Paris, 7 September 2016 – Rounding out the extensive MIPCOM Screening programme will be two exclusive first-episode showings of brand-new factual series, National Geographic’s “MARS” presented by FOX Networks Group Content Distribution, and “Planet Earth II” from BBC Worldwide.

Produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia, “MARS” is an epic, gripping global event series, destined to spark imaginations worldwide as it tells the story of mankind’s thrilling quest to colonise Mars. Directed by visionary Mexican filmmaker Everardo Gout, “MARS” combines a unique blend of feature-film scripted drama, visual effects with best-in-class documentary sequences, which unpacks what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing today, and dramatises their efforts to pull off mankind’s greatest feat – interplanetary travel and colonisation. Set in both the present day and a scientific projection of 2033, this compelling series asks: “Could we really make Mars our home?”  “MARS” will screen on Monday, October 17 in the Palais des Festival – Auditorium A at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session with members of the cast and producers.

Back on Planet Earth, a decade ago the BBC redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life here. Ten years on, the unprecedented advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world mean we can once again see our planet from a completely new perspective through one of the most ambitious landmark series to date, “Planet Earth II”. New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail. From spellbinding wildlife spectacles to intimate encounters, “Planet Earth II” will take viewers closer than ever before. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series is a BBC/BBC America/ZDF/France Televisions co-production.

“Planet Earth II” will screen on Tuesday, October 18 in the Palais des Festival – Auditorium K at 1.30pm.

The exclusive first-look at these two blue-chip factual series add to an unprecedented line-up of World Premiere TV Screenings and International Drama Screenings at MIPCOM 2016. “We are naturally delighted that both FOX Networks Group Content Distribution and BBC Worldwide have chosen Cannes to showcase their flagship factual series, which underlines the importance of MIPCOM as a showcase for international buyers,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.

The global entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in Cannes, France, from 17-20 October 2016.

About MIPCOM – MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each October, the industry’s major players converge in Cannes to turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals, from blockbuster programming to ground-breaking partnerships. And MIPJunior is the leading showcase for kids programming, uniting the world’s most influential buyers, sellers and producers the weekend before MIPCOM. Over two days, these influential players, along with publishers and licensing executives, present, discover and screen the very latest content, giving them the edge on concluding deals at MIPCOM. Please visit

About Reed MIDEM – Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPCANCUN and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM UK, and MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC, Retail Real Estate Market brought by MAPIC in Shanghai and MAPIC Italy for the retail real estate sector.

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