PARIS, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For MIPTV's 50th anniversary, The WIT – World Information Tracking – has selected 50 shows that have shaped the history of television around the world over the past half-century. The WIT will reveal this exclusive selection prior to MIPTV, organised by Reed MIDEM in Cannes, 8-11 April 2013.
"For this anniversary year at MIPTV, The WIT's Top 50 Series selection is a joyful way of celebrating 50 years of international television," commented Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM's Television Division. "These great programmes remind us all of memorable TV moments, as visitors can watch exclusive extracts of the shows, comment on the selection and share emotional memories. Every year for the past five decades at MIPTV, we have seen successful shows being launched internationally, in the process reaching out to global audiences and shaping television of tomorrow."
"To celebrate 50 years of MIPTV, we chose to select 50 emblematic shows, one for each year, starting from 1963 until today," said Virginia Mouseler, CEO of The WIT. "Our aim was to reflect the internationalisation of the television industry over time: featuring shows from the USA of course, but also from Latin America, Asia, Europe... The ultimate selection criteria being emotions and memories created by these TV moments."
The WIT's Top 50 Series is presented on MIPTV's 50th anniversary facebook app and minisite, where MIPTV participants can also share their favourite Cannes anecdotes. The first selection features the 60s & 70s, with subsequent decades published progressively, as the 50th MIPTV draws closer.
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About MIPTV – Founded in 1963, MIPTV is the annual international market and creative forum for content on every screen. It brings professionals from the global TV and online content industry to Cannes, France, for four days of exhibition, conferences, screenings and networking. It is a key market for buying and selling content and early-stage content development. MIPCube constitutes a special programme exploring tech and creative approaches with the community re-inventing the content experience within MIPTV. The weekend prior to MIPTV, MIPDoc and MIPFormats constitute a two-day showcase for non-fiction and unscripted programming. In 2013, MIPTV celebrates its 50th anniversary. www.miptv.com
SOURCE Reed MIDEM