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What Buyers Expect From Digital MIPTV

admin   March 31, 2021

MIPTV – the 58th Spring International Television Market – will take place online during the annual spring market dates of April 12-16, 2021 and will bring together global distributors, producers, buyers and commissioners of drama, doc, kids, factual and formats programming for a curated week of personalised business meetings, exclusive market intelligence, conference sessions and global networking.

Over 1000 buyers are at Digital MIPTV with a clear objective on what they are looking for.

Reed MIDEM has confirmed strong buyer and commissioner demand for Digital MIPTV 2021 for the one-to-one distribution market, the one-to-one international co-production markets and its digital networking platform in a positive early response for this year’s all digital show.

Peter Andrews of SBS, Australia says they are looking forward for factual series, food content, films and drama. In addition to global territories, SBS is looking for Asia regions- China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan.

As far as VRT from Belgium is concerned, Current Affairs Buyer/Commissioner Jan Konings says they are at MIPTV for pronounced documentaries in series or one-offs, in diverse lengths.

ARTE1 from Brazil is eyeing for sophisticated productions. “Our main request is that all the themes of the programs needs to be related to art topics. We have slots for: documentaries (one-off)/ doc-series with episodes of 26’ or 52’/concerts from classical to modern music / ballet performances from classical to contemporary style / awarded and independent art movies,” says its head of acquisitions and co-productions Janaina Tadeu.

Lei Jing, General Manager, Golden-Spread Entertainments Co., Ltd, China says they are looking for Action, Adventure, Animated Feature, Film, Wild/Nature Documentary, TV series. Their plan is to acquire foreign films and TV series and sell to Chinese clients.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, China is eyeing to acquire VOD programmes including TV series, movies, docs, kids, 4K etc. China’s MediaTV International Service’s General Manager Jing Kang is planning to buy TV programmes from international partners worldwide.

Mira Vocinkic, Editor – Buyer, Acquisitions Department of Croatian public broadcaster Croatian TV is at MIPTV for all kind of documentaries, talk shows, concerts. Vicky Schroderus, Executive In Charge Of International Co-Productions & Acquisitions at Yle Children’s Programs is attending MIPTV for content that will enhance YLE’s offering for kids. The shows need to entertain, bring laughter and awoke curiosity.

ARTE France, a European public-service cultural television channel, is looking for finished films in people, places, human interest, ancient history, civilisations, nature and wildlife.

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China Eyes Animation Content at MIPTV

admin   March 31, 2021

With the 58th edition of Cannes’ TV market MIPTV, set to run from April 12, majority of Chinese companies are looking to buy animation content, while at the same time domestic animation studios are on the rise.

Demand for good quality animation content is on the rise in China because of growing numbers of Internet users (990 million in China).
China is now the second biggest spender on television content in the world ($10.9 bn in 2017, according to IHS Markit) – surpassed only by the US.
While a significant proportion of this total (49 per cent) can be attributed to the country’s booming domestic production business, the country’s broadcasters and VOD platforms have also developed a voracious appetite for international coproductions and acquisitions. Online giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent have invested $4.5 billion to feed the pipelines of their entertainment platforms.

Jetsen Huashi, director of Jetsen Huashi Wangju Cultural Media Co., Ltd., is looking for high quality animation series for kids at MIPTV.
The company had already purchased 35,000 episodes of teleplays, 15,000 episodes of plays that can be sold overseas legally, and 58 episodes in prime time for satellite TV stations, accounting for 30 per cent of the market share, as well as 300,000 minute cartoons, including 100,000 minute HD

Tao Jia, International Contents, Acquisition. JY Animation Co., China, is attending MIPTV to acquire kids animation contents for 0-6 years old kids.
Qi Yu, vice-president of JY Animation Inc., China will be at MIPTV to buy animation and all kinds of kids contents.

Sean Chu, CEO and founder of Wekids Asia Ltd, China, will take part in MIPTV for high quality animations for kids and international artwork or stories.

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Virtual Pre-Cannes Screenings For Buyers Before July Physical Market

admin   March 19, 2021

With the Covid-19 pandemic changing things across the world, everyone is thinking novel methods backed by technology to keep the show going. There is one such innovation by the organisers of Marché

Due to the unusually long delay between the EFM in Berlin and the Marché du Film in Cannes (6-15 July), many international sales agents have expressed the need for an intermediate event in the spring, which will allow them to do business and to network virtually, while awaiting the big rendez-vous in July when the film industry will meet up again in large numbers.

