27 NOV 2019

“IN DEVELOPMENT” LAUNCHES 2020 CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR DRAMA AND KIDS CONTENT

Popular initiative reflects MIPTV’s growing focus on providing business solutions to changing industry needs. The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2020 with chosen projects being announced late February.

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MIPTV’s In Development programme today launches the ‘Call for Entries’ for drama and kids content. Three international juries of industry experts will select projects that will be pitched to potential partners live at MIPTV in Cannes. Jury members to date include: Gregg Bywalski , General Manager, Webedia Rights; Manman Chen, Founding Partner and COO, WeKids; Guillermo Farre, Head of General Entertainment Channels Spain, France, Africa, WarnerMedia; Sydney Gallonde, CEO & Executive producer, Make It Happen Studio; Jane Gogan, Director, Yellow Path Productions; Aline Marrache, SVP Development, Original Scripted Content, Universal Music France; Alex Medeiros, Director, Content Development & Acquisitions, Globo Channels; Stephen Mowbray, Head of SVT International, SVT; Kazufumi Nagasawa, Managing Director, Chief Content Officer, Hulu Japan; Tone Ronning, Executive Producer Drama and International Copros, NRK; Vanessa Shapiro, President, WW TV Distribution & Co-Production, Gaumont; Vicky Schroderus, Acquisition Executive, YLE International Acquisitions; Michele Zatta, Commissioning Editor, Rai Fiction.

The Drama Series Pitch sees established producers present a diverse range of high-end, original fiction projects seeking financing and/or co-production partners.

The Creative Talent Pitch involves independent creators/producers presenting an original scripted and serialised creative concept drawn from a diverse range of media (web series, social media stories, podcasts, YouTube channels…) to be developed and/or adapted as scripted series.

The Kids Series Pitch presents the most promising projects from creators and producers of animation and live action series (for all target ages) to meet kids’ growing appetite for innovative content.

Launched in 2018, In Development offers a response to the rapid growth in demand for exclusive original programming and for identifying projects at the initial development stage. It gives MIPTV’s attendees access to the event’s unrivalled community of international decision makers, experts and business leaders from all key markets and across all genres. In Development provides an international platform for producers looking to finance their international projects and for executives involved in pre-sales, co-financing, co-production and programming to discover these projects and establish development and production partnerships. “In Development continues to grow as a business accelerator that combines the discovery of great new projects, the access to international financing and the creation of strategic partnerships,” notes Lucy Smith, Deputy Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division, which organises MIPTV. 

In Development industry event partners to date include: CannesSeris, Seriencamp, WebFest Berlin, Marseille Web Fest and Bilbao Web Fest.

To further facilitate deal making and encourage new business partnerships, In Development offers a suite of tools for use before, during and after the event, including: advanced online recommendations of people, projects and programmes through an AI-based algorithm in MIPTV’s online database of international producers, buyers, commissioners, distributors and investors; and a curated list of Producers to Watch from all genres and from all over the world, highlighting producers who are locally recognised as talented, innovative and pro-active, with an international potential and who could benefit from more international exposure and access to international partners.

“The TV and wider entertainment industry is evolving. This means that for many companies and broadcasters, accessing premium content increasingly requires entering the production cycle at the earliest possible stage. MIPTV and In Development are committed to providing the industry with the means to achieve this goal,” adds Lucy Smith.