Warners, Vanzina Brothers ink pact

Warner Bros. Pictures Italy said Thursday that it has inked a three-picture deal with the Vanzina Brothers and their International Video 80 production company. The films will be directed by Carlo Vanzina, with writing duties being shared with brother Enrico Vanzina. Warner Bros. Pictures International will hold all worldwide distribution rights. The pact marks the second collaboration between Warner Bros. and the Vanzina brothers, with their first being Febbre da Cavallo -- La Mandrakata.

Cecchi Gori bounces back with two new productions

Cecchi Gori bounces back with two new productions
ROME -- After a two-year hiatus because of financial woes, Italy's Cecchi Gori Group is back in action, with several new production projects percolating. The family-owned company, which until three years ago dominated the Italian market, is in the early stages of development on at least two new features -- one by local comic actor-director Carlo Verdone (It Can't Be Our Fault) and the other by veteran comedy director Carlo Vanzina (Kensington Park), Verdone and Vanzina reported Tuesday. In the past few months, Cecchi Gori was believed to be teetering on the brink of bankruptcy after several bad management moves caused debt to spiral out of control, reportedly to more than $500 million.

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