January 18, 2018
In this week's edition:
• Event Review: NATPE
In the news
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Mediawan is acquiring EuropaCorp’s French TV business, Sky Vision upped its stake in Avanti Media and Propagate Content scored a financial investment from The Raine Group. Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée and his longtime producing partner Nathan Ross have formed Crazyrose to develop, finance and produce original content. TiVo filed new patent lawsuits against Comcast Corporation, alleging that the X1 platform infringes technology invented and patented by Rovi. And in personnel news, Leonardo Pasquinelli, the head of Banijay Group’s Magnolia, has been tapped to replace Paolo Bassetti as CEO of Endemol Shine Italy.
Event Review: NATPE
By Sara Alessi
The 2018 edition of NATPE in Miami comes to a close after a productive three days of deal-making, networking, insightful panels and more under the theme “A Changing Industry in a Changing World.”
NATPE’s president and CEO, JP Bommel, told members of the press that the number of buyers in attendance increased and called the 2018 edition “one of the best.” Andy Kaplan, chairman of the board at NATPE, said, “A lot of deals got done,” with attendees reporting to him that they were “doing and closing real business.”
The 2018 event drew digital and linear buyers from around the world to the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc resorts. Bommel noted that international attendance grew, especially from Turkey, which brought the largest contingent in NATPE Miami’s history, with companies such as Global Agency, ATV, Inter Medya, Calinos Entertainment and others presenting their programming to buyers at the market.
Among the highlights from the event was the news that Facebook Watch has three new original shows coming to the platform. Facebook’s Ricky Van Veen, who oversees the company’s approach to content as the head of global creative strategy, was at NATPE, as was the company’s head of market development, Matt Jacobson. Jacobson participated in a session with Lionsgate Television Group’s chairman, Kevin Beggs.
Additionally, A+E Networks announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the 14-day, 24/7 global TV event History of Football will air on HISTORY in more than 160 countries as soccer fans look forward to the 2018 World Cup. David Villa, a World Cup winner, is the global press spokesperson for the series and was at NATPE Miami to help introduce the program, along with Patrick Vien, A+E Networks International’s executive managing director, and Dan Korn, executive producer on History of Football and VP of programming for A+E UK.
The winners of the fourth annual Unscripted Breakthrough Awards were unveiled during a ceremony hosted by Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News and host of Big Fish Entertainment’s hit series Live PD on A&E. The winner in the competition category was RuPaul’s Drag Race, while the documentary award went to The Defiant Ones. In the docusoap area, the Real Housewives franchise took home the prize, while Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Wall won for factual and game shows, respectively. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath won for innovation, which was a new category this year.
The market schedule was chock-full of conferences. World Screen’s group editorial director, Anna Carugati, spoke with NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ chairman, Cesar Conde, about storytelling for the U.S. Hispanic audience and the strategies Telemundo has employed to drive ratings gains. Conde was also one of the recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, alongside executive producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Flash), actress Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), TBS and TNT President Kevin Reilly and actor Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods).
Carugati also moderated the main session of the Latin American Summit this morning. Eduardo Ruiz, the president and general manager of A+E Networks Latin America; Klaudia Bermudez-Key, the senior VP and general manager of NBCUniversal International Networks LatAm; and Francisco Smith, the president of distribution and media development at HBO Latin America, spoke about the challenges and opportunities linear channels are facing in the current television landscape.
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