61st Monte-Carlo Television Festival Day 2
BY Yako Molhov
Saturday, June 18, saw the second day of the 61st Monte-Carlo Television Festival, following the gala opening ceremony on Friday.

The beginning of the day was marked by the Fan Zone which is open June 18 thru June 21, 9 to 18h. During the Festival, the esplanade of the Grimaldi Forum has been transformed into a friendly and lively place entirely dedicated to the fans - relaxing and shaded area to rest between selfies and autographs.

The Festival also organized Behind the Scenes sessions with both French (Demain nous appartient, Ici tout commence, Plus belle la vie) and international (FBI: International, Law&Order, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire) shows, featuring talent from the series.

The second day of the Festival also included Signing Sessions and the Screening Nominees part which featured both screening and Q&A sessions for The Offer, A Private Affair and The Terminal List.

A novelty for the Festival is the Business Content group of panels which launched this year. The first one highlighted the success story of The Bold and the Beautiful and featured the executive and creative team of Head Writer and Executive Producer Bradley Bell, alongside Supervising Producer, Casey Kasprzyk, who shared exclusive insight around the secrets to the success and longevity of their hit show and cornerstone of daytime programming at CBS. Both revealed interesting details and lesser known facts about the series which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Bell noted the international success of the soap opera and its spike in viewership in each country; the fact that it was the first show to return to production in the pandemic; revealed details about shooting on location in Monte Carlo and how the production managed to cope with the social distancing issues by using the significant others of the actors as doubles or even mannequins.

The second Business Content panel for the day looked at the value and differences between remakes adapted for a foreign audience and hit shows that take, unaltered, the global marketplace by storm. It featured Danna Stern – founder of Israeli YES Studios; Michael Hirst, British writer and executive producer known for Vikings and the Tudors and Richard Fee – EP at Quay Street Productions. Stern noted the success of Israeli formats abroad and the fact that the country has been the second largest exporter of scripted formats; she attributed the success of Israeli fiction formats to the fact that people there are natural storytellers; that it is a country of immigrants who consume lots of international content and who are “oversharers” when it comes to personal stories. Michael Hirst argued that there are projects that cannot be remade and replicated for other territories, noting that they should be reinvented and also highlighted the importance of research for his projects, sharing details about Vikings and other series he worked on.

The second day of the 61st Monte-Carlo Television Festival also provided journalists with the opportunity to interview a plethora of talent attending the event. TVBIZZ will bring its readers interviews with the cast of The Last Light which had its world premiere during the Festival gala opening on Friday and which marks the return of ‘Lost’s’ Matthew Fox to TV after more than a decade as well as interviews with stars from Chicago Fire; FBI International; Chicago Med; Law and Order; The Good Doctor; etc.
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