Sophie Turner Laing, BSkyB, To Keynote At MIPTV's 50th Edition

8 - 11 April 2013 - Cannes, France

Nov 29, 2012, 11:14 ET from Reed MIDEM

PARIS, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MIPTV today announces Sophie Turner Laing, Managing Director, Entertainment, News and Broadcast Services, BSkyB, to open the MIPTV 2013 Media Mastermind keynote line-up. Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIPTV's 50th edition will take place in Cannes, 8-11 April 2013.

One of the most respected industry personalities, Sophie Turner Laing has overall responsibility for Sky's portfolio of entertainment and news channels including Sky 1, Sky News, Sky Arts, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Movies, as well as Broadcast Operations, Network Planning and the Sky Creative Agency.

"We're delighted to welcome Sophie Turner Laing, a major industry-leading personality, as the first keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary of MIPTV, especially since she celebrates her 30th MIPTV attendance this year," underlined Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM's Television Division. "On this anniversary year, MIPTV continues to expand and embraces the major developments and evolution the industry is currently experiencing. While remaining the ultimate marketplace for sourcing and selling fresh international content, MIPTV is also the forum to stimulate content development, launch co-productions, and look at how new technologies are changing the way content is created, delivered and extended."

"I am very pleased to have been asked to address this year's MIPTV," said Sophie Turner Laing. "Great content sits at the very heart of any successful entertainment business and MIPTV remains the world's most important showcase for that content. I look forward to joining the best in the industry to debate what makes us all tick."

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.