MIPTV: Disney’s Ben Pyne, StudioCanal’s Rola Bauer to Get Medal of Honor

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Indian TV execs Amit and Punit Goenka and Marcel Vinay of Mexico’s Comarex alsowill be honored at the world’s leading international TV event.

Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, and Emmy-nominated producer Rola Bauer, head of StudioCanal’s U.S. television division, will be among this year’s Medal of Honor recipients at international television event MIPTV, which is set to run April 4-7 in Cannes.

Other Medal of Honor nominees include Punit and Amit Goenka, the Indian TV pioneers behind global satellite channel Zee TV, and Marcel Vinay, president of Mexican-based TV distribution giant Comarex.

All five are pioneers in the international television industry and well-known faces at the MIPTV event.

Pyne spearheaded Disney’s digital distribution strategy worldwide, moving the company’s films and TV series onto VOD and digital platforms across the globe, the first major studio to do so.

Bauer, whose productions include Eddie Redmayne-starring miniseries The Pillars of the Earth and crime serial Crossing Lines, helped establish the system of co-producing television series across multiple countries, a practice now widespread in the industry. Vinay is widely credited as the man who brought the telenovela to the world.

The Goenka brothers, the first Indian executives to win MIPTV’s Medal of Honor, turned Zee TV into a global powerhouse, reaching 950 million viewers in some 169 countries.

Laurine Garaude, director of Reed MIDEM’s television division, said all five had made “a significant contribution to our industry and (their) exemplary leadership qualities are an inspiration to the entire sector.”

MIPTV will fete its five Medal of Honor recipients during a ceremony on April 6.