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Written by Jack Hopkins on 11th October 2017

MIPCOM is back which means a return to the beautiful Cannes for a few days of industry leading speakers, innovative announcements and exclusive screenings. Running between the 16-19th October, its networking opportunities make it a crucial date in anyone’s diary. Here’s a few things at MIPCOM 2017 that have caught our eye.  

There’s a variety of world famous stars attending the event to give talks on the media industries and their careers. Catherine Zeta Jones is just one of the icons there, addressing the attendees of the Women in Global Entertainment Power lunch. Gordon Ramsay is also attending, talking about his techniques and processes that have kept him in the limelight for over 25 years. The HBO Chairman and CEO, Richard Plepler, will also be there to pick up the renown Variety Vangaurd award for his international growth of the HBO brand. 

Industry professionals also make the pilgrimage to the event, publicising their upcoming projects to likeminded individuals and potential clients. Sumi Connock is the Creative Director at BBC Worldwide and is looking to showcase its new formatting programme to stir up interest in the brand. Another professional that’s off to Cannes is Charlotte Walls, the co-founder and CEO of Catalyst Global Media. She’s there to talk about how the film and television financing worlds are merging into one holistic business.

Exclusive screenings are always popular and continue to be one of the most significant parts of MIPCOM. It therefore seems to be a fitting stage for the launch of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, featuring the music of Hanz Zimmer and a one-off masterpiece by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. The BBC are also taking their adaption of Jessie Burton’s thriller, The Miniaturist, to MIPCOM which is set to turn a lot of heads. As is Michael Portillo’s new venture, Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain, set to air on Channel 5 after his hugely successful documentary series Great American Railroad Journeys.

Have an amazing time if you’re off to sunny (we hope) Cannes and we hope you fit everything in!

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