PARIS, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Emilio Azcarraga Jean, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Televisa, will be honoured as the MIPCOM 2012 Personality of the Year. Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIPCOM will take place in Cannes, 8-11 October 2012.
Emilio Azcarraga Jean will accept the award on Wednesday 10 October, during a gala dinner for industry executives at the Carlton Hotel, in Cannes. The same day, he will give a keynote address in the Palais des Festival's Grand Auditorium, as part of MIPCOM's Media Mastermind series of presentations. The Chairman of Grupo Televisa will share his views about the current and future challenges of the entertainment industry, and will describe Televisa's achievements as content developer and provider in the global arena.
Emilio Azcarraga Jean's speech at MIPCOM will focus on his commitment five years ago: to go global and become a good partner to grow with. He will explain how Televisa has expanded the reach of its finished products and coproduction efforts around the world; and will close with his thoughts about the future of content, distribution and the transmedia landscape. Mr. Azcarraga Jean truly believes in the value of content and the importance of using all platforms possible for its distribution. Under his leadership at Televisa, he has fostered the distribution of content not only in broadcast TV, but also in pay TV, digital, and more recently in mobile.
Grupo Televisa is the world's largest and most important Spanish-language media corporation. Under Emilio Azcarraga Jean's leadership, Grupo Televisa has doubled its operating margin and constantly garnered over 70 percent of the Mexican Broadcast TV Market. Today, Televisa is the undisputed leader of Spanish-language content worldwide. It produces more than 80,000 hours of original programming each year and exports it to 56 countries, including to an audience of over 50 million Hispanics in the United States. Thanks to its continuous expansion into cable and satellite television as well as landline and mobile telephony services, Televisa has become an important player in Mexico's telecommunications industry.
Mr. Azcarraga Jean's commitment to social responsibility is reflected in his support of Fundacion Televisa, Teleton, Espacio and Endeavor.
"Emilio Azcarraga Jean is one of the world's most inspiring entertainment executives and 2012 has proved a banner year for Grupo Televisa under his direction," said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed MIDEM. "From the company's groundbreaking alliances with Lionsgate, Sony, Nickelodeon and RTI, to his recently being named co-president of Mexico-based mobile giant Iusacell, Mr. Azcarraga Jean continues to break new ground in expanding opportunities for international co-productions and distribution across all platforms. We are extremely pleased to honour Emilio Azcarraga Jean as our MIPCOM 2012 Personality of the Year."
"Ever since I took over the running of Televisa, I have received lots of good news and some important recognitions; however, receiving MIPCOM's Personality of the Year Award is a real honour, and being worthy of it is a commitment I take on gladly," said Emilio Azcarraga Jean. "To receive this award encourages me and all of us at Televisa to continue working on the creation of high-quality content and taking exciting stories all over the world; it inspires us to keep building alliances with our current partners and those who may join in on this great challenge."
About MIPCOM – MIPCOM is the year's most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each Autumn, the industry's international heavy hitters – 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 the children's entertainment industry gets an early start at MIPJunior, where key international buyers, sellers and producers gather to present, discover and screen content at the world's showcase for kids programming.
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SOURCE Reed MIDEM