David Hewson's crime novels optioned by Bavaria Media Italia


Blake Friedmann is pleased to announce that a deal has been signed between David Hewson and Bavaria Media Italia for all eleven of Hewson's contemporary crime novels set in Italy.

Bavaria Media Italia have optioned screen rights in order to develop and produce a major international series of six television movies. The series is planned to be shot in English by Bavaria which will work in conjunction with co-production partners from several European territories. Bavaria's Philipp Kreuzer will Executive Produce the series; Bavaria Media TV will handle international sales. The concept for the series is currently being written in Rome.

The deal was negotiated for Hewson by Conrad Williams of Blake Friedmann's Film/TV department and for Bavaria by Philipp Kreuzer and legal counsel Georg Hoess.

Said David Hewson: "It is enormously flattering to have eleven of your books snapped up for option in one swoop and with such high ambitions for English language, feature length TV dramas.  There is a lot of work to be done on a project of this magnitude. I am happy that is has already started."

Bavaria plans to develop and partner this series in 2011 with production slated for 2012. It will be shot on location in and around central Rome.

David Hewson's novels are published in 23 languages around the world. The ninth book in the Nic Costa series, THE FALLEN ANGEL, will be published by Macmillan on 4 February 2011.

'Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, THE FALLEN ANGEL weaves a spell that will entrap you until the final page. David Hewson's Rome is dark and tantalizing, seductive and dangerous, a place where present-day crimes ring with the echoes of history.' -- Tess Gerritsen, author of THE KILLING PLACE

David Hewson has been hailed by other writers:
'One of the finest thriller writers working today. No question. His tight narrative chords carry an air of…intimacy. His plots build layer by layer through carefully selected prose. He has rakish, roguish, and scandalous villains who do battle with a gutsy and vulnerable hero.  David is blessed with a superb imagination and if you have not, as yet, read one of his tales, start here. You will not be disappointed.' -- Steve Berry

'David Hewson is one of the finest thriller writers of our time and Nic Costa is a detective for the ages. From the first paragraph, CITY OF FEAR will seize you and not let go until the last page has been turned. If you haven't read a Hewson novel yet, what the cazzo are you waiting for?' -- Douglas Preston, author of 'Monster of Florence'