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

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NASHVILLE’S ERIC CLOSE TAKES UP THE ROLE OF
PRESIDENT OF TELEVISION FILMS JURY AT
THE MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL

Monaco, 3 March – Leading Hollywood actor, Eric Close has taken up the role of President of the Television Films Jury for the Golden Nymph Awards at the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival taking place 13th–18th June 2015, it was announced today by Laurent Puons, CEO.

Eric Close is currently playing Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC’s hit series Nashville and can also be seen in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award nominated American Sniper.

After starring for almost a decade on CBS’ Without a Trace and Now and Again, Eric Close once again teamed up with the network as the lead of their series Chaos. Recently he appeared in four episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Suits, opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.

The Television Films Jury will select Golden Nymph winners in three categories: best television film, outstanding actress and outstanding actor.  Previous winners include Woody Harrelson for his role in Game Change; Ken Watanabe, A School Behind Bar; Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Jury Duty; Benedict Cumberbatch, Hawking; Derek Jacobi, Breaking the Code; Christine Neubauer for her role in Hanna’s Decision; Julie Walters, A Short Stay In Switzerland and Mo; Isabelle Adjani, Skirt Day and Holly Hunter for her role in Roe vs. Wade.

Laurent Puons comments, “Eric is a well-known face at our Festival, having joined us in Monte-Carlo before.  I am delighted that he has agreed to be President of the Television Films Jury which will decide the winners of our prestigious Golden Nymph in this important category and I very much look forward to welcoming him to Monaco in 2015.” 

The Festival Competition which, as well as Television Films, encompasses TV Series, 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 Television Films Jury President

Eric Close can currently be seen playing Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC’s hit series Nashville. Close can also be seen in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper.

After starring for almost a decade on CBS’ Without a Trace and Now and Again, Eric Close once again teamed up with the network as the lead of their series Chaos. Recently he appeared in four episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Suits, opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.

Prior to his longtime series work, Close starred in the series The Magnificent Seven, Dark Skies and McKenna, while taking on such long-form features as Seven Deadly Sins, Hercules, Follow the Stars Home, The Stranger Beside Me, Long Island Fever, Without Consent and Unanswered Prayers, which was produced by Garth Brooks and based on his hit song of the same title. Close was also in the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries Taken, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and his feature credits include Saving Angelo, Alvarez & Cruz, Liberty Maine, The Sky is Falling, Taking Liberty and American Me.

Close graduated with a BA in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He married his wife, Keri, in 1995 and has two daughters. He and his family love philanthropy and traveling the world. Close is a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as rock climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical fiction. He can be followed on Twitter @EricRClose

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