The 61st Monte Carlo Television Festival opened on Friday with a phalanx of stars and TV executives walking the blue carpet for an event attended by Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife, Princess Charlene.
The opening screening was the world premiere of the thriller “Last Light”, produced by MGM Intl. TV production. The cast of the show is present, led by Matthew Fox (“Lost”), Joan Frogat (Downton Abbey) and Tom Wallace (Game of Thrones), as well as director Danny Gordon and junior cast members Alit Ross and Taylor Faye.
During the opening ceremony, Princess Charlene presented the first international golden nymph for the most promising talent to French actor Theo Christine (“War of the Worlds”, “SKAM”, “Supremes”).
In his welcome address, Prince Albert II said: “Our festival has always shown, on the one hand, creativity, quality art production and, on the other hand, journalistic work to better understand the real challenges, the main geopolitical and economic balances of the world. which we live.
“Its content is constantly evolving to integrate technological developments that have changed the way we consume images, especially with the development of digital platforms.”
Nicki Toscano, the show’s screenwriter and producer, and Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television Studios, were present at the festival’s presentation of The Offer, the drama series The Godfather.
Performers of the event include Jill Tifentaler, CEO of the National Geographic Society, who is president of the festival’s news and documentary jury; Anna Marsh, CEO of Studiocanal, who is on the festival’s fiction jury; Michael Hearst, screenwriter and executive producer of Vikings; Rola Bauer, President of International Television Productions at MGM; Danna Stern, the outgoing boss of Israeli Yes Studios; and Monica Bacardi, co-founder of AMBI Group and Iervolino Entertainment.
Actors who attended the opening included Taylor Kitsch of The Terminal List, Luke Kleintank of FBI: International, Camryn Mannheim of Law & Order: Revival, Melissa Ordway and Jason Thompson of The Young and the Restless. “Taylor Kinney of Chicago Fire, Marlin Barrett of Chicago Med, and Hill Harper and Paige Spara of The Good Doctor.”
Other actors in the event include Jason Priestley, Neil McDonau, Danny Glover, David Hasselhoff and Jane Seymour.
In a speech, Laurent Poons, the festival’s chief executive, said: “In the golden age of content, there is no doubt that our festival has become a leading force in celebrating all aspects of the global television business. With an incredible range of the best programs and talents, both in front of and behind the camera, we look forward to presenting an exciting release over the next five days. ”
Shows competing at the festival include “The Offer” with Miles Teller and Matthew Good, “The Tourist” with Jamie Dornan and “The Terminal List” with Chris Pratt. The competition also includes “Private Affair”, “Made in Oslo”, “Trom”, “Martha Lieberman”, “Ida’s Romance” and “Vincenzo Malinconico, Lawyer of Success”.