Assorted MIPCOM-related happenings and musings
September 1, 2009

While History’s SVP of development and programming David McKillop won’t be able to attend this year’s MIPCOM (development and programming VP Dirk Hoogstra will be making the trip), he’s unequivocal about the importance of taking part. ‘The amazing thing about MIPCOM is that it’s a confluence of smart people and good ideas,’ he says. ‘If you go into a festival like MIPCOM thinking, ‘I only want this sort of program,’ then you’re doing yourself a disservice, versus going in there and appreciating the size and scale and scope. If you take the blinders off you might see something spectacular.’ Among the History titles coming to the market are the much-anticipated, 10-episode series WWII in HD, which restores some 3,000 hours of rare, archival footage using advanced HD technology (‘The stock footage comes alive in a way that’s much more emotional,’ says McKillop) and new hit Pawn Stars, which examines the pawn shop business and the stories behind some of the odd artefacts brought in for appraisal. ‘We have no problem with telling history [stories] in the present tense,’ says McKillop of the series…

David Cornwall, formerly a senior exec at Zodiak Entertainment, will be officially launching his new production/distribution company Scorpion TV at MIPCOM, bringing with him a slate featuring assorted series and one-offs. These include: Believe: The Barack Obama Story (On the Potomac Productions); This is My Country Too (Rice N Peas Films), and La Americana (Peoples Television). Scorpion says it will also be shopping the 3 x 60 minute science series Brain Fitness (Sante Fe Productions)…

Among the keynote presenters at this year’s edition of MIPCOM are Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro (October 6), and FremantleMedia chief executive Tony Cohen (October 5)…

Scandinavian distributor Nordisk Film TV World has signed an exclusive representation deal with Swedish indie production company Titan for all international format and finished programming rights to Titan content which includes Titan’s Norwegian production company, Limelight. Nordisk will take Titan’s catalog to MIPCOM, and its slate will include docu-format The Hospital from TV3, factual formats My Terrible Teen, Single Coaches and Under Cover, and long-running documentary series Outsiders.

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