Shirley Maclaine, Sam Neill to lend star presence at MipTV

MUMBAI: Actors Shirley MacLaine and Sam Neill will join the new Miss World - Miss Zi Lin Zhang - and a clutch of international talent at the forthcoming television trade event MipTV featuring Milia in Cannes, which runs from 7 to 11 April 2008.

UK-American producer and distributor Alchemy Television will host a media event on 7 April to launch their slate of four miniseries to the international marketplace. MacLaine will present the new mini-series Coco Chanel, in which she stars as the influential French designer.

The event will also feature Neill talking about his character in Iron Road while Sir Derek Jacobi and Louise Rose will present Diamonds and Bradley Whitford will promote Burn Up.

Zhang, the new Miss World, representing the People‘s Republic of China, will also be at MipTV for Zeal Entertainment who distributes the Miss World Festival internationally.

British comedy will be at the forefront during this edition of MipTV. Actress, humorist, singer and dancer Tracey Ullman is bringing her new show State of the Union. Sanjeev Bhaskar will showcase the series Mumbai Calling, and comedian-presenter Brian Conley will host the International Interactive Emmy Awards ceremony which takes place at MipTV on 8 April with several international stars.

Carla Peterson and Luciano Castro, the glamour couple in Lalola, will be in Cannes to mark the international success of this Argentinian telenovela.

The mentalist Uri Geller will return to MipTV to support his new show Staya Erusa: Find the Book of Knowledge and his Israeli hit show The Successor.

On the French production front, the artists of Sisterhood will be on hand in the shape of Thea Boswell, Charlotte Becquin, Emmanuelle Boidron, Julia Cecilion and Pierre Deny (Marathon). Singer-actress Priscilla will be in town with on-screen partner Alexia Degremont to present their new musical series Chante.

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