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

58th MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL OPENS WITH GLOBAL PREMIERE OF AMAZON PRIME ORIGINAL TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN

MARISKA HARGITAY PRESENTED WITH CRYSTAL NYMPH

Monaco, 15 June 2018

Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco officially opened the 58th Monte-Carlo Television Festival this evening in front of a capacity audience at the Grimaldi Forum. Following a glamorous Red Carpet featuring a glittering line-up of acting and creative talent from around the world*, the Golden Nymph fiction and news juries were presented on stage.

This year's fiction jury includes Anne Sweeney (Jury President), Jason Isaacs, Jörg Winger, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Ana De La Reguera, and the news jury is comprised of Ulysse Gosset, José Antonio Guardiola, Hyun-Mo Jung, Theo Koll and Susan Ormiston.

Delivering a vibrant celebration of global television, the Opening Ceremony, hosted by French actress Armelle, saw Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay honoured with the coveted Crystal Nymph Award in recognition of her stellar body of work as an actress and advocate.

The 58th Opening Ceremony concluded with the global premiere screening of the first episode of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in the presence of cast members John Krasinski (who also serves as executive producer), Dina Shihabi and Wendell Pierce alongside series creators, showrunners and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland.

Laurent Puons, CEO of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, commented, «It is my great pleasure to welcome such an exceptional line-up of talent to our Festival this year. The global content business is providing us with a slew of outstanding dramas right now and we are delighted to host the premiere of the eagerly anticipated Amazon Prime Original Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, as well as see so many leading actors and creatives from high profile series join us to celebrate their art in Monaco».

Puons added, «The demand for top-quality fiction programming continues to drive the business forward, while, at the same time, unbiased international news reporting and documentaries have never been so important to us all. I am delighted we have such an impressive group of award winning jury members - for both News and Fiction - here in Monaco this week to decide upon the recipients of our renowned Golden Nymph accolades».

The 58th edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which takes place over five days, features a specially curated Fan Zone which offers multiple opportunities for fans and show aficionados to meet their icons by joining Behind The Scenes panels, autograph and selfie sessions, dance and make-up masterclasses and screenings.

*Click here to see the Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2018 Opening Ceremony Red Carpet Attendees

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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.
Celebrities, producers, directors, writers and heads of studios, networks and digital platforms gather in June every year to attend series launches, premier screenings, conferences, press activities, public events, VIP meetings and signing sessions.
Culminating with a unique competition, which celebrates and honors fiction and 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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