Sodano to head Sorrento pic & TV fest

MILAN —- Giampaolo Sodano, former Sacis president and current director of Mediaset’s leading channel Canale 5, was appointed president of the Sorrento Intl. Meetings fest (Incontri Internazionali di Sorrento).

The 32nd festival will take place Oct. 14-18, and for the first time will include TV fiction programs and cartoons, Sodano said Wednesday in Rome.

The festival, which will change its name to Sorrento Intl. Film & TV Meetings, this year will focus on German film and TV products.

Luigi Valentini, a former RAI exec like Sodano, was appointed general secretary of the event. Roberto Pace is responsible for the fiction section and Alfio Bastiancich is handling the cartoons sector.

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