Cannes – MIPTV 2017 provided ample dramas for the thousands of delegates from over 100 countries in Cannes with a host of high-end projects being brought to market from around the world. From Sky Vision’s World Premiere TV Screening of Cote D’Azur-based Riviera, to the latest unseen episode of Canal+’s ‘Engrenages,’ and the first Asian World Premiere TV Screening of Kansai TV’s Crisis, MIPTV confirmed that in the multi-platform environment, standout drama is focusing minds on original story-telling and an increasing number of production alliances are taking shape between television heavyweights and the online superpowers.

April 2 saw over 450 buyers at the second edition of the MIPDrama Screenings where projects from 12 finalists were judged by a Grand Jury of industry leaders. Prizes went to Globo’s Jailers, Beta Films’ Babylon Berlin,AB International Distribution’s sci-fi adventure  Missions, STUDIOCANAL’s Danish drama Ride Upon the Storm, and all3media’s Clique. A number of the 12 shortlisted titles and prize winners reported sales during the market.

For the first time in the history of MIPTV, the 2,000 drama buyers in Cannes were treated to MIPDrama Pre-LA Screenings sneak previews of shows from Disney Media Distribution and Lionsgate.  Among the shows that the two studios previewed, Lionsgate’s key title was the new TV series version of classic movie Dirty Dancing, Disney Media Distribution’s slate included Marvel’s Inhumans and Cloak & Dagger,  also from Marvel.

Day one of MIPTV drew French and international media to a packed press conference devoted to Cannes Series , the new international festival for TV series that will run alongside MIPTV in 2018 and which is backed by Reed MIDEM and Canal+. The MIPDoc and MIPFormats events that took place on the weekend before MIPTV brought together 1,800 participants making it the world’s biggest market for unscripted programming. Speaking at MIPFormats, Conrad Riggs, head of unscripted at Amazon Originals, said he would be focusing on satisfying the growing demand for reality following Amazon Prime Video’s decision to go global at the end of last year. Upcoming projects include Le Mans: Racing Is Everything, from the UK’s New Black Films, and Lore, based on the popular podcast by Aaron Mahnke, which re-tells true stories based on supernatural events.

There was a resurgence of reality entertainment programming from the US. NBC’s Paul Telegdy and Meredith Ahr gave a keynote presentation which spoke of the importance, locally, of big-budget entertainment shows The Wall, Little Big Shots, the soon-to-be- launched World of Dance, and how these home-grown successes will work globally too. Lionsgate’s Sandra Stern announced a game-show based on mobile game Candy Crush that will premiere on CBS in July. And among its unscripted shows MGM Television brought Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, a competition show for budding entrepreneurs.

In the documentary sector, MIPDoc delegates were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about high-end projects that were screened in Cannes. These included NHK’s Tokyo Phoenix: The Rise of Modern Japan from NHK, Arte France and CC&C. PBS International presented excerpts from The Vietnam War to a rapturous reception, while 4KHD co-production Big Pacific provided distributor ZDF Enterprises with the most-watched programme in the MIPDoc Screenings. Presenter, philosopher Jason Silva came to Cannes to highlight his new series for Fox, Origins: The Journey of Humankind.