MIPCOM to Host the Second Annual Women in Global Entertainment Power Lunch

16 Sep 2013

Opening panel featuring Nancy Dubuc, Anne Sweeney, Emily Mortimer andA Noura Al Kaabi

MIPCOM, in partnership with A+E Networks’ Lifetime, will bring together 150 of the most influential women executives in international television and entertainment for the second annual Women in Global Entertainment Power Lunch. This top-level invitation-only networking event will be held on Monday 7 October at the Majestic Hotel, as part of the MIPCOM 2013 content market, which runs 7-10 October in Cannes, France.

A+E Networks’ President & CEO, Nancy Dubuc, will introduce an inspiring panel for a discussion which will focus on MIPCOM 2013’s main theme: the new golden age of television. Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and TV news properties, will give opening remarks prior to joining the discussion.

Anne Sweeney oversees ABC’s studios and TV network, as well as Disney Channels Worldwide comprising 107 international kid-driven channels. Under her leadership, Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms, leverage iTunes, introduce an ad-supported full episode player online, and deliver an iPad app. Among numerous accolades, Anne Sweeney has several times been named “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by the Hollywood Reporter.

Emily Mortimer can currently be seen on HBO with her role as MacKenzie McHale in Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed series, “The Newsroom.” Prior to this, Mortimer collaborated twice with Martin Scorsese, first opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “Shutter Island” and then opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in “Hugo”, which received 11 Academy Award® nominations. Additional credits include Woody Allen’s “Match Point,” Craig Gillespie’s Oscar® nominated comedy, “Lars and the Real Girl,” opposite Ryan Gosling, and Nicole Holofcener’s critically-acclaimed “Lovely & Amazing,” for which she won an Independent Spirit Award. Co-written with fellow actress Dolly Wells, “Doll & Em” is her first original comedy which will premiere on Sky Living in the UK in 2014 and is distributed by Sky Vision at MIPCOM.

Noura Al Kaabi is the CEO of twofour54, a government initiative to develop sustainable media and creative industries for the region. twofour54 aims to foster Arab-focused  media and creative  businesses centred in Abu Dhabi. The media and entertainment hub  also provides training and talent development and facilitates world-class content through its production facilities. Appearing regularly on power-lists of businesswomen in the Arab world, Al Kaabi also oversees the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, the Abu Dhabi Media Summit and TROPFEST Arabia, part of the world’s largest short film festival.

“The entertainment industry has a wealth of talented and powerful women executives, and last year’s highly successful first Women in Global Entertainment Power Lunch at MIPCOM provided a forum for these women to exchange with their international peers,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division. “This year, we’re delighted to welcome Anne Sweeney, Emily Mortimer and Noura Al Kaabi, with Nancy Dubuc and our partner Lifetime, as these exceptional women will share complementary experiences and perspectives on the new golden age of television and launch the discussion that should again prove highly enlightening and productive.”

The panel discussion will moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Television Editor, East Coast, Marisa Guthrie.

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