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MIPTV 2023 Takeaways: Drama Boom Is Bust But Reality TV Offers a Lifeline

First the good news: the weather was spectacular. For three days, the international television market MIPTV, which wraps up in Cannes on Wednesday, was blessed with the clear blue skies and blinding sunshine that have always been the main attraction of this bit of the Mediterranean. But if the beaches, cafes and seaside restaurants along […]

MIPTV: ITV Studios’ Ruth Berry on Extending Reality TV Into the Multiverse

While scripted TV tends to get more attention than unscripted programming, the executives gathered in Cannes this week for the 60th MIPTV international television market know that formats like reality TV and game shows help pay the bills. And with budgets for high-end TV tightening worldwide, making more money off of those formats has never […]

As the TV Drama Bubble Bursts, Producers Look to Indie Film for New Models

The bubble — that surge of cash that over the past decades helped bankroll an unprecedented boom in TV drama production — appears to have burst. TV producers, gathered in Cannes this week for the MIPTV international television market, are pondering a future in which the cost of TV drama continues to spike while the […]

MIPTV Hot List: Market Offers High-End Fare From South Korea, Israel and Norway

The long-foretold end of Peak TV may be upon us, as studios and streamers — adjusting to a new world of inflation, higher interest rates, and a slowdown in stock prices and subscriber figures — slash costs and reevaluate strategy. The result, whether at Warner Bros. Discovery (which has already taken $3.5 billion in content […]

StudioCanal CEO Anna Marsh to Give 2023 MIPTV Keynote Address

Anna Marsh, CEO of production and distribution giant StudioCanal, will give one of the main keynote speeches for this year’s MIPTV, the global TV market confab held in Cannes in April.  Marsh will address the international television industry at Cannes’ Palais des Festivals on Monday, April 17, the opening day of MIPTV 2023. Her Media […]

Canal+, RAI Jump on Canadian Drama ‘Audrey’s Back’

French pay-TV group Canal+ and Italian public broadcaster RAI have picked up Audrey’s Back, the Quebecois dramedy about a coma victim’s return to life that won the Grand Prix at this year’s Canneseries festival. Germany’s Beta Film, which is handling international sales on the show, closed deals with Canal+ and RAI, with future deals in […]

MIPTV Hidden Gem: Canadian Coma Dramedy ‘Audrey’s Back’

Audrey’s Back, the Canadian dramedy that this week won the Grand Prize at France’s Canneseries television festival, is your typical coming-of-age story, says co-creator Guillaume Lambert, “just 15 years too late.” The plot of the 10-part series, which had its international premiere in Cannes this week, follows Audrey, a coma patient who suddenly wakes up […]

MIPTV: Connie Nielsen on Becoming Karen Blixen in ‘The Dreamer’

How do you turn an Amazon into an author? For Connie Nielsen, the Danish star perhaps best known as Queen Hippolyta in the Wonder Woman films, it took six months of fasting and taking a deep dive into the life and work of one of her’s country’s most acclaimed writers: Karen Blixen, the author of […]

Israeli Drama ‘The Lesson’ Wins Best Series at Canneseries Festival

Israeli series The Lesson, a sociopolitical drama set around a conflict between a 40-something teacher and a 17-year-old student, was the big winner of this year’s Canneseries television festival. The series took the top prize for best series and the best performance award for series star Maya Landsman, who plays the student to Fauda’s Doron […]

Why ‘Spider-Man’ Sidekick Jacob Batalon Is Ready to Be the Leading Man

Jacob Batalon, it must be said, looks like a boss. When the actor, best-known for playing Peter Parker’s bumbling sidekick Ned Leeds in the Tom Holland-era Spider-Man films, rolls up to our interview at the Canneseries television festival, he’s rocking a look I’ll call early 1990s hip-hop producer: all designer specs, gold chain and spotless […]

Royal Reboot ‘Sisi’ Sells Wide, Gets Second Season Greenlight (Exclusive)

The reign of Sisi will continue. German broadcaster RTL and production and sales outfit Beta Film have greenlit a second season of Sisi, a TV series based  based on the real-life 19th century royal romance between Elizabeth “Sisi” of Bavaria and her husband, Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph. The Sisi story was turned into a series of […]

Sky Orders Benito Mussolini Drama Series ‘M. Son of the Century’

The rise of Benito Mussolini and the birth of Italian fascism is set to be dramatized in a new series ordered by Comcast-owned Sky and unveiled by Sky Studios CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz in her MIPTV keynote on Tuesday. M. Son of the Century, based on the international best-selling book by Antonio Scurati, is being produced […]