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Lincoln TV and Connect3 announce start of production on new scripted series Mirage

Mar 27, 2019

–Clive Standen joins international thriller series, filming starts April 1st–
–Directed by Louis Choquette–
–Cineflix Rights takes worldwide rights–

France’s Lincoln TV and Connect3 Media Inc., the Cineflix Media owned production company, today announced the start of production on the six-episode, one-hour scripted series Mirage , an intensely exciting spy thriller with a highly emotional love triangle at its heart.

Mirage is the first project created by the European Alliance union of public broadcasters France Télévisions, RAI and ZDF, which was founded in May 2018.

The series stars Marie-Josée Croze (Jack Ryan, The Barbarian Invasions), Clive Standen (Vikings, Taken), Hannes Jaenicke (Sardsch, Code Name: Eternity), Shawn Doyle (House of Cards, Frontier), and Grégory Fitoussi (Spiral, Spin). Mirage is directed by Louis Choquette (Versailles, 19-2) and created and written by Franck Philippon (No Limit, The Tunnel), Benedicte Charles (La Légiste), and Olivier Pouponneau (Surveillance, Watch Your Lip!). Franck Philippon is among the Executive Producers and Marc Gabizon is Associate Producer. It begins shooting in Abu Dhabi and Morocco in early April and is slated to deliver in late 2019.

A France/Canada production commissioned by France Télévisions, ZDF, Bell Media and Super Channel, Mirage is produced by Lincoln TV and Connect3 in partnership with Wild Bunch Germany.

Mirage is set against the backdrop of a futuristic cityscape—on its glittering surface is a world of fabulous wealth and opportunity, but underneath hides a much more mysterious side. The series tells the enthralling story of Claire (Croze)—an expatriate starting over in Abu Dhabi with her son and husband Lukas (Jaenicke). Claire is thrust into the shadowy world of espionage after she discovers that her former husband Gabriel (Standen), who supposedly died fifteen years ago, is alive.

Cineflix Rights has secured worldwide distribution rights to the series, including the US and UK. Julien Leroux, SVP, Global Scripted Co-Productions for Cineflix Media, will be presenting the series at MIPTV.

“Since the 4th edition of the Series Mania Festival five years ago, where this mesmerizing pitch was first introduced, we’ve been working on this incredible material and we are now proud to see this mirage come to life with all these international talents attached,” said Christine de Bourbon Busset and Marc Missonnier, Producers for Lincoln TV.

Pablo Salzman, President, Connect3, said: “Together with Lincoln TV, we’ve assembled a terrific team to take viewers on the exhilarating Mirage journey told by an incredible cast, under the direction of award-winning Louis Choquette. We’re bringing international audiences engaging content like Mirage by connecting talented creative partners with the right platforms and broadcasters - which has been part of the company’s ethos from day one.”

“I’m looking forward to showcasing this bold, premium scripted series to the global marketplace,” added Julien Leroux, SVP, Global Scripted Co-Productions for Cineflix Media. “Mirage’s riveting storyline coupled with high-octane action and emotional twists and turns will leave buyers wanting more for their audiences.”

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About Lincoln TV
LINCOLN TV is an independent TV production company founded in 2007. Christine de Bourbon Busset and Marc Missonnier are the producers-owners of this structure primarily devoted to TV shows.
The series Pigalle, By Night (Canal+), Tony’s Revenge (France 2) and Beyond the Walls (Arte) were all indisputable critical successes and won numerous awards. Mental (10x26’), which recently won the Best 26’ series award at the La Rochelle Festival, was broadcast on OCS and its second season is currently being written. Ronde de Nuit (90’) competed in the 2019 Luchon Festival (Most Promising Actress award) and the film should be broadcast shortly on France 3.
Two major series are currently in production: Mirage (6x52’), a family drama with espionage overtones co-produced by Connect3 Media and Wild Bunch Germany for France 2, ZDF, Bell Media and Super Channel will be shot in April in Abu Dhabi and Morocco; and Cheyenne and Lola, one of OCS-Orange Studios’s first 52’ original creations, which shooting is scheduled in August.

About Connect3 Media Inc.
Connect3 Media collaborates with independent producers, writers, and showrunners to develop and deliver first-class television content. The company focusses on co-productions for the North American and international markets, working with independent creatives to connect their projects with the right platform and broadcast partners. Led by Pablo Salzman, Connect3 is based in Montreal and part of the Cineflix Media group of companies. Connect3 has several projects in the works. The company is in production on a new factual home renovation series for broadcasters in the US and Canada and has teamed with Yap Films on a premium binge-ready documentary mini-series for an SVoD platform. Pablo Salzman is also currently executive producing The Wall, a police drama with Pixcom.

About Cineflix Media
Cineflix Media creates, produces, and distributes popular factual and scripted content for the global market with operations in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, and Dublin. Producing network-defining programming per year across a wide range of genres, and with a growing catalogue of more than 4,800 hours, Cineflix is behind some of TV’s most highly-rated brands.

About Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights is the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor, providing premium programming from leading international producers to more than 500 broadcasters and platforms worldwide. Our diverse catalogue spans the full range of factual genres, as well as scripted series and formats. Established in 2002, Cineflix Rights is based in London and part of the Cineflix Media group of companies.

For more information, please contact:

Vanessa Marra, Cineflix Media Inc.
+1 514 576 1796 / vmarra@cineflix.com

Mark Ogle, OH Communications
+44 (0) 7789 981 561 / mark@ohcommunications.co.uk

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