Sky and HBO announce a joint production of The New Pope with Paolo Sorrentino
Sky and HBO have today announced a joint production of The New Pope, a new series created and directed by Academy Award Winner Paolo Sorrentino, creator of the critically acclaimed The Young Pope. The new series will go into production late next year in Italy. The screenplay is being written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello and marks Sorrentino's second limited series set in the world of the modern Papacy. The New Pope will be produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside, in co-production with Mediapro. The international distributor is FremantleMedia International.
Casting for the role of the new Pope, as well as additional roles, will soon be underway. More information will be provided when available.
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Wildside is one of Italy's leading production companies, with a solid track record for delivering exceptional content to local and international audiences. Founded in 2009 by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani, the company has produced award winning movies with talents such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio and Saverio Costanzo, competing in Europe's most renowned festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin), and has also accomplished a long streak of commercial hits in the comedy market. For TV, amongst other titles, Wildside has produced three seasons of the local adaptation of "In Treatment", "1992" and "1993" for Sky and RAI's 2016 hit series "The Mafia Only Kills in Summer". In 2016 the company has also released its first English language international co-production: the debut in television of Academy Award director Paolo Sorrentino, "The Young Pope", starring Jude Law. Wildside is part of FremantleMedia, one of the largest creators, producers and distributors of television brands in the world.
The MEDIAPRO Group is one of the leading companies in content production for television and whose productions have enjoyed remarkable prime time success on the principal Spanish TV networks for over 20 years. The catalogue of programs covers all genres, especially fiction, current affairs satire and documentaries. The programs and series produced by the MEDIAPRO Group have received awards at major national and international television industry festivals and are present in 150 countries airing on regular free-to-air networks as well as the main international pay-per-view TV platforms. In the area of film production, the MEDIAPRO Group has worked with directors such as Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Manuel Huerga, Fernando Le�n de Aranoa, Javier Fesser, Isabel Coixet, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Patricio Guzman and Roman Polanski. The Group's film portfolio has received widespread acclaim from both cinemagoers and critics alike and includes titles such as "A Perfect Day", "The Pearl Button", "Messi", "El Somni", "Mondays in the Sun", "The Back of the World", "The Secret Life of Words", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Carnage" and "Midnight in Paris". MEDIAPRO productions have been awarded 2 Oscars and 3 nominations, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Independent Spirit awards, 1 Vulcain Prize, 1 Silver Bear, 28 Goya awards, 1 BAFTA and 1 Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival.