With delegations from 108 countries, MIPCOM 2016 is now a wrap.
According to statistics provided by market organizer Reed MIDEM, attendance this year reached approximately 14,000 – 4,900 of which were registered buyers, including 1,500 acquisition executives working for digital platforms and SVOD. Two thousand exhibiting companies packed the Palais des Festivals with new national pavilions that brought together companies from countries like Chile, New Zealand, Morocco, the Philippines, Russia and Japan. Outside the Palais, ITV Studios had a two-storey stand made of massive containers on display.
Japan was MIPCOM’s Country of Honor. Five hundred Japanese executives from 104 companies were on hand at the market, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a special video message to the international TV community in Cannes, welcoming the MIPCOM Country of Honor program and the opportunity to promote the best in Japanese tech skills content.
On the conference front, Sony Corporate president and CEO Kazuo Hirai opened the proceedings with his MIPCOM keynote which saw the spotlight turned on Japan’s tech prowess with the latest development of UHD, 4K, 8K and VR showcased alongside the newest animation programs coming to the international market from Japan.
Creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, the brains behind scripted fare such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and The Catch was honored at the annual MIPCOM Personality of the Year gala dinner on Oct. 19.
MIPJunior kicked the week off on Oct. 15 and 16 with a reported 1,600 participants, including more than 630 buyers, which accounted for a 10% increase on 2015, 1,200 programs in the screening library, and 260 new development projects presented to potential partners.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed from its original posting for accuracy and clarity.