New Italo culture czar Francesco Rutelli has fired the executive board of Cinecitta Holding, parent company of Rome’s Cinecitta Studios, where HBO’s “Rome” skein is shooting, claiming widescale mismanagement.
Rutelli is a prominent member of the center-left government that succeeded media magnate and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative coalition in May.
Rutelli cited losses in Cinecitta’s Mediaport exhibition unit, staff cuts at promotional body FilmItalia and plans to build a hotel on Cinecitta-owned land as examples of its “misguided mission.”
New management will be in place by July 30, Rutelli said.
Meanwhile, the Culture Ministry’s film department chief, Gaetano Blandini, has been tapped as Cinecitta’s interim administrator.
It is unclear whether the new Cinecitta Holding board will remove Istituto Luce topper Luciano Sovena, whose mandate at the helm of the state film production/distribution entity was recently reconfirmed.
This will have little immediate impact on the partly private Cinecitta Studios unit, which operates the sprawling facility.
Besides the second season of “Rome,” currently occupying most of its back lot, Cinecitta recently has serviced Francois Girard’s “Silk,” toplining Keira Knightley, and New Line’s “Nativity.”