MIPCOM and TBI announce the 9th edition of Content Innovation Awards

MIPCOM and TBI announce the 9th edition of Content Innovation Awards
MIPCOM CANNES and Informa PLC today announced a partnership that sees Television Business International (TBI)’s Content Innovation Awards move into the main conference programme in Cannes on Wednesday, 18 October 2023 with the event open to all MIPCOM CANNES delegates.

This year marks the 39th edition of MIPCOM CANNES, celebrated as “the mother of all entertainment content markets” and the world’s greatest gathering of TV and Entertainment Executives (16-19 October 2023).

Now in their 9th Edition, the Content Innovation Awards (CIAs) honour companies, individuals and content at the forefront of innovation within the global television industry and celebrates those making significant contributions transforming the medium of television.

For the first time, the CIAs will be staged in the Grand Auditorium of the world-renowned Palais des Festivals and produced in partnership with MIPCOM CANNES. Pre-ceremony drinks will commence from 5.30 pm, the hour-long ceremony begins at 6.30 pm, and will be followed by a celebratory cocktail reception for all nominees and delegates set against the iconic Cannes backdrop in the Auditorium’s elegant glass fronted lobby.

A total of 17 winners will be awarded in 2023, chosen by a jury of international industry professionals and including two new categories: ‘Best Docudrama’ and ‘FAST Channel of the Year’. The full list of categories, details of eligibility, rules on how to enter and the 2023 Jury line-up for the CIAs can be found here. Submissions can be made through 19 July 2023. The 2023 shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, 6 September.

“Television’s ability to innovate is relentless and inspiring,” said Lucy Smith, Director of MIPCOM CANNES and MIPJUNIOR. “We’re delighted to partner with Informa and TBI to continue to celebrate the companies and individuals who epitomise this globally. What could be more galvanising on the final evening of the industry’s biggest annual international market than coming together to toast such ingenuity as a global community.”

Richard Middleton, Editor at TBI, said: “The Content Innovation Awards are a unique event that recognise the best shows and teams working in the global TV industry. We couldn’t be happier to be working with MIPCOM CANNES on taking the Awards to a new level at the biggest market of them all.”

Stephenie Hawkins, Event Director, Media & Entertainment Informa Tech said: “We are excited to partner with MIPCOM and bring the CIAs back to Cannes to celebrate the ending of 2023’s MIPCOM CANNES. Our team is preparing an exciting program to bring our industry together to applaud our finest.”

The partnership also marks a return to the city of Cannes for the CIAs, the event having been staged in previous years as a pre-market dinner for nominees on the Croisette, and last year held in London, where Crime, Once Upon A Time In Londongrad and The Masked Singer were among the winners. A full list of 2022 winners can be found here.

Over 11,000 delegates from over 100 countries are expected in Cannes for the 39th International Co-Production & Entertainment Content Market and MIPJUNIOR, which returns to the JW Marriott on the weekend preceding with a pre-market opening on Friday afternoon (13-15 October).