The 63rd Monte-Carlo TV Festival hosts a fabulous line-up of talent, world premieres and an extended Business Content program
BY Yako Molhov
The Monte-Carlo TV Festival will hold its 63rd edition in Monaco between June 14-18. Cécile Menoni, Executive Director of the Festival tells Yako Molhov that the event will welcome big international stars, celebrate the world premiere of much-anticipated new series and also once again single out the best in the industry with the Golden Nymph Awards. The Festival had a huge number of entries into the competition this year: the pre-selection committees made up of industry professionals have selected an official selection of 18 nominated programs from 11 countries across the Fiction and News & Documentaries Categories. Menoni also revealed the wide-ranging business content program for this year’s Festival. Once again, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival will also host a series of public events for the many fans in attendance.
Cécile Menoni, Executive Director of the Monte Carlo Festival
Cecile, the 63rd edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival will take place June 14-18 this year. Earlier announced celebrities who will attend include Morgan Freeman and other actors from the cast of The Gray House which will have its world premiere at the Festival; many of the actors of Dick Wolf's hit productions like FBI, Chicago Med; stars from the cast of ratings juggernaut NCIS; etc. Who are some of the other celebrities who will walk the red carpet this year?
We are delighted to host such a fabulous line-up of talent in Monaco later this month. Simone Ashley of Bridgerton fame will be with us at the opening ceremony. On this occasion she will receive The International Golden Nymph for Most Promising Talent,which recognises the brilliant and exceptional rising talent of an actor who has elevated the bar of excellence to international acclaim. During the event Lee Jung-jae will join us to support the launch of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Acolyte on Disney+. We are thrilled that members of the cast of the iconic drama Little House on the Prairie will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the series with us. We will welcome Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Matthew Labyorteaux (Albert Ingalls), Wendi Lou Lee (Grace Ingalls) and Leslie Landon, the real-life daughter of Michael Landon, who took the role of schoolteacher Etta Plum in the final season. Michael Weatherly of NCIS, David Boreanaz of SEAL Team will also join us as well as members of the cast for the World Premiere Screening of The Gray House including multiple award-winning Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds, The West Wing), Daisy Head (Harlots), Amethyst Davis (Kindred) and Ben Vereen (Roots), along with executive producer Morgan Freeman.

The Festival is known for holding many international premieres during its run. What are this year's new TV productions and films that will make their debut?
Each program nominated in the Fiction Category and the winner of the Prince Rainier III Special Prize will be shown at public screenings at the Grimaldi Forum.

This year's Fiction category includes four world premieres: Madam (Tavake / XYZ Films, New Zealand), Alone At Sea (High Sea Production, France), Night Therapy (Yes TV, Israel) and the film Der Heimweg (Ziegler Films, Germany).

The Festival will also screen the international premiere of The Law of the Sea (Co-Production between RTVE and The Regional Public Channel À Punt, Spain) and The Gathering (World Productions, United Kingdom). Elsbeth (CBS Studio, King Size Productions and distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution, USA), Little Did I Know (Bigster, Sweden) and Helgoland 513 (UFA Fiction GmbH, Germany) will be screened for the first time in France.

Out-of-competition screenings are also planned for Escort Boys, and the exclusive M6 daily primetime show, En Famille.

At the heart of the Festival is the Golden Nymph Awards Competition. What are the categories and nominees from how many territories are taking part this year?
We have had a huge number of entries into the Golden Nymph Awards Competition this year. Our pre-selection committees made up of industry professionals have selected an official selection of 18 nominated programmes from 11 countries across the Fiction and News & Documentaries Categories.

The Gray House

The non-fiction official selection comprises

A Family-Beyond the Age of Isolation - Korean Broadcasting System - South Korea
La guerre de l'info : Israël/Hamas - France.TV Studio / France.TV Presse with the participation of France Télévisions - France
Auslandsjournal - the documentary: Yemen, A Country Torn - In the Grip of the Houthi Militias - ZDF German Television - Germany/Egypt

Ukraine's War: The Other Side - Sean Langan And Tiger Nest Films - United Kingdom
Ukrainian Chronicles - Bonne Pioche Télévision / LCP Assemblée-Nationale - France
Broken Dreams - RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana and NANOF in Co-Production With CINÉTÉVÉ (Fra) - Italy
Lie To Me - Hacienda Film - Norway
Uvda: Table for Eight - Uvda For Keshet Broadcasting - Israel
Mines of Death - TV4 Sweden - Kongo Kingshasa

As always at our Festival, the juries are made up of extremely respected executives and talent across the scripted and unscripted genres. They will arrive in Monaco ready to screen the nominated programs and will meet and deliberate on site to decide the ultimate winners.

