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MIPCOM gets thumbs up all round
Describing deals as being "as eclectic and international as the people attending the show," MIPCOM organizers delivered Thursday their final summation of the still-ongoing but winding-down sales bazaar. Full story

Connected creativity forum at MIPTV market
"Hello, mobile industry? Reed MIDEM calling." Reed MIDEM will partner with global mobile organization the GSMA for a new "Connected Creativity Forum" during next year's MIPTV market April 5 - 7. Full story

'Drop Dead Diva' heading to France's M6
Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” will be reborn on French broadcaster M6 after a run on that territory’s cable network Teva, Sony Pictures Television confirmed on Wednesday. Full story

Jon Feltheimer discusses global TV biz
"Every time I think I have this down, something happens." So said Jon Feltheimer during a wide-ranging and mostly upbeat set of remarks about the challenges and opportunities in the global television biz Tuesday in Cannes. Full story

Robert Redford reps Sundance Channel in Europe
The Sundance Channel is expanding across Europe -- and brought along Robert Redford to the Cannes Croisette to add warmth to its latest but inevitably dry carriage deal announcements. Full story

Discovery unveils raft of programming deals
Discovery unveiled a raft of programming deals Wednesday at MIPCOM with Euro broadcasters for a combined 200 hours of content. Full story

How Europe is competing with U.S. TV fare
The new generation of shows -- including the French "XIII," which aired last year on NBC -- boasts big budgets and lots of talent. Full story

Australian official calls for end to 'Hobbit' spat
"The Hobbit" dispute is getting political. In Australia, the opposition spokesman for Workplace Relations, Sen. Eric Abetz, on Tuesday criticized the actions of that country's Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, which has called for actors to boycott work on the Peter Jackson film. Full story

Q&A: 'Mad Men' stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss
Cannes' first-timers discuss meeting international buyers. Full story

Facebook vp Joanna Shields addresses MIPCOM
Social networking is transforming the media marketplace. Full story

Warner Bros., TV4 seal exclusive Scandi deal
On the second day of MIPCOM Warner Bros. unveiled a multi-year output deal in Scandinavia with TV4 giving the broadcaster the free-TV and basic cable rights to a raft of programming. Full story

Disney, Orbit Showtime ink long-term deal
The Mouse House has just closed at MIPCOM a multi-year, multi-genre agreement with pay platform Orbit Showtime, which airs across the Middle East and North Africa. Full story

Celebrities called in to fuel sales at MIPCOM
Jon Hamm, Sarah Jessica Parker and Oliver Stone are among the recognizable faces in Cannes this week promoting their TV wares. Full story

Antena 3 lands Disney free-to-air rights
The Walt Disney Company and Spain's Antena 3 announced a deal Monday that gives the Spanish broadcaster exclusive free-to-air rights on first-run Disney titles and effectively restructures Disney's strategy in Spain. Full story

'O.C.'s' Kelly Rowan to star in mystery telefilms

Kelly Rowan is to star in a series of TV mystery movies from indie co-producers Breakthrough Entertainment, Salient Point Prods. and Colossal Entertainment. Full story

MGM TV launching sixth HD channel overseas
Despite all the debt and cash-flow problems Stateside, the TV division of MGM continues to ink deals and extend its channel reach around the globe. Full story

Is branded entertainment 'Despicable'? Not to Havas
When Universal's animated comedy "Despicable Me" hits French theaters on Wednesday, audiences will be seeing a local version not only in their native language voiced by homegrown talent, but they'll also have their very own advertising campaign thanks to Havas Media's branded entertainment initiative. Full story

'No Ordinary Family' finding plenty takers
One of the Mouse House's better performing freshmen series on ABC, "No Ordinary Family," has inked key international licensing deals here at MIPCOM. Full story

Oliver Stone to unveil 'History' in Cannes
Filmmaker Oliver Stone will introduce his new Showtime project "The Untold History Of The United States" to international buyers in Cannes Tuesday. Full story

MTVNI touting 5,000 hours of programming
"Ugly Americans" will sweep through Cannes this week alongside two new sales execs as MTV Networks International heads to MIPCOM to continue sales on their expanded catalog of more than 5,000 programming hours, MTVNI said Sunday. Full story

Which new U.S. shows will be hot overseas?
How hungry the international market is for Hollywood fare -- and how much bobbing and weaving it must do in response to cancellations and downgrades in the U.S. -- becomes apparent Monday as 12,500 attendees flock to MIPCOM. Full story

Tweens, toys, nostalgia hot topics at MipJunior
Family-friendly franchises took center stage in Cannes during the two-day MipJunior confab that wrapped Sunday night. At its new HQ in the Martinez Hotel, this year's event was all about tweens, toys and trips back in time as the 16th annual children's programming event invaded the Croisette. Full story

Scripps Networks Int'l adds two brands
One year after launching its first channel outside North America, Scripps Networks International is now distributing two brands -- Food Network and Fine Living Network -- through six feeds to 60 countries in eight languages across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Full story

France Televisions nabs seven animated series

French public broadcaster France Televisions is heading back to preschool with seven new animated acquisitions, the group said Sunday as the 2010 MIPJunior market closed. Full story

Discovery unveils new program content
Discovery Communications, one of the key players in the international non-scripted format business, has unveiled a new slate of factual and entertainment program content focused on animals, nature, science, engineering, lifestyle and health. Full story

Gummy Bears roar to life in animated series
Canadian indie distribution FarMore Distribution has pacted with U.S. animation producer Gummy Bear International for a "Gummy Bear" kids cartoon series. Full story

Fox Look to launch 'Gruen Transfer' at Mipcom
Fox Look, the international format distribution arm of Fox Network group, will launch hit Australian Broadcasting Corp. series, “The Gruen Transfer” at the upcoming Mipcom TV market.  Full story

MIPCOM to feature spotlight on Australia
MIPCOM attendees may feel like they're not in Cannes anymore when Oz takes center stage at the market with a special "Spotlight on Australia," organizers Reed MIDEM said Wednesday. Full story

MIPCOM premieres for 'Mad Men,' 'Wilde'

This year's MIPCOM promises to be a "Mad" and "Wilde" market with Lionsgate's Emmy award-winning series "Mad Men" and anticipated romantic comedy show "Running Wilde" set to screen at the first ever MIPCOM World Premiere TV Screenings on Oct.4, organizers Reed MIDEM said. Full story

MIPCOM to explore 'Pillars of the Earth'
This year's upcoming MIPCOM market will feature a case study of epic proportions when the partners of eight-hour TV miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth" present the secrets behind their innovative project in Cannes, organizers Reed MIDEM said. Full story

Jon Feltheimer to be honored at MIPCOM

After bringing the world back to 1960s New York with hit series "Mad Men," co-chairman and CEO of Lionsgate Jon Feltheimer will head to 21st century Cannes to be honored as MIPCOM 2010 Personality of the Year. Full story

Michael Poryes to give MIPCOM Jr. keynote
Michael Poryes, a co-creator and executive producer of Disney Channel's international tween series hit "Hannah Montana," will give a keynote address at MIP Junior, the kids TV confab that runs Oct. 2-3 in Cannes. Full story

Facebook's Shields to give MIPCOM keynote
MIPCOM has added Facebook's vp EMEA Joanna Shields as a friend with Shields set to give the market's first keynote address in October. Full story
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