PARIS, Feb. 14, 2013 – Award-winning science documentary-maker Michael Rosenfeld, Head of Television and Film at Tangled Bank Studios, will give a keynote address at MIPDoc on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The leading international screening & conference event for documentary and factual programming, MIPDoc will be held in Cannes from April 6-7, ahead of MIPTV (April 8-11).
Michael Rosenfeld is a seasoned producer, writer, and television executive with extensive experience in documentary production and new media. He is heading the newly launched Tangled Bank Studios, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's $60 million film and television initiative, set to produce up to 10 hours of science programming annually for TV, cinemas, and digital media. In a career spanning network broadcast, cable, and public television, Rosenfeld has won or led teams that have won hundreds of industry awards, including the Peabody Award and almost 40 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.
In his MIPDoc address, entitled "Reinventing Science Television," Rosenfeld will discuss how the new production company is aiming to create science films that enlighten as they entertain, and support producers who want to do the same. MIPDoc is the place where documentary and factual programming creators and producers deliver their stories to a global audience of up to 400 buyers from 60 countries. At the heart of the market, the world's largest digital library provides the opportunity for producers and distributors to highlight more that 1,000 of their latest documentaries and factual programmes to all leading international buyers.
The 2013 MIPDoc conference programme will offer a rich and varied line-up of sessions and new initiatives responding to the multifaceted nature of today's factual and documentary industry. Co-production and co-financing remain the central focuses, which will be supported through a series of workshops scheduled throughout the two-day event. A major new initiative this year is the Commissioners' Meet Up, which will give creators and producers a chance to showcase more than 130 projects in progress – whether they are in the early stages, in development, or actually in production.
The initiative will feature leading commissioning editors including: Axel Arno, Commissioning Editor, SVT-Sveriges Television; Barbara Biemann , Commissioning Editor, ARD/NDR; Rodolphe Guignard , Head of Broadcasting, RMC Decouverte; Marijke Huijbregts , Commissioning Editor, AVRO; Ann Julienne, Head of International Development, France Televisions; Thierry Mino , Deputy Head of Documentaries & Acquisitions and International Co-Productions, France Televisions; Joon Sueck Park , Acquisitions & Sales Manager, Programming & Planning Team, KNN-Korea New Network; Laurent Sicouri, Head of Acquisitions and International Pre-Buys, Groupe Canal Plus; Tore Tomter , Programme Acquisitions, NRK; Guenaelle Troly, Director of Programming, RMC Decouverte; Mark Starowicz , Executive Director, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Jenny Westergard , Commissioning Editor, YLE.
The MIPDoc International Pitch will feature six of the best projects registered in the MIPDoc 2013 catalogue, offering the finalists the opportunity to pitch live in front of an international panel of commissioning editors and broadcasters on the first day of MIPDoc.
About Tangled Bank Studios
Tangled Bank Studios, LLC, is a production company dedicated to the creation of original science documentaries for broadcast, theatrical, and digital distribution. Founded in 2012 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an extension of its long-standing science education mission, the company aims to produce programs that capture compelling stories of discovery across all branches of scientific inquiry. Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., Tangled Bank Studios partners with producers, broadcasters, and distributors around the world.
Founded in 1963, MIPTV is the annual international market and creative forum for content on every screen. It brings professionals from the global TV and online content industry to Cannes, France, for four days of exhibition, conferences, screenings and networking. It is a key market for buying and selling content and early-stage content development. MIPCube constitutes a special programme exploring tech and creative approaches with the community re-inventing the content experience within MIPTV. The weekend prior to MIPTV, MIPDoc and MIPFormats constitute a two-day showcase for non-fiction and unscripted programming. In 2013, MIPTV celebrates its 50th anniversary. www.miptv.com