Paris, 24 July 2018 – CBS Studios International will host the world premiere screening of the new Showtime limited series, “Escape at Dannemora”, at MIPCOM 2018. The premiere will take place in the Palais des Festivals on Monday 15 October, with Ben Stiller, Executive Producer and Director of the series, attending the event in Cannes.
“Escape at Dannemora” is based on the stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a state-wide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men. Benicio Del Toro plays convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Patricia Arquette plays Tilly Mitchell, a working class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both men, ultimately agreeing to hide hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help them get out. Paul Dano plays David Sweat, a convicted cop-killer who may have genuine feelings for Tilly and becomes a reluctant partner in Richard Matt’s plot. The cast also features Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bonnie Hunt, acclaimed actor Eric Lange and Emmy nominee David Morse. Produced by SHOWTIME, “Escape at Dannemora” is written and executive produced by Brett Johnson (Mad Men) and Oscar nominee Michael Tolkin (The Player), who met while working as writers on RAY DONOVAN. In addition to Stiller, Johnson and Tolkin, Bryan Zuriff (Steve Jobs, RAY DONOVAN), Bill Carraro (Blade Runner 2049, Terminator: Genisys), three-time Academy Award nominee Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey) via Michael De Luca Productions, and Nicky Weinstock for Red Hour Productions serve as executive producers.
As an actor, director, writer, and producer, Ben Stiller’s global box office stands at nearly $3 billion, making him one of the highest-grossing stars of all time. His directing credits include the critically-acclaimed comedy “Tropic Thunder,” which won the Broadcast Film Critics’ Award for “Best Comedy” and the Hollywood Film Festival Award for “Comedy of the Year”; cult comedy “Zoolander,” in which he also starred; iconic indie “Reality Bites”; dark comedy “The Cable Guy”; and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” which was named one of the “Top 10 Films of 2013” by the National Board of Review. Stiller has amassed one of the most successful acting careers on record, from movie franchises “Night at the Museum,” “Meet the Parents,” and “Madagascar”; to modern classics such as “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Flirting with Disaster,” “There’s Something About Mary,” and independent features “Brad’s Status,” “The Meyerowitz Stories,” “While We’re Young” and “Greenberg”; plus “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Tower Heist,” “Permanent Midnight” and Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun,” among countless others.
“The ultra-premium programming from Showtime continues to push boundaries, delivering some of the best production auspices and most compelling stories on television today. ‘Escape at Dannemora’ is no exception, and we look forward to premiering this highly anticipated limited series, with the amazing Ben Stiller, at MIPCOM this October,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Studios International.
“With its star-studded cast and top-flight writing and directing credits, we are thrilled to be showcasing ‘Escape at Dannemora’ as the MIPCOM World Premiere Screening, and to welcome series director Ben Stiller in Cannes,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.
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About CBS Studios International
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes programming from CBS Television Studios created for the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access and other platforms, as well as content from CBS Television Distribution, SHOWTIME Networks, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures, including owning and operating Ten Network Holdings Australia and also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.