Stars To Shine At MIPCOM 2011

Stars To Shine At MIPCOM 2011


MIPCOM 2011 is preparing to welcome a galaxy of internationally-recognised 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 new thriller TV series Missing in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Auditorium, ABC Studios is bringing stellar cast members of the show to Cannes.

American film and television star Ashley Judd portrays Becca Winstone, a mother and former CIA agent struggling across Europe to rescue her kidnapped son. Ashley Judd is known internationally for her numerous leading roles in major Hollywood productions including Heat (co-starring Al Pacino,Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer), A Time To Kill (Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock), High Crimes ( Morgan Freeman), Crossing Over ( Harrison Ford), Double Jeopardy (Tommy Lee Jones), De-Lovely ( Kevin Kline) and Bug (directed by William Friedkin).

Entertainment One and Endemol are bringing the eagerly-awaited new western show Hell On Wheels to MIPCOM, along with cast members Anson Mount (City By The Sea, In Her Shoes, Last Night), Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist and actor Common (Terminator Salvation, American Gangster, Date Night, Wanted), Dominique McElligott (Moon, The Philanthropist, Blackthorn) and Colm Meaney ( Dick Tracy, Die Hard 2, The Commitments, Con Air)Hell On Wheels will debut in November on AMC in the US.

Endemol is jetting to MIPCOM with two other shows. Fran Drescher (The Nanny), writer, producer and star of hit sitcom 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.

Emmy Award-winning actress Kristen Johnston (Third Rock From The Sun, ER, Ugly Betty, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) leads the cast of brand new 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.

Distributed by BBC Worldwide, Death In Paradise is a fish-out-of-water story about a quintessential English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie. British comedian, actor and director Ben Miller (Nadia, Johnny English, Primeval, The Armstrong & Miller Show) and French actress Sara Martins (Paris I Love You, Tell No One, Summer Hours, Little White Lies) will be accompanied at MIPCOM by executive producer Anthony Jordan of Red Planet Pictures. Death In Paradise is the first drama partnership between the BBC and France Televisions.

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

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