From Writer Roberto Saviano and Nadav Schirman
LONDON – February 22, 2018 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Palomar are pleased to announce that Sky Italia has come on board in the development of new series Gaddafi, based on the life and times of Muammar Gaddafi and its lingering effects on the world today. Gaddafi is being developed by Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah) and created and written by Roberto Saviano, Nadav Schirman (The Green Prince) with Clive Bradley (Trapped, City of Vice) joining the project as a co-writer.
An epic event series told from multiple perspectives that chronicles the dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s life and his lasting influence on the world around him. The series will chart Gaddafi’s journey from an idealistic Bedouin to a cruel dictator with almost limitless funds at his disposal from one of the world’s largest oil reserves. In telling the story of one of the most notorious world leaders and his lasting effect, Gaddafi explores the complexities of the oil business and the Arab world’s current relationship with the West.
Saviano is an Italian journalist, writer, and essayist. His bestselling first novel, Gomorrah, about the Italian criminal organization Camorra, was published in April 2006 by Mondadori. It has been released in over fifty countries, selling more than ten million copies worldwide. He collaborated in the screenplay of the film based on his book and directed by Matteo Garrone, which won the Grand Prix at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and the Best Film Award at the 2008 European Film Awards and Sky Italia’s award-winning television series Gomorrah, based on an idea by Roberto Saviano. The series is distributed across 190 territories and is broadcasted in the US by SundanceTV and Netflix.
Saviano is also the creator of Sky Italia’s award-winning television series Gomorrah, which is broadcasted by Sundance TV and Netflix USA. Since October 13, 2006, Saviano has been living under police protection due to death threats made by the Casalesi clan, a cartel within the Camorra. As a journalist, he collaborates with La Repubblica and L’Espresso in Italy, as well as The New York Times and Newsweek in the United States, and The Guardian in the UK.
Roberto Saviano and Nadav Schirman will executive produce Gaddafi. The series is being originated and produced by Carlo Degli Esposti and Nicola Serra for Palomar. The series is being spearheaded by Polly Williams and Carolyn Newman for eOne and Nils Hartmann and Sonia Rovai for Sky Italia. eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
Established in 1986, Palomar is one of the leading independent film and television production companies in Italy. It has a proven track record of delivering quality film, documentaries and television productions. Palomar produces projects that reflect the contemporary society and nurtures close collaborations with the most exciting screenwriters, directors and acting talents. It is a key player in the international co-productions field in Europe. The company is run by founder and CEO Carlo Degli Esposti and Partner and MD Nicola Serra. Palomar has an impressive track record in TV drama, with great success among audiences and critics both in Italy and abroad. The series Inspector Montalbano, The Young Montalbano, Maltese: Il romanzo del Commissario and Braccialetti Rossi have positioned Palomar as one of the most prominent European producers. Palomar’s upcoming titles include Gaddafi, created by Roberto Saviano and Nadav Schirman and The Name of the Rose, the TV adaptation of Umberto Eco’s internationally acclaimed book. Together with TV production, Palomar is among the most creative film producers in Italy: We Believed, Steel, A Special Day, Leopardi, Feather, Tommaso and Fairytale are some of Palomar’s productions that have competed in Europe’s most renowned festivals. Very active in co-productions as well, Palomar was involved in Tarde Para la Ira (The Fury of a Patient Man) by Raul Arevalo, a co-production with Spain (4 Goyas), the Happy Prince (Rupert Everett’s directorial debut) and with UK’s Made in Italy, first feature film of James d’Arcy.
About SKY Italia
Sky Italia is the first media company in Italy. It is part of Sky plc, Europe’s leading entertainment company with 23 million customers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland. Established in 2003, Sky Italia operates on different broadcasting platforms with different business models and has a 4.77 million-subscriber base (as of December 31, 2017). The pay subscription offer - which is the company’s core business available via satellite and IPTV – features the best viewing experience ever - thanks to My Sky HD, Sky on Demand and Sky Go – and the broadest range of exclusive content: from Sky’s home-grown productions to the best film titles, all the way to sport, news, entertainment, TV series and kids programs. 150 among thematic and pay per view channels, of which over 60 in HD. The streaming service NOW TV offers a selection of the platform’s film, entertainment and sport content on NOW TV Box and on the main Internet-connected devices. Sky is also on the FTA DTT with three channels: TV8, Cielo, Sky TG24. Sky Italia CEO is Andrea Zappia.