The Halcyon is sure to make a big impact when it launches next year, and we’re incredibly proud to offer international buyers an exclusive first look.” International dramas and screenings With premium drama now a key driver in the TV industry, MIPCOM is doubling its offer of International Drama Screenings and will present a record number of brand-new shows from the USA, UK, Germany, France and China. The International Drama Screenings offer MIPCOM attendees an exclusive opportunity to discover the most creative new shows from the world’s leading entertainment companies. This year’s International Drama Screenings will be held on Monday 17 October, Tuesday 18 October and Wednesday 19 October. They will include seven sessions, with a total of eight brand-new shows.

“Drama is increasingly important in the international TV marketplace, whether for linear broadcasters or online services, so it is only natural that MIPCOM reflects the quality and diversity of current worldwide output through these many prestige screenings,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division. In addition to these International Drama Screenings, MIPCOM will also present a record number of World Premiere TV Screenings including Fox’s reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the First World War spy drama Mata Hari from Red Arrow International. The 20th Century Fox made-for-TV reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show stars Laverne Cox as Dr Frank- N-Furter, Victoria Justice as Janet, Ryan McCartan as Brad, and Adam Lambert as Eddie, the role originally played by Meat Loaf.

The new version also sees Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, return as the show’s criminologist narrator. The cast also includes Annaleigh Ashford, Reeve Carney and Staz Nair. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group and is executive-produced by Lou Adler, Gail Berman and Kenny Ortega, who will also direct and choreograph the two-hour special. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is distributed by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

The 2016 version is a reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was the first a hit musical on the London stage in 1973, before being turned into a movie directed by Jim Sharman, who co-wrote the film with Richard O’Brien. The movie premiered in 1975 and has been screening in cities around the world ever since, as new audiences discover its gallery of outrageous characters. Mata Hari, the brand-new series about the infamous dancer, courtesan and First World War spy of the same name, will feature as the Sunday Night MIPCOM 2016 World Premiere TV Screening.

Based on a true story, Mata Hari is an epic new English-language drama that charts the extraordinary life of an exotic dancer, courtesan and infamous spy, Mata Hari. The series stars French actress Vahina Giocante (The Libertine) in the title role and features an acclaimed international cast including Christopher Lambert (Highlander), and John Corbett (Sex and the City). All three will attend MIPCOM, together with other cast members Svetlana Khodchenkova (Wolverine) and Maxim Matveïev (Weekend). Distributed worldwide by Red Arrow International, the 12 x 1-hour series is produced by Star Media in partnership with Channel One Russia and Inter Ukraine, and is directed by Dennis Berry (Highlander, Stargate SG-1) and Julius Berg.

Rounding up the extensive MIPCOM Screening programme will be two exclusive first-episode showings of brand-new factual series, National Geographic’s “MARS” presented by FOX Networks Group Content Distribution and “Planet Earth II from BBC Worldwide. Produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia, “MARS” is an epic, gripping global event series, destined to spark imaginations worldwide as it tells the story of mankind’s thrilling quest to colonise Mars. Directed by visionary Mexican filmmaker Everardo Gout, “MARS” combines a unique blend of featurefi lm scripted drama, visual effects with best-in-class documentary sequences, which unpacks what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing today, and dramatises their efforts to pull off mankind’s greatest feat – interplanetary travel and colonisation. Set in both the present day and a scientifi c projection of 2033, this compelling series asks:

“Could we really make Mars our home?” Back on Planet Earth, a decade ago the BBC redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life here. Ten years on, the unprecedented advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world mean we can once again see our planet from a completely new perspective through one of the most ambitious landmark series to date, “Planet Earth II”. New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail. From spellbinding wildlife spectacles to intimate encounters, “Planet Earth II” will take viewers closer than ever before. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series is a BBC/BBC America/ZDF/France Televisions co-production.