MIPCOM 2018 Wrap Up

This year’s MIPCOM market closed in Cannes on 19 Oct with one chart-topping trend from Asia: unprecedented interest in global relationships and collaboration.

Although changing circumstances in China and Korea are a driving force, the noticeable shift in attitudes is not only because Korean companies continue their frantic search to fill the hole left by the ongoing China freeze. Or because co-development, as difficult as it is, is in high gear for various reasons, including the effort to comply with China’s IP-ownership (as in, China has to own everything) regulations.

The Philippines is also exploring a new agenda, possibly (hopefully, some say) supported by government trade bodies eager to do for their creative industries what Korean, Singaporean and Japanese governments have done for years. At MIPCOM for the first time, Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry assistant director, Anthony Rivera, said opportunities to support the domestic media industry were being explored.

Announcements included the first ever linear carriage for Nickelodeon. Perhaps ironically, the first platform to give Nickelodian a linear landing is subscription streaming platform dTV-Channel. dTV-Channel is operated by Japanese telco NTT Docomo. The linear channel is scheduled to go live in the first quarter of 2018 with a slate of iconic Nickelodeon titles, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora The Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

LeFace client, Shaftesbury Films was part of the Telefilm & CMF showcase – kickass women of Canada. Read the full article at brious.tv.

The market has also gotten more starry: Ben Stiller, Issa Rae and Jenna Coleman were in France with new projects and meeting with international partners. Richard Gere was in town with his first-ever series, the BBC’s “MotherFatherSon,” and remarked that “the world has so turned upside down” in terms of movies and TV. Shaftesbury’s, Frankie Drake debuts at MIPCOM 2018 as part of leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution’s new drama slate.