Volume LII, No. 05, March 06-19, 2020

International Television Program Magazine

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Forward & Intelligence


Reed MIDEM has announced that MIPTV 2020, scheduled for March 30-April 2 has been cancelled due to concerns related to the coronavirus (Covid-19). MIPDoc and MIPFormats, slated for March 28-29, have also been cancelled. CANNESERIES (the Cannes International Series Festival), originally scheduled to run parallel to MIPTV, will now take place October 9-14, alongside MIPCOM. The next edition of MIPTV will take place April 12-15, 2021 in Cannes with MIPDoc and MIPFormats scheduled for April 10-11, 2021. CANNESERIES will be held in April 2021 during MIPTV.

CONTACT: Reed MIDEM, Paris, France. Tel. 33-1-4662-1777. Fax 33-1-4662-1797. Web:




The Series Mania Forum has announced the key speakers and participants for its third annual Lille Dialogues (formerly Lille Transatlantic Dialogues) set for March 26. This one-day summit joins together major political decision makers and leading industry executives for a day of reflection, announcements, and debates on the future of the audiovisual industry. The day includes a rich program of conferences with key speakers to talk about the main changes in the sector and the resulting regulatory changes. Highlights will include keynotes by: Andrea Scrosati, COO, Fremantle, United Kingdom; Giorgio Stock, President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, United Kingdom; Matt Brodlie, Senior Vice President International Content Development, Disney+, USA (TBC).

CONTACT: Series Mania/Forum des Images, Paris, France. Tel. 33-1-44-76-63-07. Email:   Web:


The European Audiovisual Observatory has issued a new report on the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) the audio-visual industry. Based on conclusions reached at their December 2019 conference, which concentrated the legal and ethical challenges it raised by the use of AI in the production of news and fiction content. The resulting free report provides a pathway through the current issues—legal, economic and ethical—surrrounding the use of AI in the audiovisual sector. The report may be downloaded here.

CONTACT: European Audiovisual Observatory, Strasbourg, France. Tel. 33-3-8814-4410. Fax 33-3-8814-4419. Web:




Premiering March 17, “Niall Ferguson’s Networld follows author and historian Niall Ferguson as he visits network theorists, social scientists, and data analysts to explore the history of social networks. Reviewing classic experiments and cutting-edge research, Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and the profit motive can energize ideas and communication, and then change the world. The series is based on Ferguson’s bestselling book “The Square and the Tower” (60’).

CONTACT: Public Broadcasting Service, Alexandria, VA, USA. Telephone 1-703-739-5000. Fax 1-703-739-3889.


Global Telemedia is distributing “Celebrity Page,” a daily series covering all types of events in the world of entertainment from fashion to celebrity relationships, weddings and births. It also spotlights the latest films, albums and TV shows that people are talking about. The show's current lineup of hosts includes Sonia Isabelle and Jaymes Vaughan. Produced in high-definition, program is delivered daily via satellite and can be edited to fit local formats or adapted to use local hosts (daily x 26’).

CONTACT: Global Telemedia Inc., Naples, FL, USA. Tel. 1-203-247-3888. Email:  Web:



“Top Knife” is the ultimate human drama about surgeons who handle the mystery of the brain on a daily basis and are constantly forced to ponder the meaning of life, feelings, and the immense struggles of the brain. This series follows elite surgeons who make countless sacrifices to acquire the best skills in their field to obtain the most coveted title given only to the finest surgeons (10 x 60’).     

CONTACT: Nippon Television, Tokyo, Japan. Tel. 81-3-5275-4139. Fax 81-3-5275-4008. Web:



“Alice-Miranda Friends Forever” tells the story of Alice-Miranda, an extraordinary young girl, who at the age of nine and three quarters has organized her own early entry into boarding school along with her cheeky pony, Bonaparte. The Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Girls Academy is a place of friendship and fun, but also of high drama, mystery and intrigue: there are teachers and students in urgent need of help; a girl determined to be Alice-Miranda arch enemy; Fayle School for Boys under threat, a frightening principal who doesn’t want to be seen and a scary witch in the woods (80’).

CONTACT: ZDF Enterprises, Mainz, Germany. Tel. 49-6131-991-1601. Fax 49-6131-991-1612. Web:



An animated series for six- to eleven-year-olds, “Buck & Buddy” focuses on an unusual pair of allies, Buck the beetle and Buddy the stick insect. Sometimes friends, sometimes foes, they are always trying to get what they need to survive, gathering used, useful but mostly useless objects that have been discarded in the various wastelands that they call home. As best of friends they must learn to live, compete and play in the world they find themselves in (60 x 5’)

CONTACT: Jetpack Distribution, London, UK. Tel.  44-0-20-3561-5881. Email:    Web:


“Treasure Trekkers” follows the intrepid adventures of three heroic mouse-sized adventurers, who are tasked with preserving and protecting the priceless treasures of the world. Mo, Mac and Mip embark on challenging quests unearthing rare and sometimes magical artifacts, whilst learning to navigate their differences and discovering that the most precious treasures – friendship, kindness and respect - are the ones that come from within. Action-comedy series about empathy, friendship, teamwork and learning from each other. Inspired by the award-winning book series “Maurice’s Valises” by acclaimed photographer and author J.S. Friedman (52 x 11’).

CONTACT: Cake Entertainment, London, UK. Tel. 44-0-207-307-3230. Email:   Web: 




If you think the Earth takes millions of years to change, it’s time to think again. “A Day in the Life of Earth” reveals how much our planet can change in just 24 hours. A new era of science allows us to watch as the Earth moves, breathes, shrinks and grows right under our noses. The story is driven by scientists, explorers and everyday people whose experiences link up with cutting-edge data, newly launched satellites and blue chip CGI to show us the true personality of the Earth — more dynamic than it’s ever been seen before. Every minute, new land is born. Every hour, tons of rocks arrive from space. Before you go to sleep, a cloud of dust from the Sahara will have fertilized the Amazon. And while all that was happening, the North Pole moved nearly 150 meters. Every day, you’re waking up on a completely different planet (2 x 50’). 

CONTACT: ZDF Enterprises, Mainz, Germany. Tel. 49-6131-991-1601. Fax 49-6131-991-1612. Web:


“Franz Kafka—a Writer Between Worlds” examines the life and work of author Franz Kafka. This documentary reveals that Kafka’s narratives and novels were not as incomprehensible as many might claim. Several text passages are rendered cinematically, making them much easier to understand. The documentary proceeds through the stages of Kafka's life, from his time in Prague, on to Vienna and then to the Baltic Sea, where he eventually found his greatest love. Programs includes highlights from the performance of “The Tria” at the Salzburg Festival, as well as a look into the investigations of Kafka at the Oxford Research Centre (48’).

CONTACT: ORF Enterprise, Vienna, Austria. Tel. 43-1-87878-13030. Fax 43-1-87878-12757. Web:



Premiering March 30, “Independent Lens: One Child Nation” focuses on China's one-child policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child. The policy may have officially ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returned to China to speak with her own mother and brother and explore the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment (60’). 

CONTACT: Public Broadcasting Service, Alexandria, VA, USA. Telephone 1-703-739-5000. Fax 1-703-739-3889.

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