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Newen to convert Christian to sales

French distributor Newen Connect has secured global sales rights to supernatural crime series Christian, commissioned by Sky Studios for pay TV broadcaster Sky Italia.

Edoardo Pesce

A partnership between Newen Distribution, TF1 Studio and Reel One Entertainment, Newen Connect has added Christian, produced by Lucky Red and currently shooting in Rome, to its sales slate for 2021.

Directed by Stefano Lodovichi (The Hunter) and Roberto Cinardi and starring Edoardo Pesce (Dogman) and Claudio Santamaria (Romanzo Criminale, Casino Royal, Freaks Out), the six-part series follows a henchman for a local crime boss in Rome’s outskirts who suddenly starts exhibiting stigmata and begins performing miracles.

Nicola Maccanico, exec VP of programming for Sky Italia, said: “An absolutely original story like Christian deserved a cast matching its uniqueness and we were able to put it together. Edoardo Pesce and Claudio Santamaria lead a great team of Italian talents who will give life to a bold project between crime drama and superhero movie, with mystical and supernatural nuances.”

The acquisition follows Newen Connect’s appointment of Leona Connell as exec VP of distribution earlier this week.

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