Distribution: Fandango Main broadcaster: RAI
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AN EPIC romantic adventure based on the life of Billy the Kid, also known as William H Bonney — from his humble Irish roots and his early days as a cowboy and gunslinger in the American frontier, to his pivotal role in the Lincoln County War and beyond. Genre: Drama, western, action-adventure Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Otto Bathurst Producers: Michael Hirst, Donald De Line of De Line Pictures, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin Television, and Bathurst and Toby Leslie via One Big Picture / EPIX Studios and MGM International Television Productions, in association with NENT's Viaplay Distribution: MGM Main broadcasters: EPIX (US), Viaplay (Nordics), STAN (Australia), MBC (MIddle East)
BILLY THE KID, US, Canada DEAR VIVI is an emotional family drama and thriller that uncovers the mystery behind the shocking murder of a wife and mother in six suspenseful episodes. Life is very good for the Klettmanns, but everything changes when Peter kills his wife Anna suddenly, on her 44th birthday. While he ends up in custody awaiting trial, Peter and Anna’s eldest daughter, 18-year-old Vivian, takes on the role of head of the family. Suddenly, her carefree life is over as she finds herself fighting for custody of her siblings. Long-buried secrets from the past emerge through the series and puzzling details of Peter and Anna’s earlier life are revealed.
DEAR VIVI, Germany
Format: 6 x 45 mins Genre: Family, crime Writer: Natalie Scharf Director: Nina Wolfrum Producer: Seven Dogs Filmproduktion GmbH Distribution: ZDF Enterprises Broadcaster: ZDF
ELVIRA’s world turns upside down when Candy, a sex worker at the brothel where she works as a receptionist, goes missing. As Elvira is drawn into the criminal underworld of Copenhagen to try and find her, the few people she is close to are at risk — her sweet but struggling drug-addict brother, and their close friend who leads a double life as a police officer and brothel boss. Navigating the web of human trafficking, shell companies and deceitful personalities, Elvira transforms from an underdog into a figure of justice fighting for those that no one else will.
Format: 8 x 40 mins Genre: Crime drama Writers: Lærke Sanderhoff, Heidi Maria Faisst Director: Heidi Maria Faisst Producers: Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen for SAM Productions, alongside producers Sara Namer and Johannes Rothaus Nørregaard Distribution: Studiocanal Broadcasters: Viaplay, ZDF
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EVILSIDE is a thriller set on a remote island clinging to the frozen edge of world by the Northern Finnish coastline. An isolated fishing community, where nothing has changed for years, is thrown into turmoil by the discovery, the mutilated body of a murdered teenager. Immediately, the community blames a lonely 17-year-old girl for the murder. Johanna is their prime suspect because her beliefs clash with the islanders. She loves death-metal music, violent anime, fantasy live-action role play and occultism. For the islanders, that makes Johanna a potential murderer. However, investigating detective Ulla Penttinen thinks differently. Format: 6 x 45 mins Genre: Crime drama Writers: Aleksi Puranen, Oona Haapaniemi, Antti Kairakari Director: Jussi Hiltunen Producers: Antti Kaarlela / Whatevergroup, Einar Loftesnes / Handmade Films in Norwegian Woods Distribution: Dutch Features / Dutch Prime Broadcaster: Elisa Viihde
BERLIN in the 1920s. A dazzling place, but poverty and crime are growing. Vicky arrives in the city hoping for a better life. With no place to stay and nothing to her name, she signs on to work as a salesperson at a new, glamorous department store. But the founders are also fighting for survival, just like Vicky. Times are tough and life’s about to get tougher: Vicky falls in love with a seemingly penniless pianist Harry. What she doesn’t know is that he is the son the department store’s owner. The class divide starts to threaten their relationship, as his father has different plans for Harry.
HOUSE OF PROMISES, Germany
Format: 12 x 60 mins Genre: Period drama Writers: Conni Lubek (head author), Silja Clemens, Holger Joos, Carola M. Lowitz; Based on the novel Torstraße 1, by Sybil Volks Directors: Sherry Hormann; Umut Dağ Producers: X-Filme Creative Pool for RTL+ Distribution: Beta Film Broadcasters: RTL+, Vox
SUMMER OF Sorrow is the tale of one fateful summer in 1983, told through the eyes of the children at the heart of a terrifying mystery. A small child disappears from the idyllic Munkkivuori suburb of Helsinki, around the time a teenage boy, Mirko, and his family return to the childhood home of his mother, Anne. While Mirko’s family are viewed suspiciously by the adults in the close-knit community, the local children quickly become friends with Mirko and they have a fun summer. Meanwhile, unsatisfied with the police investigation, local parents meet in secret and decide to take matters into their own hands.
SUMMER OF SORROW, Finland
Format: 10 x 45 mins Genre: Crime Writer: Jani Volanen Director: Jani Volanen Producer: Rabbit Films Distribution: Keshet International Broadcaster:
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THE INVINCIBLES, inspired by real life events, is a political drama-thriller set in the banking world of the early 1990s. The series focuses on questions of justice, human dignity, and the might of money and power. What happens when greed gets out of control? Young idealistic economist Salla Nurminen gets a job as a bank inspector and decides to sink the greedy central savings bank, SKOP. But as she gets to know SKOP’s charismatic CEO Christopher Wegelius, she identifies with the small bank’s foolhardy fight against other big and unscrupulous commercial banks. Format: 8 x 44 mins Genre: Political drama Writers: Matti Kinnunen, Mikko Reitala Director: Matti Kinnunen Producer: Mari Kinnunen, Moskito Television Distribution: Fremantle International Broadcaster: Viaplay
THE INVINCIBLES, Finland
THE NET is a series cycle. Three standalone series form one global universe depicting international football and corruption. In The Net: Prometheus, doping hunter Georg is offered a high-performance clinic in the Alps to run. But he soon uncovers secrets. In The Net: Promised Land, lawyer Lea discovers the highest levels of the corrupt football business after a devastating accident. The Net: Power Play sees a struggling Florentine football club forced to sell half to Chinese investors.
THE NET, Germany, Austria, Italy
Format: 8 x 60 mins/8 x 60 mins/6 x 60 mins Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Sports Directors: Andreas Prochaska, Daniel Prochaska, Rick Ostermann, Volfango De Biasi, Lorenzo Sportiello Writers: Martin Ambrosch, Bernd Lange, Johannes Flachmeyer, Anneke Janssen, Thomas Ritter, Gianluca Leoncini, Valerio Cilio Producers: Netz GmbH - a joint venture between Red Bull Media House and Beta Film; local producers: MR-Film, Sommerhaus Serien GmbH, Cross Productions Distribution: Beta Film Broadcasters: ARD, Servus TV
‘I would go for more true-crime dramas’
FRESH TV Fiction, presented by Switzerland-based research company The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler during MIPTV, presents the latest trends in scripted television around the world. And with the demand for high-end drama still strong worldwide, many industry observers are waiting for the bubble to burst. But Mouseler said that’s not going to happen. “Series are the new movies. That’s a cultural, economic and societal shift,” she said. “Entertainment at home is cheaper, longer, more
choice for all target groups, and on demand — the way of consumption, the content, the business model, they’ve all changed and they’re all strong.” With crime forever popular in TV, there is a shift towards stories where the jeopardy affects everyone in the story and crime solving isn’t necessarily at its core. In this context Mouseler identified Succession as “a great piece of work, great writing, great acting”. She added: “I would identify a trend around ‘collapsing’; people
and organisations. The best example of the year so far in this trend is This Is Going To Hurt, right now on [the UK’s] BBC One, about the disorder and fatigue of hospital life and focusing on a doctor struggling professionally and personally as he contemplates coming out to his parents.” But crime’s not going away. An ongoing business trend is “to bank on established IP: novels, movies, brands, scripted formats and ‘true facts’ — anything with a proven track record”, she said, adding:
“In terms of content, I would go for more true-crime dramas, never a risky proposition; and more female-led psychological thrillers, around fragile women becoming dangerous.”
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‘A creative breeding ground looking towards the future’ THE FIFTH season of CANNESERIES — the International Series Festival — is already under way, with long- and short-form series being shown in and out of competition, to professionals and the public, across six days. The opening screening, out of competition, is the French premiere of Halo, a Paramount+ original series that takes place in a universe that began with the launch of the first Xbox Halo
game back in 2001. The sci-fi series tells the story of an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as The Covenant. The series is soon to be seen on Canal+, which is partnering once again with CANNESERIES this year. Other Canal+ series featured during the week include a second season of French comedy series La Flamme, which closes the event. During the Festival, Canal+ sub-
scribers “can live the festival as if they are there, with four special episodes of Le Cercle Séries in Cannes, a dedicated corner on myCANAL, as well as a daily recap of the Festival’s news by our digital teams,” Canal+ chair Maxime Saada said. The House of Dior is also partnering with the event and will award the Dior Grand Prize to a series for its “quality and boldness”. The luxury fashion house will also pres-
ent the Dior Revelation Award to an actor in the Short Form Competition. Parfums Christian Dior chairman Laurent Kleitman described CANNESERIES as “a creative breeding ground looking towards the future”. While major series are shown out of competition throughout the Festival, the focus of the event is the main competition in which 10 series, shown for the first time to an international audience, compete for awards in numerous categories including Best Series, Best Performance, Best Screenplay and Best Music. The 10 series in Official Competition are presented here.
1985, Belgium – 2022
SET AGAINST the backdrop of Belgium’s most notorious unsolved crime spree involving the Brabant killers, 1985 begins as three friends — Vicky, her brother Franky and his best friend Marc — set off from their hometown to Brussels. But as their adult and professional lives are just beginning, they risk losing their innocence and ambition as they find themselves caught in the middle of the horrifying events that shocked a generation. Written by Willem Wallyn; directed by Wouter Bouvijn; produced by Eyeworks Film & TV Drama; sales by StudioCanal. Broadcasters are VRT, RTBF (Belgium) and Canal+ (France).
Etterglød, Norway – 2022
EVERYONE thinks Ester will live forever, because nobody can imagine a world without her. When she gets cancer it affects everyone around her — her husband, her children, her friends — as they all start questioning their lives and their own mortality. This could have been a sad tale about a woman possibly dying of cervical cancer, but Ester would never allow that. Instead, this is a story of love and life and all the glorious and silly things we do before we die. Written by Kjetil Indregard and Mads Løken; directed by Atle Knudsen; produced by Monster Scripted; sales by Reinvent Studios International Sales. Broadcaster is NRK.
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Audrey’s Back, Canada – 2021
SEVENTEEN-year-old Audrey slips into a coma and is found unconscious on a road in the middle of the night; 16 years later she wakes up. Everything has changed around her, including her friends and family. She has to relearn to live again in a time she no longer understands. As the series progresses, her memory comes back little by little and what really happened that night slowly comes together like pieces of a puzzle. Written by Guillaume Lambert and Florence Longpré; directed by Guillaume Lonergan; produced by Pixcom, Nicola Merola, Charles Lafortune and Marie-Ève Pelletier; sales by Beta Film. Broadcaster is Club Illico/Québecor Media.
Bang Bang Baby, Italy - 2022
IT’S 1986, Alice Giammatteo is 16 years old and lives a dull life with her mother Gabriella in a small, working-class town in Northern Italy. She discovers that her father, Santo Maria, believed to have been murdered years earlier, is actually alive and sets out for Milan. She is slowly drawn into her father’s family — part of a Milanese criminal organisation, with her ruthless grandmother Nonna Lina at its head. Alice begins her descent into the world of crime. Written by Andrea Di Stefano, Sebastiano Melloni, Valentina Gaddi; directed by Michele Alhaique, Margherita Ferri and Giuseppe Bonito; produced by The Apartment and Wildside (Fremantle), with Amazon Studios. Broadcaster is Prime Video.
El Inmortal, Spain - 2021
EL INMORTAL tells the story of Jose Antonio and his criminal organisation — a man who, back in the 1990s, became one of the most powerful drug traffickers across Europe, surviving endless assassination attempts that gave him legend status. This is the story inspired by his reign and the city of Madrid, where he cheated death so many times. Written by Diego Sotelo and David Moreno; directed by David Ulloa and Rafa Montesinos; produced MovistarPlus+, Telemundo, DLO; sales by Beta Film. Broadcaster is Movistar Plus.
Jeux d’influence, les combattantes, France - 2022
A MINISTER of agriculture caught in the trap of exercising power; a lobbyist ready to do anything to conceal a health scandal; mothers helpless in the face of the drama that affects them; a journalist determined to discover the truth... this is a topical story about the relationship between lobby groups and the food-processing industry, involving politicians, the media and activists. Written by Antoine Lacomblez, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Séverine Werba; directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade; produced by What’s Up Films, ARTE France and Pictanovo. Sales by Newen Connect.
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Strafe, Germany - 2022
SIX CINEMATIC perspectives, six artistic visions, six dramatic stories... based on short stories by Ferdinand von Schirach, showcasing six exciting directors from Germany. Two of the six episodes will be shown in competition: The Thorn by Hüseyin Tabak tells the story of an introverted museum guard falling under the spell of an antique marble statue; and The Diver by Oliver Hirschbiegel takes place in a deeply religious small-town in Bavaria and revolves around the fatal consequences of an unusual fetish. Written by Hüseyin Tabak, Bernd Lange and Oliver Hirschbiegel; directed by Hüseyin Tabak, Oliver Hirschbiegel; produced by Moovie; sales by Constantin Film. Broadcaster is RTL+ / Vox Television.
Souls, Germany - 2022
IN STOCKHOLM, the pregnant pathologist Allie tries everything to prevent her husband and pilot Leo from taking a flight. In Berlin, 25-year-old Linn joins a cult whose members are desperate to believe in life after death. And in a hospital Hanna wakes up and wonders how on earth her 14-year-old son Jacob managed to save them both from drowning in their car. When, a few days after the accident, Jacob suddenly claims to remember a previous life as the pilot of a lost passenger plane, he changes the fate of these women in a dramatic way. Is Jacob lying or could this be true? Written by Alex Eslam, Lisa Van Brakel, Senad Halilbasic and Erol Yesilkaya; directed by Alex Eslam and Hanna Maria Heidrich; produced by Geißendörfer Pictures; sales by NBCUniversal Global Distribution. Broadcaster is Sky Atlantic (Germany).
Drømmeren – Karen Blixen bliver til, Denmark - 2022
THE DREAMER – Becoming Karen Blixen, is the story of one woman’s struggle to find her place in life while freeing herself from the expectations of family and society. The series takes place in the 1930s and follows Karen Blixen’s return to her childhood home in Denmark after many years in East Africa. The series follows Blixen’s story from her lowest point to becoming a renowned writer, and includes visualisations of her deepest thoughts and the magical universe of Blixen’s stories as well as flashbacks to her years in East Africa. Directed by Jeanette Nordahl; written by Dunja Gry Jensen and Per Daumiller; produced by Zentropa Episode; sales by TrustNordisk and Viaplay Content Sales. Broadcaster is Viaplay.
Sh’at Efes, Israel – 2021
A POLITICAL discussion between a teacher and a 17-year-old student turns into an emotional conflict that goes way beyond the classroom. In a fight over justice, both Amir and Lian won’t give in, even when things spin out of control and take a devastating toll that will change their lives forever. Written by Deakla Keydar; directed by Eitan Zur; produced by Yochanan Kredo, Eze Sakson, Guy Jacoel, Yossi Uzrad, Jasmine TV; sales by Federation Entertainment. Broadcaster is Kan 11 TV.
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CANNESERIES and MIPTV join forces in a forum of business and creativity CANNESERIES and MIPTV have joined together to add an industry dimension to the Festival. MIPTV x CANNESERIES Connection is a
new addition to MIPTV that brings together international producers and executives in a closed setting , for the opportunity to discuss co-produc-
tion strategies and opportunities in a series of roundtable discussions, masterclasses and networking sessions. This new initiative is described by
The CANNESERIES Writers Club
CANNESERIES president Fleur Pellerin as “a place for interaction between high-level professionals”. And MIPTV delegates are invited to join in. The MIPTV x CANNESERIES Connection sessions began on the evening of Saturday, April 2 at the Majestic hotel and continue through to Monday, April 4, when they move into the Palais des Festivals — and open up to MIPTV delegates. MIPTV x CANNESERIES Connection also features sessions involving the The CANNESERIES Writers Club, where screenwriters meet to share ideas and experiences with producers and showrunners.
Korea: there is life after Squid Game WITH Korea arguably the hottest territory in the television world now, it is appropriate that one of the high-profile visitors to Cannes this year is Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-Huyk. He will spend time with the CANNESERIES Writers Club — and will also be interviewed on the Cannes stage, alongside the show’s executive producer, Siren Pictures’ Kim Ji-yeon, as part of MIPTV x CANNESERIES Connection. Korean cinema — particularly recent Oscar-winner Parasite — K-Pop, and formats including The Masked Singer, have propelled the country’s repu-
tation as a creative hub across the world. Squid Game has added to that reputation and follow-on series Hellbound and All Of Us Are Dead have proved that Hwang’s original creation was not simply a oneoff. The CANNESERIES Focus On Korea includes the appearance by Hwang , as well as several Korean producers and screenings of Korean series — including Tving’s Monstrous, Watcha’s Damn Good Company and tvN’s Work Later, Drink Now, featuring K-pop star Eun-Ji. The world is waiting for season two of Squid Game and all the signs are that it will be of-
ficially announced soon — although it was initially intended as a single season. Hwang said that “writing , producing and directing a series alone was really such a big task” and he was “worried” about repeating the process. But “so many people are enthusiastic” that season two is all but confirmed.
