“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.

The global entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in Cannes, France, from 17-20 October. The World Premiere TV Screening for “Mata Hari” is scheduled on Sunday 16 October in the Palais des Festivals at 9.30pm.

Based on a true story, “Mata Hari” is an epic new English-language drama that charts the extraordinary life of 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”), and take part in numerous high-profile events including a Q&A session directly following the Screening.

To her audiences, Mata Hari was a notorious performer and dancer.  To her wealthy lovers, she was the charming yet mysterious seductress. To both the German and French intelligence services, she was an invaluable informant, who was subsequently exposed as a double agent.

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.

“We are thrilled to feature Mata Hari in the prestigious MIPCOM 2016 World Premiere TV Screenings line-up.  The MIPCOM World Premiere TV Screenings are increasingly recognised as a fantastic opportunity to showcase premium international programming to thousands of international buyers and media on MIPCOM’s renowned global stage,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.

Henrik Pabst, Managing Director of Red Arrow International, said: “We are delighted that ‘Mata Hari’ has been selected by Reed MIDEM to feature as one of their World Premiere TV Screenings at MIPCOM 2016. The scale, quality and ambition of this new series marks a new chapter in Russian-made English-language drama, and we are looking forward to launching the show to the international market at MIPCOM.”

Vlad Ryashin, Founder and General Producer at Star Media, said: “’Mata Hari’ is the story of an exceptionally strong woman who led a short but incredibly dramatic and flamboyant life. We are delighted to be working with Red Arrow International to bring her incredible story to people around the world.”

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