'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner Honored in Paris
PARIS -- Mad Mencreator Matthew Weiner and the hit series’ stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery headed from Madison Avenue to Paris’ City Hall on Tuesday to see Weiner accept a prestigious honor from the French Capital’s Mayor’s office.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe’s cultural deputy presented Weiner with the Vermeil Medal of Honor for his contributions to culture and society during a swank ceremony and cocktail fit for 1960s ad men at the city’s Hotel de Ville.
Hendricks and Slattery looked on while the deputy mayor talked about France’s current fascination with the series that will air on France’s recently launched Sundance Channel.
“We just want you to be a citizen of Paris. Move out of America and move to Paris!” the deputy mayor told Weiner. Weiner reciprocated the love, telling the small crowd gathered that: “I fell in love with Paris through the movies” and added that he’d love to shoot a film in the city one day.
Later Tuesday evening, Sundance screened the first episode of Mad Men followed by a chic cocktail at Paris’ elegant hotel the Royal Monceau with Weiner, Hendricks, Slattery and Rainbow Media execs.