Mip TV 2018: What Went Down In A Wet & Windy Cannes?

ajfkjsh International television execs are jetting home today after a spending a week in the South of France at the Mip TV and Canneseries events. The wet and windy weather compounded a slightly low-key feel at the events with Reed Midem announcing that 10,000 people were in attendance. This official number is down on the 11,000 that arrived in 2016 and 11,500 people that attended last year and seems high given that the Croisette was rather quiet during the week, not helped by…

Lionsgate’s European TV Sales Chief Charlotte Thorp Exits Mini-Major – MipTV

ajfkjsh EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate's European TV sales chief Charlotte Thorp has left the U.S. mini-major, I understand. Her departure emerged at the Mip TV market in Cannes, which finishes today. I understand Thorp, who has been with the company for two years, was not in attendance. After two successful years, she has left to explore new opportunities and is understood to be in talks with a number of new and traditional players. At Lionsgate, Thorp was thought to have overseen deals…

Israel’s ‘When Heroes Fly’ Wins Best Series At Canneseries – Full Competition Winners Revealed

ajfkjsh Canneseries kicked off this week in the French city and stars including Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey and Phoebe Waller-Bridge braved the wet and windy conditions to walk down the pink carpet. Ten drama series played in competition at the event, which ran alongside Mip TV, and the organizers have now revealed the winners. Israeli drama When Heroes Fly won the top award – Best Series. The drama, which was created by Omri Givon and stars Tomer Kapon, Michael Aloni and Moshe…

‘Sin City’ Director Robert Rodriguez Cooks Up VR Projects After Offering First Look At ‘The Limit’ – Mip TV

ajfkjsh From Dusk Til Dawn and Sin City filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is cooking up a raft of virtual reality film projects after revealing the first glimpse of his forthcoming VR action thriller The Limit. Rodriguez was at Mip TV in Cannes to attend a Deadline-hosted panel session all about the nascent technology and lift the lid on the challenges of producing content for the format. He gave the audience the first look at the trailer for The Limit, which stars Michelle Rodriguez as…

Endemol Shine To Sell Chinese Format ‘Puzzle Masters’ Globally – Mip TV

ajfkjsh China is the big focus at Mip TV in Cannes so it's no surprise that Endemol Shine has revealed that it is selling Chinese format Puzzle Masters at the market. The superindie has struck a deal with China's Vision Media to launch the local format internationally. The show, which launched in China on Jiangsu Satellite TV in January, is a competition format for young undiscovered puzzle wizards who are looking for a challenge and want to be mentored by the best "puzzle…

Alibaba’s SVOD Service Youku Developing Drama With Sony As It Bolsters International Co-Pros – Mip TV

ajfkjsh Alibaba-owned Chinese SVOD service Youku is developing a drama with Sony Pictures Television after revealing that it looking to step up its partnerships with the Hollywood studios. The Chinese digital broadcaster also lifted the lid on a number of other original projects at the Mip TV market in Cannes, where Weidong Yang, President of Youku, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, gave a keynote address. Speaking to Deadline after his session, Yang revealed that it…

‘Killing Eve’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge Says TV Business Has “Woken The Fxxk Up”

ajfkjsh Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge says the entertainment industry has "woken the fxxk up" with regards to the #metoo movement and are exploring more female-focused stories as a result. Waller-Bridge, who is in Cannes to promote the drama alongside Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh and Doctor Foster's Jodie Comer, said, "I think people have woken the fxxk up and they can't get away without having the conversation anymore. There's a huge appetite and a need for these…

UKTV Bolsters Original Programming Move With Hire Of ITV Studios Content Chief Ronan Hand – Mip TV

ajfkjsh EXCLUSIVE: UKTV, the British broadcaster owned by Discovery and BBC Worldwide, has hired former ITV Studios executive Ronan as it expands further into original programming. Hand joins in the newly created role of Director of Programme Funding and will be responsible for forging new partnerships for programming. Reporting to Chief Commercial Officer Simon Michaelides, he will also work on commercial partnerships, co-productions and programme distribution as well as explore…

Chinese SVOD Service Youku To Develop Original Series With Endemol Shine – Mip TV

ajfkjsh Chinese SVOD service Youku has partnered with Endemol Shine Group to develop two non-scripted original series. The digital platform will develop and produce the big-budget formats with the 21st Century Fox-backed producer and distributor. The deal comes as Youku bolsters its presence in the original space with Weidong Yang set to give a keynote address at the Mip TV market in Cannes. Endemol Shine will produce the series via its Endemol Shine China division, which was…

Stand-Up Comedy Scene Thrives in Arab Nations

ajfkjsh Young Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh in 2013 posted a satirical video on YouTube titled “No Woman, No Drive,” set to Bob Marley’s iconic song “No Woman, No Cry.” Within days, it got 13 million hits, becoming the country’s most popular YouTube video and perhaps helped the movement to strike down Saudi’s ban on female motorists […]

