The world’s biggest content market goes completely digital. MIPCOM week takes place October 12-16 MIPCOM Online+ rolls out from Oct. 5 to Nov. 17, MIPJunior included
MIPCOM 2020 has announced that the 36th annual international television content market will now take place entirely online as MIPCOM ONLINE+. The physical gathering, previously scheduled to take place as MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS CANNES, is cancelled due to the continued impact of COVID-19.
MIPCOM ONLINE+ will be centred around the digital MIPCOM Week that occurs October 12-16, and will include extended features before and after the main event.
MIPCOM Warm Up begins October 5 and offers early access for participating delegates and exhibitors to make the most out of the MIPCOM digital marketplace by accessing Market Intelligence sessions, Content & Finance briefings and the MIPJunior Screenings platform, as well as use of the MIPCOM Digital Hub to plan meetings for the MIPCOM Week.
MIPCOM Week will be open October 12-16 as a global online interactive business market including a fully digital “Main Stage Cannes” conference and screenings programme involving Global UPFRONTS, Keynotes, market screenings, MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards and much more. In addition, the Virtual Exhibit Hub and enhanced database will allow users to set up highly targeted, video business meetings between distributors, producers, buyers and all international delegates.
Major Studio ViacomCBS (ViacomCBS International Studios and ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group) along with Discovery, Inc., and Newen are the latest companies to confirm they will premiere content as part of the first annual MIPCOM 2020 Global UPFRONTS presentations. They join all3media, A+E Networks, BBC Studios and ZDF Enterprises in the world-class line-up for the presentations to international acquisition executives. Each studio will curate a dynamic 20-minute showcase of their most anticipated new programming including a mix of finished series and series that are in production or in pipeline.
The 2020 Global UPFRONTS are a new feature at MIPCOM and aim to give buyers a fresh look at the most anticipated new programming from the world’s leading studios across all genres. The MIPCOM 2020 Global UPFRONTS line-up will include up to 14 studios.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring programming from major studios to buyers around the world via the MIPCOM 2020 Global UPFRONTS. In these times, as always, we are committed to supporting the industry and are delighted to present this extraordinary slate of showcases,” comments Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.
MIPCOM Follow Up+ runs from October 17 to November 17 and will offer replays of screenings, keynotes and conference sessions, from MIPCOM and MIPJunior. Delegates and exhibitors can continue to conduct business through the MIPCOM Online+ interactive database tools and Virtual Exhibit Hub as well as using the MIPJunior digital library.
“Our motivation has always been to bring together the global entertainment community around the flagship week of MIPCOM in order to support content discovery and new business deals, whether online or in person,” explains Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division. “We made clear when we announced MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS Cannes that we would only hold the physical market if conditions permitted. Due to the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 and recently increased travel restrictions, we believe that MIPCOM ONLINE+ is the most effective way to move forward and to gather the global television community around MIPCOM Week.”
The third season of CANNESERIES, the International TV Series Festival, will take place in Cannes from October 9-14 and virtually on its new platform CANNESERIES LIVE from October 7-21.
MIPCOM, the world’s leading content market has announced the first lineup of presenting studios to join the new 2020 Global UPFRONTS to debut during the MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS CANNES and MIPCOM ONLINE+ hybrid market this October.
All3media, A+E Networks, BBC Studios and ZDF Enterprises are among the first major studios to confirm they will premiere content showcases as part of the first annual MIPCOM 2020 Global UPFRONTS presentations which will be scheduled across 11-13 October in the Grand Auditorium in the Palais des Festivals.
Each studio will curate a dynamic 20-minute showcase of their most anticipated new programming including a mix of finished series and series that are in production or in pipeline.
The 2020 Global UPFRONTS is a new feature at MIPCOM and aim to give buyers a fresh look at the most anticipated new programming from the world’s leading studios across all genres.
The MIPCOM 2020 Global UPFRONTS lineup will include up to 14 studios who will present 20 minutes each over three days in October. The Global UPFRONTS will screen first for buyers in-person at MIPCOM Rendezvous Cannes and then later the same day worldwide via MIPCOM Online+.
The 36th edition of the flagship entertainment content market will take place as MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS CANNES, a streamlined, 3-day gathering of the international television community in Cannes (October 12-14), together with MIPCOM ONLINE+, a premium digital service (October 5-mid-November).
Delegates who are unable to attend MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS CANNES can set up online video meetings, screen programmes and access conferences via MIPCOM ONLINE+.
The combination of MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS CANNES and MIPCOM ONLINE+ will enable MIPCOM’s international community to connect and share the MIPCOM experience, in Cannes or anywhere worldwide.
