A Note from the Editors


We have all had those moments of marveling at movie magic. Remember how you felt the first time you watched Star Wars or Avatar or Amarcord? That feeling of being swept away into a different world and falling in love with the characters on screen? For us here at World Screen, more and more that “wow” feeling is coming from what we’re watching on television rather than in the theaters. Think of the visual feast that is Game of Thrones, the horrors in The Walking Dead, the brain-twisting plot points in Mr. Robot and the lush backgrounds in War and Peace—how many times a week do you find yourself truly awed by a piece of television?

In this era of peak TV (with estimates indicating that almost 500 scripted series will air in the U.S. alone this year), we decided to take a deep dive into the magic of storytelling this MIPCOM. In our powerful October edition, our main feature focuses on the “Masters of Television,” those showrunners, writers and executive producers responsible for bringing us, the viewers, some of the medium’s best shows today. We have in-depth Q&As with Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and more), Dick Wolf (the Chicago and Law & Order franchises), Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24: Legacy and more), Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould (Better Call Saul), Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Scott Gimple (The Walking Dead), Jon Bokenkamp (The Blacklist and The Blacklist: Redemption), Noah Hawley (Fargo), Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror), Paolo Sorrentino (The Young Pope), Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley (Humans), Oliver Goldstick (The Collection), Simon Mirren (Versailles), and, in one of his last interviews before his sudden passing last month, NCIS’s Gary Glasberg. Alongside these interviews, our contributing editor, Elizabeth Guider, talks to showrunners, network executives and studio chiefs about managing scripted series today.

We also hear from a diverse array of on-screen talent. Gracing the cover is the multi-talented Jennifer Lopez, an accomplished music artist and feature-film actress who tells us about producing and starring in the NBC hit Shades of Blue. Kiefer Sutherland gives an inside look at ABC’s buzz-generating drama Designated Survivor. Aidan Turner talks about his turn in the British hit Poldark. And Matthew Perry discusses making the transition from comedy to drama for his role in The Kennedys: After Camelot.

A full rundown of what’s in our 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.


  • Sony Corporation’s president and CEO, Kazuo Hirai, discusses his confidence in the company’s prospects for growth as it continues to invest in innovation.
  • As the president of Disney|ABC Television Group, Ben Sherwood oversees a portfolio that includes the ABC network, ABC Studios and Disney-branded channels worldwide.
  • Richard Plepler, HBO’s chairman and CEO, talks about international growth and continued investments in premium content.
  • Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine remains focused on positioning the French conglomerate as a content company.
  • Ron Howard & Brian Grazer offer up a look at their ambitious new series MARS and weigh in on the challenges of making movies and television today.
  • Mike Hopkins discusses how Hulu is navigating the increasingly crowded OTT sector in the U.S.
  • Hugh Marks talks about the strengths of Australia’s Nine Network as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.
  • Bonnier Broadcasting’s Cathrine Wiernik, Mediaset’s Zelda Stewart, UKTV’s Alexandra Finlay and Stan’s Mike Sneesby are this year’s World Screen Content Trendsetter Award honorees.

Read the digital edition here.


