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Cannes — China’s “Princess Agents,” Scandinavia’s “Match” and the U.K.’s “Hard Sun” (pictured) will be sneak-peaked at Mipcom’s Fresh TV Fiction showcase, as its presenter, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler, focuses on three trends now coursing through international TV: The rise of Asia, led by China; a dilution of Nordic Noir; consolidation of social-issue-edged drama.

“There may be a lot of buzz at this year’s Mipcom about international co-production and big new Svod series. But there are no major creative trends or big new program genres,” anticipated The Wit’s Bertrand Villegas.

What The Wit will capture, however, in several series, and industry moves, is how the international scripted industry is caught at a multiple-exit cross-roads. As foreign-language drama’s move into higher-end TV shows little sign of abating, it is attempting to satisfy both new experiments in web series and upscale drama innovation with the needs of more traditional markets, linear »

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