MIPTV 2008


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MIPTV attendance inches upward
The MIPTV market maintained steady participation and saw a slight increase in total attendees compared with 2007, according to organizers. Full story

Turner launches India ani unit
Turner International on Thursday significantly upped its grab for a larger part of India's $12.8 billion entertainment industry, launching its first international animation theatrical production business and also a Hollywood movie channel with sister company Warner Bros. Full story


High-tech media finding new traction
Mark the date. MIPTV 2008. It may very well be remembered as the global market at which the treasure chest from all forms of high-tech media entities began to pay real monetary dividends for content suppliers. Full story

German fare proves tasty at MIPTV
Big-budget U.S. drama might still be king of the castle at the MIPTV market, but high-end international drama continues to storm the gates, with several significant deals, many of them coming from Germany. Full story

BBC content acquired for VOD
BBC Worldwide has signed a wide-ranging VOD deal with ProSiebenSat.1, licensing such Brit hits as "Doctor Who," the science magazine "Horizon" and the wildlife documentary program "Big Cat Diary" to ProSieben's German VOD service Maxdome. Full story

Canal Plus picks 'Daisies'
"Pushing Daisies" will bloom on Canal Plus after the Gallic pay TV network acquired the ABC series to air in France in the fall. Full story

Arte to rework French daytime lineup
The French arm of Franco-German network Arte is preparing to overhaul its daytime programming lineup. The new special acquisitions team headed by Nicolas Deschamps plans to double Arte's daytime budget, which stands at about 7.5 million pounds ($11.86 million), with a focus on children's programming and comedy. Full story


Cold front, economy rains on Croisette parade
As the weather turns wet and frosty on the Croisette, it's not just the shivering sales executives having trouble warming up at MIPTV. Full story

Local content, partnerships key to Russia
U.S. studios hoping to tap into Russia's burgeoning television market will have to do it via partnerships and with local content or find the doors firmly closed, the head of Russia's biggest commercial broadcaster said Tuesday. Full story

Japanese formats hot at MIPTV
The playful "torture" of Fuji TV's "Silent Library" -- which involves everything from the plucking of nose hairs to tarantulas being placed down shirts -- was among the hot Japanese formats in the spotlight on Tuesday at MIPTV. Full story

Disney-ABC TV makes agreement with SBS
Disney-ABC International Television is spreading its small screen magic across Europe with multi-year free TV agreements with broadcast SBS in Belgium and The Netherlands, Disney said Tuesday. Full story

A&E, ZDF re-up old pact, strike new one
A&E Television Networks and Germany's ZDF Enterprises have re-upped their existing programming and co-production agreement for another three years and have signed a syndication deal giving ZDF rights to A&E's long-running "Modern Marvels" for the German-speaking territories. Full story

ProSieben in deal with IBM
IBM and ProSiebenSat.1 have signed a 10-year, 200 million euros ($314 million) outsourcing agreement aimed at setting up a digital system to deliver TV programming to multiple platforms throughout Europe. Full  story

Dailymotion gives TV buyers sneak peek
French file-sharing Web site Dailymotion has announced a new video-sharing content deal with Gallic TV program exporter TV France International. Full story

Israel's MGM channel goes HD
MGM Networks is saying "Shalom" to a new high-definition version of its localized channel in Israel starting this month, MGM said Tuesday. Full  story

Arnal takes post at Uni StudioCanal Video
Jean-Philippe Arnal has been named commercial director of Universal StudioCanal Video, the Canal Plus group said Tuesday. Full story

Claude-Yves Robin to head France 4 and 5
France 4 has a new No. 1 as former network head Hayet Zeggar stepped down Tuesday to make way for France 5 topper Claude-Yves Robin, who will simultaneously run both public networks, France Televisions confirmed Tuesday. Full story


Elisabeth Murdoch delivers MIP keynote
CANNES -- Rupert Murdoch's daughter, Elisabeth Murdoch, regaled MIPTV delegates Monday with tales of her experiences as a "broke acquisitions executive" and "unknown producer" struggling to get meetings when she started out in the business. Full story

MacLaine, Neill tout minis as good way to be all bad
CANNES -- What is it about television that makes good people bad? Shirley MacLaine and Sam Neill stepped out Monday at MIPTV in separate news conferences to extol the virtues of badness, and they agreed that television is the forum in which they can best let loose with the nasties. Full story

Orange, Fidelite team for VOD service
CANNES -- Gallic telecommunications giant Orange has declared its loyalty to French production company Fidelite Films with a new exclusive multi-year agreement, the companies said Monday. Orange will release all of Fidelite's upcoming titles on its brand new six-channel TV and film VOD platform the "Orange Cinema Series." Full story

Dis savors a Colombian blend
LONDON -- On the heels of the success of its local version of "Desperate Housewives," Disney Latin America is making versions of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Brothers & Sisters" for Colombia. Disney Media Networks Latin America will partner with local producers Vista and RCN in a bid to build on the popularity of the local versions of "Housewives." Full story

Fremantle, Man Union sign prod'n pact
CANNES -- In a bid to crack the notoriously tight Japanese TV market, FremantleMedia, producers of "X Factor" and "American Idol," have signed a wide-ranging production alliance with Japanese giant TV Man Union. Full story

'Style' raises int'l profile
CANNES -- Comcast International Media Group is adding its signature style to TV channels across the globe with the group's "Style Network" launching in Africa, Croatia, Malta, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal. Full story

Emmy preps Founders fete for Wolf, Liu
CANNES -- "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf will receive the 2008 International Emmy Founders Award, to be presented at the 36th annual International Emmys Gala in New York on Nov. 24. NBC has just renewed Wolf's ubiquitous "L&O" franchise for a 19th season, making the procedural the longest-running drama in U.S. television history (tied with "Gunsmoke"). Full story

Interactive Emmy winners kept on hold

CANNES -- The winners of this year's Interactive Emmy Awards might have to wait a while before they have a chance to heft the iconic winged statuette. The golden Emmys en route to Cannes for the third annual Interactive Emmy gala Tuesday night have been held up in customs. Full story

Nets and 'Women!' match up
CANNES -- French distributor CALT has inked broadcasting and format deals for the risque female comedy "Women!" The series, featuring two women who explore feminine cliches of contemporary society, will air on Canal Vie in Quebec as well as on HBO in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic. Full story

Busy first dayfor Canadians on Croisette
TORONTO -- Canadian cartoon producer Cookie Jar has sold two series, "Magi-Nation" and "World of Quest," to Jetix Europe. The sale Monday came as Canadian producers at MIPTV unveiled a slew of deals for the global kids TV market. Full story

RTL back in the sports game
CANNES -- A year and a half after selling its stake in pan-European sport agency Sportfive, European broadcast giant RTL Group is returning to the sports business. RTL on Monday announced the re-launch of its defunct sports rights agency UFA Sports and named ex-Sportfive CEO Philip Cordes to run it. Full story

Tim Roth, Neve Campbell board 'Sea-Wolf'
CANNES -- Tim Roth and Neve Campbell have joined German star Sebastian Koch ("The Lives of Others") in the cast of "Sea-Wolf," the $20 million adventure two-parter from Herbert Kloiber's Tele-Munchen Group for RHI Entertainment and German public broadcaster ZDF. Full story

ITV thinks global with ops hire
CANNES -- ITV global content head Dawn Airey on Monday unveiled ambitious plans to ramp up the broadcaster's international format business, promoting German production head Stefan Oelze to a new position responsible for setting up and overseeing production operations for ITV across Europe and in emerging markets worldwide. Full story


Nora Roberts telefilms franchise extended
CANNES -- Peter Gruber's Mandalay Television and Stephanie Germain Prods. in association with Germany's Tandem Communication are extending the successful Nora Roberts franchise of telefilms. The firms signed a deal with Lifetime Television for four new TV movies based on the best-selling author's romance novels. Full story

MIPDOC examines youth, China, financing
CANNES -- Grabbing younger viewers, a growing interest in all things to do with China and the ever-problematic issues of financing topped the agenda at this year's MIPDOC, the two-day market devoted to documentaries and factual fare that precedes the Riviera-side program sales market kicking off Monday. Full story

Indies, ad firms hip to MIP
MIPTV might be taking off officially Monday, but premarket positioning during the weekend was dominated by scores of ambitious companies from around the world who set dinners and announcements to position themselves against the usual barrage of news from U.S. and European majors. Full story


VIDEO: Sales for 'Singing Bee' hit high note
The singers may be warbling out of tune in dozens of languages, but it's all sweet music to the creators of variety game format "The Singing Bee," which has notched up foreign versions in some 24 territories prior to a planned sales push at MIPTV, which opens Monday in Cannes. Full story

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International buyers rethink pricey U.S. shows

Hollywood might be facing a crimp in its $6 billion international TV export business. Big-studio TV series are way too popular to fall out of favor with viewers around the world anytime soon, but the cost of producing them is spinning out of control stateside. Full story

Advertisers, producers rethinking marketing strategies
Once upon a time in medialand, broadcasters, content producers and advertisers were at the controls, and consumers, if they wanted to watch TV, were captive audiences. The word "prosumer" was a typo, and 360 degrees meant a circle. Full story

A pan-Arab censorship effort threatens TV industry
From the shining new skyscrapers of the big cities, to the small huts in the baron lands of the desert, almost every home in the Middle East has a satellite TV dish. Full story

MIPTV's environmental initiative gets serious
Don't expect much mincing of words during MIPTVs "Green TV" edition of conferences this year. Reed Midem is now in the second year of its Going Green environmental initiative, and the lineup of no-holds-barred speakers. Full story

Programming trends around the globe
There's new fuel to the traditional rivalry between the Seven and Nine networks, following Seven's comprehensive ratings win for the first time in several decades last year.  Full story

Buzzworthy shows at this year's market
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as John Amsterdam, a New York City homicide detective with a very special gift: immortality. Full story

CHART: Prices paid by foreign terrestrial stations for U.S. TV shows
The prices paid by foreign TV stations for American shows are all over the map, with hits commanding big bucks, but with lesser fare languishing from market to market. Full story