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MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 FICTION AND NEWS JURIES MEMBERS

Monaco, 18 May - Laurent Puons, CEO of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival today announced the participation of a host of leading actors, journalists, producers and directors at the event's upcoming 56th edition (12th - 16th June), as members of the Fiction Jury and News Jury for the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards are confirmed.

Over the course of the Festival, the Fiction Jury will judge the best programs, actors and actresses in three categories: Long Fiction Programmes (includes anthologies, television films and mini-series), Comedy TV Series and Drama TV Series, with a total of eighteen international hits in consideration.

Members of the Fiction Jury will include Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer Rola Bauer, CEO/Producer at Tandem Productions and STUDIOCANAL executive; renowned film and television actress Stepfanie Kramer (Hunter); multi-award-winning drama producer and Carnival Films' CEO Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey, The Last Kingdom); acclaimed theatre, film and television actor Aurélien Recoing (Blue is the Warmest Colour, Trepalium) and one of Japan's most highly regarded film and television actors Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix, The Wolverine).

At the same time, the News Jury will select, from a shortlist of international, national, regional news and current affairs events, the best programs in four categories: News Documentaries, Current Affairs Documentaries, 24-Hour News Programs & TV News Items.

The News Jury will be comprised of veteran Spanish journalist, news anchor & correspondent Rosa María Calaf; journalist and award-winning director Yasmina Farber (Les Enfants du Seigneur); and renowned investigative journalist and editor of SVT's internationally successful Mission Investigate Nils Hanson. Also participating will be senior producer at NHK Japan and International Emmy award winner Daisuke Koyama (Back from the Brink: Inside the Chilean Mine Disaster), and journalist, writer and presenter Françoise Laborde, president of charity PFDM (Pour les Femmes dans les médias), vice-president of Refuge, and knight of both the Legion of Honour and France's National Order of Merit.

Gareth Neame commented, "Scripted television has truly exploded globally in the last 5 years and that makes the remit of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival - with its focus on programming from around the world - more relevant than ever".
Rosa María Calaf added, "The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has always been an excellent showcase for the best work and has achieved great prestige among professionals. It is an honour and a pleasure to take part on the Jury as well as have the opportunity to meet interesting colleagues and get to screen good broadcast journalism and documentaries".
Laurent Puons concluded, "With the television market continuing to expand as borders, both digitally and geographically, continue to blur, the importance of celebrating the quality and diversity of content from across the globe becomes greater than ever - as indicated by the 25% rise in entries this year. Each year we are delighted to bring together the global industry's most renowned talents and experts to select the winners of the prestigious Golden Nymphs, and look forward to announcing their winning selections on 16th June".
Winners will be announced in presence of HSH Prince Albert II at the Grimaldi Forum on Thursday 16th June.

Please click here for full details of the nominees.


About The Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Originally created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and now under the Honorary Presidency of Prince Albert II of Monaco, The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has, for more than half a century, presented the very best of television from around the world. The Festival has also been at the forefront in showcasing the highly talented professionals associated with many of the most successful programs in the history of the medium.

With an international overview, the Festival is considered a must attend annual event in the global content diary. Celebrities, producers, directors, writers and heads of studios, networks and digital platforms gather in June every year to attend series launches, premier screenings, conferences, master classes, industry workshops, interactive and immersive demo experiences, press activities, public events, VIP meetings and signing sessions.

Culminating with a unique competition, which celebrates and honours fiction, news and current affairs programming with the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards, The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been recognized as one of the finest Festivals in the world, enhanced even further by its location in the magical Principality of Monaco.

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