The Format People take the helm at MIPFormats



Paris, 10 January 2020 – International formats consultancy group The Format People have been appointed to curate the MIPFormats event in 2020, it was announced today.

MIPFormats is an international showcase for the very best in global [entertainment and factual entertainment] formats. Taking place over the weekend of 28-29 March 2020, ahead of MIPTV, it is the number one event for the formats community with the largest gathering of the world’s leading producers, creators, commissioners, buyers and distributors.

The Format People, established in 2009 by CEO Michel Rodrigue and CCO Justin Scroggie, are already working with organisers Reed MIDEM to bring a fresh look to the schedule and new faces to the podium, in line with the ambition to ‘re-imagine’ the weekend-long event in Cannes in March.

“The formats business continues to evolve and disrupt,” says Michel Rodrigue. “It is essential we find new ways to talk about our industry, and new voices to reflect the changing demographic of content creators and viewers. We are excited Reed MIDEM have given The Format People the opportunity to make this happen.”

“Ideas remain at the heart of our industry”, says Justin Scroggie. “The challenge for today’s format creators is to develop original content that uses the form and function of new technology to deliver compelling narratives that repurpose genres, drive the action, tell a story and find an audience. MIPFormats 2020 will help delegates do both.”

Lucy Smith, Deputy Director of Reed MIDEM’s TV Division says: “Successfully translating global content for local audiences is the lifeblood of the international TV industry and is why formats play such a prominent role at all our international markets.  Michel and Justin’s expertise and involvement in MIPFormats will bring new thinking, new faces and a fresh focus on this fast-growing genre.  MIPTV is the biggest calendar event for producers and buyers of formats and we have underlined our commitment to them this year with the introduction of a brand new programme extended into the week with formats showcases offering an exclusive first look at the next generation of breakthrough shows, a curated list of proven talented and innovative new format producers from all over the world, and  ‘matching sessions’ offering a unique opportunity to meet new partners and unlock business opportunities in key markets.”

About The Format People: The Format People was founded in 2009 by Justin Scroggie and Michel Rodrigue. Over 10 years the Group has grown into a worldwide consultancy practice of like-minded industry professionals – people we like, admire, trust and enjoy working with – with a vast range of complementary skills and experience in the TV and formats business. Services we offer include format creation, development and doctoring; purchase, sales and distribution strategy; ground-up network infrastructure, up-skilling, original studio design, network brand identity, and programming; in-house training and workshops; international market and conference development and implementation.

About MIPFormats:The discovery showcase for the global formats community, MIPFormats takes place in Cannes, France on 28 & 29 March 2020, ahead of the MIPTV (30 March-2 April, Cannes, France) the Global Content Market for the Future.  MIPFormats is the incubator for the very best in entertainment formats: the next wave of must-see non-scripted formats and of creative business solutions.
MIPTV is the largest gathering of the world’s leading producers, creators, commissioners, buyers and distributors serving the needs of the distribution market today and helping the content industry to prepare for the future. An enriched market experience in 2020 will connect people in new ways and presenting fresh content along with exclusive market intelligence alongside a redesigned exhibition experience.

About Reed MIDEM: Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong, MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York, MIPIM PropTech Europe in Paris for the tech and real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy and MAPIC Food & Beverage in Milan, and MAPIC India in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector.


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