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MIP London Is Launching In 2025 – New Event Will Run Alongside The London Screenings As MIPTV In Cannes Ends

UPDATED, 3:59 AM: RX France has now confirmed our scoop and sent out a press release with quotes.

“The creation of MIP London is a direct result of clear and evidenced market factors,” said Lucy Smith, Entertainment Division Director, RX France. “There is a continued appetite for a global content market in the first half of the year. MIP London will not only alleviate a busy events calendar but will provide an additional entry point for international companies to gather in London at the same time.”

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ORIGINAL EXCLUSIVE, 2:57 AM: It’s confirmed – or will be later today – the organizers of MIPTV will set up a new event in London in 2025. Deadline can reveal that MIP London will be based in The Savoy hotel and an adjacent space, the IET London, in a seismic change to the international TV calendar. Historic programming market MIPTV has been situated in Cannes since the 1960s and the 2024 event will be its swansong.

The new event will run concurrently with the hugely successful London Screenings.

The news that MIPTV organizer RX France was hatching plans to end its event in the south of France and set up in the UK has been the talk of international TV circles since Deadline broke the news in February.

At that point, plans were advanced, but the lack of definitive comment from RX meant weeks of will-they-won’t-they speculation. It turns out they will.

Lucy Smith, Director of the entertainment division at RX France, has been on a charm offensive to persuade both potential MIP London attendees and the companies associated with the London Screenings of the benefits of having a new event in the English capital.

The message has been that RX will not just transpose the usual Palais Des Festivals proceedings to The Savoy and 1,300 capacity IET London venue, and it will be a more boutique set-up for international distributors to hold meetings with buyers, network, and, crucually, screen their wares. It won’t be the classic MIPTV set-up with exhibitors and stands.

Several UK-based distributors have bristled at the notion of – as they saw it – MIPTV muscling in on the London Screenings, which have become a successful diary date for international buyers. The event, which take place in February is akin to the LA Screenings – with about 750 acquisition execs watching episodes of new shows. MIPTV, meanwhile, is more of a buyer-seller confab with distributors paying for space and execs taking half-hour meetings.

The pushback from some London Screenings distribs – there are 29 in all – came because they could not see what adding that MIPTV component could add to their event. They also balked at the idea that RX was monetizing something they had built and which requires no paid-for ticket. MIP London will, however, be free for accredited buyers, Deadline understands.

RX is understood to be aiming the new event at international sales outfits that want to be on the ground in London in Feb. Distributors based outside the UK have been more receptive than the locals to the idea of setting up in London alongside the Screenings.

A practical issue for RX was where to house MIP London. Options quickly narrow when the requirement is for large, prime, venues in a very central location, close to the existing action. A lot of the top spots are already spoken for, but RX has secured The Savoy, on the Strand, and the neighboring IET venue. A welcome event is expected to take place on the Sunday before MIP London and the 2025 Screenings kick off in earnest on Monday, 24 Feb.

The news that MIPTV will end is a blow to Cannes given it has housed the market since the 1960s, but RX still has a long-term deal with the city and will continue to run events there – notably MIPCOM, which remains the biggest international TV confab of the year.

No-one was in any doubt, however, that change was needed. The emergence of Content London, The London Screenings, and Series Mania all impacted MIPTV attendance, which has dwindled. Smith has grasped the nettle and is making the change that international TV folk have been gossiping about and predicting for years – often, ironically, in the restaurants and bars of Cannes during MIPTV itself.

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