Fontana’s ‘Borgia’ extends empire

Beta sells series to several territories

Tom Fontana’s period drama “Borgia” continues its sales spree.

Repped by Jan Mojto’s Munich-based Beta Film, the series has been acquired for Spain (Cosmopolitan TV), Russia (Domashniy), Poland (Canal Plus), Israel (DBS), Benelux (Dutch Filmworks) and Norway (TV2).

It was previously nabbed by Sky Italia, HBO Latin America, ZDF in Germany and ORF in Austria, among 40 other territories. Mojto is in negotiations with U.S. buyers for the skein, comprising 12 one-hour episodes.

Commissioned and co-developed by Gallic paybox Canal Plus, the €25 million ($35.6 million) series is produced by Takis Candilis’ Atlantique Prods. — Lagardere Entertainment’s production arm — and co-produced by Mojto’s EOS.

The series is helmed by an eclectic panel of directors including Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”), Metin Huseyin (“Merlin”), Dearbhla Walsh (“The Tudors”) and Christoph Schrewe.

Fontana’s “Borgia” is set up as an European co-production and features an international cast, including thesp John Doman as patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, along with up-and-comers Stanley Weber, Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk and Marta Gastini.

Created, penned and exec produced by Fontana, the skein chronicles Rodrigo Borgia’s relentless quest for power over the Vatican.

“Since this story belongs to our European historical and cultural heritage, we aimed at making the series as authentic as possible with a multi-cultural cast and directors who come from all over Europe,” said one of the producers, Takis Candilis.

Canal Plus, which will bow the show in October, unveiled the first four episodes of the series to journos on Monday.

Neil Jordan’s Jeremy Irons starrer “The Borgias” bowed on Showtime in April.

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