U.S. series stars flock to Monte Carlo

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PARIS -- The 2007 Monte Carlo Television Festival, which kicks off Sunday afternoon at the seaside Grimaldi Forum, will screen more than 100 programs in competition from 25 different countries.

As American TV series continue to play a big part, cast members from popular U.S. shows will be on hand. The six-day event will wind up next week with the black-tie Golden Nymph awards ceremony. Actors from "Grey's Anatomy," "24," "Heroes," "Prison Break," "Lost" and "The Experts" are scheduled to attend the festival.

Other highlights include a preview of TF1 summer miniseries "Mystere," a premiere of two episodes of "Painkiller Jane" and a screening of the documentary "Fog Mavericks."

The official opening ceremony -- headed by Prince Albert II of Monaco, the festival's honorary president since 1988 -- will be followed by the European premiere of HBO film "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

This year's festival jury members include Starz Media vp John Hyde, actress Marianne Sagebrecht, Marathon Group director Pascal Breton, producer-director Tim Gibbons and ABC exec Morgan Wandell.

"The Principality of Monaco views the festival as an important international marketing event," festival director David Tomatis said. "This year, we've had a 30% increase in the submissions of TV films. Now more than ever, all the major U.S. studios make the effort to be here to promote their latest productions to the media and take advantage of doing business in a relaxed atmosphere."
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