Confab bows TV Projects in Development section

By ELSA KESLASSY PARIS

MipJunior, the annual showcase of youth programs held in Cannes, is shaking things up.

The confab, which runs Oct. 1-2, will introduce TV Projects in Development, a section allowing producers to pitch select kids’ live-action and toon programs to potential co-production partners, international sales companies and broadcasters.

“We want to encourage even more producers to attend MipJunior and give content creation and production a stronger focus at the event,” explained Laurine Garaude, director of the TV division at Reed Midem.

“The kids’ entertainment market is becoming increasingly complex, especially for emerging independent producers; our aim is to offer a range of concrete business opportunities to attendees,” she said.

The mart also wants to attract more publishing houses and is organizing events including a matchmaking session where publishers and producers can develop partnerships.

Finally, MipJunior will highlight information on licensing opportunities for completed shows.

As Garaude pointed out, “Some companies have developed a licensing strategy and are selling programs that have built-in licensing potential: MipJunior will help producers connect with the right licensing agents.”

“Licensing has been a growing component of MipJunior,” Garaude said.

MipJunior will continue hosting the Licensing Challenge Competition, which recognizes licensing potential, as well as matchmaking sessions with licensing agents.

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