Italy’s De Angelis Group has reached a worldwide television distribution agreement with event miniseries specialist Tandem Communications on the $30 million Titanic: Blood And Steel. Chris Noth, Neve Campbell, Kevin Zegers and Derek Jacobi star in the 12-part series directed by The Tudors’ Ciaran Donnelly and slated to coincide with this year’s 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famed liner. The mini is a co-production from De Angelis and Tandem along with RAI TV, LA’s 3 Arts, Canada’s CBC, the UK’s Artist Studio, Ireland’s Epos Film and Spain’s Antena 3. Separate rights agreements were concluded in the UK, Ireland and Canada. France’s Studiocanal recently acquired a majority stake in Tandem, which is also co-producing the miniseries World Without End with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Here’s the release:
ROME, ITALY, JANUARY 27, 2011 — De Angelis Group (http://www.deangelisgroup.com/), one of Europe’s leading audiovisual production companies, today announced that it has reached a worldwide television distribution agreement with Tandem Communications (http://www.tandemcom.de/index.php) for the star-studded $30-million (U.S.) mini-series Titanic: Blood and Steel (12×60). The announcement was made today by Andrea Zoso, De Angelis Group’s managing director.
Mr. Zoso also disclosed that De Angelis Group has also reached separate rights agreements for Titanic: Blood and Steel for The UK and Ireland with Artists Studio TV and for Canada with CBC. The mini-series recently wrapped production in Dublin, Ireland (representing Belfast where the Titanic was constructed). De Angelis Group is co-producing the 12-part mini-series with RAI Italy, 3 Arts (Los Angeles, CA), CBC (Canada), Artists Studio (UK), Tandem Communications (Germany), Epos Films (Ireland) and Antena 3 (Spain).
Slated for delivery in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s maiden voyage, Titanic: Blood and Steel is being executive produced by Guido De Angelis, president of De Angelis Group and is based on an idea by Fabrizio Del Noce. The mini-series stars Chris Noth (The Good Wife, Sex and the City), Neve Campbell (The Glass Man, Scream), Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl, Transamerica) and Sir Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, Henry V).
Titanic: Blood and Steel, is a dramatic series that looks beneath the pop culture romance that surrounds the “ship of dreams” to portray the process of building the ship from the ground up and the people who made the ship a reality. Using the turbulent society of Belfast in 1907 as a backdrop, the series depicts the story of budget constraints and merciless demands placed on workers by Titanic owner J.P. Morgan (Chris Noth), the struggle of impractical idealist Lord William Pirrie (Sir Derek Jacobi) to balance the needs of his shipyard and his own worries about the project, a skilled copyist, Sofia (Alessandra Mastronardi), looking to break the societal definitions men of the era placed on women, and a cultured, young English man Mark Muir (Kevin Zegers) who discovers fatal flaws in the ship’s infrastructure that will ultimately lead to its fatal end. Ms. Campbell is Joanna Yaeger, a close friend of J. P. Morgan and American journalist with ulterior motives for covering the ship’s maiden voyage.
Cast members also include: Billy Carter (Primeval, I Fought the Law) as Thomas Andrews; Massimo Ghini (Raccontami, Senza pelle) as Pietro Silvestri; Branwell Donaghey (The Crimson Petal and the White) as Michael McCann; Martin McCann (The Pacific, Killing Bono) as Conor McCann and Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) as Kitty Carlton.
Titanic: Blood and Steel was written by Mark Skeet (Hannibal, Vanity Fair), Matthew Faulk (Hannibal, Vanity Fair) and Alan Whiting (Kingdom, Wire in the Blood), with Francesca Brill and consultation by Jonathan Prince (American Dream, The Cleaner). Ciaran Donnelly (Camelot, The Tudors) served as the series’ director, show runner and co-executive producer and Tom Conroy (Camelot, The Tudors – Emmy Award winner for design) handled production design