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Fremantlemedia Intl sells ‘The Young Pope’ globally

MUMBAI: FremantleMedia International (FMI) has announced a host of new deals for ‘The Young Pope’.

The 10 one-hour episode series from the director of the Academy Award-winning ‘The Great Beauty’, Paolo Sorrentino, has been taken by global networks including MNET (Pan-Africa), HBO (Pan-CEE), BETV (Belgium), OTE TV (Greece), 365 (Iceland), Sky (New Zealand), Hot (Israel), TV4 (Sweden), Videoland (Netherlands) and FOX (Netherlands). The first two episodes of the series had their world premiere as the Out-of-Competition special event at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

FremantleMedia International CEO Jens Richter commented, “The Young Pope has been the topic of much excitement with TV executives and global audiences alike all wanting to get a glimpse at this extraordinary series. We’re incredibly proud to be working with the team at Wildside to take Paolo Sorrentino’s captivating TV debut to audiences worldwide.”

‘The Young Pope’ stars the two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, Pope Pius XIII, and Academy Award-winning Diane Keaton as Sister Mary.

The drama tells the story of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope. Young and charming, his election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceptive. Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. Shrewd and naïve, ironical and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind.

The series is a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+.