Opinion Piece: NV Studios at MIPTV 2019

NV Studios became the first-ever South African production company to host a stand on prime real estate in the Riviera at MIPTV 2019, a sign of the company’s growing global stature.

COO & Showrunner Graeme Swanepoel; Financial & Operations Director Terona Kannigan; Sales, Development & Acquisitions Executive Witney Tucker and CEO Damien Brown all attended one of the world’s biggest content markets, armed with an exciting slate of new formats, including gumshoe follow-doc Call Joe Brat; historical recreation series Africa’s Greatest Ancient Mysteries; action-packed paramedic documentary series Lifeline; paranormal real estate jaunt Haunted Hollywood Homes; round-the-world travel series Global Wheeling; explosive investigative series Blown Away; environmental examination Green Warrior and craft beer lifestyle show That Craft Life.

MIPTV 2019 Trends

In-between catching up with the company’s existing international distribution and production partners and hosting several successful meetings with potential new affiliates, the team took some time to take the temperature of the market and see what trends are shaping the future of broadcast & streaming content creation.

In the factual space, trends seem to remain constant, with most buyers continuing to favour shows which deal with genres like science, history and travel. While the hunger for formats remains constant, there’s very much a desire for improved production values and ambition when it comes to finding brave new ways to captivate viewers with compelling stories. Co-productions and collaborations continue to be the ways in which producers navigate ever-shrinking commissioning budgets.

NV Studios keeps a keen eye on the Scripted Content world

NV Studios is pioneering several new scripted series as the business continues to grow, so the team paid keen attention to what was happening in that space at MIPTV 2019.

The need to keep budgets lean is seeing a focus on local productions with remake potential – shows that can be adapted, repurposed or even entirely remade for other markets.

In English markets, crime drama continues to thrive, but requires powerful casting with big names to attract the required investment. For foreign-language markets, Dramedies, Romantic Comedies and straight-up Comedy are the focus – especially those with the ability to be adapted for other markets.

NV Studios will share more news from MIPTV 2019 soon.

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