COMPETITION Feature films from all continents TOTAL PRIZE MONEY – 2,00,000 USD approx
AWARDS Best Film Golden Peacock and a prize money of 40,00,000/-
Best Director Silver Peacock and a prize money of 15,00,000/-
Best Actor (Male) Silver Peacock and a prize money of 10,00,000/-
Best Actor (Female) Silver Peacock and a prize money of 10,00,000/-
Special Jury Award Silver Peacock and a prize money of 15,00,000/-
Award for the Best Debut Feature Film of a Director – Silver Peacock, Certificate and Prize Money of 10,00,000/-
Lifetime Achievement Award Certificate, shawl, scroll and a prize money of 10,00,000/-
Indian Film Personality of the Year Award- Silver Peacock, Certificate and a prize money of 10,00,000/-
Foreign Retrospective, Tributes, Special Focus, etc.
Indian Panorama, Indian Retrospectives, Tributes.
A choice of the year’s best international cinema.
A representative selection of films from another country or region.
INDIAN AND FOREIGN RETROSPECTIVES
Works of famous film personalities are screened as part of this section, during the festival.
A selection of the year’s best of Indian cinema. Indian Panorama provides a platform to the national film makers from all regions and languages. Films are chosen in this section for their thematic and aesthetic excellence and are also sent to festivals within the country and abroad.
It’s six decades of celebrating cinema like no other. Created at the 1959 Cannes International Film Festival, the Marché du Film has successfully completed 60 years. It is now the indispensable venue for negotiations about most productions distributed in theatres, on television, at festivals or on internet platforms.
At that time, it started out in an informal, low-key way. There were a few dozen participants and one projection room made of wood and canvas on the roof of the old Palais, on the Croisette which held about twenty people. But it created an immediate buzz. Many producers, distributers and exporters met through the sale and acquisition of rights and productions. Cinemas on the Rue d’Antibes were hired for the occasion. By the late 1950s, the newspapers reported: “The Festival de Cannes begins this week. As much business will be done there as in six months of normal professional life in Paris.”
Bolstered by its success, the “Marché International du Film” was officially integrated into the Festival de Cannes on May 10, 1961. This worried those who were keen to preserve the glamour of the red carpet: “Cannes is committing suicide. It is doomed in its current format. In another two or three years, it will be no more than a film market,” they said. However this economical approach opened new development horizons for the Festival. Very soon it was apparent there were strong connections with the industry, that their fates and their future exploits were closely linked. They continue to be so today: the Marché du Film often shows itself to be the adventurous side of the Festival.
On the eve of this 60th anniversary, the Marché du Film has confirmed its leading position, having already announced figures which are strongly up on last year: 7,600 participants registered to date, compared to 6,158 at the same date in 2018, which is an increase of 23% in registrations. These are particularly encouraging figures in the light of the results of the international markets so far this year.
In 2018, of the 40,000 accredited professionals who converged on the Croisette, more than 12,400 attended 1,500 screenings of 3,000 films presented in 33 theatres in five different locations, including the cinemas on the Rue d’Antibes.
The Cannes Marché du Film is open to film professionals from Tuesday, May 14 to Thursday, May 23. The 72nd Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 May. The opening film is The Dead Don’t Die by Jim Jarmusch. The Jury will be led by the Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu.
In a bid to strengthen the presence of animation at Cannes, the Marché du Film is collaborating with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival to create Animation Day.
Within the context of Animation Day, Annecy will offer a fourth Annecy Goes to Cannes, there will be five feature films in progress, complemented with a panel discussion examining adult animation film distribution, stated a press note, adding: “Be there on Sunday 19th May 2019 from 9:30 am, at the Olympia Cinema, 5 rue d’Antibes, Olympia theatre 1”.
“With the evolution of some models of distribution, we are seeing a higher level of permeability between different cinematographic genres.” Jérome Paillard, Executive Director of the Marché du Film, said. “There are a number of sales agents, distributors and producers who are now interested in animation – and not only animation for children. I immediately wanted to partner with the Annecy Festival for this day, whose expertise in this domain is unparalleled”.
