Zombies anticipated at 20th Cologne confab

Germany's leading TV festival and conference

BERLIN – Zombies, Cajuns and Prisoner number Six will invade Germany for the Cologne Conference, the country's leading TV festival and confab, which turns 20 this year.

AMC's hotly anticipated horror series "The Walking Dead" is in talks to screen some footage of the show in Cologne as part of the Conference, with selected cast members also attending to participate in a workshop discussion.

"The Wire" creator David Simon will screen his new HBO series, the New Orleans-set "Treme" and give a keynote on the art of television drama. Other industry talks will focus on new stereo 3D technology and what it means for TV production and on the latest international trends in cooking formats.

Other small screen highlights in Cologne this year include BBC's remake of sci-fi classic "The Prisoner," HBO's Emmy-winner "Temple Grandin'" and French crime series "Pigalle, la nuit."

Among the titles screening in the Conference's feature film program are Beatrice Dalle-starrer "Domaine," Marco Bellocchio's Mussolini biopic "Vincere" and the documentary "The Thorn in the Heart" from "Please Rewind" helmer Michel Gondry.

The festival's Look sidebar for visually innovative work will feature three productions from Spike Jonze and three very different documentaries: "The People Speak" about late historian Howard Zinn, Julien Temple's "Requiem for Detroit" and "Tankograd," a Danish documentary about a dance troop performing in Chelyabinsk, Russia, the most radioactively polluted city in the world.

The 20th Cologne Conference runs Sept. 26-Oct 1.