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Mip TV Boss Lucy Smith Talks Up Presence Of U.S. Majors – CB

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EXCLUSIVE: An inflow of U.S. studios and streamers heading to subsequent week’s Mip TV ought to mitigate the lack of a few of the larger European distributors, in keeping with Lucy Smith, who runs the annual market.

Delegates from Netflix, Amazon and HBO are heading to Cannes because the streamers push into Europe in an enormous method and search content material for his or her rising platforms, with HBO Max International boss Johannes Larcher set to ship a keynote, whereas conventional studios Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, Common, Warner Bros, Paramount, eOne and A+E will all be there in some type.

Whereas not all shall be exhibiting (Warner Bros is ready to take its conventional stand however many will solely be sending delegations), Smith welcomed the arrival of so many huge beasts from throughout the pond together with new divisions to the market resembling Fox Different Leisure.

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“This provides as much as a extremely sturdy presence and the U.S. is simply so essential for the general market,” Smith instructed CB.

With the February London Screenings now a longtime a part of the annual distribution calendar, the U.S. delegations might mitigate the lack of a few of the key European distributors’ stands resembling ITV Studios and Banijay Rights, though Smith burdened they’ll nonetheless be in Cannes.

“A number of the main European gamers have been prioritizing the London Screenings for a number of years now so that’s no shock,” she added. “However the Screenings offers a chance for consumers to see content material and this creates follow-up conferences that may happen at Mip, so there are all the time alternatives.”

“Enterprise environment friendly”

After a troublesome two years which have had main ramifications for RX France, the newly-merged firm that runs Mip TV, this yr’s occasion is the primary for 3 years to happen in particular person and can instil a brand new “enterprise environment friendly” method, setting it aside from October’s bigger Mipcom occasion.

Mip TV shall be extra centered on private conferences, with a rejigged Palais flooring plan, whereas sister occasions Mip Doc and Mip Codecs have been included into the broader market.

“Once we spoke to purchasers they stated they wished to scale their presence otherwise,” added Smith. “Mipcom is undoubtably the largest within the calendar and we wished to supply one thing different with Mip TV.”

That being stated, extra attendees are anticipated at Mip TV, round 5,000, than final October’s Mipcom, though the latter had restricted entry as a consequence of coronavirus.

A few of these attendees shall be from Ukraine, with Mip TV carving out a complementary pavilion and Tuesday afternoon session for the Ukrainian delegation, who shall be arriving after nearly six weeks of battle with Russia, a nation that’s successfully barred from the market.

“It’s extraordinarily essential for our Ukrainian purchasers to be represented ultimately so providing them the pavilion will give give them that house and the panel session will promote content material,” continued Smith.

Additionally talking on the market are the likes of former Disney exec Kevin Mayer, Sony’s Wayne Garvie and Unhealthy Wolf’s Jane Tranter, huge names within the international content material market who Smith stated will give the panel periods a “subsequent era really feel.”

Candle Media Co-CEO Mayer particularly will talk about forging a subsequent era media firm with Moonbug Leisure CEO René Rechtman.

And though Mip TV has needed to adapt a lot of its approaches to an internet world, there shall be nothing like having the good and good of the worldwide TV trade again in a single place on the Croisette, Smith added.

“The overwhelming suggestions from our purchasers has been that nothing beats a face-to-face market. That want for the non-public facet of the enterprise has been missed a lot.”


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