A company release informs that the pilots of the two shows are
ready and previewing at Mipcom. UTV and their co-production partners
say they have received good initial responses to the shows.
UTV also plans to forge co-productions in non-fiction programming
with some UK and European producers and broadcasters, the release
stated. In the past, UTV has produced non-fiction for CNN, BBC,
Star, as well as some Canadian productions.
UTV's major agenda at Cannes also includes finding partners for
what it says is its upcoming Kids Channel in South Asia and acquiring
programming formats for the channel. Interestingly, Screwvala in
interview to indiantelevision.com in mid-July, had said that
he was still a year away from seriously looking at a kids channel.
"Diwali 2004 is when we want to start kindling it. Once we
really have our plans in place it won't take more than three to
six months after that to kickstart the channel, Screwvala had said
at the time.
According to the release, UTV is also in negotiations for fiction,
drama and studio-based formats with some broadcasters in Italy,
Spain and South America.
Screwvala was quoted in the release as saying, "We are in active
discussions with many in these spaces, and its good to meet all
of them at one venue. We hope to get a step near finalizing many
of what we are looking for, and even close a few of these discussions."
developing India's first prime time animated show