As Covid-19 continues to hamper international travel and affect the traditional events calendar, TBI checks in with a variety of distributors to find out how they’re planning to attract the attention of global buyers
What’s the plan? A brand new screenings website, with best-in-class technology to enable a seamless experience for buyers. One-on-one buyer sessions, with Watch parties and digital experiences.
Key scripted shows: We Children From Bahnhof Zoo, Anna
Key unscripted shows: Enslaved, Empires Of New York
Key format: Rolling In It
Key execs available: Jens Richter, CEO, International; Angela Neillis, SVP, non-scripted content, International; Christian Vesper, EVP, creative director, global drama; Rob Clark, director of global entertainment
Name of event: eOne Preview: Studio Edition
Start/End dates: 5-9 October
What’s the plan? eOne presents our first online showcase event and exclusive preview – a new line-up of high quality content including development updates on Hasbro brand-driven film and TV, plus all-new scripted & unscripted programming. From London to LA, via Toronto, hear from an exceptional array of on-screen and creative world-class talent including eOne’s new president of global TV, Michael Lombardo.
Key scripted shows: Feudal, Family Law, Cruel Summer
Key unscripted shows: London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year; Arctic Vets; Lost Worlds And Hidden Treasures
Key execs available: Stuart Baxter, president, international distribution; Dan Gopal, EVP, EMEA; Dan Loewy, EVP, Americas; Joyce Yeung, EVP, APAC
Name of event: BBC Studios Connect
Start/End dates: 28 September, for three weeks
What’s the plan? A new, specially created sales website will offer our customers everything they need, from our content pipeline to curated collections designed to meet current audience needs, as well as exclusive insights into our latest front catalogue, including unique footage from our must-see new shows, producer & talent sessions, and behind-the-scenes news.
Key scripted shows: The Pursuit Of Love, The North Water, The Watch
Key unscripted shows: A Perfect Planet (above), Greta Thunberg Doc (w/t), Top Gear
Key formats: Weakest Link, Our DNA Journey, We Hunt Together
Name of event: Fall Festival
Start/End dates: 14 September – 2 October
What’s the plan? The ITV Studios Fall Festival is an extension of its award-winning Drama and Formats Festivals. It is a series of virtual content and production sessions for buyers, including a number of curated sessions with producers for a deeper dive on some of ITV Studios’ upcoming titles.
Key scripted shows: Vigil (above), The Pembrokshire Murders, Line of Duty (S6)
Key unscripted shows: Love Island US, Vintage Voltage, Surviving The Virus: My Brother And Me
Key formats: Don’t Rock The Boat, We Want More, Let Love Rule
Key execs available: Ruth Berry, MD global distribution; Maarten Meijs president, global entertainment
Name of event: All3Media International Upfront
What’s the plan? Our MIPCOM Upfront session will be focused on entertainment content, revealing more about exciting new talent show Little Mix’s The Search, the reboot of studio favourite The Cube, and a brand-new gameshow from Studio Lambert, The Hustler. We will also be screening the highly anticipated Roadkill, starring the Emmy Award-winning Hugh Laurie.
Key scripted shows: Roadkill, All Creatures Great And Small, Des
Key unscripted shows: Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, The Savoy, Trafficked
Key formats: Little Mix’s The Search (above), The Hustler, The Cube
Key execs available: Stephen Driscoll EVP, EMEA & European co-productions; Sally Habbershaw EVP of Americas; Sabrina Duguet EVP of Asia Pacific
Name of event: Virtual October Formats Fest
Start/End dates: From 1 October
What’s the plan? A month-long showcase of the latest developments and news around SPT’s global formats business. Following a hugely successful virtual LA Screenings Portal launched in May, clients will be reached directly, through Zoom and eCinema, for personalised pitches and presentations of our 2020 formats slate.
Key shows: District Z, Celebrity Snoop Pets, Time Is Money
Name of event: DCD Rights Virtual MIPCOM
Start/End dates: 28 September
What’s the plan? Tailor-made presentations for each of our key genres: drama, factual entertainment and factual documentaries, with some surprises from our exciting team of featured acting and entertainment talent.
Key unscripted shows: Disasters Engineered (S2), Fatal Shot, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (S7)
Name of event: Red Arrow Studios International’s FormatsFest
Start/End dates: End of September
What’s the plan? Red Arrow Studios International is holding a virtual FormatsFest event at the end of September for international format buyers, showcasing Red Arrow’s latest and biggest formats, via a mixture of panels and pitches.
Name of event: The Daily Lineup
Start/End dates: 12-14 October
What’s the plan? Access a range of distinctive brand-new format and factual entertainment content created by established and high-profile producers from across the globe. The Daily Lineup will include dedicated packages for all new shows including promos and screenings, producer and creator interviews, and comprehensive factsheets for each title.
Key unscripted shows: Born Without Trace, The Unknown Soldier, A Full House
Key formats: Born Without Trace, The Unknown Soldier, The Handover, 1 Year Off
Key execs available: Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis, co-founders of Lineup Industries
Name of event: Beta Brunch
Start/End dates: 13 October
What’s the plan? The traditional Beta Brunch, one of the ‘not to be missed’ buyers events at MIPCOM for decades, switches from the Majestic to online. The unique high-profile trailer compilation of Beta’s new line-up will be introduced – as always tongue-in-cheek – by CEO Jan Mojto, who will bring some unexpected guests.
Key scripted shows: Tell Me Who I Am (above), Labyrinth Of Peace, Dead Mountain – The Dyatlov Pass Incident
Key format: Professor T
Name of event: Smart Screen 24/7
Start/End dates: 12 – 24 October
What’s the plan? As part of the Smart Screen 24/7 initiative, Orange Smarty executives will be offering a schedule to suit your needs, with screening and 1-1 buyer sessions in real-time, 24-hours a day. We’ll offer video conferencing, exclusive new content launches, access to the Smart Portal and the opportunity to enjoy a Virtual Restaurant experience.
Key unscripted show/s: 25 Siblings And Me; Meghan & Harry: The New Revelations; Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum
Key format/s: School Of Hard Tricks; Living With The Boss
Key execs available: Karen Young CEO; Amy Kemp, head of sales; Chris Herriott, sales manager; Stella Briley, head of acquisitions
Name of event: Pop-Up Market Autumn 2020
Start/End dates: 29 September
What’s the plan? The online Pop Up Market follows Passion’s successful launch of its own online offering in Spring 2020. The Passion Distribution Pop Up provides a dedicated online space for clients to access Passion’s latest shows, express interest and follow up directly with the sales team.
Key unscripted shows: 1,000 Years Of History; Beyond Our Earth; Danube: Against The Flow