Lionsgate has signed on with BlackBox Multimedia to co-produce and distribute Costa, the supernatural crime drama written by Gaby Chiappe (The Beast Must Die) and Alex Perrin (The Level).

The announcement follows the news that Costa has been selected by Conecta Fiction as one of the titles in its Pitch Copro Series.

A crime drama with elements of the supernatural and romance, Costa centres on Cathy and her three children, who are running from violence, both past and present. Having escaped to the Costa del Sol they think they have found the perfect place of sanctuary at the Casa de Salamandras.

However, a violent and troubled spirit still lingers within its walls – an expat with a murky profile tied to the Costa del Crime. When Cathy and her family arrive, they unwittingly disturb ‘Winston’ the troubled spirit of a murdered hitman.

The series is written by Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin. Chiappe is known for The Beast Must Die, Misbehaviour, Their Finest, The Level and Shetland. Perrin is known for The Level, Shetland and Leonardo.

BlackBox Multimedia was founded by Guy Avshalom, formerly COO of Lionsgate UK, and is led by CEO Giuliano Papadia (formerly Programming Director of Fox Network Groups Europe).

Chiara Cardoso, Head of Development, at BlackBox Multimedia, said:

“Developing Costa with talent such as Gaby and Alex has been a thrilling ride so far, and we’re very excited to launch the project to market at Connecta and with a co-production partner like Lionsgate, who shares our enthusiasm for such a unique, genre-blending project”.

Marc Lorber, Senior Vice President, International TV Co-productions and Acquisitions at Lionsgate says “We’re excited to work with BlackBox Multimedia, and with very talented and in demand writers Gaby and Alex, on this deliciously intriguing thriller.”




Jon Creamer

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