Ronin other Californication Star Natascha McElhone will headline a period drama set on the Italian Riviera, which was previously sold to ITV / BritBox (UK), Sky Italia (Italy) and Foxtel (Australia). Noble Hotel Portofino, PBS Distribution has acquired the North American rights.
Eagle Eye Drama, founded by the team behind foreign language streamer Walter Presents, hosts the project. Production has begun in Italy and Croatia on the show, which also stars Mark Umbers (Home fires) and Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral).
Hotel Portofino features McElhone as Bella Ainsworth, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist who moves to Italy to establish an essentially British hotel in the city of Portofino. Umbers plays her charming but dangerous husband, Cecil, while Chancellor plays Lady Latchmere, the hotel’s most influential but hard-to-please guest.
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Created and written by former ViacomCBS head of international communications Matt Baker (Before us Die), the series features a classic “ who is history ” mystery woven throughout, as the characters live their lives in 1920s Italy, when Benito Mussolini’s type of fascism was on the rise.
Another cast includes Italian star Daniele Pecci (Orgoglio) as the charismatic Count Carlo Albani, Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo) as his son Roberto Albani, while Rocco Fasano (Skam Italy) takes on the role of anti-fascist activist Gianluca Vitali.
Hotel Portofino is directed by Adam Wimpenny (Black wood), produced by Julie Baines (Four kids and that), and was executive produced by Eagle Eye’s Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino. BetaFilm Group co-produces and manages worldwide sales. The production service is provided by Drugiplan.
Eagle Eye CEO Iuzzolino said: “This is a very important and exciting new creative chapter for Eagle Eye; Hotel Portofino it’s our first original series, based on an idea developed internally. “
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