France's Arte Acquires Historical Miniseries 'The Heretics'

The French broadcaster picked up the Canada-France period drama about 13th century heretical sisters battling the Catholic Church from Sienna Films and Breakout Films.

TORONTO – France's Arte channel has acquired The Heretics, the 12-part historical drama from Canadian indie Sienna Films and French production partner Breakout Films.

And Showcase cable channel has acquired the second window rights for the Canadian market.

Showcase, a division of Shaw Media, will air the France-Canada co-production about 13th century heretic sisters in France fighting the Catholic Church after Canadian pay TV networks The Movie Network and Movie Central debut the homegrown drama in 2013.

The miniseries is co-created by director Giacomo Battiato and Canadian screenwriter Laura Phillips.

The writers room will also be filled by Canadian screenwriters David Vainola and Annmarie Morais.

Production on The Heretics, which was first reported in The Hollywood Reporter, will take place in France and Romania in summer 2012.

The Heretics is produced by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny at Sienna Films, who co-produced the ABC/Global Television drama Combat Hospital, and Georges Campana at Breakout Films.