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Sky Vision sells Vertigo’s first TV show ‘Britannia’ globally

MUMBAI: Sky Vision, the international production and distribution arm of Sky has secured a first raft of sales for ‘Britannia’, a new Sky Original Production produced by Vertigo Films in association with Neal Street Productions. This is Vertigo Films’ first television series.

‘Britannia’ – a Sky Original Production co-produced with Amazon Prime in the US – made its international debut on Sky Atlantic in the UK on 18 January 2018 and will air on Amazon Prime from 26 January. The series has already been picked up in 124 territories including: HBO Nordic for multiple territories including Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Denmark, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Spain, Starz for its pan Middle East network, iFlix for Pan Africa, Foxtel Australia, Hellenic Telecommunication Organisation for Greece, Cyprus and Malta and home entertainment rights have been picked up for multiple territories by Sony Home Pictures Entertainment. It will also be available on Sky Atlantic in Germany and Italy as well as Amazon in the US which is a co-producer on the series.

Sky Vision MD Jane Millichip said, “We’re really proud of ‘Britannia’. We secured sales to more than 120 territories even before the series premiered on Sky Atlantic. From Jez and Tom Butterworth’s brilliant scripts through to the gripping performances, Britannia delivers fantastic scale and entertainment. It is also fantastic to represent a series of scale in which strong female characters are woven into the fabric of the story and are at the heart of the action.”

The new drama series was commissioned by Sky head of drama, Anne Mensah, Commissioning Editor Cameron Roach, and director of Sky 1, Adam MacDonald.

Set in 43AD, ‘Britannia’ follows the Roman army as they return to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land led by warrior women and powerful Druids who claim to channel the powerful forces of the underworld. Like never before, the nine-part series tells the story of the emotional and physical power struggle between three tribes: the Druids, Celts and Romans, who battle for the heart of Britannia.

Britannia stars Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker and Mackenzie Crook.

The international distribution rights (excluding the US) for ‘Britannia’ are handled by Sky Vision, Sky’s international production and distribution arm.