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Wild Bunch TV Scores Global Sales on Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden-Starrer ‘Medici’ (EXCLUSIVE)

PARIS — Wild Bunch TV has scored worldwide sales on “Medici: Masters of Florence,” Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer’s upscale historical drama series starring Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”).

“Medici,” directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (“The Pillars of the Earth”) and produced by Lux Vide (“War and Peace”) in collaboration with Big Light Productions and Wild Bunch, has pre-sold to Sky (Germany), SBS (Australia), eOne (New Zealand), Sony Pictures Television (Latin America), DBS (Israel), VRT (Belgium), Canal Plus (Poland), LRT (Lithuania), RTV (Slovenia), RTVS (Slovakia), Canal Plus Overseas (French Speaking Africa), Hulu (Japan), Georgian Public 1 Broadcast (Georgia), and BTV (Bulgaria), among others.

As previously announced, the gripping family saga was also acquired by SFR/Altice Group for France, French-speaking Belgium, and Luxembourg, and by Telefonica/Movistar Plus for Spain. All these deals were signed for first window-rights. Further sales are in negotiations for Britain and Scandinavia, along other other territories.

WME is handling the sale to North America.

Set in 15th century Florence, the eight-episode series stars Hoffman as Giovanni de Medici, the patriarch of the Medici family, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances, leaving his sons Cosimo (Madden) and Lorenzo (Stuart Martin) to face a range of enemies plotting to oust the clan from power.

Shot entirely in Tuscany and written by Spotnitz, the English-language series “depicts the foundations of the most profound financial, artistic, and scientific awakening the world has ever known: the Renaissance,” said Wild Bunch TV.

Madden and Hoffman star opposite Annabel Scholey (“Walking on Sunshine”), Stuart Martin (“Robin Hood”), Brian Cox (“Troy”) and David Bradley (“Captain America: The First Avenger”).

Backed by the Emmy International Board, the show’s world premiere is set to take place in Florence at the Palazzo Vecchio on Oct. 14, ahead of its premiere airing on RAI 1 on Oct. 17.

RAI has already commissioned a second season.

The Paris-based Wild Bunch TV banner was launched a year ago by Wild Bunch, the prominent pan-European film company. “Medici: Masters of Florence” and “Four Seasons in Havana” co-written by Leonardo Padura.

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