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BBC takes center-stage at Rome Fiction Fest

Event hosts world preem of 'Ripper Street'

ROME — The BBC will take center-stage at the 6th Rome Fiction Fest, which will host the world preem of hot skein “Ripper Street” and show advance footage from “Da Vinci’s Demons,” along with a robust representation of Hollywood shows.

The pre-Mipcom TV mart event for TV dramas kicks off Sept. 30 and will devote Oct. 1 to BBC Worldwide, during which scribe David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight Rises”) will hold a masterclass about “Da Vinci’s Demons,” the eight-episode historical fantasy series produced by the BBC for Starz Network.

Thesp Gillian Anderson will attend the Italo preem of the BBC’s “Great Expectations” and be feted with a career nod. Also walking Rome Fiction’s purple carpet will be Matthew Macfadayen, star of “Ripper Street,” set in London’s East End in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders.

The U.S. majors will showcase the new “Dallas” from Warner Bros. Television, Sony Pictures Television’s “Last Resort,” NBC’s “The New Normal” and “Elementary” from CBS.

Italo preems include Mediaset’s “Pupetta,” a biopic about a femme mobster, and pubcaster RAI’s drama “K2: Mountain of the Italians.”

Artistic topper Steve Della Casa added a Kids and Teens section to the six-day fest where Disney’s “Violetta” will have its Italo launch.

Della Casa has also reconfigured the industry side by focusing on the rapport with the BBC and bringing over nine Argentinian TV producers to foster co-productions with Italy, rather than inviting international buyers.

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