Attendance stable at this year's MIPCOM Jr.

More companies attended, with slightly fewer total delegates

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CANNES -- Attendance at this year's MIPCOM Jr. remained relatively stable compared to last year, even in tough financial times, with 618 companies from 59 countries making their way to Cannes for the world's biggest children's audiovisual market, confab organizers Reed Midem said Wednesday.

The numbers were slightly up from last year's 604 companies from 55 countries. However, total participants dropped slightly from 976 in 2008 to 930 this year. 1,050 programs were presented at the market, slightly down from last year's 1,143.

The top three most-viewed shows at the market were comedies: "Angelo Rules," a 3D animated show produced by the U.K.'s Cake Entertainment and France's TeamTO; live-action and animated hybrid "Canimal" from Spain's BRB International and South Korea's Vooz; plus "Almost Naked Animals" from Canada's 9 Story Enterprises, Inc.

ZDF's "The Jungle Book," Millimages U.K.'s "Bugged" and Big Bad Boo studio's "1001 Nights" were also among popular screeners at this year's market.

Animated titles were the most-viewed at the MIPJUNIOR market, followed by comedy, drama then educational shows.

Iran came on strong with Irib Media Trade and Saba Media taking the title for top two buyers at the market, followed by reps from Switzerland's Television Suisse Romance and Denmark's Danish Broadcasting Corp. MIPCOM runs through Friday in Cannes.