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Staying on top at Mipcom

The 24th Mipcom, held in Cannes in October, recorded its highest attendance despite the banking sector unraveling during the show with visitor numbers driven by an increase in attendance from the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, India and China and the Uk

April 6, 2018

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The 24th Mipcom, held in Cannes in October, recorded its highest attendance despite the banking sector unraveling during the show with visitor numbers driven by an increase in attendance from the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, India and China and the Ukraine.i1_483.jpg
At the close of the event, 13,588 participants had visited Mipcom, up by 1.6 percent on 2007. A total of 4,519 companies from 103 countries registered, of which 1,779 were exhibitors. The number of international buyers grew by 7.2 percent, from 4,242 in 2007 to 4,573 this year.
i2_204.jpgMipcom Junior, during which License! Global ran its Licensing Challenge competition, saw an increase in the number of companies attending of 19 percent to a total of 613 from 55 countries. Over two days, 1,143 programs were presented, more than 75 percent of which was new material.
Despite the economic situation, which will undoubtedly have a negative effect on broadcasters and producers, the show was buoyant. Broadcasters, after all, still need to fill their schedules and the cheapest way for them to do that is to buy programming.

Shows to Watch
Chapman Entertainment has launched new boys’ action property “Trooper Tom.” The series is being made in partnership with Pukeko Pictures, a new children’s television venture from Martin Baynton and Richard Taylor, co-owner of New Zealand’s award-winning Weta Workshop, which worked on Lord of the Rings and King Kong. “Trooper Tom” is a CGI-animated adventure of a futuristic Pinocchio aimed at 6- to 12-year-old boys.

• “Usay,” 26x11, and “La Carta,” 13x11, are two shows from Cilantro Animation available in English and Spanish or “Spanglish” for the U.S. markets. “Usay” is about an Inca boy with extra sensory powers, while “La Carta” follows new immigrant Rudy who experiments in vegetable genetics.

Red Kite’s “Dennis The Menace,” 52x1, based on the classic DC Thomson comic but with a contemporary look and feel, is due for delivery from autumn 2009. The show is marketed by Ludorum, as is short format “Marvo the Chicken.” The first Marvo episodes have been delivered to Jetix Europe and Disney Japan.

MTVNE’s Nickelodeon focused on two animated series “Ni-Hao Kai Lan” and “The Mighty B!” Pre-school series “Ni-Hao Kai Lan introduces children to Chinese language and culture through a bilingual five year old while “The Mighty B!” follows the adventures of Bessie Higgenbottom, the world’s most ambitious and loveably unhinged 9-and-¾-year-old ‘Honeybee’ scout.

• Eddadesign and Televisió de Catalunya (TVC) have co-produced the animated motion capture 52x2 series “Sweesters: Virtual Room” for television and new media. The show takes place in a futuristic virtual room where three sisters, one of whom is adopted, talk to each other.

The animated “Gormiti,” 52x30, is a co-production between Italian licensor Giochi Presiozi and French animator Marathon International. The first series debuted on Italy’s MediaSet in October and has been acquired in France by M6 and Canal 5. The second series of the show has been commissioned.

Turner Broadcasting and MGM Worldwide Televison launched a new animated series of the Pink Panther for Cartoon Network channels, produced by Rubicon. The show will debut in autumn 2009.

Mattel, Nelvana and Nerd Corps have got together for an animated television series based on the Hot Wheels franchise with “Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5. Teletoon Canada and Cartoon Network in the U.S. will air the series in autumn 2009.

Chorion’s 3D CGI series “Olivia,” based on the books written and illustrated by Ian Falconer, made sales across the globe in France, the U.K., Canada, Latin America and Denmark. The 52x11 show is due for delivery this year. It was commissioned by Nick Jr in the U.S. and has been picked up by Five’s Milkshake! in the U.K., ABC Australia, YLE Finland, SVT Sweden, NRK Norway and RUV Iceland. Olivia is an animated by Brown Bag Films.

• Entertainment Rights’ “Guess with Jess,” 52x10, is set to launch on CBeebies in autumn 2009, and has been developed for 2 to 4 year olds. Set in the world of Greendale Farm, Jess the Cat and his farmyard friends explore and question the world around them. CGI show “Shelldon, 26x30, follows a small starshell and his friends from the reef community of Shell Land who embark upon a quest to make the world a better and greener place.

Already enjoying international sales, National Geographic Television International Kids’ 52x11 “Toot and Puddle” is about two traveling pigs and aims to encourage exploration and adventure. The show is produced by Mercury Films and is commissioned by broadcaster Treehouse Canada.

• US WTTW National Productions has partnered with Roman Coppola’s Directors Bureau to launch retro sci-fi “Mission to Planet 429, a mixed media comedy adventure series for children aged 6 to 9. The property is planned to premiere with 104x11 minute episodes in 2010.

• Cookie Jar Entertainment launched two animated-adventure series, “Metajets” and “Noonbory & the Super 7. Boys’ program “Metajets” is a Sunwoo co-production which uses a mix of 2-D and CGI. It is scheduled to debut on Canada’s Teletoon in 2009.

• Decode Enterprises, debuted Martha Speaks from Studio B Productions and WGBH Boston aimed at 4 to 7 year olds. The animated series is based on books by Susan Meddaugh, which have sold nearly 1 million copies in the U.S., and have been widely translated throughout the world.

• U.K.-based Galleon Entertainment launched family format “Super Soccer Star,” already established in Asia, and its young adult multi-platform property “Apollo’s Pad,” an interactive entertainment property. The show is a comedy-meets-music entertainment online and via mobiles. It features a series of over 100 Webisodes set in the fictional Apollo’s Pad nightclub.

• Jetix Europe introduced two animated comedy series through Disney-ABC ESPN Television (DAET). “Kid vs. Kat” (52x11) is an original comedy series about the showdown between an ordinary boy and a not-quite-so-ordinary feline, produced by Studio B and co-produced by Jetix Europe and YTV. “Jimmy Two-Shoes” (52x11’) is a buddy comedy about having fun in the most miserable place in the universe, co-produced by Jetix Europe in collaboration with Breakthrough Animation and Teletoon Canada.

• Sustainable development series “Once Upon a Time... Planet Earth,” the seventh in Albert Barillé’s Once Upon a Time franchise from Procidis, is available from the beginning of 2009, and has already been sold in over 20 territories. Publishing house De Agostini is already on board as is Sony BMG for France. Altaya has secured book and DVD rights for the U.K. and France.

The Fremantle Corporation’s latest acquisition, “Fantastic Tales,” is six animated features produced as a Canada/EU co-production by Kaleidoscope Entertainment and Comet Entertainment for worldwide distribution by The Fremantle Corporation. The series combines the writing of H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Cervantes, Stoker, Melville, Mallory and Verne in a combination of 2-D and 3-D.

The Pinky & Perky Show” (52x13), the new CGI animated series for 6 to 11 year olds, has been sold to YLE in Finland, TVP in Poland, KTV-MNET in South Africa and SVT in Sweden by ITV Global Entertainment. The series launches in the U.K. on CBBC later this year, with TV DVD, part of ITV Global Entertainment, launching a DVD in 2009.  

• American Greetings Properties had a roster of new properties including animated preschool series “Maryoku Yummy,” in production with partner, DQ Entertainment; “Twisted Whiskers, being developed into a multiplatform entertainment brand with Mike Young Productions and DQ Entertainment; “Holly Hobbie & Friends,” a contemporary evolution of the character; and “Tinpo,” a series of 30-second shorts that encourage children to “think out of the box” about everyday problems.

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