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Picnic Oleg is part of a group of couples around forty, who have been friends since college. But when his birthday picnic ends in disaster, it triggers long-held secrets to be revealed.
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CANADA IN CANNES
‘People want business to re-start…’ MIPTV reports a strong representation from Canadian companies this year, with many of them based inside the Canada Pavilion. “At the very last minute, we had to extend our Pavilion because of the high number of Canadians coming back to MIPTV,” said Christa Dickenson, executive director and CEO of Telefilm Canada, which is hosting the Pavilion. “It is surely because of a post-COVID surge. People want business to restart, meet their old contacts, establish new relations — and maybe meet people they’ve only ever seen online. Also, they have new projects to sell.” Dickenson said the country’s industry was hit hard during the pandemic, with filming shutting down and cinemas closing. But “Telefilm and the industry didn’t give up. The government disbursed emergency support funds as well as the Short-Term Compensation Fund to help the industry. And we didn’t stop there. We updated and doubled our Development Program funding for fiscal year 2020-2021 and redirected funds during the
pandemic to support all projects submitted to the Development Program. Great projects were being developed and we will see the results of it in the coming years.” Also during lockdown, Telefilm organised 10 international virtual pavilions and supported some 95 national festivals held in hybrid format or online. “Even with cinema closures and restrictions, our Canadian creators still beat the odds and found success,” she said. Telefilm Canada’s remit is essentially to finance, develop and promote the country’s audiovisual industry. “We have this unique opportunity to see the big picture when it comes to our country’s audiovisual production,” Dickenson said. “And one thing is clear: Canada is all about authentic representation and storytelling that will engage audiences all around the world.” Last year, Telefilm set out to “modernise” its various programmes and decision-making processes “to better reflect ongoing changes in the industry” — with a sharp eye on diversity. “We are opening the
door to diverse voices that are at the forefront of Canadian film and content. We believe true resiliency is achieved when everyone can play a role, and this calls for a more
ries to tell — stories that the world needs to hear right now — to drive meaningful change in our industry and beyond.” Also, earlier this year, Telefilm
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respectfully representative screenbased industry.” She added: “So much of our progress and success throughout the past year can be attributed to having diverse voices at the table. We have powerful sto-
launched the first phase of its action plan on eco-responsibility. “As a responsible leader in, and champion of, the Canadian audiovisual industry, we are committed to seeing positive change,” Dickenson said. “With this mindset we have made a commitment to take greater action. In recent years, we have made strides to help reduce our environmental impact in how we work. We have begun by setting up greener Canada pavilions and offering producers the possibility to submit sustainability plans as part of their funding applications.” And so the Pavilion at MIPTV has been re-designed with sustainability in mind,” Dickenson said. “Our plan is to offer Canadians a dynamic space where they can meet their clients, make new connections, sell their projects and come back with new partners for co-production — and also do business in a safe area. Business needs to start again and we want to help Canadian Talent to be known across the world.”
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ONE TV YEAR IN THE WORLD
‘Sometimes one of the key trends is that there is no breaking news’ WHILE MIPTV continues to be a vital meeting point for TV buyers and sellers, it has also emerged as a great place to gain actionable insights about content and viewing trends in the global television market. One of 2022’s key sessions will be One TV Year In The World: Cracking TV Audiences. Presented by research group Glance and its sister company Tape Consultancy, the session will provide delegates with market intelligence about recent programming launches and changes in audience behaviour. The session is delivered by Avril Blondelot, head of content insight at Glance, Frédéric Vaulpré, vice-president, Glance and Beatrice Rossmanith, clients service director, Tape Consultancy. Speaking to the MIPTV Magazine, Blondelot said: “My section of the session will be about programming launches in 2021 and early 2022. I will look specifically at the top new shows in 30 territories and deliver a summary of key trends. It’s a useful exercise because it highlights the common rules and differences between these territories.” One key area that Blondelot will explore is the continued strength of scripted shows, which accounted for two-thirds of the top performers in 2021. Among strong performers was Israeli drama Line In The Sand, which sees a police officer return to his home town — only to discover the local community is now controlled by a violent gangster. Among high-profile non-scripted shows was Korean mega-hit The Masked Singer, which debuted well in French-speaking Canada. “The Masked Singer was also strong
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in 2020, but it is useful for buyers to know that sometimes one of the key trends is that there is no breaking news,” she said. In terms of new developments, Blondelot said some shows clearly captured the zeitgeist of the times. A Finnish comedy set in an office (Sisailmaa) addressed concerns about the return to work, while a Norwegian unscripted show (Slossesjokket) explored the consumption habits of celebrities. That show also travelled to Sweden in its original version where it aired on pubcaster SVT. One of the most talked about shows of 2021 was Netflix’s Korean hit Squid Game. While this show is outside Blondelot’s analysis, she said it illustrates continued demand for challenging content in 2021 — despite the pandemic. “We can also see
that with one of the top launches in Germany and Austria, which was Ferdinand Von Schirach: Feinde.This was a crime series about the process of a child abductor,” she added. While the global TV market has seen a marked shift towards formats in recent years, Blondelot said there was a strong acquisitions trend in 2021, just as there had been in 2020: “Poland was interesting because three of its top-five shows were acquisitions. And this is a market that has seen a growth in original commissions recently. Atlantic Crossing was a strong performing acquisition in Denmark.” In the UK, Blondelot also identified a divergence in viewing patterns between older and younger audiences.
While the former group was drawn more towards scripted launches, the latter were more likely to turn out in big numbers for the launch of new game shows. The start of 2022 has inevitably been affected by the tragic situation in Ukraine. “I am still formulating my view on this,” Blondelot said at the time of writing. “As with the start of COVID-19, it has meant more news consumption. But in terms of other genres, there look like parallel trends. On the one hand, audiences are looking for content that is an escape from the news. But on the other there are early signs that topics like war and national security are even more in demand.” One TV Year In The World: Cracking Audience Trends 9.30, Monday, April 4 Debussy Theatre
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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
‘Diversity is what makes our world beautiful’ TUESDAY’s Diversity & Inclusion Mentoring session offers delegates the opportunity to be part of intimate conversations, hosted by seasoned professionals sharing their experience and career advice. Some of the executives who will be leading those conversations offered their views on where we currently are in terms of a fairer and more inclusive gobal content industry Cristina Fon
ACCORDING to David Cornwall, managing director at Scorpion TV, some improvements have been made, but some areas remain under-represented. “Improvements are being made on screen and it seems that diversity is being considered more carefully in terms of a balance of views. However, I still think disability is way behind in this area and equally I understand that there is more work to be done behind
the camera to make diverse voices feel they can build a career in this industry. We hope to share our experiences of distributing diverse content to answer key
questions such as: What works well and what doesn’t? What can we do to ensure diverse voices continue to be heard?” Mounia Aram is founder and
president of the Mounia Aram Company. Her segment of the session is titled Diversity Is Not A Trend, We Are Diversity! “What I hope to achieve is to highlight the fact that diversity is who we are, and it is what makes our world beautiful. We need the content we are producing, distributing and broadcasting to represent the world as it is. With animation series and movies, we are targeting a very young audience,
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therefore we all have a responsibility in the content we are showing to our kids. Let’s bring them more diverse stories, characters, and settings. And it’s true that by starting at a very young age, educating little girls that they can do whatever in life and be whoever they want to be, is mandatory. Of course, parents have their role to play — and schools as well, so that young girls can choose their path. It’s their life and they should own their destiny,” Aram said. “It’s good to see that some broadcasters, commissioners, investors and funding organisations are actively encouraging companies to think beyond their existing networks and become more inclusive by making D&I an integral part of the process,” Bunmi Akintonwa, CEO of LBBC, said. “There’s a long way to go on a global level, improvements have been made in certain territories while less
progressive ones may take a little longer to catch up. While we are at last starting to see a wider variety of content — and increased revenue streams — as a result, we still need incentives to make sure that there is representation at all levels including among senior management, commissioners, investors and board members, as well as department heads, directors, DOPs and writers with authentic voices on the creative side.” Reflecting on the last two years, Christina Fon, vice-president and executive producer at Rezolution, sees some positives coming out of the pandemic: “For example, the making of space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Colour) content. I’m in the business of supporting native creators and now that there is a demand for diversity, Rezolution is already there pushing it to the
mainstream. And as a first-generation Canadian Hungarian Jewish woman, I hope to share how to take action on D&I within production. Our latest primetime series, Little Bird, brought together indigenous and Jewish creator Jennifer Podemski [Reservation Dogs] to create the scripts, and playwright/screenwriter Hannah Moscovitch [X-Company] to work with Jennifer. Then, the concept of the series developed further when I brought in Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa [Game Of Thrones, Station Eleven]. In the spring of 2021, BellMedia ordered Little Bird as its first original series for Crave, and another example of indigenous stories for mainstream entertainment.” Myriam Taylor, social change entrepreneur and TV host, is leading a discussion on how to catalyse positive change through content production. “Currently, in many
countries around Europe we tend to see more women at management level, but we rarely see women on boards or as company presidents. And if we’re talking about the inclusion of men or women from diverse backgrounds, the situation is even worse: there are almost no BIPOC representatives at management level,” Taylor said. “When referring specifically to TV, we see that there is still a lot of male dominance, either as presenters, commentators or producers. I am the only black female producer at RTP and the first black talk show presenter in Portugal,” she added.
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‘We are smart, intelligent and social’ THE INTERNATIONAL Mentoring & Networking For Women session at MIPTV, organised in association with MediaClub’Elles, is where women professionals from around the world share their experiences and offer support to help participants develop their skills and grow their business. “The breakfast event has become a regular feature on the MIP markets calendar,” the session’s organiser Laura Lemens Boy said. “The event has grown over the years and in that time we have learned just how good women are at sharing. And that is the best way to get more women into the key positions in the industry.” Sunita Uchil, chief business officer, co-productions and development,
Zee Plus, said she believes firmly in the initiative and how it can help people: “Women are born multitaskers, and we are smart, intelligent and social. However, we tend to doubt ourselves and are usually our own worst critics. Our need to excel is so high that we do not allow ourselves to bask in appreciation or to feel good when a job’s well done. We are constantly walking the tightrope of a work and home balance.” She added: “We have to accept that there will be times when one will swing higher than the other, and this is fine. How to be confident of our own abilities and how to be kind to ourselves is what we need to learn.” “Mentorship is key to creating a
more gender balanced industry,” vice-president and executive producer at Rezolution, Christina Fon said. “Sessions like this bring women from around the world together and it’s rewarding to help them make the connections and offer the advice they need to drive their projects to the finish line — or simply to get their foot through the right door.” Caroline Behar, head of documentaries, France 5 and head of acquisitions and international co-productions, France Télévisions, said she works for a company “that has equality in its DNA. We are dedicated to encouraging female talent in all genres of programmes. They are at the heart of the creative process of the films and the stories
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we are developing for impactful documentaries. I believe solidarity between women is essential to overcome the many challenges we are all facing, and the mentoring initiative is a strong and inspiring moment of exchange for us all.”
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A New Direction to Global TBS Strategy - We’re taking it things a completely new direction!
Tatsuo Sugai, Director, TBS Holdings, Senior Managing Director, TBS Television
In the 1950s, TBS became a pioneer among Japanese broadcasters in marketing its programs globally. To date, the company has developed and distributed a wide range of program content, including drama, variety, and animation, around the world. TBS has been particularly successful in the variety format business, with Ninja Warrior and Takeshi’s Castle being licensed to more than 50 countries, with local versions produced and broadcast in many countries. TBS is responsible for hundreds of titles and tens of thousands of episodes broadcast in over 160 countries and territories worldwide. Today, we are very pleased to announce another year of new formats and other news for MIPTV. The new company which TBS Holdings has established is our biggest news. We have allocated it a production budget of USD 250 million. Set apart from our existing domestic broadcasting business, it is a global strategic company that will create world-standard content and IP for multiple uses for global markets. In addition, the company will be endowed with a new production studio, one of the largest in Japan, with a floor space of approximately 990 square meters. With this new production company and high-specification studio, we will plan, develop and produce content and IP to meet the needs of global partners on a variety of services and platforms. In the area of content and IP development, we have created Manga Box, a digital distribution platform for manga as a consolidated subsidiary in order to better leverage Japan’s strength in anime. These innovative strategies will further accelerate the production of quality content from Japan, offering enjoyment to people around the world.
Other TBS Group digital content being produced for global markets includes Little Planet, an XR kids’ park operated by a TBS Group affiliate, and Corridor, interactive next-generation horror VR content developed by Tyffon Inc. TBS has launched a plan to expand its content offering in accordance with its mid-term management plan. The key strategy is known by the acronym “EDGE”, which stands for “Expand Digital Global Experience.” The company believes digital, global and experience are the three key points of focus for development going forward. Our objective is to maintain and develop existing domestic broadcasting business while expanding earnings in new business areas. In line with this strategy, we’re engaging in a wide variety of projects with new global partners. We’re expanding our content business 360 degrees, with partners of all scale and in many different locations and industries, working to take full advantage of new opportunities for growth. We’re engaged in a wide range of initiatives listed that are unprecedented for a Japanese broadcaster. The drama series Japan Sinks: People of Hope which aired nationwide from October to December 2021, was streamed worldwide on Netflix on the same day as its Japan broadcast. Also, TOKYO MER: Mobile Emergency Room, a drama series broadcast from July to September 2021, was the first Japanese drama to be distributed worldwide on Disney+. We plan to continue to develop similar distribution initiatives on global platforms going forward. Beyond drama, a new reality format based on The Future Diary is being produced and distributed by Netflix. The drama series Deep Crime Unit, which aired nationwide on TBS from January to March 2022 and won excellent ratings, was developed and co-produced with leading Israeli global content producer and distributor KESHET International, based on a concept created by Canadian production company FACET4Media. In June 2021, we formed a strategic alliance with South Korean entertainment giant CJ ENM, which includes joint production of programs. The two companies plan to collaborate in their respective fields of expertise, including movies, dramas, variety and animation, e-cartoons, pop music, events, and merchandising. TBS will also co-produce a documentary series with Zee Entertainment, one of the largest media conglomerates in India. Plans for the series call for including business partners from various other countries and regions to further enrich the content. In variety formats, TBS is working with Craig Prestis, former NBC producer of the American version of The Masked Singer, now principal of the production company Smart Dog Media. The collaboration is set to lead to a new release soon. In other interactive digital content, Little Planet, an XR kids’ park developed by Placeholder Inc., a TBS affiliate, opened in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, at the end
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of 2021. In addition, Corridor, interactive next-generation horror VR content developed by Tyffon, another TBS partner, is scheduled to open in several locations in China later in 2022. TBS successes in global markets to date are thanks to the greatly valued partnerships we have formed around the world, which have led to megahit projects like SASUKE/Ninja Warrior, Takeshi’s Castle and America’s Funniest Home Videos. The global popularity of these formats has established TBS’s position in global markets. Building on these achievements, we intend to collaborate with an ever-wider variety of partners and invest proactively to strategically develop new content and IP for global markets. To this end, we are building new organizational and facility infrastructure, and strengthening and reinforcing our existing foundation continuously. Japan has a great deal more content and IP to share with the world. We look forward to collaborating with new and existing partners in exciting new ways to deliver premium entertainment to people around the world.
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miptv PRODUCT NEWS Here we highlight some of the content from around the world available during MIPTV this year
Mystic (Daro Film Distribution)
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Monterossi (Mediawan Rights)
DARO Film Distribution, based in Monaco, returns to MIPTV with the third season of its family adventure series Mystic (8 x 30 mins). The series is a BBC/ ZDF/TVNZ/Super Channel co-production which has seen strong international success across its first two seasons and combines environmentally focused storylines with classic adventure themes that appeal to both children and young-adult audiences. The series is currently finishing production on location in New Zealand with an early Q3 premiere date expected. Daro represents worldwide rights excluding UK, Australia and New Zealand.
BALANGA PARIS-based distributor Balanga brings two new true-crime mini-series to the market. Dolores, In The Name Of The Sister (4 x 52 mins) is the chilling story of Jean Rambla, who was six years old when his sister was abducted in front of him and later killed. Haunted by his tragic past he later becomes a murderer himself. The series premiered on Canal+ in France. The second series, Criminal Childhoods (6 x 52 mins), which premiered on Planète’s Crime & Investigation, investigates why young people commit homicide. Dolores, In The Name Of The Sister (Balanga)
Combate Global (Fighting Spirit)
FIGHTING SPIRIT FRENCH sports media rights specialist Fighting Spirit is expecting to feature over 100 live shows in 2022 in its catalogue. A highlight is broadcast competition Combate Global. Its exciting style of MMA features lighter weight classes and faster athletes who consistently deliver exciting bouts. Combate Global is the first MMA organisation to achieve higher television ratings than the UFC.
