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Cannes – Two big “Ds” – Dramas, Digital – look set to galvanize much Croisette business, as well as multiple conference panels, at next week’s Cannes Mip TV, which catches part of the international TV business in the full flush of evolution, convulsed by ramping consolidation – Mip TV will be the first market for new joint venture Endemol Shine Group, for instance – and the ever-clearer emergence of international drama as a serious alternative to Us fare.
As the number of high-end drama escalates, competition for top-notch show-runners – mostly based out of the U.S. will become all the more bitter.
Last Wednesday, Amazon Studios aconfirmed Diego Luna to play the lead in its untitled Casanova period drama, exec produced by Electus Ent.’s Ben Silverman and Stu Zicherman. Expect further high-end drama announcements – of epics and event dramas – or first-look talent deals at 2015’s Mip TV.
Traditionally, May’ L.A. Screenings, and October’s Mipcom TV mart, »
- John Hopewell
Televisa’s reality, game and talent show formats are opening up new territories for the giant Mexican broadcaster although its traditional telenovelas are also captivating new viewers, especially in Africa.
Thanks to these formats, the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language content (90,000 hours per year) has tapped new European markets, including France, the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries, according to Claudia Sahab, Televisa’s Madrid-based director of Europe, who is attending MipTV along with Televisa international VP Fernando Perez-Gavilan, entertainment formats director general Ricardo Ehrsam and Mario Castro, sales director for Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Big sellers since last year are kiddie talent show “Pequenos Gigantes” (“Little Giants”) and reality program “Dolphins With the Stars,” which features celebrities interacting with dolphins.
“While our natural market is Spain, our telenovelas have also sold in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and other East European countries,” said Sahab. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
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