SPI/FILMBOX acquires Knightfall and Einstein series for FilmBox channels in multiple territories

SPI International / FILMBOX has acquired rights to a new ten-episode epic story of the Knights Templars Knightfall from A+E Studios, the production unit of the award-­winning global media company A+E Networks®, as well as the new German smash-hit crime series Einstein from Red Arrow International. The global TV operator announced both series will air on FilmBox movie channels across Eastern Europe and in several other territories as SPI continues its worldwide expansion. 

Developed by HISTORY, and produced by A+E Studios in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio, Knightfall is a new, epic scripted series from executive producers Dominique Minghella  (Doc Martin, Robin Hood), Don Handfield (Touchback, The Founder, Kill the Messenger), Richard Rayner (L.A. Without A Map) and Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Hurt Locker). Knightfall chronicles the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) stars as Landry. Knightfall will come to FilmBox channels in 2018 in the following markets: Poland, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and ex-Yugo.


The Knights Templar were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail and harboring secrets capable of destroying the Church itself. Knightfall goes deep into the inner sanctum of the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution on Friday the 13th — a date which became synonymous with bad luck — the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. Knightfall takes you inside the world to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing. 

FilmBox viewers will also get to enjoy the fast-paced, fun crime series Einstein about a young and brilliant university professor accused of the theft and abuse of illicit stimulants – until the police offer him an extraordinary deal: if he agrees to help them solve crimes, he won’t have to serve a prison sentence. And the protagonist is none other than the great-grandson of Albert Einstein. The ten-episode show starring Tom Beck will premiere on FilmBox channels in the fall. Einstein is produced by Zeitsprung Pictures and distributed worldwide by Red Arrow International.


“We have been focusing on worldwide expansion of our distribution footprint and we are fully committed to bringing more exclusive content to our channels across all the markets,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director for SPI International / FILMBOX.  “We are happy to bring to our viewers Knightfall, an excellent series which shows both the history and the legend of the Templars. We are also excited to have acquired Einstein as it offers an innovative approach to the crime format and which appeals to younger audiences,” Mr. Uziyel added.

“We are extremely excited to cement our partnership with FILMBOX with a show like Knightfall. We know their audience will love the characters and storytelling,” said Marica Giessen, Senior Sales Manager, EMEA for A+E Networks.