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New Israeli Doc to Tell Story of Hamas Massacre at Supernova Music Festival

Israel-based production company Sipur is teaming up with Israeli broadcasters HOT Channel 8 and HSCC on a feature documentary about the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas on the Supernova Music Festival in Kibbutz Re’im. The assault was part of Hamas’ incursion over the border into Israel that resulted in the terrorist group killing more than […]

MIPCOM: Big Light Productions Gets Series Adaptation Rights for T.M. Logan Thriller ’29 Seconds’

Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, producers of The Man in the High Castle and Medici, has snatched up the adaptation rights to T.M. Logan’s hit novel 29 Seconds. Big Light will adapt the book as a limited drama series through the company’s first-look deal with ITV Studios partner Tomorrow Studios, which produced Netflix’s live-action Manga […]

MIPCOM Deal Brief: StudioCanal Sells Xavier Dolan Series, Cineflix Inks Deals for Tim Roth-Starrer ‘Last King of the Cross’

International TV market MIPCOM Cannes kicked off Monday with a flurry of licensing deals, a sign that despite the uncertainty and challenges facing the global TV industry, there is still business being done. Studiocanal announced a raft of deals for The Night Logan Woke Up, the first TV series from famed Canadian film auteur Xavier […]

MIPCOM: Market Opens Amid Uncertainty, Cost-Cutting

The 2023 MIPCOM Cannes international television market kicks off Monday against the backdrop of the violence in the Middle East with the Israel-Hamas War, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and a worldwide TV industry that has seen its business models, built on the promise of global streaming revenues, collapse with little to replace them. The […]

The 35 Most Powerful Women in International Television

The writers and actors strikes in Hollywood, and the related issues of AI and the disruption of business models brought on by global streaming platforms, have dominated industry discussions this year, overshadowing debates over gender equity, diversity and inclusion. But the progress in those areas continues, noted by groups like the 50:50 Equality Project, a […]

The MIPCOM Hot List: Buyers Brace for “Fewer, Better, Bigger Shows”

Bye-bye, Peak TV. After more than a decade of unprecedented production growth, the international television industry is bracing for an era of tighter budgets and more bean counting. “Instead of subscriber growth at all costs, now the focus is on production and investment and getting the balance sheet right,” says Cathy Payne, CEO of Banijay […]

Israeli TV Execs Cancel MIPCOM Plans Amid Hamas War Fears

With Israeli producers and their breakout TV hits like Fauda and On the Spectrum in recent years dominating international TV markets and audiences, MIPCOM this year is set to see a far reduced presence by that Middle Eastern nation in the wake of the Hamas terrorist attacks on southern Israel. “Along with the rest of […]

Sean Penn’s ‘C*A*U*G*H*T’ Hostage Satire Pulled From MIPCOM Amid Israel-Hamas War 

Amid breaking news coverage of the attacks on Israel, Fremantle has decided against bringing the Australian satirical comedy C*A*U*G*H*T, which stars and is executive produced by Sean Penn, to MIPCOM for promotion and international sales amid the expanding conflict with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.   “In light of the current situation unfolding in Israel, […]

Nigerian Media Mogul Mo Abudu to Give MIPCOM Keynote on Diversity and Inclusion

Nigerian Media Mogul Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media, will present a keynote on diversity and inclusion in the global film and television industry at the MIPCOM Cannes confab next month. Abudu, a regular on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual list of the Most Powerful Women in Global Entertainment list, will present the keynote at MIPCOM […]

MIPCOM Announces 2023 Diversify TV Award Nominations

International television market Mipcom Cannes on Thursday unveiled this year’s nominees for the Diversify TV Awards, which honor international programming promoting diversity and inclusion.  The nominees were picked from some 165 submissions from more than 27 countries. To be eligible, programs were required to provide a fair and balanced representation of race and ethnicity, the […]

MIPCOM: Warner Bros. Discovery Int’l President Gerhard Zeiler to Give Opening Keynote

Gerhard Zeiler, president of international, Warner Bros. Discovery, will give the opening keynote at this year’s MIPCOM international television trade fair in Cannes. Zeiler will kick off the event with a fireside chat Monday, Oct. 16. The 39th MIPCOM runs through Oct. 19. The veteran European media executive was honored at the conference back in […]

Can This Crime Drama Be Japan‘s ’Squid Game’?

Japan is still waiting for its Squid Game. Despite having more than twice the population, and boasting a much larger economy than Asian neighbor South Korea, the Japanese TV industry has yet to produce a high-end TV drama that travels far beyond its borders. While Japanese cinema continues to be admired — see the Oscar […]