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MIPTV: The Week that was (Part 1)

The 51st International Television Programs Market (MIPTV) took place in Cannes from Monday and came to an end today. More than 11 000 people descended to the South of France for the TV conference, where shows, ideas, TV movies and everything that involves TV was discussed and sold to a worldwide market. The theme this year was basically about the new age of storytelling and the effect that new mediums and ways of storytelling, has on shows. Plus premieres of shows are always one thing to look forward to. 

South African actress, Bonnie Mbuli, who can be seen on Rockville and Traffic! and also the Late Night News team was apparently also present at the conference.

We followed Bonnie's tweets about MIPTV and she sat through various panels and premieres, including one with Kim Cattrall and rapper, 50 Cent's new TV show, Power, which will be screened on Starz. 

One of the big discussions was the role of the internet in TV, especially with web series and how popular they are. How well do they transition to TV? In South Africa, Bonang Matheba had a web reality series and she wanted to control it, hence she didn't allow it to become a T show. Some are choosing to keep their shows online because of the presence and popularity it has. 

Parks and Recreations' Amy Poehler and the stars of web series turned awesome TV comedy series, Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, were present at MIPTV, which was fitting because of the success of the show, which has been renewed for a secind season. Deadline's international editor, Nancy Tartaglione, moderated a panel discussion about the show's successful transition from web series to TV series. 

TV is changing. Lyle Stewart, the SVP of Sony Television Picture's CEEMEA region said in an  interview with SMtv that TV is changing so much in the coming five years than it has 20 years ago. 

There are platforms for more TV shows and it's time that we all take advantage of them, especially in South Africa. Even with the high broadband prices, etc, there still is a chance for great stories to be told and maybe they will, like Broad City, cross the line over to TV. 

More Videos on the panel discussions coming up in the next post. 

PICS: MIPTV and Just Jared

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