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Mipcom welcomes filmmakers

Paul Verhoeven, Werner Herzog attend TV mart

Paul Verhoeven and Werner Herzog are among a number of filmmakers attending Mipcom, the international TV mart that kicks off in Cannes on Oct. 3.

Verhoeven will be on hand to promote “The Entertainment Experience,” FCCE’s cross-media project based on user-generated videos, while Herzog will present “Into the Abyss — a Tale of Death, a Tale of Life,” docu turning on American convicts on death row, which has been commissioned by ZDF Enterprises.

French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand (“Home”) will be joined by collaborator Jean-Yves Robin, prexy of Robin & Co. and Calt Productions, and Nicolas Coppermann (“Cafe De Flore”) to present their new film and TV production company, Hope Production, a shingle dedicated to environmentally-themed programs.

“We are delighted to welcome such a rich line-up of international talent at Mipcom this year,” said Laurine Garaude, topper of Reed Midem’s TV division. “This reflects the fact that some truly big cinema names are increasingly involved in television projects, and that producers and distributors recognize the importance of bringing this talent to Mipcom to meet the international entertainment community and promote their shows.”

Entertainment One and Endemol teams will present Western skein “Hell on Wheels” with cast members Anson Mount, Common, Dominique McElligott and Colm Meaney. “Hell on Wheels” debuts in November on AMC in the U.S.

Endemol will promote TV Land sitcoms “Happily Divorced,” penned and produced by Fran Drescher, who also stars, and “The Exes,” which stars Kristen Johnston. “Happily Divorced” turns on a florist who finds out after 18 years of marriage that her husband is gay. “The Exes” follows three men whose landlord happens to be their divorce attorney. Meanwhile, BBC Worldwide will unspool “Death in Paradise” with its key cast members, Ben Miller and Sara Martins, and exec producer Anthony Jordan of Red Planet Pictures in attendance. “Death in Paradise” is the first drama partnership between the BBC and France Televisions.

As previously announced, ABC Studios will world preem its thriller series “Missing” to the confab. The show’s stars, Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis and Adriano Giannini, and exec producers Gregory Poirier and Anne Sweeney will travel to Cannes and participate in a Q&A following the screening.

Multi-hyphenate Steve van Zandt will be on the Riviera to present “Lilyhammer,” a dramedy centering on a reformed criminal who testifies against his Mafia boss in New York, and hidden away by the Witness Protection Program in the Norwegian countryside. Show is produced by Rubicon and distributed by SevenOne Intl.

Other talent expected at Cannes include American comic Margaret Cho, who will promote her new concert film “Cho Dependent,” which is repped by Beyond Distribution.

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