We’ve returned from a trip to the annual trade show in Cannes where once again we’ve been enlightened and inspired. There were rendezvous with key commissioners and distributors, plenty of new opportunities and a great deal of industry knowledge to soak up.
Our MD Helen Tonge reflects on what the key opportunities were this year, the importance of attending the 2019 MIPCOM in the current TV climate and her Hollywood celeb spot!:
I was excited and apprehensive for MIPCOM this year. Our annual trip to see channel commissioners, distributors and fellow programme makers is usually jam packed and fruitful, but this year the mood in the telly camp has been a mix of excitement / nervousness on what moves the SVODs will make and how this will impact traditional tv.
There was certainly a sense that the traditional broadcasters are fighting back. Britbox was on the agenda a number of times. But what will the impact of this be? We as programme makers are being asked about our content for this so we need to weigh up the pros and cons.
Inventive ways to finance content was a talking point again with a sense of broadcasters around the world wanting to collaborate to make the content happen. And the content on everyone’s lips was science, engineering and history. Those broad, universal subjects that appeal all over the world.
Whilst I pondered all of this as we (practically) ran from one meeting the next, who should I run in to (accost) but the delightful Patrick Dempsey! In Cannes for the NBC Universal premiere of his show, Devils. I think he was pleased to see me ; )