'Da Vinci's Demons' Renewed for Season 2 by Starz

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April 17th, 2013

da Vinci's Demons

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Series Created by David S. Goyer & Produced by Adjacent Productions Will Begin Production in Wales Next Month

(Beverly Hills, Calif. – April 17, 2013) - Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced a second season order for the STARZ Original series, “Da Vinci’s Demons,” following its recent record-setting first season weekend debut on STARZ on Friday, April 12. The historical fantasy created by David S. Goyer and produced by Adjacent Productions, follows the ‘untold’ story of the world's greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. More than 2.14 million total viewers tuned-in opening weekend to “Da Vinci’s Demons,” making it the highest-rated premiere weekend ever for a STARZ Original series.


Production of season two of “Da Vinci’s Demons” is expected to begin in Wales in May 2013, with an on-air return expected on STARZ in 2014.


“’Da Vinci’s Demons’ serves up action, adventure and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can,” said Albrecht. “The first season premiered to strong audience engagement and we are excited to bring the next chapter of Leonardo da Vinci’s adventures to audiences around the world.”


“I'm excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world's most eccentric and glorious polymath. Long live Leonardo and thanks to Starz for helping to make it happen,” said Goyer.


Jane Tranter, Executive Producer of "Da Vinci's Demons" and Head of Adjacent Productions, commented, “’Da Vinci's Demons’ has been a great passion project for us and it has been a privilege to work with Chris, Carmi and their terrific team at Starz, and with the creative vision of David S. Goyer. We're excited to continue this journey for another season and to bring the genius, passion and adventure of Goyer's Leonardo da Vinci to viewers around the world."


Outside of the United States and English-speaking Canada, “Da Vinci’s Demons” is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. Fox International Channels (FIC) acquired the first season of the series and premiered it to audiences in 120 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa following Starz’s exclusive premiere in the U.S. on April 12th.


Brilliant and passionate, 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.


“Da Vinci’s Demons” stars Tom Riley, who has received wide critical acclaim in the UK for his performances in theater, film and on television and was nominated by the Drama Desk Awards for his performance in the 2011 Tony® Award nominated Broadway play, “Arcadia.” Riley’s co-stars include Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, “Honest,” Captain America: The First Avenger) who plays the celebrated beauty, Lucrezia Donati; Elliot Cowan (“Marchlands,” “The Fixer,” “Lost in Austen”) who plays the shrewd de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici; Lara Pulver (“True Blood,” “Sherlock,” “Robin Hood”), who plays his wife Clarice Orsini; and Blake Ritson (Serena, “Upstairs Downstairs) plays the ruthless and unwavering Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV.


Goyer, who serves as showrunner and directed the first two episodes of the first season, is co-writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy and screenwriter of the highly anticipated Man of Steel premiering June 2013. Goyer’s additional credits include serving as a script consultant and story developer for “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” and “Black Ops II”, the most successful video game franchise of all time. Julie Gardner is Executive Producer, along with Adjacent Productions' Head, Jane Tranter. Tranter and Gardner have been responsible for a plethora of titles in their careers including “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood,” “Little Dorrit,” “Bleak House,” “Girl in a Café,” “Ashes to Ashes” and “State of Play.”


About Starz

Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.


Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of December 31, 2012, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56 million subscribers, including 21 million at STARZ, and 35 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air over 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution’s home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.


About Adjacent Productions

Adjacent Productions is a label that sits within BBC Worldwide Productions, one of five core businesses under BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. division of BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The Adjacent Productions label serves to identify new programming created by the Los Angeles-based production company, while BBC Worldwide Productions identifies BBC reformats that the team develops and produces for the U.S. market. The first scripted series under the Adjacent Productions label is Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz). The second season of Breaking Pointe (The CW) and Life Below Zero (National Geographic Channel) will be the first two unscripted series to broadcast under Adjacent Productions.

  • Spike

    one of the reasons to love cable :) early renewals

  • 1454

    Great! Show is very good!! Thx Starz, love u!

  • The End

    Not a bad show, some complaints from people about historical accuracy but damn guys, it’s a tv show not a documentary.

  • Steve

    The premier episode was a total mess. It certainly did not inspire an interest in 15th century Florentine politics. Overall it felt like an extremely dumbed down and dour take on “Shakespeare in Love”.

  • Nico

    Straight-washing at its finest.

  • zerg

    The scene on the tavern shows how bad was the pilot..terrible, even more if we compare with Spartacus series finale

  • JoshuaCanada

    Didn’t really like the show but good for Starz, at least they have a good preforming show to carry them now that Spartacus is over.

  • k:Alex

    It looks really cheap, almost a Dutch production (however, we don’t have fantasy series).
    I like the script, but their are too many conversations and too less action.

    Great for Starz and their fans, but they lost me.

  • thesnowleopard

    I guess STARZ liked those premiere numbers.

  • Dan S

    As a Starz subscriber I won’t be watching this mess again. What a bore & waste of time this show was for me. I’m surprised they didn’t wait a few weeks since numbers always drop after their premieres unless there genuinely good. This show isn’t 1 of them.

  • Guardian Owl

    I quite like the performance of the actor playing Leonardo so I will tune in for a few more episodes.

  • Leonidas

    I thought this first episode was slow, boring and failed to captivate my attention. I guess now I can cancel Starz. Miss Spartacus already

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    At first I was a bit excited about this show, then I watched the trailer and almost fell asleep so I’m not sure if i should give it a chance. Anyway I think they should have waited a bit before renewing it, since it aired right after Spartacus’ series finale the ratings might not be all its own merits and a lot of people say it’s boring so it may drop a lot for the 2nd episode…

  • Burc

    The first episode was really boring and the way they portray Da Vinci, he’s not very likable. I think there were a couple of scense where he flashes back to when he was a child. However, the child had blue eyes while he has brown eyes.

  • Ram510

    I guess after Boss and Magic City Starz learned to at least wait after one episode to renew a series. Still seems very early for renewal, but I guess it was enough for Starz.

  • Verus

    Excellent news! I really enjoyed the first episode.

  • samurai99

    Dumb decision. They’ve only aired one episode, and it had the finale of their best show as a lead in. Ratings for this thing are going to drop like a rock.

  • JacobYates

    I thought the same about Vikings when it was renewed before it aired an episode without Bible as a lead-in, but it retained most if its ratings. This show could do the same for all we know.

  • Jason50

    The first episode was boring but it did have potential IMO, however this series is not enough to keep subscribing to the network. Switched to Cinemax as they already have three very good action packed shows for this year(Strike Back, Banshee, Transporter) as well as a bunch of shows set to come out in the near future(Kingpin, Sandbox, Hitman).

  • Theseboardssuck

    You people do nothing but complain about everything that’s on. No wonder TV is in the state it’s in.

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