According to Mickaël Marin, CEO, CITIA, “I can only revel in this initiative that enables our two entities to bolster the visibility of animated films at Cannes, and to support this marvelous dynamic experienced by animation feature film. I am very grateful to Jérôme Paillard and the Marché du Film de Cannes for this collaboration that enables diverse professionals to seize the opportunities of an art that is constantly pushing boundaries.”
Annecy Goes to Cannes
By continuing its support in the industry’s sector, Annecy is giving a selection of films in production the opportunity to showcase their progress: some first exclusive images (animated sequences, trailers, artworks) aimed at distributors, investors and sales agents present at Cannes, to encourage them to participate in the adventure of these films!
Dragonkeeper – Spain/China – in production In the presence of Ignacio Ferreras (director), Jian-Ping Li (co-director), Manuel Cristobal (producer, Dragoia Media) and Weiwei Song (co-producer, China Film Animation)
Archipelago – Canada – in production In the presence of Félix Dufour-Laperrière (director) and Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière(producer, Embuscade films)
Samsam – France/Belgium – in production In the presence of Didier and Damien Brunner (producers, Folivari)
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People – Brazil – in production In the presence of Cesar Cabral (director) and Ivan Melo (producer, Coala Filmes)
Yakari – France/Germany/Belgium – in production In the presence of Xavier Giacometti (director) and Maïa Tubiana (producer, Dargaud Media)
At 9:30 am, Sunday 19th May 2019, at the Olympia Cinema, 5 rue d’Antibes, Olympia theatre 1
Entry with Marché du Film badge or by registration (first come first seated) contact Géraldine Baché (email@example.com), Head of Projects Mifa
The 72nd Festival de Cannes will open with the Competition screening of Jim Jarmusch’s new film, The Dead Don’t Die. On May 14, on the screen of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, the film by the American director and screenwriter will be this year’s first Palme d’Or competition screening.
The independent filmmaker’s newest foray into genre film (after the western with Dead Man, Samurai/crime film with Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and his vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive) promises to be “the greatest zombies cast ever disassembled”: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Selena Gomez, RZA, Sara Driver, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, Eszter Balint, Carol Kane and Tom Waits.
The Dead Don’t Die also reunites Jarmusch with many of his frequent collaborators including Director of Photography Frederick Elmes (Night on Earth, Paterson, Broken Flowers) and Editor Affonso Gonçalves (Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson). The Dead Don’t Die is Jim Jarmusch’s thirteenth feature film and stands as not just a humorous and sometimes scary subversion of the genre (with a nod to George Romero’s seminal film, Night of the Living Dead) but also a tribute to cinema itself,
In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why. News reports are scary and scientists are concerned. But no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: THE DEAD DON’T DIE — they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living — and the citizens of the town must battle for their survival.
Since Stranger Than Paradise, Caméra d’or winner at the Festival de Cannes in 1984, which was a landmark in the history of new independent American cinema, Jim Jarmusch has been sharing with us his artful, soulful universes, inspired soundtracks, offbeat humour, and the meanderings of his anti-heroes in an always slightly strange world. At Cannes, his elegant, rock and roll cinema, often presenting an alternative America, has been honoured with four awards, including the Short Film Palme d’or in 1993 for Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California and the Grand Prix in 2005 for Broken Flowers.
In 2016, Jim Jarmusch had two films in the Official Selection: Paterson with Golshifteh Farahani and Adam Driver, in Competition, and Gimme Danger, the music documentary on Iggy and the Stooges as part of the Midnight Screenings.
Paris: The rich conference programme at MIPTV includes a keynote from Ilene Chaiken, the creative force behind the hit series “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Empire” and “The L Word”; Michael Aragon, Senior Vice-President of Content at Twitch; Anders Jensen, President and CEO of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) in conversation with Rola Bauer, Managing Director, STUDIOCANAL TV; a keynote from David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, followed by a conversation with Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman, Co-Heads of Awesomeness, and actress Peyton List (“Happy Together”); and an impressive line-up of leading French TV executives due to speak as part of the France Country of Honour showcase.
