FORMAGINATION AT MIPFORMATS – THE INTERNATIONAL FORMAT PITCH FINALISTS REVEALED

Paris, 21st March 2018 – Five finalists have been named for the competition Formagination at MIPFormats – The International Format Pitch, and will present their original ideas to a prestigious industry jury at the world’s leading event for the global formats community next month.

MIPFormats is the specialist incubator for unscripted TV formats that takes place in Cannes, France, on 7 and 8 April, ahead of MIPTV, the leading global TV and digital content market, which runs 9-12 April.

Formagination at MIPFormats – The International Format Pitch, sees two major launchpads join forces to make formats happen on a global scale. Built on the success of the MIPFormats International Pitch and Formagination, Armoza Formats’ long-running competition, the event sets out to spot early-stage ideas with potential to make it on international screens.

“This year we have an intriguing lineup, with participants spanning across different cultures and countries. This is reflected in their format ideas; however, the diversity doesn’t stop at location. We are seeing it in genres and technologies as well. We are looking forward to seeing what each has to offer at their pitches,” said Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats.

The five finalist projects are (by alphabetical order):

•          ARE YOU CLUELESS?

Presented by Isabel Durán, Executive Producer (Spain) and Alfonso Ferrandis, Executive producer (Spain)
Genre: Gameshow

•          FUTURE ASTRONAUTS

Presented by Mirosław Skowron, Producer/screenwriter, Mediolia (Poland)
Genre: Factual Entertainment

•          I NEED A HERO

Presented by Lital Shemesh, Journalist and Creator (Israel)
Genre: Dating

•          LIGHT MY FIRE

Presented by Axel Fiacco, Founder, BicFormats (Italy)
Genre: Entertainment

•          THE CIRCLE!

Presented by Michael Dolinsek, Owner, Michael DOLINSEKfilm (Austria)
Genre: Gameshow

The five projects will be presented live on stage to a prestigious industry jury comprising: Avi Armoza, Founder & CEO, Armoza Formats (Israel), Nehama Cohen, Head of Development, Armoza Formats (Israel), Daria Legoni-Fialko, Managing Director, CTC Channel (Russia), Qiang Li, Director of Media Acquisition & Cooperation, Alibaba Media & Entertainment Group (China) and Alex Piper, Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company (USA).

About MIPTVMIPTV (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 Reed MIDEMFounded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong and MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York for the real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy in Milan, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and IRF brought by MAPIC in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

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About Armoza Formats – Established in 2005, Armoza Formats has become a key player in the international content market, rapidly growing to be one of the top independent creators and distributors of global content. Taking the best of Israeli and international creative talent, Armoza Formats spearheads the emergence of compelling content in today’s dynamic market. Our mission is to meet the challenges of the fast-changing media industry with creative broadcast solutions.
With over 90 formats in our catalogue and productions across the globe, Armoza Formats has a proven track record of success across all genres – from spectacular prime time entertainment show I Can Do That!, now licensed in over 20 countries, to hit game show Still Standing with 5,000 episodes globally, and docu-reality format Connected, on air in over 10 territories. Our partners comprise of broadcasters and production companies across the globe, including Fox, NBC USA, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 UK, TVA Canada, TF1 France, RTL Germany, HBO, TV2 Norway, RAI Italy, Globo Brazil, Azteca Mexico and ZEE TV India. www.armozaformats.com