Paris, 26 November 2018MIPTV and CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival, have opened the Call for Entries for the second “In Development Drama Producers’ Pitch.”

MIPTV, the International Market for Content Development and Distribution, takes place in Cannes, France from 8-11 April 2019. CANNESERIES runs in the city from 5-10 April 2019.

Designed to act as an accelerator for content discovery and development at an international level, In Development is moving to the heart of MIPTV in the Palais de Festivals. There, over three and a half days, producers and creators will be given the opportunity to pitch their projects to key decision-makers, including commissioning editors, platforms, distributors, co-producers, investors and talent agencies, enabling them to connect and greenlight projects.

Through the international call for entries which opens today, In Development Drama Producers’ Pitch will present a diverse range of quality projects from producers seeking development and financial partners, highlighting both fresh local voices and more established producers on the international scene.

As well as winning the opportunity to pitch a project to a high-level audience, the selected projects may be eligible for development funding from In Development’s Official Partners:

– Leading independent European producer, Federation Entertainment (“The Bureau”), will co-develop, co-produce and distribute one of the selected projects:“The TV series is a genuine laboratory of creativity, and events like In Development, which put creatives at the heart of the business, are essential to engender the hits of tomorrow. The first edition was a success, both in terms of the quality of the content presented and the opportunities, which flowed from it. What’s more, we are proud to have gone on to develop some of those projects,” said Pascal Breton, Founder and CEO of Federation Entertainment.
– French investment fund “La Fabrique des Formats” will offer financing for up to two series from the selection backed by a French producer or co-producer.

 Full information is available in the Terms & Conditions of In Development Drama Producers’ Pitch.
In Development will also feature projects from emerging and seasoned writers with international ambitions, curated with the assistance of international writing residences and guilds.

A pre-selection committee will look at all entries before an international jury of drama experts chooses the projects that will be pitched on stage. The deadline for submissions is 11 January 2019, and candidates will be notified if their project has been selected in February.

Jury members to date include:
Rola Bauer, Managing Director, STUDIOCANAL TV, Germany
Tara Cook, Development Producer, Carnival Films, UK
David Ellender, President, Global Distribution and Co-productions, Sonar Entertainment, USA
Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, RTÉ, Ireland
Serge Hayat, Financier, Cinemage & Capucines Investment Funds, France
Stephen Mowbray, Head of SVT International (Acquisitions and Sales), Sveriges Television AB, Sweden
Erik Pack, Head of International Distribution & Co-Production, Platform One Media, USA
Vanessa Shapiro, President, WW TV Distribution & Co-Production, Gaumont Television, USA
Ben Donald, Executive Producer, International Drama, BBC Studios, UK
Christian Wikander, Director Co Financing, Twelve Town, UK
In Development will also feature the third edition of the Drama Digital Short Form Series Pitch, round table meetings, a line-up of keynotes, masterclasses and workshops, plus other facilitated networking and one-to-one matchmaking opportunities.

“There is definitely a strong appetite from throughout the industry to discover and invest in drama series at a very early stage. Distributors are increasingly acting as rights management companies by helping producers find their way in the international market, and as a result, they are eager to connect with rising talent,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Television at Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPTV.

“CANNESERIES is present at all creative stages to provide a series with the recognition it deserves. In 2019, we aim to make In Development a unique event to detect the fledgling signals that will form the great narratives of tomorrow,” said Benoit Louvet, Managing Director of CANNESERIES.
About MIPTV – MIPTV (8-11 April 2019, Cannes) is the leading international market for content development and distribution. Each April, 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 (6-7 April 2019), 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.www.miptv.com
CANNESERIES aims to promote and showcase series from all over the world and give a voice to this popular and creative artform.
Initiated by Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard and presided by Fleur Pellerin, the Festival is free and open to everyone. It brings together creators and representatives of the world of series, and creates a platform for tomorrow’s emerging talents via a prestigious international competition.
The CANNESERIES first edition welcomed over 20 000 visitors and over 10 000 MIPTV delegates as well as 700 participants at the co-production forum In Development.  http://canneseries.com/en/