Extra: MIPCOM to honor BBC Studios; Buchwald signs MY Entertainment

BBC Studios recognized as inaugural Studio of Distinction at MIPCOM Cannes MIPCOM owner RX France has announced that BBC Studios will be recognized with MIPCOM Cannes’ inaugural Studio of Distinction Award at ...
August 3, 2022

BBC Studios recognized as inaugural Studio of Distinction at MIPCOM Cannes

MIPCOM owner RX France has announced that BBC Studios will be recognized with MIPCOM Cannes’ inaugural Studio of Distinction Award at the 38th edition of the market, which runs from October 17 to 20.

Created by RX France to honor a landmark achievement by a global studio or platform, the award will be presented to BBC Studios in the week that its parent company reaches the milestone of 100 years of public service broadcasting in the UK, and 90 years of international broadcasting.

The presentation of the award will take place at the market’s opening-day keynote session, where Tom Fussell (pictured) will make his first public address as CEO of BBC Studios alongside Tim Davie, director-general of the BBC and Fussell’s predecessor at BBC Studios. Additionally, Cecilia Persson, managing director of BBC Studios’ Kids & Family, will address MIPJUNIOR, which runs from October 15 to 16.

“With the Studio of Distinction honor we are creating a moment to mark an organization’s extraordinary achievements to date whilst providing a global stage to share their future plans,” said Lucy Smith, director of MIPCOM Cannes and MIPJUNIOR. “Our first recipients could not be more timely or relevant given the extraordinary international impact and ongoing influence of this unique producer, broadcaster and distributor.”

MY Entertainment signs with Buchwald for representation

Unscripted specialist MY Entertainment, which counts Ghost Adventures and Pros vs. Joes among its credits, has inked a deal with Buchwald for representation.

Launched in 2000 by veteran production executive Michael Yudin, formerly of Thames Television, Viacom Entertainment and Paramount Television, MY Entertainment has created cross-genre factual and unscripted programming for outlets including Discovery, A&E, National Geographic, BBC, Lifetime, MTV, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, Food Network, Animal Planet, TruTV and PBS.

The indie prodco, which was recently acquired by Media Content Services, has also expanded its international efforts of late through a co-development partnership with the Seoul-based company Something Special.

Sundance Institute unveils new Fellowship/Scholarship initiative for emerging AAPI artists

One day after announcing its new initiative for emerging Latinx artists, the Sundance Institute has unveiled a parallel program for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) filmmakers, in partnership with The Asian American Foundation (TAAF).

As per the Latinx program, the new Sundance Institute | The Asian American Foundation Fellowship and Collab Scholarship program is a two-pronged initiative intended to support the professional and creative development of emerging AAPI artists. Six selected Fellowship recipients will be provided with year-round mentorship and customized support for their projects, as well as an unrestricted $20,000 grant.

Through the support of TAAF, another six artists will receive a Collab Scholarship, which will give them a year’s access to the digital community, educational and networking platform Sundance Collab.

One non-fiction project was among the recipients for both the Fellowship and Scholarship branches of the initiative. Tadashi Nakamura received a Fellowship to support his film Third Act, which details his relationship with his father Robert Nakamura, known as the “godfather of Asian-American film” for such celebrated works as the 1972 docu-essay Manzanar.

Taiwanese-American filmmaker Norbert Shieh, meanwhile, was selected for a Scholarship for Preserves, a feature doc about Taiwanese farmers trying to keep their ancient agricultural tradition alive.

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