Sky Vision Secures First Wave Of Global Sales For Vertigo's First TV Series BRITANNIA, A Sky Original Production | The Fan Carpet

Sky Vision Secures First Wave Of Global Sales For Vertigo’s First TV Series BRITANNIA, A Sky Original Production


22 January 2018

A first raft of sales for Britannia, a powerful 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 coproducer on the series.

Britannia was created by Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth and James Richardson. Executive Producers are Vertigo Films’ James Richardson (Monsters), Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown from Neal Street Productions (Penny Dreadful), and Jez Butterworth and Anne Thomopoulos (Rome). The show is produced by Rick McCallum (Star Wars), while Jez and Tom Butterworth are lead writers with Richard McBrien (Spooks).

Lavish new drama series goes global

Sky Vision, the international production and distribution arm of Sky has secured a first raft of sales for Britannia, a powerful 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 coproducer on the series.

 

 

Jane Millichip, Managing Director, Sky Vision, 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 major new drama series was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah, Commissioning Editor Cameron Roach, and Director of Sky 1, Adam MacDonald. The show was created by Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth and James Richardson. Executive Producers are Vertigo Films’ James Richardson (Monsters), Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown from Neal Street Productions (Penny Dreadful), and Jez Butterworth and Anne Thomopoulos (Rome). The show is produced by Rick McCallum (Star Wars), while Jez and Tom Butterworth are lead writers with Richard McBrien (Spooks).

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 (True Detective, Sherlock Holmes), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, The Hollow Crown), Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, My Family), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean), Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, The Fully Monty), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing), Stanley Weber (Outlander), Eleanor Worthington-Cox (BAFTA nominated for Sky Original Production The Enfield Haunting) and Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, Utopia).

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

About Sky
Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across five countries - UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The company has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion.

From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, to Sky Original Productions, Sky offers the best and broadest range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit each and every customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next generation box, Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have access to the latest movies, drama, sports and kids entertainment wherever and whenever they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best in class customer service.

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Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

About Sky Vision
Sky Vision is the production and distribution arm of Sky. The distribution arm represents around 5,000 hours of quality primetime programming from Sky Original Productions and independent third party production, across all key primetime genres (drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and factual). The business also has equity investments in nine production businesses in the UK and US; Love Productions, Blast! Films, Sugar Films, True North, Chrysalis Vision and Sky Vision Productions in the UK; and in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, Talos Films and Znak & Co.

In addition to its equity investments, Sky Vision works extensively with independent producers in the UK and US and has development deals with a number of production companies including Asylum Entertainment, Double Nickel and Peacock Alley in North America; and Avanti Media, Bohemia, Chalkboard, LittleRock Pictures, Merman Films, and Spring Films in the UK.

About Vertigo Films
Vertigo Films is one of the UK’s leading independent film and television production companies. As a film production and distribution company since 2002, Vertigo was behind Monsters, the BAFTA nominated debut film from Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One), biopic Bronson, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Tom Hardy in his breakout role, StreetDance 3D, the first 3D film outside of the US and one of the biggest UK independent hits of 2010, The Football Factory, It’s All Gone Pete Tong and the Academy Award® nominated Ajami.

Recently branching into TV, the company’s first productions include: Britannia for Sky and Amazon, based on an original concept from James Richardson and written by Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Edge of Tomorrow) and Bulletproof! for Sky, starring Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy) and written and directed by Vertigo’s Nick Love.

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