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A Note from the Editor

Putting together a 600-page magazine takes an awful lot of planning—for months. And in a business where change is seemingly constant, staying ahead of the curve when it comes to rapid-fire shifts in how content is consumed and monetized is no easy feat. I’m pleased to tell you that we’ve achieved that for this remarkable MIPCOM edition. As the world becomes consumed with dealing with “fake news” and discerning truth from fiction, gracing our front cover is renowned journalist Christiane Amanpour. Amid the rising importance of managing and enticing top-name talent in front of and behind the camera, we have an in-depth piece by Elizabeth Guider on how networks, studios, distributors and producers are upping their games in what has become an arms race for the best writers, directors and actors. We also feature interviews with ten leading television stars on what appeals to them most about the medium today. As transformative M&A activity continues to reshape the business, we hear from Bob Bakish on the benefits of the impending Viacom-CBS Corporation merger, Craig Hunegs on how Disney Television Studios is managing three production labels following the Disney-Fox transaction, and Hugh Marks on the Nine-Fairfax deal creating Australia’s largest media company. The streaming wars continue at pace, and this edition has Bob Greenblatt on the upcoming HBO Max direct-to-consumer service and James Farrell discussing Amazon Studios’ strategy for international originals. We also feature an interview with Charlie Collier discussing the positioning of the newly independent FOX network, Patrick Tillieux on ten years of OSN, and so much more.

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 Europe’s major media companies are responding to the rising prominence of global streamers in the region.
  • TF1’s Gilles Pélisson on the increasing importance of the production and distribution and digital divisions for the French broadcasting giant.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Exploring how funding strategies have evolved.
  • Top commissioners and buyers discuss their programming needs and rights negotiations.
  • The dos and don’ts on making gender-neutral shows.
  • Spotlighting Asian animation series.
  • Brian Robbins discusses the strategy he’s put in place at Nickelodeon over the last year.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger on his new animated series Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.
  • Rebecca Sugar on the inspiration for the Cartoon Network megahit Steven Universe.
  • Andy Heyward, Caroline Tyre and Lloyd Mintz discuss what’s new at Genius Brands International.
  • Pierre Sissmann discusses the growth at Cyber Group Studios.
  • Hans Bourlon weighs in on what’s driving Studio 100’s global business.
  • Benoit di Sabatino reveals how he is positioning Zodiak Kids.
  • Christopher Keenan talks about the new season of Mattel’s Thomas & Friends.
  • Nicole Dubuc reveals how The Rocketeer was reinvented for Disney Junior.
  • Brenda Bisner shares the content remit at Kidoodle.TV.
  • This year’s World Screen Kids Trendsetter Award honorees are Iginio Straffi, Marc du Pontavice, Bronagh O’Hanlon and Rajiv Chilaka.
  • In our Brand Licensing Europe report, we look at key trends in the L&M business and feature an interview with Toon2Tango’s Hans Ulrich Stoef.

Read the digital edition here.


  • The interest in known IP has intensified the competition for book rights.
  • A look at innovations in the crime-drama genre.
  • Exploring how companies are identifying up-and-coming talent.
  • Mark Gatiss on the brand-new Dracula, which he co-created with Steven Moffat.
  • Ava DuVernay talks When They See Us and Queen Sugar.
  • Rachel Griffiths discusses Black B*tch/Total Control, which she co-created, executive produces and stars in.
  • Andrew Davies on finishing Jane Austen’s incomplete Sanditon.
  • 2019 World Screen Trendsetter Award recipient Jed Mercurio discusses his megahit Line of Duty.
  • TIMS&B’s Timur Savci and Burak Sağyaşar discuss the inspiration for Bitter Lands.
  • Alexander Woo offers a look at the production of The Terror: Infamy.

Read the digital edition here.


  • An in-depth look at the high-risk game of social-experiment formats.
  • Spotlighting physical-competition formats.
  • Exploring co-development partnerships.
  • Bertram van Munster on the enduring success of The Amazing Race.
  • Richard McKerrow talks Bake Off’s long-running appeal.
  • Rob Clark on what’s new with Fremantle’s format development and production slate.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Leading distributors discuss evolutions in the factual-content-sales business.
  • What’s new in travel series.
  • Damian Lewis on what appealed to him about his first factual show, Damian Lewis: Spy Wars.
  • Smithsonian Networks’ Tom Hayden on the doc service’s strategy in the U.S. and globally.
  • Joe Kenda reflects on the last season of ID’s Homicide Hunter.
  • Fenton Bailey discusses World of Wonder’s slate.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Exploring OTT programming strategies.
  • The rising demand for format concepts from Asia.
  • Janice Lee on the success of Viu across Asia.
  • Mark Britt on Asia’s OTT landscape and iflix’s positioning.

Read the digital edition here.


  • A look at how Latin American distributors are expanding their business horizons.
  • A conversation with Televisa’s Fernando Muñiz.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Comprehensive information and stand numbers for more than 130 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 NOS4A2 stars Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings and showrunner Jami O’Brien, Will & Grace’s Eric McCormack, Red Arrow Studios’ James Baker, Crown Media’s Bill Abbott, BBC Studios’ Mark Linsey, Kew Media’s Greg Phillips, Global Agency’s Izzet Pinto, 9 Story’s Vince Commisso, SPI International’s Loni Farhi and Wattpad’s Allen Lau.

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

—Mansha Daswani
Editor & Associate Publisher
World Screen


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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