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Special report: MIPTV

Thursday, April 2

Execs at MIPTV set economic game plan
Stable markets, greater fiscal clarity and steps to avoid protectionism and copyright theft are the key measures that will help keep the entertainment economy on track, executives at the MIPTV market said Thursday. Full story

Wednesday, April 1

Business slow but steady at MIPTV
Torrential rain over Cannes has mirrored an unsettled marketplace as execs at MIPTV focused on cutting their cost base, re-engineering production models and reshaping the genre mix to keep the television business afloat. Full story

Import tariff waylays biz for Ukraine
Ukrainian customs officials have imposed a new tariff on intellectual property rights entering the country, demanding buyers of foreign films and TV shows pay an additional import tax amounting to 20% of their license fee. Full story

Deal Memo: Day 3

Tuesday, March 31

Q&A: Rodolphe Belmer
The Hollywood Reporter's France correspondent Rebecca Leffler sat down with Belmer recently to talk about the threat of the economic crisis, the group's plans for the future and why even French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a subscriber. Read the Q&A

FME, Asian Union pact for factual programs
Fremantle Media Enterprises and Chinese media firm Asian Union have inked what they're terming the first-ever factual programming joint venture in China. Full story

Hat Trick exec urges long-term thinking
Cash-strapped producers have to develop long-term funding models and rely on their ingenuity to exploit new revenue streams, Hat Trick Prods. managing director Jimmy Mulville said Tuesday. Full story

Exec: Ad industry faces double challenge
The one-two punch of the global recession and the new-media revolution will radically change the way producers and distributors operate, Martin Sorrell, chief executive of global advertising agency WPP Group told a packed auditorium of industry execs Tuesday at confab MIPTV. Full story

Discovery locks up programming blocks
Discovery Channel said Wednesday it has secured branded programming blocks on German net Kabel 1, RTL Hungary, Barrandov TV in the Czech Republic and Poland's TV4. The deal, brokered by Discovery Enterprises International, accounts for more than 130 hours of Discovery Channel-branded programming. Full story

Disney inks deal with South Africa's M-Net
Disney-ABC-ESPN Television said Tuesday that it has signed a multiyear deal with South African pay TV broadcaster M-Net for feature films from Walt Disney Pictures, Disney/Pixar and Miramax Films including the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer "There Will Be Blood" and "Enchanted," featuring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. Full story

Deal Memo: Day 2

Monday, March 30

Execs eye extinction of digital freebies
Digital revenue may be small, but it is beautiful and growing and the era of free giveaways is over, execs at MIPTV said Monday. "I have a pretty strong point of view that new-media rights should be viewed as a separate window, not just a throw-in," said Ben Pyne, president of global distribution at Disney-ABC Worldwide Television and Disney Media Networks. "It should be monetized. I think you are making a mistake if you just give things away." Full story

Endemol chief puts faith in creativity
Endemol chairman and CEO Ynon Kreiz promised partnership and innovation at the opening keynote of this year's MIPTV, telling delegates that the global producer-distributor of such shows as "Deal or No Deal" and "Wipeout" will put hard cash into creativity to ride out the current economic gloom. Full story

ProSieben, Sony extend licensing deal
Recession? What recession? There were certainly no signs of cutbacks Monday at pan-European broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 as it announced an extension of its volume deal with Sony Pictures International, securing rights to upcoming tentpoles including "Spider-Man 4," "Angels & Demons" and "Terminator Salvation." Full story

MIPTV buyers snap up Canada kids shows
The Canadian contingent in Cannes unveiled a flurry of kids TV and animation deals Monday. Full story

'Scorched' wins Digital Emmy
"Scorched," a futuristic online drama from Australia's Firelight Prods. that looks at the potential devastation of climate change, has won the 2009 International Digital Emmy for best fiction program. Full story

Emmys, NRW cooperate
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will cooperate with the media authorities of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in a partnership aimed at establishing a transatlantic dialogue between U.S. and German TV professionals. Full story

Fremantle inks flurry of first-look deals
FremantleMedia Enterprises has signed a series of first-look deals with prominent U.S. and international producers and creatives, including L.A.-based Winkler Films and Landscape Entertainment, "Smallville" producer Mike Tollin, famed Brit writer-producer Paul Abbott ("State of Play") and Aussie writer-producer Roger Simpson ("Satisfaction"). Full story

Ex-MTV Neworks exec joins Bigpoint.com
Simon Guild, former president and CEO of MTV Networks Europe, has been named chairman of the board at online gaming group Bigpoint.com. Full story

Just for Laughs going to Singapore
Singaporean producer MediaCorp. TV on Monday teamed up with Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival to co-produce an Asian version of "Just for Laughs Gags." Full story

DQ, ZDF team for 'Jungle Book' revival
Indian animation giant DQ Entertainment Group will join forces with German public broadcaster ZDF to co-produce a new animated TV series based on Rudyard Kipling's classic "The Jungle Book." Full story

Deal Memo: MIPTV

Sunday, March 29

Nordisk sells slew of formats to U.S.
Europe continues to be the seedbed for nonfiction formats as evidenced by a series of deals announced at MIPTV between Scandi sales group Nordisk Film TV World and U.S. production outfits for remake rights to hits from Nordisk's nonfiction slate. Full story

Nonfiction still in demand at MIPDOC
The global economic meltdown may have an upside, at least for sellers hawking their wares at this year's MIPDOC, the two-day market for factual programming that wrapped Sunday in Cannes ahead of MIPTV. Full story

No shortage of parties at MIPTV
The art of putting on a party becomes trickier in straightened times, but even in the grimmest economic climate in 40 years, the show must go on -- and be promoted. Full story

Asian Union plans German co-pros
Chinese TV giant Asian Union has singed a deal with German genre specialists Action Concept to co-produce a slate of 4-5 action movies shot in China and Europe. Full story

Friday, March 27

Comcast closes raft of E! series deals
Comcast International Media Group is raising its flag at MIPTV this year with an impressive slate of deals already inked for such E! titles as "Girls of the Playboy Mansion," "Denise Richards: It's Complicated" and "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood," according to Comcast senior vp Duccio Donati. Comcast owns E! Entertainment. Full story

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