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MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL WELCOMES JURY PRESIDENTS DANNY GLOVER AND JASON PRIESTLEY

Monaco, 25 May – Laurent Puons, CEO of the 56th Monte-Carlo Television Festival (12th-16th June) announced today the Jury Presidents for its prestigious Golden Nymph Awards, welcoming leading Hollywood actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover, who takes up the role of News Jury President; and renowned actor, director and producer Jason Priestley as Fiction Jury President.

Danny Glover is appointed to lead the recently announced News Jury (detailed below) which will select the best programs in four categories: News Documentaries, Current Affairs Documentaries, 24-Hour News Programs & TV News Items. Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which he also produced. In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich.

In addition to his film work, Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. Internationally Glover served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998 to 2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean; he currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.

On his appointment as President of the News Jury, Danny Glover said, “I have heard of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival and the exceptional work done by the organizers to bring a variety of international talent and programming to the media. The Festival impressively brings together the familiar and the innovative and I am honored to be involved as News Jury President. And of course I am very excited to visit the community of Monte-Carlo and experience the beauty and elegance of Monaco firsthand.”

Glover, who was recently a member of the World Narrative Film Jury at the Tribeca Film Festival and on the Jury for Narrative Films at the Sundance International Film Festival, added, “I am enthusiastic about the strong support for Documentary filmmakers; the specific niche of my own company, Louverture Films, is documentary features. We are dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose and artistic integrity and we are proud that many of our films have themselves won international awards and honors. It is important that the various platforms of news and information are available for everyone, not only as citizens of our respective countries but as citizens of the world.”

Led by Jason Priestley, the Fiction Jury (detailed below) 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.

One of the most versatile talents in the entertainment business, both in front of and behind the camera, for more than three decades Jason Priestley has worked in all aspects of film and television as actor, director and producer. Since ruling the airways in the 90s as teenage heartthrob Brandon Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210, Priestley has amassed an extensive list of credits and accolades. This year, in addition to Raising Expectations he can be seen starring in and executive producing Private Eyes as well as starring opposite Shawn Doyle and Joanne Kelly in the independent feature Away From Everywhere. His latest film Zoom starring Gael Garcia Bernal and directed by Pedro Morelli, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. He received the 2015 ACTRA National Award of Excellence. He is also gearing up to bring the life of the late beloved SNL alumnus Phil Hartman back to the screen in the form of a biopic with production slated to begin summer 2016.

Some of his notable acting credits include Love and Death on Long Island, Eye of the Beholder co-starring Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor, Charles Busch’s comedy Die, Mommie, Die!, Medium, and My Name is Earl. Priestley also garnered multiple awards for the Canadian comedy series Call Me Fitz (which he also produced and directed several episodes). Behind the camera, Priestley has spent a good part of his career directing successful film and television programming for which he has received numerous accolades. Recent notable directing credits include Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and Haven. His first independent Canadian film, Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany received critical acclaim, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination.

Jason Priestley commented, “I was honored to accept the role of President of the Fiction Jury. I've been to the Festival several times and was nominated for two Golden Nymphs and won one. I'm looking forward to seeing the work of all the international competitors. It's a very exciting time in television today. The level of the programming has never been better and I'm excited to see what's next!”

Laurent Puons concluded, “As the Golden Nymph competition becomes an even more recognised part of the international awards roster it is important to have universally regarded talent at the helm of our juries. This year I am particularly delighted to welcome Danny Glover and Jason Priestley to join us in Monaco to oversee the deliberations and ultimately determine the recipients of this year’s awards. Our news jury has a particularly difficult task with such a wide range of subject matter and exceptional reporting techniques to select from, and our fiction jury has the challenge of choosing from a wealth of the world’s most exciting new drama and comedy series, mini-series and television films. ”

The News Jury will select Golden Nymph winners in four categories: News Documentary – an investigative report that covers current news; Current Affairs Documentary - an investigative report that can cover a range of major stories across politics, religion, science, environment and social issues; 24-Hour News Programs - live coverage of a single breaking news event, as it unfolds, broadcast exclusively by a 24-Hour news channel, and TV News - edited coverage of a news event, broadcast on a scheduled news program.

The Fiction category is composed of Comedy TV Series, Drama TV Series and Long Fiction Programs (TV Films & Mini Series). Six Golden Nymph Awards are bestowed across Comedy and Drama Series: Best TV Series – Comedy, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Best TV Series – Drama, Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress. In the Long Fiction category awards include Best Long Fiction Program, Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress.

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

Nominees for the 2016 Golden Nymph Awards can be viewed here.

News Jury members:

• Rosa María Calaf, veteran Spanish journalist, news anchor & correspondent
• Yasmina Farber (Les Enfants du Seigneur), journalist and award-winning director
• Nils Hanson, renowned investigative journalist and editor of SVT’s internationally successful Mission Investigate
• Daisuke Koyama (Back from the Brink : Inside the Chilean Mine Disaster), senior producer at NHK Japan and International Emmy award winner
• Françoise Laborde, journalist, writer and presenter, 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.

Fiction Jury members:

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



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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