Produced by Mono Films and Fulwell 73 Productions, in alliance with RTVE, EiTB and Canal Sur, the series has now been acquired by MBC and Dubai Media.

ZDF Studios announces several new agreements on the big budget period drama Boundless (6 x 45’), a spectacular series that tells the story of the first circumnavigation of the Earth 500 years ago by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

MBC’s VOD Platform Shahid acquired the series for MENA territories, DUBAI MEDIA secured the rights for its Free TV channels Dubai TV and Dubai one.

Previously, Boundless was sold to MTVA (Hungary YLE (Finland), LRT (Lithuania), GSN Global Series Network (Australia and New Zealand), VIVA (Philippines), ERR (Estonia), Mediasquad (Balcans) and Eleven Entertainment (South Korea), while Anuvu and Spafax made Boundless available inflight.

The six-parter is directed by Oscar-nominee Simon West whose Hollywood successes include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie and international blockbusters Con Air and The General’s Daughter. He also originated the project Black Hawk Down and served as Executive Producer.

In 1519, 265 men departed Spain aboard five ships on an expedition to discover an unknown passage to the other side of the world in search of the mythical spice islands. After 3 years of starvation, merciless storms, freezing temperatures, mutinies and madness, a ghost ship barely returned home with only 18 survivors and a hull full of spices. The voyage changed the world, finally proving that Mother Earth was round and teeming with life.

Taking on the lead role as Magellan is top actor Rodrigo Santoro, who starred alongside Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld. His other credits include key roles in Love Actually and 300: Rise of an Empire. Playing the part of Elcano, the unimaginable hero who left as a prisoner and came back as a Captain, is Álvaro Morte, well known to audiences globally as “The Professor” in Money Heist.

Yuliya Fischer, Director Drama, ZDF Studios: “I am delighted to see Boundless reaching audiences across so many different territories. It is one of the biggest and most ambitious dramas that we ever had the pleasure of being involved with. With its top class talent, both on and off screen, and high production value, this premium ‘must-watch’ series will continue to captivates audiences around the world.”

Boundless is produced by Spanish Mono Films in co-production with Fulwell 73 Productions, in association with RTVE, in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video and in association with EiTB, Canal Sur and Aytmo de Madrid and in participation with ZDF Studios.