MEDIAWAN Rights returns to MIPTV with two drama series. Monterossi (6 x 52 mins), produced by Palomar, features a 50-year-old disillusioned television writer who owes his success to the trashy programmes he hates. When he decides to leave the world of TV forever, he becomes embroiled in a mysterious series of crimes. An investigative thriller with a comic twist, the series is based on novels by Alessandro Robecchi. Golden Hour (6 x 52 mins), produced by Banijay Benelux, is a thriller that focuses on the crucial first hour after a terrorist attack, when panic and fear are overwhelming, and the danger of a second attack is the greatest.
BAVARIAN FICTION THE THIRD season of Das Boot (10 x 60 mins) is brought to MIPTV by Germany’s Bavaria Fiction. Das Boot 3 follows a young U-boat crew as they engage in the Battle of the Atlantic, are hunted down by an obsessed Royal Navy Commander and are sent on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hemisphere. Meanwhile in neutral Lisbon, where the exiles, spies and criminals of Europe rub shoulders with each other and their enemies, a lethal plot emerges to steal a fortune in plundered gold. Produced by Bavaria Fiction for Sky Studios, and filmed in German, English and Portuguese in partnership with Samsung and in consultation with Cinemakers Film, the series is shot in 8K and features a Dolby Atmos soundscape. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles international sales on behalf of Sky Studios.
Das Boot (Bavaria Fiction)
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Off Season (Gaumont)
CO-PRODUCED by Gaumont and AKKA Films for France Télévisions and RTS, thriller series Off Season (6 x 60 mins) stars Marina Hands, Sofiane Zermani and JeanHughes Anglade. In a majestic setting in the Alps, Sterenn Peiry, a Swiss Police Captain who is rebuilding herself after a family tragedy, teams up with a French counterpart to investigate the Edelweiss serial killer, who leaves corpses in macabre stagings. While investigating, Sterenn finds out that her son has accidentally killed his girlfriend and she decides to cover up the crime by reproducing the staging of the serial killer, a dangerous move if the serial killer is caught.
House Of Promises (Beta Film)
BETA FILM BETA Film’s MIPTV line-up includes House Of Promises (12 x 60 mins), a drama series from the producers of Babylon Berlin. Set in 1920s Berlin, House Of Promises is an upstairs/downstairs story based in the legendary Jonass department store. Other titles from the catalogue include: The Net (22 x 60 mins), a series of stand-alone stories that are narratively connected — about corruption, drama and conspiracies in the world of international football; El Inmortal (8 x 60 mins), a drama inspired by the true events in the life of the leader of the Los Miami gang in 1990s Madrid; and Beta’s first-ever Greek series, Silent Road (13 x 60 mins), an emotional and suspenseful crime drama told from multiple perspectives, a modern twist on the Pied Piper of Hamelin fairy tale.
S4C PRODUCTION STOROS MONTREAL-based Production Storos highlights two shows at MIPTV. Elimination reality series Occupation Double has run for 15 seasons in Quebec. It features groups of men and women who, against the backdrop of fabulous locations, get to know each other on a series of trips and activities. Over time the strangers couple-up, and viewer’s ultimately vote on who is the winning couple. The second show, Complètement Lycée, is a comic parody of adolescent dramas.
Occupation Double (Production Soros)
SVT SALES THE COMMERCIAL arm of Swedish public television company Sveriges Television, SVT Sales, is highlighting the 79-minute special Love & Divorce at MIPTV. At the beginning of the 2000s, Maud Nycander made a film about a couple, Eva and Johan, who fell in love and had a child within a year of meeting. As Maud revisits them and their story, they have been together for 25 years, have three more or less grown-up children and are in the midst of a separation. Through flashbacks to the years with small children and on to their current relationship, the film provides a portrait of life’s challenges.
Destination Love (Incendo)
INCENDO CANADA’s Incendo presents a slate of new romantic comedy movies in Cannes, filmed in breathtaking locations around the world. Highlights include: Destination Love, about a young woman and local vineyard-owner who hope to create the perfect destination wedding for her best friends; Love And Penguins, following a couple of professionals who come together to help save a local penguin sanctuary; Love Knots, about a sailmaker and an architect who work on a luxury development at a local marina; Together Forever Tea, about the creation if a ‘love potion’ tea; and Written In The Stars, about a journalist and astrology guru who team up to write a sceptical magazine feature about love.
WELSH-language public broadcaster S4C is launching The Light In The Hall (Y Golau), co-produced by Duchess Street Productions/Triongl and distributed by APC Studios. The six-part psychological thriller, filmed in Welsh and English, features the investigation by a journalist of a mysterious historical murder. The company also highlights: The Feast, a horror movie, filmed in Welsh, about a wealthy family that comes together in their house in the Welsh mountains; Take A Hike, a 15-part reality series in which a group of walkers rate each other’s chosen walk; co-production The Great House Giveaway, in which contestants are given money to buy, renovate and sell a house, then keep the profit; and Reunion Hotel, in which people are reunited with someone from their past in a hotel deep in the Welsh countryside.
The Light In The Hall (S4C)
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THE MIPTV slate from Spain’s Mediterraneo includes: The Hood (8 x 70 mins), about a former military man who takes on the gangs that are ruining his granddaughter’s life, in a story that explores the generation gap, the coexistence of different cultures and the values under transition in today’s society; two seasons of Disappeared (13 x 70 mins/8 x 70 mins), about Sonia, a police inspector who joins the Central Brigade in their fight for justice, despite the disappearance of her son years ago; two seasons of Unauthorized Living (13 x 70 mins/10 x 70 mins), about a man who earned an illegal fortune before becoming one of the most powerful businessmen in Spain. He is then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and his company declines into a family conflict; Blowing Kisses (2 x 80 mins), a romantic comedy with a touch of drama that follows eight interlinked stories against the background of the recent quarantines; and Devil’s Clock (8 x 50 mins), about a marine engineer who becomes involved in a complex police operation.
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Vanishing Act (DCD Rights)
VANISHING Act (3 x 45 mins/1 x 75 mins/1 x 60 mins) is a crime drama based on the real-life mystery of the disappearance of Melissa Caddick. The Australian businesswoman allegedly swindled her own friends and family out of millions of dollars, spending it all on designer clothes, fast cars, ski holidays and expensive real estate, and then disappeared when confronted by the authorities. A Screentime Banijay Production for Nine Network Australia, in association with Screen NSW, and brought to MIPTV by London-based DCD Rights, the drama stars Kate Atkinson, Colin Friels, Jerome Velinksy and Maya Stange.
TOPPING the MIPTV list for Spain’s Filmax is Basque thriller series Mouths Of Sand (94 x 50 mins). Produced by Txintxua Films, the story is inspired by an old seafaring legend that says that whoever tells the secrets of the sea on land will have their mouth filled with sand, because secrets always leave traces. In a small fishing village Inspector Garcia investigates the disappearance of a boat captain who is the son-in-law of a powerful businessman. What seems to be a simple case soon becomes sinister. Mouths Of Sand (Filmax)
Sweden, 1996. Tommy Lund, a passionate horse trainer, looks after the finest riders in the country. Charming and charismatic, this husband and father of two seems above all suspicion. He is also a psychopath, rapist and pedophile. Four women – Molly, Tommy’s wife Lotta and their daughters Victoria and Agnes – will fight, each in her own way, to defeat the monster and survive.
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ADD CONTENT PRODUCER and distributor ADD Content is launching its newly acquired 55part drama The Visionary to the international market at MIPTV. The drama series, available as a format and tape, is the story of Nur, a destitute young woman who pretends to be a dream interpreter in order to deceive the millionaire owner of a luxury hotel chain, who is desperately looking for the meaning of a recent nightmare. She falls in love with his son Yehuda and discovers that she actually has a natural intuitive ability that leads to the revelation of a tragic family secret for Yehuda. The couple are soon swept up in a resurgent civil war, while powerful secrets force them to choose between their families and their love. The Israeli producer has already been commissioned for a second season of 50 episodes.
The Visionary (ADD Content)
RED ARROW STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL
A MIPTV priority for Red Arrow Studios International is anthology drama series Plan B (18 x 60 mins), in which an individual in each series employs the services of mysterious agency, Plan B, that has the power to return them to the past and potentially alter the future. Philippe is battling to save his relationship and his business, Florence is desperate to save her daughter’s life and Mylene is a police officer on a mission to avert a family crisis. Each time-travelling journey comes with unexpected outcomes and even the smallest choices have repercussions, as uncontrollable as they are unexpected.
Plan B (Red Arrow Studios International)
PASSION DISTRIBUTION LITVINENKO: Murder In Mayfair (1 x 60 mins), produced by Firecracker Films, explores the story of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian defector and British citizen, who was poisoned while eating at a London restaurant. His killers had used radioactive polonium, potentially exposing thousands of innocent people to the deadly poison. The UK’s Passion also brings Dinosaurs (4 x 60 mins), in which CGI experts and scientists from the Natural History Museum create a fully realised, photorealistic environment, taking viewers back in time 250 million years.
STUDIOCANAL SET IN in the 1860-70s, Django (10 x 60 mins) is a re-imagining of the Sergio Corbucci feature film Django. Sarah and John have founded New Babylon, a city of outcasts that welcomes anyone — from all backgrounds, races and creeds. Haunted by the murder of his family eight years earlier, Django is still looking for the daughter he believes survived. He is shocked to find her and her fiancé in New Babylon. Sarah wants Django to leave, but, believing the city is in danger, Django is adamant that he will not lose his daughter twice. Brought to Cannes by Studiocanal, the series is produced by Atlantique Productions and Cattleya, along with co-producers Sky and Canal+, in collaboration with Odeon Fiction and Studiocanal.
BOSSANOVA MEDIA SECRETS Of The Lost Liners is an in-depth marine history series charting the design, service and loss of some of the world’s greatest ocean liners. Covering 100 years, it features a range of craft, from art deco icons to luxury floating palaces, all tragically lost through conflict, accidents or human error. These were some of the most amazing moving objects ever made, pushing the boundaries of engineering and design. The series, brought to MIPTV by London-based BossaNova Media, features never-before-seen footage, experts and historians along with Secrets Of The Lost Liners (BossaNova Media) analysis of each catastrophe.
JUST FOR LAUGHS HOWIE Mandel And His Friends – Don’t Sneeze On Me! (1 x 90 mins) features the Canadian comedian, writer, actor and TV personality with his guests Ryan Hamilton, Danny Jolles and Patton Oswalt, among others, performing after two years away from the stage. The Canadian distributor also brings a new season of long-running prank show Just For Laughs Gags (13 x 30 mins) and new format show The Imposters, in which celebrity guests share personal stories and the host guesses which stories are true or too good to be true.
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Two Years And One Day (Atresmedia)
A TOP MIPTV priority for ABC Commercial is Muster Dogs (4 x 60 mins/HD), the uplifting story of five kelpie puppies and a group of stock handlers across Australia who try to turn them into working dogs over the course of the year. The series was the highest rated programme, broadcast and catch-up, in its home country. The lifestyle slate from the Australian distributor includes country travel series Back Roads (16 x 30 mins/HD) and gardening series Gardening Australia (38 x 60 mins/HD).
Muster Dogs (ABC Commercial)
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SPAIN’s Atresmedia brings a range of content to MIPTV, including: comedy Two Years And One Day (6 x 50 mins), about a famous actor and presenter who is sentenced to serve two years and a day for an innocent but unfortunate religious joke at a small-town carnival; Thistle (6 x 30 mins), with a second season in production, about an unhappy, drug-addicted woman in her 30s who, in an attempt to turn her life around, helps a 65-year-old woman whose neighbourhood flower shop is about to be closed; The Age Of Anger (4 x 50 mins), about the confusion caused at a school when a popular teenager is accused of brutally murdering his father; Lord, Give Me Patience (8 x 50 mins), a family comedy about an ultra-conservative grumpy man, with a family that includes a gay married couple, a video-games obsessive, a left-wing activist and an environmentalist couple; and Mother (13 x 50 mins), about a traumatised woman who unexpectedly comes to look after a troubled child.
The Hood (Mediterraneo)
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ORANGE SMARTY THE UK’s Orange Smarty is highlighting two shows featuring presenter Stacey Dooley. Two Daughters (working title/1 x 60 mins), a co-production between True Vision and Little Dooley, investigates the tragic murders of Arch-deacon Mina Smallman’s two daughters in a London park. In Stacey Dooley: Stalkers (2 x 47 mins), from ScreenDog Productions, Stacey embeds herself within specialist police and victim-support stalking units. A new series recently added to the catalogue is Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion (3 x 60 mins), which follows the media personality as she brings her house back to life after it was burgled and ransacked. Lastly, The Lazy Car Dealer (10 x 52 mins) features a car dealer with a difference.
Stacey Dooley: Stalkers (Orange Smarty)
The Suspect (ITV Studios)
KO DISTRIBUTION HOW TO Survive In The Wild (6 x 30 mins) is the story of Kevin, the founder of a startup that promises to revolutionise grief by allowing users to converse with the dead. He discovers that success comes at a price, that human interests and business prosperity don’t always go hand in hand — and that he resembles his wealthy father more than he would care to admit. Other titles from the Quebecois distributor include: Pillow Talk (10 x 30 mins/22 x 30 mins), a sketch comedy featuring the daily life of four couples and two roommates; women-focused comedy Perfect Storm (13 x 30 mins); sports drama Veer (8 x 60 mins); and family drama The Pact (24 x 30 mins).
How To Survive In The Wild (KO Distribution)
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ITV STUDIOS THE SCRIPTED catalogue from the UK’s ITV Studios is headlined by two titles. The Suspect (5 x 60 mins) sees Aidan Turner playing Joe O’Loughlin, who appears to have the perfect life with a beautiful wife, a loving daughter and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. All it takes to unravel this is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient and the biggest lie of his life as he risks everything to search for a killer. In Litvinenko (4 x 60 mins) David Tennant plays Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy and British citizen who, when poisoned, points the finger at President Vladimir Putin. After he dies detectives plunge into a murder investigation.
SECRETS Of Big Data (6 x 60 mins), produced by Shark Teeth Films for Superchannel Canada and brought to Cannes by Off the Fence, explores the challenges that society is facing in the future with regard to big data — gathering remote data, the real-world dangers of predictions, artificial intelligence and sentient machines, and hacks and exploits that expose our darkest secrets to the world. Each episode features four mysterious stories, using archive imagery, stock footage, and a data driven approach to motion graphics and CGI.
Secrets Of Big Data (Off the Fence)
RTÉ PROGRAMME SALES ONE OF Ireland’s longest running lifestyle programmes, Room To Improve, returns to MIPTV in its 13th season, courtesy of RTÉ Programme Sales. Fronted by architect Dermot Bannon, this home-renovation series features a diverse mix of renovations, rescues and new builds. Bannon balances his role of designer with that of a diplomat, mediator and project manager as he fights his corner with feisty contractors and has his diplomacy skills tested by clients who know exactly what they want.
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HG DISTRIBUTION is launching the mockumentary Operation Luchador (1 x 80 mins). The programme is set at the dawn of the Second World War, when Nazism was extending its grip over South America. The Golden Angel, a Mexican masked wrestler, is recruited by the Americans to flush out spies working for the Third Reich. The Golden Angel’s top-secret assignments bring him to a pivotal confrontation with Hitler himself. Operation Luchador Operation Luchador is available in French with Eng(HG Distribution) lish and Spanish subtitles.
NEW YORK-based FilmRise brings a range of programming to Cannes. From the unscripted genre: Dr. G: Medical Examiner (83 x 60 mins), features a coroner who analyses puzzling deaths; and cooking competition Iron Chef (180 x 60 mins). The company also brings two classic comedies: The Dick Van Dyke Show (158 x 30 mins); and That Girl (136 x 30 mins), about an aspiring actor. Highway To Heaven (111 x 60 mins) is about an angel sent to earth to help people. The company also brings educational series Crash Course (150 x 30 mins); reality series PrestonPlayz (30 x 30 mins);SINGS and comedy Kim’s Convenience (65 x 30 mins). 020_SHE DEMI PAGE_MAG_TV
BRIDGE Of Lies, produced by ITV Studios, is a game show featuring one team of friends and family playing for a cash prize. Each takes it in turn to cross a bridge of digital stepping stones, where each stone represents a different answer and only one is correct. Another game show from the UK’s BBC Studios is One And Six Zeros, in which a team of three players are seven questions away from winning £1,000,000. Each wrong answer wipes a zero from their prize. Gassed Up, meanwhile, sees a host and a celebrity guest go head-to-head creating crazy, hybrid vehicles to race, or building the ultimate racetrack, while they are mentored and judged by experts. The BBC Studios Factual Entertainment production is made by Digital Originals for BBC Three. Loggerheads, from Mighty Productions Scotland, sees two teams go head-to-head in the ultimate woodworking challenge as six craftspeople camp out on in the woods, with 24 hours to bring a project to life.
FRANCE TV DISTRIBUTION VORTEX (6 x 52 mins) is a France 2 thriller brought to MIPTV by france tv distribution. Set in 2025, it focuses on Ludovic, who lost the love of his life, Mélanie, 27 years earlier in what looked like a tragic accident. Ludivic is a police captain in the French city of Brest — and while studying a reconstructed VR crime scene and because of a technical glitch, he stumbles on a time warp that enables him to communicate with Mélanie a few days before her death. In an effort to save her by stopping her murderer, Ludovic is in danger of losing his own life in the present, along with that of his wife and their son.
