Pact will allow production for Italo History net

ROME — Italian state film entity Istituto Luce and Fox Intl. Channels have pacted to co-produce documentaries drawing on the former’s vast archives.

Founded in 1924, Luce has a wealth of historical footage, including fascist-era newsreels, and material featuring the country’s top film and showbiz personalities.

“The agreement will allow us to produce content for our History Channel and bios of some of Italy’s cinema greats for our other channels,” said Fox Intl. Channels Italia topper Emiliano Calemzuk.

“Product from Luce’s archives has been generating high ratings for Italian television,” said Luce topper Andrea Piersanti. “Now, through this deal with Fox, we hope to start exporting value into the international TV arena.”

At next week’s Mip TV market in Cannes, the two companies will seek international broadcasters interested in co-producing docus featuring Luce material.

Fox Intl. Channels Italia reps five nets, including the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel and Fox Life.

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