MIA Speakers to Include Paramount, Imagine Documentaries Execs Global Bulletin

MIA, the international market held annually in Rome, has announced the first confirmed speakers for its ninth edition.

This year, speakers at the industry event — which focuses on co-production, financing strategies and sales and distribution — include Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount of Paramount Television Studios and Paramount+ Original Scripted Series; Sara Bernstein, president of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries; Marge Dean, head of Skybound Entertainment’s animation studio and president of Women in Animation; “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman; Nicholas Weinstock, founder and president of Invention Studios and “Severance” producer; and James Townley, chief content officer of development at Banijay.

Clemens’ upcoming productions at Paramount include Taika Waititi’s “Time Bandits” and Billy Crystal’s “Before” as well as “Cross” starring Aldis Hodge. Bernstein will give a keynote on her career, focusing on recent Imagine productions including “Judy Blume Forever” and “Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming With Dave Letterman.” Dean will give a keynote address on developing animated content for teens and adults, including Amazon Prime’s “Invincible.” Townley will also deliver a keynote on creating unscripted IP at Banijay.

Directed by Gaia Tridente, MIA held its first edition in 2015 and has since grown thanks to a partnership with ANICA, the Italian Association of Film, Audiovisual and Digital Industries, and APA, the Italian Audiovisual Producers Association.

Additional speakers, along with a full program of the market, will be released in the coming weeks. MIA will take place from Oct. 9 to 13 at Palazzo Barberini and Cinema Barberini.

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