Sky announces the production of a new Sky Original: "Domina". The series revives the power games of ancient Rome from the eyes of a woman.
The epic, ten-part drama series, produced by Fifty Fathoms ("Fortitude"), Sky Studios and Cattleya as an executive production service, tells the story of the rise of Livia Drusilla, who prevailed in the male world and became the most powerful woman in the world. "Domina" is produced by Fifty Fathoms ("Fortitude"), Sky Studios and Cattleya as an executive production service. Filming started this week at Cinecittà Studios in Rome.
In the lead role as Livia Drusilla Kasia Smutniak ("Perfect Strangers", "Them", "Devils") can be seen. In other roles act internationally known actors such as Liam Cunningham ("Game of Thrones") as Livias father Livy, Isabella Rossellini ("Blue Velvet", "Death is good") as Livias enemy Balbina, Matthew McNulty ("Versailles") as Future Emperor Gaius, Christine Bottomley ("The End of the F *** ing World") as Scribonia, Colette Tchantcho ("The Witcher") as Antigone, Ben Batt ("Captain America: The First Avenger") as Agrippa, Enzo Cilenti ("Les Misérables") as Tiberius Claudius Nero and Claire Forlani ("Meet Joe Black") as Claudia Octavia.
"Domina" is about the development of Livia from the naive young girl to the most influential and powerful ruler of Rome. Following the assassination of Julius Caesar, Livia and her followers use all means to survive in a brutal society, including treason and murder. "Domina" is an authentic, electrifying, historically credible family saga, based on the true story of a woman who produced one of the most enduring and intriguing dynasties.
Simon Burke ("Zen", "Fortitude)" is the creator and screenwriter, directed by Australia's leading filmmaker Claire McCarthy ("Ophelia", "The Luminaries"). Among the crew are Italy's top creatives, such as Oscar winner Gabriella Pescucci, who created the costumes for "The Age Of Innocence" and "Once Upon A Time in America", among others. Luca Tranchino ("Prison Break"); She is responsible for the scene design and the authentic look is taken care of by make-up artist Katia Sisto ("Penny Dreadful") and hair designer Claudia Catini ("Trust").
Kasia Smutniak: "I am pleased to be able to play the multi-faceted character Livia Drusilla, a forerunner in the fight for women's rights, a staunch and fascinating person who was both revered and feared and strong enough, the fate of the Roman To seal the empire. "
Nicola Maccanico, Executive Vice President Programming Sky Italia: "Domina is an international production and we are proud of our strong Italian roots, a great epic drama that brings ancient Rome back to life, but from a different perspective – From the point of view of women, the series changes our point of view, because they were masters of their destiny, passionately pursuing their ambitions to conquer power in the end.Through 'Domina', Sky Studios once again combines international artistic values with top Italian talent . "
Patrick Spence, Managing Director of Fifty Fathoms: "Simon's screenplays tell of an ancient Rome that has never been seen before – women who pursue their goals in a prudent yet ruthless manner – authentic, dirty, gut-hearted."
Claire McCarthy, Lead Director: "Life is often stranger than fiction, and I'm delighted to be bringing this story-rich and intriguing world of Roman antiquity to life alongside the great cast and highly talented creative team an honor to work at the Cinecittà Studios, where many of the greatest stars have written film history. "
"Domina" is a Sky Original, produced by Fifty Fathoms, Sky Studios, and with Cattleya as the executive production service. Executive producers include Patrick Spence, Marcus Wilson, Faye Dorn, Simon Burke and Claire McCarthy, and producer John Phillips.
The series will be broadcast exclusively in all Sky countries: in Italy, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. NBCUniversal Global Distribution holds international distribution rights for the rest of the world on behalf of Sky Studios.
"Domina" is the latest production from the recently founded Sky Studio, a Europe-wide development and production hub for Sky Originals. Sky has recently announced it will more than double its investment in original drama series, comedy series and documentaries from Sky Studios. Sky Studios brings unique stories of Europe's best talent to television and is the creative home of the award-winning and popular Sky Originals. The upcoming Sky Originals will feature: "The New Pope, the new series by Oscar® winner Paolo Sorrentino starring Jude Law and John Malkovich," ZeroZeroZero ", directed by Stefano Sollima, based on Roberto Saviano's eponymous book, with Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan and Gabriel Byrne "Devils" with Alessandro Borghi and Patrick Dempsey 2019 was a record year for Sky Originals thanks to ten Emmy Awards for "Chernobyl" as well as the launch of new seasons of "Gomorrah – The Series" and Miniseries "Catherine the Great".