Singapore: Fremantle, iQiyi Taking 'My Brilliant Friend' to China

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'My Brilliant Friend'

The hit miniseries, based on Elena Ferrante's best-selling book, debuted on HBO in the U.S. in November and is set to be shown in 130 territories worldwide.

Fremantle and the leading Chinese video platform iQiyi have inked a deal to bring the six-part drama series My Brilliant Friend to China.

The deal was confirmed at the Asia TV Forum in Singapore. Adapted from Italian author Elena Ferrante’s 2012 best-seller, the miniseries has received critical acclaim since it debuted on HBO in the U.S. in November. A second series has been confirmed, based on Ferrante’s second book in her Neapolitan Novels quadrology, The Story of a New Name.

My Brilliant Friend depicts the friendship of two women over a span of 60 years, from when they were school children in Naples in 1950, to the unexpected disappearance of the friend in the title. The series was a co-production between HBO, Italian networks RAI and TIMVision, and directed by Saverio Costanzo.

The series has already been sold to 130 territories worldwide. 

The four books in Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels series have been translated into Chinese and were published in China in 2017.