Helen Mirren to Receive Career Honor at Monte Carlo TV Fest
The opening ceremony of the festival will also host the world premiere of Sony's 'Absentia.'
Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Helen Mirren will add the Crystal Nymph to her pending EGOT shelf when she takes home the career honor from the Monte Carlo Television festival next month.
Monaco’s reigning royal, Prince Albert II, will present the British dame with the award during a June 20 ceremony.
The career honor will recognize Mirren’s body of work from her star-making Prime Suspect role through her multiple award-winning turn in Elizabeth I and her SAG award-winning role on HBO’s Phil Spector miniseries, opposite Al Pacino.
“Since its inception, the Monte Carlo Television Festival has been a strong advocate and supporter of the international television business across both drama and documentary programming,” Mirren said Tuesday in a statement.
The event will open with the world premiere of Sony Pictures Television Network’s Absentia, showing the first episode of the FBI thriller starring Stana Katic (Castle).
The festival also announced the juries for its 57th edition, including Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor John Corbett, Oscar-nominated actress Shoreh Aghdashloo, Hawaii Five-0 producer Peter Lenkov, 30 Rock producer Juan Jose Campanella, Spanish producer Ramon Campos and French actress Odile Vuillemin for the fiction jury.
“Every year when I heard about people going to this event in Monte Carlo I always envied them, and now I am getting to partake,” said Lenkov.
“I have worked in American, Argentine and Spanish television enough to know the excellence of the level of the entries at the Festival, and the careful elegance with which it is conducted," added Campanella. "It is a prestigious award that makes any production very proud."
The non-fiction jury will be headed by France 2 head of foreign news Etienne Leenhardt, with Norway’s Moment Film director Mona Friis Bertheussen, Al Jazeera manager of investigations Phil Reese, France 24 senior journalist Annette Young and Hungary’s Spot Productions journalists Eszter Cseke and Andras Takacs joining him on the panel.
“As the globalization of the television industry continues to accelerate and high-quality, innovative and intelligent content has the potential to reach a bigger audience than ever before, we’re proud to bring together a lineup of such exceptional talent as we celebrate the very best in fiction and news programming worldwide,” said festival CEO Laurent Puons.
This year, more than 30 shows from around the world are in competition across 10 fiction and non-fiction categories.
The Monte Carlo TV Fest is set to run June 16–20 in Monaco.