MIPCOM Adds Kiefer Sutherland Keynote

Kiefer Sutherland
Wesley Mann

"24 was an amazing experience. I did not run into what you described with the networks. They did not recut our stuff. I think the secret was we shot so far out in Simi Valley that no one wanted to drive out there," says Kiefer Sutherland.

Dennis Quaid and Hayley Atwell are among the stars set to bring their new shows to Cannes.

Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Quaid and Hayley Atwell are among the stars set to step out in Cannes for TV forum MIPCOM in October.

Sutherland, a pioneer of making the film-to-television jump into the iconic role of Jack Bauer with 24 back in 2001, will give a keynote speech. 

As previously reported, producer Shonda Rhimes also is slated for a keynote speech and will be honored as MIPCOM Personality of the Year with a gala dinner on Oct. 19.

Quaid will be on hand with Fortitude, pushing the Arctic Circle-set drama in Cannes, and Atwell will bring ABC’s Conviction to MIPCOM buyers.

Unreal stars Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby will join the Women in Global Entertainment power lunch to promote Lifetime’s multiplatform Fempire content distribution product launched last April. Shondaland partner Betsy Beers and Cesar-winning director Euzhan Palcy will join the event, co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

Shades of Blue executive producer and showrunner Adi Hasak also will give a talk on the continued crossover between film and television as well as adapting international series for a U.S. audience based on his experience bringing Norwegian drama Eyewitness to USA Network.

Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai, outgoing 20th Television Distribution president international television Marion Edwards, A+E Networks president, international and digital media Sean Cohan and YouTube head of original content Susanne Daniels also are in the lineup for the TV confab.

As previously announced, Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, Participant Media CEO David Linde and STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts will round out the keynote speakers’ agenda.

Sony Pictures Television’s new hotel-set The Halcyon will make its world premiere at MIPCOM. The eight-part historical drama series, commissioned by ITV in the U.K and starring Steven Mackintosh and Olivia Williams, is set at a five-star hotel during World War II.

World War I-set drama Mata Hari, which follows the life of the Dutch cabaret dancer who was believed to be a spy for Germany, also will world premiere. Red Arrow is launching sales of the Russian and Ukrainian-produced English-language drama starring John Corbett, Rutger Hauer and Gerard Depardieu. Co-stars Vahina Giocante and Christophe Lambert will present the premiere episode.

Cold War-set German series The Same Sky and the new Rocky Horror Picture Show remake starring Laverne Cox and Adam Lambert also will world premiere.

As TV turns up its diversity dial, MIPCOM is launching its first-ever Diversity Summit. The half-day panel will feature Little Black Book CEO Bunmi Akintonwa, Scorpion TV managing director David Cornwall, all3media senior vp production Nick Smith and conference organizer Reed Midem’s Lillan Da Cruz.

Meanwhile, the Carriage Deal Forum, now in its second year, will feature NHK Japan’s head of global strategy Rie Hayashi and Viacom International senior vp multiplatform strategy Daniel Reich.

MIPCOM is set to run Oct. 17-20 in Cannes.