​12 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR ‘IN DEVELOPMENT’ DRAMA CREATIVE FORUM
SIX FINALISTS CHOSEN FOR DIGITAL SHORT FORM SERIES PITCH

Paris, 6 March 2018MIPTV and CANNESERIES today unveil the 12 projects in the Official Selection of In Development (10-11 April 2018), the two-day Cannes Drama Creative Forum dedicated to fast-tracking drama series production.

In Development is co-organised by MIPTV and CANNESERIES, the Cannes International TV Series Festival, and takes place alongside these two events. The forum will provide the opportunity for screenwriters and producers to pitch and seek finance and broadcast partners for new drama productions at an international level.

An international jury of drama experts* shortlisted 12 projects – out of 344 submissions – representing 10 different countries, that will be presented to potential development partners during In Development.

PROGRAMMES IN DEVELOPMENT

  • ANGELICA
    Produced and written by Jen Mc Gowan & Eliza Lee (USA)
  • DEAD HEAD
    Produced by Screentime NZ (New Zealand)
  • GR5
    Produced by Zodiak Belgium (Belgium)
  • LES MISÉRABLES
    Produced by Elephant Story (France)
  • STRANGE FISHING SUNDAYS
    Produced by Laniakea Capital (Spain)
  • THE MACHINERY
    Produced by Anagram Sverige (Sweden)
  • THE SOURCES OF EVIL
    Produced by Wueste Film (Germany)
  • WHATEVER, LINDA
    Produced by The Donaldson Company (Canada)

EARLY STAGE PROJECTS

  • CLASS A
    Written by Charley Packham, Oliver Deacon & Simon Schneider (UK)
  • REVIVAL
    Written by Joseph Kay (Canada)
  • SELFIES
    Written by Joanne Lau (UK)
  • VIOLATOR
    Written by Jon Atli Jonasson (Iceland)

“The 12 selected projects are the perfect illustration of the richness of global talent, across all territories and in all genres. We’re delighted to provide a showcase for these projects, all of which have strong potential in the international market,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Television at Reed MIDEM, which organizes MIPTV.

“The DNA of this event is to highlight new voices and tomorrow’s talents. We are very proud of the 12 selected projects and honored to give these authors and producers the opportunity to meet the best of the industry in an original and unique way” said Benoît Louvet, CANNESERIES Managing Director.

The inaugural edition of In Development received a massive response from the creative community, receiving around 350 projects from producers and screenwriters from nearly 50 countries.

As well as winning the opportunity to pitch a project to a high-level professional audience, the selected projects may be eligible for development funding from In Development’s Official Partners, namely leading independent European producer, Federation Entertainment (“The Bureau”), and French think-tank La Fabrique des Formats.

In parallel, six finalists have been named for the Digital Short Form Series Pitch competition featured this year at In Development. These finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their projects on Tuesday 10 April on the In Development stage.

Back at MIPTV for the second year in a row, the Digital Short Form Series Pitch is the leading event for creators and producers of digital short-form drama series. The competition sets out to find the best creative talent and to provide a unique opportunity for creators to be spotted on the international scene and meet key decision-makers.

The projects have been selected by a prestigious industry jury comprising: Lauren Anderson, Senior Vice President of Programming, NBCUniversal (USA); Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer, go90 & Verizon Digital Entertainment (USA); Marcelo Liberini, Digital Vice President, Caracol TV (Colombia); Aline Marrache-Tesseraud, Senior Vice President, International Acquisitions, Canal+ Group (France); Claire McArdle, Vice President, Multiplatform, Comedy Central, Viacom International Media Networks (UK); and Qiang Li, Director of Media Acquisition & Cooperation, Alibaba Media & Entertainment Group (China).

The 6 finalists are:

  • Beast
    Presented by Blueprint Motion Pictures (USA)
  • Big G
    Presented by AnderAnderA Production (France)
  • Dead Line
    Presented by Nativa (Argentina)
  • dxyz
    Presented by 72Seconds (South Korea)
  • The G.O.A.T
    Presented by More Sauce (Australia)
  • Made with Love
    Presented by First Love Films (Canada)

In Development is an essential element of the partnership between MIPTV and CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival, which will showcase the best in international series to both festival-goers and industry professionals.

CANNESERIES takes place alongside MIPTV and In Development as part of the biggest week in TV.

*The In Development Selection Jury is composed of members of In Development Advisory Board:

. Rola Bauer, Managing Director, Studiocanal TV (France)
. Ozge Bulut Marasli, CEO, Kanal D & Production Companies (Turkey)
. Tara Cook, Development Producer, Carnival Films (UK)
. Ben Donald, Executive Producer, International Drama, BBC Worldwide (UK)
. Serge Hayat, financier, Cinémage & 123 Capucines (France)
. Claire Lemaréchal, screenwriter,
“A Very Secret Service”, “Desperate Parents”, “Sagan” (France)
. Stephen Mowbray, Head of SVT International (Acquisitions and Sales), Sveriges Television (Sweden)
. Erik Pack, Head of International Distribution & Co-production, Platform One Media (USA)
. Vanessa Shapiro, President, WW TV Distribution & Co-Production, Gaumont Television (France)
. Christian Wikander, Director Co Production, Twelve Town (UK)

About MIPTV – MIPTV (9-12 April 2018, Cannes) is the flagship and leading global TV and digital content market. Each April, over 10,000 professionals from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem connect to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends. MIPTV is preceded by the biggest weekend in unscripted content (7-8 April 2018), comprising MIPDoc, the world’s largest screenings library, conference and co-production marketplace for the factual community, and MIPFormats, the discovery showcase for the global formats community. www.miptv.com

About CANNESERIES – CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival, will unfold its first edition from 4 – 11 April 2018 in the Palais des Festivals and in the city. Initiated by David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes, the event aims to highlight series from all over the world and to give an international voice to this increasingly popular and fiercely creative new art form. Open to a public audience and organized by an independent association presided by Fleur Pellerin, CANNESERIES is striving to create a stage on which the foremost creators in the world of series come together and where tomorrow’s talents are showcased during a prestigious international Competition. Learn more on www.canneseries.com