Magazine article Screen International

MipTV: The Hunt for Global Partners

Magazine article Screen International

MipTV: The Hunt for Global Partners

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MipTV was awash with producers, networks and broadcasters looking for international partners to co-finance high-end drama projects that appeal beyond national borders.

Keynotes from Starz chief executive Chris Albrecht, Playground boss Colin Callender, StudioCanal chief executive Olivier Courson and Tandem Communications president Rola Bauer set the tone, and a raft of high-profile drama collaborations were revealed during the market or just prior to it.

These included Sundance TV's tie-ups with the BBC on Hugo Blick's The Honourable Woman and Guy Hibbert's One Child; Tandem Communication's Spotless, in collaboration with Canal+ and Rosetta Media; Kudos' Real Humans reboot, backed by Channel 4 and Xbox Entertainment Studios; and Gaumont International Television's Pablo Escobar series Narcos for Netflix.

Big-name interest

Other projects are being fuelled by big-name writers and directors. Sky Italia and Wildside's Italian-US co-pro Young Pope will be directed by Oscar-winning film director Paolo Sorrentino, while Tandem has struck a first-look deal with Frank Spotnitz's UK outfit Big Light Productions.

Beta Films managing director Jan Mojito said: "This is a new phenomenon. Producers now have to operate in two universes - the local and international - and follow what is happening abroad."

Beta's slate was one of many to reflect the increasing amount of international collaboration.

Among the company's in-demand dramas at MipTV were Gomorrah, the Italian-language co-pro between Sky Cinema, Cattleya, Fandango and La 7, which was picked up by TWC for US distribution, and Spanish-language drama Velvet, a Bambú Producciones project for Atresmedia Televisión that Beta is co-financing and distributing.

While non-English-language European producers and financiers have been collaborating for years, UK and US partners are relatively new to the party. "There's a very fluid global economy where partners are finding new ways to work together," acknowledged Look Out Point chief executive Simon Vaughan, one of the 60 producers and brokers who attended the market's third international drama co-production summit.

Prior to the market, he helped Victorian crime drama Ripper Street secure a third series thanks to a deal between Amazon and the BBC. …

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