April 19, 2018
In this week's edition:
• The Week at MIPTV
In the news
Netflix was in a number of headlines, first when the streamer expanded its partnership with Comcast to now include a subscription in new and existing Xfinity packages; then with the announcement that it topped the 125 million subscriber mark globally and saw revenues rise to $3.7 billion in Q1 2018; and most recently with the unveiling of a slate of new European originals. David Abraham, former chief executive of Channel 4, revealed Wonderhood Studios, a new production venture that will also serve as a creative agency for brands, while Finnish content producers from across the film and television industries have united to form Audiovisual Producers Finland. And in other news, Fox Searchlight Pictures launched Searchlight Television, a new division for broadcast, cable and streaming.
The Week at MIPTV
By Mansha Daswani
MIPTV attendees certainly could feel the impact of climate change, literally and metaphorically, last week. The rain felt like it would never end. It was windy and cold—with the turbulent weather system putting even more pressure on transport hubs already reeling from strikes. And the market itself is changing.
Speaking to reporters as the event came to a close on Thursday, Laurine Garaude, director of the television division at Reed MIDEM, noted, “This has been, in many ways, a milestone MIPTV. We committed to and delivered a production, development and distribution market all in one.”
Garaude was referring to the combination of MIPTV, the inaugural CANNESERIES festival, MIPDoc, MIPFormats, the MIPDrama Buyers Summit, the first In Development and an expanded Junior@MIPTV, delivering a reported attendance of 10,000 delegates from 102 countries. The event instituted some “strategic developments” this year, she said, beginning with “embracing the change in the market: production and distribution are now tightly knit together. This is a fact and it’s accelerating. This is why we introduced In Development.”
The collaboration between MIPTV and CANNESERIES was a two-day creative forum to “fast-track international drama productions around the world. There were some 600 participants, over 300 projects were submitted and 12 projects were pitched.” Among the highlights was the Meet the Showrunners! session with Deutschland 83's Jörg Winger, 1992's Ludovica Rampoldi and Nobel's Mette Bolstad that was moderated by World Screen’s Anna Carugati.
The other strategic development for MIPTV this year was the addition of the CANNESERIES festival to run alongside the market, consisting of public screenings and a competition. Harlan Coben, acclaimed author and creator of The Five and Safe, told World Screen that we’re living in a golden age of global television, with shows from around the world featured in the competition. “MIPTV reflected this by being a powerful business platform and showcase for content from around the world, at all stages of development,” Garaude said.
CANNESERIES, meanwhile, by being open to the public, reflected “the power of the fans, discovering these programs live in front of the professionals,” Garaude explained. “The idea of linking art with business is so pertinent today.”
She noted that “there are things we need to fine-tune—we’re aware of that—but this was season one and there are many seasons to follow.”
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