TV market runs Oct. 5-9 in Cannes


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MIPCOM: Series sizzle
Will they go for "Glee," push the button for "FlashForward" or beg for "Mercy"? That's just one of the key questions to be answered as 12,000 TV executives trek to Cannes for the 25th annual Riviera rendezvous known as MIPCOM. Click here for special reports

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Oct. 8

Quality, if not quantity, at MIPCOM
Blue skies, yellow carpets to celebrate 20 years of "The Simpsons" and colorful characters including Joan Rivers, Lisa Kudrow and Jerry Seinfeld made for a multihued MIPCOM market which boasted more than 12,000 attendees, organizers Reed MIDEM said Thursday as the five-day market came to a close. Full story

Oct. 7

MIPCOM winds down on up note
Creative financing and feel-good shows were all the rage as the MIPCOM TV market began winding down Wednesday, with buyers and sellers alike hopeful that the worst of the economic nightmare was past. Full story

Connected entertainment is key at MIPCOM
Accessing TV where, when and how consumers want was the theme of the day Wednesday as MIPCOM attendees pressed their pause buttons during the busy market to hear TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers give a keynote speech before a panel focusing on "Connected Entertainment." Full story

Report: U.K. leads global formats market
The U.K. is the biggest player in a global formats market worth $13.5 billion from 2006-8 according to a new country-by-country format analysis report published by the Format Recognition and Protection Association in Cannes on Wednesday. Full story

ITV Studios inks deals for 'Four Weddings'
ITV Studios struck a slew of deals on the Croisette on Wednesday, announcing the sale of its wedding contest format "Four Weddings" to German network ZDFneo and to TLC in the U.S. Full story

Attendance stable at this year's MIPCOM Jr.
MIPCOM Jr.'s attendance 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. Full story

Opus Distribution makes its debut at MIPCOM
Film and TV industry vet Ken DuBow turned his PorchLight off at this year's MIPCOM to launch new international distribution house Opus, DuBow said Wednesday. Full story

Slingbox set for Mideast, Eastern Europe
Users across the globe can now sling their favorite TV shows from wherever they are, as remote access TV powerhouse Sling Media takes consumers on a world tour, but viewers prefer to watch in the comfort of their own homes, according to figures released from Sling Media on Wednesday. Full story

Oct. 6

MIPCOM digest: Viasat, BBC Worldwide, Jim Henson Co.

Hasbro CEO delivers MIPCOM keynote
There was no toying around on Tuesday in Cannes as execs from across the globe heard president and CEO of toy and game powerhouse Hasbro Brian Goldner give a MIPCOM keynote focusing on "Becoming a Branded Play Company." Full story

Mattel, ITV Studios form creative partnership
In a deal aimed at putting board game formats into primetime television, ITV Studios and Scrabble and Pictionary creator Mattel Inc. on Tuesday announced a major creative partnership that will see ITV work with the global toy manufacturer to develop television, online, mobile and other formats for some of its best-known brands. Full story

Comedy is queen at MIPCOM this year
Brash met business on Tuesday as Joan Rivers brought her brazen comedy to MIPCOM to promote "The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers." Full story

Jerry Seinfeld promises no-gimmick TV
Feel-good comedy is the way to reach mass audiences, king of comedy Jerry Seinfeld said Tuesday. In town to promote his new show "The Marriage Ref," Seinfeld said he had "had enough" of humiliation television. Full story

NHK enlists team to track down giant squid
Japanese broadcaster NHK has teamed with Discovery-owned Science Channel and Atlantic Prods. to mount an international quest to find and film a living giant squid, as part of a documentary "Squid: Last Mystery of the Deep," the companies said Tuesday. Full story

Canal Plus picks up 'Nurse Jackie'
Canal Plus will speed up viewers' heart rates with Edie Falco-starrer "Nurse Jackie," the French pay TV group said Tuesday in Cannes. Full story

Oct. 5

MIPCOM just getting warmed up
Unseasonably good weather saw temperatures soaring to 86 degrees on the first day at MIPCOM, boosting the mood as buyers and sellers thronged to the balconies and terraces and business got off to a heady start. Full story

Sony unveils 'Fantasy Island' reality series
The Aaron Spelling classic "Fantasy Island" is being re-imagined as an hour-long competition-elimination reality show courtesy of Sony Pictures TV and producer Mark Burnett. Full story

Lisa Kudrow brings series to MIPCOM

Former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow is taking celebs back to their roots for the family tree reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Exec producer Kudrow was in Cannes to promote the new alternative series plus the Web TV series "Web Therapy" alongside production partner Dan Bucatinsky. Full story

