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German Primetime aims Cannes at TV

Primetime Entertainment and Studio L of Germany have begun shooting a documentary on the 50-year history of the Cannes Film Festival.

‘We’re interested not only in the movies and the celebrities but in how the festival affected the lives of people who live in Cannes,” says Christina Thomas, president of Primetime Entertainment, the North American subsidiary of the U.K’s Primetime TV Associates, which has worldwide distribution rights to the documentary.

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Thomas says the French company INA will supply archival footage of the Festival. In addition to a one-hour overall documentary, which will be completed by the end of the year, she says there’ll be enough footage to create additional docu films, such as one focussing on the role of women at the festival.

Primetime has also sold a new two-hour adaptation of Dickens’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” starring Robert Powell, to the Encore minipay network. Also bought by Encore is Primetime’s “The Man from the Pru,” starring Jonathan Pryce, which originally ran on PBS’ “Masterpiece Theater.” Primetime will sell both of these movies in videocassette domestically through New Video.

The A&E network has commissioned Primetime and the U.K.’s Rafford Films to tape seven half-hour conversations under the umbrella title “Legends, ” Thomas says. The first one features director Jonathan Demme talking with producer Roger Corman.

Others pair writer and director Nora Ephron with novelist and screenwriter William Goldman; producer and distributor Samuel Goldwyn Jr. with former studio head Mike Medavoy, and actress Kathleen Turner with director John Waters.

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