#1 - from The Hollywood Reporter
France's Arte Acquires Historical Miniseries 'The Heretics'
9:43 AM PST 12/8/2011 by Etan Vlessing
The French broadcaster picked up the Canada-France period drama about 13th century heretical sisters battling the Catholic Church from Sienna Films and Breakout Films.
TORONTO – France's Arte channel has acquired The Heretics, the 12-part historical drama from Canadian indie Sienna Films and French production partner Breakout Films.
Sienna Films and Breakout Films Pact on 'The Heretics' TV DramaShaw Media Gives 'Out of Time' a Full-Season OrderAnd Showcase cable channel has acquired the second window rights for the Canadian market.
Showcase, a division of Shaw Media, will air the France-Canada co-production about 13th century heretic sisters in France fighting the Catholic Church after Canadian pay TV networks The Movie Network and Movie Central debut the homegrown drama in 2013.
The miniseries is co-created by director Giacomo Battiato and Canadian screenwriter Laura Phillips.
The writers room will also be filled by Canadian screenwriters David Vainola and Annmarie Morais.
Production on The Heretics, which was first reported in The Hollywood Reporter, will take place in France and Romania in summer 2012.
The Heretics is produced by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny at Sienna Films, who co-produced the ABC/Global Television drama Combat Hospital, and Georges Campana at Breakout Films.
Sienna Films sells The Heretics to Shaw, TMN and Movie Central
December 8, 2011 by Etan Vlessing
Canadian indie producer Sienna Films has found a home for its historical costume drama The Heretics after parcelling out the domestic rights to The Movie Network, Movie Central and Shaw Media.
Sienna Films developed the 12-part series with French production partner Breakout Films. The drama delves into the lives of heretical sisters battling the Catholic church 800 years ago .
Canadian screenwriter Laura Phillips (Combat Hospital, Murdoch Mysteries) penned the screenplay for The Heretics with Italian Giacomo Battiato, who will also direct the series.
Production on the one-hour drama, structured as a Canada-France coproduction, is set to take place in summer 2012 in France and Hungary.
The Heretics is the latest Canadian coproduced drama to bring Vatican intrigue to the masses.
The Borgias portrayed a Renaissance family that bought the papacy for its patriarch, while The Tudors, also a Canada-U.K. coproduction, exposed tensions between the Catholic Church and Henry VIII.
The Heretics is produced by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny of Sienna Films and Georges Campana of Breakout Films