A new fictional TV series production alliance between Maite Bulgari and the Leone Film Group
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Bulgari has acquired 10.6% of the company set up by Sergio Leone for a total investment of €6 million. The aim is to internationalise Italian television series
Yesterday an agreement was signed between Maite Bulgari and the Leone Film Group forging an important national alliance for the production of fictional television series, with the aim of competing in the biggest international markets and becoming the player of reference in the audiovisual industry. Maite Bulgari, who will now become the Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Leone Film Group, has acquired 10.6% of the company founded by Sergio Leone and run by the children of the great director, Andrea and Raffaella Leone, for a total investment of €6 million.
More specifically, the document includes an agreement for the co-development and co-production of television content by Anthos, Maite Bulgari’s production company, and the Leone Film Group, which will allow both companies to develop and expand their role in the production of fictional TV series.
Maite Bulgari has been active in the television sector for some time now through her production company Anthos, focusing in recent years in particular on producing scripted series and docufictions. “My personal experience and that of Anthos are today channelled into the production of high-quality TV series, and together with the Leone Film Group, we’re sure we can build a creative hub capable of strengthening what is a strategic industry for the economy of our country”, she said after concluding the agreement.
The Leone Film Group, an independent company that produces and distributes audiovisual products, was founded by Sergio Leone in 1989. Films that it has produced or released this year that have been most successful include Perfect Strangers [+see also:
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(Translated from Italian)