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.