The international market for both TV content development and distribution, MIPTV takes place in Cannes, France from 8-11 April 2019. The MIPTV conference theme this year is “PUSHING BOUNDARIES”, which will explore how, in the era of peak TV, powerful stories and unique voices are fuelling global creative ambitions and connecting international audiences with an infinite choice of quality content. Each April, 10,000 professionals from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem connect to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends.
MIPTV is preceded by the biggest weekend in unscripted content (6-7 April 2019), comprising MIPDoc, the world’s largest screenings library, conference and co-production marketplace for the factual community, and MIPFormats, the discovery showcase for the global formats community.
Anders Jensen, NENT Group President and CEO, will deliver a keynote presentation, followed by a conversation with Rola Bauer, Managing Director, STUDIOCANAL TV, in a unique exchange of views between two industry thought-leaders.
Appointed NENT Group President and CEO in April 2018 after serving as CEO of MTG’s Nordic businesses, Jensen will deliver key insights from NENT Group’s path to become the Nordic region’s leading entertainment provider. Jensen will tell the story of NENT Group’s original drama productions that are now going global – and reveal what consumers and customers really want from today’s entertainment providers. He will also explain why, in an industry that’s changing so fast, coming together through partnerships, co-operation and inclusivity can build something unique.
Headquartered in Stockholm (and soon listed on NASDAQ Stockholm following the split from Modern Times Group, MTG), NENT Group reaches an audience of millions with its streaming services, TV channels and radio stations. NENT Group’s studio business, which comprises 32 production companies in 17 countries, creates engaging content for media companies worldwide. And as brand defining original content is getting more important in order to capture engagement and interest from consumers, NENT Group’s ambition is to premiere at least 20 original productions every year for its Viaplay streaming service. Rola Bauer is a pioneer of international production and a pre-eminent global dealmaker. A Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer, Bauer has produced some of the world’s most revered English-language series and created co-productions for such hits “The Last Panthers”, Harlan Coben’s “Safe”, “The Child in Time” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and the highly anticipated Howard Overman’s “War of the Worlds” and Roberto Saviano’s “ZeroZeroZero”.
David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, will outline Viacom International Studios’ vision for an Awesome(ness) Future. Lynn will outline his thoughts on the market opportunities in content supply and the rationale behind Viacom’s acquisition of Awesomeness.
This will be followed by a conversation with Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman, Co-Heads of Awesomeness, and actress Peyton List (“Happy Together”).
The session will explore the consumer, creative, and commercial impact of operating in a digital-first GenZ world, the ongoing shift from scheduled to on-demand viewing, and the increasing need to make and produce exceptional content for click-swipe audiences on every platform around the world.
Lynn has held a variety of roles within Viacom and its subsidiary channels, and led the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014 and its successful integration into Viacom. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) since January 2017, giving him management oversight of all of Viacom’s media networks and related businesses outside the U.S.
Prior to her role as Co-Head of Awesomeness, Zimmerman was the Head of Awesomeness TV Studio, where she oversaw development and production of Awesomeness’ original scripted series for the company’s digital, TV, and over-the-top subscription VOD services. Her credits include the Emmy-winning series “Zac & Mia” for Hulu, “Foursome” for YouTube Premium, and “Trinkets” for Netflix. Glashow was previously Head of Worldwide Distribution at Awesomeness, where she oversaw distribution for all content including AwesomenessTV series and Awesomeness Films worldwide.
Peyton List is best known for her portrayal as Emma in Disney’s “Jessie”. With an impressive 14 million followers on her Instagram platform, List continues to captivate large audiences and dominate on-screen. She appeared in the CBS series “Happy Together”, executive produced by Ben Winston and Harry Styles.
