Leading Execs Join MIP Cancun Advisory Board


Top executives from Netflix, Globo, Mediapro, FOX Networks Group Latin America, Turner, TVE and TV Azteca have signed on for the MIP Cancun Latin America TV Market and are on the event’s advisory board.

The inaugural MIP Cancun advisory board consists of Diego Avalos, the director of international originals at Netflix in the U.S.; Raphael Corrêa Netto, the executive director of international business at Globo in Brazil; Laura Fernández Espeso, the head of international content at Mediapro in Spain; Gonzalo Fiure, the senior VP and chief content officer at FOX Networks Group Latin America in the U.S.; Francisco Morales, the senior director of content acquisition and development at Turner Latin America in the U.S.; Toni Sevilla, the director of content, channels and program production at TVE in Spain; and Ana Celia Urquidi, the managing director of strategic development and talent at TV Azteca in Mexico.

The board will attend MIP Cancun and help guide the new Co-Production Matchmaking Market, a three-day program meant to foster content development with the region’s leading players. The execs will lead the matchmaking event in its goal to match potential co-pro partners and facilitate new projects and co-productions between broadcasters, production companies and international distribution platforms spanning drama, factual and animated programming.

This year’s MIP Cancun will be held at the Moon Palace Cancun meeting center in Mexico from November 15 to 17. It will also include the 1-to-1 Distribution Market, as well as networking events, exclusive screenings, and panels on a variety of topics affecting the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic television sector.

Corrêa Netto commented: “We are thrilled to be part of the new advisory board and to contribute to shaping an event where we have been successfully working for years. MIP Cancun will provide an important moment for exchange experiences and creating bonds that generate partnerships and encourage cooperation between companies for the improvement of audiovisual production as a whole.”

“I believe that part of the future of television is based on strategic partnerships that the markets offer, and without a doubt, MIP Cancun is becoming more relevant for the industry,” noted Urquidi.

“Mediapro Group is very pleased to be able to actively collaborate in the fourth edition of MIP Cancun and particularly in the programming and development of the agenda of the Co-Production Matchmaking Market.”

Fernández Espeso stated: “The Spanish-speaking market is a key part of our content strategy. Through our offices in Miami, Buenos Aires and Bogotá we have carried out corporate operations, co-productions of fiction projects and a multitude of alliances with regional and pan-regional partners that demonstrate the incredible potential and demand for content in Latin America. Having an event like this in Mediapro’s agenda is essential to maintain the relationship with our partners and explore new and potential opportunities.”

Ted Baracos, MIP Cancun’s director, added: “We are delighted to welcome the members of this prestigious advisory board. Their wealth of experience in content development will be invaluable in shaping the MIP Cancun Co-Production Matchmaking Market to best meet the needs of producers, commissioners, and programming and development directors looking to foster new partnerships through an efficient yet convivial format.”