EXCLUSIVE: Cameras are rolling again on Sky’s Ancient Rome series Domina, marking the broadcaster’s largest-scale production to get back underway to date.
Cast and crew have returned to set at historic studios Cinecitta in Italian capital Rome following several weeks of pre-production work after the country’s lockdown was eased. The show is led by Kasia Smutniak (Dolittle), Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones) and Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet).
The production is employing a variety of virus preventative measures including distancing on set, making sure everyone completes safety training prior to accessing the site, and creating dedicated pools of crew and actors, with closed sets when possible. Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey recently said the company was also working with producers to create virus-related contingency in the event of further lockdowns.
As Deadline reported last month, Sky is edging closer to being back underway on a number of big-ticket shows. The Sky Original Ich Und Die Anderen (Me And The Others) already resumed in Austria back in June, and major productions Britannia, A Discovery Of Witches, Temple, Breeders and Code 404 are expected to return in the coming weeks.
The show chronicles the power struggles of Ancient Rome from a rare female perspective. Also starring are Matthew McNulty (Misfits), Christine Bottomley (The End of the F***ing World), Colette Tchantcho (The Witcher), Ben Batt (Captain America: The First Avenger), Enzo Cilenti (Free Fire) and Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black).
Production is aiming to wrap in the coming months and the series is scheduled to premiere next year.
“Domina is a landmark series for Sky Italia and Sky Studios, and so we are pleased to have restarted production at Cinecittà this week,” said Nils Hartmann, Director Original Production, Sky Italia. “Across Europe, Sky Studios has been back in production for two months now. During that time we have learned valuable lessons from our other productions to ensure we return to set in a COVID-safe way. These learnings include safe social distancing on set and pooling actors and crew in designated areas.”
“We are delighted to be back at Cinecittà with our brilliant and dedicated cast and crew,” added Faye Dorn, Executive Producer for Fifty Fathoms. “It has been an extraordinary time and everyone involved has demonstrated great skill and determination to ensure we complete the series.”