Michael Aragon, Senior Vice-President of Content at Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, will keynote at MIPTV 2019, Wednesday 10 April.
In his role as SVP of Content, Aragon leads all of Twitch’s global broadcaster partnerships, esports, Twitch Studios, content development, and content marketing. Aragon also oversees the acquisition of TV shows and movies that have aired on Twitch like “Pokémon” and “Doctor Who”.
At MIPTV, he will provide insight on interactive entertainment’s appeal to younger audiences from gaming to non-gaming content, the power of interactive live viewing formats to maximize audience engagement and create new experiences around both old and new programs, and his vision for the global entertainment industry.
Aragon previously worked at Ellation, parent company of Crunchyroll, where he served as General Manager and managed the launch of VRV. Prior to Ellation, he spent eight years with PlayStation Network as VP and General Manager overseeing digital video, music, and original content services across Sony’s mobile, desktop, living room, and game consoles in over 30 countries.
WASHINGTON, D.C.– More than 200 companies will exhibit for the first time at the 2019 NAB Show, the world’s largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. These companies will offer a first look at new products and technologies through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. NAB Show is held April 6-11 (exhibits April 8-11) in Las Vegas.
The 224 first-time exhibitors will join a wide variety of exhibiting veterans on the nearly one million net square feet of space that make up the NAB Show exhibit floor. Examples of the debuting companies include Red Bee Media, Audi, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Frame.io, StoryMate, Nextologies Limited, The Future Group, Send Bird, Kazuhm, Snappers.tv, and Opus Digitas, Inc., among others.
“These new exhibitors reflect the unique position of NAB Show at the center of the convergence of media, entertainment and technology,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “These companies, along with specialized exhibit areas and leading brands from around the world, will showcase technologies and innovations that are disrupting how content is created, distributed and consumed.”
The 2019 NAB Show exhibition will comprise 1,600+ companies, including 650+ international exhibitors and some of the world’s leading brands and companies, including Blackmagic Design, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Cisco, Panasonic, Google, Facebook, IBM, Grass Valley, Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Vimeo, ATOMOS, Avid, and MediaKind.
NAB Show will also feature several new technology-focused areas of the show floor, including the Esports Experience, AI+Cloud Campus, ATSC 3.0 Information Center, Destination 5G and the In-Vehicle Experience. Review all new aspects of the 2019 NAB Show here.
The Innovation Pipeline houses three destinations and a theater showcasing future-focused technologies and solutions from concept to prototype. Destinations in the Innovation Pipeline are equipped to promote each stage of innovation through Futures Park, StartUp Loft and SPROCKIT.
2019 will witness an array of masterpieces by the brightest minds of world cinema. Curated by Saibal Chatterjee
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho
The director returns to Korean-language filmmaking for the first time since 2009’s Mother with this family drama about four individuals living under the same roof but possessing divergent traits. Promises to be more low-key in treatment than Snowpiercer, The Host and Okja, but with Bong Joon-ho one can never be sure.
AN EASY GIRL (Unfille facile) Rebecca Zlotowski
The French director’s fourth feature revolves around Naima, who has just turned 16, and her 22-year-old visiting cousin, whose lives change during a long summer on the sun-drenched French Riviera. Zlotowski’sprevious three films (Belle epine, Grand Central, Planetarium) have all played in the world’s top festivals. We expect her to be back in circulation this year.
PERSONALIEN Albert Serra
The Catalonian auteur is poised to be a star of the festival circuit with his upcoming film, Personalien, which is an account of an episode in the life German cinema legend Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It deals with Fassbinder preparing a play in Berlin about 18th century debauchery while dealing with dramatic personal issues.
IT MUST BE HEAVEN Elia Suleiman
A freewheeling saga from the Palestinian filmmaker addressing questions nationality, the notion of home and cultural identity. Elia Suleiman, who is both the narrator and the protagonist, leaves Palestine is search of an alternative homeland but no matter where he goes – Paris, New York, Doha, he cannot escape police heavy-handedness, border controls and racism.
