Paris, April 1 2015 – Reed MIDEM, organiser of MIPTV and MIPFormats ,and all3media International today announce the five MIPFormats International Pitch competition finalists who will be invited to Cannes to pitch their projects at the 6th edition of MIPFormats (11-12 April 2015), ahead of MIPTV (13-16 April, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France).
The MIPFormats International Pitch is the global pitching event for creators and producers worldwide with original, non-scripted entertainment formats. For the first time, all3media International is the exclusive sponsor of the competition, overseeing the pre-selection process chaired by Stephen Lambert, a renowned format creator.
The chosen finalists are: Michael Dolinsek & David Visnjic (Dolinsekfilm), Edward Haas (Haas Productions), Martin Crehan & Emma O’Driscoll (Prize Pig Productions), Jean-François Grenier (independant TV Show creator) and Pierre Rabbat (STUDIOVISION).
They will pitch their projects live on Sunday 12 April to an international jury of formats experts, comprised of: Mark Downie, Chief Creative Officer, Maverick Television (UK); Sabrina Duguet, SVP International Format Sales, all3media international (UK); Nathan Eastwood, Head of Entertainment, Objective Productions (UK); Tim Harcourt, Creative Director, Studio Lambert (UK); Arne Kreutzfeldt, Head of Entertainment, MME Entertainment (Germany); and Dario Turovelzky, Head of Programming, Telefe Argentina (Argentina).
The five finalists are:
1001 ROOMS – BEAT THE MATRIX
Presented by Michael Dolinsek, CEO, Dolinsekfilm, Austria and David Visnjic, Producer, Dolinsekfilm, Austria
Abandoned in the centre of a matrix consisting of 1001 individual rooms, the contestant only has one goal: to reach the edge of this array and to gain the most precious of all rewards. But the way is peppered with various tasks, quests and riddles, challenging the contestant both physically and mentally. 1001 ROOMS – BEAT THE MATRIX is a thrilling and entertaining TV-game-show with an innovative and totally new technical approach.
Presented by Edward Haas, Writer/Producer/Creator, Haas Productions, USA
Religious people from eight different faiths will attempt to live together and overcome their differences by going on weekly faith-specific missions to help those in need – especially themselves! Will our cast of carefully selected religious superheroes be able to tolerate each other for the greater good, or will their differences pull them apart? Eight Faiths, one House: do you believe?
PROJECT PARTY VILLA
Presented by Martin Crehan and Emma O’Driscoll, Development Producers, Prize Pig Productions, Ireland
Can you really organise chaos? The format: two teams compete on the same night to throw the biggest and best Ibiza villa party. The rules: each team has a credit card loaded with €10,000, 12 hours to plan it, and only 6 hours to spend it. The judges: five random party-goers. The categories: Surprises, Atmosphere, Creativity, Inclusiveness, Craziness. The prize: the winners get to stay in Ibiza for another week. The losers go home on “The Plane Of Shame”, with the naughtiest clips sent to their family and former headmaster.
Presented by Jean-François Grenier, Independent TV Show Creator, Canada
On the day you are scheduled to move house, you are invited to leave the city for 24 hours. When you return the next day to your new home, you open the door and are completely stunned: everything is tastefully decorated, all your furniture is set up, and everything is put away, as if you had always lived there. “Welcome Home!” is an exciting race against the clock that will keep viewers riveted to their seats in order not to miss any of the adventures, and misadventures, leading to the final reveal. Will the movers and designers go crazy?
WHO WILL YOU TRUST
Presented by Pierre Rabbat, Concept Creator and Executive Producer, STUDIOVISION, Lebanon
“Who Will You Trust” is a game show in which a live audience plays an integral part: 50 women, 50 men and 50 kids equipped with a voting device. The contestant must answer 14 consecutive questions to win $1 million. Contestants cannot answer the question themselves, but rather select the panel that they trust as having the highest number of correct answers. Trust the right panel and win; trust the wrong one and lose. Four mandatory phone calls intercept the ladder for the $1 million. When in doubt, the contestants can play one of two jokers, allowing them to answer the question.
About MIPTV – MIPTV is the world’s biggest TV and digital content market powering the unlimited potential of extraordinary stories. In April, professionals from across the TV and digital entertainment ecosystem gather in Cannes, France, to forge partnerships, seal distribution deals, network with their international executive peers, and attend high-level conferences and keynotes. MIPTV is also a key venue for early-stage development and financing deals, content acquisitions and programme sales. And with the MIP Digital Fronts – the premier global digital content market – empowering the new digital content era and bringing together the new online video ecosystem with the TV industry, MIPTV anticipates and shapes the future of entertainment.