Cannes 2012: Canal Plus to Storm The Festival With Gossip, LMFAO and Exclusive Content

The French pay TV network will air 350 hours of festival-related content and employ 500 people for the event that will be streamed live through the Cannes+ website.

While this year’s Festival de Cannes is shaping up to be a Hollywood-heavy affair, French pay TV group Canal Plus is making sure to add le French touch with big plans for the fest. The Gallic media powerhouse and official festival partner will once again be out en force and en masse both on the Croisette and on the web.

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For the first time ever, the network will screen red carpet coverage live from every gala screening and other exclusive content on its festival-dedicated website Cannes+. 

The network will air 350 hours of Cannes-related programming and will send 500 employees to the Croisette for the 12-day event. The pay TV channel will also air 50 hours of its programming unencrypted for non-subscribers including the fest’s opening and closing night ceremonies, hosted by The Artist star Berenice Bejo.

The country’s top nightly talk show Le Grand Journal will air live from its stage along the Croisette where host Michel Denisot and his team will welcome top A-list talents and musical groups who will perform live including Gossip and LMFAO.

Along with its 500 human employees the network will also send 300 of its famous funny puppets Les Guignols to Cannes and will feature exclusive coverage of the red carpet before every gala screening at the Palais des Festivals.

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Canal Plus will also air Gilles Jacob’s documentary about the history of the festival Une Journee Particuliere that will receive a special screening in Cannes to celebrate the fest’s 65th anniversary. The network will wax nostalgic for Cannes festivals past by airing last year’s official selections titles like Midnight in Paris, Pater, Tree of Life and The Conquest.

TV Festival, the fest’s own Cannes-only channel, will air again throughout the duration of the event. Canal Plus has been a festival partner for the past 19 years.

The Festival de Cannes runs May 16-27. 

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