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MipTV to honour four senior executives

MUMBAI: Television trade event MipTV 2014, which takes place next month in Cannes, France, will honour four television executives with the MipTV Médaille d’Honneur Award.

Launched last year on the occasion of MipTV’s 50th anniversary, the prestigious Médaille d’Honneur is awarded to senior international executives who have, through their talent, leadership, and passion, made a significant contribution to the world of television and to the development of the international TV community.

The honourees to receive the accolade are:

*20th Century Fox Television Distribution president of international television Marion Edwards. Edwards oversees the licensing of all content produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Fox21, FX Production and Fox Television Studios to international premium pay, basic pay, and network television worldwide. Edwards also established the successful international format division creating an additional revenue stream for the studio. Local versions of ‘Modern Family’ (Chile, Israel), ‘Prison Break’ (Russia) and ‘24’ (India) have already been produced, with a Chinese adaptation of ‘Glee’ about to go into production.

*The second person is Channel One Russia CEO Konstantin Ernst. Since 1995, Ernst has headed Channel One Russia, the country’s leading broadcaster, watched by an audience of some 250 million worldwide. He was the chief creative director and Screenwriter of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

*Herbert G. Kloiber is German media company Tele München Group chairman and owner. Kloiber started his career at Leo Kirch’s Beta/Taurus in 1970, before joining Unitel, a film and television production company specialising in opera and concert films. In 1977, he acquired Tele München and developed the company’s production operation into a fully-integrated media corporation. TMG now controls one of the largest television and film libraries in Europe. Its activities include the production and acquisition of feature films, TV productions and classical music programmes, as well as their distribution in the theatrical, video, broadcasting and merchandising sectors. TMG is a shareholder in the German networks TELE 5 and RTL II, and ATV and ATV II in Austria.

*Tim Worner is Australian media company Seven West Media CEO. It is the parent company of the TV network Seven Television. Worner started his broadcast career as a journalist at Channel Seven Perth. A consummate TV professional, he has worked in many capacities since joining the Seven Network in 1995.

The MipTV 2014 Médaille d’Honneur awards will be presented by Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk during a gala dinner on 9 April at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

Reed Midem’s television division director Laurine Garaude said, “It is a real privilege and honour to recognize these four outstanding industry figures who have hugely contributed to international programming and whose talent, passion and leadership continually drive the global TV industry forward”.