Canal Plus COO, Zodiak Media Group CEO to Give MIPTV Keynotes

Rodolphe Belmer, David Frank to host sessions on the theme of co-productions.


PARIS – The Riviera sun will shine down on co-productions when Canal Plus COO Rodolphe Belmer and Zodiak Media Group CEO David Frank give keynotes to kick off this year's MIPTV on April 4th, organizers Reed MIDEM said Monday.

Two days of conferences and matchmaking sessions devoted to the theme of co-productions will follow. Belmer's keynote will focus on the value of original programming and will highlight the important role of co-production in internationally ambitious projects including Canal Plus' XIII and Borgia.

Frank will highlight his co-production work with Zodiak Media Group which now boasts 45 productions companies in 17 territories and an international distribution arm with more than 10,000 hours of content.

MIPTV attendees can hold their industry rendez-vous and work sessions at a brand new lounge, designed exclusively for such co-production-friendly meetings.

Conference themes will include drama co-production through case studies, TV networks' global strategies from key media players and regional workshops focusing on Asia and Latin America.

"Given the growing trend in international co-productions, we feel that it is particularly pertinent for MIPTV to provide the context to accelerate global exchanges in this key area," director of Reed MIDEM's TV division Laurine Garaudesaid of the initiative.

The 2011 MIPTV market will be held in Cannes from April 4th - 7th.