‘Kung Fu Panda’ Creators Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris Team With ‘The Wire’s Agnieszka Holland To Pitch Napoleon Drama In Berlin

Kung Fu Panda creators Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris have teamed with The Wire and House of Cards director Agnieszka Holland on a series about Napoleon that will be offered to TV buyers at the Berlin Film Festival.

The show is the most high-profile drama to be presented as part of the Berlinale’s Co-Pro Series 2019, which will take place in the German city on 12 and 13 February. The show, which is produced by UK producer Saltire Entertainment will be offered to producers, programming directors, distributors and other series financiers at the fifth iteration of the pitch event.

Reiff and Voris wrote the original screenplay for the Dreamworks Animation hit as well as feature film Bulletproof Monk and Showtime’s Sleeper Cell. Polish director Holland has directed a number of U.S. series, including Hulu’s The First as well as HBO’s Eastern Europe mini-series Burning Bush.

The series will
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Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Napoleon’ Among Co-Pro Series Lineup for Berlin

Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Napoleon’ Among Co-Pro Series Lineup for Berlin
The producers of a new series about Napoleon Bonaparte to be helmed by Agnieszka Holland will pitch the project to potential partners in Berlin at the Co-Pro Series event, which is part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and the Drama Series Days. The Co-Pro event has a strong pedigree, with “Babylon Berlin” and “Valkyrien” among the series pitched at earlier editions.

Holland’s latest film, “Mr. Jones,” is in competition in Berlin. Her TV credits include HBO series “House of Cards” and “Burning Bush.” The “Napoleon” project will focus on the cult of personality that the titular leader engendered, with echoes of modern-day political strong men. Writing team Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, whose credits include “Bulletproof Monk” and “Robin Hood,” will pen the series.

The Co-Pro Series format sees scripted shows pitched to an audience of potential partners before breakout meetings and networking events.

The 2019 lineup is heavy on Scandi series.
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Agnieszka Holland TV project among Berlinale 2019 Co-Pro Series selection

Agnieszka Holland TV project among Berlinale 2019 Co-Pro Series selection
Holland is directing Napoleon about the French military leader.

Ten projects have been announced for the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s Co-Pro Series event, which takes place on February 12 and 13 as part of the ‘Drama Series Days’ at the Berlinale (February 7-17).

The titles include Napoleon, a series about the French military leader and his cult of personality, to be directed by Agnieszka Holland and produced by the UK’s Saltire Entertainment. Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (Brimstone) are writers and showrunners on the project. Holland’s film Mr Jones was one of several titles added to the Competition at the festival last week.
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