The content market MIPTV, which takes place in Cannes, France, has announced the launch of the first ever Producers’ Forum. The initiative has been specifically created to help international television producers develop their projects, fund production and identify new international business opportunities. The Forum comprises a complete programme of events to be held on 12-13 April and is organised in association with WORLD SCREEN, the international media publishing group.
“We are launching the Producers’ Forum as an effective and focused learning and networking solution to help producers keep abreast of the current co-production trends in order to take advantage of new business opportunities,’says Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division, Reed MIDEM.
As part of the dedicated schedule, the “Co-production 2010′ discussion panels, with Gary Marenzi, Co-President, Worldwide Television, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., John Morayniss, CEO – E1 Television and Lee Bartlett, Managing Director, ITV Global, will highlight the opportunities offered to the industry by emerging markets. A series of regional co-production workshops will give insight into how to work with Brazil, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and China as well as boost creative collaboration between producers and commissioners worldwide.
The Forum will also include a creative course led by one of the producers of box-office blockbuster Avatar, Jeff Gomez, CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment and Nathan Mayfield, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder, Hoodlum and multiplatform campaign creator on Lost with ABC Marketing and the programme’s producers, will talk about how to develop successful cross-media storytelling and content creation. Paul Boross, known as the “Pitch Doctor,’ will give tips on successful pitching; the “Entertainment Master Class,’ will advise professionals on how to sell and protect their formats, while networking meetings will run throughout the Forum to make global business easier for international producers.
The WIT’s highly-anticipated annual “Fresh TV Around the World’ will showcase 30 of the most talked about TV formats aired or commissioned worldwide.
Production and specifically co-production issues will also be a core focus at MIPDOC (April 10-11, Martinez Hotel, Cannes), the international showcase and conference for documentary and factual programmes.