Ile-de-France, Provence tout incentive
U.S. and international TV producers can now bank on a TRIP to France thanks to an agreement between the Ile-de-France and the Provence-Alpes-Cotes d'Azur region in the wake of the Gallic government's incentive for foreign production, the TRIP (Tax Rebate for International Production), passed this year. Full story

Canal Plus' 'The Borgias' tracks crime family
Former HBO exec Chris Albrecht is taking crime drama from the streets of New Jersey to the streets of Spain and Rome during the height of the Renaissance for "The Borgias," produced by Gallic pay TV group Canal Plus and Lagardere Entertainment. Full story

Ken Finkleman fetches 'Good Dog' gig
Canadian TV writer-actor Ken Finkleman is to pen and star in the Canadian pay TV dramedy "Good Dog" from Shaftesbury Films. Full story

Zodiak reaches for the stars at MIPCOM
Zodiak Entertainment has started off strong at this year's MIPCOM with the production and distribution giant announcing a partnership with the Ricky Martin Entertainment Group, a majority stake in U.K. producer Dangerous, sales of Nordisk's multiplatform climate project across the globe and a new event HD TV series based on Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks. Full story

Canadian kids fare targets MIPCOM
As Canadians storm MIPCOM with kids TV fare, indie producer CCI Entertainment, Motionworks GmbH and Nickelodeon Germany are to produce a local version of the Canuck live action/CGI series "Artzooka!" Full story

Discovery presents three new docs
Human evolution, the wonders of outer space and dinosaurs are among the themes Discovery Communications is hoping to sell to international broadcasters at this year's MIPCOM market. Full story

Oct. 4

MIPCOM: Glitz amid a still-tricky market
Weak local currencies and the slow road to recovery were on the minds of buyers and sellers heading to the Riviera-side market. Full story

MIPJr. comes of age
The 15th annual MIPJr. market wasn't all fun and games, though gaming and other multiplatform media were the talk of the Riviera town during the two-day kids market preceding MIPCOM. Full story

'Harriet the Spy' goes to Disney
Canadian producer 9 Story Entertainment has presold the live-action TV movie "Harriet the Spy" to Disney Channel, it was announced Sunday. Full story

Oct. 2

India's DQ takes on live-action 'Elephant'
Indian animation company DQ Entertainment is to take a jumbo-sized step into live action production with the greenlighting of "Toomai The Story of An Elephant Boy." Full story

Oct. 1

CJ Entertainment sells 'Bolts and Blip'
France's Canal Plus is to air Peter Lepeniotis' animated comedy series "Bolts and Blip" on its premium pay TV channel starting spring 2010, following a deal with CJ Entertainment.  Full story

Sept. 30

Telepool extends RTL distribution agreement
International sales outfit Telepool has extended its distribution deal with leading German commercial channel RTL. Full story

Sept. 29

NBC turns chores into game show
For a million dollars, can you unspool a roll of toilet paper with your body in 60 seconds? NBC has ordered a new game show from Universal Media Studios in association with Friday TV that creates high-stakes competition based on deceptively simple household challenges. Full story

Sept. 28

Tanya Kelen sets up shingle Veteran Canadian indie distributor and co-production executive Tanya Kelen has launched her own shingle, Kelen Content, ahead of MIPCOM. Full story

Sept. 23

Barry Chamberlain promoted at CBS Int'l
Barry Chamberlain has been promoted to exec vp of sales at CBS Studios International and will continue to report to the president of the division, Armando Nunez.  Full story

Sept. 22

MIPCOM event for multiplatform entertainment
MIPCOM is to partner with the global trade association the Mobile Entertainment Forum at this year's Cannes-based program sales market, launching a lineup of events and keynotes around the theme of multiplatform entertainment, organizers said Tuesday. Full story

Marblemedia to reboot 'Just Like Mom'
Indie producer marblemedia has secured all remake and development rights for the 1980s classic Canadian TV game show "Just Like Mom" from the CTV network. Full story

Sept. 21

'FlashForward' heading to Asia Pacific
Disney's freshman drama "FlashForward" has been picked up by 10 broadcasters in the Asia Pacific region covering some 40 countries. Full story

Sept. 17

Host of stars expected at MIPCOM
Cannes will roll out its red carpets once again at the 25th annual MIPCOM TV market where international talent attending will include Lisa Kudrow, Joan Rivers, Morgan Spurlock, Matt Groening and Jerry Seinfeld, organizers Reed MIDEM said. Full story

Sept. 10

Publicis CEO to give ad keynote at MIPCOM
Publicis Worldwide CEO Richard Pinder will kick off the MIPCOM discussion with an advertising keynote address titled "Contagious Ideas that Change the Conversation" in Cannes on Oct. 5, organizers Reed MIDEM said Thursday.