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BuzzFeed Motion Pictures’ Ze Frank to Deliver MIP Digital Fronts Keynote

Ze Frank and Michael Shamberg tackle moviemaking in online era

Fresh off a $50 million investment from venture capital company Andreessen Horowitz and the creation last August of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, which he heads up as president, BuzzFeed’s Ze Frank (pictured) will deliver a keynote speech at 2015’s Mip Digital Fronts. He will team with producer Michael Shamberg (“Django Unchained,” “Erin Brokovich”), also a BuzzFeed consultant.

Talking Tuesday April 14, Frank and Shamberg will discuss the future of digital Hollywood, tackling the shifts in production/distribution now challenging traditional film and TV models.

They seem ideally placed to do so. Frank joined BuzzFeed, the social focused Web publisher, as exec VP of video in 2012. The creation of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures signaled BuzzFeed’s strategic focus on video content running anywhere from animated GIFs to short- and longform content, including full-length movies. Frank and Shamberg will deliver their vision of the opportunities for moviemaking in a social-digital era at a time when there seems no clear consensus on movie production strategy at the world’s big digital players.

Frank was chosen this January as a Variety Digital Entertainment Exec to Watch.

“We are very excited that BuzzFeed is featured in our Mip TV 2015 program, as they are at the forefront of reshaping the media landscape of tomorrow. Ze Frank represents this new generation of producer-creators, and Michael Shamberg has a dazzling track record as a producer. This makes for a terrific pairing to drive the digital transformation of Hollywood,” said Laurine Garaude, director of television at Reed Midem, organizer of Mip TV.

An international screenings showcase for multichannel networks, digital studios and online publishers, the Mip Digital Fronts created a pioneering major TV event market for original online productions and Web series suitable for adaptation across all screens and platforms.

Unspooling during Mip TV for two-and-a-half days, the screening of new online productions will be followed by onstage interviews with the producers and creative executives, as well as appearances by the talent behind the content, plus matchmaking sessions with the new breed of content creators.

A TV and digital content market, Mip TV runs April 13-16 in Cannes.

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