Inside The 50th Annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival

A giant Golden Nymph.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

This year was the second time I attended the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, an annual event held in June that is like the Sundance or Tribeca of the European television community. Hosted at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, the festival (held this year between June 6th and 10th) shines a light on international television programs and movies as well as popular Hollywood exporteds. It culminates with the Golden Nymph
Awards on the last evening.

Each year media from around the world descends on Monte-Carlo to view the latest television offerings, interview famous talent and attend the awards ceremony. Unlike the Emmys, which focus solely on American talent, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival recognizes talent from around the globe. Winners of the prestigious Golden Nymph Award this year hailed from Japan, Russia, Sweden and Qatar (part of the United Arab Emirates), among other countries.

As with my last journey to the festival, I came toting my Nikon D60 but this time around decided to snap shots of various actors I interviewed and some whom I happened to pass by. (Fellow journalist Lisa Finnegan grabbed a few, too.) There was a quite a cadre of talent from the States, and following are photos of some of the big names who attended. [Check here for coverage of the 50th anniversary party and the closing night awards ceremony.]

Outside of the Grimaldi Forum, the official venue for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

The calm before the flashbulb storm on the red carpet.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Larry Hagman draws a crowd of shutterbugs in the atrium.
(Photo ©2010 by Lisa Finnegan.)

Vampire Diaries co-stars Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are all broods in Monte-Carlo.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Aliens and humans unite outside of the V press conference:
(L to R) Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell and Scott Wolf.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Lost's Jorge Garcia takes a photo op after an on-camera interview.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J poses for the paparazzi.
(Photo ©2010 by Lisa Finnegan.)

Caprica's Alessandra Torresani rockin' the pink...
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

...and charming the media.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Larry Hagman and Dana Delany chat with French television.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Fans watch with anticipation.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

A quick pic following a roundtable with Dana Delany,
promoting both Desperate Housewives and her new show, Body of Proof.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Private Practice co-star Taye Diggs is all smiles in Monte-Carlo.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Cougar Town's Josh Hopkins is relaxed and soaking in the ambiance.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Inside the press lounge at the Grimaldi Forum.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder showing us his lighter side.
(Photo ©2010 by Lisa Finnegan.)

Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley in a contemplative pose.
(Photo ©2010 by Lisa Finnegan.)

Dexter and No Ordinary Family star Julie Benz enjoys her press conference.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

V and Lost co-star Elizabeth Mitchell chats with Larry Hagman for French TV.
J.R. is still a babe magnet.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Saying a quick hello to Law & Order creator and executive producer Dick Wolf.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T is ready for his close-up.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999 star Barbara Bain is a pleasure to chat with.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Cougar Town's exuberant Busy Philipps strikes a pose.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Another photo op.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Brother & Sisters co-star Luke Macfarlane at ease after an interview...
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

...as is his castmate Emily VanCamp.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Ice-T is trippin' (his words) during his visit to Monte-Carlo.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Outside of the lavish Hôtel Hermitage, Ian Somerhalder signs autographs,
poses for photos and bequeaths kisses to female fans.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

A mob of fans swarm around NCIS star Cote de Pablo outside of the famous Hotel de Paris.
Trust us, she's in there.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)



Related Posts:

Partying Monaco Style: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Monte-Carlo Television Festival



Inside the 2010 Golden Nymph Awards



2 Responses

  1. Stephen

    Wonderful set of pics, Mr. Reesman! It’s refreshing to see pics of actors, singers, producers, etc. that are impromptu and catch them being naturally themselves, yet don’t involve car crashes, intoxication, eruptions of childish tantrums, or missing underwear…

    I look forward to reading more about your over-seas adventures.

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