Tom Fontana skein also a hit in Italy
Jan Mojto’s Munich-based Beta Film, “Borgia” has sold in nearly 40 countries and Netflix recently acquired U.S. and Canadian rights. The Renaissance-set show centers on the infamous clan and its cunning, yet charismatic patriarch, Rodrigo Borgia, as he rises to power in the Vatican and becomes Pope Alexander VI. “Borgia” toplines “The Wire’s” John Doman, Assumpta Serna, Art Malik and Udo Kier. Fully financed in Europe, the drama was commissioned by Canal Plus and produced by Gaul’s Atlantique Prods., Mojto’s Eos Entertainment and Prague’s Etic. Show will roll out on Austrian pubcaster ORF on Wednesday and on German pubcaster ZDF on Monday. Showtime’s “The Borgias,” developed at the same time as Fontana’s show, is helmed by Neil Jordan and stars Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia. It bowed in April and has been renewed for a second season.