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A Note from the Editor

We all know how hard it is to figure out what you’re going to watch these days. When you’re spoiled for choice, you have to strategize. What do I have to watch live so I can avoid the inevitable Twitter spoilers? What do I want to stockpile to binge-watch? What SVOD subscriptions are must-keep and what can I let go of? I mean really, how much time in any given day can you spend digesting all the wonderful content that is out there? From the perspective of those of us covering this amazing period in the media business, there’s really never enough time. And we had that same sense of being overwhelmed by the variety out there as we crafted our lineup for the main feature in this edition of World Screen, which is focused on the showrunners, executive producers and writers who bring magic to our screens day after day. We spend a lot of time (and, to be fair, pages) exploring the logistics of pulling financing together and windowing, but without a great story to tell, no matter how smart the business model is, viewers will be unenthused. To hear from this wonderful array of talent was a treat. We were able to cover the globe and span a variety of storytelling styles, from self-contained procedurals to twist-laden serialized thrillers, emotional family sagas and genre-bending science-fiction, with interviews with Dick Wolf, Greg Berlanti, Chris Chibnall, David Shore, Angela Kang, Carlton Cuse, Álex Pina, Bruce Miller, Lorenzo Mieli, Eric Newman, Jörg Winger and Hisashi Tsugiya. They follow an excellent feature from our contributing editor, Elizabeth Guider, on how studios, networks and platforms are managing relationships with top-tier talent. So you’ve been warned—you might have to put a show or two on hold so you can read all of this insightful material.

You’ll also want to dive into the interviews with Angela Bassett and Mariska Hargitay. Anna Carugati, World Screen’s group editorial director, spoke with both actresses about their hit network shows—9-1-1 and Law & Order: SVU, respectively. Hargitay, now in her landmark 20th season on the hit procedural, also weighs in on the show’s role in the #MeToo era as an industry comes to grips with the sins of its past—and present.

There are also interviews with BBC’s Tony Hall, AMC Networks’ Josh Sapan, Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer, A+E Networks’ Paul Buccieri, MGM’s Mark Burnett and Hulu’s Lisa Holme. You’ll find profiles of the World Screen Trendsetter Award honorees and a special report on MarVista marking its 15th anniversary.

You can see the World Screen MIPCOM edition here.

A full rundown of what’s in our regional and genre-focused MIPCOM editions is below. Follow the links to access our digital editions online, or get the Issuu app for iOS and Android so you can read them on the mobile device of your choice.


  • A look at how the OTT sector is developing across Europe.
  • Alex Mahon talks about her strategy at Channel 4.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Exploring the developments in the live-action tween drama space.
  • Top buyers and commissioners discuss their programming needs.
  • Music-based series are taking center stage on channels and platforms.
  • Gaming extensions have become crucial for many kids’ shows.
  • Claude Schmit talks about what’s new at Super RTL.
  • Daniel Chong reveals his inspiration for the Cartoon Network hit We Bare Bears.
  • Actress Raven-Symoné shares why she returned to Disney Channel for Raven’s Home.
  • Alice Webb at BBC Children’s weighs in on the importance of public-service broadcasting.
  • Nick Walters discusses how he is building Hopster into a leading SVOD destination for preschoolers.
  • Xand van Tulleken talks about how he and his brother, Chris, tapped into their medical training for the hit CBBC show Operation Ouch!
  • Tom van Waveren offers up insights into how CAKE has become a leading boutique kids and family outfit.
  • Frank Falcone speaks about his approach to building the slate at Guru Studio.
  • This year’s World Screen Kids Trendsetter Award honorees are four leading creators: Jonathan M. Shiff, Angelo Santomero, Tom McGillis and Ben Bocquelet.
  • In our Brand Licensing Europe report, we look at key trends in the L&M business and feature an interview with Scholastic Entertainment’s Caitlin Friedman.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Distributors discuss innovations in the legal-drama genre.
  • Medical series continue to rule broadcaster schedules.
  • Greg Berlanti talks about his huge slate of shows across U.S. broadcast, cable and OTT.
  • Chris Chibnall offers a sneak peek at the new season of Doctor Who.
  • Fresh off his Emmy win, Matthew Rhys shares details about his new project, Death and Nightingales.
  • Shemar Moore talks about his role on the hit series S.W.A.T.
  • Maria Kyriacou explains ITV Studios’ drama strategy.
  • Sarah Doole speaks about the breadth of the scripted slate at Fremantle.
  • Hisashi Tsugiya discusses why his shows Mother and Woman have been able to be formatted in multiple markets.
  • Herbert L. Kloiber shares how the event series The Name of the Rose came together.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Leading distributors discuss their strategies for managing mega-formats.
  • Game shows remain in style worldwide.
  • Kid-centric formats are popular in prime time.
  • Mike Fleiss shares how he created and evolved his super-hit format The Bachelor.
  • Robert Mills on the alternative programming strategy at ABC.
  • Peter Salmon talks about the wealth of creative concepts being developed and rolled out across the Endemol Shine Group.

Read the digital edition here.


  • New technological innovations and narrative styles are driving the growth of the wildlife docs sector.
  • Audiences continue to be enamored by biographies and celeb-reality series.
  • Adventurer Steve Backshall speaks about his epic new series, Expedition.
  • Kathleen Finch shares what’s driving the success of Discovery’s huge portfolio of lifestyle channels.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Co-productions are picking up pace across Asia.
  • Sudhanshu Vats talks about the success of Viacom18.
  • James Farrell reveals his approach to original content and acquisitions for Amazon in Asia.
  • Peter Bithos discusses how he’s positioning HOOQ in the region’s fast-evolving streaming space.

Read the digital edition here.


  • A look at the global aspirations of African and Arabic-language content creators.
  • Martin Stewart shares how he is keeping OSN in pole position in the MENA region.

Read the digital edition here.


  • A look at how Latin American distributors are expanding their business horizons.
  • Spotlighting Caracol as it turns 50.
  • Gina Brogi on windowing and how Twentieth Century Fox is meeting buyers’ needs.
  • Alexander Marin talks about what’s new at Sony Pictures Television.
  • Patricia Jasin reveals her strategy at TV Azteca International.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Comprehensive information and stand numbers for some 150 distributors heading to MIPCOM.

Read the digital edition here.

We have also published new editions of the TV Kids Guide and the TV Drama Guide.

Plus, we had a September/Pre-MIPCOM edition that featured an in-depth report on drama trends and interviews with the executive producers and stars of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Billions’ Maggie Siff, Harrow’s Ioan Gruffudd, The Good Fight’s Robert and Michelle King, screenwriter Jack Thorne, ZDF Enterprises’ Fred Burcksen, Boat Rocker’s David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg and John Young, and Sonar’s David Ellender.

Don’t forget to pick up your copies at the Palais, or in a number of hotels in Cannes.

—Mansha Daswani

About Mansha Daswani

Mansha Daswani is the editor and associate publisher of World Screen. She can be reached on


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