Paris, 14 March 2018MIPTV today announces that its 2018 Médailles d’Honneur will be awarded to: Pascal Breton, CEO, Federation Entertainment (France), Teresa Fernández-Valdés, Executive Producer, Bambú Producciones (Spain), Izzet Pinto, Founder & CEO, Global Agency (Turkey), and Weidong Yang, President of Youku, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group (China).

The four will receive their MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur at a ceremony taking place in Cannes, France on Wednesday 11 April 2018. The prestigious MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur are awarded to senior executives who have, through their talent, leadership and passion, made a significant contribution to the world of television and the development of the international TV community.

After graduating from the prestigious Institute of Political Sciences and earning a PhD in Political Science, Pascal Breton gained his first experience in production in 1981 working on several TV magazine programmes for French broadcasters TF1, France 2 and France 3 as well as ‘Souris Noire,’ a live-action children’s series for France 3 sold in 14 countries worldwide. He then joined Ellipse-Fiction (Canal+) in 1988 as Head of Drama and Animation and was the coproducer of several series, including ‘Babar,’ ‘Tintin’ and ‘Zorro’. In 1990, he created his own production company, Marathon, in association with Olivier Brémond. In addition to managing the company, he also wrote and produced Marathon’s hit productions: ‘The Intrepids’ (52 × 26 minutes), ‘The Challengers’ (104 × 26 minutes), ‘Saint Tropez’ (480 × 52 minutes), ‘Dolmen’ (6 × 90 minutes), ‘Secrets’ (8 × 52’) and ‘Sisterhood’ (100 × 26’) among others. He developed the company’s first animated projects, such as the hit series ‘Marsupilami’ (52 × 26’), and several feature films, including Larry Clark’s ‘Ken Park’. In 2006 after Olivier Brémond’s departure from the company, Pascal Breton served as President of Marathon Group and acquired French production companies GTV, ALP (‘Koh-Lanta,’ ‘Fort Boyard’) and KM (‘Le Grand Journal’) to build the leading French production group. Marathon was then sold to De Agostini and united with Zodiak, Magnolia and RDF Groups. At Zodiak, Pascal was Senior Vice-President of Fiction and was instrumental in the production and distribution of ‘Millennium’ as well as the production of the series ‘Versailles’ (Capa, Canal+). After his 5-year contract with Zodiak ended in early 2013, Pascal Breton launched ’The Federation’: a new production and distribution studio dedicated to high-quality French and international series.

Teresa Fernández-Valdés holds a degree in Journalism from the CEU San Pablo University and a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Production and Management from the University of A Coruña. Initially, she developed her professional activity as a journalist in different media before devoting her time to audiovisual production. In 2008, alongside Ramón Campos, she founded the production company Bambú Producciones. The company established its reputation with a string of drama series that achieved national and international success: ‘Velvet’, ‘Grand Hotel’, ‘Under Suspicion’, ‘Vintage’ and ‘Hispania’ are some of its hit series. These productions received many awards in different international festivals such as the Seoul Drama Awards or the International Television Festival of New York. During 2014, she took a new step in her professional career and, alongside with Ramón Campos, led two major projects: the feature film ‘The Misfits Club’, and in 2015 the company partnered with BBC Worldwide and Atresmedia to produce drama series ‘The Refugees’. In 2016, she produced the first original Netflix series in Spain, ‘Las Chicas del Cable’. Currently, Teresa is immersed in the writing and production of ‘Velvet Collection’ for Movistar +, a Spanish pay TV platform. In 2014 and 2016, Teresa Fernández-Valdés was listed as one of the most powerful showrunners of European and world television by The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to this, in 2017, Forbes magazine named Fernández-Valdés as one of the most powerful women in Spain.

Izzet Pinto was born in Istanbul in 1978. After his graduation from Stratford College in the USA, he went to Thailand and worked in the trading business for several years. Upon returning to Turkey, between 2004 and 2006, he represented Turkey’s bestselling authors. In 2006 he founded Global Agency with Turkey’s first local TV format ‘Perfect Bride.’ Since 2006, Global Agency has become one of the fastest-growing distributors in the world, representing some 150 projects including ‘Magnificent Century’, ‘1001 Nights’, ‘Broken Pieces’, ‘Keep Your Light Shining’, ‘Perfect Bride’, ‘Shopping Monsters’ and ‘The Remix’. In 2008, Izzet Pinto received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the non-profit, international organization Junior Chamber International. Today, Global Agency is known as one of the world’s leading independent distributors, acquiring and producing its own hit formats with offices in Turkey, France, the UK and Spain.

Weidong Yang, has been President of Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group since December 2017. He has also served as President of Youku business group since October 2016. Prior to that, Weidong Yang headed the operations of the Youku business group and other digital media and entertainment businesses in various senior executive roles since joining Alibaba in May 2016. Before joining Alibaba Group, he was an Executive Officer of Youku Tudou, serving as President of Tudou.com from March 2013 to May 2016. Before joining Youku Tudou, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Max Times, a youth entertainment content and marketing company, from November 2011 to March 2013. From January 2009 to November 2011, he served as Marketing Activation Director of Nokia Greater China, where he held various positions in advertising and marketing. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature from Hohai University in Nanjing. Weidong Yang is credited with building significant business bridges between television and the internet. He has been a key figure in the development of China’s online content distribution and China’s digital platforms.

“It is a great honour to recognise these four exceptional industry figures, who have each, in their own way, made and continue to make major contributions to the international entertainment content sector, and whose vision and leadership set the standards in their respective fields,” said Laurine Garaude, Director, TV Division, Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPTV.

The flagship and leading global TV and digital content market, MIPTV takes place in Cannes, France from 9-12 April 2018. 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.

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