MIPCOM: Gordon Ramsay, J.K. Simmons Added to Lineup

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Facebook and Snap Inc. execs will also deliver keynotes, discussing the social networks' approach to video.

MIPCOM's keynote roster is heating up, with Gordon Ramsay added to the lineup. The celebrity chef is set to give a speech about his years revolutionizing cooking shows on the small screen and will address how he keeps his international TV empire, with multiple brands in the U.S. and U.K., fresh. 

HBO CEO Richard Plepler is also set to give a keynote speech during the industry confab as is National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe.

Social media will also come into focus during the conference, with Facebook head of global creative strategy Ricky Van Veen and director of video product Daniel Danker set to give a keynote on how the behemoth is developing its video approach. Snap Inc. vp content Nick Bell and director of content Sean Mills will also speak on the company’s vision for mobile content and its slate of shortform Snapchat shows.

Spain’s Movistar+ head of original programming Domingo Corral will head up a panel with Germany’s Beta Film CEO Jan Mojto and the U.K.’s Sky Vision managing director Jane Millichip.

Amid the intensifying TV market and festival landscape, MIPCOM will host two big world premieres this year: Sony’s Counterpart, starring Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons, and the Sky Vision and Amazon co-production Britannia, starring Kelly Reilly (True Detective).

Simmons and co-star Harry Lloyd will be on hand to present Counterpart at a special Sunday night screening ahead of the official MIPCOM kickoff, and the cast of Brittania, with Reilly, David Morrissey and Eleanor Worthington-Cox, will attend the opening-night red-carpet gala Oct. 16.

There will also be a screening of the highly anticipated The Miniaturist adaptation, starring Romola Garai and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The kids programming-focused MIPJunior section will feature Netflix's head of global kids content Andy Yeatman as a keynote as well as talks from Nickelodeon’s senior vp international production Nina Hahn and vp acquisitions Layla Lewis; Disney’s vp programming Karen Miller and vp production and strategic development David Levine; and Cartoon Network’s vp acquisitions and co-productions Adina Pitt.

In addition to the MIPCOM announcements, organizers outlined more of their vision for the CanneSeries festival that will launch alongside MIPTV in April 2018.

Addressing concerns that an audience-focused festival will detract from the TV market, CanneSeries will host its public screenings at theaters throughout the city of Cannes April 4–12. The competition of the official selection will run in the Grand Palais April 7–11, overlapping with MIPTV’s documentary and formats sidebars that first weekend, as well as the MIP Drama Screenings, which will continue.

The official selection competition will continue to overlap with the main MIPTV from April 9 through its closing April 12, and host a works-in-progress forum April 10-11.

If that's all very confusing, the festival will focus on what conference organizer Reed Midem’s director of television Laurine Garaude called “smart scheduling” and work around the speakers with midday and evening festival screenings. Garaude said the convergence of the festival and the market is the “natural evolution” of the increasingly competitive international TV landscape.

More detail about the upcoming CanneSeries festival will be unveiled at a press conference Oct. 16 during MIPCOM.

MIPCOM runs Oct. 16-19 in Cannes.