European mogul expands TV holdings
Tarak Ben Ammar, the Franco-Tunisian film producer and dealmaker who announced a few days ago the launch of a TV channel in Italy with France’s TF1, has become the second shareholder in Italian TV production company Lux Vide.
Known worldwide for its “The Bible” series, Lux Vide was founded in 1992 by Ettore Bernabei, who made his reputation in television as head of Italo pubcaster RAI back in the ’60s, only to return to independent production.
“The acquisition of an important stake in Lux Vide comes after nearly 30 years of cooperation with Bernabei,” Ben Ammar said.
Lux Vide has produced over 200 miniseries. It is working with Italian and European partners, including Ben Ammar, on the epic “Imperium,” about the Roman empire.
The first entry in the E125 million ($144.72 million) production “Augustus,” has been produced at Ben Ammar’s Tunisian studios, directed by Robert Young (“Jesus”), starring Peter O’Toole and Charlotte Rampling.
The second mini, “Nero,” is in pre-production.
Lux is working on a second major project, “The XXth Century,” on the most famous men and women of the last century, including Mother Theresa.