Rai Fiction


Sony Pictures Television joins The Alliance’s Leonardo Da Vinci drama

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has partnered up with Italian duo Lux Vide and Rai Fiction on an eight-part limited drama about Leonardo da Vinci that stars Poldark’s Aidan Turner. Leonardo has been created by Big Light Production’s Frank Spotnitz (The Man In The High Castle) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock) and will explore the character of […]

iQiyi takes Fremantle’s My Brilliant Friend to China

iQiyi is set to take Fremantle’s critically-acclaimed drama My Brilliant Friend to China. My Brilliant Friend follows Elena Greco as the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous Naples […]

Canal+ orders HBO’s My Brilliant Friend

French group Canal+ has pre-bought My Brilliant Friend, a drama based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name. The HBO, Rai Fiction, and TIMVISION series is currently in production in Italy. It is directed by Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts). It features the character of Elena Greco, an elderly woman immersed in a house […]

Disney Lat-Am buys Tip the Mouse

Disney Junior has taken regional rights to animated preschool series Tip the Mouse for Latin America. The deal, with German distributor m4e, gives Disney exclusive rights to the show on pay TV throughout the region. “We are very happy that Disney Junior Latin America has picked up this preschool property for Latin America and especially […]

Channels crown PGS’ Little Prince

Several international channels have acquired the third season of animated series The Little Prince. Minimax in Eastern Europe, MTV in Hungary, Minika in Turkey, Noga in Israel and and Knowledge Network in Canada have all bought the series, based on the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry novel. The Little Prince is produced by French studio Method […]

Fox’s Red Band Society disbanded

Fox’s teen medical drama Red Band Society has been pulled from schedules, prompting questions over its future. The series will drop from air after its tenth episode on December 3, with US broadcaster Fox opting not to order a back nine. Thirteen episodes have filmed so far, and it is unclear when and where the […]

Cartoon Forum 2014: pre-market guide, part three

Every year, brave indie producers stand before the great and the good of European animation commissioning to pitch their latest wares at the Cartoon Forum. Ahead of the event in September, Jesse Whittock looks at the projects heading for Toulouse. In the third part of our run-down, we look at efforts from Italy, Spain and […]

News brief: RAI appoints drama boss

Italian public broadcaster RAI has upped Luca Milano to deputy director, RAI Fiction. Milano was previously head of animation production at the Italian pubcaster. In his new executive deputy director role at RAI Fiction, he will oversee marketing and planning. He will also retain his previous role and head up the Italian company’s animation initiatives. […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]

Filmax’s cancer drama being remade in Italy

Spanish producer and distributor Filmax has inked a deal with Rai for a local version of its drama series The Red Band Society. The scripted format deal paves the way for an Italian version of the series, about a group of children with cancer, to air on the Italian pubic broadcaster’s Rai1 channel. Production has […]