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12 items from 2015


Italian industry debates summer release headache

4 December 2015 1:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dearth of Italian films during summer months on Sorrento conference agenda.

The dearth of Italian releases during the summer months was a hot topic at one of Italy’s most important industry gatherings this week.

Speaking at the annual Giornate Professionali di Sorrento (Nov 30 – Dec 03) on Wednesday, industry debated how local films could reclaim a greater share of the box office during months dominated by Us blockbusters.

“Whenever the quota of national product doesn’t reach 30% of the total we struggle” said Giuseppe Corrado, CEO of The Space Cinema, one of the country’s largest cinema chains (36 venues, 362 screens).

“We are losing €3m in June, €2,8m in August and €1.5m in August,” he continued.

Cinema owners have been asking for a bolder approach from distributors and producers in order to ensure Italian blockbusters can also thrive in the summer season.

Cattleya CEO Riccardo Tozzi, producer of film and TV hits alike, was sceptical »

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Mia: Sales Emerge As New Rome Mart Wraps On Positive Note

22 October 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Sales are emerging out of the Rome Film Festival’s new Mia mart in one of several indications of its effectiveness as an Italian industry driver and also of its potential role as a major Fall meet for international film, TV, and video games execs.

The first deals being announced come from Italian companies, the top one being from True Colours the new sales oufit just launched by Indigo Film and Lucky Red, which closed all Latin American territories on Toni Servillo-starrer “The Confessions,” a meditation on power as perceived by the mind of a monk, directed by Robert Andò. It’s a hot Italo title, now in post. True Colours exec Catia Rossi closed deals with Mares Filmes for Brazil and Argentina’s Cdi Films, which took the rest of the region.

True Colours also sold Maria Sole Tognazzi’s lesbian romcom “Me Myself and Her” to Pro-Fun Media for Germany, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Mia: Sales Emerge As New Rome Mart Wraps On Positive Note

22 October 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Sales are emerging out of the Rome Film Festival’s new Mia mart in one of several indications of its effectiveness as an Italian industry driver and also of its potential role as a major Fall meet for international film, TV, and video games execs.

The first deals being announced come from Italian companies, the top one being from True Colours the new sales oufit just launched by Indigo Film and Lucky Red, which closed all Latin American territories on Toni Servillo-starrer “The Confessions,” a meditation on power as perceived by the mind of a monk, directed by Robert Andò. It’s a hot Italo title, now in post. True Colours exec Catia Rossi closed deals with Mares Filmes for Brazil and Argentina’s Cdi Films, which took the rest of the region.

True Colours also sold Maria Sole Tognazzi’s lesbian romcom “Me Myself and Her” to Pro-Fun Media for Germany, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Mia: Jan Mojto, International TV Honchos Discuss Ways to Make Shows That Travel

19 October 2015 3:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

International TV producers are gunning to capitalize on growing demand for TV dramas around the planet, and further erode Hollywood’s domination of the market. But what kinds of shows work across borders? Is the global market for TV skeins getting too saturated?

These were among topics kicked around by a panel of high-caliber international TV execs during Rome’s ambitious new Mia mart dedicated to film, TV and multimedia content.

Beta shingle topper Jan Mojto (pictured), who was moderating, noted that everyone in Europe is talking about “how do I make my show international?” In France this drive is more culturally driven, “in Italy it’s economic, in Germany the driving force is strangely enough creators and producers who want their shows to travel because of an ego thing,” he said.

But “what happens if everything goes to the international market: is it crowded there?” Mojto asked.

The short answer is “yes. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Rome Mia Market Draws Strong Industry Presence With New Concept Comprising Movies, TV, Video Games

15 October 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Rome’s new Mia market, dedicated to feature films, TV series, documentaries and video games kicks off tomorrow (October 16) in tandem with the Rome Film Fest, with high hopes of becoming an Italian entertainment industry driver and putting Italy back on the global content markets map.

And with a total 1250 accredited industry execs making the trek – more than half of which not Italian – comprising some 300 buyers and 122 sales agents, it does seem that Mia topper Lucia Milazzotto is getting some traction for her innovative unstructured mart, partly held in the Eternal City’s ancient Diocletian thermal baths, among marble statues, columns, and artifacts.

“We’ve drawn the attention of the international film market back to Italy with a new, different, market concept,” boasts Milazzotto, former topper of Rome’s New Cinema Network, who reconceived the mart to “cater to new business models tied to scripted and unscripted content.”

Mia »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Rome Mia Market Draws Strong Industry Presence With New Concept Comprising Movies, TV, Video Games

15 October 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Rome’s new Mia market, dedicated to feature films, TV series, documentaries and video games kicks off tomorrow (October 16) in tandem with the Rome Film Fest, with high hopes of becoming an Italian entertainment industry driver and putting Italy back on the global content markets map.

And with a total 1250 accredited industry execs making the trek – more than half of which not Italian – comprising some 300 buyers and 122 sales agents, it does seem that Mia topper Lucia Milazzotto is getting some traction for her innovative unstructured mart, partly held in the Eternal City’s ancient Diocletian thermal baths, among marble statues, columns, and artifacts.

“We’ve drawn the attention of the international film market back to Italy with a new, different, market concept,” boasts Milazzotto, former topper of Rome’s New Cinema Network, who reconceived the mart to “cater to new business models tied to scripted and unscripted content.”

Mia »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Netflix To Produce First Italian Original Show, Mob-Themed ‘Suburra’ With Cattleya And Rai

5 October 2015 1:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Netflix has inked a deal to produce its first original Italian series, the 10-episode “Suburra,” about ties between mob and politics in contempo Rome.

