×

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.

More TV

  • TV News Roundup: 'Sesame Street' Sets

    TV News Roundup: 'Sesame Street' Sets 50th Anniversary Special

    In today’s TV news roundup, Sesame Workshop announced a premiere date for “Sesame Street’s Historic 50th Anniversary Celebration” and “Brave New World” adds Sophie McIntosh. CASTING New Zealand actress Sophie McIntosh has been cast in USA Network’s “Brave New World” series, Variety has learned exclusively. She will play the recurring role of Jane, and joins a cast [...]

  • HBO Max Adds Three Execs to

    HBO Max Adds Three Execs to Drama Team

    HBO Max is continuing its spate of executive hires. The nascent WarnerMedia streamer has now tapped Roberto Alcantara, Chika Chukudebelu and Mark Tuohy to all be vice presidents in the drama department. The announcement was made by Joey Chavez, EVP of original drama at HBO Max, to whom they will all report. Chavez and his [...]

  • STRANGER THINGS

    'Stranger Things 3' Is Most-Watched Season to Date, Netflix Says

    The Upside Down delivered upside for Netflix in the third quarter: “Stranger Things” season 3 was the most-watched season of the series to date, according to the streamer. In the first four weeks of release, “Stranger Things” season 3 was watched by 64 million member households, Netflix said in the Q3 letter to shareholders. The [...]

  • HBO Max - WarnerMedia

    HBO Max Orders LGBTQ Movement Docuseries From Scout Productions, Jim Parsons, Greg Berlanti

    HBO Max has commissioned a four-part docuseries on the history of the LGBTQ+ movement. Titled “Equal,” the series will explore the true stories of leaders and activists of the movement. Each hour-long episode will feature interviews, reenactments, and never before seen footage. The series hails from Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. “We are extremely proud to [...]

  • Dead To Me

    Streaming Shows Nearly Doubled in Last Year, Boosting Los Angeles TV Production

    Television production in Los Angeles has received a major boost from streaming shows, according to a new report from the permitting organization FilmLA. The number of new digital projects nearly doubled between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 development cycles, increasing approximately 85.3% in a year. The number of digitally distributed original series in production has increased by [...]

  • Jessica Biel Limetown Premiere

    Why 'Limetown' Star & Producer Jessica Biel Thought the Show Was Based on a True Story

    In a world of increasingly outlandish headlines, the story behind “Limetown” — in which an entire community in rural Tennessee disappears overnight — seems plausible. Even Jessica Biel, who executive produces and stars in the Facebook Watch television adaptation of the hit 2015 podcast, was initially convinced that it was real. “I just thought I [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content