3 April 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If you’re one of television’s creative people — a writer, producer, entrepreneur — now’s your time, says Endemol Group prexy Tim Hincks, who will deliver the keynote speech at MipTV on April 8.

“Five years ago, people questioned whether television would be the force that it is today, particularly with the onset of digital, and particularly if you look at the way the music industry was slow to react to the digital challenge,” says Hincks.

“But the rumors of television’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”

To that end, Endemol is the force behind such mega-platforms as “Big Brother,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Wipeout” and a new format that’s gaining steam abroad, “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” in which celebrity contestants perform as another famous person, such as Lady Gaga or Katy Perry.

“The TV format business is an exciting place to be,” Hincks says. “You can have nothing on Monday, »

- Paige Albiniak

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