The last two years has seen a sharp focus at MIPTV on production and producers. The need for new productions accelerates, and with it the need for evermore diverse funding. Most traditional avenues of funding are almost obsolete, and producers are moving more into a combined potpourri of all the emerging platforms. It is in this wider footprint that MIPTV and its sister event MIPCOM are providing opportunities for international producers.
Leading into the start of MIPTV, Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division at Reed MIDEM, reported that the number of production companies currently registered for the world's largest television market has risen by 25% compared to 2011 and the 1,220 international television production companies registered to date include 326 first time attendees. "Producers increasingly need international financial partners and funding. They will find both again this year at the world's largest TV market event, as production remains at the heart of MIPTV 2012," she stated. "MIPTV and MIPCOM have been hugely important to the financing of Titanic," said Simon Vaughan, Managing Director, Lookout Point, and Titanic Executive Producer. "Julian Fellowes and I were here 18 months ago, with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, talking to potential partners and co-producers. And now it feels most fitting to celebrate Titanic's launch with a Gala Screening here in Cannes."
MIPTV's first invitation-only Drama CoProXchange Summit kicks off the Drama CoProXchange program on Sunday 1 April, and will brings together 50 international commissioners, producers and deal-brokers involved in co-production at its highest levels for two hours of semi-structured networking behind closed doors at the Majestic Hotel.
During the 4-day event, a host of dedicated events and conferences at MIPTV is created to specifically benefit producers. The Drama CoProXchange and Producer's Hub programs are designed to facilitate co-production deals and support the producers' search for financial partners.
The invited list of producers and personalities attending the Drama CoProXchange Summit includes Peter Benedek, Co-Founder and Board Director, United Talent Agency, USA; John Morayniss, CEO, Entertainment One Television, Canada; Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, BSkyB, UK; Simon Vaughan Executive Producer/Managing Director, Lookout Point, UK; Michael Prupas, President, Muse Entertainment, Canada; Ben Donald, Executive Producer, International Drama, BBC Worldwide, UK; Sophie Gigon, Head of International Drama and Series Co-Productions, France Télévisions, France; Gina Matthews, Producer and Co-President, Little Engine Productions, USA; Klaus Zimmermann, CEO, Atlantique Productions, France; Marianne Gray, Executive Producer/Producer, Yellow Bird, Sweden; Susanne Mueller, Head of Coproductions and Development, ZDF Enterprises, Germany; and Joel Denton, Managing Director, Red Arrow Entertainment, UK.
MIPTV's Drama CoProXchange program unfolds on Monday 2 April and includes a Creative Speaking session with BAFTA Award-winning British TV writer and producer Paul Abbott. Abbott will talk about his work to date, his creative process and his new project, Hit and Miss, with Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Chloe Sevigny. Amongst several Case Studies sessions, Oscar-winning producer Iain Canning, co-founder of See Saw Films, will unveil his exciting upcoming drama, Top Of The Lake, co-produced by BBC Two, UKTV and Sundance Channel and internationally distributed by BBC Worldwide. Directed by Oscar-winner Jane Campion, the cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, and Peter Mullan.
The Drama CoProXchange program will also feature a Commissioning Strategies session where leading broadcasters will reveal their commissioning plans for the upcoming year.
All producers at MIPTV are invited to a Producers' Hub networking cocktail on Sunday 1 April at 5.30pm. The all-new Producers' Hub is designed to facilitate producers' meetings in a casual atmosphere and a dedicated space. During MIPTV, a series of 'How to' workshops will take place covering negotiating deals, pitching, commissioning, drama co-production funding, kids programming, digital business and distribution, factual and documentary production and regional funding opportunities.
About Reed Midem
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organizer of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors. Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organizer, with over 460 events in 36 countries covering 44 industry sectors. In 2010 Reed brought together over seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 34 fully staffed offices.