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Sky locks away Italian prison drama, from The Apartment & Wildside

UK-based Sky has commissioned Il Re (The King), a new Italian prison drama from Fremantle-owned production companies The Apartment and Wildside. The eight-part series is being produced by Lorenzo Mieli and directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi, with a screenplay by Stefano Bises, Peppe Fiore, Bernardo Pellegrini and Davide Serino. Shooting is set to begin in Rome, Turin […]

News round-up: ITVS expands US drama labels; Sky Italia snags Banijay’s ‘Pechino Express’; eOne outlines civil rights docuseries

Sky Italia travels with Pechino Express Sky Italia has struck a deal with Banijay Italia for future seasons of Pechino Express (Pekin Express), the local version of the Belgian-Dutch original format owned and licensed by 4MAT4. The format revolves around celebrity couples who must travel for thousands of kilometres in territories that are both geographically […]

The CW does deal with ‘Devils’ to bolster fall schedule

US network The CW has picked up Sky Italia thriller Devils as it continues to acquire international series for its 2020/21 schedule. The series is produced by Sky Italia and Italian prodco Lux Vide, in association with Sky Studios and France’s Orange Studio. It originally aired on Sky Atlantic in Italy and OCS in France. […]

Kids round-up: Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec; Sky names commissioners; South Korea’s Asiana agrees Cottonwood deal

Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec French studio Xilam Animation has appointed Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions in EMEA as its EVP of content. Caterina Gonnelli joins the company on 13 January and will work alongside Xilam’s existing EVP of content Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of the French company’s output. She […]

Paramount Network, Spike & VH1 among ViacomCBS’s expanded Sky Italia deal

ViacomCBS and Sky Italia have announced a multi-year extension of their deal in Italy. The arrangement will see Paramount Network, Spike and VH1 added to Sky, bringing the total number of ViacomCBS-branded channels on Sky platforms in Italy to 12. This includes localised versions of MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Comedy Central and Italian kids’ channel […]

Sky Italia rolls cameras on Wildside’s dystopian thriller ‘Anna’

Sky Italia has signed on for Sicilian dystopian thriller Anna from The Miracle producer Wildside. Created and directed by Niccolò Ammaniti, the series – co-produced with Arte France and Fremantle-backed prodco Kwaï – is based on the author’s eponymous book, which follows a young girl who cares for her brother in a post-apocalyptic Sicily, where […]

Sky Italia confirms Ibarra as CEO

Sky Italia has confirmed that KPN chief executive Maximo Ibarra is to be its new CEO. Confirmation of the appointment was widely expected after Ibarra resigned his position with the Dutch telco on Monday. KPN said that he had decided to leave after just over a year in the job for pressing family reasons and […]

KPN CEO tipped for Sky Italia

Maximo Ibarra, who has been hotly tipped to replace Andrea Zappia as CEO of Sky Italia, has resigned as chief executive of KPN. According to the Dutch telco’s statement, Ibarra (left) has resigned for pressing family reasons and because he is to move back to Italy to “take up a new executive position”. Ibarra will […]

Sky explores Rome’s origins in ITVS GE-distributed ‘Romulus’

Sky Italia’s latest original drama, Romulus, will tell the origin story of Rome. Produced by Sky, ITV Studios-backed Gomorrah producer Cattleya and Groenlandia, the 10-part series will be directed Matteo Rovere and premiere on the Italian pay-TV channel. Set in eighth-century BC, Romulus details the city’s origins through elaborate settings, with two entire cities reconstructed […]

Sky Italia names programming boss

Sky Italia has appointed former Warner Bros. exec Nicola Maccanico as its chief of programming. The hire follows the departure of Andrea Scrosati, who recently left the Italian broadcaster to join Fremantlemedia as COO out of London in November. Maccanico previously served as European affairs manager for Sky Italia before joining Warner Bros., where he […]

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