Tag Archive: Canale 5

  1. Endemol Shine Italy Joins Forces with RTI for Canale 5 Drama, Anima Gemella

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    Banijay today announces Endemol Shine Italy, part of Banijay Italy, will produce Anima Gemella (Soul Sisterw/t) alongside RTI. The four-part series set for Canale 5 will be directed by Francesco Miccichè and stars Daniele Liotti (The Fugitive, The Inquiry, One Step From Heaven) and Chiara Masatalli (The Night Before The Exams, Rome, The Good Apprentice).

    The series follows Carlo (Daniele Liotti), a widower on the brink of proposing to his new partner until Nina (Chiara Mastalli), a young medium arrives and makes him question all he has known. When a séance sees her embodied by his deceased wife, nothing will be the same again. Receiving messages from his former partner via the figure, he begins to investigate the events surrounding her death.

    As the situation escalates, Carlo unearths more than he bargained for and has the opportunity to look inside himself and rethink his views on the supernatural. Continuing their journey, he is confronted with another realisation; his feelings for Nina are far from platonic.

     Leonardo Pasquinelli, CEO of Endemol Shine Italy says:Anima Gemella is a powerful story which explores love, grief, and self-discovery. The script beautifully conveys these themes whilst also creating a gripping story which I can’t wait for our stellar cast to bring to life.”

    Alongside Rocca and Liotti is a stellar cast including Stefania Rocca (Nirvana, Viol@. The Beast in the Heart, The Family) and Barbara Bouchet (Casino Royale, Star Trek, Gangs of New York), as well as Alice Torriani, Alice Mangione, Matteo Sintucci, Davide Iacopini, Valentina Corti and Roberto Accornero.

    Anima Gemella is supported by the Film Commission Torino Piemonte and under the patronage of Turin and Lesa.

    This new primetime series will build on Endemol Shine Italy’s scripted expertise having produced hit show, The Bride (La Sposa). Banijay has over 50 scripted labels which produce premium titles around the world with recent and upcoming series including Marie Antoinette (Banijay Studios France), Rogue Heroes (Kudos), Serial Lover (Shine Fiction), Heirs to the Land (Diagonal TV), and Grantchester (Tiger Aspect).

  2. Banijay Italia Scores First International Version of Star in the Star

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    Banijay today confirms Canale 5 has commissioned Banijay Italia to produce a primetime run of Star in the Star. This marks the first international adaptation of the musical guessing show, originally created by Banijay Germany’s Brainpool.


    Even celebrities have people they look up to! Hosted in Italy by Ilary Blasi, Star in the Star prepares celebrities to sing and perform just like their idols with coaching, special effects, make-up and styling. Once they have transformed into iconic, well-known musicians, it is up to a comedy panel to work out who the famous faces are. To help them out, cryptic clues are offered throughout the performance and at the end of every show, there is an epic reveal where the least convincing celebrity must peel off their new face and disclose their true identity.


    Originally created by Banijay Germany label, Brainpool, Star in the Star first aired on RTL in 2020 and was the #1 programme of the night on the commercial target.


    Fabrizio Ievolella, Chief Executive Officer of Banijay Italia says, “Having seen the show’s success in Germany, we are excited to be the first country to adapt this format for local audiences.  We have tailored the show for the Italian audience which we expect will further increase its international appeal.”


    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations adds, “We see fantastic international potential for Brainpool’s format, and with Banijay Italia’s reputation for delivering high-quality shows like Guess My Age and Chef’s League, its local version of Star in the Star is set to entertain.”


    Banijay Italia’s slate boasts hit formats such as Survivor, which recently broke records in Italy with its Celebrity iteration, and award-winning documentary, Ferro, for Amazon Prime. Brainpool is known for entertaining the nation with brands like Free European Song Contest and FameMaker, the latter which increased Pro 7’s total market share amongst 14–49 year-olds by 30%.

  3. Banijay Studios Italy Seizes New Police Drama for Mediaset

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    Banijay Studios Italy, a Banijay company, today announces a new four-part drama, FOSCA – A Tuscan Policewoman (Fosca Innocenti) for Canale 5.


    The new series for Mediaset marks the return of Vanessa Incontrada to Canale 5. With filming already underway in Rome, the majority of the shoot will take place in Arezzo, the setting of the show.


    Against the stunning landscape of Tuscany, the police drama follows Fosca Innocenti (Vanessa Incontrada), a Deputy Commissioner, who heads up an all-female investigative team. Guided by an infallible instinct at solving intricate cases, Innocenti does have a weak point: her best friend Cosimo (Francesco Arca). Is it really just friendship between them or is there something more? Cosimo’s decision to leave for New York will suddenly call everything into question.


    Massimo Del Frate, Head of Drama for Banijay Studios Italy, comments: Fosca Innocenti boasts strong and engaging storytelling that highlights the characters’ personal lives, amidst gripping crimes. With Vanessa Incontrada at the helm, we are proud to bring this ambitious show to Italy, that will have audiences hooked from the-off.”


    Directed by Fabrizio Costa, FOSCA – A Tuscan Policewoman (Fosca Innocenti), is produced by Massimo Del Frate for Banijay Studios Italy. The screenplay has been written by Dido Castelli and Graziano Diana.


    Banijay Rights will handle international distribution for this series.