MIPDOC, taking place in Cannes from April 6-7, will feature a keynote address from Michael Rosenfeld, head of television and film for science specialist prodco Tangled Bank Studios.
In the address, entitled “Reinventing Science Television,” the head of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s US$60 million film and television initiative will discuss how it aims to produce science content that entertains and enlightens, and how it will support other producers who strive to do the same.
Tangled Bank Studios will produce up to 10 hours of science programming annually for television, cinema and digital. Footage from every project will also be used to create shorter films to be used in high school and post-secondary classrooms, and each Tangled Bank production will have an independent advisory board of scientists and experts to review content.
Prior to establishing Tangled Bank, Rosenfeld served as president of National Geographic Television. He has personally won or led teams that have won hundreds of industry awards, including the Peabody Award and almost 40 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.
MIPDOC is also introducing The Commissioners’ Meet Up, which will bring up to 20 commissioners face to face with producers to discuss projects in various stages of development or production. Commissioners confirmed thus far include: Axel Arno, SVT-Sveriges Television; Barbara Biemann, ARD/NDR; Jenny Westergard, YLE; Marijke Huijbregts, AVRO; Ann Julienne, France Télévisions; Thierry Mino, France 5; Laurent Sicouri, Canal Plus; Tore Tomter, NRK; Mark Starowicz, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Eden Fraiman , Yes-DBS Satellite Services; Olaf Grunert , ARTE GEIE; Catherine Olsen , CBC News Network; Joon Sueck Park , KOREA NEW NETWORK (KNN); and Guénaelle Troly , RMC Découverte.
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