“Cacciatore - The Hunter” & “Arde Madrid”: Beta’s Series among Variety’s Best International Shows 2018
Munich 21. December 2018 – Beta’s international series Cacciatore - The Hunter (Cross Productions, RAI) and Arde Madrid (Movistar+ original series) are honoured as Variety’s Best International Shows 2018.
“The most-binged original to date for pay-TV service Movistar+, Madrid on Fire (Arde Madrid) is set in the Spanish capital in 1961, and follows Ana Mari, a governess dispatched by Franco’s regime to become a spy in the house of Ava Gardner. Paco Leon stars and co-directs alongside up-and-comer Anna Rodriguez in a black-and-white, darkly comic homage to Gardner, the hard-drinking, humane actress who was ahead of her time. The show is also a feminist tale of women discovering their sexuality in a dreary, repressed land.”
The influential trade outlet continues:
“The Hunter has grabbed viewers for Italian pubcaster Rai for its gritty look at the fight against organized crime, following a Palermo prosecutor on the scent of big players in the syndicates. Based on the memoir of real-life prosecutor Alfonso Sabella, it’s set in the early 1990s during a major anti-Mafia offensive that followed the assassination of a pair of magistrates who had taken on the crime bosses. The show has been sold to Australia and France, with a Latin American deal pending.”
Cacciatore – The Hunter’s lead Francesco Montanari won the first edition of the prestigious TV Festival Canneseries for his performance as an Italian prosecutor taking on organized crime gangs in 1990s Italy. The show (28h) is produced by Cross Productions and Beta Film in collaboration with Rai Fiction, the second season is currently in pre-production.
Arde Madrid is a Movistar+ original series, created by Paco León and Anna R. Costa.