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Starz’s 'Da Vinci’s Demons' Goes Overseas with Fox International Channels (Exclusive)

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David Goyer's eight-part historical fantasy series will roll out across FIC's 200 pay TV channels internationally in early 2013.

TORONTO - Da Vinci's Demons, written by Man of Steel feature scribe David Goyer for Starz and BBC Worldwide, has been picked up for international broadcast by Fox International Channels.

The eight-episode historical fantasy series, developed and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, will roll-out across FIC's 200 pay TV entertainment channels in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa in early 2013.

The acquisition follows FIC showing other global dramas like AMC’s The Walking Dead and NBC/CTV’s The Listener in its 120 markets internationally.

"Following the incredible success we've had with The Walking Dead, we were looking for a tentpole series that would be different in tone and story but equally powerful with audiences worldwide,” Sharon Tal Yguado, senior vp of scripted programming at FIC, said.

FIC becomes the exclusive first window pay TV broadcaster of Da Vinci's Demons, which portrays a young Leonardo da Vinci in Renaissance Florence as a brilliant 25-year-old artist, inventor and swordsman.

The series springs from a multiyear deal between Starz and BBC Worldwide Productions, and production is currently underway.

Goyer, co-writer of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, will show-run the series.

Julie Gardner will executive produce, along with Jane Tranter.

Da Vinci will be played by Tom Riley and fellow British actress Laura Haddock (Upstairs Downstairs) will play Lucrezia Donati, the mistress of Lorenzo Medici and lover of Leonardo da Vinci.