Mipcom back with a bang – Deadline

Welcome back to Insider, Jesse Whittock guiding you through this time. It was a week of excitement from the international TV industry in Cannes and another week of utter chaos in Downing Street in the UK. All the latest news and views follow, so let’s go.

Mipcom back with a bang


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Cannes goods and co-pros: Although I was back in the UK this week, everyone in the international TV business was in one place – the south of France at the Palais des Festivals. For the first time in three years, Mipcom (now officially Mipcom Cannes) was back in full force — no hybrid market antics here. Organizer RX France claimed nearly 11,000 people made the trip. The annual attendance announcement used to be greeted with cynical chuckles from long-in-the-tooth journalists, but the feeling is that the number seems reasonable this year. Not a bad result for an industry that not so long ago regularly talked about the decline of physical sales markets. However, as Max noted yesterday from France in his market overview, the pure sales swamp of the past is turning into a co-production market more akin to a Berlinale, Series Mania or Connecta Fiction. The inclusion of a 1,000 m² Producers Hub is the physical encapsulation of that change. More here.

Delevingne on ‘Planet Sex’: People like Banijay, Fremantle, Amazon and Fox delivered well-attended keynote speeches, although it was Thomas Dey of ACF Investment Bank who revealed all about how the Swedish Embracer Group acquired the underlying rights to the Lord of the Rings empire that really made the WhatsApps fly and the deputies gossiped – at least from a business standpoint. However, the one that no one will forget for years to come was Only murders in the building and suicide squad star Cara Delevingne’s talk about her experiences filming BBC Three and Hulu doc ​​series Planet Sex. She recalled attending masturbation seminars, porn libraries, and getting a blood test during orgasm. Mama Mia. It certainly got everyone excited/hot, when distributor Fremantle walked out of the market with 92 sales under his belt.

Banijay’s Big Game: The first blood of the market went to Max who brought in the news that Banijay has boughtChloe producer Mam Tor Productions, the first deal in the UK since the acquisition of Endemol Shine Group in 2020. Banijay execs called Mam Tor’s founder Tally Garner an “exceptional talent who has developed a brilliantly composed slate” and we can expect a lot from the slate from the producer. That wasn’t the only M&A of the week, of course, as BBC bought out Studios kill eve producer Sid Gentle Films, and rumor grew around consolidation in the distribution market, which buzzed after Banijay announced earlier this month it would buy Australian company Beyond International. ITV Studios experienced an awkward moment when the talk was interrupted by news that ITV was considering selling its production and sales arm to revive its share price, and Fremantle and Banijay were linked with a deal with Canada’s Cineflix, but there are it is assumed that both distance themselves. from now. However, my sources tell me that this is a live and we will be monitoring developments closely. For our full coverage of Mipcom Cannes, click here and read on.

British government loses truss

    Liz Truus.

Liz Truus.

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Will the next Prime Minister please stand up? We could reserve a weekly spot in this column for the carnage that is happening almost daily in the current British government. Yesterday, Liz Truss entered the record books by announcing that she would be leaving office — the shortest run in history. After replacing deposed Boris Johnson, her tenure was certainly eventful, but doomed from the start. She became Prime Minister just before Queen Elizabeth II died (Truss’s anointing was in fact the monarch’s last public work) and then released a mini-budget that was roundly rejected by all ends of the political spectrum and saw the pound collapse as banks and foreign investors distanced themselves from it. She tried to return, but the country had made a decision and resigned yesterday. A new leadership contest has opened – meaning Britain will soon have its third prime minister in four months. The Conservative Party’s rivals are demanding that the chaos be ended with a general election, but this is unrealistic. Rumor has it that Johnson plans to run again, and who knows where that will lead. Light relief was found in a tabloid with a live feed of a lettuce all week to see if Truss could last longer. The lettuce won. However, it has been another damaging week for the UK and its international standing. Read Zac’s report on Truss’ departure here.

