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Monte Carlo TV Festival: the remake of a sequel.

Take a good chunk of international stars, sprinkle on a generous helping of top level TV executives, mix the whole thing with nobility and, voila, the Monte Carlo TV Festival is ready to be served. The only question that remains to be answered is whether this new recipe is better served cool or hot. Some industry pundits observed that it could work either way since it is expected to be "real cool" in the Monegascue principality July 1-6 and because, with so many personalities wandering about town, the event is going to be "hot."

Officially, The Monte-Carlo Television Festival, raking place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, promises to be an exciting and distinguished affair, offering conferences, workshops, premiere screenings, awards competitions and exclusive social events. The international function, whose honorary president is Crown Prince Albert, is billing itself as a "celebration" of the "creative arts of television."

Also to be determined is whether this festival, born out of the ashes of the deceased February TV event, can be considered a continuation of the original one and therefore the 43rd annual festival, or a brand new creature, and thus the first of what is expected to be a recurring annual appointment.

Festival organizer-topper, David Tomatis, pointed out that one of the benefits of the festival's dates is the fact that many participants will use Monte Carlo as a converging spot before hitting their holiday destinations. For this reason, the organizers slyly bannered their promotion material with the bold "Summer begins in Europe with The Monte-Carlo Television Festival."

The festival's program of conferences, which begins on July 3 and continues through the 5th (with July 6 left for the Gold Nymph Awards ceremony), comprises eight distinct sessions, running the gamut from directing, script-writing, and advertising to reality TV, comedy, and program distribution. There will also be a session entirely devoted to Law & Order and its world-wide success. As of press time, more than 15 speakers had been confirmed, including Hans Holger Albrecht, CEO and president of Modern Times Group (Sweden); Tony Cohen, CEO of Worldwide Production at FremantleMedia Thames (U.K.); Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of Entertainment Tonight (U.S.); Michel Rodrigue, CEO at Distraction Formats (Canada), actor Ray Romano, producer Dick Wolf, and more.

The festival's premiere screenings will include television product from around the world, and the program competition will cover a wide variety of formats, including television films, miniseries, news and current affairs, and 24-hour news. The European Producer Award, the Producer Award for a TV Series, and the Universite Radiophonique et Televisuele Internationale (URTI) Grand Prix for Documentaries will also be handed out.

Additionally, a number of special events will take place during the course of the festival, including a 4th of July party.

Finally, stated Tomatis, "attendance is limited to an exclusive number of participants."
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Title Annotation:new effort for event that used to happen in February
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Date:Jun 1, 2002
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