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Fremantle strikes unprecedented China deal for ‘My Brilliant Friend’

Chinese streaming giants iQiyi, Alibaba-owned Youku and Tencent Video have all bought the second season of Italian-language drama My Brilliant Friend, marking the first time the three operators have acquired a non-English language European drama at the same time. My Brilliant Friend: The Story Of A New Name will launch to an audience of more […]

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 […]

Wildside is developing an Audrey Hepburn drama

Fremantle’s Wildside is developing a drama series on Audrey Hepburn’s life, based on a story by Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti and Luigi Spinola. Dotti and Spinola are the scribes behind New York Times bestseller Audrey At Home, which explores Hepburn’s passion for life as a muse, a mother and a humanitarian. In developing the new […]

Sky and Movistar buy Beta’s 1993

Sky Deutschland and Spain’s Movistar+ are among several buyers of political thriller 1993. The Sky Italia series is distributed by Germany’s Beta Film, which has also shopped it to France’s OCS, Telenet in Belgium, Nova in Greece and Cyprus and Hot in Israel. The Young Pope prodco Wildside produces the series, which is based around […]

Fremantle buys into Bend It TV

FremantleMedia has bought a 25% stake in scripted prodco Bend It Television. This is the latest in a long line of similar investment deals RTL Group-owned Fremantle has closed under CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz. Kenyan-born British film veteran Gurinder Chadha is behind Bend It. Her credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and Angus, […]

Meg Ryan returns to TV drama with Epix

US premium cable channel Epix is to bring big screen star Meg Ryan back to television for the first time in more than 30 years. The network has commissioned Kapital Entertainment and Entertainment One to coproduce a small screen version of comedy Picture Paris, which is a 2011 short film about a woman obsessed with […]

Sky Italia, local prodcos team for distribution

Sky Italia and producers including FremantleMedia-owned Wildside and Gomorrah producer Cattleya, have joined forces to create a new film distribution business. The new unit, which does not yet have a name, sees pay TV operator Sky join forces several film and TV production companies. As well as Cattleya and Wildside, which is making The Young […]

C More anoints Young Pope

Scandinavian pay TV operator and SVOD provider C More has acquired local rights to big budget European drama The Young Pope. The deal hands C More series premiere rights across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland on its pan-Nordic SVOD platform and pay TV operation. C More’s Swedish free-to-air sister network TV4 will gain rights to […]

Drama, Italian style

Italy has emerged from the doldrums to become a leading European drama producer in recent years, largely down to investment from the pay TV sector. New developments look set to take things a step further, reports Jesse Whittock. The idea that Italy would give birth what is set to be one of the biggest international […]