ZDF and ORF pick up rights for BORGIA series
Munich, 20 Dez 2010. Germany’s and Austria’s public broadcaster ZDF and ORF have acquired the rights for Borgia (12 x 1h), one of the most ambitious TV-series ever produced in Europe. Created by Tom Fontana (“Oz”, “Homicide”) and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”), Borgia centers on one of the most controversial families of the Renaissance, which on the one hand was ruthless, corrupt, violent and scheming; on the other hand, under its rule, Renaissance culture reached its peak under such geniuses as Leonardo and Michelangelo. Budgeted at Euros 25 million ($33 million) and produced by EOS, Atlantique and Canal Plus, Borgia stars John Doman ("The Wire"), Assumpta Serna (“Matador”), Art Malik (“Sex and the City”) and Isolda Dychauk among others. The cameraman is Osuma Rawi (“Tudors”), the sets are being designed by Bernd Lepel (“Downfall,” “Pope Joan”) and the costumes are in the hands of Sergio Ballo (“Vincere,” “The Legend of 1900”). Shooting will be finished in May 2011, delivery will be in fall 2011. International distribution of the English-language production is being handled by Beta Film.