BIARRITZ, France — “The Destiny of Rome” and “The Ascendance of Athens” a four-part docu-drama chronicling the epic adventures of Greek and Roman heroes has been pre-bought in key territories. Deals were announced at the TV France Intl. Rendez Vous in Biarritz, where the programs were showcased during a Roman-themed evening.
Repped by Largardere Active’s sales arm, Europe Images Intl., French helmer Fabrice Hourlier’s mini-series has been pre-bought in the U.S (National Geographic Intl.), Italy (RAI), Greece (Skai), Belgium (RTBF) and Spain (TV3).
Catherine Alvaresse, sales director for Europe Image, said she was in negotiations with Japan’s NHK and has received some inquiries from Austrian, Russian and Swiss buyers following Biarritz’s special showcase.
Produced by Franco-German pubcaster Arte and Gallic shingles MVC, Docside and Indigenes, the $3 million program mixes 3D animation with live-action scenes to reconstitute the historical tale.
The mini-series is part of the collection “The Great Battles of Antiquity,” which started off with the popular 2007 docu “Trafalgar.”
“The Destiny of Rome” and “The Ascendance of Athens” will be delivered in October and next fall respectively.
Meanwhile, Europe Image also has inked a raft of deals on the mini-series “Continents: A Perilous Odyssey,” 10 hourlongs examining global tectonic dynamics using 3D animation and scientists’ analysis. “Continents” was pre-bought in Canada (Discovery, TFO and Radio Canada), Greece (Skai), Spain (TV3) and Portugal (RTP). The first episodes, which will be delivered in December, center on Europe, Asia and the Middle East.