MIPTV attendance impacted by Iraq conflict

CANNES: The US-Iraq war has left its impact on the 40th edition of MIPTV.

This holds true if one looks at the numbers announced by organiser Reed Midem as of 26 March. Day one was characterised by typical hustle and bustle making it look like the regular MIPTV. But since then, the numbers have refused to climb.

A Reed spokesperson said, "There have been some cancellations. Some people who were supposed to come on Day 2 and Day 3 did not turn up. But we will know only come to know the exact numbers after MIPTV is over on 28 March."

The numbers as of 26 March:for 2003 vs 2002

Category 2003 numbers 2002 numbers
Participants 9024 10,104
Buyers 2327 2603
Registered Companies 2666 2686
Countries Represented 95 92
Exhibiting Companies 1247


However, the Indian participants do not seem to mind the reduction in numbers. Since the itinerary is less crowded and taxing, everyone has had extra time to spend with each other and discuss. Meetings have been less rushed, observes Balaji Telefilms Rajesh Pavithran. He said, "It has been a good market for us."

Says animation studio Jadoo Works chief Ashish Kulkarni: "It has been a great MIPTV for us. Our deals are progressing well, the lower attendance has proved beneficial."

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