An iconic genius hits the red carpet as BBC Worldwide brings Da Vinci’s Demons to Cannes

Date: 26.03.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.14
Category: BBC Worldwide
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International television buyers will be treated to a first-look at the hotly anticipated Da Vinci’s Demons (8 x 50’) as BBC Worldwide spotlights the landmark drama at MIPTV on April 9th.

The Starz series premieres in Cannes when the world’s top television buyers will be joined by Da Vinci’s Demons creator and its glittering cast: writer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel), Tom Riley (Monroe, Bouquet of Barbed Wire), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, Upstairs Downstairs), Blake Ritson (Emma, World Without End, Upstairs Downstairs), Lara Pulver (True Blood, Sherlock, Fleming) and James Faulkner (The Bank Job, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Ben Hur). The eight-part series, produced by Adjacent Productions, follows the untold story of the world's greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence.  Brilliant and passionate, the 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it. 

BBC Worldwide will also launch The Wrong Mans (6 x 30’) from Bafta and Tony-award winning actor and writer James Corden and British Comedy Award winner Mathew Baynton.  Heading a stellar international cast in this fast-paced action-packed comedy thriller, James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys) and Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Peep Show) will be in Cannes on April 9th with series producer and director Jim Field Smith (Episodes, She’s Out Of My League).

Other titles in BBC Worldwide’s MIPTV slate include new drama commission, Quirke, as well as Orphan Black, Doctor Who (S7b) – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Time Lord – Father Brown, The Paradise, Call The Midwife (S2), Ripper Street, Luther (S3) and A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

BBC Worldwide’s factual slate leads with The Incredible Mr. Goodwin and Life Below Zero as well as Our Queen, Murdoch, Rise of the Continents, Could We Survive an Atlantic Mega Tsunami?, The Story of the Jews and David Starkey: Music and Monarch.  Natural history spotlights the remarkable Penguins: Spy in the Huddle while Fierce Earth tops the children’s line-up.


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Communications Manager, BBC Worldwide Content & Production, Sales & Distribution

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Programme information:

Da Vinci’s Demons (8 x 50’): Artist, inventor, swordsman, dreamer and idealist. Da Vinci’s Demons is a never-before-seen portrayal of one of the most infamous historical figures. While the man depicted in the history books was renowned for his works of art, inventions and for defining the term “Renaissance Man,” “Da Vinci’s Demons” depicts a 25-year-old da Vinci on the cusp of greatness, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman. In the series, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time, and is fuelled by a quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding his mother and the superior knowledge contained in the mythical “Book of Leaves.” He begins to not only see the future, but invent it. Produced by Adjacent Productions for Starz.


The Wrong Mans (6 x 30’): When ordinary office workers Sam and Phil find themselves unwittingly caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy, they are kidnapped, framed for murder and on the run from the good and the bad guys. The Wrong Mans is an unmissable comedy thriller that finds two friends in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with all the wrong skills. A BBC/Hulu co-production.


BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is responsible for licensing programmes to customers around the world on behalf of the BBC and independent production companies.  As the largest exporter of finished television programmes outside of the US studios, this business manages a catalogue of around 50,000 hours spanning all genres.   It runs BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world's biggest programme trade fair organised by a single distributor and is also responsible for developing and sourcing funding and partners for international co-productions.  In 2011/12, Sales & Distribution generated headline profit of £72.3 million on headline sales of £292.7 million.


BBC Worldwide Content & Production provides investment and expertise to the UK creative industries on behalf of BBC Worldwide in return for rights.  It works to maximise the commercial potential of both the BBC's in-house productions and independently produced shows.  The business also develops its own formats, and oversees a global network of production bases and talent brand management.  In 2011/12, Content & Production generated headline profit of £10.5 million on headline sales of £135.5 million.




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From April 2013, BBC Worldwide is restructuring its business to be based around geographic locations, supported by key global business areas.