Bollywood legend discusses social impact of his TV talk show
Paris, 18 September 2014 – MIPCOM today announces that top Indian actor-director-producer Aamir Khan will take to the stage for the inaugural MIP MegaSession, entitled ‘The Future of Factual.’
Organised by Reed MIDEM, the MIPCOM entertainment content tradeshow takes place in Cannes from October 13-16.
Scheduled for Tuesday October 14, the first ever MIP MegaSession will gather leading players driving the next generation of online and linear factual programming on the main stage of the Grand Auditorium to discuss where the genre is heading.
Khan has starred in dozens of Hindi movies, including some of the highest-grossing Bollywood hits of all time. He is also a writer, director and producer, his credits including the colonial story “Lagaan,” which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Since May 2012, Khan has fronted the Hindi talk show “Satyamev Jayate” (“Truth Alone Prevails”), broadcast in India on the Star channels and the Doordarshan network. The show has had a deep impact on Indian society and its ruling classes, highlighting sensitive social issues such as female foeticide, rape, child sexual abuse, dowry customs, honour killings, domestic violence and wider environmental issues. “Satyamev Jayate” has been watched by some 700 million people, and is also a major hit with online viewers and has a huge following on social media.
Khan will be in conversation with Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer Morgan Spurlock, when he will expand upon what drove him to produce the show under his banner, how it has struck such a resounding chord in India, and whether its format can be replicated in other countries.
Other global media business and entertainment leaders who are slated to speak at this year’s MIPCOM include Simon Cowell, 21st Century Fox’s James Murdoch, CBS’s Armando Nunez and David Stapf, and Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos.
About MIPCOM – 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of MIPCOM, the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each October, the industry’s major players from TV and film – converge in Cannes to create a new world of entertainment. MIPCOM turns every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals, from blockbuster programming to ground-breaking partnerships. And MIPJunior – the leading showcase for kids programming which takes place the weekend before MIPCOM – unites the world’s most influential buyers, sellers, producers, digital players, publishers and licensing executives who present, discover and screen the very latest content. For the first time this year MIPJunior will be held at the Palm Beach, the Croisette’s glamorous landmark location. Please visit www.mipcom.com