More and more French television productions and particularly TV series are acquired for the U.S. market or developed and co-produced between both countries.
In addition to the selection dedicated to French cinema, a competition of French films made for television was introduced in 2015. It includes TV dramas, mini-series and series. Theatrical features remain the predominant part of the program, yet the inclusion of special fare for TV is a logical addition for a competitive arena in Hollywood.
In 2016, seven of the nine films and series in competition for the COLCOA TELEVISION Awards were shown on loop from Tuesday April 19 to Monday April 25 in the Melville theater. Two additional programs closed the competition on Monday April 25 in the Truffaut Theater.
For the first time, a professional Jury will vote for the COLCOA TELEVISION awards.
John Bowab is a seasoned director and producer of television and theater. He began his career in the theater, with credits that span the Broadway catalog: Call Me Madam, Sweet Charity; the original Charity starring Gwen Verdon (on which he was a producer); and production and/or direction for versions of Charity with Chita Rivera, Juliet Prowse, and Debbie Allen. A producer for Jerry Herman’s Mame, he directed Angela Lansbury in three additional tours, plus the Mames of Ann Miller, Janis Paige, Susan Haward, and others. Additional credits include the 1990/1991 Debbie Reynolds The Unsinkable Molly Brown tour; Maggie Flynn with Shirley Jones in New York; production and direction of the Town Hall versions of She Loves Me, starring Madeline Kahn; and Richard Kiley’s Knickerbocker Holiday. He has also directed 140 productions on tour.
Equally at home in television, he has directed more than 450 television episodes, including The Cosby Show, The Facts of Life, Bosom Buddies, Soap, Benson, Bonnie Hunt, Ellen, Who’s the Boss, The Jamie Foxx Show, and The Wayans Brothers; Jay Leno, Bob Hope, and The Tonight Show specials; and Gabe Kaplan’s HBO production of Groucho. He joined the Directors Guild of America in 1979.
Mark Stern partnered with IM Global to form IM Global Television from his role as President of Original Content at Syfy. During his 11-year tenure at Syfy, Stern built a development team and slate of programming that vaulted the network into the top 5, defined its brand, and cemented its reputation as a home for well-produced, critically-acclaimed, highly-rated original programming. Among the dozens of scripted and unscripted series he shepherded were Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Being Human, Alphas, Stargate: Atlantis, Caprica, Ghost Hunters, Face Off, Destination Truth, The Triangle, Tin Man, and, most recently, the hit series Helix and Defiance.
In June 2008, Stern was also made the Co-Head of Original Content at Universal Cable Productions, responsible for the development, sale, and production of content for networks both within and outside the NBCU portfolio.
In January 2011, Stern was given the responsibility to create Syfy Films, a film label that – in partnership with Universal Pictures - develops and produces Syfy-branded theatrical motion pictures distributed by Universal.
Prior to Syfy, Stern was a partner at Trilogy Entertainment Group (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft) where, as president of its television division, he executive produced over 300 hours of television, including the award-winning Showtime series The Outer Limits, The Magnificent Seven for CBS, and the three-hour NBC movie event Carrie. Stern also wrote numerous episodes of both The Outer Limits and Poltergeist: The Legacy.
David Wyatt, a native of Los Angeles, began his education in the art of filmmaking at California State University, Long Beach, Radio, Television and Film Department where he focused on production while pursuing a secondary degree in marketing at CSULB College of Business Administration. After college, he applied his knowledge working as an administrator in business affairs at Columbia Pictures Television. There, one of the studio's vice president recognized Wyatt's off-beat and raw writing talents and encouraged him to seek a career in screenwriting. After a couple television writing courses at UCLA, three specs scripts and twelve months later, he was hired on the hit Fox comedy, MARTIN, where he wrote four scripts during his first season as a professional writer.
From there, Wyatt moved up the ranks where he worked on the writing staff of other successful television series such as THE WAYANS BROS., COSBY and SISTER SISTER, and WHOOPI where he served as writer and producer.
The quirky writer also found time to pitch and sell freelance episodes for other successful television series such as LIVING SINGLE, THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR and IN THE HOUSE, EVE, CLASS OF 3000 and MEET THE BROWNS on TBS.
Wyatt divides his time writing and producing with teaching at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California where he is an adjunct professor television writing and screenwriting..
The writer serves on several committees for the Writers Guild of America, West including the Committee Advisory Panel, Board Nominating Committee, Community Outreach Committee and has co-chaired the Committee of Black Writers. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS).
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