Film in focus at MIPCOM

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MIPCOM has traditionally been associated with the television business but 34% of the companies which attend this international event in Cannes, France, work with the feature film sector. MIPCOM takes place from 9 a€” 13 October.


With this in mind MIPCOM 2006 will put film in focus by placing this vital part of the entertainment content industry at the centre of attention. Besides the emphasis on financing, producing, selling and trading in movie content, a glamorous movie theme will illuminate The Opening Night Cocktail Party, MIPCOM’s main social and networking event, which is open to all of the show’s 12,000 delegates.


The conference which runs alongside MIPCOM will also feature the business of film in keynote addresses. The address by Harry Sloan, Chairman and CEO of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is headlined “Transforming MGM into a 21st Century Media Company”. He will share with the audience, how he is revitalizing the iconic MGM brand and business models and what his vision of the future is for MGM. He will reveal some of the strategies he is implementing and will discuss how the company’s vast film library can be used to fuel growth across multiple platforms, the new opportunities for cinema in TV distribution, channel operations, home entertainment and new media.


Another keynote speaker is Todd Wagner, CEO 2929 Entertainment, who was behind the pioneering move to start releasing films across all platforms a€” theatres TV and home video a€” on the same day. This innovative ‘day-and-date’ release strategy was successfully launched with the documentary “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” last year and then again with the acclaimed Steven Soderbergh film, “Bubble,” in early 2006. During his keynote, Todd Wagner will share his vision of the future of the Hollywood movie industry and explain how 2929 Entertainment is changing the pattern of film distribution, and inventing new business models while satisfying changing consumer needs for entertainment.

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