1 APR 2024

MIPTV and ZDF Studios annouce finalists for Mipformats pitch 2024

Prize includes development contribution of €2000 for winning project. The competition received 89 submissions.

1 APR 2024

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MIPTV unveiled the five finalists of the MIPFORMATS PITCH 2024 staged in partnership with German company ZDF Studios, each of whom will present their original unscripted entertainment formats in front of a renowned industry jury in Cannes on the second day of MIPFORMATS (6-7 April).

Finalists were shortlisted on the basis of potential universal appeal by an international jury of format experts who will also judge the pitches on the day, comprised of Ilan Astrug, VP, Formats Acquisition and Sales, Warner Bros. Int. TV Production; Siobhan Crawford, Content and Founder, GLOW MEDIA; Julien Degroote EVP, Head of Content Development, TF1 Group; Ella Umansky, VP Format Acquisitions, ITV Studios and Ralf Rückauer, VP Unscripted, ZDF Studios.

With 89 submissions for the 2024 competition received from a record 29 countries, the finalists are "Villa Incognito", Tuvalu Media (Netherlands);  "25", LGH Entertainment (Norway);  "A.I Of The Beholder", David Tobiasz (Canada); "The Stupid House", Chulapo Pictures (UK) and "Unknown Champions", Phillip Sindermann (Germany).

The annual session will be staged in the world-renowned Palais des Festivals on Sunday 7th April at 16:30. One winner will be selected live on stage receiving a financial contribution of €2000 to development, in addition to complementary accreditation to a future MIP Market and access to coaching and mentoring expertise from within the ZDF Studios Group for a year.

Ralf Rückauer, Vice President Unscripted of ZDF Studios referred with joy to the reception of the contest: There is a tendency in the market to revive existing formats that audiences are familiar with. This makes it all the more interesting to look at fresh, unusual and completely new ideas. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of submissions and their diversity and originality. I look forward to meeting the five finalists of this exciting competition in person in Cannes," noted.

MIPFORMATS will take place within the MIPTV pre-opening weekend (6-7 April), which alongside an extended MIPDOC strand creates ‘the biggest weekend in Unscripted’ in Cannes ahead of the three-day MIPTV exhibition market (8-10 April) set to welcome over 130 exhibitors and delegates from 85 countries.