The satirical series “C*A*U*G*H*T,” which was produced by Sean Penn, has withdrawn from Mipcom due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
“In light of the current situation unfolding in Israel, we have taken the decision not to showcase ‘C*A*U*G*H*T’ at Mipcom this year,” Fremantle said in a statement. “At this time, our hearts and thoughts are with our colleagues and our partners in Israel, and all those affected.”
The series “C*A*U*G*H*T” had plans for a Media Mastermind Keynote during the international TV conference in Cannes on October 18. The event was expected to feature Sean Penn, along with the series’ star Matthew Fox, and its creator, writer, and director, Kick Gurry.
The original series produced by Stan follows the story of “four Australian soldiers embarking on a covert mission in a war-torn nation.” Mistaken for Americans, they find themselves captured and forced to make a hostage video, which surprisingly goes viral, transforming them into unexpected celebrities.
Penn acts as an executive producer and makes an appearance as himself in the series. The “CAUGH*T” ensemble includes Bella Heathcote from “Pieces of Her,” Erik Thomson of “Black Snow,” Ben O’Toole featured in “Detroit,” Lincoln Younes known for “Last King of the Cross,” Fayssal Bazzi from “Stateless,” and Bryan Brown.
On Saturday, Hamas initiated an unexpected assault on Israeli civilians, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce a military conflict against the Palestinian military organization. As reported by the Associated Press, the casualty count has now reached a minimum of 1,600 on both sides.
Monday evening saw a collective statement from Western leaders, which included U.S. President Joe Biden, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, expressing their support for Israel.
“We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy and must be universally condemned. There is never any justification for terrorism,” the statement reads, adding: “Our countries will support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities.”
The statement went on to say, “All of us recognise the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people, and support equal measures of justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike. But make no mistake: Hamas does not represent those aspirations, and it offers nothing for the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed.”
Pro-Palestine protests occurred in multiple cities on Monday night, including London, where hundreds of demonstrators congregated outside the Israeli embassy, as reported by the BBC. Simultaneously, a candlelight vigil was held on Downing Street to honor the victims of attacks by Hamas, and Prime Minister Sunak delivered a speech at a North London synagogue, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to safeguarding the British Jewish community.
Source: Deadline Hollywood