Beyond signs up for “La Dolce Vita”

London-based Beyond Distribution has acquired Building La Dolce Vita with Debbie Travis (pictured) from Montreal-based prodco Whalley-Abbey Media.
August 12, 2015

London-based Beyond Distribution has acquired Building La Dolce Vita with Debbie Travis (pictured) from Montreal prodco Whalley-Abbey Media.

The 6 x 30-minute series – commissioned by Bell Media-owned Canal Vie Canada – follows the endeavors of British-born and Canada-based designer Debbie Travis as she attempts to remodel a 13th century medieval watchtower and farmhouse in rural Tuscany into an exclusive women’s retreat.

The series, which is in the final stages of production, will launch internationally at October’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.

Building La Dolce Vita joins Beyond’s growing stable of Debbie Travis titles from the Canadian prodco. Other programs include Debbie Travis’ Painted House, All For One With Debbie Travis and From The Ground Up.

Building La Dolce Vita with Debbie Travis is Debbie’s most personal and intimate film series, documenting a life-changing experience for her as she is challenged on so many levels, but determined to see it through,” said Hans Rosenstein, executive producer at Whalley-Abbey Media, in a statement.

Caitlin Meek-O’Connor, head of acquisitions at Beyond, added: “Debbie’s mission is not only to create a world-class property but also a seven-star experience for women. We’re looking forward to launching a series with depth and character as well as the traditional elements of a fantastic DIY renovation show.”

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.