MipTV Unveils Its Four ‘Medaille’ Honorees

PARIS– This year’s MipTV will pay tribute to Ben Silverman, Electus chairman and CEO, Cécile Frot-Coutaz , FremantleMedia CEO, Ricardo Scalamandré, head of Globo’s international business and Irfan Sahin, Doğan TV CEO, who will all receive a Medaille d’Honneur (Medal of Honor).

MipTV’s Médaille d’Honneur is awarded to international execs who have made a significant contribution to the world of television and to the development of the global TV community.

“It is a great honor to recognize these four exceptional industry figures, who have each, in their own way, made major contributions to the international entertainment content sector, and whose vision and leadership have set the standards in their respective fields,” said Laurine Garaude, Reed Midem’s TV division director.

Silverman exec produced recent major hits including “Jane the Virgin” at the CW, NBC’s “Fashion Star,”Netflix’s “Marco Polo” and NBC’s Running Wild.” Silverman’s current production slate includes Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s series for Amazon, “Fameless” for TruTV and the feature film “Hands of Stone” with Robert De Niro, Usher and Edgar Ramirez. A former co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, Silverman exec produced the Emmy Award-winning NBC comedy “The Office” and the Golden Globe-winning comedy “Ugly Betty.” He also co-created and exec produced “The Tudors” for Showtime.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz overseas FremantleMedia, a group with annual revenue of over €1 billion, which produces more than 10,000 hours of programming a year across its companies located in 28 countries. Born and raised in France, Frot-Coutaz was previously CEO of FremantleMedia North America. While there, she exec produced “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Scalamandré, who handles the group’s international business strategy, development and operations, started his career in the sales department of Brazilian broadcast group Globo and left to found a company with racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi to produce Formula Indy in Brazil. In 1997, he returned to Globo, where he participated in the launch of Globo International, which operates six pay-TV channels and sports and entertainment’s production division that reaches 190 countries.

Sahin  previously served as general manager of Cine5, Turkey’s first pay-TV channel and editor-in-chief of Kanal D. He also produced the popular Turkish drama “Noor – Gumus” which sold to 78 countries. Sahin was named CEO of Doğan TV Holding, which owns Kanal D, as well as other free-to-air channels CNN Türk and TV2, digital platforms, and production companies. Sahin has overseen Turkish makeovers of U.S. formats, notably “Revenge,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Monk.”

The Médaille d’Honneur kudos will be presented by Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk at a gala dinner on April 15 at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

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