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Beta’s series “Rocco Schiavone”, “La Zona” and “Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne” go to the US


Apr 10 2018

Cannes, 10 April 2018. Beta Film has sold three high-level series to the U.S. premium cable network STARZ. Two seasons of Italy’s gritty crime series Rocco Schiavone, the Spanish series La Zona, set in a nuclear-contaminated exclusion zone, and the emotional drama Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne will travel across the Atlantic.

Beta Film’s EVP Oliver Bachert: “We are more than delighted that Starz acquired these series and we hope their audience will embrace the addition of new international high-end drama.”

Rocco Schiavone (20xone hour/10xtwo hours by RAI Fiction and Cross) scored exceptional ratings during its debut at RAI 2, more than doubling the channel’s average market share with up to almost five million viewers. Based on the international best-selling novels by Antonio Manzini, it centers on Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, who is not what you would call a role model police officer. Sarcastic, ill-tempered, charismatic and not all too law abiding, the native Roman is exiled to the more provincial alpine Aosta Valley in the midst of ice and snow.

The eight-hour, highly ambitious La Zona marks Telefonica’s first venture into Spanish domestic production and plays out in a post-Fukushima-like, mid-sized community in a rural area. The struggle for a return to any semblance of normalcy is severely hampered by a sudden series of gruesome killings in the no-go zone. La Zona is written, directed and produced by Jorge & Alberto Sánchez-Cabezudo,

A 15th-century period drama and captivating love story is Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne (2 x two hours, 3 x two hours or 6 x one hours, co-produced by MR, Beta, ORF and ZDF), where the impoverished future Emperor conquers and is conquered by Europe’s most-wanted bride and lays the ground for the rise of the house of Habsburg to becoming the most powerful dynasty of the era.

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