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A Note from the Editors

We have pretty eclectic television tastes here at World Screen. Broadcast-network procedurals, twisty serialized tales, weepy family dramas, narco thrillers, talent competitions…the list goes on. So we each had something to geek-out over as we came up with the lineup for our MIPCOM issue, which is our most ambitious yet. Our main feature is all about television’s A-list talent, and we were able to land interviews with some of the most popular, acclaimed, iconic performers in the genre today, including Benedict Cumberbatch, who graces our cover, Andrew Lincoln, Michael Weatherly, Sterling K. Brown, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Odenkirk, Tim Roth, Gordon Ramsay, Ryan Seacrest, Edie Falco, Cillian Murphy, Kyle MacLachlan, Kyra Sedgwick and more. Accompanying these Q&As, which offer up deep insights into the craft of acting and how these stars choose and prepare for roles, is a comprehensive piece by Elizabeth Guider, our contributing editor, on how networks, studios and agents are working with talent who want a greater involvement in shows, be it as directors, writers or executive producers.

And there is so much more in this issue, as we hear from leading executives and producers in every segment of the industry. Robert Bakish weighs in on the turnaround he’s implemented at Viacom. Peter Rice discusses what’s driving the gains at FOX Networks Group. Guillaume de Posch and Bert Habets reveal how RTL Group has transformed into a “Total Video” company. Liberty Global’s Mike Fries explains why he is bullish on pay TV. Gerhard Zeiler talks about the strength of the Turner International portfolio. Randy Lennox shares his strategy for Bell Media in Canada. We also mark a number of milestones in this issue, with a look at Netflix as it turns 20 and a Q&A with Emilio Azcárraga Jean, who has been at the helm of Televisa for two decades. And for the seventh year in a row, we’re honoring leading programmers with the World Screen Trendsetter Awards; this year’s honorees are RTÉ’s Dermot Horan, SBS Broadcasting’s Rozan Hamaker, Walter Presents’ Jason Thorp and AMC Networks’ Aurelie de Troyer.

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 pay-TV platforms are responding to the threat and opportunity of OTT.
  • Jakob Mejlhede discusses his programming strategy at MTG.
  • Alexander Coridass on ZDF Enterprises as it marks its 25th anniversary.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Top buyers and commissioners discuss their programming needs.
  • A look at what it takes to keep kids’ shows coming back season after season.
  • Superheroes are taking center stage in a wave of new series.
  • Channels are eager for live-action factual series for kids.
  • Sarah Muller reveals her strategy for Channel 5’s Milkshake!
  • Andy Yeatman offers up some insight into Netflix’s kids’ and family slate.
  • Goro Miyazaki talks about his first TV series, Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter.
  • Iginio Straffi shares what’s new at Rainbow.
  • Zodiak Kids’ Jean-Philippe Randisi shares his thoughts on the major issues at play in the kids’ sector.
  • In our Brand Licensing Europe report we look at key trends in the L&M business, and feature interviews with 41 Entertainment’s Allen Bohbot and Mia and me’s Gerhard Hahn.
  • This year’s World Screen Kids Trendsetter Award honorees are Turner’s Patricia Hidalgo, ABC TV’s Michael Carrington, SUPER RTL’s Janine Weigold and Gloob’s Paula Taborda dos Guaranys.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Distributors discuss innovations in the crime-drama genre.
  • A spotlight on the wealth of scripted series being made in France.
  • Peter Jankowski on the formula behind Wolf Films’ success.
  • Paul Abbott shares the inspiration for his Channel 4 hit No Offence.
  • Cathy Payne reveals her strategy for Endemol Shine International’s significant drama portfolio.
  • Harry and Jack Williams talk about their new shows, including Liar and Rellik.
  • Adam Price and Lars Mikkelsen offer insight into DR’s Ride Upon the Storm.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Top buyers remain on the quest for the next big thing in formats.
  • Dancing formats are all the rage.
  • Stripped formats offer an affordable solution for daytime and access-prime slots.
  • Rob Wade reveals his plans for alternative programming on FOX.
  • Gary Barlow and Guy Freeman share how Let It Shine was created as the latest entry in the singing-competition genre.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Home-reno and design series are popular across the globe.
  • Co-productions have been essential to the production of high-end docs.
  • Courteney Monroe talks about the programming shift at National Geographic.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Asia’s leading pan-regional pay-TV brands are refocusing their content strategies as competition intensifies.
  • Yoshio Okubo shares how Nippon TV has continued to top the ratings in Japan.
  • Carlo Katigbak on his plans for ABS-CBN Corporation in the Philippines.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Several countries in the region are luring international producers with lush locations and enticing tax breaks.
  • Fadi Ismail discusses MBC’s drama production and distribution strategy.

Read the digital edition here.


  • A look at how Latin American distributors are expanding their business horizons.
  • El Chapo’s Marco de la O on playing the notorious drug lord.
  • Lisette Osorio on the latest developments at Caracol Televisión.
  • Fidela Navarro talks about the strategy at TV Azteca Internacional.
  • Darío Turovelzky on the integration of Telefe into Viacom International Media Networks.

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, which featured an in-depth report on drama financing and interviews with FremantleMedia International’s Jens Richter, Entertainment One’s Stuart Baxter, Sky Vision’s Jane Millichip, Eccho Rights’ Fredrik af Malmborg, Kanal D’s Özge Bulut Maraşli and Criminal Minds‘ Paget Brewster.

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

About Mansha Daswani

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


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