The six-part series tells the story of spirited university student, Lata, coming of age in Northern part of India in 1951 at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election
A Suitable Boy, based on the critically acclaimed best-selling book by Vikram Seth, was shot by Lookout Point Production for BBC One and later bought by Netflix. It will be first seen on BBC One on July 26 in the UK and available on Netflix globally except in the United States, Canada and China. A Suitable Boy will be available on Netflix in UK and Ireland 12 months after its release on BBC One.
It tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.
Lata, who is averse to marriage, must choose between several suitors put forward by her mother. Set in the fictional Indian city of Brahmpur, relationships play out against the raw backdrop of early ’50s India; newly partitioned, violently divided, with Muslims brutally separated from Hindus and Sikhs.
Intertwined is the tale of a condemned love affair between a politician’s son, Maan, played by Khatter, and a courtesan, Saeeda Bai, played by Tabu. A series of exquisitely filmed weddings frame the tale, but it’s no fluffy period piece. Set in the aftermath of the Raj, when the British have exited, it is a historical TV drama set in India and transports the viewer to ’50s India
A Suitable Boy is adapted by Les Misérables and War & Peace writer Andrew Davies and the director is Mira Nair, the Golden Globe-nominated Monsoon Wedding helmer. It stars Bollywood leading man Ishaan Khatter, Indian screen star Tabu and rising actress Tanya Maniktala in the central role of Lata.
Says Mira Nair, “I am really honoured and terribly excited to make Vikram Seth’s great novel, which I’ve loved since it was published — A Suitable Boy. I’m very excited to be director of all six hours of A Suitable Boy. And it’s with 110 Indian actors: It’s a great opportunity to tell the story of independent India. Portions of A Suitable Boy was shot in Uttar Pradesh, India.
She adds: “The casting is full of bounty and full of beauty. A Suitable Boy is an incredible canvas of very rich characters. Tabu plays Saeeda Bai, the courtesan based on Begum Akhtar. Randeep Hooda, my discovery from Monsoon Wedding, is this cool stud in Calcutta called Billy Irani. Shefali Shah, a wonderful actor, plays Roopa Mehra, the mother of the young woman, for whom she wants the suitable boy. Vivaan Shah plays this wastrel lout who turns good.”
Says Tabu, “Mira has the same energy that I had seen during The Namesake. I don’t think she has aged at all. Mira keeps collaborating with people whom she has worked with earlier. To be able to form such bonds in today’s world is a beautiful quality. She is like a rock who will never move. It’s always so wonderful reconnecting with Mira. Her quality of work is reassuring. You can submit yourself to her, knowing that she will create something magical.”
Damian Keogh, Managing Director of Lookout Point, said: “We’re hugely excited to be partnering with Netflix to bring A Suitable Boy to international audiences, hot on the heels of its UK debut on BBC One. This epic tale speaks of human truths of life, love and family amid a country in rapid transition – themes and experiences as relevant today as when they were written.”
Caroline Stone, Director of Independent Drama at BBC Studios said: “The demand for quality British drama is higher than ever globally so we are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix on this wonderful series to bring audiences around the world Vikram Seth’s literary classic reimagined with such colour and vigour. The talent on and off screen for A Suitable Boy are exceptional and have helped to make this a series of which we are very proud.”
Executive Producers are Andrew Davies, Mira Nair and Vikram Seth; Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester and Will Johnston for Lookout Point; Lydia Dean Pilcher and Aradhana Seth (who also produce); and Mona Qureshi and Ayela Butt for the BBC. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally.
Lookout Point, which is wholly owned by BBC Studios, is one of the UK’s leading producers of television drama, known for delivering highly authored series with scale, ambition, and global impact.
A SUITBALE BOY SNAPSHOT
1951. In a newly independent India, passionate literature student Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala) is looking towards her own future.
Her mother Rupa (Mahira Kakkar) has successfully arranged the marriage of her eldest daughter Savita (Rasika Dugal) to Pran Kapoor (Gagandeep Singh Riar), a university lecturer. Now Rupa has her sights set on her spirited younger daughter but Lata wants to make her own way in the world. She isn’t interested in romance but her resolve is challenged when she starts to fall for a mysterious fellow student, Kabir Durrani (Danesh Razvi).
Pran’s brother is the charming but directionless Maan Kapoor (Ishaan Khatter), who becomes bewitched by the singer and courtesan, Saeeda Bai (Tabu). Maan is a worry to his father, the progressive Revenue Minister Mahesh Kapoor (Ram Kapoor), who can’t let anything unbalance his political career at a crucial moment.
As religious tensions mount between Muslims and Hindus in the wake of Partition, India’s first national democratic election approaches.