Paris, 16 January 2015 – Reed MIDEM, organiser of MIPTV, today announces that Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive of Sky, will give a Media Mastermind Keynote on Monday 13 April.

The Media Mastermind keynote will be part of the MIPTV conference programme, which this year takes as its theme “The Millennial Shift”, tapping into the heart of this savvy generation of media users whose habits are shifting to newer forms of entertainment.

In three strands of conferences – MIP Digital Fronts, Drama at MIPTV and Junior@MIPTV – this year’s programme offers the global media industry unprecedented access to the hottest entertainment trends, companies, personalities and emerging media players on the cutting edge when it comes to engaging and embracing Millennials.

Darroch became Group Chief Executive of Sky following the acquisition of Sky Italia and a majority interest in Sky Deutschland, which transformed the pay TV and home communications company into one of Europe’s leading investors in content. The MIPTV keynote will be the first time he addresses the international media industry since completing the transaction.

Darroch joined Sky in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer, and was appointed Chief Executive of the company in 2007. Under his stewardship, Sky has grown into Europe’s leading entertainment company, increasing spend on its own original commissions as well as striking partnerships with some of the world’s biggest content producers. The group serves 20 million customers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland, and is Europe’s biggest investor in TV content.

Jeremy Darroch said: “2015 will be a great year for entertainment programming on Sky. The launch this month of Fortitude, our most ambitious drama yet, and the first to launch simultaneously across all five of our markets, is just the first in a slate of exciting new shows that we are bringing to screen this year. I look forward to coming to MIPTV 2015 to lift the lid on our plans and talk to the industry about the scale of the opportunity as we work together to create a powerhouse for TV content across Europe.”

“We are privileged to welcome Jeremy Darroch for this keynote address. Given Sky’s pivotal position in the creation of original content with transnational appeal, his insight will be of great value to the MIPTV audience,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Television at Reed MIDEM.

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.