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Relativity and Amazon Studios bosses to deliver Mipcom keynotes

Chiefs at Relativity Media, Amazon Studios, Bravo and Style Media, and FremantleMedia are to deliver keynote speeches at Mipcom in October.

Mipcom has announced the initial line-up for its Media Mastermind conference programme, held during the TV market in Cannes (October 7-10).

Executives have been selected from across television, film and online to reflect current trends in the market.

They include Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, the US firm that has produced, distributed or structured financing for nearly 200 films such as Limitless, The Fighter and The Social Network. It also operates Relativity Television, which supplies unscripted series such as Catfish the TV Show and is moving into scripted.

Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, oversees the development and production of original film and TV properties for the online retailer. It currently has 24 film projects and 30 television series in development and last week greenlit comedies Alpha House and Betas, and kids shows Creative Galaxy, Annebots and Tumbleaf.

Additional keynote speakers will be Frances Berwick, president of US cable networks Bravo and Style Media, and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, the production and distribution giant behind entertainment, drama, factual entertainment and family shows such as The X Factor, Idols and Got Talent formats.

Laurine Garaude, director of the TV division at Mipcom organiser Reed MIDEM, said: “Television is undergoing a dramatic transformation and confirms itself as the world’s most creative medium for the world’s best storytellers.

“With more screens and more interaction coming into play, television and storytelling as we know it is being redefined — leading to more creative and business opportunities than ever before.

“As we enter a new golden age of television, Mipcom is delighted to welcome some of the most influential personalities of the new world of content from major film, television and online companies such as Bravo and Style Media, FremantleMedia, Relativity Media, and Amazon Studios.”

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