'Vincere' filmmaker joins trio on Turin-based company
In a move that mirrors Italy’s rapidly changing industry landscape, “Vincere” producer Mario Gianani and three partners have launched Wildside, a Turin-based film and TV company catering to a broad spectrum of auds.
Gianani, a young producer whose Rome-based outfit is called Offside, has joined forces in this separate entity with Lorenzo Mieli, head of emerging Italo TV shingle Wilder, which produced some of the country’s cutting-edge skeins for Fox Intl. channels.
The other two partners in Wildside are hot young Italo helmer-scribes Fabrizio Brizzi and Marco Martani.
Brizzi’s credits as a helmer include teen hits “The Night Before Exams” and “Ex.” He penned a slew of the Aurelio de Laurentiis-produced Italo Christmas comedies that are regularly among the country’s top grossers. Martani is Brizzi’s regular writing partner and the helmer of gritty Rome-set crimer “Cemento armato.”
One of Wildside’s first roles is as executive producer on BBC and Fox’s mega TV series “The Medici,” set up at the BBC and Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine.
“Medici” saga will shoot mostly in Turin’s Cineporto complex one of Europe’s largest filmmaking services facilities.
Wildside and the Turin/Piedmont film commission — which is at the forefront in Italy of offering attractive incentives — are working in tandem. Wildside becomes the de-facto liaison for international productions looking to shoot in the region.
Wildside’s first pic will be “Mia sorella e una foca monaca,” a coming-of-age comedy set in 1980s Turin, centered around a kid who lives with an alcoholic father and a very religious sister. RAI Cinema is co-financing and will distribute in Italy. Martani will helm pic, based on a hot novel by Christian Frascella.
As previously announced, Wildside will also shoot a feature film version of “Boris,” the popular TV series produced by Wilder for Sky Italia that spoofs the making of shlocky Italo romantic dramas. RAI Cinema will release.
Gianani said Wildside’s goals are twofold: “We will handle lots of different types of films, from auteur fare to commercial comedies, plus TV product, making us a potential one-stop partner for almost anyone.”