MILAN — Giorgio Gori, director of Mediaset flagship Canale 5, is ankling Silvio Berlusconi’s TV company on April 2 after 17 years to set up his own production company, Magnolia.
Confirming earlier unofficial sources (Daily Variety, March 12), Gori will be replaced by Giovanni Modina, head of programming at Mediaset’s three TV channels. Modina is very close to Berlusconi’s son Pier Silvio, who became head of Mediaset TV activities last year.
“It’s not true Pier Silvio forced me to resign,” Gori said in an interview with Panorama magazine.
But he added that Berlusconi Jr. never offered him the general directorship.
Gori, 41, said his company will produce light entertainment shows for the local market.
“But if we find international partners we’ll produce for the foreign market,” he added. “I still have to decide if I prefer a financial partner or an industry one such as Endemol or Pearson.”