Tom Fontana’s BORGIA sold to Sky Italia
Munich, 18 April 2011. Tom Fontana’s BORGIA, the major new TV-series about the scandal-ridden Renaissance papal clan, will be broadcast in Italy by the pay channel Sky. Beta Film announced on Monday that BORGIA (12xone hour) will now be aired by three major pay platforms: next to Sky, HBO Latin America and French channel Canal +. In Germany BORGIA will be seen on ZDF, in Austria on ORF.
With its 30-million Dollar budget, BORGIA is one of the most expensive European series of all time. Scriptwriter and producer is Tom Fontana, one of the leading American showrunner with series such as “Bedford Diaries” and “Homicide,” three Emmy Awards and a variety of Emmy nominations. Among the directors is Oliver Hirschbiegel (Academy Award nomination for “Downfall”). The cast includes John Doman (“The Wire”) as Rodrigo Borgia, Assumpta Serna (“Matador”), Art Malik (“True Lies”) and Udo Kier (“Blade”). BORGIA shooting will be wrapped up in Prague by the end of the month.
The BORGIA family came to power and wealth in 15th-century Italy and gave the Church two popes. The Vatican became a hotbed of murder, corruption and nepotism, especially under the rule of Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503). His illegitimate children, the power-hungry Cesare and his sister Lucrezia, are among the best-known and most controversial figures of the Renaissance.
BORGIA is a production of Atlantique Production, EOS Entertainment, Canal + and Etic Film in association with ZDF and ORF. World sales are handled by Beta Film.
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