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MipTV 2016 Wrap: Big Euro Pay TVs, High-End Drama and Millennials Dominate Trade Fair

7 April 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Europe’s two biggest pay TVs – Vivendi’s Canal Plus and Sky – international’s high-end drama push and trad TV’s millennial outreach made much of running – in news and trends – at a 2016 MipTV market which offered genuine insight on how some of the biggest TV companies in the world outside the U.S. are meeting the digital challenge.

Vivendi, Sky and Rtl held center stage – literally when honchos Dominique Delport, Guillaume de Posch and Jeremy Darroch made keynotes or fielded Q & As at the Palais des Festivals Grand Auditorium, later to receive Variety’s Achievement in Intl. Television Award.

But the event’s more conventional real stars were perhaps its YouTubers, led by Michelle Phan, supernovas for their fans and now more comfortably on the radar of an established TV industry which is discovering ways of handling digital natives.

Meanwhile, at a 2016 Mip TV market energized by a one-day MipDrama Screenings, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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‘Roots,’ ‘Victoria,’ ‘The Collection,’ ‘Little Big Shots’ Set to Make MipTV Splash

1 April 2016 3:51 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – High-profile dramas Roots,” “Victoria” “The Embassy” and “The Collection” and Warner Bros.-sold talent show “Little Big Shots” look like just some of a plethora of new titles at the 2016 MipTV trade fair, the world’s second biggest TV market, which kicks off Monday in Cannes.

In MipTV’s biggest world premiere, A+E Studios’ “Roots” event series, a reboot of the 1977 ABC miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel, will screen Monday evening at Cannes.

But sporting a new scripted series competition, the MipDrama Screenings, 2016’s MipTV also looks set to underscore the new ambitions of international TV fiction as U.S. and foreign-based pay TV/Svod players, incumbents and new, continue to galvanize sales for premium drama  in domestic and around the world.

While MipTV proper runs April 4-7, it is now fore-fronted by a prior-weekend MipFormats and MipDoc, plus April 3’s all-day MipDrama Screenings, making the »

- John Hopewell

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Pierre Godeau on Directing Exarchopoulos, Gallienne in ‘Down By Love’

17 January 2016 11:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – A showcase for two of France’s most notable break-out actors this decade, Pierre Godeau’s “Down By Love” stars Adele Exarchopoulos, a Cannes Palme d’Or winner for “Blue is the Warmest Color” who stars in Sean Penn’s upcoming “The Last Face.” Playing opposite her: actor-director Guillaume Gallienne, whose “Me, Myself and Mum” was a double-prize laureat at 2013’s Directors’ Fortnight, winning him French Academy Cesars for best actor and screenplay. He went on to receive another Cesar for “Yves Saint Laurent.”

Screening at the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which wraps Jan. 18 in Paris, “Down By Love” is distributed in France and the U.K. by Studiocanal, which also handles international sales.

Adapting “Defense d’aimer.” a singular confessional memoir by Florent Gonçalves, the former director of Versailles Prison, the romantic drama relates a case by any standards of amour fou which Godeau moulds as »

- John Hopewell

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