MIPCOM 2016 in numbers

The organisers of MIPCOM have reported 14,000 attendees for this year’s event, with 4,900 of those buyers, and 1,500 of the acquisition execs working for digital and SVOD service. Reed Midem said the kids-focused MIPJunior event, which ran on the weekend before MIPCOM, had a record 1,600 attendees, compared with the 1,400 reported last year. […]

MIPCOM: YouTube ups original content focus with more YouTube Red commissions

YouTube has commissioned a raft of new content for its subscription service YouTube Red, following a commissioning strategy that aims to tap into the popularity the site’s home-grown stars. Speaking at MIPCOM yesterday, YouTube’s global head of content, Susanne Daniels, said that the Google-owned video service’s goal is to be “uniquely YouTube” and to not […]

MIPCOM: VR ‘definitely here to stay’

Virtual reality is “definitely here to stay” and is “completely different from 3D” delegates at MIPCOM heard yesterday. Speaking on a panel about ‘disruptive storytelling’, Neil Graham, executive producer at Sky VR Studios and Sky Movies, said that VR is a completely new ecosystem that has applications which extend “way beyond content and gaming” into areas […]

MIPCOM: Disney-ABC boss highlights TV potential in the face of ‘daunting challenges’

Despite the “daunting challenges” facing the TV industry today, Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood struck an upbeat note about the untapped potential of television. Delivering a keynote at MIPCOM this morning, Sherwood, who is also co-chair of Disney Media Networks, said that Disney’s commitment to making the very best stories is stronger now than […]

MIPCOM: Filmbox extends UHD offering, adds HDR

Thematic channel provider Filmbox/SPI International is extending its UHD TV offering by making its channel full-time, introducing HDR content and striking new carriage deals. The broadcaster is also changing the name of the channel to reflect the addition of HDR. Speaking on a panel session on UHD TV at MIPCOM, Berk Uziyel, executive director of […]

MIPCOM: New cloud-based screening service for distributors

Rights Tracker will launch a new cloud-based screening service for distributors, Assetry Screen, at MIPCOM. The company has specialised in online rights management systems and is pitching the new service as a tool for distributors who want to have their own branded screenings services, offering a greater degree of control and feedback than the likes […]

MIPCOM 2016: New Hungarian channel taps BBC WW for content

Hungarian state broadcaster MTVA is to launch a new culture-focused channel, M5, and has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide to provide content for it. The BBC Worldwide agreement is the largest struck in Hungary by the BBC’s commercial unit in recent years. The deal will see the entire back catalogue of British sitcom My […]

MIPCOM organisers preparing series of VR events

The organisers of MIPCOM are preparing a series of events focused on the fast-moving world of virtual reality. Sony is backing the VR sessions, which run across the first three days of the market and will be held in the Palais. There will be sessions dedicated to creativity in the VR space, production challenges, financing […]

A+E and YouTube added to MIPCOM Masterminds

Execs from A+E and YouTube have been added to the roster of Media Mastermind speakers at MIPCOM. Sean Cohan, president, international and digital media, at A+E has been confirmed, as has YouTube’s original programming chief, Susanne Daniels. Ben Silverman, the former Electus and NBC entertainment boss who is now running A+E-backed producer Propagate, will quiz […]