Viacom’s Channel 5 Picks Up eOne’s Procedural ‘The Detail’ & ‘Designated Survivor’ – Mip TV

ajfkjsh Viacom's Channel 5 has acquired the UK rights to Shenae Grimes-Beech and Angela Griffin-fronted procedural The Detail from Entertainment One (eOne) and has also picked up the second window rights to Kiefer Sutherland-fronted Designated Survivor. The British broadcaster previously aired a raft of North American procedurals such as NCIS and The Mentalist before its aggressive move into original content and the deal marks one of its most high-profile procedural buys in a few…

‘The Real Full Monty’ Heads To Australia’s Seven Network After All3Media International Deal – Mip TV

ajfkjsh The Real Full Monty, one of the most successful new British entertainment formats in 2017, is travelling down under after Seven Network closed a deal to remake the series. The broadcaster revealed that it struck a deal with All3Media International to adapt the non-scripted format at Mip TV. The series is produced by British producer Spun Gold, responsible for doc The Return of Courtney Love, and started as a a one-off documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the Simon…

‘Top Boy’ Star Ashley Walters Stopped At Airport En Route To Mip TV After Having Bullet Keyring

ajfkjsh Top Boy star Ashley Walters is coming to Cannes to promote his latest drama Bulletproof, but faced some trouble on his way after being stopped for having a key chain with a bullet. The actor and musician, who was part of British group So Solid Crew, is heading to Mip TV to promote the drama, which is produced by Vertigo Films, including an interview with Deadline. But the controversial star had a slightly longer journey than first expected. He was held up at Heathrow…

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon Warns Producers To Innovate Like Netflix & Twitter – Mip TV

ajfkjsh Alex Mahon, the CEO of British broadcaster Channel 4, has warned that producers need to innovate in the same way as tech giants such as Twitter and Netflix in order to come up with non-scripted formats that are "less repetitive". The former Shine Group boss used her keynote address at the Mip TV market in Cannes, to warn that it needs to use its schedule, particularly its late-night or daytime hours, to "open up risk". "Producers need to innovate in the same way as tech…

FremantleMedia International Sells Doc ‘The Coronation’ Into 70 Territories – Mip TV

ajfkjsh The Queen is heading around the world after FremantleMedia International sold documentary The Coronation into 70 territories. The distributor revealed that it closed agreements on the Atlantic Productions doc, which aired on BBC One in the UK and Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. at Mip TV. The Coronation has been picked up by broadcasters including CBC and Tele-Quebec (Canada), Prime (New Zealand), NatGeo (Latin America), France Television (France), DR (Denmark)…

‘The Queen’s Green Planet’: First-Look At Conservation Doc Featuring Angelina Jolie & David Attenborough

ajfkjsh Angelina Jolie is to star in a landmark documentary about the conservation efforts of The Queen. One-off doc The Queen's Green Planet, which will air on British broadcaster ITV, features a unique conversation between Her Majesty and Planet Earth's David Attenborough. The network has offered the first glimpse of the doc, above, which features Queen Elizabeth and Attenborough talking as they walk around her garden at Buckingham Palace. The film, produced by ITN Productions

Mip TV 2018: What International Buyers Are Buzzing About Ahead Of Cannes

ajfkjsh Some 11,000 international television executives, including between 3,000 and 4,000 buyers, will attend the Mip TV market in Cannes, which kicks off this weekend. It's expected to rain all week and there’s the inevitable French transport strike but the organizers hope that these will not put a dampener on the event, which is going through a number of changes to ensure its relevance in an ever-changing global TV market. Although non-scripted formats and documentaries will…

FremantleMedia International Loses Global Content Chief Katrina Neylon Ahead Of Mip TV

ajfkjsh EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia International's Global Content Chief Katrina Neylon is to leave the business after six months. I understand that Neylon, who joined the company in September from Studiocanal, has resigned. Her departure comes as the RTL-owned company gears up for Mip TV in Cannes, where it will be looking to sell shows such as HBO's My Brilliant Friend, Sky Italia's The Miracle and Butterfly, a three-part Anna Friel-fronted ITV drama produced by Studiocanal's Red…

Canneseries Rolls Out Pink Carpet For TV Festival As It Looks To Replicate Film Festival Success

ajfkjsh Y Tu Mama Tambien director Gael García Bernal, Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller Bridge, Dexter's Michael C Hall and The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams are all set to walk the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes this week. However, instead of the film festival's famous red carpet, the group will be strolling down a pink carpet for the launch of TV festival Canneseries. The event, which takes place alongside Mip TV from April 4 – 11, is the brainchild of Cannes…

Mip TV Reveals 12 International Scripted Projects To Head In Development Scheme

ajfkjsh A U.S. drama about the last abortion clinic in a state, a British thriller about the deep web and a Canadian web series that was previously developed by Mark Gordon lead the line-up of Mip TV's drama event In Development. Some 12 projects have been chosen to be featured at the event, which runs April 10 – 11 in Cannes after judges narrowed it down from 344. The scheme is run between Mip TV and Canneseries, which launches for the first time this spring. Angelica, producer…