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ELECTRIC Entertainment brings two seasons of Leverage: Redemption (29 x 60 mins) to MIPTV, which features a band of reformed criminals fighting for justice — the Hitter, the Hacker, the Grifter and the Thief — who are joined in the second series by a new tech genius and corporate fixer. Other titles brought to the international market by the US distributor include: two seasons of Almost Paradise (20 x 60 mins), about a US DEA agent who retires to beach in the Philippines and uses his skills to put away criminals, despite doctor’s orders; space series The Ark (12 x 60 mins), about a mission to save humankind; To The Lake (8 x 60 mins), about a group journeying to a deserted island to avoid a deadly virus; four seasons of fantasy series The Outpost (49 x 60 mins); and sci-fi thriller The Deal (1 x 90 mins). The Palace (Global Screen)
PERIOD drama The Palace (6 x 45 mins) is brought to MIPTV by Global Screen, the distribution arm of Germany’s Telepool. Also known as Der Palast, the series features the world’s biggest theatre stage, the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. In the divided Germany of 1988, a show is in rehearsal to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Republic. From the stage, young dancer Christine comes face-to-face with her doppelganger, a businesswoman from West Germany who is in the audience. She discovers she has a twin sister she knew nothing about. 038_AUSTRALIA_MAG_TV The series is produced by Constantin Television.
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INTERNATIONAL MOBILE 101 is a six-part scripted drama series charting the incredible story of the rise of Finnish company Nokia to become the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile phones, before an equally dramatic decline. Beginning in 1988, with Nokia a small but ambitious company, Katarina and Aki are the idealistic and ambitious young lawyers who are thrust into the midst of an international court case, when the US giant Motorola sues Nokia for patent infringements. At the same time, single-minded Nokia engineer Risto sets out to design a better and smaller mobile phone, the 101. Their story reveals boardroom plots and personal feuds and follows the story of the business leader whose courage saved the entire company following the tragic death of his predecessor.
Mobile 101 (Rabbit International)
Cruel Instruction (MarVista Entertainment)
QUINTUS STUDIOS SUPERCAR Tech (5 x 60 mins) explores how the supercar genre originated and evolved, detailing how the machines work, the critical components that allowed them to advance, and the key inventions that helped usher in an era of speed and performance. The series features a variety of instrumental engineers, forward-thinking designers, insightful experts, futuristic technologists and well-known car historians. Supercar Tech is brought to Cannes by Germany’s Quintus Studios.
Supercar Tech (Quintus Studios)
PARAMOUNT GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION GROUP PARAMOUNT Global Distribution Group has a robust content line-up from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, CBS Studios, CBS Media Ventures, CBS News, Showtime Networks, Nickelodeon, MTV Entertainment Studios, Smithsonian, Viacom International Studios, Miramax as well as third-party partners. The latest scripted series offerings include Long Slow Exhale from Paramount Television Studios, about the head of a women’s college basketball team who finds herself embroiled in a potentially career-shattering sexual abuse scandal; and science-fiction horror series From, an Epix Studios and MGM International Television Productions series.
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THE MIPTV slate from MarVista Entertainment, all 90-minute films, includes: romance A Godwink Christmas: Miracle Of Love (1 x 90 mins); #FBF, in which a teen accidentally takes her mother’s laptop and realises she has everything she needs to be her mother for the day; thriller Cruel Instruction, in which a troubled highschool student fights to escape a prison-like facility; Deadly Seduction, in which a college professor finds herself caught in a student’s web of deceit; Dying To Be Perfect (1 x 90 mins), about a single mum who tries to save her daughter from a dangerous peer group; Killer Rivalry, set in the world of volleyball; Malicious Mind Games, featuring a sleep-deprived single mom; Secrets Exposed, about a woman desperately searching for her missing daughter; A Glass Of Revenge; and A Job To Die For.
ART PICTURES returns to Cannes with Varyag (10 x 48 mins), which focuses on an undercover secret-service detective with the call sign Varyag, who fights international organised crime. Among his enemies are drug cartels and terrorist cells, criminal groups and gangs. The company also brings Brothers (21 x 24 mins), about one brother who is a policeman and one who plays a policeman in a hit TV series; Sergeant (4 x 48 mins), about a retired special forces sergeant who witnesses a brutal murder, and then becomes a target; and Oligarch’s Wife (34 x 24 mins), about a woman Varyag (Art Pictures) who has to start again from scratch.
GOQUEST MEDIA PRODUCED by MetRo Production for Telekom Srbija, Secrets Of The Grapevine (72 x 50 mins) is a romantic drama that tells the history of two feuding wine-growing families. Former lovers from the two families rekindle their romance after 20 years. Another highlight is Still Waters (8 x 30 mins), a drama for young adults produced by Zolba Productions for Estonian pubcaster ERR. Marianne, a city girl with Ukrainian-Estonian roots, is on the threshold of graduating from high school. Unexpectedly she finds herself in a bi-lingual school in Ida-Viru County, when her mother Maria moves in with the Estonian principal.
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ZDF STUDIOS THE SCRIPTED roster for Germany’s ZDF Studios includes Stories To Stay Awake (4 × 50 mins), in which four top Spanish directors (Rodrigo Cortés, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Paula Ortiz, Paco Plaza) bring Chicho Ibáñez Serrador’s iconic horror series back to life, with a modern cinematic edge. The original Stories To Stay Awake revolutionised the Spanish television landscape back in the 1960s. The series comprises four standalone episodes that give homage to the past yet are on the cutting edge of the present and look to the future.
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LAUNCHING on APC’s MIPTV slate, drama True Colours (4 x 60 mins) follows an Aboriginal detective, Toni Alma (Rarriwuy Hick), assigned to investigate a suspicious car accident in the community she left as a child. The clues lead back to her own family as she has to navigate her way to find a killer. Another priority is French-language political thriller Pandore (10 x 52 mins), in which the rape of a young woman brings four very different characters together. Icelandic quirky drama Blackport (8 x 52 mins), is the story of a married couple, who with their friends build a small fishing empire that comes under threat with the introduction of a fishing-quota system. Preppers (6 x 30 mins), created by Australian Aboriginal comedian Nakkiah Lui and Gabriel Dowrick, is a comedy set in a survivalist community of quirky personalities.
MUSE DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL MUSE Distribution International brings a catalogue of over 400 hours of programming to MIPTV, including drama series The Kennedys (8 x 60 mins), TUT (6 x 60 mins) and The Kennedys: After Camelot (4 x 60 mins). The company also brings mystery franchises, including the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries (18 x 120 mins), starring Candace Cameron Bure and based on novels by Charlaine Harris. They follow librarian Aurora, a crime buff, lover of mystery novels and member of the Real Murders Club, who unexpectedly finds herself solving real-life murders in her small town. In Til Death Do Us Part: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, the 16th movie of the franchise, a body is discovered days before Aurora’s wedding to Nick. Fearing her father may be a suspect, Aurora and Nick race to solve the case before they walk down the aisle.
Stories To Stay Awake (ZDF Studios)
TOPPING the scripted slate for the UK’s Cineflix Rights is Reginald The Vampire (10 x 60 mins), a story of an unlikely hero who crashes into a world populated by beautiful and vain vampires. While navigating numerous obstacles in his new undead life — the girl he loves but can’t be with, a bullying manager at work and the vampire chieftain who wants him dead — he discovers he has powers of his own. Also offered is the feature-length Sugar, inspired by the real-life story of the Canadian women who became known as The Cocaine Cowgirls. Two young influencers are coaxed by a charming man into joining a vacation on board a cruise ship bound for Australia. The dream trip becomes a nightmare when the women are entangled in a deadly drug-smuggling operation.
A Royal Guide To (Woodcut Media)
WOODCUT MEDIA WOODCUT Media is currently in production on A Royal Guide To (6 x 60 mins), which looks at some of the little-known protocols and customs of the British Royal Family adhere. The angle of tea-cup handles, royal women adopting the ‘Duchess slant’ to prevent embarrassment when seated, babies christened in holy water from the River Jordan, boys having to wear shorts until they are eight and wedding rings that must be made of Welsh gold – all, and more, feature in the series and their historical origins are explored.
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RAUFIKAT’s Better Bake Along (6 x 30 mins) features master baker Raufikat Oyawoye-Salami who teaches comedians Alan Shane Lewis and Ann Pornel how to bake. Ann and Alan try their best to keep up and present a perfect replication of Raufikat’s dish. The Canadian co-producer and distributor Boat Rocker also brings travel and adventure series How I Got Here (10 x 60 mins), in which second-generation children accompany their parents back to their country of origin, to relive the sacrifice, struggle and dramatic circumstances that led to their families moving to North America.
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atrick Aryee, wildlife filmmaker, presenter and biologist, will deliver a MIPDOC keynote talk in Cannes on day one of MIPTV. During his session, the rising on-screen star will talk about his passion for nature, science and technology, outline his career to date and, through the use of spectacular footage, recount anecdotes from his time on location shooting his new series Evolve (6 x 60mins). Distributed by Abacus Media, Evolve is produced by Beach House Pictures for CuriosityStream, in association with Blue Ant Media. The show deals with biomimicry, a long-standing passion of Aryee. “A real frustration in my early TV career was the clear division between natural history and science — which made no sense to me. The beauty of this series is that it shows us some jaw-dropping animal behaviour, but then demonstrates how natural evolution might provide the basis for game-changing technologies that could revolutionise our future. An example would be how the protein from squid ring teeth is being used to create tough recyclable textiles and glues.” Having studied biology at a leading UK university, Aryee initially thought he would work in the pharma industry. But after an “early life crisis” he decided that a television career would be the best way for him to combine his love of science with his passion in performing arts. Nevertheless, it took a lot of perseverance for him to achieve his ambition: “One of my earliest roles was as an editing assistant at the BBC in Bristol. I remember the eye-rolling when I said I wanted to be a presenter, but I’ve always been very innovative when opportunities present themselves. I remember doing a lot of hours of voiceovers after work as I tried to change perceptions of what I was capable of doing. Eventually my big break came when I was asked to present Super Senses in 2014.” Aryee recalls the “pressure of expectation” coming into a sector dominated by natural-history legend David Attenborough. “But the thing I’ve always understood is the importance of developing a distinctive voice. The thing that really drives me is transporting people to the places that I am fortunate enough to visit, so that they can experience what I am experiencing. For me the likes of Will Smith and Kevin Hart are great role models because they are so inspiring.” In recent years, Aryee has built a strong relationship with Sky Nature, via series such as Offspring Films’ Impossible Animals — but he is also deeply interested in emerging channels including podcasts, social media and VR: “I’m always wary when people start talking about who will be the next Attenborough; but if there is one, he/she/they will be comfortable across a range of areas from NFTs to the metaverse, music to social media. I think the future of wildlife content is to embrace new channels and build community with a range of audiences.” Production on Evolve took place throughout 2021, with filming in Namibia, Jordan, the UK and the US. It was a tough gig because of COVID travel restrictions, “but it was an amazing experience,” Aryee said. “I worked with explorers, fighter pilots, scientists and inventors, and talk about inspired innovations. It really is the job I dreamed of when I was trying to figure out my future after university.” The MIPDOC Keynote: Patrick Aryee
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Streamers and post-pandemic demand boost factual market AMANDA Groom, founder and managing director of global media co-production specialist The Bridge, has been advising on this year’s MIPDoc International Co-production Summit. The invitation-only event opens with a keynote between Groom and Curiosity Stream’s Jorge Franzini, where they will outline the numerous opportunities for documentary producers with Curiosity Stream and Discovery Channel. The keynote is followed by a case study that takes delegates inside the detailed re-construction of Gaudi’s studio, in a Gedeon Media Group production from Stéphane Milliere. “The documentary pushes boundaries of achievement in both editorial and 3D production,” Groom said. The factual market has proved nimble during the pandemic and is emerging with strong global
The Bridge’s Amanda Groom
growth. “Gaps left in schedules as a result of COVID restrictions, along with increased B2C routes to market for documentary makers — including newly emerging streamers — have helped facilitate this factual boom,” Groom said. “I look forward to exploring this with Jorge Franzini, during the Summit.” The Bridge is at MIPTV with a full team, Groom said. “We are looking for new co-production partners in the factual and drama space and greatly look forward to being able to re-connect with those able to attend. “Some of our Asian partners are still unable to travel, however, so we are also planning a pan-Asian tour later this year to make up for lost time with them.”
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ONE OF a series of small-group interactive conversations — collectively known as the MIP Workouts — is hosted by documentary filmmaker Peter Hamilton. Mip Workouts Factual: How To Get Your Project Commissioned In The Streaming Era, is a roundtable session that focuses on strategies for producers and platforms. “Producers, distributors and all of us working in the unscripted sector are figuring out how to succeed in the streaming era,” Hamilton said. “The workshop brings together market-tested veterans and newcomers who will share our practical strategies for selling our concepts and finished product.”
Hamilton was executive producer on Season Of The Osprey, a PBS Nature Special directed by Jacob Steinberg and narrated by US actor Paul Giamatti. The international version, Osprey: Sea Raptor is narrated by British actor Sean Bean. “The streamers want to break through the clutter by greenlighting more and more projects that are by or about A-lister talent and personalities,” Hamilton said. “Paul Giamatti and Sean Bean are superb actors who beautifully narrate their versions of Jacob Steinberg’s osprey special. Their credits send the message to buyers, viewers and awards judges that this is an important wildlife film that is strongly backed
by its co-producer WNET’s Nature series and Love Nature, and deserves our close attention.” Hamilton added that key questions for documentary/unscripted producers during the session “will focus on their pitching and selling strategies as global streaming platforms increasingly rely on celebrity-driven subjects and production teams.” Mip Workouts Factual: How To Get Your Project Commissioned In The Streaming Era 17.30, Tuesday, April 5 Riviera 8 – Marguerite
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MIPDOC: FACTUAL TRENDS
Social experiments, natural history and true crime lead factual trends LAST YEAR, K7 Media communications manager David Ciaramella gave a presentation on factual trends at MIPTV, during which he explored how the COVID-19 pandemic had influenced editorial decision-making among commissioners, producers and distributors. A year on, preparing for an updated investigation into the market, Ciaramella told the MIPTV Magazine that there’s a different feel to the content coming through, with social experiments, true crime and natural history all likely to feature prominently in Cannes. “As part of our work in advance of MIPTV, K7 gets to see the titles that distributors are presenting at the market,” Ciaramella said. “So we can start to develop a sense of the topics that factual creators are focusing on in early 2022. One area that is quickly apparent is a resurgence in social experiments.” And with reference to the pandemic, “these social experiments all seem to be linked to the zeitgeist of the times,” he added. “They’re bold, noisy, impactful shows about things like relationships, dieting, religion, culture — modern issues that people have had more time to dwell on during COVID.” A good example, he said, is Passion Distribution’s Open, which explores whether young couples might be happier in non-monogamous relationships. “There’s also a new competition dating show from WarnerMedia called The Big D, which looks at divorcees as they re-enter the dating game
— with the catch that their exes are involved in the process. And in a show from All3Media International called The Simple Life, contestants see how long they can live their lives subject to the rules of the Amish community.” True crime, of course, is not a new trend. “But it has come back very strongly after the pandemic,” Ciaramella said. “We’re continuing to see the kind of staple series that work well across free TV and pay TV. Bossanova has a series called Cold Case Killers, while Passion is bringing I Met My Murderer Online.” At the same time, there is still continued interest in prestigious projects that might be targeted at the big streamers. “eOne is in Cannes with Thunder Bay, a series based on a podcast. This is an intriguing production that looks at a series of murders of indigenous people in an Ontario city. It’s true crime but it also tackles some important contemporary social issues,” he said. Produced by Anishinaabe journalist, writer and comedian Ryan McMahon, the four-parter digs into the underbelly of a city that has been dubbed the homicide and hate-crime capital of Canada. As to his third trend, Ciaramella said the market is not necessarily focusing on natural history in its traditional purist sense. Instead the emphasis is on shows that are attempting to connect with new audiences through the use of technological innovation or hybrid forms of storytelling. “We’re seeing
K7 Media’s David Ciaramella
quite a range of content coming through. eOne has a documentary about the biomechanics of animals while Blue Ant International is introducing buyers to the sardine migration in the Ocean’s Greatest Feast. One trend is towards natural history/access hybrids. eOne has Arctic Vets and London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year, while Bossanova looks at the re-housing of street dogs in Take Me Home.” Ciaramella’s third heading dovetails neatly with a MIP-
DOC keynote being delivered by Patrick Aryee, wildlife film maker, presenter and biologist. During his session, Aryee will discuss his time on location shooting new series Evolve.