Hence, the Marché du Film is organizing the “Pre-Cannes Screenings”, four days of online screenings, end of May, on a platform that will exclusively offer virtual booths for sales companies and screening rooms in streaming.

This is being done as producers, sales agents, and distributors were pushing for an earlier market. They wanted it to secure financing for projects they can shoot in the summer or, for finished films, to allow time for a theatrical release in early summer by when, it is hoped, cinemas in most regions will again be open after coronavirus shutdowns.

Many independent distributors expect a window of opportunity in the early summer after theaters re-open but before the competitive onslaught of big projects, many of which have been pushed back to the later months to accommodate later cinema openings in the United States.

Access to the pre-Cannes platform will be strictly reserved to buyers already registered with the Marché du Film (either with an online or an onsite accreditation) and this at no extra cost.

In July, the Marché du Film will offer all its usual activities on site in Cannes: stands, screenings, the Village International, networking programs, conferences… Professionals unable to travel will still be able to take part via virtual screenings of certain films, conferences that will be broadcasted simultaneously and some of the networking programs.

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Accreditations Are Open For Cannes 2021

admin   March 18, 2021

For the first time in its history, the Festival de Cannes will roll out its red carpet in the summer this year.

The 74th edition will take place from 6 to 17 July 2021 and accreditations are open. Delegates can check the registration requirements according to their category, submit their accreditation request online and track their application.

The early bird accreditation (March 15-April 15) for physical Cannes Film Festival will be 20 Euros plus VAT, for physical Cannes Film Market (349 Euros plus VAT) and online Cannes Film Market (129 Euros plus VAT). For the regular accreditation beginning (April 16-June 22) physical Cannes Film Festival will be 120 Euros plus VAT, for physical Cannes Film Market (399 Euros plus VAT) and online Cannes Film Market (169 Euros plus VAT).

Details have not been spelt out on travel and visa regulations during Cannes Film Festival and Market. More details are awaited as COVID-19 vaccination drive has been globally rolled out.

The Festival continues to open its doors to the general public with “Cannes Cinéphiles”, and more particularly to younger audiences with “3 Days in Cannes”. These initiatives, which welcomed 7,000 film enthusiasts to screenings in 2019, will continue in 2021.

Applications for “3 Days in Cannes” accreditations will open at the beginning of April. Applications that were accepted in 2020 will be prioritised for processing.

In order to offset the journeys taken by visitors and their accommodations, which represent 89 per cent of the event’s carbon footprint, access to the Festival will now require each accredited person to pay an environmental contribution of €20 (excluding tax).

The Festival de Cannes is also committed to offsetting the other 11% of carbon emissions generated by the organisation of the event by making an environmental contribution. All proceeds will be donated to local, national and international carbon offset programmes.

For the 15th consecutive year, Pickle will have a special India focused edition for Cannes Film Market 2021 (Both print and digital version). As a run up to the market, there will also be dedicated newsletters and special focus on India participation at Cannes with the objectives of producers, filmmakers, buyers, locales, service providers, market reviews and film screenings.


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Stage set for Cannes from July 6. Spike Lee, Cannes Jury Head

admin   March 18, 2021

The Festival de Cannes will be held this year from July 6 to 17 and the organizers have confirmed that Spike Lee will be the President of the Jury of the 74th edition. Prevented last year due to the Covid crisis, the Festival de Cannes opens this new decade with Spike Lee as President of the Jury.

One of the greatest directors of his generation, Lee is also a screenwriter, actor, editor and producer. For 30 years, the tireless Lee has been an astute chronicler of the questionings of his time, with a resolutely contemporary approach that’s never without a dash of levity and entertainment.

Says Lee, “I am very humble in accepting the offer to be the President of the Jury. I have a special place in my for Paris, for France and the Cannes.”

He also fondly recalls that way back in 1986, his very first film ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ was played at Cannes and it was his first introduction to the world of cinema.

According to Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival, “Throughout the months of uncertainty we’ve just been through, Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us. This support is finally coming to fruition and we could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times.”

