MIPCOM Hot List: 10 Titles Set to Heat Up the Global TV Market

6:00 AM 10/15/2018

by Scott Roxborough

From 'The Goldbergs' spinoff 'Schooled' to 1970s-era thriller 'The Little Drummer Girl,' the shows offered at this year's confab are generating buzz for buyers all over the world.

'The Little Drummer Girl'
'The Little Drummer Girl'
Courtesy of Endeavor Content

As U.S. studios, international broadcasters and independent producers descend on Cannes for MIPCOM, the global TV business, once erected on seemingly stable and unchanging foundations, appears both more volatile and more diverse than ever.

It used to be Leslie Moonves' world. The former CBS Corp. chief, who resigned in September amid sexual harassment allegations, stood for the kinds of shows — good guy/bad guy cop procedurals like CSI and NCIS, typically with white male leads and always nicely wrapped up at the end of each episode — that played on big national broadcasters, in primetime, around the globe.

Those series are still finding audiences, but now they are competing with programming diverse in both content and talent, with women and people of color making a major impact on MIPCOM's market. Here are 10 series embracing a woke new era in international programming.

  • 'The Bisexual'

    Sales: All3Media

    Courtesy of Sister Pictures

    France's Canal Plus, Stan in Australia and Sky Network in New Zealand already have jumped on this buzzed-about dating comedy from Channel 4 and Hulu, written, directed by and starring The Miseducation of Cameron Post helmer Desiree Akhavan. It explores the differences between dating men and women from the perspective of a woman who finds herself, for the first time, doing both

  • 'Escape At Dannemora'

    Sales: CBS Studios International

    Christopher Saunders/SHOWTIME

    Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette star in this prison-break drama directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller, which premieres on Showtime on Nov. 18. Based on real-life events in upstate New York in 2015, this limited series tells the story of two convicted murderers who escape prison with the help of a female prison employee who carried on affairs with both men.

  • 'The Little Drummer Girl'

    Sales: Endeavor Content

    Courtesy of Endeavor Content

    Following the global success of The Night Manager, British production house Ink Factory, together with AMC and the BBC, returns with its latest John le Carre adaptation. The 1970s-era thriller, set against the Middle East peace crisis, stars Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon and premieres Nov. 19 on AMC. Park Chan-wook (OldboyThe Handmaiden) directs in his television debut.

  • 'The Passage'

    Sales: 20th Century Fox Television Distribution

    Steve Dietl/FOX

    Arguably the hottest network show of the new fall season (premiering midseason on Fox), this drama about a young girl involved in a shadowy gov­ernment project comes from Friday Nights Lights scribe Liz Heldens and executive producer Ridley Scott.

  • 'Schooled'

    Sales: Sony Pictures Television


    This 1990s-set comedy, a spinoff of hit sitcom The Goldbergs, follows the misadventures of a group of misfit teachers at the William Penn Academy. Tim Meadows, Bryan Callen and A.J. Michalka star in the show, which is set for a midseason premiere on ABC.

  • 'Way Too Kawaii!'

    Sales: Nippon TV

    Courtesy of Nippon TV

    This fish-out-of-water drama sees a hotshot male literary editor shifted to a female-run fashion magazine where he struggles to adapt to the candy-colored culture of "kawaii," the Hello Kitty-style cuteness that defines Japan's girl-driven youth style.

  • 'Hidden'

    Sales: Banijay Group

    Jonath Mathew

    Described as “Harry Potter for adults,” this drama series mixes Nordic noir with the supernatural. Based on Filip Alexanderson’s debut novel, Firstborn, it's a gritty fantasy story of a young man who learns he is descended from a secret race of “hidden” creatures from a world living within our own.

  • 'Hackerville'

    Sales: Turner International

    Bogdan Comanescu

    HBO Europe has teamed up with German pay channel TNT Serie on this cybercrime thriller from the producers of Deutschland 83 about a network of hackers in Romania and the German investigators tasked with tracking them down.

  • 'The Spanish Princess'

    Sales: Lionsgate

    Charlotte Hope stars in 'The Spanish Princess'
    Charlotte Hope stars in 'The Spanish Princess'
    John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI

    Following on The White Queen and The White Princess, this third entry in Starz' miniseries of female-focused Brit period dramas stars Charlotte Hope (The Nun) as Catherine of Aragon, the titular Spanish princess, who navigate the court of Tudor England with an eye on the throne.

  • 'The Pier'

    Sales: Beta Film

    Beta Film

    A new original series from the creators of Netflix's Money Heist, the Spanish-language drama follows the story a high-profile architect stunned by the apparent suicide of her husband who then discovers he had been living a double life with another woman.

    A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.