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PARIS – Cuba Gooding Jr.‘s new BET show, The Book of Negroes, will premiere at October’s MIPCOM television confab in Cannes.
Along with Oscar-winner Gooding Jr., the miniseries co-stars fellow Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr., Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Ben Chaplin (Dorian Gray), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue) and Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules).
Gooding Jr. and Gossett Jr. will appear at the red carpet premiere at the Grand Palais alongside director and co-writer Clement Virgo (The Wire) and executive producer Damon D’Oliveira (What We Have).
Based on author Lawrence Hill’s best-selling novel Someone Knows My Name, the series tells the story of kidnapped African woman Aminata Diallo, who survives slavery in the South, lives through the American Revolution in New York and becomes a refugee in Canada and Sierra Leone before finally finding freedom in England.
“We are honored and elated that The Book of Negroes has been officially selected for MIPCOM’S Opening Night Gala and that it will make its highly anticipated premiere at the television world’s most prestigious and internationally renowned event,” said eOne executive vp Carrie Stein. “We’re extremely proud of this captivating, powerful and inspiring miniseries and look forward to presenting it in October.”
eOne is handling international sales for the series, which will air on BET in the U.S. and the CBC in Canada. It is produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, eOne and Idlewild Films.
This year’s MIPCOM takes place October 13-16.
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