Says Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, “His enthusiasm and passion for cinema has given us a huge boost of energy to prepare the great Festival that everybody has been awaiting for. The party will be great, we simply can’t wait!”

From July 6 to 17, 2021 on the Croisette, these 12 days will be a celebration of art and creativity, and full of long-awaited reunions. Preparations are in full swing with a large number of films being viewed by the selection committee.

The Official Selection and the composition of the Jury will be unveiled in early June. Surrounded by the members of his Jury, Spike Lee will award the Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony on Saturday, July 17.

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Matchmaking Biz Accelerator At Digital MIPTV 2021

admin   March 18, 2021

Digital MIPTV is expanding access to its One-to-One Online Distribution Market, adding Drama and Kids genres to the programme addressing Doc, Factual and Formats announced earlier.

Reed MIDEM’s signature one-to-one matchmaking business accelerator is a key feature of its international television markets, connecting international content distributors and buyers through pre-scheduled online meetings to boost sales and acquisitions of television series.

The decision to expand the Digital MIPTV multi-genre online matchmaking offer is in response to increased demand from international distributors and buyers across all genres for Reed MIDEM to provide an online sales platform during the traditional MIPTV market week due to the ongoing worldwide restrictions on travel and physical gatherings.

Digital MIPTV will take place online during the annual spring market dates of 12-16 April 2021. Options for participation across all genres include the One-to-One Distribution Market guaranteeing a programme of pre-scheduled meetings over 3 days (13-15 April) and the MIPTV Digital Pass offering online market access to the week-long programme of thematic speed meetings, workshops, mentoring, market intel, conferences, breakout sessions and networking (12-16 April).

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MIPTV 2021 Trend: Increasing Demand for Distribution & Co-Production

admin   March 18, 2021

One-to-one distribution market, one-to-one international co-production markets and its digital networking platform gain momentum

A strong buyer and commissioner demand prevails for Digital MIPTV 2021 for the one-to-one distribution market, the one-to-one international co-production markets and its digital networking platform in a positive early response for this year’s all digital show.

MIPTV – the 58th Spring International Television Market – will take place online during the annual spring market dates of April 12-16, 2021 and will bring together global distributors, producers, buyers and commissioners of drama, doc, kids, factual and formats programming for a curated week of personalised business meetings, exclusive market intelligence, conference sessions and global networking.

ABC, SBS Television, Seven Network, Globo, CBC, Quebecor Content, iQiyi, Bilibili, Tencent, YLE, Arte France, France Télévisions, Groupe Canal+, M6, TF1, ZDF, RTL Television, RAI, R.T.I. S.P.A. – Mediaset Group, Nippon TV, VPRO, NRK, The Walt Disney Company, Channel One Russia, EBS, Atresmedia, RTVE, A+E Networks, Al Jazeera, Sky UK, CuriosityStream, Discovery / HGTV are among the first to confirm their attendance at Digital MIPTV. See HERE the full list of confirmed buyers/ Commissioners.

For the first time, Digital MIPTV will connect the MIPDoc and MIPFormats communities as well as drama and kids online via Reed MIDEM’s signature one-to-one matchmaking platform with two unique offers guaranteeing delegates pre-scheduled meeting agendas, with a minimum of 15-20 meetings, to boost distribution, acquisitions, co-production and development.

In addition, a week-long digital pass offers access to the conference programme, highlights of which will include exclusive market insights for all genres including the popular Fresh TV, Glance, high profile keynotes, MIPDrama buyers screenings and the MIP SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Award.

MIPTV Week will be preceded by pre-market Discovery Showcases on 9 April offering a first look for buyers at hotly anticipated new content. All delegates will have access to the Digital MIPTV networking marketplace from 29 March and all content will be available to catch up online until 14 May 2021.

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MIPTV honours A+E Networks president Paul Buccieri

admin   March 18, 2021

A+E Networks has bagged the second annual MIP SDG Award which will be presented during Digital MIPTV week (12-16 April).

In support of the United Nations, and in line with the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Reed MIDEM, a member of the SDG Media Compact*, last year launched its annual MIP SDG Award to honour media companies for their action and contribution to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s award will be dedicated to Goal #10 – Reduced Inequalities.

