Paris, 10 October 2017MIPCOM and MIPTV organiser Reed MIDEM and Cannes International Series Festival CANNESERIES, today unveil details of In Development, the Cannes Drama Creative Forum dedicated to fast-tracking new drama productions at an international level. In Development is organised by CANNESERIES and MIPTV.

Held on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April, alongside MIPTV and CANNESERIES, In Development is designed to act as an accelerator for writers and producers to pitch, connect and greenlight projects. The two-day forum, taking place next to the Palais des Festivals in the Gare Maritime, sets out to facilitate access to a full range of international decision-makers and financing partners, including commissioning editors, distributors, and talent agencies.

The event includes pitching sessions for projects at two stages of development: “Early-Stage Projects”, from seasoned writers, notably curated through a selection of international writing residences and talent agencies; and “Programmes in Development”, selected through an international call for entries, to be launched in early November. The final selection of projects will be made by a jury of international drama experts from the Advisory Board.

In Development will also feature round table matchmaking meetings, a line-up of panels and keynotes, plus other facilitated networking and one-to-one matchmaking opportunities using dedicated online tools.

A high-power Advisory Board has been appointed as Ambassadors for In Development comprising: Rola Bauer, Managing Director, STUDIOCANAL TV; Ozge Bulut Marasli, CEO, Kanal D & Production Companies; Jimmy Desmarais, Co-managing Director, Atlantique Productions; Ben Donald, Executive Producer, International Drama, BBC Worldwide; Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, RTÉ; Serge  Hayat, Financier, Cinemage & Capucines Investment Funds; Marie Jacobson, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Networks, Sony Pictures Television Networks; Claire Lemaréchal, Screenwriter (A Very Secret Service, Desperate Parents, Sagan); Katie O’Connell, CEO, Platform One Media; Philipp  Steffens, Head of Fiction, RTL Television; Christian Wikander, Director Co-production, Pinewood Television; Anna Winger, Creator of Deutschland83/86, Founder of Studio Airlift.                  

In Development heralds a new concept in discovering and harnessing fresh creative talent from around the world. MIPTV and MIPCOM have supported early-stage projects for many years, organising the MIPTV International Drama Coproduction Summit since 2011. This new event, in association with CANNESERIES, confirms our commitment to fast-tracking new drama productions in the international arena,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Television at Reed MIDEM.

“The partnership between CANNESERIES and MIPTV to launch In Development reflects our joint desire to provide content creators with the opportunities and networks they require to bring their programmes to all screens and platforms. In Development will bring together the individuals and companies capable of turning an idea into a programming reality. CANNESERIES provides a unique showcase to promote and celebrate the best in international series. MIPTV provides delegates with a unique opportunity to conduct business. Now In Development will provide a forum for nurturing production partnerships,” commented Benoit Louvet, CANNESERIES’ Managing Director.

About CANNESERIES & MIPTVThe inaugural edition of CANNESERIES, the International Cannes Series Festival, is scheduled to run April 4-11, 2018, beginning with a special programme of screenings in the city for the general public starting April 4. The CANNESERIES Official Competition takes place April 7-11 alongside MIPDoc, MIPFormats and MIPTV, the global TV, digital content, factual programming and formats markets.

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.

About Reed ExhibitionsReed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.