Mipcom events to celebrate Simpsons anniversary

20-year milestone underlined with various special events and appearances by series creator and exec producer.
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The 20th anniversary of The Simpsons will be celebrated with a series of special events at Mipcom later this year, following a partnership with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution - which handles the international distribution for the show.

Series creator Matt Groening, along with executive producer Al Jean will be in Cannes. Groening will receive the inaugural Mipcom Creative Icon Award during a gala dinner on Wednesday October 7th, with Jean acting as master of ceremonies.

Both will also deliver a creative keynote in which they will speak about the show's success, its longevity and its migration across all distribution platforms. This will take place on October 6th, the same day they participate in a Fox International press conference for The Simpsons.

"The irreverent humour of The Simpsons has travelled around the world," said Laurine Garaude, acting director of Reed Midem's Television division. "It is a remarkable example of a show that, for two decades, has combined creative richness with huge commercial success without compromise. We are proud to be a part of the celebration of this truly global television phenomenon."

Mark Kaner, president of 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, added: "Having the show honoured by Reed Midem as part of its 25th anniversary celebration is worthy recognition from an international marketplace where creativity and great fun are held in high esteem."

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