  • A look at the shifts under way in the British media business as the industry comes to grips with Brexit.
  • Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, the president and CEO of Modern Times Group, talks about how the group is continuing to drive innovation in both its digital and linear entertainment platforms.
  • Banijay Group CEO Marco Bassetti weighs in on managing producers and the creative process and the types of shows that are in demand today.
  • ARTE’s Peter Boudgoust talks about the broadcaster’s unique programming mix.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Exploring the major issues at play for France’s leading kids’ production and distribution companies.
  • There’s a wealth of live-action kids’ programming making its way across the globe.
  • Leading producers and distributors discuss what it takes to turn a kids’ novel or comic book into a hit TV show.
  • From apps to e-books, digital extensions of kids’ properties have become a top priority for brand owners.
  • This year’s World Screen Kids’ Content Trendsetter Award honorees are Laurence Blaevoet from France’s Canal+, Tara Sorensen of Amazon Studios, Sarah Muller from CBBC in the U.K. and Marc Buhaj of Disney XD.
  • Award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood talks about Wandering Wenda, the upcoming series based on her alliterative children’s books.
  • Turner’s Christina Miller reveals insight into the “Plurals” generation.
  • BBC Children’s Alice Webb talks about new developments at CBBC, CBeebies and their digital extensions.
  • Richard Taylor takes us inside the making of Thunderbirds Are Go.
  • Jonathan M. Shiff talks about his live-action hit Mako Mermaids.
  • Jenny Buckland discusses the challenges and opportunities in Australia’s kids’ content sector.
  • Birk Rawlings offers up his perspective on making short-form content at DreamWorksTV.
  • Craig Gerber shares his inspiration for Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor.
  • In our Brand Licensing Europe report we look at key trends in the L&M business and feature interviews with Genius Brands’ Andy Heyward, FremantleMedia Kids & Family’s Rick Glankler and Mercis’ Marja Kerkhof.

Read the digital edition here.


  • A look at what’s driving the spate of series and TV movies based on real-life events.
  • Almost a decade since The Killing took the world by storm, we explore new developments in Scandinavian drama.
  • Charlie Collier, the president and general manager of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, has been boosting both channels’ slates of original series and is always looking for unique voices and forms of storytelling.
  • Lizzy Caplan talks about playing Virginia Johnson in Showtime’s Masters of Sex.
  • Wagner Moura discusses embodying Pablo Escobar in Netflix’s Narcos.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Social experiments are all the rage, but certain key elements must be in place for these formats to become global success stories.
  • Distributors, producers and broadcasters are aligning across borders to jointly develop concepts.
  • Talpa Media’s John de Mol discusses brainstorming sessions, the process of creating pilots and trends in format distribution.
  • NBC’s Paul Telegdy talks about managing franchises, while Meredith Ahr reveals what’s in the works at the brand-new Universal Television Alternative Studio.
  • Michael von Würden, the creator of Married at First Sight, offers up his take on why the format has been such a huge success.
  • Naked Entertainment’s Simon Andreae speaks about the company’s approach to delivering innovative, brand-defining, unscripted entertainment.

Read the digital edition here.


  • With so many food-related series on the market, producers and distributors weigh in on what a show needs to stand out.
  • A look at the demand for history documentaries and innovations in the genre.
  • Jana Bennett talks about her strategy at HISTORY.
  • Elizabeth Hendricks North discusses CuriosityStream’s progress thus far and its plans for the future.
  • Tom Hugh-Jones offers up insight on making the ambitious Planet Earth II.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Asia’s leading pan-regional pay-TV brands are upping their investments in local content.
  • We spotlight the strengths of the content-distribution sector in Japan.
  • NHK’s Katsuto Momii talks about meeting the needs of viewers in Japan and bringing high-quality content to screens across the globe.

Read the digital edition here.


  • OTT and on-demand businesses are developing rapidly across the region.
  • Image Nation’s Michael Garin on the organization’s strategy for developing Abu Dhabi’s content sector.

Read the digital edition here.


  • A look at how Latin American distributors are expanding their business horizons.
  • RCN’s Fernando Gaitán talks about his upcoming novela projects.
  • Cris Abrego discusses Endemol Shine’s business in the Americas.

Read the digital edition here.


  • Comprehensive information and stand numbers for more than 160 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 trends in international drama co-pros and interviews with Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor, Madiba’s Laurence Fishburne, Code Black’s Marcia Gay Harden and Chicago Fire’s Jesse Spencer, as well as A+E Networks’ Sean Cohan, Endemol Shine International’s Cathy Payne, Fox Networks Group’s Prentiss Fraser, Carnival Films’ Gareth Neame, ITV Inter Medya’s Can Okan and Eccho Rights’ Fredrik af Malmborg.

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