Stars to shine at MIPCOM 2011

Mumbai: MIPCOM 2011 is preparing to welcome a galaxy of actors, directors, writers, producers and show business personalities who will join the largest TV industry gathering in Cannes and grace the red carpet at MIPCOM’s Opening Night Party.

Holding a MIPCOM World Premiere Television Screening of its r TV series Missing in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Auditorium, ABC Studios is bringing cast members of the show to Cannes.

American star Ashley Judd portrays Becca Winstone, a mother and former CIA agent struggling across Europe to rescue her kidnapped son.

Creator and executive producer of Missing is Gregory Poirier

Missing executive producers Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo are joining the ABC Studios entourage in Cannes with MIPCOM 2011 Personality of the Year Anne Sweeney, Disney/ABC Television Group President and Disney Media Networks Co-chair.

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven is flying to MIPCOM to promote FCCE’s Hollywood-style format and cross-media event called The Entertainment Experience, the multi-platform format based on a user-generated movie. FCCE is in talks with directors for a worldwide rollout of The Entertainment Experience.

Eddie Izzard is sailing into MIPCOM to promote his appearance as piratical villain Long John Silver in RHI Entertainment’s new two-part movie adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Eddie will be accompanied by Treasure Island’s director Steve Barron. The tome also stars Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. The adventure was filmed in Puerto Rico and Ireland and is due to premiere on Syfy in the US and Sky in the UK.

Entertainment One and Endemol are bringing the western show Hell On Wheels to MIPCOM, along with cast members Anson Mount, Common, Dominique McElligott and Colm Meaney. Hell On Wheels will debut in November on AMC in the US.

Endemol is jetting to MIPCOM with two other shows. Fran Drescher, writer, producer and star of Happily Divorced will appear alongside co-writer and Executive Producer Peter Marc Jacobson. Renewed for a second season on TV Land, the show is inspired by the real life story of Fran Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson. Kristen Johnston leads the cast of  TV Land sitcom The Exes, focusing on the lives of three men whose landlord also happens to be their female divorce attorney and avoids her own relationship and commitment issues by becoming immersed in the men’s affairs.

Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band’s guitar player and singer Stevie van Zandt is a radio show producer and a film songwriter. At MIPCOM this year, Stevie van Zandt is promoting his dramedy mafia series Lilyhammer, the story of a reformed criminal who testified against his mafia boss in New York and entered the Witness Protection Programme in the Norwegian countryside. The show is produced by Rubicon and distributed by SevenOne International.

German filmmaker Werner Herzog will attend MIPCOM to present his documentary film on the fate of American convicts on death row Into The Abyss – A Tale Of Death presented by ZDF Enterprises.

Distributed by BBC Worldwide, Death In Paradise is a fish-out-of-water story about an English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie. Ben Miller and Sara Martins will be accompanied at MIPCOM by executive producer Anthony Jordan of Red Planet Pictures.  

Margaret Cho will electrify the red carpet and the MIPCOM Opening Night Party, promoting her new concert film release Cho Dependent, that is represented by Beyond Distribution.

French star photographer, filmmaker and Good planet Foundation President Yann Arthus-Bertrand, President of French production companies Robin & Co and Calt Productions Jean-Yves Robin and Managing Director of Robin & Co Nicolas Coppermann are attending MIPCOM to present their new film and television production joint venture Hope Production, dedicated to addressing international environmental questions.

“We are delighted to welcome such a rich line-up of international talent at MIPCOM this year,” says Reed MIDEM’s Television Division Director Laurine Garaude. “This reflects the fact that big cinema names are involved in television projects and producers and distributors recognize the importance of bringing this talent to MIPCOM to meet the international entertainment community and promote their shows.”