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MIPTV, MIPCOM founder Bernard Chevry passes away at 96

Entrepreneur and MIP founder Bernard Chevry has died, aged 96. Chevry, who passed away on May 17, created MIPTV in 1963 as the world’s first international market for television rights trading. ...
May 21, 2019

Entrepreneur and MIP founder Bernard Chevry has died, aged 96.

Chevry, who passed away on May 17, created MIPTV in 1963 as the world’s first international market for television rights trading. In 1985, he created international entertainment content market MIPCOM.

As a producer, he won an Academy Award in 1969 for best documentary feature for L’amour de la vie: Artur Rubinstein.

His other film credits include Yehudi Menuhin Story and several narrative features and series.

Elsewhere, Chevry founded the global music market MIDEM in 1965 and the Midem Organisation, now Reed MIDEM. He led the Midem Organisation until 1988.

In 2013, Reed MIDEM honored Bernard Chevry with a MIPTV Jubilee Award to commemorate the 50th anniversary of MIPTV.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Bernard Chevry. He was a visionary and passionate entrepreneur whom we are proud to honor both for his legacy to Reed MIDEM and for his contributions to the development of the international television and music markets. Bernard was fond of the television and music events he created and stayed in touch with many former colleagues and clients in recent years,” said Paul Zilk, Chief Executive of Reed MIDEM, in a statement.

“On behalf of the entire Reed MIDEM family, including former CEO Xavier Roy, past employees and long-time representatives, we express our condolences to Mr. Chevry’s family, and our gratitude for his accomplishments which laid the foundations of our company.”

(Photo courtesy of Reed MIDEM)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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