iQiyi Takes My Brilliant Friend


Fremantle has licensed the Elena Ferrante adaptation My Brilliant Friend to Chinese VOD service iQiyi.

“With its incredible scripts and iconic characters, My Brilliant Friend has fast become one of the standout series of the year,” said Haryaty Rahman, senior VP of distribution for Asia, International, at Fremantle. “We’re excited to be working with iQiyi, one of the biggest streaming services in the region, to bring this powerful story to China. Ferrante’s writing has captured many imaginations around the world, and with Saverio Costanzo’s adaptation already enjoying global success, we are confident the series will resonate with iQiyi’s audience.”

The show was recently renewed for a second season, to be based on Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name. My Brilliant Friend is an HBO-RAI Fiction and TIMVISION series produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside, and by Domenico Procacci for Fandango, in collaboration with Rai Fiction, TIMVISION and HBO Entertainment, in co-production with Umedia.