62nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival announces plans for June event

62nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival announces plans for June event
The 62nd edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which will be held in Monaco on June 16-20, 2023, is almost at the doorstep, and Laurent Puons, CEO and Cécile Menoni, Executive Director of the Festival, have announced at the Brach Hotel in Paris what they have in store for it.

Renowned Franco-American broadcast journalist Genie Godula is set to host the opening ceremony on June 16, which will include the world premiere screening of the first episode of Amazon Original Harlan Coben’s Shelter, the introduction of the Fiction and News and Documentary juries, and an appearance by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.

Based on the best-selling novel by Harlan Coben, the first episode of Shelter will be screened at the Salle Des Princes theatre. The series centres on Mickey Bolitar who, after the sudden death of his father, is starting a new life in Kasselton, New Jersey. There, he finds himself tangled in the mysterious disappearance of a new student at his school. Harlan Coben and Allen MacDonald serve as co-showrunners and executive producers, with Ed Ornelas and Rola Bauer overseeing the series for Amazon Studios. Charlotte Coben is a producer, and Erik Barmack is also an executive producer. Patricia Cardoso served as director executive producer on the series' pilot.

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner John Goodman will be President of the Fiction Jury, alongside Camilla Rydbacken, SVP Scripted Content, Viaplay, Sweden; Francesca Chillemi, Actress and Presenter, Italy; Frank Spotnitz, CEO and Executive Producer Big Light Productions, USA; Marcus Ammon, Managing Director Content, Bavaria Fiction, Germany and leading Australian actor Travis Fimmel.

Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentarian Tom Jennings will serve as President of the News and Documentaries Jury, composed of Jeanette Larsson, Senior Editor and Producer, SVT Sweden; Aïda Touihri, journalist and presenter, RMC Story; José Carlos Gallardo, reporter, editor and director, Weekly Report; and British-Ghanaian presenter, creator and author Patrick Aryee.

American Gods star Ricky Whittle and French videographer and celebrity influencer Léna Situations have been appointed masters of the glamorous Closing night Ceremony on Tuesday, June 20th, which will see The Honorary Golden Nymph Award, the Festival’s highest accolade bestowed upon a renowned professional for their extraordinary contribution to the entertainment industry. The prestigious award will be presented to acclaimed Hollywood producer and writer Howard Gordon (The X-Files, 24, Homeland, Accused) by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco.

The 62nd edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival will see an extended Business Content programme, given its success last year. Experts from all areas of the global content business will join panels covering a wide range of opportunities and challenges facing the international programming industry today. With such sponsors as Beta Series and CEPI, the Business Content programme unites professionals seeking to discuss various topics with their peers and those interested in learning more about current issues facing international programming across all areas of the business

Laurent Puons concluded: “The Monte-Carlo Television Festival is the foremost Festival of its kind in Europe and the only one to combine the essential genres of fiction, documentary and news. This year we are ready to entertain, enchant and empower throughout the entire event with a sparkling guest list of leading talent, creatives and top executives from every corner of the world. We cannot wait to see you all in Monaco in June.”