ANNA Luc Besson
Despite the financial troubles facing Luc Besson’s company EuropaCorp and the sexual misconduct allegations against the French producer-director, his English-language female-driven action thriller, Anna, starring Helen Mirren, Sasha Lush, Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy, is bound to sustain worldwide anticipation through the year. But its festival will hinge on the film’s distribution strategy.
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT Caroline Link
The Oscar-winning German director’s adaptation of British writer Judith Kerr’s 1971 semi-autobiographical novel is about a young Jewish girl who flees Nazi Germany with her family in 1933 through Switzerland and Paris before settling in Britain later in the decade. Slated for a Christmas release, the film could surface in festivals in the second half of 2019.
BENEDETTA Paul Verhoeven
Adapted from Judith C. Brown’s 1986 book, Immodest Acts, the seasoned Dutch director’s next film is about a 17th century novice nun who joins a convent in Italy and begins a love affair with another woman. Verhoeven made a glorious comeback to feature filmmaking in 2016 with the French-language Elle, which fetched star Isabelle Huppert unstinted accolades.
THE TRUTH Hirokazu Kore-eda
The prolific Kore-eda has been a force on the festival circuit since moving from documentaries to narrative features in the mid-1990s. He is set to follow-up on his Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters with The Truth, starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche alongside Ethan Hawke and LudivineSagnier. The film marks the Japanese director’s French-language debut.
PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodovar
A self-reflexive film from the Spanish maverick, Pain and Glory is about a filmmaker and the choices he has made in his life and career in the past and how they have impacted his present. The five-time Palme d’Or contender reteams Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz in a film that is set for release in late March. Therefore, there is no clarity on a festival run.
AHMED Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The Belgian auteurs, twice Cannes top prize winners, are back in the mix this year with Ahmed, a film about a young man who is radicalized enough to plan the killing of his teacher in the name of his religious beliefs. The film, the director duo’s 11th narrative feature, promises to present a characteristically austere and terse treatment of an explosive subject.
SORRY WE MISSED YOU Ken Loach
Winner for the Palme d’Or for 2016’s I, Daniel Blake, the veteran filmmaker has nearly wrapped up his new film, written once again by regular collaborator Paul Laverty. It is about a family struggling to regain lost ground in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn with the father investing in a van and becoming a self-employed delivery man.
MEMORIA Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The acclaimed Thai director returns to the thick of the action four years after his last feature Cemetery of Splendour and teams up with Tilda Swinton. The actress plays a Scottish woman travelling through Colombia and suffering from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person hears loud noises when sleeping or waking up.
THE STORY OF MY WIFE Ildiko Enyedi
Berlinale Golden Bear winner in 2017 for On Body and Soul, Hungarian director Ildiki Enyedi is working on her new film based on a Milan Fust novel. It tells the story of a naval captain’s unhappy relationship with a Frenchwoman (played by Lea Seydoux) he married on a whim when a friend dared him to wed the first woman who walked into a café they were sitting in.
BERGMAN ISLAND Mia Hansen-Love
The French actress-turned-director’s English-language Bergman Island, a long-gestating project, is in the works and promises to be a homage to Faro Island where Ingmar Bergman lived and worked. It tells the story of an American couple who retreat to the island to write their next screenplays but as their work progresses the line between reality and fiction is blurred.
LITTLE JOE Jessica Hausner
The Austrian director’s fifth feature, Little Joe, is an English-language sci-fi drama rests on an unusual premise: a singleminded breeder creates a genetically engineered plant whose seeds have a curious effect on those that come into contact with it. A series of developments forces her to question her own identity and threatens her grasp on reality.
PURE AS SNOW Anne Fontaine
A modern reworking of Brother Grimms’ Snow White story, French director Anne Fontaine’s 16th feature, Pure as Snow, stars Isabelle Huppert as the evil stepmother to a girl who works in her late father’s hotel. When the older woman’s young lover falls for the girl, the stepmother plots to eliminate the daughter. The latter seeks refuge in a farm where she tastes freedom for the first time through her encounters with seven ‘princes’.
