MIPTV: European Networks Go for Italian Political Thriller From 'Young Pope' Producers (Exclusive)

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Stefano Accorsi in '1993'

The historic series '1993' follows the political upheaval that led to the rise of the Trump-esque media personality turned politician Silvio Berlusconi.

European pay-TV networks have voted for Italian political thriller 1993 from Wildside, the producers behind HBO's hit The Young Pope producer.

Broadcasters across the continent have jumped on the series, the second season of Sky Italia's critically acclaimed 1992. Sky Germany, Spain's Movistar+/Telefonica, OCS in France, Nova in Greece and Cyprus and Belgium's Telenet have all secured rights from sales group Beta Film. HBO Nordic will air the show across Scandinavia, with the Hot network taking rights for Israel.

1993 picks up where the first season of 1992 left off, after the Clean Hands anti-corruption investigation has decimated Italy's main political parties. The eight-hour second season tracks the collapse of a political system and the chaos that results. Students of recent history know what's coming: out of the ashes will rise new right-wing parties, most prominently the Forza Italia party founded by media magnate Silvio Berlusconi.

The series is based on an idea of its lead, actor Stefano Accorsi, who returns in 1993 as Leonardo Notte, a slick advertising executive who has a front-row seat to the political upheaval and knows just how to profit from the chaos. Miriam Leone, Guido Caprino, Domenico Diele and Tea Falco reprise their roles in season two. Giuseppe Gagliardi directed 1993.

Beta will screen the first footage of the new season for international buyers at its annual Beta Brunch event at MIPTV on Tuesday. Sky Italia will debut 1993 in May.

Just ahead of MIPTV, Beta closed a series of deals for another high-profile Italian drama series, selling Sky Italia's Gomorrah to leading African pay-TV network M-Net and to India's Tata Sky, a joint venture between Tata Sons and 21st Century Fox.
Gomorrah airs on Sundance TV in the U.S. The third season of the acclaimed mafia drama, from Sky Italia, Cattleya, Fandango and Beta Film, is currently in post.

In a separate deal, Beta signed a package deal with newly founded African pay-TV service Kwese TV, which will see the network take some 50 European films and TV movies from Beta's catalog, including Africa-set German drama The White Masai, the Emma Watson-Daniel Bruhl thriller Colonia and the 2013 Berlin Film Festival winner Child's Pose. The films will be broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa in their original language with English and local language subtitles.

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