Be careful what you say: Elsewhere in British politics this week, Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy was banned for a week after he was caught on a microphone that Tory MP Steve Baker called a “c***”. The pair were engaged in a spirited conversation about the chaos surrounding the conservative leadership. Naughty, Krishnan. Nadine Dorries was also roasted, but by a committee of MPs that has investigated her claims that a Channel 4 reality show she appeared in in 2010 was Tower of the House of Commons, had used actors instead of real people. With no evidence to back up her outlandish allegations and a refusal to self-correct, the Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sport’s special report was damning, suggesting that Channel 4’s longtime critic had, in fact, deliberately tried to “damage the reputation.” of the broadcaster Read more about Guru-Murthy here and Dorries here.

Vue’s ‘Glass Onion’ Play

Glass onion and Sue

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Tim Richards peels back deal layers: Our International Box Officer Editor Nancy got a great exclusive interview with Vue International founder and CEO Tim Richards revealing how Vue closed unprecedented 30-day theatrical window deals for the UK, Germany and Italy with Netflix to show Daniel Craig whodunnit sequel Glass Onion: A Knife Mystery for 30 days before jumping to the streamer. This followed years of discussions with Netflix, which has so far resolutely refused to play ball with exhibitors. Between the nuggets in the extended interview, Richards reveals that he hopes Apple will be the next streamer to appreciate the value of a cinema window and that he would love to see blockbuster TV. Game of Thrones shown on the big screen. Go much deeper.

‘The Crown’ facing backlash

Imelda Staunton as The Queen and Judi Dench

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‘Fictional’ account: It’s been a tough week for those left behind The crown, Netflix’s extremely popular royal family drama. While anticipation for the launch of season five in November was built up through a series of first images and a powerful trailer released yesterday, the series is taking quite a beating from several angles. The season will be in between The crown‘s most controversial yet, featuring the circumstances surrounding the divorce of Prince Charles, now King Charles III, and Diana among other storylines. However, Dame Judi Dench was one of a number of public figures who slammed the show’s upcoming season in a blistering open letter, saying Netflix was portraying “an inaccurate and hurtful account of history.” Netflix responded by quietly adding a disclaimer stating that the show is “fictional” in the description of the latest trailer — something it has so far failed to do. Full coverage here.

In the document: There is also confusion surrounding a Netflix document about Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On Monday, Baz broke the story that the program, which was unofficially slated to launch shortly after in December, The crownThe November 9 debut was pushed back after executives were shocked by backlash against the drama. Reports have since suggested the show won’t be delayed, but nothing official is coming from Netflix at the moment.

Happy Birthday Aunt

New broadcasting house

The BBC’s new broadcasting house

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The BBC is 100 years old this week and we wish the broadcaster affectionately known to (parts of) the British public as Auntie a happy birthday. The British government, which currently has a difficult relationship with the BBC at best, changed its tune when Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan wished her well and pointed to the many successes of the past decades. However, the battle for the future of the BBC is far from over and BBC bosses Tim Davie and Richard Sharp must use all their wits if they are to find the right tools to ‘lead the next 100 years’. More here. In the short term, they can celebrate ten decades of broadcasting history.

The essentials

Vicky Krieps, Dacre Montgomery

Vicky Krieps, Dacre Montgomery

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Hot One: Weird stuff star Dacre Montgomery cast opposite Vicky Krieps in ghost story Went up the hill. Another Andreas special.

Another: Lionsgate finances and sells Irish-Belgian drama series northern LightsI reported on Wednesday.

Secure, Another: Max revealed The Handmaid’s Tale EP Matthew Hastings is working on a Spanish Civil War drama.

First sight: Olga Kurylenko in Bleiberg Entertainment’s Boudica, which wrapped up the shooting in the UK. Andrew about this.

Form: money robbery stars, Fernandos Soto and Cayo, are among those participating in Vix+ Spanish-language series Mischief of the bad girl.

done deal: Blue Story producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor signs with CAA.

Hot spot: Diana had this report on Northern Ireland’s global production plans.

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