PARIS, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The first episode of the major international mini-series Titanic will be screened at MIPTV 2012, on Sunday 1 April in the Grand Auditorium in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Hosted by distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Lookout Point, the gala screening will be followed by an exclusive conversation with leading creators and cast members of Titanic, including Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes.
Titanic is a co-production from ITV Studios with Shaw Media, Deep Indigo Productions and Lookout Point in the United Kingdom, Sienna Films Inc. in Canada and Mid Atlantic Films in Hungary, where it was filmed. The mini-series is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, and has already been sold in more than 80 countries. Produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark (Bleak House, Warriors) and Chris Thompson (Love Actually, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency), the series of four one-hour episodes is scheduled for broadcast in March/April 2012, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Following the screening of episode one at MIPTV, Titanic writer Julian Fellowes, who won an Oscar for Gosford Park (2001) and an Emmy Award for Downton Abbey (2010), will take part in a Q&A session on the stage of the Grand Auditorium. He will be accompanied by leading cast members, who will also be attending the MIPTV 2012 Opening Party Red Carpet on Sunday evening.
Maria Kyriacou, Managing Director, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: "This fantastic drama offers a vividly different experience of the ship's last hours alongside a snapshot of what was a unique and uncertain moment in history. With our partners, we're looking forward to celebrating this wonderful production in Cannes."
Simon Vaughan, Managing Director, Lookout Point, and Titanic Executive Producer, said: "MIPTV and MIPCOM had been hugely important to the financing of Titanic. Julian and I were here with ITVS GE 18 months ago talking to potential partners and co-producers, so it feels most fitting to celebrate its launch with a gala screening here in Cannes. We are extremely proud to have the chance to screen it to our friends and colleagues in this way."
"We are delighted and honoured to host this exceptional gala screening of such a prestigious drama mini-series. As a major co-production, it coincides particularly well with our focus on drama co-production at this MIPTV and will be one of its highlights," underlined Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division, Reed MIDEM.
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ABOUT ITV STUDIOS GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT
ITV Studios Global Entertainment is one of the world's leading international TV distribution and consumer products businesses. ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment proudly represents a world-class portfolio from ITV Studios, Granada and over 200 leading independent producers. ITV Studios Global Entertainment showcases more than 40,000 hours of critically celebrated and hugely popular original and formatted programming.
ABOUT LOOKOUT POINT
Lookout Point is an independent media rights company specialising in international high-end event drama. Established by producer and financier Simon Vaughan, Lookout Point harnesses the global marketplace to develop, produce, finance and distribute high quality television. The company has a strategic relationship with BBC Worldwide for distribution and works in partnership with production companies globally. In 2011, Lookout Point Executive Produced Combat Hospital - ABC/Shaw Media's medical procedural drama and the ambitious BBC/HBO mini-series Parade's End. And this month, filming commences on the BBC crime series Ripper Street, which Lookout Point is co-producing with Tiger Aspect. In the last 10 years, Simon Vaughan has structured series, movies and mini-series with combined production budgets in excess of $500 million, including Ben Hur for ABC, CBS's hit drama Flashpoint, BBC/TNT's The Company and Lifetime's Coco Chanel.
SOURCE Reed MIDEM