Disney honcho to appear Oct. 7

PARIS — Rich Ross, president of Disney Channel Worldwide, will give a keynote speech at Mipcom Junior Oct. 7, organizers said Wednesday.

Ross, in charge of Disney’s 67 feeds around the world, will share the secrets of the Mouse House’s global success with attendees of the two-day kids’ programming mart.

Mipcom Junior runs Oct. 6-7 at Cannes’ Carlton Hotel, while the main Mipcom programming mart runs Oct. 8-12.

Event organizer Reed Midem, a sister company of Variety, unveiled other details of the upcoming Mipcom Junior program, including a panel on kids’ programming in India. The subcontinent is the subject of a bigger focus, Oct. 8, during Mipcom.

Also during Mipcom Junior, Leigh Anne Brodsky, president of Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, will head a jury of experts evaluating five non-aired projects for their licensing potential in the Mipcom Junior Licensing Challenge.

Last year’s Mipcom Junior drew 829 participants and 562 new kids’ shows received their market preem on the Croisette.

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