US actor and producer David Boreanaz, star of global hit series Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and SEAL Team will preside as President of the Fiction Jury. He will be joined by jury members Piv Bernth - CEO, Executive and Creative Producer of Apple Tree Productions – Denmark; Teresa Fernandez Valdes - Producer and CEO of Te Espero en Marte - Spain; Claire Mundell - Producer and Creative Director - Founder of Synchronicity Films – UK; Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen and Noor Sadar - Producer and CEO of White Lion Films – France.

UK-based journalist, Executive Producer and former Controller of News and Current Affairs at ITV Steve Anderson is President of the News and Documentaries Jury. Members of this jury include Chiara Avesani – Director and Journalist Rai 3 – Italy; Martina Šantavá - Creative Producer Ceska Televise – Czech Republic; André Carvalho Ramos – Journalist and Presenter – CNN Portugal and Yann-Anthony Noghès – Producer, Check Productions – Monaco.

Laureates will be presented their awards in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Closing Ceremony on 18 June. Other honours which will also be presented include the Prix du Public in partnership with BetaSeries, the Monaco Red Cross Prize and the AMADE Prize.

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival also offers a rich public program featuring a series of public events for the many fans in attendance. What will be the highlights this year?
Once again, the Festival will host a series of public events for the many fans in attendance.

A selfie session with the talent from Un Si Grand Soleil, autograph sessions with the casts from many Wolf Productions, as well as stars from the soaps The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless who will also take part in public Behind The Scenes events.

The long-awaited 50th Anniversary of the primetime drama Little House on the Prairie will be the subject of a unique gathering with fans and a special Anniversary Tea Party.

NCIS, which is celebrating its 1000th episode, will see cast members cross the Atlantic take part in a Behind The Scenes event on Saturday June 15.

Finally, the Festival's official partner, SLA Paris, will once again be organizing a fabulous make-up experience for the public.

Business Content

In 2022 you introduced the International Golden Nymph for Most Promising Talent award. What are the main criteria when considering people for this award and who is this year's laureate?
Simone Ashley who shot to global fame for her leading role in Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix series Bridgerton is this year’s winner. The prize is very special as it recognises the brilliant and exceptional rising talent of an actor who has elevated the bar of excellence to international acclaim and is an additional highlight at the start of an actor’s screen career.

The Festival awards the Honorary Golden Nymph which this year goes to Olivier Marchal and The Crystal Nymph which is being awarded to Morgan Freeman. When will be the two awards presented?
We are honored that such well-loved actors of global renown will join us at the Festival. Morgan Freeman will be in Monaco to receive The Crystal Nymph which is awarded to a major international television actor to recognize a stellar body of work which will be presented by H.S.H Prince Albert II at the Opening Ceremony on 14 June.

Olivier Marchal has had a stellar career in all parts of the television and film business and he richly deserves the recognition that the Honorary Golden Nymph represents. This award is our Festival’s highest accolade bestowed upon a renowned professional for their extraordinary contribution to the entertainment industry. Olivier will receive his award at the close of our Festival on 18 June.

The Monte-Carlo TV Festival is also featuring business-focused panels which provide the opportunity for television and streaming industry professionals to meet, exchange ideas and do networking. What will be the main topics covered during this year's Business Content program and who will be the participants?
Moderated by leading international journalists and commentators, as well as a Q&A with an Industry Titan, a series of in-depth panel discussions will consider many topical and timely subjects such as The Rebirth of Content Creation & Production Following the 2023 Strikes, Bringing the World to Light Through TV Drama, New Formats, Genres & Focus on Local TV “Platformization”, How AI Tools Can Help with Creation & Distribution, New Narratives for Documentaries: The Blur Between Reality & Fiction, The Value of Marketing in Television, Being a Producer: How do They Manage Ever Increasing Responsibilities? And What’s New in International Co-Pros?

Confirmed contributors include, among others, Dan Cohen - Chief Content Licensing Officer, Paramount & President Republic Pictures, Lori McCreary - CEO and Executive Producer, Revelations Entertainment, Leslie Greif - CEO & Executive Producer, Big Dreams Entertainment and Remi Tereszkiewicz - CEO Betaseries.

We are extremely excited by all the events and the talent joining us in Monte-Carlo for our 63rd Festival. We just can’t wait to get started!
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