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Aamir Khan to take centerstage at MipCom

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MUMBAI: MipCom has announced that Indian actor-director-producer Aamir Khan will take to the stage for the inaugural MIP MegaSession, entitled ‘The Future of Factual.’ 

Organised by Reed MIDEM, the MipCom entertainment content tradeshow takes place in Cannes from 13 to 16 October.

Scheduled for 14 October, the first ever MIP MegaSession will gather leading players driving the next generation of online and linear factual programming on the main stage of the Grand Auditorium to discuss where the genre is heading.

Khan has starred in dozens of Hindi movies, including some of the highest-grossing Bollywood hits of all time. He is also a writer, director and producer, his credits including the colonial story 'Lagaan', which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Since May 2012, Khan has fronted the Hindi talk show 'Satyamev Jayate' (Truth Alone Prevails), broadcast on the Star channels and the Doordarshan network. The show has had a deep impact on Indian society and its ruling classes, highlighting sensitive social issues such as female foeticide, rape, child sexual abuse, dowry customs, honour killings, domestic violence and wider environmental issues.  'Satyamev Jayate' has been watched by some 700 million people, and is also a major hit with online viewers and has a huge following on social media.

The third season of the show will soon go on air taking forward the philosophy that anything is possible ('Mumkin hai').

Khan will be in conversation with Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer Morgan Spurlock, when he will expand upon what drove him to produce the show under his banner, how it has struck such a resounding chord in India, and whether its format can be replicated in other countries.

Khan's session in France was coordinated by Indiantelevision.com group founder, CEO and editor in chief Anil Wanvari, who represents Reed Midem's content markets Mipcom and MipTV in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh and music market Midem in India, and Reed Exhibitions Singapore based market Asia Television Forum in India.

Other global media business and entertainment leaders who are slated to speak at this year’s MipCom include Simon Cowell, 21st Century Fox’s  James Murdoch, CBS’s Armando Nunez and David Stapf, and Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos.

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