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The ‘Squid Game’ Effect: Non-English Content Is Big MIPCOM Trend

Call it the Squid Game effect. The Korean dystopian drama, which has become Netflix’s biggest-ever original launch, reaching 111 million viewers worldwide, according to the streamer’s own figures, is the clearest example yet of the global television trend toward local-language and non-English-language programming. It’s the trend that dominated conversations, online and off, at the hybrid […]

‘It’s A Sin’, ‘Dreaming Whilst Black’ Among Winners at MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards

Russell T. Davies’ acclaimed mini-series It’s a Sin, the British reality series The Money Maker, and French drama Special Honors: Welcome to Adulthood have taken top honors at the 2021 MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards. The awards honor international television programming that challenges stereotypes, and provides a more balanced representation of marginalized groups. It’s a Sin — which tells the story of London’s […]

Finnish Comedy ‘Mister8’ Wins CanneSeries

The Finnish comedy Mister8 has won the top prize for best series at this year’s CanneSeries television festival. The series follows Maria (Krista Kosonen), a lean-in CEO of a family business who is also hyper-organized in her personal life, with a different partner for every day of the week. The problem comes when she falls […]

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon,’ Judging CanneSeries

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a long way from Westeros. The Danish actor, whose two-time Emmy-nominated role as Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones made him a global star, is spending the week on the sunny Mediterranean, watching the international series that could become the next Game of Thrones. Coster-Waldau heads the jury of the 2021 CanneSeries […]

MIPCOM: ‘Hotel Portofino,’ ‘Two Lives’ Book International Sales

A steady drip of deals keeps coming out of MIPCOM as the Cannes-set global television market begins to wind down. Among the notable series deals have been pre-sales of the PBS/ITV upstairs/downstairs drama Hotel Portofino, which Beta Film has sold to public broadcasters across the Nordic territories and to the Netherlands. Natascha McElhone (Californication, Designated […]

Australian Transgender Series ‘First Day’ Wins International Kids Emmy

First Day, a groundbreaking Australian miniseries about a trans girl adjusting to high school, has won best live-action series at the 2021 International Kids Emmy Awards. The tween drama, starring transgender actor Evie Macdonald in the lead role as 12-year-old transgender girl Hannah, has been hailed as a watershed program for the representation of trans […]

StudioCanal Eyeing Further European Acquisitions

StudioCanal’s buying spree isn’t over yet. The French production giant, a subsidiary of Vivendi-owned pay TV group Canal+, has been on an acquisitions binge this year, recently taking full control of U.K. production company Urban Myths, producer of Epix’s sci-fi drama War of the Worlds, as well as German outfit Lailaps Films, whose series includes […]

MIPCOM: ‘Sisi’ Reboot, Janet Jackson, Ghislaine Maxwell Documentaries Among Hot Sellers

International television market MIPCOM has gotten off to a strong start, with multiple sales announced Monday as the TV industry meeting in Cannes, which runs through Thursday, kicked off. Beta Film closed a raft of major deals for Sisi, a reboot of the classic royal romancer about teenage Empress Elisabeth, aka Sisi, of Austria, with […]

MIPCOM: Newen Unveils Diversity and Inclusion Committee

French media group Newen unveiled plans for a new diversity and inclusion committee on Monday, which the company said will put achieving workplace diversity at the heart of all its operations. Speaking at a Women in Leadership keynote at the international television market Mipcom, Newen CEO Bibiane Godfroid said the group’s commitment to diversity was […]

MIPCOM: Fremantle’s Europe CEO on What’s Driving the Global Production Boom

Few companies better reflect the transformation of the international television industry than independent production giant Fremantle. From its London headquarters, Fremantle, which oversees more than 40 companies in 20 territories worldwide, has surfed atop the boom in non-English-language series, successfully combining local-language talent with regional and international financing (often from global streamers) to deliver such […]

TV Production Boom Accelerates as MIPCOM Kicks Off

If the boom in television production is a bubble, it doesn’t look like it’s one that will deflate anytime soon. As the international television market MIPCOM kicks off (the Cannes-based TV trade fair runs Oct. 11-14), the pace of global TV production, already at historic highs, continues to accelerate. Deep-pocketed U.S. streamers are behind much […]

The MIPCOM Hot List: 10 New Shows to Tempt Buyers in Cannes

ALL THOSE THINGS WE NEVER SAID BUZZ The global potential for high-end French series like Netflix’s Lupin has raised expectations for StudioCanal’s latest, a dramedy with a sci-fi twist: A woman (Alexandra Maria Lara) gets to spend a week with her late father (Jean Reno), who downloaded his memories into a life-size android with a […]