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Eagle Eye Drama’s Hotel Portofino Lines Up Partners


PBS Distribution, ITV/BritBox, Foxtel and Sky Italia are on board for Hotel Portofino, Eagle Eye Drama’s first-ever original commission.

The historical family drama is set in the 1920s on the Italian Riviera. The series is filming across the summer and stars Natascha McElhone (Ronin, Californication, Halo), Mark Umbers (Home Fires) and Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Hour).

PBS Distribution has the North American distribution rights, and ITV and BritBox have acquired Hotel Portofino for the U.K. audience. Sky Italia licensed rights for the series in Italy and Foxtel in Australia.

Andrea Downing, president of PBS Distribution, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing to U.S. and Canadian audiences the first original series coming from Eagle Eye. This beautifully crafted series will have viewers immersed in an intensely lush production filled with mystery, intrigue, and drama, all within the backdrop of Portofino, one of Europe’s most magnificent coastal towns.”

Walter Iuzzolino, CEO of Eagle Eye Drama, added: “This is a hugely important and exciting new creative chapter for Eagle Eye; Hotel Portofino is our very first original series, from an idea which was developed in-house. The series was inspired by my hometown and we’re grateful to PBS Distribution who have been incredibly supportive and collaborative partners on this project.”

Oliver Bachert, executive VP of international sales and acquisitions at Beta Film, added: “Beta Film is delighted to embark on our second cooperation with Eagle Eye and we are very impressed by the talent that Walter was able to assemble. Together with the unique Mediterranean look and feel and the setting in the roaring 20s, we are confident that Hotel Portofino can become a long-lasting and ongoing worldwide success.”

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.


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