Dear Sara,

In the end, you gave in too. You left Lux Vide for a better place.

Many had tried to take you away from us, media owners, producers. Everyone wanted the Queen of TV series.

But you always said no. Not for money nor for career opportunities.

You stayed for Love. Love for that project that was of Ettore Bernabei and that now is Luca and Matilde’s.

You stayed to tell stories that warmed the heart, to bring to life characters that could be like good friends to the audience. You stayed to make people dream. And also to call us late at night to set us straight.

You lived a thousand lives, because in every dame, every soldier, in every priest on a bike or financial trader there was a piece of you. You chose lights, hairstyles, lines. You edited pages of scripts and cut minutes of movies. To see the light on in your office sent us home serene.

We had the best, the unique piece, the talent that is born once in a generation.

And yet, you left us.

In the end, you accepted the offer of the Only One to whom you could not say no.

Ciao Sara, our hearts break for how much we miss you.

Please keep the light on up there.

We will look at it and will go home serene, knowing that you are there.

Have a good journey,

Luca and Paola, Matilde, Stefano, Daniele, Corrado, Manuela, Marco, Luisa, Sabina, Cecilia, Elena, Francesco, Mario, Umberto, Silvia, Chiara, Jan, all of the editorial team, the Lux Vide’s administration, production, post-production, marketing and sales, Anna, Daniela and Fausto.

Sony Pictures Television Studios to develop an adaptation for the US market in addition to distributing the original, record–breaking Italian version alongside local language remakes

Lux Vide, one of Europe’s leading independent TV producers has today announced that Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) has picked up the exclusive format and distribution rights to their hit Italian prime-time medical drama “Doc – Nelle Tue Mani”.

The deal is the second major scripted format collaboration between Lux Vide and SPT, who have just wrapped production on the international drama “Leonardo”, starring Aidan Turner.

Praised by Italian media as a mix of “Doctor House” and “The Good Doctor”, Lux Vide’s “Doc” is based on a true story. The series stars Luca Argentero (“Eat Pray Love”) as Dr Andrea Fanti, who suffers a memory loss of the last 12 years of his life following a serious head injury, but still finds a new way to practice his profession.

The series premiered March 26 during the pandemic on Rai-1, and was a massive success drawing nearly 8 million primetime viewers and a 30% audience share, marking “Doc” as the most-watched show on Italian TV in the last 13 years.

Luca Bernabei, Lux Vide CEO, said:

“We are incredibly proud of this series and it is a shining example of Lux Vide building its alliance with SPT as we continue to expand our storytelling in major markets around the world. We feared that some people might turn away from medical storylines amid the pandemic but the opposite was true. This is a remarkable story of a doctor who has an ability for transforming his illness into a force for good. Medical stories that explore real-life heroes who step up on behalf of society when the worst things imaginable happen, have never been more relevant.”

Mike Wald, EVP, Distribution & Networks, Sony Pictures Television, said:

“Our passion at SPT is great stories – – stories that really connect to an audience. At its core, Doc is a human story with truly universal appeal and the success and acclaim it received in Italy, in this most unprecedented of years, is a testament to its uniqueness and quality. We can’t wait to bring this Italian original to the global marketplace, as well as to work with partners around the world, including here in the U.S., to develop local adaptations. We immediately loved this series when we saw it, and we are pleased to continue our collaborative relationship with Luca and all the team at Lux.”

 

Leonardo inizio riprese

Principal photography of our new international coproduction started in Rome on 2 December, directed by Dan Percival (The Man in the High Castle).

The eight-part series, created by Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle, The X-Files) by Big Light Productions and Steve Thompson (Sherlock), is produced by Lux Vide and Rai Fiction and will be co-produced and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television and in association with France Télévisions.

It will reveal the mystery of one of the most fascinating and enigmatic characters in history: a man whose genius and work are known globally and yet whose true character remains an enticing secret.

The show stars Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit) as Leonardo Da Vinci, Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor, Bates Motel), who plays Stefano Giraldi, an imaginary officer of the Milan law investigating Vinci as the suspected in a murder case and digging into his past. Matilda de Angelis (The annulment, Everything can happen) is the female lead,  in the role Caterina da Cremona. The main cast is completed by Giancarlo Giannini (Capture 22) as Andrea del Verrocchio and Robin Renucci (The Dreamers) as Piero Da Vinci, Leonardo’s father.

Last Friday 18th October, during MIA Drama, RAI Fiction and Lux Vide presented for the first time the new series Leonardo.

Leonardo will be an eight- episode series directed by Dan Percival ( already director of The Man in the High Castle) and written four-handed by Frank Spotnitz ( The Man in the High Castle) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock).  Starring as the great Renaissance genius, Aidan Turner, the Irish actor known for his role as Kili in the Hobbit trilogy and for his leading role in the BBC show Poldark . At his side, Giancarlo Giannini, starring as Leonardo’s mentor, Andrea del Verrocchio, and an international cast yet to be revealed.

To present the project on the stage of GREENLit with RAI Fiction, the section of MIA Drama dedicated to the series produced by Italian companies with international partners already “green-lit” by at least one broadcaster, the CEO of  Lux Vide Luca Bernabei, the writers Frank Spotnitz and Steve Thompson and the director Daniel Percival.

The show will be produced by Lux Vide in collaboration with Rai Fiction.

