October 18, 2018
In this week's edition:
• Content Trendsetters Talk Creativity at MIPCOM
In the news
Netflix delivered strong growth in Q3, with total revenues up 34 percent to $4 billion and net profit rising to $403 million, while total memberships increased by 7 million to 137.1 million. Henrik Pabst was promoted to a newly created senior executive role within ProSiebenSat.1’s entertainment segment, with Bo Stehmeier tapped to succeed him as president of Red Arrow Studios International. ITV Studios is extending its international production presence with the launch of ITV Studios Netherlands, to be led by Karin de Groot, while BBC Studios and Lionsgate Television are joining forces to identify, co-develop and co-fund scripted formats and original IP for the U.S. And in other news, the winners of the second annual MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards were presented earlier this week in Cannes.
Content Trendsetters Talk Creativity at MIPCOM
By Mansha Daswani
Lorenzo Mieli, Álex Pina and Eric Newman discussed the creative process in the Talent Behind the Camera session moderated by World Screen’s Anna Carugati before each receiving a Trendsetter Award.
The trio of producers were each honored with a World Screen Trendsetter Award in association with Reed MIDEM for their contributions to the global content business. Mieli, the CEO Fremantle Italia, is behind The Young Pope and My Brilliant Friend. Pina is the creator and executive producer of Money Heist. Newman is the showrunner of Narcos.
Mieli likes to surround himself with people who aren’t in the TV business—notably, he teamed up with Paolo Sorrentino on The Young Pope. “I have always been in love with Paolo’s work in movies, and I thought that he was the furthest artist I could think about in television. I went and asked him, Do you want to do TV? He said, I’ve never watched a TV show! Maybe one. I said, That’s why you should do it. That’s how it happened.”
Mieli had originally thought about doing a drama about a well-known Italian saint. “He’s been a mainstream character for mainstream television for both Rai and Mediaset. I thought, what if Paolo Sorrentino approached a character like that and made a totally different show? He said, That’s interesting, and he thought about it. He came back and said, A saint is too little for me—I want to do the Pope!”
Narcos was sparked by a story Newman heard in 1996 about the efforts to take down Pablo Escobar and the Cali cartel. “As I dug deeper into it and was confronted by the complexities of the failing endeavor [to win the war on drugs], I was very drawn to it and I began developing it as a film.”
At the time, Newman was unsuccessful in getting a studio to take the film on. “When Netflix announced they were launching in Latin America and they asked if I had something that might work, I said, Yes I do, but it has to be in Spanish—at least partially—and we have to shoot in Colombia. I knew very little about television at the time and that seemed to be OK with them. They said, Go do it! It took me about 19 years between the idea and actually shooting.”
Pina, speaking through a translator, told MIPCOM delegates about how he came up with the idea for Money Heist. “We planned to do the series with two different time [frames—the heist, and the lead-up to it]. This offered us rhythm, freedom and versatility. We could change the ambiance, almost the genre, and step away from immediate events and enjoy different kinds of scenes.”
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