Silva says ‘ciao’ to Italo TV’s RAI

Well-known producer's power decreased in recent months

MILAN — Sergio Silva, the creator of Mafia TV serial success “Octupus” and one of Italy’s best- known TV producers, is leaving pubcaster RAI. Silva has seen his power dramatically reduced by the pubacster’s board in recent months.

Silva will continue working for RAI as an independent producer.

During the last two years, Silva headed RAI Cinemafiction, a department created by the network in 1996 to increase the quality and quantity of internal production.

In June, the department was dismantled and some of Silva’s responsibilities, including the acquisition of shows, were taken over by RAI’s director general Pierluigi Celli.

In addition, Bebbe Cereda was named head of the film department, and Carlo Macchitella was tapped to head the acquisitions department.

Silva’s cautious strategy, rooted in high quality yet inexpensive projects, has been successful, with both RAI’s Channel 1 and 2 having increased their shares during primetime.

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