Hollywood royalty will probably be mingling with European royalty at this month’s Monte Carlo Tv Competition.
The Hollywood contingent travelling to Monte Carlo — recognized for its glamorous location, purple carpets and press junkets — contains Michael Douglas, who will obtain the occasion’s high award, the Crystal Nymph, from Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Kennedy household scion and Academy Award-nominated documentary maker Rory Kennedy heads the pageant’s information jury, and in addition presents the world premiere of the Nationwide Geographic movie “Apollo: Missions to the Moon.”
Stars Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union will probably be in Monte Carlo for the pageant’s opening screening of Sony Photos Tv sequence “L.A.’s Most interesting.” “SpongeBob SquarePants” will display on the fest’s Children & Household Day to mark its 20th anniversary.
Arrange in 1961 by Monaco’s Prince Rainier, whose marriage to actress Grace Kelly lent an aura of showbiz glamour to the tiny however rich principality, Monte Carlo payments itself because the longest-running TV pageant on the planet. Albert II, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace’s son, is now the pageant’s honorary president.
Competition chief govt Laurent Puons pitches the Monte Carlo Tv Competition as “a really perfect platform for U.S. studios and digital platforms to current and talk their exhibits and expertise” to the media and public in Europe.
Sequence reminiscent of “Gray’s Anatomy,” “Misplaced,” “Determined Housewives,” “Recreation of Thrones” and, final yr, Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” all launched at Monte Carlo.
In recent times, Puons has actively courted digital platforms to showcase their new exhibits on the pageant. On a current journey to Los Angeles he met with Google, Fb, Amazon, Netflix and Apple.
“Our objective is to welcome not solely the U.S. studios but in addition the digital platforms. It is rather necessary to me,” he says.
It’s an angle that runs in stark distinction to the troubled relationship that the close by Cannes Movie Competition has with main digital platform Netflix.
A former skilled boxer, Puons took over operating the Monte Carlo Tv Competition in 2012, and heads up various different occasions in Monaco, reminiscent of sports activities media convention Sportel and pc graphics occasion Imagina.
He’s re-focused the pageant in order that it is vitally a lot public dealing with. As such it’s now totally different from predominantly business-to-business occasions reminiscent of MipTV, Cannes and the fast-growing Sequence Mania, which every happen in France inside a number of months of Monte Carlo.
“We aren’t in competitors with them in any respect,” Puons says. “Sequence Mania, for instance, is extra centered on enterprise. It’s open to the general public, however not like us. It’s the identical with Cannes.”
Certainly, followers are welcome on the Monte Carlo Tv Competition. Puons says round 7,000 individuals, lots of them from throughout Europe, come to tread the purple carpet for screenings. The pageant additionally options autograph signings, meet-the-stars and behind-the-scenes occasions.
Sony Photos Tv may have a big presence this yr. Expertise from its exhibits “The Good Physician” and “The Younger and the Stressed” will attend the occasion, on high of the opening-night screening of “L.A.’s Most interesting.”
“The pageant supplies us with a far-reaching platform to assist launch the present and kickstarts our actions with our companions throughout Europe,” says Mark Younger, SPT’s govt VP of distribution and networks for Western Europe.
Elsewhere, expertise from CBS and Common’s “Magnum P.I.” and “FBI,” in addition to Showtime’s “Billions” will probably be there for promotional duties at Monte Carlo, in addition to from French exhibits reminiscent of “Plus Bella La Vie” and “Un Si Grand Soleil.”
That’s to not say enterprise isn’t achieved at Monte Carlo. This yr, Puons has established a devoted enterprise lounge, in affiliation with Selection, on the Monte Carlo Bay Resort.
“It’s a cushty place for the professionals who attend to satisfy, focus on and do enterprise,” Puons says.
The guts of the pageant, nevertheless, stays the competitors, which is break up into two sections: fiction and information. Whereas Kennedy heads the information part, the fiction class jury is led by Ricky Whittle, star of “American Gods.”
Twenty-eight exhibits from 17 nations are vying for the pageant’s Golden Nymph awards. The drama sequence class has six tasks competing: “Bodyguard” (U.Okay.), “Killing Eve” (U.Okay.), “Das Boot” (Germany, Czech Republic), “Moscow Noir” (Sweden), “My Good Pal” (Italy) and “State of Happiness” (Norway).
Within the lengthy fiction class, in the meantime, is “A Very English Scandal” (U.Okay.), “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (U.S.), “Dukla 62” (Czech Republic), “Escape at Dannemora” (U.S.), “Thirst for Life” (France) and “Earlier than the Evening” (Italy).
Casting his eye throughout the pageant’s lineup, Puons says the extent of TV expertise “will get higher and higher” annually. He factors to Alba and Union, who will each tread the purple carpet at Monte Carlo for “L.A.’s Most interesting.”
“There actually aren’t any boundaries between cinema and TV proper now.”