ITV Studios Global Entertainment announces first sales for epic World War II drama World on Fire

MASTERPIECE on PBS becomes the US home of the highly anticipated first season

It will now air on PBS Masterpiece in the US


ITV Press Centre

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has announced the first tranche of pre-sales of its highly anticipated, epic world war two drama World on Fire (7 x 60’) from Mammoth Screen, part of ITV Studios.

Commissioned by BBC One, PBS Masterpiece has come on board the ambitious series which is written by multi award-winning Peter Bowker (Eric and Ernie, Blackpool) and stars Academy Award-winning Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, Mad About You), Sean Bean (Broken, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Mum) as US co-production partner, keen to repeat the resounding success it has had with flagship returning dramas Poldark and Victoria, also from Mammoth Screen and ITVS GE.

Along with the US sale, World on Fire, is set to move audiences in a further 80 territories. It has been acquired by BBC First Australia, TVNZ for New Zealand, M-Net for Africa, SVT for Sweden, NRK for Norway, DR for Denmark, YLE for Finland and Viasat World for Central and Eastern Europe. Second window rights for World On Fire in have also been acquired by SBS Australia.

MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said:

“World on Fire tells the deeply moving stories behind some of World War II’s major historical events. We’re honoured to be teaming with Mammoth Screen on this remarkable new series, which offers a perspective of the war that has not been seen before.”

Ruth Berry, Managing Director of ITV Studios Global Entertainment said:

“World on Fire, is simply one of the most important pieces of television ever to be made. It is our privilege to share this multi-faceted story of World War Two globally and take a step to ensure that the stories around such a pivotal moment in history are not lost for younger generations.”

World on Fire is a heart-stopping, multi-stranded drama tells the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict. Set amid the creeping horror of the outbreak of war during its first year, World on Fire follows an ensemble cast of vividly drawn characters as they traverse the ever-shifting lines between loyalty and brutality, and courage and fear, experience love and loss, and forge hopes and dreams.

It features a stellar international line-up including Helen Hunt, Sean Bean and Lesley Manville alongside Jonah Hauer-King, Zofia Wichłacz, Brian J Smith, Julia Brown.

It will premiere on BBC One later this year.

World on Fire is executive produced by Peter Bowker, Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE.


Notes to Editors

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE distributes more than 45,000 hours of celebrated content across all genres from both its in-house production business, ITV Studios, and in collaboration with leading producers from around the world.

Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios Global Entertainment has offices in London, Hong Kong, Paris, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Sydney.

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July 30, 2019 9:02am ET by Pressparty  

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