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‘You need a story to keep viewers watching’ THE MIPDOC Project Pitch is open to all creators and producers with new factual projects targeted at the world’s leading buyers, commissioners and financiers. This year, MIPTV received 111 submissions from 79 companies in 27 different countries. The finalists, announced on March 16, get the chance to pitch their projects to a jury of documentary experts at MIPTV on Monday. Here, some of the jury members reveal what an effective pitch requires, and what they’re hoping to see. Head of factual acquisitions at Swedish Television, SVT, Mikael Osterby, sees things in black and white: “My standard phrase is ‘If it isn’t a hell-yes, it’s a no’,” he said. “Around 95% of what I see, it’s ‘no’, but we’re always looking for the other 5%. And what I hope for is a clear and understandable topic. If it’s a presenter-led project, or a doc with talent, the name needs to have star quality…and by star quality I mean star quality, not merely ‘well-known’. And you need a story to keep viewers watching.” Director, acquisitions and co-productions for documentaries/ children and youth at Germany’s ZDF, Dr Kristina Hollstein, said she values brevity: “For me it’s most important that the USP and promise of the pitch can be summarised in a maximum of three sentences. That might sound easy, but often it is not,” she said. “Also, the needs and formats of a linear broadcaster differ from those of streaming platforms. We go for specials rather than long-running series and need either interna-
Sky’s Jack Oliver
tionally relevant topics or those that relate to our audience. Plus, blue-chip topics around planets, the universe and earth history remain hot.” Jack Oliver, head of co-productions at Sky Entertainment, looks for a well authored vision: “Distinctive narrative-driven documentaries that offer a unique lens on a story and subject work for me,” he said. “The genre is incredibly rich in terms of the eclectic array of brilliant directors and producers working with a diversity of aims and ambitions. That can range from immersive, character-driven subjects, to broadly entertaining and cinematic projects. Clearly the authenticity inherent within documentaries has a strong appeal and it is the inventiveness and creativity of the genre which is actively being sought out by audiences.” Caroline Behar, head of international co-productions and acquisitions at France Televisions, is looking for strong stories: “We’re always looking for author-driven documentaries and human rights with strong characters, unusual stories and a cinematic approach,” she said. “And we’re interested
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in ambitious, innovative programmes for our Science Grand Format slot, covering archeological discoveries, space, paleontology, engineering and cutting-edge science. We also like spectacular, highly visual approaches that can attract large family audiences, and history programmes linked to commemorations, as well as geopolitical shows for our primetime evenings.” The event’s moderator Cecilie Olsen, senior vice-president of global content, non-scripted, ITV Studios, said: “The core in any factual show is storytelling. Viewers are still looking for the
real story; they are also looking for a different point of entry. For example, in our new natural history series produced by Plimsoll called A Year On Planet Earth, we follow the same characters across more than one episode, mirroring that of a scripted drama but taking real stories from the natural world. Similarly, looking at animals from a different angle, which happens in Return Of The Vultures. For example, there may be an endangered species with a bad reputation — but we learn also that it’s diet makes it an essential part of the ecosystem.”
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mipdoc PRODUCT NEWS On the following pages we highlight some of the factual content from around the world available during MIPTV this year
Mating Machine (EBS)
EBS KOREA Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) heads its MIPTV slate with Mating Machine (2 x 50 mins/4K/UHD). The documentary explores how the true winners on the battlefield of evolution are not just the ones that survive, but the ones that succeed in mating — looking at plants, insects, fish, mammals, birds and primates. The first part focuses on males and how they battle to be chosen by females. The second part focuses on females and how they drive evolution of species.
RESERVOIR DOCS PRIORITY titles for Paris-based Reservoir Docs at MIPTV include: The Treasures Of Crimea, a 52-minute documentary about the exhibition Crimea – Gold and Treasures of the Black Sea. Held in virtual hostage in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam since the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the art collection is effectively stateless; and Welcome To Norway, a true-crime documentary series about Øystein, a Norwegian businessman who is befriended by a young American couple. When they travel to Oslo, he hosts a dinner party which turns into a fight and results in him being stabbed nine times. In production, the series is a co-production with TV2 Norway, and is pre-bought by DR Denmark.
End Of The Rope (Beyond Rights)
Sri Lanka - Leopard Dynasty (Autentic Distribution)
The Treasures Of Crimea (Reservoir Docs)
BEYOND RIGHTS BEYOND Rights returns to MIPTV with a slate of factual programming led by three new series. End Of The Rope (6 x 60 mins) follows Trask Bradbury and his rope team as they risk their lives to maintain and repair America’s engineering marvels, including colossal dams, bridges, rollercoasters and statues. Loot (8 x 60 mins) delves into the trade in stolen antiquities and art that has become a major source of income for criminal syndicates. Underground Railroad: The Secret History (4 x 60 mins) uses archaeology and modern technology to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the secret network of rail routes that helped enslaved people in America escape to freedom.
SRI LANKA – Leopard Dynasty (1 x 45 mins) explores the lowlands of Sri Lanka, home to one of the highest leopard populations on earth, and follows the challenges faced by the mothers and cubs. Further HD titles from the German distributor include: Snow Lords: The Series II (4 x 45 mins), about the teams that create and maintain ski resorts; Europe’s Forgotten Border (1 x 52 mins), about the border between Czechoslovakia and the West during the Cold War; Adam And Ida (1 x 80 mins), about twins, both Holocaust survivors, who were separated as toddlers; Deadly Roads (4 x 45 mins); Gothic Paintings: Between Horror, Faith And Genius (1 x 52 mins); The Mystery Of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Flora Bust (1 x 52 mins); and cookery show At Our Neighbour’s Table (155 x 30 mins).
GAD FRENCH distributor GAD brings a wide range of programming to Cannes in the current affairs, nature, science and history categories, including: The Great Flop (1 x 52 mins/HD), looking at the ubiquity of porn; Xianju, The Way Of Balance (1 x 52 mins/4K), an exploration of the Xianju National Park in China; The Big Burn (1 x 52 mins/HD), looking at mega fires; The Time Factory (1 x 53 mins/HD), about the human quest to measure time; The Rope Epidemic (1 x 52 mins/4K), about a wave of suicides in the Colombian Amazon region; Moo! The Epic Horns (4 x 52 mins/4K), investigating bovines across the world; Naïs In The Land Of Wolves (1 x 53 mins/HD), following a father and baby living in the wilderness of a national park in France; Who Wrote The Bible? Revelations About One Of The Greatest Mysteries In History (1 x 54 mins/ HD); and Cosquer Cave, Prehistoric Peoples And The Sea (1 x 52 mins/4K).
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GERMAN distributor New Docs is at MIPTV with a range of new documentary films. Among the highlights is the science documentary mRNA – Hype Or Hope? (1 x 45 mins), which asks whether mRNA technology is the new game-changer in medicine; New York During The Pandemic (1 x 90 mins/52 mins), which portrays the everyday lives of New Yorkers since the first lockdown hit the city; and Belarus – The Long Road To Freedom, which interviews leading Belarussian opposition figures who now live in exile but continue to fight for their country and the loved ones they left behind.
ELISA’s Way (1 x 58 mins) profiles a young woman who, with her mother, breeds horses on the rundown family ranch just south of the arctic circle. Elisa dreams of riding dressage at the highest international level, but is without the economic means to do so. One day she is given the opportunity to take over a seemingly unrideable dressage horse that the breeder could neither sell nor train. Further titles from the Swedish distributor include: Fighting ISIS (1 x 58 mins), which follows two volunteer soldiers fighting ISIS on the frontline in northern Iraq, exploring the under-represented stories of such fighters, who outnumber volunteers that go to fight for ISIS; and Veronica And The Chinese Millionaire (6 x 30 mins), about a woman who disappeared in 2013, while her three-year-old son Marcus was waiting for her at home. The estranged father, a Chinese businessman, turned out to be in Gothenburg at the time. The mystery crosses China, Thailand and Sweden, including several murder victims and disappearances, in a police investigation that is still ongoing.
ALBATROSS WORLD SALES THE BEACH – Wildlife Around The Parasol (1 x 52 mins/43 mins/4K), explores the habitat of animals and plants that have made sand and sea their home, through funny and dramatic stories told from their point of view. The documentary is brought to MIPTV by Albatross World Sales. Other shows from the German distributor include: The Marvellous World Of The Vegetable Garden (1 x 52 mins/43 mins/4K), which reveals the unique relationships, births and struggles of its tiny inhabitants; Hike The Line (3 x 43 mins/HD), showcasing some of the most beautiful and adventurous long-distance hiking trails in Europe’s frontier regions; and Resurrecting Eden – Human Help For Nature’s Own Resilience (4 x 52 mins/43 mins/ The Beach – Wildlife Around The HD), which follows visionary projects Parasol (Albatross World Sales) that look forward to a time in which a new relationship with nature might be possible.
Chef Secrets: The Science Of Cooking (PBS International)
CHEF Secrets: The Science Of Cooking (1 x 52 mins/ UHD) features a diverse cast of culinary experts who reveal the delicious chemistry, physics and microbiology of cooking, brought to Cannes by the US distributor PBS International. Also on the slate: Arctic Sinkholes (1 x 54 mins/HD), looking at the enormous releases of methane in the arctic, a potent greenhouse gas, that threatens the climate; Benjamin Franklin: A Film By Ken Burns (2 x 114 mins/HD), exploring the life of one of the 18th century’s most celebrated figures; Chernobyl: The New Evidence (2 x 47 mins/ HD), examining newly released Soviet KGB files; Nature’s Big Year (1 x 44 mins/UHD), in which scientists reveal unexpected discoveries from the first year of the pandemic; and Plot To Overturn The Election (1 x 60 mins/HD), looking how lies about election fraud have made their way to the centre of American politics.
Antonio Banderas And Pedro Almodovar: From Desire To Double (ARTE)
ARTE TOP TITLES from the ARTE catalogue include: Antonio Banderas And Pedro Almodovar: From Desire To Double, which profiles the Spanish cinema maestro and his Hollywood male muse, their fiery relationship over the course of 40 years and eight films; Qatar, A Dynasty With Global Ambitions, an in-depth look at the host of the 2022 World Cup, an immensely rich society torn between Western ideas and Bedouin conservatism, ruled by the iron hand of a royal family; and Auschwitz: The Inside Man, which tells the incredible untold story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish officer who managed to infiltrate the Auschwitz death camp to smuggle information.
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HG DISTRIBUTION QUEBEC-based HG Distribution brings to MIPTV the science series Star Chasers (6 x 30 mins). The series features Stéphane Simard, part of a new generation of astrophotographers who have revolutionised the practice by making accessible what was once unattainable, bringing the magnificence of the universe to viewers. Further titles from HG include: Passport To The World (15 x 52 mins/15 x 80 mins), a series in English and French, focused on travel and featuring various well-known and unfamiliar world destinations; and the completely revised series Cat Empire (3 x 52 mins), also available in English and French, which explores the bond between humans and cats, from the dawn of humanity to online cat celebrities.
Star Chasers (HG Distribution)
Doing As Much As I Can (Daehan Mediaworld)
FRED MEDIA FRED Media brings two new documentary series to Cannes, both produced for Seven Network in Australia by WTFN. Strike Force (6 x 60 mins) tells the inside story of gripping police investigations, stings and task-force operations, told by the men and women who broke each case. The series uses footage captured by the New South Wales Police Media Unit and represents the first time any Australian police force has worked so closely with a production team. Code 1: Minute By Minute breaks down the hours, minutes and seconds of the biggest and most tragic recent news events to impact Australia and profiles the people from all walks of life who will forever be connected, sometimes for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some became survivors, Strike Force (Fred Media) some became victims and others were accidental heroes.
ZED DAEHAN MEDIAWORLD DOING As Much As I Can (1 x 52 mins/4K) follows a group of people, with the average age of 75, who left school early in their youth and are eager to be students again. Their dream comes true when they learn to read, write and express themselves with painting and creating picture books. Another factual highlight from Korea’s Daehan Mediaworld is Seasons Of The Wet Land (1 x 52 mins/4K), looking at the importance of an aquatic ecosystem, which can provide flood protection, groundwater recharge, pollution reduction, nutrient retention and provide an ecological habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. This nature documentary captures the four seasons of wetland and the activities of the creatures living there.
FRENCH distributor Zed comes to Cannes with two freshly released titles about space exploration. Asteroid Rush (2 x 52 mins/4K/8K), produced by Saint Thomas Productions for ARTE and CuriosityStream, explores, with reconstructions and CGI, how top scientists prepare to deal with asteroids and comets. Aurora (7 x 52 mins), from Broken Arrow Media, combines CGI, archives and interviews to explore the latest advances in a booming sector, that of major space missions that will redefine the frontiers of humanity.
BALANGA PREMIERING on Planète’s Crime & Investigation, and brought to MIPTV by France’s Balanga, Criminal Childhoods (6 x 52 mins) examines some of the mysteries around child crime. The series looks at issues affecting how young people come to commit homicide, what their motivations are and what external factors add to their feelings and actions.
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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L’AUDIOVISUEL (INA) PRODUCED and distributed by Paris-based INA, At War(s) For Algeria (6 x 52 mins) is an ambitious series that looks back at a conflict that shook the post-1945 world, through archives and the intimate testimonies of those who lived through it, both in France and in Algeria. Co-produced with ARTE France in association with BBC News Arabic and Histoire TV, this series marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the conflict and Algeria’s independence in 2022. INA’s line-up also includes: Castles In The Sky (1 x 52 mins); Flying Knights (4 x 52 mins); Philae, The Last Temple Of Ancient Egypt (1 x 52 mins); and Mysteries In At War(s) For Algeria (INA) The Archives, season 8 (5 x 26 mins).
ONE PLANET FRENCH documentary company One Planet’s MIPTV line-up includes The Hyenas Of The Mists (1 x 52 mins/4K), for France 5, about the rare and little known brown hyena. On the pre-sales side, One Planet brings two documentaries for France Télévisions: The Last Secrets Of The Maya (1 x 52 mins/90 mins/4K), an archaeological expedition with exclusive access to the cities of Naachtun and Tikal in the jungles of Guatemala; and The Secrets Of Wild Gatherings (2 x 52 mins/4K), which follows 14 different species over three continents and sheds light on the reasons that drive millions of wild animals to meet up, at the same time and in the same place. Produced for ARTE is Braving The Tides (4 x 52 mins/4K), which takes a closer look into the unknown and tumultuous lives of shoreline creatures struggling to survive around the world.
Extremadura. A Natural Paradise In Europe (3Boxmedia)
3BOXMEDIA THE SPANISH-German distributor 3Boxmedia offers new documentaries in Cannes that focus on current affairs and nature. Extremadura. A Natural Paradise In Europe (1 x 52 mins/2 x 45 mins/1 x 87 mins) was shot in UHD over the last three years in one of the most biodiverse and largely unknown regions in Europe. Hidden Nature In Guinea Bissau (1 x 50 mins/4K) features a maze of 88 islands, recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Artificial Justice (1 x 51 mins) explores algorithms that some countries are using to administer justice, a controversial issue that questions if a more independent justice can be achieved and if citizens are willing to be judged by an algorithmic judge. Doomed In Gaza (1 x 42 mins) looks at how women in Gaza are unable to receive necessary cancer treatment and how they also have to deal with stigmatisation within Palestinian society.
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Moors Murders (Flame Distribution)
FLAME DISTRIBUTION The Hyenas Of The Mists (One Planet)
MEDIAWAN FRANCE’s Mediawan returns to Cannes with a couple of factual titles. Sirius (4 x 45 mins) takes an in-depth look at the extraordinary story of a cult where followers believed that they could, through suicide, be transported to the star Sirius. Birth Of A Conflict (3 x 52 mins) is a new look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from the time when the British received a mandate from the League of Nations to govern the territory and bring peace to the region.
FLAME Distribution brings Moors Murders (3 x 52 mins) to MIPTV, a new true-crime documentary series, about the notorious crimes committed in the 1960s in the UK. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley murdered five children and buried the bodies on the local moors. This series tells the 50-year-long story with an extended interview with the only eyewitness to any of the murders and unprecedented access to the never-before-seen prison correspondence between Brady and Hindley.
A FACTUAL highlight from france tv distribution is Following The Incense Road (1 x 52 mins/90 mins), in which archeologist Laïla Nehmé leads an expedition into the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Jordan to map out the incense trade route. Shot as a road movie, the documentary explores the Nabataean civilisation, who were masters of the desert. Who were they? How did they manage to create such a powerful kingdom? What was their religion, their belief system? Answers to these questions are discussed in the context of the latest archeological finds in Hegra and Petra — the kingdom’s capital.
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The Ocean’s Greatest Feast (Blue Ant International)
A MIPTV highlight for Rainmaker Content is Hitler: A Life In Pictures (4 x 60 mins), which uses archive and interviews with experts to explore the public and private life of the German dictator. The series features the photos and videos of two photographers who both dedicated their lives to documenting Hitler – Heinrich Mann, Hitler’s official photographer, and Eva Braun, who eventually married the Führer. Despite working together, Hoffmann and Braun’s work couldn’t be more different. Some of the photos by Mann depicted Hitler as the benevolent and heroic saviour of Germany, while Braun captured elements of his private life in 16mm colour film, where we see him dancing, telling jokes and playing with children. The archive includes 1,300 recently digitised, rarely seen photos and there are almost Hitler: A Life In Pictures 40,000 negatives at the (Rainmaker Content) National Archives Centre still waiting to be digitised.
BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL BLUE Ant International returns to MIPTV with The Ocean’s Greatest Feast (1 x 50 mins/4K), a breathtaking look at South Africa’s annual sardine run, which sees billions of little fish converge in the biggest biomass migration on the planet. The sardines ride a cold current against all odds of survival, but the purpose of the journey remains a mystery. The Canadian distributor is also debuting Mysteries From Above (10 x 60 mins/HD), a documentary series that investigates significant historic and contemporary sites from the revealing vantage points of drone, satellite and aerial photography. Each episode contains four distinct stories.
