12 JAN 2022

Mipformats 2022 begins accepting pitch entries

The international pitching event will invite five finalists to put their formats to the test in front of a panel, made up of executives from the conference's Sponsor, Fox, and other industry experts.

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Rx France is now accepting pitch submissions for its annual Mipformats International Pitching event in Cannes. Taking place in its physical form from 4-6 April, the conference, sponsored by Fox Entertainment, will be held in a in-house unscripted studio, FOX Alternative Entertainment. “The International Pitch at MIPFORMATS has become one of the highlights of the Spring market and we’re delighted to welcome FOX as this year’s sponsors,” Lucy Smith, Director of MIPTV said. 

The 12th edition of the three-day global pitching program will showcase the latest additions to the MIPTV Spring International Television Content Market. Content creators from anywhere in the world can submit their original, unscripted entertainment formats on Mipformat’s main site. All formats must be new, and not yet commissioned, broadcasted or exhibited. Entries will be accepted until 15 February.

A panel of Fox executives and industry experts will contribute to the event as a jury, tasked with analyzing the pitches submitted by each of the five finalists at the Palais des Festivals. The winning format will be given US$5000 for development and pitched to FOX’s $US100 million International Unscripted Format Fund. “It is unique in providing a level playing field for creators and producers of any size, with ideas from anywhere across the globe, to pitch directly to some of the industry’s most experienced format professionals, as witnessed by a live audience of format professionals," Smith continued.

FOX Alternative Entertainment’s sponsorship of the MipFormats International Pitch reflects the studio’s recently announced $US 100 million International Unscripted Format Fund, a proactive strategy to identify, develop and finance the production of unscripted ideas from all over the world. The first day of the event will showcase premium high-end drama, followed by the International Format Awards, the fifth season of international TV series Festival Canneseries (1-6 April) and Esports Bar. Last year’s MIPCOM saw over 4500 delegates, including 1200 buyers and 145 stands from 35 countries returning to Cannes to buy, sell, network and gain invaluable insights. 

“The unscripted arena is a cornerstone of the global television ecosystem, and some of FOX’s biggest hits have been based on international formats,” Allison Wallach, Executive Vice President, Head of FOX Alternative Entertainment, said. “Our goal is to create and adapt the hits of tomorrow, and our sponsorship of the MIPFORMATS International Pitch will keep us at the forefront of introducing that next ground-breaking concept to viewers.  The team and I are very much looking forward to reviewing this year’s submissions when the business converges in the Palais in April.”

It is unique in providing a level playing field for creators and producers of any size, with ideas from anywhere across the globe, to pitch directly to some of the industry’s most experienced format professionals, as witnessed by a live audience of format professionals.” Lucy Smith Director, MIPTV