Series Mania: Netflix's First Original Foreign-Language Series to Screen, Cuba Gooding Jr. to Lead Masterclass

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David Chase will serve as president of the jury for the festival's new international competition.

The People v. O.J. Simpson star Cuba Gooding Jr. will lead a masterclass during the seventh edition of the Paris festival Series Mania, which celebrates international television, it was announced Wednesday.

Other masterclasses will be hosted by best-selling author Harlan Coben, who will also premiere his first original work for the small screen with The Five, X-Files and The Man in the High Castle creator Frank Spotnitz; Sopranos creator David Chase; and Close to the Enemy creator Stephen Poliakoff, who won a Golden Globe for his last series, Dancing on the Edge.

This year the festival has added an international competition section, with Chase serving as president of the jury.

Coben's The Five will be among those in the running for the top prize. Belgium's Beau Sejour, The U.K.'s The Kettering Incident, Israel's Mama’s Angel, Norway's Nobel, Argentina's El Marginal, Australia's Cannabis and Sweden's Midnight Sun round out the titles vying for the prize.

Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips will also be on hand to premiere his latest show, Feed the Beast.

Netflix's first original foreign-language series, the French production Marseille starring Gerard Depardieu, will also be presented as a work in progress.

Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl will open the festival with a gala at the city’s Grand Rex theater.

The Series Mania festival will be held from April 15 to 24.