DOGWOOF NOTHING Lasts Forever (1 x 87 mins/HD) is a new film brought to Cannes by London-based Dogwoof, in which Jason Kohn infiltrates the black market surrounding fake diamonds. As well as a daring exposure of the dangerous illegal trade, the film tackles universal themes about real and symbolic value.
Ray Winstone in (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story (Woodcut International)
Nothing Lasts Forever (Dogwoof)
POORHOUSE INTERNATIONAL THE WORLD premiere of Handel’s Semele took place at Covent Garden in February, 1744. Charles Jennens, the librettist of Handel’s Messiah, sarcastically referred to the new work as “no Oratorio, but a bawdy Opera”. London-based Poorhouse International brings a new iteration to MIPTV which presents New Zealand Opera´s version by Thomas de Mallet Burgess at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand. The performance in this location is full of surprises, not least a Jupiter who abducts Semele on a motorbike. The plot explores what happens when ambition overreaches after sudden wealth, power and privilege are achieved. Other titles from the company include the newly remastered HD mini-series Les Nuits Révolutionnaires by Charles Brabant, bringing to life the characters that Nicolas Restif encountered during his nightly outings in the shady backwaters of revolutionary Paris. Michel Aumont heads a fine cast and magnificent sets reconstruct 18th-century Paris in faithful detail.
WOODCUT International presents at MIPTV (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story (1 x 60 mins), a powerful documentary about the tragic murder of Harry Potter actor Rob Knox that also highlights the horrors of knife crime. In 2008, 18-year-old Knox was killed just days after filming his breakthrough role in Harry Potter And The HalfBlood Prince. This emotional documentary features interviews with family members, friends and Harry Potter cast members including Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone and Tom Felton, as well as Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. The film also follows the murder investigation and the ultimate conviction of the perpetrator.
MEDIASET Spain’s documentary company Mediterraneo brings a list of factual content to MIPTV, including: two seasons of It’s Flamenco (20 x 60 mins), a musical documentary that presents the main stories, performances, lineages, dynasties and stars of flamenco today and historically; Curro Romero: The Legacy (5 x 70 mins), in which bullfighter Romero narrates his own story and professional path, with footage that includes interviews with important figures from Spanish culture and society; Basketball Golden Giants (5 x 30 mins), which tells the story of the group of players that have transformed the Spanish national team, featuring Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol and Felipe Reyes, among others; and Wanted: El Sapo, about Jon Imanol Sapieha, who became one of the most notorious thieves in Europe after a career in the military.
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PARAMOUNT GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION GROUP ALBATROSS WORLD SALES THROUGH captivating stories of their lives, Superbirds – The Secret Life Of Tits (1 x 52 mins/4K) offers an entertaining glimpse into the dangerous world these little birds inhabit, often hidden from human eyes. Also highlighted at MIPTV by the German distributor are: Archipelago New York (3 x 45 mins/3 x 52 mins/4K), which reveals that close to the bustling metropolis, dolphins and whales cavort, seals sunbathe and piping plovers raise their young; Planet Sheep (2 x 52 mins/1 x 90 mins/4K), an affectionate look at the 11,000-year-old journey of sheep as livestock, while offering perspectives on the future of the species in relation to humankind; and The Cévennes – Hidden Beauty In The South Of France (1 x 52 mins/4K), which unveils the untouched nature of this lesser-known National Park and its unique inhabitants, including rare flora and fauna.
The World At War (Lucky You)
FACTUAL titles from Paramount Global Distribution Group include news, documentary and unscripted programming. Highlights include: Ascension, from MTV Docs, a profile of the economic growth of China and the resulting class divides; Attica from Showtime, looking at the racial injustice behind the 1971 prison uprising; The 26th Street Garage: The FBI’s Untold Story Of 9/11; WW1: Battles In Color; and Hollywood Icons: Patrick Swayze, from Viacom International Sudios UK.
RIVE GAUCHE THE CASE Against Cosby (2 x 60 mins) follows the harrowing journey for justice driven by the only survivor whose case could be tried in a court of law — Andrea Constand — in the case against the serial sexual predator and television personality, Bill Cosby. The documentary includes several Cosby survivors describing his methodology. As a new court case is currently unfolding, the documentary contains revelations, never-before-seen evidence, intimate accounts and interviews with legal experts and witnesses from both trials.
The Case Against Cosby (Rive Gauche)
LUCID DREAM ENTERTAINMENT ON THE portfolio of Turkish distributor Lucid Dream Entertainment is The Wall Project (aka The Wonder Wall), that sets out to give street art the credit and attention it deserves and, with the help of celebrities, transform the lives and locations of people around the world. Each piece of street art that’s created for the show will also be transformed into an NFT, giving viewers a new way to engage with the content by potentially owning a piece of the art.
The Wall Project (Lucid Dream Entertainment) was presented at The MIPFormats International Pitch in 2019
LUCKY YOU PARISIAN distributor Lucky You brings HD series The World At War (6 x 52 mins) to Cannes, with an estimated delivery for June this year. The series explores the daily life of ordinary people, based on previously unreleased archives from private collections and offers a different vision of 1942, a pivotal year in the Second World War, when the Allies managed to turn the tables on the Axis powers. Another highlight from the catalogue is Science In Archaeology 3.0 (4 x 52 mins/HD/4K), due at the end of this year. This documentary explores the strong links between science and archaeology in the 21st century, with the use of cutting-edge technologies that shed new light on the past.
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KWANZA FRENCH distributor Kwanza returns to MIPTV with Titanic, Genesis Of A Giant (1 x 52 mins), looking at the creation of the infamous maritime masterpiece and revealing its amazing construction. The documentary is produced by Factual Factory for RMC Découverte, SBS Australia, Telefonica Movie-Star, RTP, TVP and RSI. Other titles on the slate include: Clash Of Titans (4 x 52 mins), which uses 3D reconstructions by gaming studio Wargaming, and archive footage, to reproduce the greatest naval battles of the 20th century; Flower Power: The Mysterious Conqueror (1 x 52 mins/4K), which uses never-before-seen images, time-lapses and super-slow-motion captured with next-generation macro-lenses, to unveil the beauty of flowers; and Antarctica: The Cold Hard Truth (1 x 52 mins/4K), set to release at the end of 2022, featuring scientists from NASA and around the world who study the impact of global warming on the icy continent.
Titanic, Genesis Of A Giant (Kwanza)
A Year On Planet Earth (ITV Studios)
PASSION DISTRIBUTION KILLING In Paradise (1 x 60 mins) is a documentary that investigates what really happened on a remote island off the British protectorate of Belize, just after midnight on May 28, 2021, when a police chief was shot dead, resulting in a glamorous high-society figure in the dock and a British billionaire’s family mired in scandal. This programme follows the build-up to the murder trial, with special access and exclusive interviews. The British distributor also highlights Engineering Reborn (8 x 60 mins). The construction industry creates masses of new carbon dioxide emissions each year, and this series features architects and engineers who are responding to this challenge by re-using, re-imagining and rehabilitating buildings on an epic scale.
Killing In Paradise (Passion Distribution)
The Travelling Auctioneers (DCD Rights)
ITV STUDIOS A YEAR On Planet Earth (6 x 60 mins) is an ambitious natural-history series — presented by British actor, writer, comedian Stephen Fry — which reveals the incredible ways in which all life is impacted by our journey around the sun. From the multi award-winning producers behind Planet Earth II, Hostile Planet and Tiny World, and filmed using the latest cutting-edge technologies, the series explores the majesty and fragility of breathtaking landscapes, extreme weather, epic spectacles and animal characters. A Year On Planet Earth is produced by Plimsoll Productions for ITV, Fox Nation (US), ARD Group (Germany) and Tencent Video (China).
LONDON-based DCD Rights brings new series The Travelling Auctioneers (15 x 60 mins) to MIPTV. Auctioneer Christina Trevanion and craftsman Will Kirk take their travelling auction house and workshop on the road across the UK to help families cash in on their unknown treasures via remote auctions. In each episode they visit a home where they use their skills, expertise and enthusiasm to research, restore and prepare items for sale. On auction day the treasures are sold to both local buyers and bidders around the world. The series is produced by STV Studios for BBC One.
TERRANOA TERRANOA is launching Bolsonaro, The Other Brazil (1 x 75 mins/52 mins) at MIPTV, an exclusive investigative portrait of Brazil’s leader ahead of upcoming elections. Other priorities for the French distributor include: If You Kill Call Me (1 x 52 mins), an investigative documentary featuring the lawyers for Pablo Escobar and El Chapo, among others; and Sagrada Familia: The Gaudi Revolution, co-produced by Gedeon Programmes and Atomis Media in Spain for ARTE, NHK, SRC, TV3 Catalunya and Moviestar, which is a 3D visual exploration of this iconic architectural masterpiece in Barcelona, and an exploration of Gaudi’s creative process.The film shows recent progress at the construction site with the erection of 10 additional spires dominating the basilica, ahead of Gaudi’s Centenary.
ORF-ENTERPRISE AUSTRIA’s ORF-Enterprise brings an extensive factual catalogue to MIPTV, including: The Egg - Bursting Into Life, which looks at the delicate cycle that keeps life in balance; Lake Tanganyika – Africa’s Blue Heart, about Africa‘s second biggest lake; Slovenia – Europe In A Nutshell, about this small country between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea; Family In The Wild, which follows Egg - Bursting Into Life the family of a wildlife filmmaker in Zimbabwe; border The (ORF-Enterprise) police series Soko Linz; Venus Of Willendorf – The Naked Truth, about the stone-age artwork; Augustus And Livia – Empire Of Blood; The Rothschild Legacy; 1278 – The Battle For Europe; Qatar – Pearls In The Sand; and police series Soko Kitzbuehel.
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ZDF STUDIOS UNDERWORLD (5 × 50 mins) is a visually spectacular cave-exploration series shot in five countries. Each film follows an investigation, led by Richard Walters, using pioneering 3D laser-scanning technology to solve a cave-related mystery. The expeditions reveal the science, natural history, mythology and culture of the caves. Further titles from ZDF Studios’ roster include: Africa From Above (10 × 50 mins), looking at Africa’s spectacular people, places and wildlife from a fresh perspective; The Lost Pirate Kingdom (6 × 50 mins), profiling the true Pirates of the Caribbean who struck terror into the world’s most powerful empires, threatening trade and liberating slaves; The Year That Rocked The World (5 × 50 mins), looking at iconic global moments told through the personal memories of expert contributors, combined with archive footage; Lions Versus Hyenas (2 × 50 mins); AI - The Last Invention (2 × 50 mins/1 x 90 mins); Inside Japan’s War (4 × 50 mins); and War Gamers (6 × 50 mins). Underworld (ZDF Studios)
Mediterranean Hunters (Wild Stories Distribution)
VICE DISTRIBUTION SMALL Town Secrets (3 x 60 mins), takes an indepth look at a failed police investigation into the disappearance of an 18-year old student in Connersville, Indiana. There are confessions and witnesses and there are three main suspects who still live in Connersville, but they have never been arrested. Now a female detective has taken this 34-year-old cold case, and is determined to solve it. Vice Distribution also brings: Devoured (6 x 60 mins), which uncovers hard-to-believe stories of how food fuels criminal enterprises; and True Believers (6 x 60 mins) which, with a mixture of survivor interviews, archive and insider access, examines how the ideas and crimes that lie behind most cults are eerily similar.
Small Town Secrets (Vice Distribution)
A FACTUAL highlight for the UK’s Cineflix Rights is two seasons of Richard Hammond’s Workshop (16 x 60 mins), from Chimp Productions and Krempelwood. The series follows the daredevil British TV presenter and car enthusiast as he launches a high-end restoration business for rare classic automobiles and motorbikes.
WILD STORIES DISTRIBUTION MEDITERRANEAN Hunters (1 x 52 mins), produced by Into The Wild Productions, looks at the battle between hunters and hunted. The variety of species is kept in balance because of the evolution of this relationship and each ecosystem presents a different challenge. This film explores the hunting strategies of some of the most iconic European predators and their prey. The Spanish distributor also brings Wild Family Ties (4 x 52 mins), from Terra Incognita Docs, a family documentary series that follows various animals as they fall in love, take care of their little ones, grow up and find true friendship — just like a human family.
Wild World Diaries (FOP Films)
FOP FILMS (François Odendaal Productions) is in development on a documentary series, In Wild World Diaries, which follows an ecologist returning to the places where he lived and worked decades earlier, to see what has happened to the ecosystems and people he used to know. Starting in the ecologist’s home country, South Africa, the adventure takes in remote coasts, rivers, rainforests and coral reefs, covering five continents. Wild World Diaries aims to inspire the protection of the last remaining wild places.
DRIVE BLACK West (1 x 60 mins/90 mins) tells the flip side of the myth of how the American West was won – by great heroes and white men. In 1875, one of every four American cowboys were black – and there were black sheriffs, trappers and soldiers. Hollywood has largely erased these characters. Pieced together from archives, carefully crafted re-enactments and first-hand historical accounts, Black West aims to restore the true picture. Other priority titles from London-based Drive include: Cracking The Code (8 x 60 mins), which reveals stories of breaking secret codes, from the cipher-breaking heroine who took on the mob to the code-breaking brilliance that changed the course of World War II; Curse Of The Ancients (5 x 60 mins), about how scientists are unearthing the evidence for cataclysmic events in the past and their disastrous consequences; and Claremont (3 x 60 mins), a true-crime story of the most expensive and long-running manhunt in Australian history. Black West (Drive)
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Hi5 Studio REVAMPING AND REINVENTING THE VIEWERSHIP with
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Debussy Theatre FACTUAL TRENDS
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Riviera 8 MIPTV OPENING NIGHT PARTY In Partnership with TV5MONDE / TiVi5 Open to all
K-FORMATS: THE NEXT BIG HITS FROM KOREA 16.45-17.45
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Hi5 Studio CAN NFTS REALLY REVOLUTIONISE TV?
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Debussy Theatre FRESH TV FICTION Presented by THE WIT
Panel discussion with SCOTT GREENBERG BLOCKCHAIN CREATIVE LABS DANIELLE LAUREN DANIELLE LAUREN
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Audi A WHO IS BUYING IN CHINA AND IN THE REGION?
RTBF: BELGIUM, THE NEW LAND OF CREATIVE FORMATS Presented by WBI - RTBF
Debussy Theatre KEYNOTE
Audi A NAVIGATING THE NEW WORLD ORDER: TV BUSINESS NOW & NEXT
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Verrière Californie PRODUCERS’ NETWORKING BREAKFAST Limited capacity,
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Riviera 8 - Marguerite MIPDOC INTL COPRODUCTION SUMMIT
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Riviera 8 - Marguerite INTL MENTORING & NETWORKING FOR WOMEN IN TV, FILM & DIGITAL MEDIA In partnership with MEDIACLUB’ELLES Pre-Registration Advised limited seating 10.30-11.30
Riviera 8 - Marguerite MIP WORKOUT: HOW WILL WEB3 TRANSFORM TV?
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Riviera 8 - Marguerite DIVERSITY & INCLUSION MENTORING Limited capacity,
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Hi5 Studio INTL FORMAT AWARDS In Association with C21, FRAPA, MIPFORMATS, ENTERTAINMENT MASTER CLASS 15.00-15.30
Debussy Theatre HOW CAN TRADITIONAL MEDIA BE INSPIRED BY ESPORTS CONTENT?
with CARL L. KUHN JUNG VON MATT SPORTS GMBH JAVIER G. ROJO UBEAT.TV ROBBIE DOUEK BLAST 16.00-16.50
Debussy Theatre MIP SDG AWARDS. KEYNOTE & SHOW
In Partnership with UNITED NATIONS MIP SDG AWARD ACT MIP SDG INNOVATION AWARD JUNK KOUTURE 17.00-17.30
Debussy Theatre VARIETY’S INTL ACHIEVEMENT IN TV AWARD
Hi5 Studio MIPFORMATS INTERNATIONAL PITCH
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Hi5 Studio FRESH TV KIDS
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Riviera 8 - Marguerite KIDS TRENDS: A FUTURE FORECAST 2022
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Audi A BBC STUDIOS BRAND NEW FORMATS: MEET THE CREATORS
Riviera 8 - Marguerite WHAT DID YOU MISS?
