MIPTV came to a close in Cannes today as organizers Reed MIDEM begin to set out a new vision for the show in 2020 to meet the evolving needs of the content distribution and production industry.
At the start of the week, Reed MIDEM said it expected about 9,500 delegates from 100 countries, including 3,300 buyers and commissioners. On the weekend before MIPTV kicked off, there were about 1,600 execs at MIPDoc and MIPFormats, while the MIPDrama Buyers Summit attracted about 450 buyers to screen a slate of projects. Canneseries ran alongside the event with screenings throughout the week. France was the Country of Honour at MIPTV.
In Development returned to MIPTV this year and was expanded with the addition of In Development KIDS. Both In Development Drama and In Development KIDS were held inside the Palais, providing in-depth sessions with leading buyers, creators and writers and networking opportunities.
A quieter edition than in years past, MIPTV is in a state of evolution as it responds to shifts in the marketplace. “We’ve consulted with our clients over the past months regarding the changes in the industry and to better understand their needs today,” Laurine Garaude, director of the television division at Reed MIDEM, tells World Screen. “Out of these discussions, we’ve had really interesting feedback, and there are two big takeaways. One is the need for increased access to talent and producers, so In Development is really essential to where the market is going. Two is the need for more flexible solutions for both exhibitors and visitors.”
Concepts being explored include new exhibition opportunities, curated matchmaking and more screenings and pitches.
“We have a vision of how we see MIPTV going forward,” Garaude says. “We’re not taking any decisions until we discuss with our clients. We’ll make announcements in due time.”