MIPTV 2003 special attraction this year are Russian broadcasters

MUMBAI: The International Television Programme Market (MIPTV), which will be held on 24-28 March 2003 in Paris, has received a record growth in the number of Russian attendees this year. 

The Russian Pavilion will host the focus on Russia conference on 26 March 2003.

The special conference is aimed at exploring the territorys creative, technical and financial resources and looking at potential co-production opportunities.

10 Russian companies will take take seven stands during the market to exhibit their new products and services. During the MIPTV 2003 market, Russia and the ex-USSR will be represented by major Television channels, TV networks, leading production and distribution companies and a substantial number of participants from the Ukraine.

Amongst the Russian companies who will take up the stands are five new entrants. Experts say that the encouraging response is indication of the Russian television industry's revival.

The Russian television scene has been completely transformed since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. According to an official release, there are total of 140 million Russian viewers and 98 per cent of households own a TV set. It therefore seems like there will be several opportunities in terms of programming content, international partnerships and cultural exchanges during the MIPTV market. All these will be high on the agenda during MIPTV for this territory.

During the MIPTV, Mosfilm Cinema Concern will feature along with the first private broadcaster - NTV, Family Screen Company, Moscow based Malaya Asia Co, Russian pubcaster TV Channel Russia (RTR) and Rospo Film- company.

There will be an umbrella stand representing 31 Meridian Studio, 7 TV and Svarog Film during the MIPTV.

During the meet, speakers will discuss movies and series, showcase post-communist documentaries, sports programming and comedy shows. Yuri Folodarsky the co-producer of the first company to create an animated comedy around football entitled Animal Wars will be one of the key speaker.

The event organised by Reed Midem was attended last year by 10200 executives, 2686 companies from 92 countries including 1205 exhibiting companies on 450 stands, and 2,603 buyers.

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