The biggest week in TV which will gather together the whole eco-system, from the concept to the audience, within a con- text that is rich in creative glamor and opportunities”: this, in the words of Laurine Garaude, director of the TV Division of Reed Midem, is what we can expect from the next edition of Miptv (April 7th -12th) that takes place this year during the rst Cannes Series.
The world famous entertainment market staged by Reed Midem and the new international drama series festival directed by Albin Lewi are organized independently but are joining forces with In Development, the new 2-day event dedicated to fast-tracking drama production on an international level. In Development will host the pitches of 12 projects divided in two categories, one for producers and the other for screenwriters: “we have received 344 projects from 46 different countries. Apart from the pitches there will be many other people presenting projects and we are creating lots of matchmaking opportunities for new ideas and financing opportunities”.
In Development will also host the Drama Short Form Pitch, the forum dedicated to digital native short form series launched last year at Miptv.
Also continuing from last year will be the Pre LA Screenings, the International Market Screenings and the Fresh TV showcase.
The MipDrama event will replace the Drama Screenings with the Mip Buyers Summit which will be looking at new drama trends and feature a selection of new dramas that are currently in production.
“This has aroused huge interest from the buyers with 200 already registered at this early stage” adds Garaude.
So, as usual and more than ever, the spotlights are on drama at this edition of Miptv and on the creators, as the theme says: “Creators on Demand makes sense also for Cannes Series and for In Development. It is all about helping to nd new creative voices and talents, matching the demand for quality content to the many talented people in the world.”
Matthew Hendrick, Buzzfeed Head of Development is certainly one of these and will give a keynote on how they are looking to create new scripted programs.
But the quest for new talent passes through all the different MIPTV genres: Mip Formats, which is developing a partnership with Armosa for the International Pitch (“we will continue our focus on the renaissance of the genre, also looking at the links between the new platforms – Facebook Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, Google – and the more traditional formats industry); MipDoc “with its huge focus on co-production”; Kids content (“a very important genre and community at Miptv with over 1000 buyers exclusively purchasing kids programming, this year’s focus on Live Action, and the return of the International Kids Emmy Awards”).
And last but not least, innovation and new technologies “with a revamped program for what we are calling immersive content including VR, AR, MR launched last year at Miptv, and the growing exhibition floor dedicated to the VR area”.