First Series Mania fest to kick off in Paris

Six-day event to screen TV series from around the globe

PARIS -- Small screen series will be given big screen treatment at the Forum des Images' first annual Series Mania festival set to kick off in Paris on April 6.

The six-day event will open with premiere screenings of the first two episodes of ABC drama "Flash Forward" featuring a visit from the show's creator Brannon Braga. "Flash Forward" will first air on Gallic pay TV network Canal Plus then on leading network TF1.

HBO series will have a major presence at the fest including "How to Make it in America," "Hung," "Bored to Death," "Nurse Jackie, "True Blood" and "In Treatment," all of which will air on Orange Cinema Series thanks to their exclusivity contract signed with HBO last year.

Other U.S. shows in selection include AMC's "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," Showtime's "Look" and "United States of Tara," ABC's "Modern Family" and "V," plus FX's "Sons of Anarchy."

"Dexter" creator Clyde Phillips will host a Q&A and Israeli showrunner Hagai Levi will also be in town to talk about his work on "BeTipul" and "In Treatment."

The Forum des Images will also screen homegrown fiction with Gallic series "Fais pas ci, fais pas ca," "Fortunes," "Marion Mazzano," "Empreintes Criminelles," "Engrenages" and "Les Invincibles" in the official screening selection.

British series will also cross the channel for their premieres with French audiences. Small screen BBC series set to show on the Forum's big screens include "Criminal Justice," "Desperate Romantics" and "Money." Channel 4's "Cast Offs," plus E4's "Misfits" and "Skins" will also screen in selection.

Festival participants can also watch TV shows hailing from China, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada. Conferences open to the public will hit upon topics such as "TV Series, how do they work?" or "TV series, have they replaced movies?" and round tables will focus on such subjects as "2000-2010, a new golden age for TV series?"

The Forum des Images is also hoping to spark sales for those TV series still without French broadcasters and have scheduled professional round table discussions including "The development of TV Series, a crucial step?" or a study of hit soaps French series "Plus Belle la Vie" and British show "Eastenders."

The Series Mania fest will close on April 11 with three episodes from the first season of "How to Make it in America. "
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