TM International sells THE NAME OF THE ROSE to multiple territories


The BBC (UK) joins RAI (Italy), Sky (Germany), OCS (France), AMC’s SundanceTV (USA & Canada), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), DRtv (Denmark), SBS (Australia), VRT (Belgium), RTP (Portugal), Ceska TV (Czech Republic), Sky (New Zealand) and ITI (Poland)

TMG’s world sales unit TM International sold the major television event THE NAME OF THE ROSE ahead of Mipcom to multiple territories. The 8-hour series will launch in 2019 on the BBC in the UK, RAI in Italy, Sky in Germany, OCS in France, AMC’s SundanceTV in the US and Canada, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway, DRtv (Denmark), SBS in Australia, VRT in Belgium, RTP in Portugal, Ceska TV in Czech Republic, Sky in New Zealand and ITI in Poland. 

THE NAME OF THE ROSE is based on Umberto Eco’s highly acclaimed novel which has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1980. The limited series is led by an all-star cast including Emmy Award® winner John Turturro (“The Night Of”), Emmy Award® winner Michael Emerson (“Lost”, “Person of Interest”), Golden Globe® nominee Rupert Everett (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), Damian Hardung (“Red Band Society”), Sebastian Koch (“Homeland”), James Cosmo (“Game of Thrones”), Richard Sammel (“Inglourious Basterds”), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (“Human Capital”) and Greta Scarano (“In Treatment”). 

Set in Italy in 1327, THE NAME OF THE ROSE follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Everett), who prosecutes those who criticize the pope. 

Herbert L. Kloiber, Managing Director of Tele München Group and Tele München International: “We are happy to announce the addition of such as prestigious partner like the BBC to this outstanding roster of international networks, who will bring THE NAME OF THE ROSE to audiences worldwide.” 

Tinny Andreatta, Head of Drama at RAI Fiction: “The cooperation among public broadcasters in Europe is strategic to compete in the global market. For this reason RAI is really proud of the decision of the BBC to acquire THE NAME OF THE ROSE, a series that represents a milestone in the line of internationalization of RAI Fiction, firmly desired by the company.” 

Carlo Degli Esposti, President of Palomar: “This gripping mystery and incredibly rich story will amaze the audience with a visual setting rarely seen on television. We are very proud to bring this brilliant, thrilling vision of Umberto Eco’s book to the discerning audience of the BBC, a wonderful partner indeed for THE NAME OF THE ROSE.” 

THE NAME OF THE ROSE is produced by 11 Marzo Film, Palomar and TMG in association with RAI Fiction. The limited series is in post-production. TMG’s sales unit, TM International, handles the worldwide distribution of the series. 

The screenplay was written by Andrea Porporati (“Il dolce e l’amaro”, “La Piovra”) and Emmy Award® winner Nigel Williams and John Turturro. The award winning Italian filmmaker Giacomo Battiato (“L’infiltré”, “Karol: A Man Who Became Pope”) co-wrote the screenplay and directs the series. The award winning John Conroy (“Luther”, “Penny Dreadful”) is director of photography. The costume designer is Academy Award® nominee Maurizio Millenotti (“Passion of Christ”) and Emmy Award® nominee Francesco Frigeri (“Medici”, “The Legend of 1900”) is responsible for the production design.