THE DREAMS OF A FEW Michel Franco
A dystopian drama set in the near future, Michel Franco’s upcoming film is his most ambitious to date. It focuses on disparities between the rich and the poor in Mexico. Franco has had a wonderful run with his first four features, Daniel and Ana, After Lucia, Chronic and April’s Daughter. Anticipation for The Dreams of a Few is therefore high.
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH Kiyoshi Kurosawa
The prolific Japanese director of such lauded films as Journey to the Shore, Daguerrotype and Before We Vanish, travels to Uzbekistan for his latest film. In To the Ends of the Earth, a young travel show host finds her beliefs tested when she lands in the central Asian nation with her small crew to film the latest segment.
EMA Pablo Larrain
The Chilean director reunites with his Neruda star Gael Garcia Bernal in his latest film, a dance-filled adoption drama set in his home country. It is about a choreographer and his schoolteacher-wife who decide to use dance to express themselves through the difficult process of adopting a child.
THE PERFUMED HILL Abderrahmane Sissako
Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s The Perfumed Hill is his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Timbuktu. The film tells a love story set between Africa and China and is said to have been inspired by a scene in Sissako’s 2002 slice-of-life drama, Waiting for Happiness, which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un certain regard.
DQE, the global entertainment production and distribution company, has announced new broadcast and licensing agreements for its globally popular property The Jungle Book that will see the Mowgli and his Jungle Friends swing into the American market by launching in Sinclair Broadcast Group’s children’s Channel KidsClick this year. Meet DQE at MIPCOM Stand No P-1 L20
The highly successful and much loved animated series produced by DQ Entertainment will air on KidsClick channel soon . Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting organisations in the US, owns and operates 192 Television Stations and 611 Channels all across USA. Kidsclick, its children’s channel that has a reach in over 75 million households, will be broadcasting all the three seasons of the Jungle Book series.
The globally successful flagship IP, the Jungle Book has now gone into production of season 3 after the huge global success it witnessed for its first two seasons. The series co-produced / acquired by major global kids broadcasters such as ZDF Germany, DeA Kids-Italy, TF1-France,Canal+ France, Telequbec and TVO-Canada, JCCTV-Middle East , Nickelodeon-India to name a few was broadcasted in over 160 countries worldwide.
The third season will showcase the new escapades of the man cub Mowgli who was raised in Indian jungle by a pack of wolves.
More drama, same excitement and adventure mixed with a high element of comedy will tell tales of Mowgli, his beloved mentor, Baloo, the wise bear, Bagheera, his panther buddy and the lazy rock-python Kaa. Together they take on the evil Shere Khan who is out to get Mowgli. His adventures will open out in the lush tropical forest of Seeonee amidst splendid Indian royal forts, temples, waterfalls, the Waigunga river and many other picturesque locales.
Manoj Mishra, COO, DQE Group, commented, “This is a very exciting series launch for us as KidsClick allows Jungle Book to reach new, highly engaged, audiences from all around USA. We are delighted to have secured such a strong US broadcast partner in KidsClick.”
Tapaas Chakravarti, CEO & MD, DQE Group, said, “We are excited to partner with Kidsclick Channel for USA . We are sure Kids in USA will love watching Mowgli and his friends in their favourite kids channel.”
Presented by Sir David Attenborough and filmed over four years around the globe, Dynasties explores the lives of some of the world’s most iconic animals
At MIPCOM, BBC Studios announced the launch of BBC Earth Tribe, a brand new BBC Earth fan community with the leading internet services provider in China, Tencent, as well as a co-production partnership for BBC Studios’ latest natural history landmark, Dynasties.
The signing of the co-production agreement with Tencent for Dynasties is part of a larger multiyear partnership between BBC Studios and Tencent, which will see the two parties work together to develop and grow BBC Earth Tribe – a Chinese online community for people passionate about natural history and science.
