MIPTV Will Go Online Only for 2021

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MipTV, held in Cannes every April, will go online-only in 2021

The international television conference, held in April, was one of the first major industry events to cancel this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

MipTV is going online in 2021. 

The international television conference, which this year was one of the first industry events forced to cancel in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, will go all-virtual next year. 

Organizers Reed Midem on Friday confirmed they will do an all-digital MipTV in 2021, holding a virtual version of the global television conference and market from April 12-16. Details of Digital MIPTV 2021 will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Reed Midem said the decision was made due to the "ongoing uncertainty over COVID-19." But they said if conditions improve sufficiently by early next year, they plan to hold a small in-person event, focusing on screenings of new series, in Cannes during MipTV week to complement the digital edition of CannesSeries, the TV festival which runs April 9-14, 2021. 

Reed Midem is still planning to hold Mipcom, its flagship fall market, in person from October 11-14, with a digital component to complement the on-location event. This year's Mipcom was an online only affair. 

"We have learned a great deal in this extraordinary year," said Jerome Delhaye, director of Reed Midem's entertainment division. "Two points stand out very clearly across all of Reed Midem events: the need for clear and, when possible, timely decision making, so our partners around the globe can plan for the year ahead; and the need to get back to doing business face-to-face. That is why we are confirming plans now for the two biggest annual events in the television calendar. We remain especially optimistic about the second half of 2021 and as such we are focussing all our energies on bringing everyone back to Cannes in October for the business reunion that the industry is so eagerly awaiting."