Sky broadcasters team up for TV series

Jörn Krieger | 20-02-2014

Sky Deutschland will jointly produce a TV series with BSkyB and Sky Italia, its sister companies in the UK and Italy, for the first time.

The story will be based on the popular Italian comic book Diabolik. The main character is a dangerous ruthless master thief who uses his expert skills in identity theft to literally take on the look and personality of his targets and adversaries to get what he wants.

The series, currently in development stage, will consist of ten one-hour episodes. The companies are now focusing on appointing a showrunner.

Following international crime series 100 Code, Diabolik will be Sky Deutschland's second co-production.

With the move, the pay-TV operator follows the example of US broadcaster HBO which has enjoyed great success with original series productions for years.