MIPTV 2019


TBI Weekly: Formats thrive in purple patch post-MIPTV

The formats market has struck a purple patch a month on from MIPTV, with the past fortnight seeing a string of deals for scripted and non-scripted shows. The deals, listed in full below, have seen fact ent titles such as The Great Bake Off travel to Thailand, Family Food Fight being remade in Mexico, Catch […]

Don’t throw away your shot at quiet markets

Briege Whitehead, head of Australia’s White Spark Pictures, reflects on MIPTV and shares her tips on how emerging producers can make the most out of quiet markets.  MIPTV has come and gone, and while its future in the expanding calendar of industry events is reviewed, the chatter continues around how quiet Cannes was. Though some […]

MIPTV: The Big Deals

TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes at last week’s MIPTV market. EUROPE ITV is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format The Masked Singer (above), as revealed by TBI. The format finds celebrities singing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while […]

Op-ed: Finding new diamonds in formats

Larry Bass, CEO of Irish producer ShinAwil, on how to find original formats in an increasingly competitive market. Despite the sun shining brightly on Le Croisette, it was difficult not to notice the waning delegate numbers at this year’s MIPTV. Indeed, it was hardly surprising that organisers declared on Monday that they would be introducing […]

TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

Exclusive: Netflix’s Larry Tanz to relocate to Netherlands

Netflix is relocating one of its top acquisitions execs to the Netherlands as it continues to rejig its exec structure. Larry Tanz, VP of content acquisition for the streaming giant, is understood to be relocating to Amsterdam – the latest move in the SVOD’s exec rejig. Tanz, who joined Netflix in late 2014, has been […]

Exclusive: Global Agency’s ‘Legend’ optioned in US

Lionsgate-affiliated Revenge Body producer Rogue Atlas has optioned Global Agency’s The Legend, billed as a musical game of blackjack.  The business, which has an overall deal with the independent studio, has picked up the format for the US. Founded by Eli Frankel, the firm’s credits include Ceelo Green’s The Good Life for TBS, Deion’s Family Playbook for OWN and Revenge Body with Khloe […]

‘Beat Shazam’ creator launches interactive games platform

Jeff Apploff, creator of music competition format Beat Shazam and exec producer on Fox’s most recent gameshow offering Mental Samurai, is launching a digital games platform. The interactive venture, Fuego.tv, will be free to use and is to launch in the US in the coming weeks. “We shoot Beat Shazam about seven days in a row […]

Op-ed: Uncovering the story in Leaving Neverland

Dan Reed, director of Channel 4/HBO documentary, gives an inside scoop on controversial Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland Leaving Neverland took nearly three years to make, from the moment I first read the names “Wade Robson” and “James Safechuck” – the two men at the heart of the documentary – to the four-hour epic that is now […]

How ‘Masked Singer’ is reviving costume-led formats

The runaway success of The Masked Singer is putting costume-led formats back in the spotlight and sparking interest in other quirky, visual shows. Manori Ravindran investigates the logistics of pulling off a masked feat A year ago, if anyone had suggested that a bunch of singing, dancing celebrities would inform the industry’s most innovative entertainment […]