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Endemol bringing star talent to Mipcom

MUMBAI: Television format creator, distributor Endemol has announced a line-up of star talent appearing in Cannes this month for the television trade event Mipcom 2014.

Hollywood stars Frank Grillo and Nick Jonas will be making their Mipcom debut, along with creator, executive producer and showrunner Byron Balasco. They will represent ‘Kingdom’ – a drama from Endemol Studios about family, loyalty, ambition, glory, lust and betrayal.

An international screening and Q&A for ‘Kingdom’ will be held on 14 October.

Also appearing as guests of Endemol are British actors Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel who take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke, the series has been adapted by Peter Harness, directed by Toby Haynes and produced by Nick Hirschkorn who will also represent the series at the market. Set at the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history as they join forces to fight the Napoleonic Wars against France.

Endemol will host a press conference for Jonathan Strange and Norrell on 14 October.

Endemol Worldwide Distribution CEO Cathy Payne said, “It’s a terrific honour to have this calibre of talent in Cannes representing such highly-anticipated new shows. We’ve got a fantastically varied line up this MIPCOM, headlined by the epic 19th century story of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell alongside the hard hitting contemporary drama of Kingdom.”

‘Kingdom’ is a visceral family saga that takes place in Venice, California and is set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It is a world rife with complex characters and relationships that unfurl in surprising and deeply human ways.

In ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’, the reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass, he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there that Norrell summons a fairy to bring Lady Pole back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms.

Jonathan Strange (Carvel) is charming, rich and arrogant. While trying to secure his beloved Arabella’s hand in marriage, he meets the magician of Threadneedle Street, Vinculus, who tells him he is destined to be a great magician. A shaken and disturbed Strange initially dismisses the claims, but intrigue overcomes and in an attempt to find his occupation, he tries to practise magic.