'Homeland,' 'Top Boy' Win Top Prizes at Series Mania TV Festival

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"Homeland"

The festival devoted to TV series from across the globe attracted a record attendance for its third season.

East London gangs and the CIA shared the spotlight in Paris when U.K. series Top Boy and U.S. hit Homeland won the top prizes at TV festival Series Mania organized by the Forum des Images.

More than 12,000 people tuned in for the event’s third season with an average of 240 people per screening. Thirty-eight French and international series from across the globe screened at the event that saw a 33 percent rise in attendance from its second season.

Series Mania added a professional angle this year with 500 accreditations for small screen execs and a selection of 60 series from around the world available for screening, plus a designated space for meetings.

Homeland shared the festival’s Public Prize with Channel 4’s series Top Boy that still hasn’t found a French broadcaster. Homeland was picked up by pay TV giant Canal Plus who will air the series in the fall.

A jury featuring international press gave their Best Actress prize to acting trio Zara Prassinot, Camille Claris et Alysse Hallali  from French series Clash that will bow on France 2 in early May. 

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