EXCLUSIVE: Hannah montana Co-creator Michael Poryes has teamed up with French children’s producer Superprod Group to create an Italian teenage comedy series called Home Sweet Rome.
The show, which follows the adventures of American Lucy Cole who moves to Rome with her father, will be shot on location in the city by the newly acquired Italian production company by Superprod, Red Monk Studio.
Doug Schwalbe, former senior vice president of co-production at DreamWorks and HBO, developed the series with Poryes. Schwalbe serves as executive producer, while Poryes is the showrunner. Superprod’s Superights distributes internationally.
Poryes, who also co-created It’s so Raven, said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to create a series with everything Rome as a backdrop and, in fact, as a character. A 13-year-old American who must relocate to this iconic city and adjust to new friends, new family, new culture and a whole new way of life, all while keeping old friends through social media , gives me the fun chance to explore her unique situation while still grounding everything she experiences in the universal emotional truths of being a young teenager.
Recent Superprod productions include animated feature films White Fang, which was selected at Sundance and acquired by Netflix in a number of territories, as well as TV series Pat the dog and Kid. Superprod produces several series for Netflix in its Superprod studios based in Paris and Angoulême, including Spirit rangers and Happy ghee.