Mumbai: Innovation and creativity in the Spanish audiovisual industry will take centre stage at Mipcom 2008 during Focus on Spain, a series of events and conferences organised in partnership with the Institute for Spanish Commerce Export (ICEX) and the Federation of Spanish Producers’ Associations (FAPAE). Mipcom, the world’s audiovisual content market, will be held in Cannes from 13 through 17 October.
Focus on Spain, with the support of the Spanish public TV and radio group Corporation RTVE, will provide a snapshot of a fully-diversified audiovisual sector undergoing rapid international expansion. Three conferences will share the spotlight on the Spanish industry: Market Overview; Spanish Fiction: New Business Models and Business Opportunities; and Fresh Fiction from Spain.
Telemundo International president Marcos Santana along with other decision-makers, are expected at the event. During Mipcom Junior (11-12 October), TV3 is hosting a conference under the heading "Animation from Spain: Sharing Expertise," followed by a lunch, which will bring together Spanish and foreign experts to look at youth programming. More events are to be announced in the next weeks.
"We’ve chosen to focus on Spain at this year’s Mipcom to celebrate the creativity and competitiveness of their audiovisual industry, which has taken key positions on the international market over the last few years, mainly thanks to popular formats and series sold the world over," says Reed MIDEM television director Paul Johnson. "Spain has groups with international scope, covering all sectors of the market – production, distribution, broadcasting, all of which are potential partners for Mipcom participants."
ICEX director Ángel Martín Acebes adds, "Focus on Spain is an occasion to show Mipcom participants, the creative and business potential of Spanish audiovisual and telecoms services in a new light, to demonstrate their expertise and their development not just in traditional TV production but also in new sectors like the Internet, mobile telephony and rights management."