According to a press note, BBC Earth Tribe on Tencent will not just be the destination for over 650 hours of BBC Studios’ natural history and documentary programmes such as Dynasties and Rituals, it will also deliver unprecedented access to the series’ creators – via Q&As with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit’s award-winning producers – both online and at on-ground events.
Mini episodes of the BBC’s natural history programmes, 360 videos, live streamed interviews as well as live streams directly from production locations are just some of the additional offerings available to BBC Earth Tribe members.
The BBC Earth Tribe community site will go live on Tencent Video.
Dynasties is the third natural history co-production deal with Tencent for BBC Studios, having partnered on the award-winning series Blue Planet II in 2017 and Planet Earth II in 2016.
The co-production agreement was sealed in a signing ceremony presided by Suman Wang, Chief Editor of Tencent Video & SVP of Tencent Penguin Pictures and Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Studios. It was witnessed by David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Studios; Kelvin Yau, General Manager, Greater China, BBC Studios; Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Lexian Zhu, Deputy Director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio.
Presented by Sir David Attenborough and filmed over four years around the globe, Dynasties explores the lives of some of the world’s most iconic animals. As their stories unfold, viewers witness their incredible determination to protect their family line in the face of challenges to their leadership or from the often harsh environment around them.
The all new five part series from the multi-award winning BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit will broadcast simultaneously with the UK telecast in China on Tencent’s v.qq.com platform.
Suman Wang, Chief Editor of Tencent Video & SVP of Tencent Penguin Pictures commented: “Our audiences have a huge appetite for BBC Earth content so we are thrilled to partner with BBC Studios on this new initiative, bringing our customers unparalleled access to an incredible portfolio of high quality content and unique interactive experiences.”
David Weiland, EVP Asia for BBC Studios commented: “Chinese audiences’ appreciation for BBC’s premium natural history content has grown over the last two years. Blue Planet II delivered over 250 million views* on Tencent, and Planet Earth II in 2016, got over 200 million views*. We are very excited to extend our partnership with Tencent with the co-production of Dynasties, and work with them to build a community of like-minded natural history fans, bringing our content beyond the screens to them via BBC Earth Tribe.”
Madhu Entertainment & Media led by Hirachand Dand is at MIPCOM with a 90-minute completed new animation English film UP UP & UP directed by 78-year-old veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani. The film was recently completed with voice over and post production by top artistes and studio in LA. Over 25 years in the business, Madhu Entertainment has acquired the film for global distribution.
“It is Govind Nihalani’s dream to create this magical animation film. It is a story about a baby camel in Rajasthan, who dreams of flying,” says Hirachand Dand, COO, Madhu Entertainment who has been a regular to MIPCOM for many years.
“Govind Nihalani is a legend and his first animation film is really magical. We are aiming to reach out to both traditional and digital platforms,” he adds.
Says Govind Nihalani, “As an artist one must always reinvent oneself and respond to changing geography, economy and technology around us. We must respond to new stimuli and trends emerging in the society. I do not want to repeat myself,else I will become a dinosaur. And, that’s a fate I will rather not want.”
He adds: “Visioning an animated character and directing an actor on screen, both are same for me, the same idea, same challenges. And, since I come from Udaipur, it was easy for me to imagine the desert landscape and for my team to render it, with enough input material available on the web.”
Govind Nihalani was associated with the cinematography of Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning epic Gandhi. Nihalani is renowned for his alternative cinema (Aakrosh, Ardh Satya and Drohkaal), TV Series Tamas and his collaborations with Shyam Benegal as a cinematographer in milestone films like ‘Ankur’ and ‘Manthan’.
UP UP & UP is a story about dreaming the impossible and making it happen. The hero of the story is Kamlu, a baby camel, like a child of about nine years in human terms. Kamlu’s ambition in life is to fly, to fly up into the clouds, to the top of the rainbow to see his mom and dad, who to leave for war and never returned.