Magazine article Screen International

MIPTV Round-Up: Day 1

Magazine article Screen International

MIPTV Round-Up: Day 1

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As the television market kicked off in Cannes, actress Kim Cattrall, director Hugo Blick and crime-writer Michael Connelly were among those hitting the Croisette to promote their upcoming shows.CONFERENCES

Kim Cattrall on Sensitive Skin

Actress Kim Cattrall unveiled the first trailer for her Canada-set remake of BBC comedy drama Sensitive Skin.

Cattrall stars as an aging former model who moves to an edgy, inner city neighbourhood with her husband in a bid to revitalise their lives. The role was played in the UK version by Joanna Lumley.

The former Sex and the City star is executive producing the series alongside writer Bob Martin and director Don Mckellar, who also co-stars.

The 56-year-old, former Sex and City star told MipTV execs that there was a dearth of good roles for women of her age. "Women my age have very much to say and unfortunately this business doesn't recognise that most of the time," said Cattrall.

The actress revealed she was introduced to Sensitive Skin in 2006 by the BBC's then head of comedy Jon Plowman, as she was forging a stage career following the end of Sex and the City. "I'd just done a show in the West End and I was invited to this creative meeting.

"I was sort of ambivalent about it because I felt to go back to television at this point of my life it would have to be something quite extraordinary but it was Jon Plowman, who was responsible for Absolutely Fabulous, The Office and Extras. I thought maybe I should listen... he encouraged me to go home with a lot of DVDs and look at different writers and one of them was Hugo Blick and Sensitive Skin...

"I was sceptical at the beginning, as I put the DVD into the machine, and then I was like 'Wow, this is a story that hasn't been told before'."

Toronto-based Tricon Film and Pictures is handling sales on the series produced by Rhombus Media in association with Baby Cow Productions, Bell Media's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central is currently in post-production. The company will be sending screeners out after the market.

Connelly unveils crime-Amazon series Bosch

Crime-writer Michael Connelly was at the Majestic to promote the upcoming Amazon Series adaptation of his best-selling novels about LA homicide detective Harry Bosch with actor Titus Welliver in the lead role.

"It's really going to be true to the character of Harry Bosch, and true to the city of Los Angeles which he works in and has spent his whole life in... I wouldn't sign a contract with anyone who wouldn't agree to shoot every scene in Los Angeles," the writer told a press conference.

Amazon greenlit the 10-part, 50-minute episode series on the back of audience reviews of a one-hour pilot released on its steaming service in February. Producer Henrik Bastin of LA-based Fabrik Entertainment said some 11,000 people had reviewed the pilot in the space of a month but could not reveal figures on how many people had viewed the pilot in total.

"The pilot is really an establishing point for the character. We bring in the beginnings of two stories City of Bones and Concrete Blond," said Connelly, who became the seventh author to sell over 1 million kindle books via Amazon in 2011. Connelly is overseeing the script with Law and Order and The Wire writer Eric Overmyer.

"We've assembled a really amazing writing team of people who have worked on shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and Breaking Bad. I'm going to write some of the scripts but it would be impossible to write them all," said Connelly, who is also working on a new Bosch novel due out in November.

Executive producer Jan Frouman of Red Arrow Entertainment and Red Arrow's sales chief Irina Ignatieuw, who is handling international sales worldwide, bar the US, the UK and Germany, also attended the conference. …

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