The first Italo production from Netflix is being produced by Cattleya, the prominent Italo shingle behind internationally exported TV hits, including Sky Italia’s “Gomorrah” and “Romanzo Criminale” (“Crime Novel”) skeins. Interestingly, Cattleya is producing “Suburra” in collaboration with Italian public service broadcaster Rai.

Suburra” is being touted as “a captivating story that involves politics, the Vatican, the mafia, corruption, money laundering, drugs and prostitution.”

The announcement comes just prior to Netflix launching into Italy on October 22.

The series directed by Stefano Sollima (“Gomorrah”) is being  produced by Cattleya with Rai Cinema with which Cattleya has also produced a “Suburra” feature film (pictured) which will kick off the saga. The “Suburra” movie is slated for release via Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribution in Italian theatres on Oct. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Indie Sales mobbed for Mafia thriller 'Suburra'

12 September 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film to market premiere at Toronto.

Paris-based Indie Sales has secured sales on Stefano Sollima’s Rome-set organised crime thriller Suburra

The film has sold to Benelux (Lumiere), Germany and Austria (Koch Films) and Switzerland (Praesens Films).

Sollima previously directed most of the episodes of hit TV series Gomorrah, which sold to more than 100 territories including the Us, where it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.

Other credits include the 2012 film A.C.A.B., about a squad of riot police in Rome, and TV series Romanzo Criminale.

Indie Sales, which will market premiere the high-octane Suburra at a private screening today (Sept 12), is also reporting strong interest from Australia and the UK.

Stefano Sollima is an amazing director and the actors are great” said Indie Sales chief Nicolas Eschbach.

The film is based on a novel of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini, painting a nebulous web of corruption interlinking politicians, the Vatican »

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NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ Getting Italian Remake With Cattleya and Rai

21 April 2015 4:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – “Parenthood” is being transposed from Berkeley to Rome in the first international adaptation of NBC’s hit TV show.

NBCUniversal Formats has brokered a deal with Italy’s Cattleya to produce the remake of long-running U.S. family drama which will air on state broadcaster Rai’s flagship Rai Uno station.

Created by Jason Katims, “Parenthood” ran to more than one hundred episodes in the U.S. on NBC from 2010 to 2015. 

The Italian version, titled “Tutto Può Succedere” (“Anything Could Happen”) marks Rai Uno’s first ever U.S.-scripted remake and a major coup for Cattleya, which is expanding its TV activity after scoring a global hit with naturalistic crimer “Gomorrah,” produced for Rupert Murdoch’s Sky paybox and sold to more than 100 territories.

Cattleya is also known for churning out film remakes, including Italian versions of “Groundhog Day” and French megabit “Welcome to the Sticks.” Cattleya’s shareholders include Universal Studios. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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'Django' and 'Suspiria' TV series in the works

8 April 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya enter into two-title co-development and production deal

French drama producer Atlantique Productions and Italian outfit Cattleya have secured a co-development and co-production agreement to turn 1960s Western Django and Dario Argento’s Suspiria into TV series. 

The first, Django, will be a re-imagining of the cult 1966 Western. Atlantique Productions acquired the rights to develop and produce an English-language television series based on Sergio Corbucci’s iconic Western.

The film, which made a star out of Franco Nero, was the story of a coffin-dragging gunslinger’s feud with a bandit chief. It has spawned sequels and homages, most notably Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 blockbuster Django Unchained.

The second, Suspiria De Profundis, is inspired by the 19th century English writer Thomas De Quincey’s eponymous book, which was made into the classic Italian horror film Suspiria in 1977 by Dario Argento. Argento will serve as the series’ artistic supervisor.

Suspiria De Profundis »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'Django' and 'Susperia' TV series in the works

8 April 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya enter into two-title co-development and production deal

French drama producer Atlantique Productions and Italian outfit Cattleya have secured a co-development and co-production agreement to turn 1960s Western Django and Dario Argento’s Suspiria into TV series. 

The first, Django, will be a re-imagining of the cult 1966 Western. Atlantique Productions acquired the rights to develop and produce an English-language television series based on Sergio Corbucci’s iconic Western.

The film, which made a star out of Franco Nero, was the story of a coffin-dragging gunslinger’s feud with a bandit chief. It has spawned sequels and homages, most notably Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 blockbuster Django Unchained.

The second, Suspiria De Profundis, is inspired by the 19th century English writer Thomas De Quincey’s eponymous book, which was made into the classic Italian horror film Suspiria in 1977 by Dario Argento. Argento will serve as the series’ artistic supervisor.

Suspiria De Profundis »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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‘Django’ And Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria’ To Be Adapted Into International TV Series

8 April 2015 1:44 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Two cult Italian properties, spaghetti Western “Django” and Dario Argento chiller “Suspiria,” are set to be adapted into English-language TV skeins, in what amounts to a milestone deal for Italy’s TV industry and its efforts to become more international.

Atlantique Productions, the prominent French producer of high-end English-language drama series for the global market, and Cattleya, Italy’s top independent film and TV production company, have inked a co-development and co-production agreement to turn the two cult movies into TV series. 

The first skein, “Django,” will be a re-imagining of Sergio Corbucci’s cult Western rooted in the high-concept spaghetti Western tradition, “but with the grit and edginess of modern television dramas,” a joint press release said.

Atlantique Productions acquired the rights to develop and produce an English-language television series based on Corbucci’s iconic 1966 Western which has spawned several sequels and homages, most notably Quentin Tarantino’s »

- Nick Vivarelli

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