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SHOWCASE Presented by DIRTY WORK
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‘Strong, simple and unique’ is the formula for a winning format EXECUTIVES from Fox Alternative Entertainment will pick a winner from the shortlist of five projects selected for this year’s MIPFormats International Pitch. The five contenders were chosen from 67 submissions from 51 companies in 27 different countries. The winner of the 2022 Pitch will receive $5,000.00 in development money for the project, plus a chance to be part of Fox’s $100m international unscripted format fund. The jury selected five projects based on a potential to travel internationally, creativity, originality and innovation, alongside a potential to return for multiple series. “The best formats traditionally are those with strong, simple and unique concepts that, ideally, can generate some heat and cu-
riosity in advance of their launches,” executive vice-president, head of Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE) and juror, Allison Wallach, said. “Because we look to make shows that reach a broad audience, the concept should ideally facilitate co-viewing. Guessing games like The Masked Singer or I Can See Your Voice are perfect examples. A good format is one that can travel around the world, so we pay attention to its adaptation potential. And its core idea has to be in the zeitgeist; you don’t want to be right too early or too late, so we need to understand why they could be relevant now.” Fellow juror Yasmin Rawji, senior vice-president, Alternative Entertainment, at Fox Entertainment, had
some tips for the contenders: “If it’s a paper format, we mainly evaluate its core concept, because a good idea can always be developed afterwards according to the specific needs of a channel or territory. For proven formats, of course we’ll look at the ratings. Then, if it’s studio-based, we will look at how visually stimulating it is, like Alter Ego or Next Level Chef. And for more serialised projects, we look at how addictive the narrative is, like in Joe Millionaire.” The MipFormats International Pitch 15.00 on Tuesday, April 5 Hi5 Studio
Korean formats take on the world
KOCCA’s Sanghyun Kim
THE STATE-backed KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) returns to Cannes with K-Formats: The Next Big Hits From Korea, a formats showcase that includes a line-up of brand-new titles and existing local-audience favourites. The showcase, pre-recorded in Korea and shown during MIPTV, is part of this year’s MIPTV Online Korean Pavilion, representing 14 broadcasters
and animation companies. Sanghyun Kim, KOCCA’s general director of media content & animation division, expects the showcase’s slate to continue the phenomenal trend that has seen K-Wave exports take the international TV market by storm. “In 2020, KOCCA found that 102 domestic formats had 204 exports to 65 countries around the world over the previous 10 years,” Kim said. Formats like I Can See Your Voice, from CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ ENM); The King Of Masked Singer, from Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC); and Good Doctor, from Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) are international sensations. Between 2010 and 2015, 36 K-Format titles were exported to only six markets. “However, since 2016, it has shown explosive growth by achieving
FAE’s Allison Walloch
168 exports, which is about 4.7 times more than before. The proportion of exports to North America and Europe, including the US, the UK and France, which had no exports, increased to 34%,” Kim said, adding: “While 73% of the formats exported were entertainment, 55 drama formats were remade in 16 countries.” KOCCA’s showcase will feature KBS Media’s drama Sell Your Haunted House; MBC’s survival show called Bloody Game; CJ ENM’s music series Mama The Idol; Seoul Broadcasting System’s environment-themed Guardian Of The Ecosystem; and from independent production firm Next Key is game show Save Your Battery! Run Out. They are joined by three paper-format concepts: All Buy Myself, a reality format by SBS subsidiary FormatEast; CJ ENM’s The Wooing Choir, a
Fox’s Yasmin Rawji
singing and choreographed dancing talent competition; and Smashed Hits, a primetime music game show created by independent Something Special. Kim attributes the growing demand for K-Formats to the heated global streaming-TV space, with local players like WAAVE and TVing competing against international operators including Netflix and Disney+ for audiences’ attention. “Under this competitive environment, each platform strives to create a more diverse and new OTT-only original show. We anticipate that the uniqueness and creative energy of K-Formats will continue to expand globally along with the diversification of platforms.” K-Formats: The Next Big Hits From Korea 15.30, Monday, April 4, Auditorium A
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While the business keeps growing we’ll always need to protect our IP THE FORMAT Recognition and Protection Association, FRAPA, has changed a lot over the years. While a key part of its role is still to lobby for the legal protection of television formats as intellectual property, “it’s a lot less high-brow and intellectual these days,” Jan Salling, the organisation’s co-chair, said. “We’ve worked hard to make it more relevant on a day-to-day basis. A lot of the emphasis now is on tips and tricks…tangible advice on how producers can pitch and protect their formats in an easy and cheap way.” Alongside this educational role, FRAPA has also increased its emphasis on networking. “We’ve made it a priority to expand this side of our activities. We want young and upcoming producers to have priceless opportunities to meet with industry veterans and decision-makers. That’s how we will sustain a healthy format industry for the next generation.” Key tools in FRAPA’s networking include a bi-monthly newsletter which has been growing rapidly and now has 1,000 recipients. Also important is the FRAPA Summit, which this year takes place at MIPTV on Monday, 10.00. “It’s exciting to see it grow to be part of MIPTV. From FRAPA’s perspective, being located up in Riviera 8 is a great
opportunity to expand our networking impact. For MIPTV, it adds to the event’s overall content proposition.” In practical terms, the partnership between FRAPA and MIPTV is a particular boost for smaller producers, Salling said, as it has be able to offer access to MIPTV to a number of our new members this year. “That’s quite an attraction for companies trying to establish themselves; and an opportunity for us to keep diversifying the membership of the association.” FRAPA is a not-for-profit organisation — Salling’s day job sees him run BBC Studios’ business in the Nordics. He currently shares FRAPA chairing duties with Phil Gurin of The Gurin Company and is backed by an advisory board. “We have a small paid staff, but FRAPA is largely a pro-bono exercise by members of the format business. We rely on support from major sponsors with a vested interest in the health of the sector. BBC Studios has just joined ITV and BRF as a sponsor and we expect to add more leading companies this year.” Other key priorities in 2022 include a continued push towards diversity within the association: “We’re seeing a lot more formats coming out of markets like Latin America and Asia,
so we’re expanding the size of our advisory board to drive diversity and reach more territories.” While education and networking are key to FRAPA’s future, Salling said the association’s core role in IP protection is still very much in demand: “The number of issues we get involved in remains stable year to year, but the location of disputes changes. I remember seeing a wave of cases out of Germany and then problems with China a few years ago. Right now, I’d say we’re seeing more format disputes coming out of Eastern Europe. As long as the formats business keeps growing and innovating, there’ll be a need for an organisation like FRAPA.”
FRAPA co-chair Jan Salling
International Formats Awards FRAPA also plays a role in the International Format Awards, with winners announced during an ceremony at MIPTV on Tuesday. Recognising creativity and excellence across a range of categories, the event is hosted by MIPTV with C21Media, FRAPA and the Entertainment Masterclass. The Awards are open to shows that first aired in 2021 and are being marketed internationally as a format. The Awards take place at 12.30 on Tuesday, April 5, in the Hi5 Studio.
The mega-formats still rule the world
A GOOD format has to be universal, according to Virginia Mouseler, managing director of Swiss research company The Wit. “Formats are made to be able to travel, so by definition they follow global trends,” she said. “Everywhere in the world you love, eat and sing! — with some local cultural differences, which justify the localisation of formats.”
During her ever-popular Fresh TV Formats presentation, part of MIPFormats in Cannes, she will outline current trends in this genre — one in particular, being the enduring power of mega-formats”. “These mega-formats — The Voice and MasterChef, for example — keep regenerating themselves with spinoffs, reboots, revivals and relaunches,’
she said. “And in terms of the creation of new formats, producers are still under the influence of the hits of the past. There are new dating and relationships reality series following in the footsteps of Love Island; and new musical games have found success in the wake of The Masked Singer.” But in spite of this mega-trend, “there’s still a lot of new activity and
creativity in the format business,” Mouseler said. “There are many new formats from everywhere trying to conquer the world.” Fresh TV Formats, presented by The Wit 13.00, Monday, April 4 Debussy Theatre
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mipformats PRODUCT NEWS Here we highlight some of the formats from around the world available during MIPTV this year
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BBC STUDIOS A TOP MIPTV priority for BBC Studios is Suprize Fund, a game show in which an unsuspecting audience member discovers that they’ve been nominated by 15 of their friends and family to take part. The friends and family have answered a series of questions before the show and to win the potential prize the contestant must answer the questions correctly. For every wrong answer they must eliminate three of their loved ones and the money they are holding. The format is created and owned by Youngest Media and Talpa Concepts. Megahit!, a format developed by Montreux Film & Fjernsyn, sees six famous faces join forces with established music producers as they attempt to create the next big hit. Inspired by a weekly theme, each duo works together writing and producing their song, which the celebrity then performs live. The judging panel casts their verdict by rolling a dice to reveal their individual scores which are combined with the viewer vote. The celebrity at the bottom of the leaderboard is eliminated and replaced by a new star who competes in the next show.
Surprize Fund (BBC Studios)
HIGHLIGHTS from the scripted and unscripted formats catalogue from Paramount Global Distribution Group are: Beyond The Edge, an intense adventure challenge that sees celebrities trade in their luxury lifestyle for the jungles of Panama in the hopes of winning money for their chosen charities; and new dance competition show Come Dance With Me, in which gifted youngsters invite a family member or influential adult to learn to dance with them in order to perform in competition.
Love In The Flesh (Passion Distribution)
Beyond The Edge (Paramount Global Distribution Group)
PASSION DISTRIBUTION BRITISH distributor Passion brings Love In The Flesh (8 x 60 mins) to Cannes, a new dating format produced by Ten66 for BBC Three. The series focuses on six couples who have already formed relationships via dating apps and social media but who have never met in the real world. They finally meet each other at a beautiful Greek beach house to explore whether their online relationships can turn into love. Open (6 x 60 mins) is a format from Firecracker Films for Channel 4. Under the eyes of experts, six couples go through an intense, fast-track experience to see if opening up their relationship to other encounters is for them. The couples move in to a luxury spa hotel and over two weeks they are guided through a series of tasks and challenges designed to help them achieve their goal.
ITV STUDIOS RAT IN The Kitchen (10 x 60 mins), from ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media and Possessed, is a whodunit cooking format in which viewers get to play detective. In each episode, a mix of professional chefs and home cooks compete in a series of cooking challenges, earning cash for every dish that impresses the judges. However one of the chefs is an undercover ‘rat’ who tries to sabotage the work of the other cooks. If the rat avoids detection, he or she wins big money. The format is brought to MIPTV by ITV Studios.
ENVISION ENTERTAINMENT DEVELOPED by the UK’s Envision Entertainment with Japan’s Nippon TV, Connected is a flexible online detective drama format which features a hybrid structure, where the action plays out online — including videos, video calls and other data — as well as conventional single-camera filming. The protagonists of Connected are young and the narrative takes many twists and turns, at some points humorous and other times dramatic. As the characters are connected via the internet in their attempts to solve crimes, there is great co-production potential across borders and languages.
Connected (Envision Entertainment)
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JUDGEMENT Call is a quiz-show format featuring four celebrities, two contestants and surprising questions which reveal bias as well as truth. The questions are never about actual facts, but rather test the general perception of the different behaviours of favourite celebrities, and thereby showing up the general public’s prejudices about well-known people. The format is brought to Cannes by Montreal-based KO Distribution.
THE 1 Vs MANY is a game-show format where experts in various fields — including sports, martial arts or even competitive eating — challenge a large group of people in original competitions. The ‘1’ chooses the number of opponents they believe they can take on within a given time limit. The prize money to vanquish one opponent is $1,000. The more opponents are challenged, the bigger the prize will be. If the ‘1’ should be defeated, or unable to finish off the opponents within the time limit, there is nothing to win.
The Stacking Show (Red Arrow Studios International)
The 1 Vs Many (TBS)
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Judgement Call (KO Distribution)
GERMANY-based Red Arrow Studios International returns to Cannes with new game-show format The Stacking Show. Displaying dexterity, ingenuity and determination, teams of two battle against the clock, over eight rounds, to stack a range of everyday items and win a huge cash prize. As the cash increases with each round, so does the difficulty of the challenge. Teams could be asked to stack confetti, ice cream scoops in a cone or watering cans — and to make the task even harder they may need to attempt the stacking using tweezers or on a running machine. Every team has two Time Jokers to play, adding a minute to any particularly daunting stack and the host can add to the prize pot by challenging duos to add another item to the stack or complete the challenge in less time.
LUCID DREAM ENTERTAINMENT ISTANBUL-based Lucid Dream Entertainment is bringing the format 40 Questions to MIPTV. In an interview format celebrities answer 40 burning questions about their lives from the host, a respected journalist. Uncensored, with no re-edits or cut-downs and only two minutes in real time to answer each question the celebrities have the opportunity to tell their side of the story. The show is not about cornering the celeb, nor is it PR-led. Politicians, musicians, artists, celebrities, authors, newsmakers and social media influencers — anyone in the public spotlight — can feature.
40 Questions (Lucid Dream Entertainment)
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NAKED Eye Game is a show where humour, intuition and guessing skills are key. Two contestants battle through four rounds, answering multiple-choice questions to guess four facts about each stranger standing before them — possibly city of origin, year of birth or profession. In the final game contestants are faced with the group of strangers, and for the jackpot they have to correctly answer general-knowledge questions against the clock related to a common theme that links the group. Another format from the Spanish company is Face Your Fears in which celebrities share experiences of some of their fears. They then take on a series of challenges in order to face these fears.
DARK Doubt is a game show with a tense twist, where contestants have to complete missions within a time limit, in the pitch black. Seven contestants are placed in unknown locations (for instance a hospital or school) to join forces and navigate through the dark to escape through four stages, including Spot the Moving Statue and Mysterious Blind Tasting. If a stage is finished, an elimination meeting is held to expel one contestant. If they fail, two contestants will be randomly expelled. As an additional twist, ‘moles’ are thrown into the mix to heighten the suspense among contestants. The format is brought to MIPTV by Japan’s Nippon TV. Other format highlights from the company include: Turbo Brain, a family game show in which contestants have to answer questions at rapid-fire speed in a one-on-one tournament; and Tall Older, a dramedy series which follows an executive assistant with a boss who bombards her with tall orders, and then subsequently asks her to be the CEO of a subsidiary.
Naked Eye Game (Mediterraneo)
Drag Race Vs The World (World Of Wonder)
Dark Doubt (Nippon TV)
WORLD OF WONDER WORLD Of Wonder is at MIPTV with a mission to further extend its Drag Race franchise. The original US series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, has become a worldwide phenomenon over 14 seasons. The competition format is currently licensed in over 190 countries, and has also spawned six standalone international versions in Canada, Spain, Holland, UK, Australia and Thailand — with more versions in the pipeline. Spin-off formats include: Untucked, the unseen action back stage in the lead-up to each weekly elimination; Drag Race All Stars, where fan favourites from previous series fight it out at a second chance at the crown; Celebrity Drag Race, which sees celebrities undergo a drag-race makeover and undertake lip-syncs; and Drag Race Vs The World, an opportunity for international drag superstars to represent their country.
FREMANTLE FREMANTLE is partnering with Salamanda Media to produce entertainment format Fame In The Family across the world. The format, which sees four dinner guests work out which of them is related to their celebrity host, is set to premiered in the UK on Channel 4. Fame In The Family is set in a secret dining location where famous faces host four dinner guests they’ve never met. All have had a DNA test and at least one of them is a cousin of the celebrity, but no one knows who. Over the course of the meal, the race is on to work out who it is, with a cash prize to be won. Fremantle is handling the international distribution for the series.
Fame In The Family (Fremantle)
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Digital changing consumer habits and turns kids into ‘superstars’ MARKET intelligence company The Insights Family presents its Future Forecast 2022 report at MIPTV, during the session Kids Trends: A Future Forecast 2022, that explores the trends outlined in the report and how they affect issues facing children and families in 2022 and beyond. The Insights Family’s team of researchers listens to almost three quarters of a million family members across 22 countries each year to compile the report, and this year’s findings are presented in Cannes by the company’s chief
The Insights Family’s Jonathan Watson
product officer, Jonathan Watson. A key finding of the report is that, with the exception of France and China, “kids aged six to nine opt to consume more content on a weekly basis from on-demand services such as Netflix or YouTube”. It added: “However, even in the outlier markets, weekly TV consumption amongst this age bracket has decreased by 20%, as kids here gravitate towards more streaming services that can meet their demand for the immediate.” And the ongoing move to digital — both for the consumption of content as well as play — is changing the spending and purchasing habits of kids and young people. “In-app spend has increased by a minimum of +50% year-on-year in Brazil and Australia; more than two thirds in France and Spain, and has more than doubled in Germany and India,” the report says, adding: “In the UK, tweens who play Roblox are +44% more likely to spend more than £5 a month on in-experience spending than the average kid their age.” Influencers — actual and virtual — are playing their part in changing
purchasing habits too. “It is estimated that the influencer market is valued globally at $10bn and is predicted to reach $85bn by 2028,” the report said. “Many kids value the recommendation of their influencers very highly — globally, young teens are 24% more trustworthy of influencers than advertisements on average.” The report also raises the issue of kids as producers of content and asks if this will ultimately lead to a large and growing group of young people looking to protect their IP. Research by venture capital company SignalFire, found that over 50 million people worldwide can be categorised as online content creators or influencers and of these, more than two million are earning enough for it to be a full-time job. Furthermore, the Future Forecast report says, we are in a world where a creator can just as equally be a child. “We believe that it is only a matter of time before we see global brands in the kids space collaborating with kid superstars,” Watson said. “Not just for licensed merchandise, but co-creating joint IP and products.” Kids Trends: A Future Forecast 2022 12.30, Wednesday, April 6 Riviera 8 - Marguerite
‘YouTube is the Nº1 destination for kids’ THE LATEST research into programming for kids and young people is presented by The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler on Tuesday at MIPTV. Echoing findings from The Insights Family’s report, Mouseler said that “YouTube is the number one destination for kids video content, and the tablet is the new TV.” The
standard TV set, meanwhile, is primarily for family viewing. Where programming trends are concerned, The Wit’s findings suggest that kids don’t necessarily want to be treated like kids. “If you exclude pre-school — Cocomelon being the hit of the recent years on YouTube and Netflix — kids programming that considers kids
not as kids, but as young adults in the making is key to success.” She added: “You have to address their dreams and speak their language: that’s why music-based reality or drama series show strong potential.” Social and other issues affect trends in content aimed at young people, too, Mouseler said: “Public broadcasters, who are key players in kids
programming, insist on diversity and inclusivity and mental health as a whole.” The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler presents Fresh TV Kids 17.45, Tuesday, April 5 Hi5 Studio
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OMENS STUDIOS SINGAPORE- and UKbased animation company Omens Studios is at MIPTV with two priority titles. Leo The Wildlife Ranger aims to encourage knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and nature, and to develop eco-awareness in young children. Aimed at three- to six-year-olds, the show features Junior Rangers Leo and Katie and their loyal canine companion Hero. Counting With Paula, aimed at children aged three to six, is available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Russian. The series follows Paula and her friends who make learning about numeracy, literacy and social development skills easy and entertaining. Omens Studios has secured a deal with Singapore’s national public broadcaster MediaCorp for an additional 20 episodes of Leo The Wildlife Ranger (126 x 11 mins) and a further 40 episodes of Counting With Paula (340 x 11 mins). The company also brings Chicken Out (54 x 7 mins) and Mr Clayfield (54 x 7 mins).
