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TVWeek.com is proud to welcome a trio of prominent executives who will be our eyes and ears on the French Riviera at this year’s MIPTV international television market.

The three companies these gentlemen represent all figure to be involved with some of the biggest deals to take place in Cannes, whether it’s program acquisition, sales, technology, or developing new platforms.

Mr. Neil Braun is president of distribution and marketing for Starz Media, a U.S. company heading to MIP for the first time. Sean Cohan is senior VP, International for A&E Television Networks and will be at the market with the goal of managing and expanding A&E Television Networks’ brands and services outside the U.S. Greg Moyer serves as general manager of Voom HD Networks, and will be at MIP to explore new avenues for his brand.

As the world gets smaller, all three of these companies figure to play bigger roles both within the United States and around the world. Their blogs will provide insights to the market that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Good Sales, Good Weather

April 17, 2007 7:37 PM

Neil Braun, Starz at Cannez

Cannes, France – This has been a long but satisfying day for us at MIP, since tonight we celebrated the strong premiere performance of our new action series, “Painkiller Jane.” It attracted nearly 1 million viewers in our core demographics, and helped power Sci Fi Channel to its best second quarter Friday in two years, drawing a nearly equal mix of young men and young women. So we kicked off the evening with a gala rooftop cocktail party, followed by a very intimate dinner with the series’ star and co-executive producer, Kristanna Loken, and its executive producer and show runner Gil Grant and some buyers and other representatives in key territories.

But we’ve got more going on than just that show. We’ve seen a lot of interest today in our package of titles based on the Japanese anime style from Starz Home Entertainment’s Manga Entertainment division. We’re putting together a weekly block of Manga programming for a U.S. network, and we’re now also talking to major networks in various international territories.

Similarly, we’ve had many interested buyers stopping by asking about “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!,” which has already scored strong ratings wherever it’s played – the U.S., the U.K. and Australia so far – and we look to close some deals in other markets as well.

One reason why markets like MIP are so important, though, is that it’s not just to generate sales; in addition to our sales team, our contingent in the Riviera Seaview this year includes a hefty contingent from our various production units, including Starz Productions, Starz Animation, Film Roman and Manga. They’ve had a number of intriguing meetings with potential foreign production partners, and we hope to come back from Cannes with series, mini-series and movie opportunities.

All in all, then, things look good for us … and I hope others here too, are enjoying good sales along with the good weather.

Neil Braun is President of Distribution and Marketing at Starz Media.

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