French President François Hollande earlier today urged the Indian government to save everyone valuable time, energy and money by putting an end to the ridiculous practice of bringing really shitty animated content to MIPCOM.
In a formal letter delivered to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Hollande pushed for India to forbid all animation production companies from traveling to and participating in MIPCOM, which runs from October 8-11. The letter explained that since the world has more than enough animated content already, with plenty more where that came from, in fact, enough to last forever, no one at MIPCOM has any need for Indian animation producers to bring their usual onslaught of terrible shows which not a single buyer will license.
Earlier in the week, the recently elected French leader met with representatives of Reed Midem, the event organizer, as well as from MEDIA and its animation arm, Cartoon, who collectively voiced complaints on behalf of the EU and almost every other entity in the entire global animation community.
MEDIA spokesperson Pierre Burre-Manie summed up the meetings with unusual candor. “President Hollande asked, so we told him in no uncertain terms, that we’ve all had enough. Period. Year after year, Indian animation producers flood MIPCOM with incredibly bad animated pilots and series. The stories make no sense. The quality of the animation is terrible. The producers are terribly annoying. If I have to watch one more show reel filled with baby elephants, round-eyed tiger cubs or plucky street urchins, I’m going to slit my own wrists.”
Representatives of NASSCOM’s Animation, VFX and Gaming platform, a well respected Indian trade organization, acknowledged the continual procession of Indian animation producers bringing terrible shows to MIPCOM, haranguing development execs with absurd pitches about monkey gods and cornering unsuspecting buyers in hallways, at receptions and even on city streets. As NASSCOM executive council member Prashant Sangupta explained, Indian producers travel en mass to markets like MIPCOM, MIPtv, Annecy’s MIFA and the Kidscreen Summit because there is nowhere else left for them to try and sell their programming. According to Mr. Sangupta, “Indian TV buyers won’t even let them in their offices any more. They’ve been shut out of their own domestic markets because their shows are unwatchable. Where else are they going to go? They’re your problem now, not ours.”