Counting With Paula (Omens Studios)
Gamekeepers (Studio 100 Media)
DANDELOOO brings Margo And The Space Robot to MIPTV. The half-hour 2D animation special, targeted at six- to 11-year-olds, is produced by Paris-based producer Everybody on Deck. The series features a little girl who, with her robot friend, battles to sabotage an attack by aliens. France’s Dandelooo also offers: the second season of pre-school series Ernest And Célestine – The Collection (26 x 13 mins), introducing three new characters; and the second season of Little Bear (39 x 7 mins), based on picture books by French author and illustrator Benjamin Chaud.
Margo And The Space Robot (Dandelooo)
STUDIO 100 MEDIA STUDIO 100 Media is showcasing new live-action series Game Keepers at MIPTV. Targeted at kids aged nine to 16, Game Keepers (10 x 25 mins) is an action-adventure series produced by Studio 100 Benelux. Several young teens live together in Villa Forêt under the supervision of their warden Jacob. Two of these teens, Sari and Mats, are the chosen ones, the new GameKeepers of Game Quest. As GameKeepers, they must make sure that the mysterious GameMaster cannot win the game she chooses, or else she will break free and unleash the powers of the game for world domination. Studio 100 Media is also offering the fourth season of Mia And Me (26 x 23 mins), a fantasy series, mixing live action and 3D animation, targeted at girls five to 10.
BARCELONA-based animation producer and distributor Peekaboo unveils a new 2D series at MIPTV. Pre-school series Mironins (26 x 7 mins) features three drops of paint who come to life from Joan Miró’s paintings to live fast-paced and surreal adventures in the universe of art and imagination. The Spanish-Belgian co-production has been released internationally on Clan and Super3, and also debuted in French Tfou Max. The first season is available and a second season is currently at the financing stage. Peekaboo also highlights the next animation series in its pipeline, My Little Heroes (52 x 7 mins), which features siblings Olivia and Bruno, who meet childhood versions of famous historical characters.
FILMAX SPANISH distributor Filmax highlights Turu And The Wackies (26 x 6 mins) at MIPTV. Turu has set up a band with his friends in the farmyard — featuring Rhythm, the elegant little pig, on guitar; Tempo the energetic sheep, on drums; and the peace-loving cow Harmony. Together, they share the day-to-day life on the farm, musically discovering the world around them.
Turu And The Wackies (Filmax)
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CYBER GROUP STUDIOS CYBER Group Studios is at MIPTV with the recently completed series Nefertine On The Nile (52 x 11 mins), which features the adventures of a curious eight-yearold girl in ancient Egypt who aspires to be the first female scribe. The series is produced by Graphilm Entertainment, which also created another priority for the Paris-based distributor, animated movie The Case (1 x 40 mins), which covers themes around migrants and children’s rights. Further titles on the slate include: two seasons of Gigantosaurus, with a third in production; the second season of Taffy; and the first episodes of comedy animation series 50/50 Heroes, commissioned by France Télévisions.
Barbie: It Takes Two (Mattel Television)
BASED in Barcelona, DeAPlaneta Entertainment, returns to MIPTV with Milo (52 x 11 mins), a pre-school series about a fiveyear-old cat whose parents own a dry-cleaning shop that has a mechanical robot called Suds. Milo and his best friends, with help from Suds, try on different vocational outfits from the shop. The trio is then transported to a fantasy world where they experience aspects of the job related to the outfit. A second series (52 x 11 mins) is in production. Other priority titles include: Superdino (52 x 11 mins), available Q4 2022-Q2 2023; Monster Shaker (52 x 13 mins), available Q1 2023; and Tilly, The Power Within (52 x 11 mins), available Q3 2023.
Milo (DeAPlaneta Entertainment)
CHEFCLUB ChefClub Friends (ChefClub)
Nefertine On The Nile (Cyber Group Studios)
BARBIE: It Takes Two (26 x 22 mins) is Mattel Television’s first full-length series since Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. The series follows the duo’s adventures in New York City at a performing-arts high school as they follow their dreams to record music. Mattel also brings Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go (52 x 11 mins) and He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe (26 x 22 mins), which re-imagines the classic tale with new storylines and a fresh take on the iconic characters.
CHEFCLUB Friends (52 x 11 mins/working title) is an action-comedy edutainment series for five- to seven-year-olds that follows a group of cooking enthusiasts, who together discover the world through their eyes and also their tastebuds. In their quest for new ingredients, flavours and traditional recipes, the Chefclub friends team up with cooks across the globe. Chefclub Friends is an extension of the Chefclub Kids digital channel, one of five themed channels within the Paris-based Chefclub brand.
ABC COMMERCIAL A MIPTV highlight for Australia’s ABC Commercial is pre-school series Wiggly Fruit Salad (10 x 5 mins/HD), and standalone special Super Wiggles (1 x 60 mins/HD), which both feature the long-running children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles.
PLANET ANKAMA LIL WILD is a new upper-pre-school series distributed by France’s Planet Ankama, featuring a crazy zoo which is home to creatures of all sizes living side-by-side. Characters include action-loving Rara the elephant, genius alligator Wobi, timid white tiger Meep, sassy otter Kokeko and fearless pigeon Dil. They have their adventures around the zoo while facing the challenges of growing up.
Lil Wild (Planet Ankama)
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SVT SALES FOUR seasons of teen drama Eagles (10 x 20 mins) are brought to MIPTV by Sweden’s SVT Sales. When the siblings Felicia and Elias Kroon return to their hometown from the US, with their former NHL pro dad, the current hierarchies among the local teenagers are challenged. The series follows the lives of five young people, linked together by the city and hockey, as new love, friendship and dreams blossom — alongside rivalries. Elias is concentrating on hockey; his competitor Ludvig deals with a brother in prison; Amie is aspiring to pop stardom; spoilt Klara is coping with divorcing parents; and Felicia is struggling with addiction.
Edmond And Lucy (Miam!)
HG DISTRIBUTION HG DISTRIBUTION returns to MIPTV with the second season of sci-fi thriller 422, bringing the total to 25 x 30 mins. The series, aimed at the 13+ age group, sees five teenagers jump into a parallel universe, looking for a treasure with exceptional powers. However, the adventure turns out to be more difficult than expected when they learn that the only way to find the treasure is to complete eight tasks created by a mysterious celestial being.
422 (HG Distribution)
Eagles (SVT Sales)
MIAM! PRODUCER and distributor Miam! brings its first in-house pre-school series to MIPTV, Edmond And Lucy (52 x 12 mins/3 x 4 mins + interactive content). The CGI show follows Edmond the Squirrel and Lucy the bear cub and their outdoor adventures, discovering the secrets of nature. The Paris-based company also launches The MiniWhats (52 x 7 mins), due early 2023 and produced by Doncvoilà Productions and Silex Films, a 2D comedy about a gang of six friends who have a magical pen; and Unsung Women (30 x 3 mins), from Zadig Productions and Les Films du Bilboquet, a stop-motion series for young adults which takes a humorous look at the invisibility of women through history.
CANADA’s PVP Media — with Normaal — has begun production of Woolly Woolly, a CGI animation series that follows the adventures of a tightknit community of forest gnomes in an enchanted universe — inspired by real kids in their playroom. Woolly Woolly (PVP Media) The series has been commissioned by France TV, TVOKids, Radio-Canada and Knowledge Kids. PVP Media is also producing Christmas 3D animation Four Days Before Christmas (4 x 22 mins/1 x 88 mins), in co-production with 3 Doubles Producciones and Capitán Araña, which is due to premiere on Radio-Canada, TVE and Canal+ at the end of 2023. After bumping his head, Santa believes he is Superklaus, a super-hero.
9 STORY MEDIA GROUP THE MIPTV catalogue from Canadian producer and distributor 9 Story Media Group includes Weird Waters (60 x 7 mins), a CGI series about two tropical fish who accidentally land in the deep end of a magical pond. They soon meet a new friend who sweeps them away on a series of adventures full of hidden realms, crazy monsters and ancient mysteries. Andy And The Band (30 x 14 mins/1 x 30 mins) is a live-action series aimed at four- to eight-year-olds, which features a band called The Odd Socks in a mix of songs, slapstick and silliness. The newly released second season sees a special guest appearance by musician Brian May. Circle Square (40 x 7 mins) is a pre-school animation in which friends — including a dragon, yeti, dog, bear and two pine trees — have fun while living in their circle of houses.
Weird Waters (9 Story Media Group)
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SUPERIGHTS A HIGHLIGHT for Paris-based Superights at MIPTV is Croco Doc (26 x 7 mins), a series that addresses health problems in a fun and educational way. Produced by Croco Doc AIE, Buenpaso Films, Nuts Ideas and commissioned by RTVE, the programme was launched in Spain on RTVE channel. Croco Doc, Zoolandia’s doctor, takes care of his patients and with his assistant Crat, the Hippo, seeks the best cures for illness and injuries. The series aims to give basic hygiene and self-care advice to youngsters.
Summer Memories (WildBrain)
Croco Doc (Superights)
CAKE THE RETURN of animated reality series Total Drama Island (26 x 30 mins) introduces an updated cast of quirky, iconic teen contestants as they face hard-core competition and brutal eliminations. Host Chris McLean is accompanied by Chef Hatchet as they challenge contestants to compete in extreme baking, TikToking, drag racing and disaster- and horror-movie inspired challenges for a chance to win the $1m prize. Produced by Fresh TV, Total Drama Island premieres on Cartoon Network and HBO Max in the US, and is distributed by London-based Cake.
Total Drama Island (Cake)
TEAMTO MIGHTY MIKE (78 x 7 mins) features charming pug Mike’s relentless travails as he defends his home from naughty raccoon duo Freddy and Mercur, while impressing Iris, the neighbour’s gorgeous dog. The comedy airs on CITV (UK), Universal Kids (US), Cartoon Network & Boomerang (worldwide), France 3 (France), Super RTL (Germany) and Tencent (China), among others. A recent deal sees Sunwoo take TeamTO’s series across all media in South Korea. Mighty Mike (TeamTO)
TORONTO-based WildBrain is at MIPTV with Summer Memories (20 x 30 mins), a brand-new 2D animated series for kids aged six to 12, centred on the time- and space-bending adventures of best friends Jason and Ronnie as Jason looks back on the most pivotal summer of his life — which was just a few weeks ago. The series features the voices of Tricia Black, Yaniv, Jonathan Langdon, Dani Kind and Rakhee Morzaria and guest stars Jason Priestley and Andrew Phung. Commissioned by WildBrain Television’s Family Channel, with WildBrain handling distribution internationally, Summer Memories is slated to debut on Family Channel in Canada this year and is produced with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund and the Jerusalem Film & Television Fund at the Jerusalem Development Authority.
APC KIDS APC KIDS, the children’s entertainment division of co-production and distribution group APC Studios, is bringing an extensive slate of 2D animated series to MIPTV, including adventure series Zoe & Milo (26 x 7 mins), aimed at six- to nineyear-olds and available in French and Mandarin. The programme aims to encourage children to learn about cultural differences from all over the world. The series follows 10-year-olds Zoe and Milo, best friends who travel the world in a plane built and piloted by Alim, a hamster who knows everything about world cultures. Thanks to Alim, and a curious map inside the plane, Zoe and Milo are able to meet Alim’s penfriends in diverse countries. Produced by PM SA for France Télévisions, APC Kids is launching season one at MIPTV and season two is currently in production.
Zoe & Milo (APC Kids)
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NETHERLANDS- headquartered 4MAT Factory and Media. Monks are in co-production on Diversity Kids, an edutainment’ animation series aimed at seven- to 12-year-olds. The action takes part in a boarding school that focuses on education and the arts where the tween students, from many different cultural backgrounds, bond together. The show is inspired by the real lives and backgrounds of the show’s creators, a diverse group of professionals, each with a unique story, personality and future.
MOLEY (52 x 11 mins/1 x 30 mins) follows the adventures of a fun-loving mole who lives deep in a burrow in the bustling city of MoleTown. Voiced by Warwick Davis, Moley finds himself on a series of exciting escapades as he explores the world around him with accompanying magic, comedy and adventure. The Christmas Day 30-minute special scored number-one spot on Boomerang for creator Master Moley. Jetpack Distribution is finalising a range of other international deals at MIPTV. Moley (Master Moley)
Diversity Kids (4Mat Factory/Media.Monks)
GO-N PRODUCTIONS PARIS-based Go-N Productions returns to MIPTV with two seasons of Zip Zip (104 x 11 mins), about a group of forest animals who decide to move to a city to pretend to be house pets. Another highlight is three seasons of pre-school series Simon (156 x 5 mins), featuring a joyful young rabbit. Following a reAFFICHE198*123.pdf 23/03/2022 10:25 026_MANGOUSTE DEMI1across PAGE_MAG_TV cent deal both series will launch China on CCTV.
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AARDMAN FOLLOWING a launch on Sky Kids in the UK, international rights are brought to MIPTV for The Very Small Creatures, a comic pre-school series from British producer Aardman. The series uses stop-frame and with no dialogue there is no need for dubbing. The studio also highlights the launch of Lloyd Of The Flies, Aardman’s first CGI production, featuring Lloyd the fly. Aardman also continues its third-party representation for children’s brands, including: completed episodes of Pop Paper City, from LoveLove Films, a 3D pre-school adventure craft series which encourages children to try activities; Interstella Ella (52 x 11 mins), from Fabrique Fantastique and Apartment 11, following Ella’s adventures as she discovers the wonders of the universe; and Happy, from Paper Owl Films which, through a world of quirky characters inspires pre-schoolers to find inner strength to tackle some big feelings. The Very Small Creatures (Aardman)
Hoodie (ZDF Studios)
The Scarlet Rose (Label Anim)
PARIS-based Label Anim comes to MIPTV with teen animation series The Scarlet Rose (20 x 22 mins/40 x 11 mins). Set in Paris in the time of Louis XV, Maud witnesses her father’s murder by a stranger, though she manages to leave a scar on the assassin. She is taken in by her grandfather, a stiff aristocrat who introduces her to the court of Versailles. She then begins to play the role of a vigilante, disguised as The Scarlet Rose at night, so that she can look for her father’s murderer.
THE MEDIA PIONEERS (TMP) PRODUCED by Le-Cool, Jili & Gulu (104 x 7 mins) is a heart-warming 2D comedy series for pre-schoolers, featuring a little lion named Jili, a crocodile called Gulu and their animal friends who live happily in the Drip Drop Forest. The series offers educational elements, including science and life skills, as well as themes of friendship and humour. Also on the slate is Mironins (26 x 7 mins), for kids aged four to seven and produced by Spanish and Belgium studio Low Film, the series features three tiny paint drops who have escaped from one of Joan Miro’s paintings. The shows are brought to Cannes by TMP.
ZDF STUDIOS GERMANY’s ZDF Studios brings a vast catalogue of kids content to MIPTV. Scream Street (78 × 11 mins) follows the comic community of so-called monsters — werewolves, vampires, mummies, zombies, witches, goblins and, even the odd human. The show focuses on the teen friendship group of Luke (a reluctant werewolf), Cleo (a teenage mummy) and Resus Negative (a wannabe vampire). Also on the slate are: animation Pettson And Findus (52 × 13 mins/4 x 75 mins), about an old man and his lively cat; live-action Theodosia (26 x 26 mins), set in 1905 about a 14-year-old daughter of two Egyptologists excavating in the Valley of the Kings; Space Nova (26 × 24 mins), following space-travelling siblings; live-action comedy Pan Tau (14 x 25 mins); live-action drama #LikeMe (26 x 26 mins); and Hoodie (156 × 11 mins), a superhero story, about a normal boy with an exceptional talent for parkour and a passion for justice.
Jili & Gulu (TMP)
FANTAWILD ANIMATION CHINA’s Fantawild Animation, part of entertainment and technology group Fantawild Holding, brings a range of brands to MIPTV. The animated series Boonie Bears has instigated more than $435m sales of merchandising across China. The series features two bears, Briar and Bramble — among many other forest creatures — who are on a constant mission to stop Logger Vick from destroying their home. The company also highlights eight Boonie Bears feature films, including the latest, Boonie Bears: Back To Earth. Further brands brought to the international market by Fantawild include Chicken Stew and Kung Fu Masters.
Boonie Bears (Fantawild Animation)
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