Mip TV: Ben Pyne, Rola Bauer Among ‘Medailles’ Honorees

Ben Pyne, Disney Media Networks’s global distribution prexy, and Rola Bauer, Tandem Productions CEO/Studiocanal exec are among the five Medailles d’Honneur recipients who will be feted at the upcoming MipTV showcase in Cannes for their leadership and contribution to the international film and TV world.

The other honorees are Punit Goenka and Amit Goenka, the co-CEOs of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, and Marcel Vinay, president of Mexico’s Comarex.

“It is a tremendous honor to present these five outstanding personalities with the MIPTV 2016 Médailles d’Honneur, which acknowledges how they each have made such a significant contribution to our industry, and whose exemplary leadership qualities are an inspiration to the entire sector,” said Laurine Garaude, Reed Midem’s television division topper.

An industry vet who’s worked for Disney for about 24 years, Pyne is responsible for the global and domestic distribution and sales of Disney’s entertainment as well as the news content portfolio. Over the past five years, Pyne played a key role in reupping deals with every major U.S. TV distributor, including a deal with Comcast that allowed for the launch of Watch Disney Channel/XD/Junior channels online.

Bauer leads Studiocanal’s TV production and co-production initiatives in the U.S. market, spearheading production of scripted formats and co-productions, as well as working synergies with Vivendi’s Universal Music Group. Bauer also heads Studiocanal’s German-based outfit Tandem Productions, U.K.-based Red Production Company and Guilty Party, and Sam Productions, based in Denmark. Her credits as exec producer include “Spotless,” “Crossing Lines” and “The Pillars of the Earth.” The German exec was named outstanding producer of the year at the Bavarian Television Awards for her work on the miniseries “World Without End” with Cynthia Nixon and Miranda Richardson.

The Goenka brothers, the first Indian TV executives to receive MipTV’s Médailles d’Honneur, have been a driving force behind Zeel since they took its helm in 2008. Today, the Indian broadcaster is available in 169 countries and reaches over 959 million viewers worldwide.

Meanwhile, Vinay Sr., whose career spans 50 years, joined international sales outfit Comarex as president in January and oversees all global sales activities. He previously worked for TV Azteca, Telecadena and Televisa.

The MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur ceremony will take place on April 6.

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