UNDER THE HONORARY PRESIDENCY OF H.S.H. PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO

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TELEVISION LEGEND PATRICK DUFFY TO LEAD TV SERIES JURY
AT THE MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL

Monaco, 11 March –Television legend Patrick Duffy will lead the Golden Nymph Awards TV Series Jury as its President at the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival, taking place 13th-18th June 2015, it was announced today by Laurent Puons, CEO.

The TV Series Jury will screen and select Golden Nymph winners in eight categories: Best International Drama, Best European Drama, Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series as well as Best International Comedy, Best European Comedy, Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy TV Series.

Recent winners in the TV Series categories include Ayelet Zurer and Hostages for Outstanding Actress and Best International Drama TV Series, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell for their roles in Modern Family, Steven Van Zandt and Lilyhammer for Outstanding Actor and Best International Comedy TV Series and Kim Bodnia and The Bridge for Outstanding Actor and Best European Drama TV Series, Tina Fey for her role in 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad for Outstanding Actor and Best International Drama TV Series, Game of Thrones for Best International Drama TV Series and Kaboul Kitchen for Best European Comedy TV Series.  Other winners include Lost, Entourage, 24, The Killing, Mad Men and Life on Mars.

Patrick Duffy comments, “After having visited the Monte-Carlo TV Festival many times and now being almost 40 years in the TV industry I am honored to be asked to participate in the TV Series Jury as its President. I feel my experience may prove itself valuable in the discussions about new and established programming.”

Laurent Puons comments, “Patrick Duffy is one of global television’s best-loved and respected actors. Having created one of television’s most iconic roles - Bobby Ewing in Dallas – he knows exactly what it takes to make a successful series. I am very pleased that Patrick has agreed to take up the helm of our TV Series Jury.”

The Festival Competition which, as well as TV Series, encompasses Television Films, Mini Series and News is open to all international networks, distributors and production companies.  Each year, more than 40 countries are represented in the competition, with more than 50 programmes selected for nomination and final judging by international juries composed of distinguished industry professionals and leading creative and acting talent.

About the Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Held in the principality of Monaco for more than 50 years, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has an exceptional history of celebrating the best in global television programming.

Launched by Prince Rainier III in 1961, the Festival’s primary objective was to recognise television as an outstanding means of bringing cultures together and enhancing their respective knowledge.  This objective is reflected in every aspect of the Festival’s history, as a host of renowned celebrities and industry leaders have travelled to Monaco from all over the world to participate in the event.   

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival is now a key annual event in the television industry calendar, attracting a host of acting and creative talent from around the world.  The event also hosts an extensive publicity programme within the prestigious Grimaldi Forum, which sees more than 3,000 press interviews taking place. Attended by more than 300 international print, online, radio and TV journalists, it generates press attention and coverage around the globe. 

From the Opening Ceremony to the Golden Nymph Awards Ceremony, an array of premiere screenings, receptions and parties take place throughout the Festival.

Contact

Pam Golum/Jennifer Price
The Lippin Group
pgolum@lippingroup.com
jprice@lippingroup.com
+1 (323) 965-1990

Debbie Lawrence
The Lippin Group - London
dlawrence@lippingroup.com
+44 7771 850580

Notes to Editors

Full Biography of the TV Series Jury President

Patrick Duffy is one of the most beloved and respected television stars of his time. Born in Montana and raised in Seattle, Patrick thrived as an athlete in High School, however he also fell in love with Drama. After High School, Patrick was one of only 12 people out of 1,200 to be accepted to the training program at the University of Washington. It was there that he met his now wife of 41 years, Carlyn. Together the Duffys had two children, Padraic and Connor. After college Patrick worked to support his family as a carpenter in the day, and then performed on stage in “Off Broadway” plays at night.

Patrick’s first big break came in 1976 when he landed the lead role in the NBC television hit series, “Man From Atlantis”. Then in 1978 Patrick’s life would change forever. He was cast as Bobby Ewing in “Dallas”, which would eventually become one of the most iconic shows in television history. Dallas was nominated for numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards, over 30 million people viewed its final episode. During the 13 year run acting on Dallas, Patrick directed 29 of the show’s episodes.

Shortly after Dallas ended Patrick starred in the ABC primetime hit, “Step By Step” alongside Suzanne Somers. The show ran for eight seasons. Once again, Patrick went behind the camera to direct 41 episodes of that series as well. In 2012 the TBS network and Warner Brothers Television launched a new and revised version of the iconic Dallas series. The “new” Dallas premiered in the Fall of 2012, and ran till 2014.

In 2014 Patrick was asked by NBC to co-star in the recurring role of Greg Poehler’s father in their new comedy hit, “Welcome To Sweden”.

Recently, Patrick was invited to Beijing, China by the Beijing Television Network to appear on their Chinese New Year special. Patrick was the only American celebrity asked to attend. Much to his surprise, he found out that the first American TV series ever to be broadcast in China was, “Man From Atlantis”. Out of a career spanning four decades there has only been two weeks where Patrick has been unemployed. Patrick lives in Oregon, on his working ranch with his wife Carlyn. Currently they have four grandchildren.

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