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ProSiebenSat.1 on board for 'Pillars' sequel 'World Without End'

Follett Novel Became Global Ratings Success

COLOGNE, Germany – The funding is starting to come together for the limited series sequel to Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, as German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 confirmed it will board the follow-up series World Without End.

Spain’s Cuatro, Sky Italia in Italy and Austrian broadcaster ORF have already committed to the sequel based on Follett’s novel, which takes place two centuries after the action in Pillars during England’s bloody Hundred Years’ War.

German boutique producer Tandem Communications has optioned the rights to World and plans to produce it as an eight-part series together with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions.

Starz in the U.S., which aired Pillars, is co-funding John Pielmeier’s script for World together with Tandem and has first option on the U.S. rights to series.

The Pillars of the Earth has been a global ratings success. In Germany, the series averaged more than six million viewers and a 25% plus share in the key 14-49 demographic over the four nights it aired. Production on World Without End is planned to begin next year for broadcast in 2012.