Magazine article Screen International

MIPCOM: Harvey Weinstein Talks TV

Magazine article Screen International

MIPCOM: Harvey Weinstein Talks TV

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Upcoming TWC television productions include big budget Marco Polo, reality show Supermarket Superstar hosted by Stacey Keibler and Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden.

Harvey Weinstein put in an appearance at MIPCOM on Tuesday to give a Media Mastermind keynote on The Weinstein Company's burgeoning television slate.More accustomed to being in the Palais des Festival's Grand Auditorium during the Cannes Film Festival, Weinstein quipped, "Where's the Palme d'Or?" as he took to the stage.But the film producer and distributor is no stranger to television.Past TWC television productions include the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning fashion-focused reality series Project Runway and spin-offs Project Runway All Stars and Project Accessory as well as the HBO comedy crime series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and more recently Mob Wives, which airs on VH1.It is the first MIPCOM outing, however, for TWC's new international television sales division."We've set up our office in the festival area, right next to A&E. It's looking good; we're getting good traffic. As people go into A&E we pull them over into our booth," Weinstein joked.On a more serious note, the mogul talked about some of the upcoming productions on the sales slate including the big budget drama Marco Polo, which TWC is producing with Ben Silverman's Electus and writer and creator John Fusco in association with premium subscription channel Starz, in which TWC owns a 25% stake.The series, which is in pre-production, will comprise 10 one-hour episodes budgeted at $5m each."I got to know John Fusco through The Forbidden Kingdom, which he wrote," said Weinstein, who distributed that film. "He's a martial arts expert. He and his son walked the Silk Road of Marco Polo. It's sexy, it's spectacular, it's epic. It's China - so we really do have 3,000 extras rather than having to CGI them in. …

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