MIPTV: Europe Boards 'Guerrilla,' Starring Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay

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'Guerrilla' starring Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay

The drama, a love story set amid the political upheaval in 1970s London, was created by Idris Elba and '12 Years a Slave' writer John Ridley.

Guerrilla, a series set amid the British Black Power movement of the 1970s, has found a home — several homes in fact — in Europe, as Endemol Shine Group closed multiple deals for the show with networks across the continent.

HBO Nordics picked up the series, starring Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay, for its channels in Scandinavia; HBO Espana nabbed pay TV rights in Spain; and HBO Europe took Guerrilla for central and eastern Europe. In separate deals, BBC Worldwide picked up the show for its Australian premium channel BBC First in Australia, and Dazzler Media took home entertainment rights in the U.K. and Ireland.

Oscar-winning producer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) created Guerrilla for Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Showtime in the U.S. Idris Elba, Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay star as part of an underground Black Power cell in London, a cell that becomes the target of the"black power desk," the real-life counterintelligence unit set up at Scotland Yard to monitor and infiltrate civil rights activism in Britain.

Guerrilla will premiere on Sky Atlantic on April 13 and on Showtime April 16.