This is the first in a series of posts by the MIPTV News team, summarising the highlights of an action-packed week in Cannes. More soon!


Any concerns about political volatility didn’t have an adverse impact on the voracious appetite for content from all around the world, as MIPTV 2017 saw a flurry of global deals across all types of programming and platforms.

In drama, A+E Networks was able to report strong interest in its new original drama Knightfall (above). Represented in Cannes by executive producer Jeremy Renner (star of Avengers & more), it was picked up by broadcasters including SBSTwo (Australia), HBO and Cinemax (Central Europe, Poland, Spain and Andorra), iQiyi and BesTV (China), YES (Israel) and IFlix (Southeast Asia).

Fearless (© ITVS GE)
ITV Studios Global Entertainment
also had a good market, selling its MIPDrama Screenings Finalist Fearless (above) and new police drama Bancroft to Canal+’s free-to-air channel C8. ITVS GE also licensed period drama Victoria to YES Israel and Mediaset Italy; Loch Ness to RTL in The Netherlands and Prime Suspect: Tennison to DR Denmark (among others).

Call My Agent! stars Thibault de Montalembert, Liliane Rovere and Gregory Montel
Other high-profile scripted shows at the MIPTV market included France Television Distribution’s comedy series Call My Agent! season two, which was the subject of a screening, with its cast (Thibault de Montalembert, Liliane Rovere and Gregory Montel, above) attending MIPTV. The show sold to Swiss broadcaster RTS and Belgium’s Proximus during the week. There was also a deal for Red Arrow’s TV movie Peter And Wendy, sold to Fox Networks Latin America.

Turner was also busy, selling drama Good Behaviour to OCS (France), Telecom Italia (Italy), Fox (Finland), Cellcom and HOT (Israel), Stan (Australia), and NEON and SKY (New Zealand). It also sold comedy Search Party to All4 (UK), OCS (France) and Cellcom (Israel), among others. Other deals saw Studiocanal licence Harlan Coben drama The Five to ProSiebenSat.1 and ZDF in Germany, while Ovation TV acquired US premiere rights to The Halcyon and X Company from Sony Pictures Television.

FremantleMedia International’s The Young Pope (above) went to CEE, Russia and the CIS through a deal with SPI International/Filmbox, while Studiocanal sold political drama Baron Noir to Walter Presents US.

Medyapim's Fatih Aksoy (left), Nippon TV's Cindy Chino, and MF Yapim's Faruk Bayhan
A big trend in drama has been the growing number of non-traditional alliances taking place in both sales and co-production. At this market, Nippon TV consolidated its partnership with Medyapim and Fox Turkey by selling them the format rights for Woman – My Life For My Children (Medyapim’s Fatih Aksoy – left – Nippon TV’s Cindy Chino, and MF Yapim’s Faruk Bayhan met to seal the deal at MIPTV).

M-Net Africa, meanwhile, acquired mafia series Gomorra from Beta Film. Spain’s Moviestar+ announced distribution deals for some original series, with Sky Vision acquiring La Peste and Beta Film acquiring La Zona. India’s Zee, meanwhile, acquired telenovela Total Dreamer from Brazil’s Globo.

5 Gold Rings (Talpa Media)
Entertainment formats
were high-profile at MIPTV with a lot of emphasis on shows including NBC Entertainment’s The Wall, MGM’s Funderdome and Talpa Media’s 5 Gold Rings (above), the latter selling to broadcasters such as France 2 and Channel 10 in Israel. A+E was also busy, securing a deal with Newen in France for entertainment formats including Bride And Prejudice.

Other formats to do good business included BBC Worldwide’s well-established Dancing With The Stars, sold to CME Group for use in five territories, and FremantleMedia International’s The Lie Detective. The latter secured five new commissions from SBS (Belgium), Antenna (Greece), STV Pirma! (Latvia), RTL 5 (Netherlands) and TV2 (Norway). BBC Worldwide licensed Love Productions’ Bake Off format to the Czech Republic while ITV Studios and subsidiary Talpa Media sold the formats for Come Dine With Me and The Voice to Mongolia’s Mongol TV.

Business was also good for Israel’s Armoza Formats, which renewed Babushka with Spain’s TVG. Armoza’s The Final Four also headed to France via a deal with Satisfaction, and Norway and Denmark via a deal with Banijay Rights. In other formats news, Cash Cab returned to Discovery with a celebrity twist and hit show Ninja Warrior was licensed to Austrian network Puls 4.

Asian formats like Ninja Warrior are attracting more attention than ever. A packed audience listened to Japan’s key players discuss their new ideas at MIPFormats’ Treasure Box Japan session (full report here), while ITV announced a strategic alliance with CJ E&M Entertainment of Korea to create a new entertainment format. Elsewhere, Small World and Bomanbridge announced a joint distribution deal for Chinese talent series Sing My Song.

In factual, PBS International licensed The Age Of Consequence to several broadcasters including ABC Australia, while NHK Japan and S4C Wales announced a copro deal on The Body. In other deals, Quintus Media licensed Behind Bars to Discovery Channel Latin America, GRB Entertainment sold factual content to broadcasters including Poland’s TV Puls, Cargo sold Walking With Giraffes to National Geographic Channel Wild and BBC Worldwide sold a raft of Stacey Dooley documentaries.

Ambulance (Endemol Shine)
Still in factual, Endemol Shine sold the format for hit show Ambulance (above) to CBS in the US while ITV Studios did a deal for Maramedia’s nature shows. Blue Ant and Blink extended their partnership around the Love Nature brand and Cineflix sold The Gun Shop to broadcaster around the world.

Find Me In Paris (Federation Entertainment)
There was also plenty of activity on the kids front, with Federation Entertainment selling live action series Find Me In Paris to ABC in Australia, Disney in France and Italy and VRT in Belgium. On the animation front, GO-N International sold Simon to Jetsen Huashi in China. Jetsen Huashi also picked up content from Newen Distribution in France.

Turner’s Cartoon Network had a busy market. Reboots of The Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 were snapped up by CiTV (UK), Gulli (France) and Stan (Australia), while Disney Channel (Germany) and TV5 (Philippines) picked up The Powerpuff Girls and GMA (Philippines) picked up Ben 10. Among other kids deals, Monster Entertainment’s Jabu’s Jungle was picked up by Gulli Africa, Superights sold Pat The Dog to Disney Channel US and Jetpack sold the series Yoko to channels in Canada and Portugal.

Outside the main genres, All’Opera, the ambitious programme to bring the best Italian opera productions to cinema audiences all over the world, continues to broaden its footprint, following a new distribution deal for Latin America, signed by Rai Com and Castalia Communications at MIPTV.

Volume deals continue to be important for some companies, with FremantleMedia International supplying African pay-TV provider Econet Media with 300 hours of content for its pan-regional service Kwese TV. Key titles covered included Project Runway: Fashion Startup.

Among non-traditional deals, Asian studio Cosmos Maya acquired Hotwheels Battleforce 5 from Nelvana for YouTube platform WowKidz.


About Author

Julian Newby is editor in chief of MIP Publications, namely the MIPTV/MIPCOM Previews, daily News magazines and supplements. He is also co-founder of Boutique Editions, a UK-based publishing and design house providing products and services for the international film, TV and creative communities.

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