MIPTV, the international entertainment market, will open in Cannes on April 1st with a Gala screening of the first episode of “Titanic” at the Grand Auditorium in the Palais du Festival, followed by an exclusive conversation with the creators of the series distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Lookout Point (including Julian Fellowes who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “Gosford Park”), and the customary opening party.
“We are particularly proud to be hosting the screening of such a prestigious mini-series which, being a co-production, is very representative of this year’s edition, seeing as there will be a special focus on TV drama co-productions,” says Laurine Garaude, director of the TV division of Reed MIDEM.
“Producers are increasingly looking for funding and international financial partners. And this year, they will find both at MIPTV because the world of production will be the center of attention.”
The number of television producers registering for MIPTV has risen by 25% compared to last year, making a total 1,220, 326 of which (as of March 21st) are “newcomers” (this is also due to the introduction, from this year, of the special price of 675 Euros for producers attending MIPTV for the first time).
The Drama CoProXchange will begin with a summit held “behind closed doors” on April 1st at the Hotel Majestic attended by 50 VIPs (international commissioners, producers and agents), who are involved in high level co-productions.
These will include Simon Vaughan, the executive producer and manager of Lookout Point (UK), one of the co-producers of “Titanic”.
Vaughan mentions the fundamental role played by MIPTV and MIPCOM in the production of this series:
“It was here, 18 months ago, that Julian Fellowes and I, along with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, began to talk to potential partners and co-producers. So there is no better place to launch “Titanic” with a Gala Screening.”
On April 2nd there will be a series of conferences and case histories, during which the BAFTA award winning British producer Paul Abbott will talk about his long-awaited new project “Hit and Miss”, starring Chloë Sevigny, which is being brought to Cannes by FremantleMedia.
The Case Studies will feature Oscar winning producer Iain Canning, co-founder of See Saw Films (“The King’s Speech”, “Shame”) who will be revealing the secrets behind “Top of the Lake”, directed by another Oscar winner, Jane Campion, starring Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss, who is also famous for “Mad Men”.
The series is co-produced by BBC Two, UKTV and the Sundance Channel. The international distribution is being handled by BBC Worldwide.
Another new feature is the Producers’ Hub, the space dedicated to informal meetings and workshops for producers. There will be 156 Italian companies at MIPTV, 17 of which will be grouped together in the area organized by the APT.