The presentation of Leonardo was held at MIA|DRAMA, the division of MIA dedicated to the co-production of drama series, born to promote new business opportunities and the incubation of international co-productions.

Back to the Island, the fiction co-produced by RTI and Lux Vide,  returns with a third season this Friday 18th October on Mediaset’s Canale 5.

The new season was presented to the press on 14th October.

The location remains the Island of St Peter, where we find again detective Elena Sereni and the historical cast as well as some new entries: Caterina Murino, Francesco Arca, Francesca Chillemi. New mysteries to solve, new characters to meet and new emotions to engage the audience of this soulful drama, from 18th October on air in Italy and soon available internationally.

Devils, the original series produced by Lux Vide and Sky Italia, in association with Orange Studio and OCS, Sky Studios and distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, will have a premier screening at MIPCOM, the prestigious industry event held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes from 14 to 17 October. The screening is a new confirmation of the capacity of the Italian show to win the international market.

On the red carpet are expected:  Alessandro Borghi, who stars as the young and ambitious Massimo Ruggero; Patrick Dempsey, who plays the role of Dominic Morgan, CEO of NYL Investment bank; Kasia Smutniak, who stars as Nina, Dominic’s charming wife. The event will also feature directors Nick Hurran and Jan Maria Michelini.

Based on the best-seller by Guido Maria Brera, Devils is a financial thriller set in 2011 at the dawn of the European financial crisis. Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi) is a charismatic and courageous Italian banker, his successes allowed the bank to earn millions of dollars, and to be eligible for a promotion as Vice-CEO. However, a sudden scandal puts a stop to his ambitions, also pushing his CEO and mentor, Dominic Morgan (Patrick Dempsey) to withdraw his support.

Helped by a journalist-hacker, Massimo tries to redeem his reputation and, in doing so, discovers that he is in the middle of an intercontinental financial war that crosses the five continents but that has its roots in a place very close to home.

After the presentation of the conspiracy thriller at the Los Angeles Screenings in May, the premier at MIPCOM in Cannes is another important milestone, which confirms the great attention and appreciation of the international market towards the Lux Vide series.

Alessandra Mastronardi al Festival di Venezia

There is a lot of Lux Vide this year at the Venice International Film Festival.

Many talents from our most successful TV series are taking part at the 76th edition, which began on August 28th.

Wonderful host of this year’s edition is Alessandra Mastronardi, who played the role Lucrezia Donati in Medici- The Magnificent and will soon be back on TV with the next season of the saga.

Jenny De Nucci, soon to be the young Isabella in the upcoming One Step from Heaven 5, stars as lead character of a short film for Rai Play presented during a special event of the Festival.

In Venice also Elena Sofia Ricci, who during the Filming Italy Best Movie Award that celebrates the best Italian productions at the Lido, has been awarded for her performance in Loro.

Finally, Caterina Murino, in the cast of Back to the Island 3, will host the NUOVOIMAIE Talent Award, the event which every year celebrates the best emerging actors at the Festival.

This edition of the Venice Film Festival highlights that the dialogue between cinema and TV is more intense than ever: Lux Vide has always brought international actors to TV and is proud to keep working with such talented artists.

An important recognition for Matilde Bernabei, President of Lux Vide, who  was recently nominated Cavaliere del Lavoro, the highest Order of merit for Labour in Italy.

The honor was awarded by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella to  Bernabei and to 24 other Italian entrepreneurs, who will receive the title decoration in October –  a green-glazed gold cross with the shield of the Republic.

Before founding Lux Vide,  Matilde Bernabei was a journalist for Panorama, general secretary of Asip, strategy director at Montedison and managing director of the Publishing Company “Il Messaggero”.

Among the 25 newly appointed Knights, she is the only one coming from the audiovisual industry and the first woman in the sector  to be awarded the title.

Her name is added to other illustrious TV and film industry entrepeneurs, such as Aurelio De Laurentiis, Urbano Cairo and Fulvio Lucisano

Devils, the original series produced by Sky Italia and Lux ​​Vide in collaboration with Orange Studio, had an international first look at the Los Angeles Screenings.

It is the first time that an Italian series is presented in the Studios slate at the prestigious international trade event happening in Los Angeles from 18 to 24 May.

Devils, a financial thriller based on the novel by Guido Maria Brera, starring Alessandro Borghi and Patrick Dempsey,  is distributed internationally by Sky Vision.

“Lux Vide is very proud to have brought an Italian production of this level to a key event on the international market such as L.A. Screenings “, commented Luca Bernabei, Managing Director of Lux Vide:”With Nils Hartmann and Sonia Rovai of Sky Italia, we immediately agreed that we have an innovative product in many hands: content, genre , narrative formula. “

For Devils, the international adventure starts now.

The first official images of Devils were released, the new original Sky series, based on the homonymous best seller by Guido Maria Brera.

In addition to Patrick Dempsey, in the role of Dominic Morgan, CEO of the London Investment Bank and Alessandro Borghi, the unscrupulous Head of Trading Massimo Ruggero, are announced two new and interpreters of the series: Kasia Smutniak (Loro, Made in Italy, Perfect Strangers, In Treatment) which will be Nina Morgan, and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing, Sherlock, House of Cards) in the role of Daniel Duval , the charismatic leader of an international organization that publishes secret financial information.