The War of the Worlds & More Land on Italy’s Effe TV


Italy’s Effe TV has picked up a slew of drama series from players such as BBC Studios, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Endemol Shine and Entertainment One (eOne) for its laF pay-TV channel.

In a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, laF secures the broadcast rights for a new adaptation of The War of the Worlds and the third season of Victoria. The miniseries The War of the Worlds, inspired by the classic from Herbert G. Wells, was already presold to 80 territories.

From eOne comes the Canadian serial Cardinal, based on Giles Blunt’s best-selling novels. laF secured the rights for three seasons of the series (the first comes November 20, and the second and the third in early 2019).

The crime series In The Dark, picked up from BBC Studios, was adapted from the best-selling novels of Mark Billingham. Also from BBC Studios is the third season of The Durrells, based on the Corfu trilogy by Gerald Durrell.

From Endemol Shine, the channel has scored the rights for Death Comes to Pemberley, adapted from the novel by P.D. James.

Riccardo Chiattelli, director of laF, said: “We are proud to have enriched our show schedule with many new high-quality TV series drawn from books and to have been the first to bring them to Italy, as happened in the past with now cult series like Maigret with Rowan Atkinson, War and Peace, Poldark, Vanity Fair, Apple Tree Yard, Wallander, Four Seasons in Havana, The Fjällbacka Murders by Camilla Läckberg, Fred Vargas: Crime Collection, Borgen and many others.”