This Thursday marked the end of another edition of Mipcom, a market which, even though the industry continues to evolve and change, is still a must-attend event.
The imminent arrival of major streaming platforms promising to revolutionize the market and a somewhat disappointing Miptv six months ago, generated doubts about what would happen at this year’s Mipcom.
But, after four intense days of activities, there was no doubt about it: Mipcom is still a must-attend event for the international TV industry.
With 13,500 attendees from 111 countries (including 4700 buyers), the market was a vibrant as ever this year in both attendance and announcements.
In regard to the Hispanic world, for instance, Atresmedia announced two major deals: the sale of Presunto culpable to MBC Group for MENA and Toy Boy to Netflix worldwide.
Also from Spain, Mediterráneo revealed to ttvnews that it sold its awarded comedy, Señoras del (h)AMPA to Directv in Latin America, Globosat in Brasil, RTBF in Belgium and RTL in Germany. The format, in addition, has been optioned in Italy, Greece, Romania and Hungary.
In addition, TVE sold crime series La Caza. Monteperdido to Mediaset in Italy, which will air it on Canale Cinque.
Latin America was also a key player in Cannes, with the announcement of the sale of La chica que limpia by RMVistar and Glowstar to Spain and Portugal to Catalan producer Fasten Film, and a telenovela to Kanal D in Turkey, which has still not been revealed.
Turkey, As Active As Ever
Turkish distributors made waves in Cannes once again, proving their dramas are still a phenomenon in the international market.
Inter Medya announced sales for Mrs. Fazilet and Her Daughters to Atresmedia for its network Nova, and for Hayat to Mediaset for Divinity, and Bitter Lands and Broken Wings in Argentina.
Madd Entertainment sold the Ay Yapim production, Kuzgun, to Pro TV in Romania and the series My Little Girl by Medyapim to Markiza in Slovakia.
Calinos announced a deal under which it became the international representative for all of FOX Turkey’s local productions.
And lastly Global Agency revolutionized the market with the presence of Turkish actor Can Yaman, while revealing advanced negotiations for its series Daydreamer and Bittersweet in Latin America.
Several Co-Production Deals
The market was also full of coproduction announcements, which confirmed it truly is the place to go for coproduction alliances.
One of the standout deals was the one announced by Turkish producer TIMS&B Productions and Spain’s Plano a Plano, which announced the first Spanish-Turkish coproduction, to be distributed by Inter Medya.
It will be a “Spanish comedy with Turkish DNA”, filmed on locations in both countries.
Meanwhile, Grupo Chespirito and THR3 Media Group also announced an alliance to create and produce content in the Chespirito universe, starting with a biopic about Roberto Gómez Bolaños.
The Mediapro Studio and Vice Studios revealed a coproduction deal for the series El acantilado, a crime thriller set in the Patagonia, currently in development, which will be filmed on location in Chile.
Meanwhile in entertainment, Atresmeda Studios announced an alliance with ITV in the UK for the format Trust Me Im a Six Year Old, a game show for the whole family, which will be developed alongside Possessed.
In addition, All The Kids Entertainment and El Cañonazo Transmedia announced a deal to develop formats for kids and teens with a trans-media approach, starting with the series Time to Face, with Onza Producciones.
It was also announced that French group Lagardere Studios acquired the remaining stock to take full ownership of Spanish producer Veranda, known for series like Merli and Gran Nord; and that 2btube will produce four series for Facebook Watch with Lacoproductora.
Hispanic Series Took Over the Screenings
Alongside coproduction deals and sales, Hispanic productions were also present during the market’s screenings.
On the one hand, Movistar+ presented the second season of The Plague, which came back “more entertaining”, according to its showrunner. Following the acquisition of Sky Vision, its distribution will now be managed by NBCUniversal.
Red Arrow Studios International presented the Chilean-German coproduction, Dignity, which will air in Chile on Mega and in Germany on Joyn. It’s coproduced by InvercineWood from Chile and Story House from Germany, and distributed by Red Arrow.
In addition, Movistar+ and Studiocanal premiered the first episode of En el corredor de la muerte, a series produced by Bambu Producciones, and The Mediapro Studio presented the first images of The Head, the ambitious series it’s producing with Hulu Japan and HBO Asia.
Lastly, Wednesday saw the screening of the Spanish-Portuguese coproduction, Agua Seca, developed by Spain’s Portocabo and Portugal’s SP-i, with public networks TVG from Galicia and RTP from Portugal. It’s distributed by DCD Rights.