Fremantle has completed a number of major deals across German-speaking Europe for the captivating Italian-language drama, My Brilliant Friend.
The eight-part series, which is based on the first book from Elena Ferrante’s sensational bestselling quadrilogy, has been acquired by Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Teleclub (German-speaking Switzerland), SRF (German-speaking Switzerland) and ORF (Austria). Fremantle has also struck a home entertainment deal for the series with Studiocanal, which will see the distributor release My Brilliant Friend on DVD, Blu-Ray and EST/TVOD in German speaking Europe and the UK.
My Brilliant Friend is a HBO (US), Rai Fiction and TIMVISION series, and is the first of the Elena Ferrante novels, published in the US by Europa Editions, centering on the lives of Elena Greco and Raffaella Cerullo to be brought to screen.
Directed by Saverio Costanzo (Private, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Hungry Hearts), the series follows Elena Greco as the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace. Elena a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and – in a way – her best friend, her worst enemy.
Maximilian Bolenius, Senior Vice President, German speaking Europe and Israel, International, Fremantle: said: “We are proud to have found the perfect partners for this exceptional drama across German-speaking Europe. They are renowned for their breadth of content, so their impressive launch plans and promotional activities for My Brilliant Friend are testament to the exquisite execution by Wildside and the incredible creative team behind the series. We’ve no doubt each launch will be an exciting event.”
My Brilliant Friend is an HBO-RAI Fiction and TIMVISION series produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside, and by Domenico Procacci for Fandango, in collaboration with Rai Fiction, TIMVISION and HBO Entertainment, in co-production with Umedia. All the episodes are directed by Saverio Costanzo. The story and screenplays are by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo. Paolo Sorrentino and Jennifer Schuur are the executive producers. Fremantle is the international distributor in association with Rai Com.
The series has been placed by Fremantle in over 150 territories worldwide.