Paris, 24 August 2016 – “Mata Hari,” the brand-new series about the infamous dancer, courtesan and First World War spy of the same name, will feature as the Sunday Night MIPCOM 2016 World Premiere TV Screening.
The global entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in Cannes, France, from 17-20 October. The World Premiere TV Screening for “Mata Hari” is scheduled on Sunday 16 October in the Palais des Festivals at 9.30pm.
Based on a true story, “Mata Hari” is an epic new English-language drama that charts the extraordinary life of exotic dancer, courtesan and infamous spy, Mata Hari. The series stars French actress Vahina Giocante (“The Libertine”) in the title role, and features an acclaimed international cast including Christopher Lambert (“Highlander”), and John Corbett (“Sex and the City”). All three will attend MIPCOM, together with other cast members Svetlana Khodchenkova (“Wolverine”) and Maxim Matveïev (“Weekend”), and take part in numerous high-profile events including a Q&A session directly following the Screening.
To her audiences, Mata Hari was a notorious performer and dancer. To her wealthy lovers, she was the charming yet mysterious seductress. To both the German and French intelligence services, she was an invaluable informant, who was subsequently exposed as a double agent.
Distributed worldwide by Red Arrow International, the 12 x 1 hour series is produced by Star Media in partnership with Channel One Russia and Inter Ukraine, and is directed by Dennis Berry (“Highlander”, “Stargate SG-1”) and Julius Berg.
“We are thrilled to feature Mata Hari in the prestigious MIPCOM 2016 World Premiere TV Screenings line-up. The MIPCOM World Premiere TV Screenings are increasingly recognised as a fantastic opportunity to showcase premium international programming to thousands of international buyers and media on MIPCOM’s renowned global stage,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.
Henrik Pabst, Managing Director of Red Arrow International, said: “We are delighted that ‘Mata Hari’ has been selected by Reed MIDEM to feature as one of their World Premiere TV Screenings at MIPCOM 2016. The scale, quality and ambition of this new series marks a new chapter in Russian-made English-language drama, and we are looking forward to launching the show to the international market at MIPCOM.”
Vlad Ryashin, Founder and General Producer at Star Media, said: “’Mata Hari’ is the story of an exceptionally strong woman who led a short but incredibly dramatic and flamboyant life. We are delighted to be working with Red Arrow International to bring her incredible story to people around the world.”
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 www.mipcom.com
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. www.reedmidem.com
About Reed Exhibitions – Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com
About Red Arrow International – Red Arrow International is a world-leading TV distributor of scripted, factual and formatted shows from a global network of in-house production companies, outstanding third-party producers and digital-content partners. Red Arrow International is a major co-producer of global entertainment, providing substantial production financing for scripted and non-scripted projects. Recent international highlights include: “Bosch” (Amazon) and “Married at First Sight” (A&E/FYI). With offices in Munich, London, New York and Hong Kong, Red Arrow International has a truly global reach and distributes acclaimed, quality content to over 200 territories worldwide. Led by Henrik Pabst, Red Arrow International is part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, made up of 19 Production Companies across 7 countries. Red Arrow is a ProSiebenSat.1 Media company, one of Europe’s leading media groups. www.redarrowinternational.tv
About Star Media – Star Media is one of the largest producers and right holders of theatrical and TV content in the Russian Federation and CIS. The company mainly focuses on production of TV series but has recently started to produce animation and feature films. Star Media successfully distributes its content in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The movies and series produced by Star Media regularly reach the Top-10 of the ratings charts on the leading TV channels in Russia and CIS. Star Media projects have been nominated and won a variety of local and international festivals and awards. www.starmediafilm.com