Richard Gere to Launch MOTHERFATHERSON at Mipcom

Richard Gere to Launch MOTHERFATHERSON at Mipcom

BBC Studios has announced ahead of Mipcom 2018, that Richard Gere (Chicago, Pretty Woman), Billy Howle (Witness for the Prosecution, On Chesil Beach) and showrunner Tom Rob Smith (Child 44, London Spy, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: AMERICAN CRIME Story), will head to Mipcom in Cannes to launch MotherFatherSon at a special event on Monday 15th October.

Exclusive first-look scenes from the eight part original drama will be shown to international buyers at the event which will also be attended by Hilary Salmon, Executive Producer for BBC Studios Drama London.

Paul Dempsey, President, Global Markets, BBC Studios, commented: "Appearing at Mipcom for the first time as the newly integrated BBC Studios, we're extremely proud to be represented by world class talent such as Richard Gere and Tom Rob Smith. The compelling characters and outstanding script created by Tom Rob Smith has enticed a stellar cast, including Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Richard Gere, who makes his return to television after a 30 year hiatus."

MotherFatherSon was created and written by Emmy-award winner Tom Rob Smith and made by BBC Studios Production. Richard Gere plays Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, Harry Potter) plays Kathryn, a British heiress and Max's estranged wife. Their 30 year-old son, Caden (Billy Howle), runs Max's UK newspaper and is primed to follow in his father's footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world. But when Caden's self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, its EMPIRE and a country on the brink of change.

Further casting for the eight-part series includes Sarah Lancashire, Sinéad Cusack, Paul Ready, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Danny Sapani, Joseph Mawle and Ciarán Hinds.

Other scripted titles BBC Studios will be distributing at Mipcom include Andrew Davies' adaptation of Les Misérables, starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo, Lily Collins, Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman and Good Omens which is based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

Political thriller, Brexit starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the highly anticipated Luther Series 5 starring Idris Elba, acclaimed writer Mike Bartlett's new drama Press and the outrageously funny and painfully human Pure starring newcomer Charly Clive, also feature on the scripted slate.

Other activity from BBC Studios' at Mipcom includes a keynote with Tim Davie, CEO BBC Studios, on Monday 15 October in the Grand Auditorium at 16:15 (GMT).

BBC Studios stand - P3.B38. Palais Level 3.

Photo Credit: BBC

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