Altice Picks Up Sky's 'Britannia' for Lifetime Run, Boards as Co-Producer

Britannia - Still 1 - Publicity-H 2017
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The drama is set during the Roman invasion of Britain in the first century AD.

European telecommunications giant Altice Group has signed an exclusive life-of-series distribution deal for Britannia, the epic Sky original production set during the Roman invasion of Britain 2,000 years ago.

The deal was inked with Sky's sales arm Sky Vision, bringing its total number of global sales of Britannia to more than 209 countries. It also sees Altice -- which will air season one in France this fall -- come aboard as co-production partner on all future seasons of the series.

Altice, known for having acquired cable operator Cablevision Systems and a majority stake in cable firm Suddenlink in the U.S., also co-produces Sky's French crime drama series Riviera, starring Julia Stiles.

The first nine-part series of Britannia, which aired on Sky Atlantic earlier this year, starred David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective) and told the story of the Roman invasion of Britain, an island at the edge of the Roman Empire where tribes are at war to control the land and Druids are fighting to control their minds with powerful mysticism. 

Britannia, which was written by Jez Buttorworth, is produced by Vertigo Films and Neal Street Productions. Since its launch at Mipcom in 2017, deals have been signed by HBO Europe for the Nordics, CEE and Spain, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Foxtel Australia, Starz Middle East, Sinema TV in Turkey, OTE in Greece, CJ Korea, Quebecor in Canada and Sky Network Television New Zealand. A sale was also brokered with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for global home entertainment rights.