A-Listers Head to Cannes as the Stars Align for Mipcom

Variety | 10/11/2018 | Stewart Clarke
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From Hollywood A-lister Richard Gere to contestants from reality hit “Love Island,” Cannes will host a panoply of stars at Mipcom next week.

The international TV market’s smaller equivalent in April, MipTV, was also a starry affair, in part because of its overlap and association with the inaugural Canneseries event. But October is a better time for the U.S. studios to come to Cannes – without the proximity to the May screenings and as their fall season shows launch – meaning they are in town with series and talent. The stars have also aligned on a raft of international dramas this year. While it’s still a long way from the Film Festival, there will be a number of big names, notably from the U.S. and U.K., in the south of France this time out.

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Ben Stiller is in town with CBS Studios International and will be talking about “Escape at Dannemora,” the Showtime series starring Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, and Paul Dano. He directed and executive produced the show, which will have its world premiere screening on the Monday of the market.

Another U.S. movie star, Richard Gere, will also be in Cannes. He will be meeting press and international buyers to talk about his first TV role in almost 30 years, playing media baron Max in BBC series “MotherFatherSon.” A U.S. buyer has yet to pounce on the BBC Studios-distributed show, but with Gere starring and Tom Rob Smith (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) writing, it will be one of the hot titles this year.

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