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  1. EPIX® Renews Drama Series Domina for Season Two

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    Premium network EPIX® announced today that the historical drama Domina will return for an eight-episode second season. The series will be produced by Tiger Aspect, in association with EPIX Studios, following an agreement with leading global distributor Banijay Rights.

    The epic, sweeping drama series takes place during one of the most provocative periods in Roman history, following the extraordinary rise of Gaius, Emperor Augustus Caesar’s third wife, Livia Drusilla, played by Kasia Smutniak (Perfetti Sconosciuti, Loro, Devils).  Domina is scheduled to begin production this spring at the historic Cinecittà Studios in Rome and is scheduled to premiere on EPIX in 2023, with the second season also returning to Sky across Europe in 2023.

    Domina season two chronicles the struggle for control of the Roman Empire, and of Rome’s Imperial Family from a rare female perspective.  In its first season, Livia Drusilla, the golden girl of the prominent Claudii family returned to Rome after ten years in exile, determined to regain everything that was stolen from her.  Now, atop a fractious empire, and a dysfunctional dynasty, she must fight to preserve her marriage to Gaius and find a way to seat one of her sons on the throne as new and old rivals jockey for position in a world where it’s impossible to know who to trust.

    “The first season of Domina drove the largest total cross-platform audience average for any EPIX freshman series in 2021,” said EPIX President Michael Wright. “Audiences were drawn to the fresh vantage point of a period drama with a female-dominated perspective featuring a powerful performance by Kasia Smutniak who leads a strong ensemble cast. Season two promises viewers an even more compelling and exciting ride from Creator Simon Burke and Executive Producers Lucy Bedford, Muirinn Lane Kelly and Carmel Maloney.”

    Matt Creasey, EVP Sales, Co-productions and Acquisitions, Banijay Rights, added, “Domina is an epic historical drama that portrays a different side of Ancient Rome – one that charts the rise of one of the most powerful women of the time. We’re delighted that Simon Burke’s powerful Roman family saga will return for a second season on EPIX with an ensemble cast and even more riveting plot line.”

    Lucy Bedford, Head of Drama, Tiger Aspect and Executive Producer said; “We’re thrilled to be partnering with EPIX to return the extraordinary DOMINA to our screens. Season two will plunge us back into the intrigue and corruption of ancient Rome, as the indomitable Livia Drusilla fights to maintain her position in a world in which the quest for power is pursued at any cost.  This time Livia’s hands will get very dirty, and the price will be higher than even she can imagine.”

    Smutniak leads an international ensemble cast featuring Matthew McNulty (Misfits) as Gaius, Emperor Augustus; Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) as Octavia, Gaius’ sister; Christine Bottomley (The End of the F***ing World) as Scribonia, Gaius’ second wife and Livia’s mortal enemy; Ben Batt (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Agrippa, Gaius’ childhood friend, then general and later consul.

    The series is created by Simon Burke (Fortitude, Strike Back), with Burke, Lucy Bedford, Muirinn Lane Kelly and Carmel Maloney as executive producers. EPIX has the U.S. rights, with the second season returning to Sky across Europe in 2023. Banijay Rights is the worldwide distributor.

  2. IWC’s The Big Scottish Book Club Returns to BBC Scotland

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    IWC, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned to make another 8×60’ series of arts show, The Big Scottish Book Club, for BBC Scotland. Produced in Glasgow, the second run follows the critical success of the first season.

    The Big Scottish Book Club will return with award-winning author Damian Barr, who once again will interview acclaimed writers from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, to discuss their work on stage in front of a live audience. Filmed in different locations around Scotland, each episode has a theme, from love to loss, survival to betrayal, allowing Barr to delve into, not only the writer’s books, but their own personal stories.

    Series one had a high-profile line-up of guests from Scotland, the UK and the wider world including Ian Rankin, Graham Norton, Marian Keyes, David Nicholls, John Niven, Denise Mina, and Janice Galloway.

    Damian Barr said: “I’m delighted that viewers had as much fun watching The Big Scottish Book Club as we had making it. So many folk fell in love with books they might never have picked up otherwise and that’s just the best! I’m delighted that BBC Scotland is bringing us back for a second series. We promise more exclusive readings, book club visits and conversations with the best writers from across Scotland and around the world.”

    Commissioning Editor at BBC Scotland Gareth Hydes said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to double the number of episodes of The Big Scottish Book Club when it returns to BBC Scotland later in the year for a second series.  Damian and the whole team delivered a terrific show full of world-class writers and poets. It was packed full of knowledge and all delivered with such an infectious enthusiasm that left us all wanting more.”

    Mark Downie, Creative Director of IWC said: “Damian’s exceptional talent and reputation as a writer and interviewer meant this literary show, made in Scotland, was host to truly world-class guests and international bestsellers. We look forward to continuing this high calibre exploration into the next series for BBC Scotland, which shares our passion for getting people talking about reading.”

    The Big Scottish Book Club was commissioned by Gareth Hydes, Commissioning Editor for BBC Scotland, and is Executive Produced by Mark Downie and Pauline Law for IWC. The Big Scottish Book Club is distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

  3. USA Network Renews ‘Temptation Island’ for Season 2

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    NEW YORK, NY – February 26, 2019 – USA Network today announced a second season pickup for its buzzy reality series TEMPTATION ISLAND. Set to film later this year, Mark L. Walberg will return to host an extended 12-episode sophomore run, which will include a reunion special. Produced by Banijay Studios North America, TEMPTATION ISLAND is currently airing its first season on USA on Tuesdays at 10/9c, with the seventh episode set to premiere tonight.

     

    Since its January 15 debut, TEMPTATION ISLAND has grown its audience by double digits (+34% P18-49, +36% P25-54, +23% total viewers) thanks in part to strong social buzz (#1 new cable series of the year for social engagements). The series is also the #1 original cable series in its time period for P18-34.*

     

    TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four unmarried couples at a crossroads in their relationship. Each must decide whether to commit to each other or ultimately give in to the temptation – a decision that could change the course of their life forever. Together, the couples travel to a romantic paradise, where they join 24 sexy single men and women all in search of love. Brace yourselves for hot and heavy nights as the couples embark on an adventure to begin dating these new prospects.

     

    Information on how to apply to be a cast member for Season 2 can be found at USANetwork.com.

     

    Will they stay or will they stray? Fans can share their predictions and follow along on social via:

     

    Facebook:  Facebook.com/TemptationIslandUSA

    Twitter:  @TemptationTV

    Instagram:  @TemptationTV

    Hashtag:  #TemptationIsland

     

    *Source: Nielsen; 1/15/19-2/19/19; L3 (000). Tues. 10p-11p cable entertainment program averages (all telecasts) with at least two three telecasts, excludes sports; ListenFirst, TV Universe Digital Audience Rating, Jan 1, 2019 – Feb 18, 2019