An official release informs that 2,705 companies from 89 countries
and 2,336 buyers gathered to do business during this year's market.
There were 1247 exhibiting companies. This was a slight improvement
from last year when there were 2,686 companies from 92 countries
including 1205 exhibiting companies.
As per feedback received from international delegates, the television
market provided the perfect environment to generate lucrative deals.
Many participants noted that they had more time to spend with their
clients and thus consolidated their partnerships. They also noticed
an increase in the overall level of quality of production being
shown at MIPTV.
The release states that since seeing formats were still high on
broadcasters' agendas, the genre has now entered a new phase of
growth, culminating in cross-genre concepts which incorporate other
non-format production elements taken from drama, sitcom or factual
entertainment. With a feast of original programming on offer and
catering to the ongoing demand, the UK's Action Time signed a multi-format
deal with the pan-European production company Europroducciones.
MIPTV saw BBC Worldwide, German channel ZDF and ORF sign a major
co-production deal for the landmark series The Natural History
of Europe., Arte, Southern Star, & Associes and Tele Images
have joined forces to produce a documentary Operation Aquapolis.
In addition Tiburon TV confirmed a license agreement with Distraction
Formats for the scripted comedy Camera Café and IDTV's new
drama format Finals was signed as a development license by
Channel 4 (UK). The ultimate format extravaganza came in the form
of Eurobest, the European finale of Endemol's Star Academy
which was hosted during MIPTV 2003 and broadcast live by TF1. The
show welcomed special performances from Tom Jones, Mariah Carey
and Atomic Kitten, who graced the Grand Auditorium stage in the
Palais des Festivals.
TF1 extended its output agreement with Carlton International, with
the deal covering TV movies from Carlton America. ZDF Enterprises
and Discovery Communications extended their programming and production
joint venture until 2005.
MILIA, which also celebrated its 10th anniversary and ran alongside
MIPTV 2003 from 26 - 28 March had over 1300 professionals from 53
countries. MIPTV 2004 is scheduled to take place on 29 March to
2 April, preceded by MIPDOC which will run from 27 to 28 March.
The international television community will next meet for the 19th
edition of MIPCOM, which will run from 10-14 October. This will
be preceded by MIPCOM Junior from 8- 9 October. This year's MIPCOM
will also introduce the Merchandising Club, a new feature
focusing on licensing and merchandising activities.
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