Canneseries Season 6 Complete Lineup
World premieres of series such as Silo, Dead Ringers, Fatal Attraction and Tapie for its sixth edition which runs parallel with MipTV from April 14-19.
World premieres of Prime Video’s Rachel Weisz-starrer “Dead Ringers,” Paramount+’s “Fatal Attraction”, with Lizzy Caplan, and Joshua Jackson, and Netflix’s awaited French bio “Tapie” pack out Canneseries season 6 which boasts its biggest U.S. presence yet, with titles from nearly all the major global streamers. They join AppleTV+'s already-announced “Silo,” another world premiere. Paramount+ will also be represented by the Korean smash hit “Bargain.” In all, the main Competition features seven world premieres, unveiled at a presentation in Paris and Cannes at the end of March.
“We’ve never had this level and number of U.S. series,” said Albin Lewi, Canneseries artistic director.
Israel and Scandinavia have a prominent presence as ever at Canneseries Season 6, with a newcomer from South Africa, a first in Competition, titled: “Spinners.” The series was first admired at the London screenings. Adding star wattage, Sarah Michelle Gellar will pick up the Canal+ Icon Award, and Joey Soloway, creator of Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” and producer of “Six Feet Under,” receives the Commitment Award. Canneseries’ Rising Star Award goes to Morfydd Clark, Galadriel in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” The festival will close on April 19 with an awards ceremony and gala screening of at least the opening episode of the fifth and final season of “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.” It bows on Prime Video on April 14 but will bring to Cannes its cast and creators, led by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the last time that they will all be together, said Lewi. “It will be an event,” Lewi promised.
Not leaving out teens and kids, Canneseries Rendez-Vous will stage the international premiere of “A Small Light,” a Disney+ miniseries, a revisiting of the Anne Frank story focusing on the Miep Gies, who risked her life to shelter Anne Frank’s family for more than two years. Also screening at the Rendez-Vous is the AMC Studios co-produced “Cannes Confidential,” a Cannes-set procedural caper starring Jamie Bamber (“Battleship Galactica”).
Israeli actor Lior Raz (“Fauna”) will preside over the Competition jury, also comprising “Lupin” star Shrine Boutella, director-actor Zabou Breitman (“The Swallows of Kabul”), musician-composer Stewart Copeland and Irish actor Daryl McCormack (“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”). “Veneno” creator-producers Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo will preside over the Short-Format jury.
“To be recognised by major American platforms and talent is priceless.” -Albin Lewi
Over the last decade, European TV festivals have had to battle to get any big title from major U.S. studios, more mindful of their commercial bow in the U.S. On the business side, Canneseries is taking a “less is more” approach. The Canneseries x MIP Connection program, now in its second edition, will bring together “the top 50 executives in the industry in the world who matter” says Lewi, for round tables, cocktails and networking events. “We’re taking the opposite approach to Mipcom and other markets,” Lewi explained. Unlike last fall’s supersized Mipcom market with an action-packed program and time for only rushed rendez-vous, “we’re bringing together top creatives and decision-makers for tailored sessions. Two days together aren’t the same as a quick 15-minute meeting.” Among execs participating this year from across the globe are the Head of Development at Drama Republic, Chloé Beeson; Head of Canal+ Creation Originale, Olivier Bibas; EVP of Mediawan Pictures, Elisabeth d’Arvieu; President of Gaumont Television France, Isabelle Degeorges; EVP Fiction at RTL Deutschland, Hauke Barte; Annapurna Pictures’, Ali Krug; and Sky Studios’ Director of Original Drama UK and Ireland, Meghan Lyvers.
“Six years ago, people thought we were crazy to launch a festival in Cannes devoted to series,” Lewi said. Today, “To be recognized by major American platforms and talent is priceless.”