MIPDRAMA BUYERS’ SUMMIT OFFERS BUYERS EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK
SNEAK PEEK OF SIX UNSEEN SERIES WITH STRONG INTERNATIONAL POTENTIAL

Paris, March 1st 2018 – In parallel to the launch of the CANNESERIES international competition screenings, the MIPDrama Screenings have been revamped to become the MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit, offering buyers in Cannes an exclusive first-look at hot new drama.

The MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit takes place on Sunday 8 April in the Palais des Festival in Cannes, France, ahead of MIPTV, the flagship and leading global TV and digital content market, which runs 9-12 April 2018.

The MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit is designed to meet the growing international demand for high-end drama series and is focused on new trends and upcoming series in production. It will feature an exclusive first look at six new high-end drama series, selected for their writing and production values, originality and worldwide appeal, which will be screened to some 450 buyers and commissioners from around the world.

All six series are in the early stages of production and have never been presented at a festival or market prior to the MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit. The series are 100% financed and in their first season.

A conference session entitled “Fast Forward: Drama, the Viewer’s Story”, will also be presented by TAPE and Eurodata TV Worldwide. This exclusive presentation of qualitative and quantitative insights into drama themes and approaches that are resonating with audiences will explore what is driving viewer habits, and how behaviours are changing.

“We are thrilled with the rich selection for the inaugural MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit, which encompasses a diverse range of genres from territories as diverse as Finland, Spain, the UK, Germany, and Russia. And since they are all projects never-seen-before by buyers, this makes the screenings a mouth-watering prospect for those seeking exclusive content,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Television at Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPTV.

Buyers in Cannes will see 15-minute previews of the following six upcoming series:

Arctic Circle (Finland)
10×50′ Crime
Production: Yellow Film & TV in co-production with Bavaria Fiction
Distribution: LAGARDERE STUDIOS DISTRIBUTION
Broadcaster: Elisa Viihde, YLE

Bullets (Finland)
10×60’ Political
Production: Vertigo Production in co-production with Nadcon and Lunanime
Distribution: Sky Vision
Broadcaster: Elisa, MTV

Cleaning Up (UK)
6×60’ Drama
Production: Sister Pictures
Distribution: ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Broadcaster: ITV

Gigantes (Spain)
6×52′ Crime Drama
Production: Telefónica Studios, Lazona
Distribution: About Premium Content
Broadcaster: Movistar+

Pagan Peak (Germany/Austria)
8×52’ Thriller
Production: Wiedemann & Berg in co-production with epo-film produktionsgesellschaft
Distribution: Beta Film
Broadcaster: Sky Germany

Trigger (Russia)
16×52′ Drama
Production: Sreda production
Distribution: Sreda production
Broadcaster: Channel One Russia

Also on the afternoon of Sunday 8 April, the MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit Programme will kick off with a Buyers’ Networking Lunch, Sponsored by China Central Television – China International Television Corporation.

Following the exclusive preview screenings, the MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit will conclude with a Networking Cocktail sponsored by BRFT – Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

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

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.