MIPCOM organisers Reed Midem have named Simon Cowell the personality of the year for this year’s market.
Cowell’s Syco makes series including The X Factor and Got Talent. He will give an on-stage interview at MIPCOM on October 13, the first day of the market, before receiving the personality of the year award at a gala dinner on the Wednesday.
“Simon Cowell is a visionary producer whose television franchises are on air in almost 200 territories around the world, underlining his status as a global creative icon,” said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed Midem.
Other confirmed speakers for this year’s MIPCOM include 21st Century Fox COO James Murdoch, Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko and CBS execs David Stapf and Armando Nuñez.
There are also new full-day conference strands on film commissioning and international channels.