In glorious sunshine yesterday MIPTV was in full swing on it’s second day. The bars and cafés surrounding the Palais des Festivals and the Croisette were full to bursting point and the atmosphere was buzzing as delegates from the world of TV converged for lunch and to discuss the most recent viewings over chilled rosé wine. Idris Elba has been the talk of the town with the launch of his new documentary “Mandela, my Dad and Me”. A documentary following Elba during the filming of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and based on his journey of self discovery. During which time he struggles with the launch of the album “Idris Elba presents Mi Mandela” a collection of South African music paying tribute to Mandela. Elba also has to cope with the death of another major role model, his father who sadly died suddenly during this period. Produced by Elba’s own company Green Door Pictures, Elba has been in Cannes to personally promote the documentary and the company. From what I overheard at lunch, all have gone down very well in Cannes!
Yesterday evening saw the Nordic Party celebrating TV productions coming out of the Nordic countries which are producing a rapidly growing percentage of highly regarded TV shows. The Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway are the celebrated countries of focus at this year’s event and last night saw the party of the week at the Martinez on the Croisette, hosted by the Nordic Broadcasters in association with Ericsson.
Today saw a slightly cloudy day, but none the less many successful screenings, followed this evening by the Gala Dinner, including the Medaille d’Honneur ceremony. This year’s winners of the prestigious award are Ben Silverman, Chairman and CEO of Electus, Cécile Front-Coutaz CEO of Freemantle Media, Ricardo Scalamandré, Head of International Business at Globo and Irfan Sahin CEO of Dogan TV Holding. All recipients have been honoured for their significant contribution to the world of TV through their longstanding leadership, talent and passion. Well done to all and we wish you a fabulous evening!