MIPTV + CanneSeries: together are better
The MIPDrama Lunch, hosted by CCTV (China): Anne Sérode, senior director from TV5 (Canada), with Josephine Ong, senior manager acquisition, and Michelle Chang, lead content, both from Mediacorp (Singapore), and Maria Kivinen, from Yle (Finland)
Buyers from India at MIPFormats: Shruti Raghavendran, manager syndication, and Deep Hegiste, manager content syndication, both from Star Media (borders), with Vivek Lath, managing director, and Jimmy George, head of acquisitions, from GoQuest
Spanish Movistar at MIPDramas: Nicolás Lecoq, manager, analysis and business division, Ismael Calleja Baldominos, head of business affairs, Sergio Oslé, president, and Eva Soto Gómez, communication manager
Eccho Rights will distribute MTG’ Viaplay Original, Conspirancy of Silence: Daniel Lagersen, executive producer, Brain Academy (Sweden); Fredrik af Malborg, managing partner, Eccho Rights, Peter Settman, CEO and creative director, Brain Academy; Jakob Mejlhede, EVP, programming and content development, MTG, and Morten Mogensen, CEO, Nice Entertainment Group (Sweden)
FRAPA celebrated its traditional member meeting at the Café Roma: Jin Woo Hwang (CJ EM) Keri Lewis Brown, Jan Salling, Lisette Van Diepen, Phil Gurin, Andrea Jackson and Nicolás Smirnoff
More from MIPdramas: Inara Kraukle, acquisition manager, AllMedia Baltics (Latvia), with Junita Budvytiene, head of acquisitions, LRT (Lithuania), and Ewa Dabrowska, manager of international film acquisitions, TVP (Poland)
Latin Pay TV buyers: Ariana Myers, content and programming, DirecTV Latin America, with Antonio Augusto Vaekente, content research, and Alex Medeiros, director, content acquisitions, both from Globosat (Brazil)
Viktoria Wasilewski, senior content acquisition manager at Amazon Video Italy, with Alejandro Sacasa, director content acquisitions, Juan Ignacio Barrera, head of acquisitions department, both from Albavision (USA)
Buyers from UK TV at CCTV Lunch: Daniel Thomas, acquisition manager, Emma Sparks, acquisitions and coproductions, and Charlie Charalambous, acquisition manager
Nicola Hewitt, programming manager, Viasat (UK), with Bridget Ryan, acquisition manager, scripted, and Peter Andrews, head of network programming, both from SBS Australia
ABS-CBN, The Philippines at Eccho Rights’ cocktail party: Wincess Lee – Gonzalez, program acquisitions officer, Cecile Sumabat, acquisitions officer, Cecilia “Macie” Imperial, VP, Program Acquisitions and Distribution, and Pia Laure, head of distribution, with Nixon Yau Lim, head of APAC, Eccho Rights
FRAPA board members meeting II: Jee Hee Lee, general manager, and Minju Kim, global business manager, both from Korean broadcaster JTBC (centre), with Sylvia Kocman, director business development, and Michel Rodrigue, CEO, both from The Format People (USA)
At the weekend, again a great success has been MIPdramas, with 450 buyers, including main European and Asian ones.
MIPTV formally starts today, while at the weekend we had MIPdoc, MIPformats and MIPdramas. The second and the third continued on Sunday, both held by Asian sponsorships. MIPformats had Japan and China on Saturday, Korean KOCCA on Sunday, while MIPdramas lunch -300 buyers- and cocktail were sponsored by China. Are they the new heads of the market? Money brings business, and viceversa.
What kind of people added CanneSeries? Its extra attendees are media industry members (producers, creators, writers, studios’ executives) free public (fans, etc.) good stars (Patrick Dempsey has been the most required so far) and people from other businesses (music, audio, video; massive advertising, licensing, etc.). During Saturday and Sunday, we saw very long rows of people waiting to enter the screenings. Also traditional buyers, run from MIPdramas to Lumiere Auditorium to watch them.
Real advantages or gimmicky shots, there is a refreshed week, as the media industry was claiming. Let’s see with time, but the first steps are made.
Trendy news? About the Asian growth, at MIPdramas lunch it was stressed that China has generated last year USD 84 billions in content revenue exportations. CJ E&M, main Pay TV programmer in South Korea, is expanding its content production through Asia: it has bought production companies in Thailand and Vietnam, highlighted Jinwoo Hwang, head of global development.
In India, all consumer-oriented sectors have converged in video as the primary way of engagement, generating a boom of production. Endemol Shine China and Youku, has agreed to coproduced two original series for Chinese market in 2018, and also co-create big budget, high quality non-scripted shows, with international creative talent.
The digital titans are betting on original content. Sergio Oslé, president, Movistar+, Spain: ‘Within the last two years we have produced and broadcast six drama series, which are a big success in our platform. And we’ve launched the exclusively Pay TV channel in Latin America for them, Movistar Series, already available at Peru, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador, as TV and app in the future’.
What did buyers look for at MIPdramas? Ewa Dabrowska, manager of International Film Acquisitions, TVP Poland: ‘Crime stories, big thrillers, as Bullets’. Irana Kraukle, acquisition manager, All Media Baltics, Latvia: ‘Premium on demand series, as Bullets’. Facundo Bailez, acquisitions NBCUniversal, Spain & Portugal: ‘Alternative European series, both for Calle 13 and S-Fi Channel’. Hiroshi Osada, manager programming, Nippon TV, Japan: ‘Out of the box series’.
Alex Medeiros, director, content acquisitions Globosat, Brazil: ‘Police series, for premium pay TV and on demand’. Diana Shishkina, head of acquisitions, Russkoe, Russia: ‘New drama languages, to twist Russian market’. Mignon Huisman, head of series acquisitions, Belgium: ‘European series, now there is a lot to choose’. Ariana Myers, DirecTV Latin America: ‘Premium, mainly crime, on demand series’.
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