Paul Buccieri, President of A+E Networks, will be presented with the award on Thursday 15 April, in a dedicated online event featuring stars from A+E Networks as well as the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Melissa Fleming.

The award recognises A+E Networks’ long-standing commitment to reducing inequality, promoting diversity and inclusion and fearlessly bringing controversial topics to the table like sexism, racism, violence against women through a wide range of actions that encompass its programming, internal policies, hiring decisions and corporate outreach initiatives.

Paul Buccieri, President of A+E Networks said: “We are very grateful to the United Nations and our partners at Reed MIDEM for recognising our team’s commitment to equality, justice, diversity and inclusion. At A+E Networks, we believe that striving for equality is a never-ending and ongoing journey that we are all on together. Our company has a long-standing history of working towards positive change, and we believe firmly and passionately in using our platforms for purpose. There is more work to be done, and we are honored to continue to join with our partners to achieve these goals.”

Lucy Smith, Director of MIPTV, stated: “We are delighted to honour Paul Buccieri and A+E Networks with this second MIP SDG Award. They are a leading voice in promoting equality and most importantly are committed to taking action and using their platforms to drive change. We are very proud to have a long-standing association with them as founding partners of the MIPCOM Women in Global Entertainment Power Lunch, and the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards.”

Digital MIPTV’s Content Showcase Unveiled

admin   March 18, 2021

Reed MIDEM has unveiled details of Digital MIPTV’s world-class content showcase and international buyers programmes. Accessible exclusively online 12-16 April and reaching audiences around the globe, the annual spring market will welcome producers, distributors and buyers from some of the biggest international studios, broadcasters and streaming platforms.

Built around MIPTV’s promise of discovery, connection and inspiration, this year’s programme features exclusive market intelligence and insights; first look factual, documentary and drama showcases; as well as high profile keynotes and the 2021 MIP SDG Award being presented to A+E Networks President, Paul Buccieri.

Highlights of this year’s content showcases include Fresh TV, Factual & Documentary Showcase, Formates Accelerator and MIPDrama.

Major buyers from world-leading broadcasters and streamers participating at MIPTV include ABC Australia, Amazon Studios, ARD/ZDF KI.KA Der Kinderkanal, BBC, Hunan TV, ITV, Keshet 12, PBS Kids, TF1, VIU, Warner Bros. and ZDF. In a series of Programming Briefs, key decision makers from each of these businesses will be sharing their programming, acquisition and commissioning strategies in the fields of drama, formats, factual & documentary and kids content, followed by a live Q&A.

With a focus on delivering valuable meetings and contacts, this year’s programme offers pre-registered delegates the opportunity to connect and network through small group interactive conversations, thematic meet-ups, one-to-many workshops and breakout sessions.

12 New Dramas Lined up at MIPDrama

admin   March 18, 2021

Reed MIDEM has confirmed the line-up for this year’s MIPDrama, the annual premium drama showcase offering international buyers an exclusive first-look at a curated selection of the most anticipated series in production around the world.

The sixth edition of this unique event is open to all registered buyers and will take place online on Friday 9 April 2021 (12.30 CEST).

This happens just ahead of Digital MIPTV Week which this year runs exclusively online from 12-16 April. The showcase will then be available on Digital MIPTV’s catch up service until 16 April.

MIPDrama will be hosted by French actress, comedian and singer Joséphine Draï, recently starring in French Netflix hit Plan Coeur, who will introduce 10-minute long exclusive previews of 12 upcoming series, each selected for their writing and production values, originality, and their worldwide appeal.

After the screenings, participating buyers will be invited to vote for their “Coup de Cœur”, with the winner being revealed online on Friday 16 April.

The selection has been made with the support of the MIPDrama Buyers Advisory Board, comprised of leading global industry executives with extensive experience in acquisitions, co-productions, and international business development.

According to Sarah Wright, Director of Sky Cinema & Acquisitions, Sky UK, “After the terrible, tumultuous year that was 2020, it is really uplifting to see such a strong list for MIPDrama’s Official Selection this year. From a fabulous new take on a classic Queen to a mysterious dive beneath the surface of a picturesque British seaside town, via ethical dilemmas, raucous dramedy, thrilling investigations and so much more, there is a dazzling array of programming on offer this year.”