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MIPCOM warms up for a cool autumn

MIPCOM looks like being a buyer’s market, with concerns being expressed internationally that insufficient new content and diminishing bank balances could prevent the market from being a success.

So, what to expect on the box next year? International buyers predict good business for returning US drama series, as there’s no need to market them as heavily as new product, and returning formats (ditto).

Polar Cap Productions has secured agreements with the Documentary Channel in New Zealand (amongst others) for its HD documentary The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning.

The film has been selected to be screened at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, December 7 to 18 to 190 world leaders and 11,000 delegates. There’s going to be an awful lot of popcorn needed.

Stretching a metaphor almost to breaking point, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General, said, “Of all the canaries in the climate coal mine, the polar regions and the mountain glaciers are singing the hardest and the loudest.”

Richard Hammond, of Telecom’s XT TVCs which stretch the truth beyond breaking point and ‘won’ Worst Ad in the Fair GO awards, will return to our screens. DCD Media has flogged his kids’ science game show Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab to NZ.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand has made it on to C21 Media’s list of hot properties for the market, with an impressive if bloodthirsty trailer.

A goodly number of Kiwi buyers and sellers will make the trip to Cannes for MIPCOM. 22 companies are registered for the market. Buyers – or prospective buyers, at least – include TVNZ, who are sending 3 staff (down from the usual 5), Maori Television and MediaWorks, who have 2 staff attending.

Sellers – some also represented by distribution companies – include Great Southern, Greenstone, Imagination, NHNZ and South Pacific Pictures.

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