Discovery enlists celebrities for its MIPTV offerings

Discovery Communications' MIPTV slate includes big names, including Isabella Rosselini and Ridley Scott, and a series following a UK musical that honors the life and music of Michael Jackson (pictured).
March 24, 2011

Discovery Communications’ MIPTV slate features big names including Michael Jackson, Isabella Rosselini and Ridley Scott.

Available for third-party distribution at MIPTV are Dancing King: Man in the Mirror, Animals Distract Me and Prophets of Science Fiction.

Dancing King: Man in the Mirror is a six-part, one-hour series from Mighty Fine Productions, following UK producer David King as he and his team prepare to launch a musical based on the life and music of Michael Jackson.

Animals Distract Me, produced by Double Wide Media, is a stylized one-hour doc written and directed by actress Isabella Rossellini, on the animals that distract Rossellini as she goes through an “average” day in her life.

Director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) brings his science fiction expertise to the eight-part, one-hour Prophets of Science Fiction, which profiles great minds of science fiction, including Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas. It is produced by Scott Free Productions and Go Go Luckey.

“In true Discovery fashion, these three programs provide a global audience with a unique glimpse at beloved luminaries – from the intense pressure of finding the ‘right’ talents to honor a musical icon, to the unexpected passion of an acclaimed actress, to the unmatched insight into hearts and minds of sci-fi heroes,” said Nicolas Bonard, senior vice president, Discovery Enterprises International.

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